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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

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.

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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 4, 2010

Our server David was very attentive and so funny. Bar servers were awesome. They kept my wife entertained until my son and I arrived to the restaurant, and then kept all of us happy until my brother and sister in law arrived. All of us had a different entree and each of us remarked how great our selections were. MacArthur Park was a real hot spot before the downturn in the economy, so we were surprised at the number of empty tables. But hey, check it out! The prices are lower now and very reasonable, and the specials? Wow!
Have fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2010

Very impressed with every aspect of the restaurant, especially the valet attendant. He was very attentive,courteous and professional unlike other valet services. Your restaurant is doing it right! Appearance goes a long way. Thank you. Please share with the restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2010

It was the architecture that got me interested in trying this restaurant. I've been there several times in the fall and their indoor dining room is spacious and quiet. This last time, because it was a lovely August day, we sat outside. The service is great and the menu varied enough to satisfy my fellow guests, although I keep coming back to the porkchops.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2010

I must admit, this used to be one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I have been going to MacArthur Park for about 15 years. I brought 2 other people from San Jose to the restaurant on Saturday that had never been before. This was easily my worst experience ever dining there. I had 4 different servers throughout the course of my meal and none of them could get the drinks, food or bill correct in a timely manner. I actually watched one server bring our beers halfway to the table, leave them in the sun (15 feet away) for about 5 minutes (long enough to warm them up about 10 degrees) and then have another server bring them over (wrong beers, wrong people). The ribs are usually the hi-light of MP, but this time, they were very tough.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2010

This restaurant is wonderfully located in what looks like an old mansion. The atmosphere is great and the homemade chips were spectacular (I couldn't stop nibbling on them!). For me, however, the food fell a little flat. I had the chicken and rib combo plate and was left a little disappointed - I've had better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2010

I used to go to the other MacArthur Park in San Francisco all the time and have missed their onion strings and fried calamari since they went out of business. It was great to get a taste of their food again. Always yummy and reliable and the salmon special with fresh corn salsa was perfectly cooked and delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2010

MacArthur Park has a unique ambiance because of its historic building. The food is consistently very good and I like that the tables are not on top of each other. And the barbecue aroma is wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2010

I have eaten at MacArthur Park many times, sometimes good, sometimes average. This time all items ordered where great, especially the clams and ribs. The wives had dinner salads of prawns and steak and they loved them as well. I mentioned that it was both our anniversaries, and then the waiter brought out small, but enough, pieces of Mudd Pie. The place was not busy, as it was early, but we were treated well and all had a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2010

Although a little difficult to find (if you miss the entrance it takes a little time and effort to go back), we had a very enjoyable evening with great food, service and ambiance. I'd definitely consider going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2010

The restaurant has kind of a cool ambience because it is a former Officer Club. The food was just average, not too exciting.
I ordered a roasted beet and gorgonzola salad (add chicken) It was very generic, the chicken was dry and tasteless.
My husband enjoyed the ribs and my daughter liked her mussels and clams. Dessert was awful, we ordered creme brule and the it tasted like soap!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2010

Nice patio for outdoor dining. The waiter was great, service was wonderful and price was reasonable for very good food. Very nice dining experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2010

I brought 5 friends to McArthur Park for dinner on a Wednesday night. All of our meals were well prepared and the service was very good. I will definitely return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2010

The food and ambiance were good, the service however, was lacking. They weren't busy at all, and yet we hardly saw our waiter. The busboy was the only one who provided the best service during the night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2010

Very tasty back ribs and delicous cole slaw. Wonderful service. Convenient valet parking. I'll be back!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2010

Good comfort food like Meatloaf and Ribs. The service was fine until we were ready to pay the check. Then we couldn't get the servers attention

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2010

Been here several times. Atmosphere is good for a business lunch. My favorite is the prawn avocado salad. Ask for the dressing on the side. They do a "double dressing of sorts" and it always ends up heavy. OTW- good flavor and light (if you dress it)

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2010

They staff was very helpful in throwing a great anniversary dinner. They provided good suggestions on the table that was romantic and quiet. They set the flowers on the table at the right time. They came by often to check up on how the dinner was but did not intrude. All in all it was a great time.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2010

The only problem is the restaurant's accessability. Hard to find and park.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2010

Very mediocre food at not an inexpensive price but price aside (if food was great it wouldn't matter) who would want to go back or recommend..sad because it's such a beautiful setting...a wasted opportunity new chef and menu overhaul badly needed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2010

This place went downhill over the years until no one was going there. Since changing either ownership and/or chef, the food is really good again. Unfortunately, that old reputation still clings and they are still not drawing well. One irritant is being stuck with valet parking. The other one was that I used Open Table to make a lunch reservation and they do not give points for lunch time reservations, only dinner.

