MacArthur Park - Palo Alto
MacArthur Park - An American Experience
For decades, MacArthur Park has been about bringing people together around outstanding California BBQ and comfort food in a casual yet elegant setting.
You’ll find us nestled in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, and walk back in time in to the simple elegance of a bygone era in a dining room designed by Julia Morgan in 1918.
We take traditional BBQ on a ride with the richness of California’s bounty, offering our signature Baby Back Ribs, fresh fish, meats and chicken, steak, unique salads and comfort food using local farm fresh produce. Portions are large, and there is something for every taste including vegan and vegetarian choices. Join us for cocktails and dining on our garden patio, nightly.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Baby Iceberg Lettuce, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Blue Cheese, Tomato Salad, Chives, Point Reyes Cheese, Blue Cheese Dressing
Entrees are well prepared and very generous in portions. Most of the time we have to share a meal or take home half of it. The special memo features grilled kabobs of chicken or ground meat that are delicious and served with basmati rice and veggies. Some night they serve a fantastic tortilla soup and on the weekends a clam chowder, both delicious.
We have always loved the ambiance of the rafted dining room.
One of those rare gems in the heart of Silicon Valley that takes you back in time. Located in a historic building designed by Julia Morgan, this gem is frequented by locals and features traditional American fare. We had the poblano peppers stuffed with a mix of cheeses, onions strings, baby back ribs with homemade marinade and a demi-glace porkchop all of which was delicious. The French 75 was to die for and the wine selection solid. We'll be back.
The patio was lovely, and we enjoyed the live music that was at the right volume so we could enjoy it as well as our dinner conversation. Our food was excellent!
Overall very good. Great service. Nice, quiet, COVID safe indoor ambiance. Fried chicken and burger were excellent. French fries were soggy and disappointing which is why I didn’t give food 5 stars.
We reserved outdoor seating and were told it was unavailable when we arrived.
I don't understand the point of reserving, especially during a pandemic. The manager did not care at all.
The food was excellent and the server was excellent.
Loved eating on the patio!
Lovely atmosphere whether dining inside or in the garden. The food is very good, the portions are extremely generous and the cost is surprising low for such quality. We will return again and again.
The Friday night clam chowder was served in a large bowel. We had an over sized wedge salad with blue cheese crumble large enough to share, and spinach and cheese raviolis (8 pockets) with a delicate sauce including tomato piece; we shared that as well. We met the chef/owner named Faz and congratulated him on the menu and the endurance to stay open in such difficult times. It was surprising to see s few people dinning there. Have they forgotten this wonderful place.
Horrendously bad service. We arrived on time for a 7:30 pm reservation. Although there were plenty of empty tables, it took them 10 minutes to seat us. We had to ask twice to get water. We each ordered an appetizer. Mine arrived, but my husband’s had still not arrived by 8:30 pm. Nor had they opened the bottle of wine that we brought. The “musician” was a joke and was both annoying and too loud. We will never go there again. We paid for what we did receive (2 mixed drinks and my appetizer) and left.
Nice outdoor setting with friendly serving. Great for happy hour!
Excellent service. Sitting in the back patio, it was quiet enough for conversations even with the live music going. The food is average. I had the full rack of baby back ribs, tasty, but a bit dry and does have the fall-off-the-bones feel.
MacArthur Park has deteriorated since our last visit awhile ago.
Loved it! I had the ribs and my buddy had the shrimp pasta. We both started with the tortilla soup. Everything was amazing. The host was so gracious and kind, the serving staff was top notch and so friendly. It really was a great experience. I will be back!
Came as 2 couples for my BFFs birthday. We were here at 6:00 during happy hour so half price drinks on a small variety of them. Appetizers off the happy menu are cheaper too. The onion strings are delicious as is the calamari. For dinner, birthday girl had fried chicken which was a little dry but mashed potatoes were e cell eat. One gent had ribs which he loved (their specialty). My hubby and I had cheeseburgers with fries which were delicious. We ate in the open patio and it was lovely out there. Service was excellent. Come here often and will come again
Disappointing that they were out of their own branded wine; the number of times we had to call the server and remind him of what he was supposed to bring; all said, the food was nice. Really wanted to like it more, but between out of stock items, a wrong bottle brought to table that we had to send back since the server didn’t listen well, and server errors overall…they need to work out some issues.
My wife and I have gone to MP many times over the years. Last night, we felt the experience was not worth the effort. The service was fine, but the food was very average and nothing special. We were celebrating my wife's belated birthday. I ended up telling her I still owed her a birthday dinner somewhere better. Very disappointed and will not be returning. There are much better restaurants closer to home.
Excellent meal, excellent setting, excellent all around. Happy to leave with left overs too!
We love Macarthur Park! The service (and our server) was wonderful, and the ambience is good (and quiet).
