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About Parkside Grille

Rustic Elegance In Beautiful Portola Valley. Nestled Among Towering Redwoods.

884 Portola Road A-1
Portola Valley, CA 94028
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Westridge

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 529-9007

Website:
http://parksidegrille.com/

Entertainment:
Seasonal Live Music.

Catering:
Offering private dinners.

Parking Details:
Free parking.

Executive Chef:
Yanni Sarakosta

Private Party Facilities:
We offer two Private Rooms which can accommodate up to 55 people.

Private Party Contact:
Bill Petkopoulos: (650) 529-9007

Additional:
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

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4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Casual (15)
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Good for a Date (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Scenic View (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fun (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Parkside Grill has been a family favorite for many years. You can count on good food and excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding experience! The wine, appetizers and entree were so delicious. And the staff are always hospitable!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had the pasta and it was wonderful. Great waitress also. Love this place.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very noisy Hard to talk across the table. Energetic is not a good substitute for very noisy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service. Food is always good, not amazing, but consistent. Loud but has character and local flair.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a great meal. Best part of PSG is the menu. Varied and good. Never know what to get because I like so many things they have.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Very good food but was short staffed and rushed. They rushed us because they were short staffed. Was not attended to at all. Had to ask for everything we needed which consisted of bread and more hot water. Expected better service. Food excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful food but squeezed into small table with limited access and egress due to another table much too close to ours.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was very tasty. Two disappointments - they don't sell Champagne by the glass and they noise level is high.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was delicious...as usual. The goat cheese appetizer was scrumptious! This place never disappoints.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and service, without pretensions. Lively atmosphere in a casual country setting. Just a great way to have a fun relaxing evening after a long week.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outstanding ambience, staff and food. Great selection and staff is very hospitable. Wine selection solid.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have been here 20 times at least and have introduced many friends to this lovely restaurant. My friends and I have had many wonderful meals here. Parkside has many loyal regulars as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Slow service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We love Parkside Grille - a neighborhood gem. Friendly service, good food, great atmosphere, and neighborhood appeal. Owner is always on site.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A great local, low key place with delicious food! I have never been disappointed. Their goat cheese appetizer and bread are standouts.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Groups, Healthy, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Parkside Grille is a favorite. Diverse menu with reliably tastey selections!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I had rigatoni w/ prawns which was good, not fabulous. my guest had a hamburger which she enjoyed a lot.
the mixed drinks were great and the service wonderful. It's such a pretty spo amongst the redwoods, i always enjoy it there.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I love going to the Parkside Grille. The food is always good, the service was great and we sat outside under the redwoods and it was lovely.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Always a favorite!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service, welcoming ambiance, love this "neighborhood" spot. A fave!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Healthy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We always enjoy Parkside Grille! Great food and wonderful people.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Romantic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Enjoyed another evening at the Parkside Grill which this last time was wonderfully complimented by fantastic service by Nancy who perfectly combines attentive care without being bothersome. She doesn't over do it. Really like her style.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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).

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Nice outdoor seating. Waiter was good at recommending gf and dairy free items. However after I gave my gf&df my meal came with chees all over the top! I had to send it back and it took awhile for a new dish to come out. Service was spotty mostly slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Was hoping for AC....was a very hot day

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Delicious dinner; delightful atmosphere on the patio amidst the redwoods. Perfect for a relaxed evening with friends

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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