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Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Outdoor seating features heat lamps and fire pits.
WINE WEDNESDAYS WITH FREDDY CLARKE
Multiple dates available
Mon - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:00 PMJoin us for Wine Wednesdays, where all of our amazing bottles of wines are 25% off! To sweeten the deal further, you can savor every drop while listening to Bay Area legend, Freddy Clarke and his band, Wobbly World, during dinner at Oak + Violet. Freddy’s band is a great example of how our big melting pot works so well. Members of the band are from all across the world, from Lebanon to Cuba, and come together to create a whole new sound that is vibrant, melodic and uplifting – proof that we are all better together.
LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS WITH NATE PRUITT AND RICK
Multiple dates available
Mon - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:00 PMVocalist Nate Pruitt and guitarist Rick Vandivier magically combine southern soul and classic jazz styles with grooves and blues – performing their originals and favorites from Jimmie Davis and Nat King Cole to Al Green and Marvin Gaye. Their treatments are so unique that you feel you are hearing even classic songs for the first time. While they impress hard-core jazz lovers, they also tap into the souls of anyone who loves the great vibes and surprises that come with every session. Reservations are recommended.
Carlos Reyes on Mondays and Tuesdays
Multiple dates available
Mon - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:00 PMWorld-renowned harpist and violinist, Carlos Reyes, is performing during dinner each Tuesday on the courtyard at Oak + Violet! This Grammy Award-winning artist has played around the globe with legendary performers like Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, MC Hammer and the Doobie Brothers. Carlos has been wowing audiences since his first public appearance at the age of 5! Originally from Paraguay, Carlos moved with his family to the Bay Area as a young child and debuted with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra when he was only 14 years old. Don’t miss this special opportunity to see Carlos perform at such an intimate venue, and prepare to be blown away by his sheer genius!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
balsamic vinegar, chopped hazelnut
Castelvetrano olives, roasted shallots, roasted fennel, sweet peppers, romesco
Hass Avocado, sourdough, pickled red onion, crispy shallots, crème fraiche
Oak & Violet has great outdoor courtyard dining even on very chilly nights. That's very nice to be able to dine more safely with my friends who either work in fields like teaching where they're more likely to be exposed to Covid or who have elderly parents with whom they have close contact. The food is generally very good, fresh, casual California food. My dinner companion said the Brussel sprouts were the best he'd ever eaten in his life. Their truffle fries are amazing. I'd appreciate salt and pepper on the table as my gnocchi was a bit under-seasoned for my taste.
Librarian, thank you so much for your amazing review but more importantly, choosing to dine with us. We are elated to see that you enjoyed your experience with us, and we all agree, our courtyard is great, even on a chilly night. It's 2022 and we hope to see a lot more of you in this year. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Was a little disappointed. Cocktails were underwhelming, food was good but not amazing. Our server was great but overall not an amazing experience.
Happy holidays and Happy New Year to you and your family! Thank you for choosing to dine with on New Year's Eve. We are so disappointed to see that we did not meet your expectations. We pride ourselves on delivering a great dining experience and your feedback points to areas that we will re-evaluate and get better at. Thank you so much for your feedback and with our sincerest of apologies for your dinning experience. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Had a great dining experience at Oak + Violet! The ambience was great and food was delicious. Our server, Felipe, was very helpful and hospitable. They had live music which was wonderful. Would definitely come back again!
Happy holidays and thank you for choosing to dine with us, furthermore, thank you so much for your very kind words. We are so happy to see that you enjoyed the food and our ambience, that includes our live music. And we share this amazing review with Felipe, we are truly blessed to have a part of our family. Until we see you again, thank you and happy holidays! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Amazing evening of food, music and fun.
Staff was great and so was the ambiance.
Thank you so much for your amazing 5* review and thank you for your very kind words. And we do agree with you...food, music and staff are all amazing. Please come back to experience all of our talented performers. Happy New Year!! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Excellent and consistent service. Very good food choices and quality. Drinks are excellent and ambience is amazing. Live music is a plus.
Thank you so much for your very kind words. We are truly blessed to have a team that provide great personalized service and an amazing courtyard. We look forward to your return and happy holidays! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
First, we were thankful for all the staff for helping us have a Thanksgiving dinner at this restaurant. We really looked forward to this experience, since the restaurant has good reviews. But the food was mediocre, and the overall experience was not worth the price at all. The ambience was good outside, but we asked to be moved inside because their heater smelled like cockroaches. The inside was standard The service, while friendly, was not up to par with the price. The cocktail we got was good. The ham was good, but the turkey was a bit hard. The vegetarian option, a pumpkin risotto, was meh. The brussel sprouts were a hit, and the stuffing was good. The mashed potatoes were not, and the pies were quite unimpressive. Overall, at $428 for 2 adults and 2 kids for the prix fixe meal and one cocktail was just not worth it.
