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About Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar

A classic American grill with a warm and inviting neighborhood feel, serving approachable and healthy comfort food. The relaxed setting offers casual, yet sophisticated dining with a menu that highlights regional and seasonal ingredients.

An extensive wine-by-the-glass and craft brew selection is also featured— and we offer complimentary corkage while dining for up to two bottles of wine per table.

Come join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night snacks and drinks (we’re open until 12am midnight!)

Parking is plentiful, free and easy.

100 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:

Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Saturday: 7:30am - 12:00pm
Sunday: 7:30am - 10:00am


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner:

Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar: 10:00 - midnight daily including late night food and desserts

Cross Street:
Sand Hill Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 330-2790

Website:
http://www.menlogrill.com/

Catering:
Full service catering available.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Self Parking.

Public Transit:
Cal Train - Menlo Park.

Executive Chef:
Erik Romme

Private Party Facilities:
We have several rooms available for groups from 2 to 250 guests

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
No corkage fee for wines at lunch and dinner!

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Please join us as we celebrate Christmas Day with a prix fixe 3 course menu from 11am until 8pm for $62 per person. Choose from prime rib with all of the trimmings or one of our other delicious selections. Available for parties of all sizes!

Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Special Occasion (18)
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Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (15)
Casual (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for a Date (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Authentic (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

excellent service and cuisine, in a comfortable and elegant setting.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

WAITRESS JASMINE WAS EXCELLENT. BARTENDER LUIS WAS ALSO EXCELLENT. LOBBY AND RESTAURANT HAD OUTSTANDING CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. VERY FRIENDLY PLACE. WE ATTENDED A PALO ALTO MEDICAL FOUNDATION AT THE HOTEL A FEW MONTHS AGO AND THE BUFFET IN A PRIVATE ROOM WAS VERY GOOD. THE PLACE IS WELL RUN .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The Menlo Grill is a wonderful choice for a quiet dinner for two or a fun get together with friends where a good conversation is possible. Even though the restaurant is part of the Stanford Park Hotel, it always feels like you're dining at a comfortable locals spot. The staff is welcoming and ready to accommodate. The menu is varied - something for everyone.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Berkshire)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great location for my ageing father in law and his wife with easy access and comfortable seating. Service was a bit slap dash and the desert was a bit of a disaster.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Will go back. Being able to converse without yelling is a plus.
Waitress was very pleasant and informative.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The dining room is beautiful and decor is lovely. I love this restaurant. Elegant with a casual feel. Menu items are diverse. Something for everyone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Tennis friends get together celebrating a birthday. Tables spread apart nicely so you can have a private conversation. Slower service in the beginning but once we ordered our food, they got better. Attentive and friendly staff. Met your nice marketing manager at Taste of Woodside promoting the restaurant. Food was also good - we'll come back sooner than later, I am sure.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was not what I was expecting based on the location and the name. I expected more of a sports bar with good food, but this is very much so a quieter, slightly proper hotel restaurant in the first floor of a nice hotel. It does have a casual vibe, but the menu is limited.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had been there on Monday for the first time for lunch. Ordered the handmade donuts for dessert. The freshness was amazing. Took my family back on Friday night. I have been raving about the donuts all weeek. We order them - they are not fresh at all. Literally rubber. So disappointed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We dined here for Thanksgiving (not the first time we've done so), and the dinner was very good--although it should have been served hotter! Service was initially a little slow and disjointed--even though the dining room wasn't packed; but, it's a holiday, after all, and I empathize with servers who have to work on Thanksgiving.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Terrible experience! Would NOT return. We went for a family Thanksgiving dinner. The bar/dining room smells of mildew, the tables are old (feel like a diner). Even though we arrived early and there were many open tables, we were seated at a table immediately next to a very elderly man who appeared to be choking the entire meal (felt bad for him, but definitely not appetizing!) There was a fixed menu that was extremely OVERpriced - $52 per person.... the crab cake appetizer was under cooked and the artichoke bisque was inedible! It tasted like dirt! The turkey main course was fine, however, there were only two dessert choices, so two of the four people in our party had no dessert, and could not eat their appetizer, staff never asked why the plates were being returned to the kitchen FULL! They never offered additional drinks and rushed us through the meal in an hour. Four people for a mediocre main dish, disgusting appetizers, limited dessert options and terrible service.... $287 + tip! I will NEVER return to Menlo Grill!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Sophisticated comfort in a calm, civilized setting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was my mom’s bday and it started off great but got worse from there. My mom got a glass of champagne to start but after giving us menu’s left for at least 15 min before coming back for our orders. Then it took 25 min for our meal to come. Also the water glasses had a awful smell which the waiter had to replace. After dinner, we ordered dinner assuming they would sing for my mom’s bday ( because they sang for the table next to us) but there was no singing and not even a candle. I put a note in my reservation that it was my mom’s bday and still all they did was bring a champagne glass after we had our drinks. I honestly think this place is made for older people and would not recommend it for any of my friends.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Don’t count on a reservation being worth much.
Extremely poor table management, not very accommodating. We were seated 45 minutes late.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Enjoyed the visit! Cheesecake was amazing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We like this restaurant because the food and service are quite good, and there is always parking available. We generally go out to dinner with friends, so we especially appreciate that you can actually enjoy conversation. The tables aren't stuffed in too close to one another, there is enough fabric to absorb sound ... all making for a pleasant evening where we're not constantly saying "What?? What??" and don't go home with a headache!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place and easy when you stay in the great hotel! The bar tender was outstanding and they have a great wine list.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good local place for any meal. Easy parking, attentive staff and tasty food. The short ribs were very tender. The sea bass was very good. Caesar salad nothing special; only low point. Beignets not really classic, more like donut holes. In the summer, nice patio.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Subpar service spoils a nice Sunday brunch. We had to ask for way too many items that should have been asked about or just automatically brought to the table.
Water - had to ask
Salt & pepper - had to ask
Butter - had to ask (we had toast & muffins)
Cream - had to ask
Sugar - had to ask