It was a real find for us, with really good food and great service. The patio in back is very nice.
Al perfect meal in a perfect setting. Highly recommend.
Great staff, great service, great food!
Here with girlfriends during happy hour outside in their beautiful patio! Drinks were fabulous thanks to the awesome Aurilillio (I’m sure I botched that, sorry). Food was very good, service was excellent. Will be back soon
It was sad to see it almost empty, as the food was as good as it has been in the 20 years I have been going there. Each time I go, I get lost as it’s easy to miss the turn. For a party of 4, with entrees at $16-18 each, soft drinks, 2 margaritas, one coffee, two desserts, the tab was $145 before tips. A tad overpriced, but still worthwhile.
First time to MacArthur Park. Have always meant to go. Extra impetus was live music of Paolozzi Tango Trio. Generous portions of Poblano chile, calamari appetizers. String Onions were less appetizing, a bit dry. Cobb salad was huge, should have been shared. Wedge salad was right sized for an individual.
Delicious food, outstanding service.
attention in making the reservation and at the meal was superb, as expected... friendly attentive and with results
in contrast to the hubub on university avenue, the patio was quiet and uncrowded on this 4th of July Friday evening. the crowds have not returned, or have gone on holiday.
delightful to have an uncrowded patio seating, with no hustle and bustle.
food was prepared correctly, with attention to detail, and with art and energy
only one item i would change, reduce the pepper in the linguini prawns, to less than a 1/4 teaspoon per serving. ( or tabasco sauce) it was unnecessary and detracted from the prawn flavoring , which went unperceived.
It was extremely pleasant sitting outside on the back patio. Our waitress was very understanding when our teen-ager could not decide on what to order for dinner. She was very friendly and helpful on suggesting was was good to eat. We certainly enjoyed our dinner and will definitely go back.
Made a reservation for Father’s Day and upon arrival they were running 15 minutes behind. We were seated on the patio and didn’t know they had a special 3-course menu for the holiday. The website hasn’t been updated in months and the special menu wasn’t mentioned on the website or on open table, so we were locked into a $58 per person meal. It was stated on the menu kids under 5 eat free. When asked for the kids menu we were told the choices were Mac and cheese or chicken strips. We waited 20 minutes for our first course and over an hour for our second course. Had to flag down staff for the bill, and when it came we were charged for our ‘free’ kids meal. When I approached staff regarding the bill she said it wasn’t covered under the kids menu. After speaking to the manager he said it should’ve been comped. The manager did offer a bottle of wine for our troubles. Overall, cute restaurant but completely understaffed for a highly anticipated holiday lunch and there was no clarity on the menu, and the entire experience was 2.5 hours. Nobody checked on us during our meal, the bread basket never made it to the table and I have no reason to go back.
Father’s Day prix fix menu. Appetizers and most of the entrees ordered by our group were tasty and attractively plated. All of that positivity was wasted when server left. Manager and kitchen confused about our status. We never got dessert.
Excellent prime rib in a spacious setting
Amazing service and food…will return soon
The ribs weren’t fall off the bone tender but good. Overall okay. The wine we ordered was not available and the one suggested by the waiter was mediocre. The piano player was great.
We were only visited every 1/2 hour and only after we asked for our waitress several times...
I had the Rack of Lamb and my husband had the King Salmon. Both were excellent and good sized portions too. We will return again I'm sure.
It was a quiet evening so it was very nice for us - we could hear each other just fine! Everyone who helped us was so nice and efficient. It was a lovely experience for two older ladies who haven’t dined in restaurants for over a year! Thank you!
Great service by our wait staff and food was excellent! Only thing to improve was we had a 7:30 reservation and we’re not seated until almost 8, despite several table being open. Other than that, a great night.
Worst experience in a restaurant I’ve ever had and we took our soon to be grad there since she finished her finals on Friday. I realize they were understaffed due to a Covid and the waitress was really trying but to wait 15 minutes for the first round the another 15 minutes for the app then another 15 minutes for next round of drinks And wait for it 2 full hours before the meal arrived is something I’ve never experienced ever. We had to chase down the staff who was very apologetic and they scrambled to get our food to us. The food was absolutely awful bland and underwhelming. They offered 50% off the tab which I paid but nothing less than a full comp would have prevented this review which is the first negative review I have ever written. I will never enter that restaurant again.
Food took forever to arrive.
The restaurant is well ventilated inside, so we felt very safe. Plus all the food was excellent.
Delicious food and excellent service made for a lovely evening out.
A Palo Alto classic! Great food and wonderful service. Also a fantastic place to hold an event, as I did a few years ago on the back patio.
MacArthur Park - Palo Alto does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. MacArthur Park - Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 321-9990.
MacArthur Park - Palo Alto is rated 4.1 stars by 1544 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.