Menlo Tavern

4.5
87 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Menlo Tavern is open for dinner on The Patio from 5pm to 9pm daily. Live Music from 6pm to 9pm daily.

To celebrate the summer season, Menlo Tavern is taking dinner reservations for The Patio - the most unique and beautiful outdoor dining environment on the Peninsula - a lush oasis surrounded by ambient lighting and cozy fire pits.

Please join us at Menlo Tavern bar prior to savoring an elevated American cuisine and enjoying the sounds of our area’s finest guitarists and vocalists on the patio.

Safety precautions

Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
What 87 people are saying
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shawnp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good, staff was outstanding and the band on our particular night was really great.

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MargaretC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a lovely place for a special occassion. Those fries are overrated but my filet was perfect. Live music under the stars and great wine list. What more could you want?

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PamelaM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice experience. The ambience is great, food delicious and good portions.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice patio. Food was good, usual salmon chicken etc. They include the gratuity 20% calculated after booze and tax.

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ScrappyKimberly
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a wonderful risk-managed way to listen to an 9 piece band OUTDOORS, dance @ a DISTANCE, and enjoy wonderful food and friendly service! Thank you Menlo Tavern for redesigning for the NEW NORMAL!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Great ambiance. Relaxing setting

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viphoheeyi
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Sat outside in the courtyard; Great ambiance, live music and good food and service

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VALENTINAM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a romantic date. Only tried appetizers, well-sized portions and delicious, looking forward to check the rest of the menu!

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vipSaraBethD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great happy hour at Menlo Tavern! Loved the live music and the new lunar themed cocktail menu. Will be back!

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JessicaO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very lovely atmosphere with live music on the patio. Only issue is that our server didn’t wear her mask properly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance from the band Wobbly World, excellent music. Loved the flatbread dish and the burrata.

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DianaD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This is my 2nd time visiting this restaurant. Repeat trip due to good service and food the first time.
I found the food and service to be lacking this time. I wonder was it due to it being a Monday night, rather than a Friday night?
Some of the food came out of the kitchen so hot to even eat. The pork loin lacked flavor and was luke warm. Four different desserts were ordered so we could try the menu, I would not re-order any of them. Perhaps an off night? I will give them one more try as the location is terrific.

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AbigailA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The manager saved the day, unfortunately he had to take it upon himself to become our waiter, as he completely abandoned us after serving pre dinner cocktails. Not only did we regularly have to flag down other waiters who were quite busy at their own tables, we had to go find flatware as our entrees cooled! It was our anniversary (noted in the reservation), no acknowledgement. Also, the tip was included as a "fair wage" so you would THINK the waiter would at the VERY LEAST give us flatware. The manager was kind, apologetic and even gave a discount. The breaded steak fries and cocktails were great, as was the ambience and live entertainment. Pork tenderloin and filet mignon were okay. We won't return.

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JaneA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant double birthday!

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ScrappyKimberly
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the 11 piece band! Awesome service, as always.

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Local
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the filet and branzino while the kids had a cheeseburger and pasta. We also had a tomato salad starter. For dessert we had the namesake cheesecake and an ice-cream Sunday. The food was very good. The drinks menu is excellent and we had an Old Fashioned cocktail and a glass of wine. Our waiter in particular was outstanding. Exceptionally attentive, helpful and pleasant. Overall a great evening.

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Margaret
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Although I read on the menu that the 20% gratuity was already included in the menu prices in support of fair wages for employees, when the bill came the tip area was still blank. I left some additional. However I expect that this could be confusing for customers. I felt bad if I did not leave something additional

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vipKelceyryder
San Francisco
134 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a party of six to celebrate our daughter's 20th wedding anniversary. None of us had been here before. I cannot wait to go back. We sat outside in a courtyard with several tables nearby. There was a trio playing guitar and singing. It was like being at a backyard party. The food is great. It's a small menu but has something for everybody. We had the charcuterie plate, frites, and bread as appetizers. 2 had the Branzini, 1 had salmon, 1 filet, 1 burger, and 1 the Green Goddess salad.
I think we were there for 3 hours. We stayed through dessert and coffee. It was fun!!

Menlo Tavern
Responded on September 12, 2021

Kelceyryder, Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience. Avi Haksar Managing Director

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vipElle
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The patio is gorgeous, and we had a live singer which made the whole experience even better. The noise from the trains is a little distracting, and the food was just fair, but our servers were great, so that made up for it.

Menlo Tavern
Responded on September 12, 2021

Elle Thank you so much for your kind words and review, it was a pleasure to share with the team. We look forward to having you back. Appreciatively, Avi Haksar Managing Director

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Sawman
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was overpriced. The drinks were more than double what we normally pay anywhere else! Kids were running around chasing each other.