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had appetizers and drinks when there. The drinks were excellent, the onion soup outstanding, and the crust on the prosciutto pizza terrific.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

One of the best places in Palo Alto / Menlo Park for a quiet lunch either for business or casual dining. There is never a rushed feeling and the interior sets the mood for understated elegance. Lunch menu is wonderfully varied and the food is at least very good and always extremely fresh. Service is thoroughly professional and attentive, without being intrusive or obsequious. Hated to leave to get back to the "real world".

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My friend and I went with two other couples. With all the talking we were slow to order and slow to finish, but staff was good about letting us hang out in the small room area to talk even after we finished eating.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Alas the Menlo Grill has fallen back to mediocre after being better. Back to amateur hour for service. Ordered oysters came with no fork and two were inedible. Told the waiter but no replacement or adjustment on bill. Pork chop could have been good but was almost cold. Plates removed from one at the table while others still eating. Cioppiono served on a regular dinner plate rather than a bowl and with no spoon. Bread not served until asked for. Cheesecake was so small was finished in 4 bites. This is now an average hotel dining room not worthy of a restaurant designation. Best thing is free corkage but food not worth it. The last time we ate here was much better but this is last time for us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food!! Wonderful atmosphere and the service was excellent! Highly recommended!!

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

ALWAYS GOOD. VALET PARKING. FINE FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE. OUR
"GO TO" RESTAURANT IN MENLO PARK.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We like to go for their Prime Rib Special on Sunday night with friends (we like to talk to each other and we can actually hear across the table without shouting!)

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

excellent service and food made for an awesome dining experience.
top notch place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Enjoyable place for family dinners. Friendly staff

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a wonderful time! The service couldn't have been better and the food was delicious!! I even received a beautifully decorated piece of cheesecake complete with lighted candle. What a lovely surprise!!!

Sitting outside in the courtyard can't be beat!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

A good quality restaurant in Palo Alto. The service was friendly, food was good and the wine list is well put together. Good value for money, and a really pleasant environment overall.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is one of my two favorite restaurants on the Peninsula. Knowledgeable and attentive wait staff: I was choosing between two pastas and our waiter recommended one of them - it was marvelous! Pasta with unusual pairings of vegetables and salmon.

We got good service and a great, unrushed meal--important because we had much to discuss. Equally important the restaurant is quiet enough to have real conversation.

Once again, thank you, Menlo Grill! You never disappoint.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Love this place. We're regulars and it's like Cheers. They know you by name.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service wasn't so good, took a long time to get fruit and nuts that went with waffle. Had to remind staff to refill coffee. It was a game day and maybe that was the reason. Also, couldn't order a mimosa until 10am. On the weekend, you would expect to be able to.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant inside Stanford Park Hotel--yet, set out of the way. Lovely, quiet
place to meet another couple for dinner. Not a child's restaurant...upscale, but not over-the-top. $$$.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food and the service could not have been worse. We would not go back nor recommend this place to anyone.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Perfect dining in the patio in spring/summer/fall. Excellent for conversation in a beautiful setting. Umbrellas strategically placed to shield from warm sun and sunlight. A larger variety of menu choices food is good and reasonably priced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

my go to place for business meetings especially in the morning..they open at 8..also good for lunch...the food is good at a reasonable price , the noise level is usually very low which is unusual these days...

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We truly enjoyed our time here. The food was delicious and perfect portions. I'm returning with new set of friends for lunch soon.
Thank you!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Lovely quiet table in the bar - for a hard of hearing and elderly party of 4.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Food was ok (only)

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