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About Parkside Grille
Rustic Elegance In Beautiful Portola Valley. Nestled Among Towering Redwoods.
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Seasonal Live Music.
Offering private dinners.
Private Party Facilities:
We offer two Private Rooms which can accommodate up to 55 people.
Private Party Contact:
Bill Petkopoulos: (650) 529-9007
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Parkside Grille Ratings and Reviews
The food here is usually very good, but this time I ordered my burger medium rare, and it came medium well, and the fries were only luke warm. Hopefully just an off night , because I really like the place.
They did comp me a desert after I mentioned the above.
We dined on xmas eve. We were sat next to the kitchen door stuck in a corner. I wonder if the reason was because we reserved over Open Table, thus we get the kitchen door table? Nonetheless, we do like the overall ambiance of the restaurant. Lively, warm, good clientele. Our waiter greeted us with "what do you want to drink?". Not happy holidays, hello, welcome, how are you, like he greeted the table next to us. They must have been regulars. An unfortunate start but we wrote it off as he was perhaps disgruntled that he was working the day before xmas. The table next to us was offered Prime Rib as a special. We were not. When I inquired as to the reason why we were not offered the special, our waiter indicated that when we sat down, there wasn't prime rib. When the table next to sat down 15 minutes later, there was. The table was set very simply with salt and pepper shakers, nothing festive considering it was xmas eve. We liked the varied menu with some creative choices. My date ordered a pasta dish that was tasty until the parmesan cheese was added, then the overall flavor was salt. My crab and avocado Cesar was very good with a generous amount of ingredients. We had to ask for fresh ground pepper for my salad and parmesan for the pasta. There was one gentlemen, perhaps the Manager or owner, that warmly greeted certain parties, although we were not on that inclusive list.
Had lunch here with 2 friends. One friend ordered the fried oyster sandwich and she enjoyed it very much. Apparently she typically orders it when dining here. I ordered the Chilli Releno, as did my other friend. It was covered in the most revolting looking gelatinous sauce that I had to scrape off. The Chilli Releno was stuffed with chicken cubes - rather than cheese. Very odd. The batter surrounding the Chilli was paper thin and slid off into the revolting sauce when I sliced into the chili.
My friend enjoyed her Chilli Releno - I did not enjoy mine at all.
We ordered the warm apple strudel with vanilla gelato for dessert. It tasted stale.
The last time that I ate at this restaurant, I enjoyed my meal. This time, I thought the food was awful and I will not return. The parking situation was dreadful and I had to park at the local library - about 1/4 mile away.
This restaurant was highly recommended to me by a friend and the next time I got together with a girlfriend I couldn't wait to try it. I was not one bit disappointed! Pleasant ambiance and wait staff, quick service yet we were never rushed. We enjoyed a delicious lunch over a leisurely hour and an half. I will definitely return and would like to take my husband here for dinner!
We really enjoy going to Parkside Grill for special meals with friends, both local and out of town. We enjoy the extensive menu and the Greek touch. I think we enjoy the starters and appetizers more than the entrees! But everything is interesting. Don’t go for the standard beef dishes - opt for the items that require the chef’s touch!
Returned here after more than one year, the food was delicious and the wines paired well. Started the evening out with the baked goat cheese. One of the advantages of this prep is that it can be made to taste several ways. If you like olives there are olives to add to the feta, if you like sundries tomato’s you can add those, there are also favs beans you can combine so this was a good appetizer. There was plenty of it so two could enjoy it.
Then we cHose to share the lamb chops, medium rare. Paired those with a Mendocino Malbec, delicious! Finally the flourless chocolate cake, again withMalbec, also a double espresso. Delightful!
A fitting return to a restaurant that has improved during my absence.
We went here for Halloween, and the food was OK, though we only had a few dishes. The service was very attentive. We had a good time at the Halloween party, and plan to return next year, and we hope they will have more parties. New Year’s Eve would be a good occasion.
After having enjoyed lunch here several times, I was excited to bring a group of friends for dinner. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing experience. The food overall was sub-par for the high price point. One dish was under-seasoned, another was poorly plated and looked very amateurish, while yet a third had an overly generous portion of gravy which detracted from its appeal. The fried avocado appetizer was terrible. Only the ahi tuna was deemed a winner. Very sorry to have had such a disappointing experience. :-( It is also quite loud at night which may not be appreciated by all guests. On a positive note, the staff were attentive and helpful, and they have a good wine list.
Cozy, reasonable parking nestle in Portola Valley - just a lovely spot. A bit dark to wend your way out of back to Hiway 280 if you are not familiar with the surroundings (or even if your) - deer and other critters around. However the intimacy of this smallish restaurant and the generous menu selection makes it worth the trip.
This was our third time at this restaurant. We did get water and bread right away, but no waiter. We were put in a back room which was fine, since it was pretty quite back there, but then another party was seated and the waiter took them prior to us. After his third time he came in I got his attention and he had one of the other waiters take care of us. That waiter was kind of cold to us initially but by the end of the meal he was nicer. I pointed out that it was my boyfriends birthday both on open table and to the waiter but nothing was done. Food is very good, wine list is good. Service was ok.
The tempura avocado dish was innovative and I am glad I tried it, even though the tempura batter overwhelmed the taste of the avocado (which I love). My salmon was perfectly done. My companions all said their meals were perfect. We ate outside on a nice evening and had good conversation, something not always true in many indoor restaurants. One special note: Francesca, our waitress, was efficient, charming, and knew the wine list well---she deserves special commendation. Too bad she works only on Sunday and Thursday nights (we asked). The Parkside Grill is our local secret, so I am afraid I may have made it harder for locals to get a table at the last minute. Sorry.
Usually have a better experience here. Most of the food was good but, having finally tried the Parkside Burger, I was very disappointed. Ordered medium-well hoping to get a nice charred flavor on the outside and pretty tender meat on the inside, but it came out as a very very dry hockey-puck. The waiter asked how it was and I said "pretty dry!" and his only response was a quick laugh and "well, enjoy...."
I certainly wouldn't order a steak medium-well but, with hamburgers, you usually get a nice thin char with a juicy inside; unfortunately, that wasn't the case this time.
The deep-fried avocado with arugula salad certainly was a good starter though. And the complimentary bread is absolutely perfect.
The Grille was awfully loud, and the service awfully slow, on this occasion -- whoich has not been the case, in the past. We asked for a quieT, small table by the window but instead, were put in the middle oif a VERY loud room with (apparently) only one waiter (who has help in delivering what was ordered).
Been here a couple times, my 1st time here was a good experience. It was for lunch with a group. The food was good and nothing out of the norm. My second and probably my last time coming here was a joke. The food was good BUT the service was trash.
1. We got awkwardly stared down by the servers, patrons and what I assume was the owner of the place
2. The server kept looking out the window every time he addressed us (maybe 1-2x during the entire evening).
3. Furthermore, server rarely came back to ask how things were and if we needed anything. We needed a bit more help because we were dining as a family including little ones.
4. Server forgot appetizer plate and brought our dinner out and realized there was no space on the table for it because he had not cleared our previous table.
5. Overall, unfriendly and awkward experience that leaves me with the impression that I should not return, ever. The food is not worth the bad service.
Caution, if you have a family...dine elsewhere. If you are looking for culture (real Italian food) dine elsewhere. Otherwise, this place would be good for a girls night out or just for happy hour/drinks.
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