Menlo Tavern
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry the service didn't meet your expectations. Your feedback is very much appreciated. If you have anything additional you would like to share, please feel free to email me at 650 322 1234 Avi Haksar Managing Director

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vipEdH4
Hawaii
403 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food & service were good, but not excellent. I enjoyed the Kale Caesar salad and my guest liked the salmon. My hamburger was nothing special. Wait service was adequate, and we had an enjoyable dinner.

Menlo Tavern
Responded on September 4, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry to hear that our service and food didn't live up to your expectations. If there was anything in particular that you would be willing to contribute how we might improve I would be appreciate to hear it. Please feel free to reach out to me at 650 322 1234 if you are willing. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Avi Haksar Managing Director

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MARJORIE
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing from customer service to every flavorful bite of the delicious food! We loved it. We recommend it and we are planning to go back.

Menlo Tavern
Responded on September 2, 2021

Marjorie, Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience Appreciatively, Avi Haksar Managing Director

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Franc
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night. Freddy is great.

Food, service A+.

Loved our waiter!!

Menlo Tavern
Responded on September 2, 2021

Frank, Thank you so much for you wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience. Warm Regards, Avi Haksar Managing Director

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KimberlyW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow, a 9 piece band outdoors during dinner? And wonderful, kind, helpful people taking care of us during our amazing and delicious culinary adventure? A true joy and a relief to enjoy such musical magic during the pandemic.

Menlo Tavern
Responded on September 2, 2021

Kimberly W, Thank you for your wonderful review. We certainly appreciate you taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your experience. Appreciatively, Avi Haksar Managing Director

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful
This is the second time the music was either missing or the gal last night had to leave after one set! She was fantastic but disappointing no music. It’s a big part of the experience.

Rocky is #1 in my book.

Thanks and hats off to the chef!!!

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vipRichard
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food. We especially enjoyed the Hummus appetizer, the french fries, and the brick chicken entree. Our server, Jeremy, is really courteous and professional. Highly recommended!

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vipmaryg
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The first time I went there back in May the food was just ok. This time I went, (end of August) it was nice! Drinks were good, and we sat outside and entertainment was a female singer…She was great! Fire pits and comfy seating. My salad and Salmon was absolutely delicious. Husband said pasta was nice. The hostess and food servers were gracious and accommodating.

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ChloeR
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining in the courtyard is so lovely. There was live music which struck just the right vibe and enhanced the experience. This hotel gives attention to detail and ambiance that is difficult to find these days.

The service at the restaurant was excellent: attentive, friendly and professional. The food was very good, though not particularly innovative. Typical, but very good, N Cal cuisine. The specialty cocktail we ordered was delicious and perfectly balanced with fresh fruit purees without being sweet. When indoor bars are a thing again, this is a must see. The bar has an old fashioned feel with a modern esthetic and the cocktail list is way more creative than the food menu

Overall, we will definitely dine here again, especially during the pandemic when outdoor dining is a priority.

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Citizen
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was okay. We’ve been before and thought it’s was very good. This visit the burger and the fish were over done.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue and lovely music! S’mores at the fire pit was a great way to end the evening!

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PeggyB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tavern burger excellent! The staff friendly and accommodating. The music on Tuesdays with Freddy Clark’s band spectacular!!!

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PamelaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The patio at the Tavern is a great place to meet friends--it's quiet enough for conversation, but the music adds a warm atmosphere.

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specialplaces
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice warm night and wonderful outside dinning with a live relaxing musician p

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traildog
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Courses were served out of sequence leaving people without food while others waited. Not the service you would expect for this level of restaurant. The food was excellent (sea bass especially), but the salads had lettuce leaves that needed to be further cut down in size and had too much dressing. Definitely felt over priced especially with the added 20% tip, which was not earned.

Our waiter was nice and friendly, but definitely coordinations issues with food delivery.

A bit bummed as we were celebrating a 92nd birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Service was rude and bad

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vipGerron
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink menus offer well-prepared and presented creative twists on traditional items. Ambience is attractive, slightly upscale. Inner courtyard is large, quiet, and protected from wind.

Music every night now through September, different each day. Courtyard is excellent setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

As I said in Yelp,

Start of with the fact that it's a beautiful property.
Great setting on the outdoor patio, but that's where it ends.
Service was was below par drinks are very expensive and order came out wrong.
20% gratuity was automatically taken off of our bill as well as a $26 fair wage charge on $154 bill.
Not acceptable and cannot recommend. WILL not come back!

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scallops4me
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the filet mignon. It practically melted in my mouth and had delectable flavor. The was music, a lovely, safe outdoor setting. It was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Took forever. Food came cold. And they weren’t that nice about it. I have had other very good experiences there, so I was surprised.

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Beth
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menlo Tavern has fun ambiance and great food - a perfect place for a meal and evening out. The restaurant does a great job at accommodating special requests. The food is terrific and the staff incredible. Always made to feel at home by Reuben!

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Menlo Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 87 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.