Happy New Year to you and your family! And please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your review. We are so grateful for you feedback, as it helps us get better at what we do and helps us grow & learn from each dinning experience. Your feedback has been communicated to our Oak + Violet team and recommendation for 2022 to improve is in the works. Again, thank you so much for your feedback and choosing to have Thanksgiving dinner with us. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Thanksgiving dinner---Open Table link gave a choice of standard menu or Thanksgiving 4-course "feast". We opted reservations for standard menu. Upon arrival, we were told that only the 4-course "feast"was being served. OK, the salad was very good, the soup very good, the brussels sprouts and real mashed potatoes with herbs very good.
However, the turkey was not fresh, but pre-cut parts tough and overcooked (or frozen recovered?) all drenched in a salty brown brine to hid the obvious...shameful for a restaurant the caliber of Oak & Violet. Wrestled with the turkey parts but could not cut them well enough to try to find edible areas.
We gave a full honest review to the server, but it did not result in management stopping by to talk to us.
It was nice to have a talented soloist harp musician playing nearby. It helped mitigate the turkey fiasco.
We will try the restaurant one more time, but not on a holiday.
Tough Turkey, Please accept our most sincerest of apologies for the delay in getting back to your review! We are blessed you chose to have Thanksgiving with us but more importantly, we are so disappointed to see that you did not enjoy your dinning experience with us. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it's been noted as we prepare for 2022. With all of the challenges you experienced, we want to offer our deepest of apologies and we will get better at what we do! Warmly, Lyle GM
The food was excellent. We were seated inside, which admittedly we asked for, but all the ambience was outside. The service was good. Everything was very expensive.
eatlocal, First, thank you for choosing to dine with us here at Oak+Violet, we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide an experience for you. We do appreciate your feedback in regards to the pricing of our items. Post Pandemic pricing is affecting the entire restaurant industry. We are continuing to reevaluate are processes and standards. And we will continue to try and provide a higher end experience with food to match. Sincerely and gratefully, Executive Chef Joshua
Seatings dk ambiance was great. Carrots and bursar sprout appetizers were amazing. Scallops were fine. Squash soup and pasta were meh. Wagyu steak was not bad.service was incredibly slow in the beginning. We must have sat for 30 mins with no one approaching us. drinks took forever!
Food and cocktails were wonderful, I would say the value for both was a little over priced. The best part about the evening was our server Philippe; he was very attentive and made great menu recommendations— overall the service and ambiance were outstanding.
Thank you so much for your very kind words. Especially, mentioning Felipe, we are extremely "blessed" to have a part of our family. We are elated that you thought that the food and cocktails had a positive influence on your experience. Felipe is here every night and he will be excited to see you again. Again, thank you! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
The bar set up is great .loved the food and drinks .
Recommended for sure .
Bartenders are friendly and nice
shwetac, Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us and thank you for your very kind words. We are truly blessed to have such an amazing team here at Oak + Violet but more importantly, we happy to see that they had an impact on your overall experience. We hope to see again soon. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
The brunch was fantastic- get the tasting menu. Every item was delicious and flavorful. Great outdoor patio.
Michelle, Thank you so much for experiencing our great brunch options. Chef has done an amazing on creating this brunch experience and we happy you enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Regards, Lyle General Manager
We loved this place! The music, the cocktails and the dinner were outastanding!
Angela R, We are elated that you loved our amazing restaurant. We all agree with you that our ambience along with our great food is the best in Silicon Valley. We cannot wait to see you again! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Food was terrible and our dinner was $700 and they still made us pay $10 for parking! Crazy!
Hey Courney, We are so disappointed to learn that we did not meet any of your expectations, other then our service. We would covet the opportunity to discuss your concerns and be able to learn from your experience. Again, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me at lyle@parkjames, at your convenience. With our sincerest of apologies and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Regards, Lyle General Manager
A little pricey but the food is SO good, and the ambiance was great for a mini-reunion. It was a little loud in the covered outdoor seating area when another group was seated and seemed to be having some sort of bachelorette party (maybe?) but other than that, the noise level was great. House made pasta and vegetarian appetizers were wonderful.
Amanda, Thank you so much for your amazing review, and we are so happy you chose Oak + Violet for your "mini reunion". Please come back and enjoy our great courtyard and our house made pasta! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Amazing food and service! Felipe, our waiter, was very attentive and super friendly! Food was delicious and amazing ambiance! Definitely will be going back soon!
We can't wait to see you again! And thank you so much for your feedback regarding the amazing food and service you got from Felipe! We are truly blessed to have family members like Felipe here and we will share this with him. We pride ourselves in offering the utmost of personalized service and GREAT food! So, again, thank you so much! Until your next visit... Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Felipe was fantastic! His service was top notch. Always there but never intrusive. Friendly, knowledgeable, talked about the new chef and menu. Menu feels limited at the moment but that is to be expected when a restaurant is trying out new recipes. All the food was delicious. The only disappoint was the both Wagyu steaks we ordered (one rare and one medium rare were both over cooked to About medium well. Still a delicious flavor but if you’re serving Wagyu you can’t screw it up. Again flavor was delicious and the celeriac purée was a perfect accompaniment. It was a great dinner. We had a lot of fun celebrating my husbands birthday. Desert menu is not my cup of tea. Pecan tart shell under baked but my friends liked their tiramisu. Regardless it was a great dinner, takes a while to work out kinks with new checks and new menus. We will be back for sure!
