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About 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.
A good time had by all! That is the spirit of MacArthur Park.

27 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm- 7:00pm
Friday Through Sunday Night Prime Rib Special

Cross Street:
El Camino; adjacent to Palo Alto Train Station

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 321-9990

Website:
http://www.macarthurparkpaloalto.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour Menu from 4:30 to 7:00 Monday through Friday.

Catering:
Call the Banquets line for menus and more details for your event.

Parking Details:
$6 at dinner (self parking is available at all times at the back of the restaurant)

Public Transit:
Located right next to the Cal Train Station and Bus Stop.

Executive Chef:
Faz Poursohi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding receptions and larger events are hosted at MacArthur Park which can easily hold 200+ guest. We host everything from a young childs birthday party to large corporate dinners. "We are pros at special events

Specials

Happy Hour at MacPark

Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Happy Hour at MacPark

Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Details

Our ever popular happy hour features discounts on a wide range of everyone’s favorite bar bites, including BBQ Chicken Sliders, Fish Tacos and Nachos much more. Drink specials include $4 draft beers, $5 house wines, and cocktails for $6. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Aug 3, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 on Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us at the Park for Thanksgiving Buffet
11 AM to 2:30 PM & 4 PM to 8 PM
Adults $52.95 Children 6-12 $27.95 Children Under 5 - FREE

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Private Dining

MacArthur Parks private dining facilities were specially designed for parties, cocktail receptions, business meetings, anniversaries, weddings, rehearsal dinners and other celebrations. We offer distinctive rooms that can accommodate a variety of events.

MacArthur Park - Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (5)
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Fun (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Convivial place near Stanford. We had a nice meal before a football game and have gone there after games too. Great Ribs.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Sports, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

There are many menu options, but the BBQ, especially pork ribs, are great. I selected included sides of horseradish cole slaw and potato skins. Service was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was delicious and surprised the restaurant was not very crowded for a Friday night ! This is a Palo Alto Icon..

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The entrance was VERY dark, dangerously dark, once inside, it was okay, very ordinary.
Lamb chop and pork chop were excellent. Signature bbq ribs and chicken were good.
We loved the onion strings, it’s a must have for us.
Services were a bit understaffed, we didn’t feel neglected, just not as good as usual business lunches during the week.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our server had to be prompted about daily specials and failed to tell us of dessert specials. But food very good

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Local history interest! Story of WW1 building by Julia Morgan !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is such a lovely place, i keep going back hoping things are better. Sadly, they aren't and this was my last attempt. We had an opentable reservation for 7:00, and when we arrived we were told that they had a table, but weren't ready for us, so we waited. When we were finally seated, it took 15 minutes for someone to take a drink order and another 15 to come back with the drinks. We finally ordered and when the food arrived about 30 minutes later, two orders (seven in our party) did not. The waitress explained that there was a problem, and we wouldn't be charged for those two. So, the five of us ate while the two watched and when we were done, their food came and we watched them eat. No one at the restaurant seemed very apologetic. Oh, and the food I got (I was one of the five) was cold!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I was so glad to find this restaurant still here (from my college days!), its Julia Morgan-designed building intact and still creating the open and classy feel of space.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Outstanding BBQ. Server Rosa made the evening very special.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner after the Giants game. Staff was so friendly and fun. The food was superb! My dad and I had the ribs and they were out of this world but the cole slaw stole the show! Who would've thought to put horseradish in with the mix! LOVED IT! Mom had the bbq chicken and just enjoyed every bite and my husband the prawns. Sensational!! I think this will be my parents new place for dinner.
Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I went with girlfriends and the food was not good. Ordered pasta which was bland and Caesar salad was a plate of bad lettuce with so so dressing. We asked to be moved to the patio as it was very noisy inside and it wasn't very crowded inside. The patio lighting is welcoming but the tables could look so much better with other tablecloths and decor.
Overpriced and won't be back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great Option in Palo Alto close to Stanford
This restaurant is an old standby that is not on the main drag and too often gets overlooked. It has a very nice atmosphere, a good variety of great food, and excellent service. Great choice for a group event -- we often have family celebrations there with 6-10 family members and friends.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

My husband and I went to MacArthur Park recently for an anniversary. I was really disappointed. We went for 7pm on a Saturday night and the place was dead. No candles lit, no background music ... just empty ambiance as we waited for a server. Service was OK. Food was OK for the price but the overall experience was lacking the "experience". Shame as I remember this place years ago as being lively, fun, sassy, sophisticated and elegant. Now it seems like the old age pensioners diner, in a big barn with nothing around, no music or ambiance. Seems like it lost all its pizzazz .. :-(

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner and cheerful, good service. Definitely want to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Delicious cuisine with excellent service and a great place for conversation.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

MacArthur Park is an underrated and often overlooked restaurant because of its location. It cannot depend on foot traffic because it is an island between the train station and El Camino but it is well worth searching for if you want a nice meal and conversation. Food is well prepared and staff are attentive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My birthday with out of town relatives. They loved it. Came here often with my daughter and we love the ribs. Wonderful atmosphere. Nice menu selections. Everything I have had here was always yummy. Came last New Years Eve and watched the golden balloons drop. Fun!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Even better than usual, new menu items are great! Super bar, and bartender. The sauce on my t-bone was excellent, and I appreciated the cut down size of the wedge, just large enough. And the bread pudding was delicious !