The food and service were very good. Instead of bread, they start you off with housemade potato chips which are addictive. It's great for barbecue again. The baby back ribs were delicious. Someone else had the pork chops and raved. Another diner had the salmon and said it was quite good also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2010

THe food was very good but the menu is very limited. Liked the ribs

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2010

Excellent ambiance, food, and service for important business meals/catered meetings. I've been there about twenty times.
It should be noted that you can see the restaurant from the road but it is difficult to get to. Entry to parking is tricky because the exit is on the left of the restaurant and the entry is off the street immediately to the right of the restaurant. The entry street at first looks like a one-way street going the wrong way with a median and a second one-way going the right way. However, the first one-way street is two-way and the second street is actually an authorized-entry-only street.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2010

Great building with equally great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2010

I enjoy the holiday buffet style brunch for Fathers' and Mothers' Day. It's a local gem that I always share with friends visiting from out of town. I am very happy with my dining experience this past Fathers' day!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2010

Staff offered bread rolls when asked for cheese crackers to go with the Blue Cheese; and rolled his/her eyes when this was declined. They need training.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (東京)·Dined on June 20, 2010

Went with my family for Father's day BBQ Brunch. The food was OK. There were several BBQ dishes, salmon, chicken, ribs, and prime rib. The chicken was OK. The rest except prime rib seem to have the same Hoisin flavor. I didn't get to try the prime rib myself but my dad said it was pretty good. The service was really good. For special occasion, tables were put too close together making it difficult for people to walk around. I recommend going a little early, as when we were about to leave, the place got really crowded, and I can see some problem on the buffet table. The coffee creme brule was great - my favorite for the day. The rest of dessert was all right. Overall it was OK, worth an experience but nothing to write home about.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2010

Love the grilled artichocke appetizers!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2010

The Rombauer cabernet sauvignon 2006 was flat, mediocre at best. The side dishes, rice, spinach, were much too salty.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2010

Great open summer atmosphere. Unfortunately, not too many waiters were working so service was thin but still adequate. Though my guests liked their entrees, I did not like the taste of mine at all. Still, MP is very comfortable and the prices are quite reasonable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2010

Great experience, everything was perfect. Had gone like 20yrs ago and it was still as good as it was then.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2010

Food was amazing, as was the ambiance and the servers were very friendly and helpful. But the food arrived a little slowly...

If they could just get the food out a little bit faster it would be perfect in every way!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2010

This was our first visit, for my daughter's 25th birthday dinner. We were delighted with the ambiance, the food was excellent, service prompt. Would most definitely go there again. We ate inside and seating was great...not cramped. The only slightly negative aspect was the live pianist was too loud; we found ourselves having to really talk loud to be heard, and we were only a party of 4 at a small table. Although the music selection was very nice, it was a relief when he took a break.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2010

I had never been to MacArthur's Park in Palo Alto and it was a lovely surprise. The restaurant interior is clubby and charming. We ate outdoors on their beautiful shady patio. The food was wonderful, the portions perfect and they offer crisp home-made potatoe chips in lieu of bread baskets. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone for lunch or dinner, business or pleasure. With complimentary valet parking included, this is a great find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2010

We came here for lunch to celebrate my son's graduation from high school. Service was a bit slow, though there were not many diners at 1 PM on a Friday. The complimentary, crispy potato chips were a nice surprise, but needed a bit more salt. After waiting a while, beverages were finally served. The mimosa was very nice. The crayons and paper placemats made for creativity and conversation during lunch.
I had the hangar steak salad, and the best part were the tasty golden potatoes that accompanied the dish. The meat was a little chewy and lacked flavor. For dessert, the dual creme brulee was quite good, especially the coffee flavored dish. It would have been nice to have a little acknowledgement by the waiter or maitre d for the occassion

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2010

Love the ambiance of the place & the food has improved over the last year! nice to be able to talk with our friends--not too noisy!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2010

So much fun, all the memories of going as a kid. great staff as always. Same stellar menu. Different experience romantically. But just as elegant as ever.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2010

Good for groups, kid friendly...not so good for those who like to dine in peace.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2010

Ordered the meatloaf, which was nice an flavorful. But I was disappointed by the mashed potatoes, which reminded me of the instant flakes we used growing up. They were watery and runny with little to no flavor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2010

Always a favorite place to go. Best ribs anywhere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2010

I love MacArthur Park. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is comfortable but upscale, and the service is great. I also appreciate that it is not too loud - it is a place you can meet friends and hear each other talk, which is rare these days. I think part of the secret is that they do not crowd too many tables into the space. I highly recommend MacArthur Park.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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