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MacArthur Park - Palo Alto

1296 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Barbecue, Comfort Food
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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
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Phone number
(650) 321-9990
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Faz Poursohi
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Call the Banquets line for menus and more details for your event.
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Cross street
El Camino; adjacent to Palo Alto Train Station
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Parking details
We have ample public parking behind the restaurant

We also offer Valet parking for $6 at dinner .
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Public transit
Located right next to the Cal Train Station and Bus Stop.
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Happy Hour Menu from 4:30 to 7:00 Monday through Friday.
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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
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 1296 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Having loved MacArthur Park with my parents during my college years, and wanting to share it with my children while they were at school nearby, I took my family of 5 to dinner for our one night out. Although not crowded, our server seemed to forget that we were there. Our drink order didn't come and we had not even ordered our entrees before we had completely finished our appetizers. (Neither the calamari nor the onion strings were hot). Finally I waved down a busboy to get our waitress so we could order. Still no drinks. After waiting a bit for 2 salads, our entrees were served before we had finished our salads. Salmon was not particularly hot, bland, and needed a sauce or something of interest, but the filet was hot and quite good. Server still seemed not to care much that we existed. To top it off, we shared a few courses and ordered 2 to be split in the kitchen and expressly ordered a third to NOT to split, but to bring an extra plate. The kitchen split all three and, despite the fact that we pointed out the error, we were charged the $5 split charge. Normally not a big deal, but the server really didn't seem to care much. We didn't say anything.... just paid it and got out of there. Too bad! Sadly, we won't be going back. I now remember that I was less than impressed for similar reasons when I dined there last year. It doesn't appear to be an isolated bad evening, just a general trend of blase, mediocre experience. Too expensive and disappointing to do that again!

DCPA1 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was quite good, service was okay...a lot of waiting.

Dino (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Our main course arrived before our Starters. My friend asked for a wet towel which never came. Our coffee was just about warm and not hot! However they did not charge for the starters. Apart from that the food was OK.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good experience!! Good food. Conviennent parking! Very friendly parking. Convient.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The lighting was super bright, not fostering a romantic vibe for Valentine’s Day. The food was okay, not great. The staff working there seemed like amatures.

Domedion (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Salmon & rice had to be sent back twice to be heated. Never did get it warm enough. But, it was very good. Also the gravy for the filet was lukewarm and was sent back, but it came back hot!
But it was still a nice Valentine evening. It is a beautiful restaurant.

DaveN (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

A little tough to find. Parking restricted but valet was very good. Food was very good. A bit noisy.

DavidG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was a bit overpriced. The vegetables were a little hard and rubbery. The chicken however, was perfect! The sourdough bread we were given was warm and incredible. It was worth the visit alone!

viptrbennett99 (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Overall pretty sad to see this place. Food is mediocre at best. Ribs were disappointing. Time for a reboot. Won’t be back.

A5467 (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Diner with friends. Everyone had a great time. We all ordered something different and each meal was great. Service was outstanding

vipAnon (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

As always the food and service were outstanding. Only problem tonight was the music and volume. They were playing rock...just not what you might have in mind on a Friday night. However, we love the restaurant —the ambiance (usually) food and service are always enticing you to come back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I love Mac Arthur Park! I’ve been going there over 3 decades and was so happy to know they weren’t closing up shop a couple years ago. We ate dinner there on NYE, and unfortunately they did not seem properly staffed. It took a very long time to get our food, but I must say it was delicious and worth the wait. Generally speaking, their food and service is awesome!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Enjoyed Christmas Day dinner at MacArthur Park. They offered a buffet with plenty of options. The prime rib was very good, the prawns tasty, and there were several salads to choose from. Would like a few more vegetable options. There were plenty of deserts and all were good -especially the pecan pie. The service was excellent - all the staff were gracious and helpful despite the large number of diners there. Thank you MacArthur Park for making Christmas Dinner!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Holiday buffet was many delicious offerings, all hot and fresh. Restaurant looked pretty and festive! Ballgames on too!!

Jean (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there at the end of the early Christmas Brunch. The food was pretty overcooked and somewhat dried out from being kept warm so long. We will not plan to go for Christmas Day again

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

My son is getting treatment at the Stanford Cancer Center for the next 10 weeks. He wanted to get away from the hospital food. We booked MacArthur Park for Christmas Day dinner for the family. It was nothing fantastic my son was able to eat mash potatoes and string beans. We were shocked when the bill came to over $230 for the 4 of us. When called the restaurant they informed us the meal was $27.95 per person for the buffet. When I get the bill it is $52.95 per person. Talk about being misinformed. It put a damper on the rest of our day as we are on a limited budget and the bill took most of our funds for the week. Needless to say we can not recommend this restaurant or ever come back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed the Christmas Day buffet very much particularly the prime rib and the prawns. My wife is celiac and was very happy with the wide variety of gluten free choices including gluten free deserts. The food was all delicious and our server was very attentive. We also enjoyed the conviviality of the other guests. We will very likely be here again next Christmas.

UCWhatIC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We went to McArthur Park for their ChristmasBrunch. The food was good and they had something for everyone. It was didplayed very well.
However, our server forgot to bring our water that we asked for with our cocktails. Bar service was slow.

The meal was tasty but the service was slightly lacking. I would return to mcArthur Park for dinner and drinks but not necessarily the Christmas Buffet.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food and a great selection. Beautiful holiday decorations. Waiter checked in enough but not too much. We plan to return.

Cymphony (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a nice time. The food was excellent and the service was great!