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This was a birthday celebration! We enjoyed the dinner, the service and the patio seating. Thanks especially to our server for helping to make the evening memorable. We will be back1

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We celebrated a birthday and everything was perfect and the price was more than reasonable.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great spot for a casual bite. Good size portions. Hamburger yummmy.
Seafood pasta has plenty of seafood.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Quiet, great menu, delicious food.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I've been to this restaurant 3 times and tried different dishes every time - they are all good!!! The 8 oz Filet Mignon I tried on the first visit was exactly what I craved at the time, grilled and flavored just right, with a perfect portion of juicy in the middle and lightly charred on the outside; I like it so much that I went back for a second time - fortunately the nice waitress recommended something else or I might've missed out on the lamb rack! It was so tender and juicy at medium, you could just tear the meat off the bones with your teeth. So the third time I went back I knew I had to try something new again. As luck would have it, the Grilled Prawn salad really took the cake - I can honestly say it exceeded all expectation! The boneless chicken did not disappoint either, but it just couldn't compare to the fresh jumbo prawn, the sweet mango, and the baby greens liberally sprinkled with lime vinaigrette offering that refreshing tinge for a warm summer's night. I don't usually like avacado, but when it's been grilled, warm with aioli sauce filling, I could understand why it's popular! All in all, Compliments to the chefs and the friendly staffs! Next time I am definitely trying something else again!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We really like MacArthur Park.......but the menu is not as good as it used to be.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

are used to go to this restaurant along time ago so I decided to try it again and was vastly disappointed. Upon entering the restaurant, the smell it was very musty and an appetizer. Then, the service was simply terrible! The food was OK, but not enough to surpass the first two comments.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

A nice place but was too quiet for us

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food was excellent as always. Most enjoyed the Fathers Barbeque brunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day brunch was not spectacular here. It's our first time eating at this place since all the places we like are booked. First was the parking, $6 Valet and self parking is very limited. Second, the waiter didn't know if there was other options for mimosas, I would think they would know since it's Brunch! Then came with a drink spilling on the way to the table. Lastly, Coffee was self served and I askedifvthey have soy milk they just looked at me sternly and said "No!". I felt like I was scolded!!! I guess we just won't go back again. Too bad, it has potential since the prime steak was good.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

My sister was visiting from out of state and we were focused on a quite venue where we could seat a party of 8 and still talk and hear each other. We were given a round table in a cove that was extremely conducive to conversation. The menu was short and simple, wine list adequate and service prompt and attentive. We were very pleased with the overall experience.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I've always loved this facility. Gorgeous classic interior lovingly maintained. My servers were excellent. But the quality of the cuisine was mediocre. As an appetizer I had their New England clam chowder which was a special for the evening. It was singularly bland. There are so many examples of great chowder in the Bay Area. When my server asked how it was I told him the truth and he cheerfully exchanged it for their French onion soup, which is regularly on the menu. Nothing special here--lots of cheese. I had their barbecued pork ribs which is on their regular menu. These weren't special and I doubt they were barbecued in the traditional way--low and slow. I suspect they were baked in an oven then grilled as their chef slathered a thick sweet sauce excessively.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Beauty setting great food. A bit noisy

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

Great service and ambiance. Tasteless and overpriced food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Food was good. Nothing disappointing but nothing mind blowing: Service was very very slow. The waiter at least acknowledged the slow service and waived one of our drinks (the cheapest one) but it was still painfully slow, despite the waiter passing our table many times. One in our party ordered ribs and while every table around us received warmed towels we had to ask to have one brought over. The waiter also offered a wine selection saying it was the cheapest/best cab by glass and after glancing at the menu post order it was the most expensive. Not the end of the world but seemed a little off putting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We always love going to MacArthur Park!
Food and service always top notch.
Beautiful Julia Morgan designed historical building and great patio as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was great, very accommodating. We were celebrating a Birthday!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Lovely evening as always - ideal location for business groups

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Mother's Day and Great Service and food. Very relaxing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Kid-friendly
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Had a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. Price too high & Noise level too high

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Wonderful Mother's Day brunch in an historic building.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We brought my mother for Mother's Day brunch. There was a nice selection of food and the service was fantastic. The atmosphere was lovely, too. My parents are hard of hearing and you could have a nice conversation without having to raise your voice. The hostess took note that my mom was cold and gave us a table next to the fireplace. Wonderful! We're planning out next visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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