We had a phenomenal time here at Oak + Violet! I can't stress enough on how helpful our server (chris) was and informative he was of the menu! We were informed that the menu had been changing for seasonal purposes and that they would be rolling out a new one soon which we can not wait for!
Would definitely recommend!
WOW!!! We are so elated that you enjoyed your Oak + Violet experience. What makes even more elated is what you experienced with our server Chris! Chris takes so much pride in what he does and it shows, every evening he is here. We are happy that Chris is a part of our family and we will share this with him. Chris is looking forward to your return soon! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
While the service was very good we thought the food was just so so and very expensive. Also the menu is very small.
PattyC, Thank you so much for dinning with us and thank you for your feedback. Your feedback points to areas we need to look into but more importantly improve. Your feedback has already been shared with our leadership team. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
We had dinner for special celebration. From the very beginning, we already felt very welcomed. The staff was able to accommodate our needs through out the whole evening, let us celebrate at our own pace. The food was wonderful and unique, the service level was top notch, and the whole ambiance was memorable. So happy to find this gem in the Menlo Park neighborhood. Will definitely come back often. Highly recommend.
SusanL, Thank you for your very kind words and more importantly thank you for joining us for Sunday brunch. We all agree with you, that Chris is amazing and we are so blessed to have Chris a part of our family. We will share this with the team and with Chris. Please come by and hello to me on your next visit. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Good service this time!!
Didi, We would like to thank you for giving us another opportunity, and we are happy to hear that we made strides in our service attitudes. Continue to be loyal to us, and we will continue to strive to be the best dinning option in Menlo Park. Again thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
All four of us enjoyed our meals. The pasta was delicious but the carrots were over the top! I would go back for that side dish alone!! I would definitely come back here again.
The cocktails were excellent!! The food was good but limited menu
tastingmenuqueen, We are so glad you enjoyed your cocktails and we are so happy our staff. We hope you tried all of our speciality cocktails, if not, you need to. Looking forward to your return visit. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Came to Oak + Violet for a big anniversary and they did not disappoint. Wonderful service and attention to detail - our server gave us champagne on the house! Live music, ample outdoor heating, good spacing between tables, gorgeous decor, I had a really lovely time.
JeCh, WOW!!!! Thank you so much for your amazing review but more importantly, spending your big anniversary with us. We are so elated to hear that Dakota took really good care of you and we are very "blessed" to have a part of our Oak + Violet family. We will share this with her and the team. Again, thank you so much for choosing to dine with us and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Great service! The staff is really friendly and attentive. The food was delish. The only thing was I hope the entertainer could have played at least until 9pm. Our reservation was on a Friday 8:30 pm and their live entertainer was already packing up.
Kevyne, Thank you for choosing to dine with us and we are so sorry you missed our live entertainment. Just a note: we have live music here Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's but always double check our Park James website in our event/calendar tab for updated entertainment schedules. We hope to see you here again in very near future and have fun listening to our great live music. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
We had a delay in our food- they gave us $45 off and a free mimosa -we also had a dairy free and gluten free person with us and they were VERY accommodating. Asked us what they could improve on our way out since under new management. The patio and heaters were sleek and relaxing. Highly recommend.
Thank you so much for choosing to have brunch with us and we are so elated to see that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Free mimosa's are always a great ice breaker and we're happy you enjoyed it. We really like hearing how accommodating our team was and how it had a huge impact on your experience. Please come back soon! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Food and service were fantastic. We loved our experience here and will definitely return.
Wanda B, WOW thank you so much for your amazing review but we are so happy to see you truly enjoyed your Oak + Violet experience. We do pride ourselves on the food we offer but more importantly, it is about our personalized service we deliver. Thank you so much for your kind words and we will share this with our team. We can't wait to see you again. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
The current menu on Open Table is WRONG. BEWARE!!!!!
Oak + Violet changed their menu in the two weeks since I made my reservation. Instead of a regular menu, they are doing a ridiculously expensive, overpriced for the amount of food brunch menu. You pick four out of 8 options, but each portion is about a ¼ serving. After eating chicken & waffle, avocado toast, an egg Benedict and fried potatoes, I was STILL hungry. The restaurant was empty. I’m sure it was because of this new menu.
We are truly sorry that we made a change to our brunch menu without letting the most important people we have, our valued guests. We will continue to look to ways in which we can enhance and upgrade all of our dinning options I would covet the opportunity to discuss this with and what I want to do to make it better. So, again, thank you for choosing to have brunch with us and with my most sincerest of apologies for the changes made to our menu. Regards, Lyle GM (650.304.3880)
We were stunned by the price!
Alan, Thank you so much for your feedback and there is nothing more important to us then our guests feeling as if they got GREAT value for what was spent at O+V. We did make some modifications to our menu that we will have to re-visit. Nothing more important to me than our guests input and feedback, so again thank you but more importantly with my most sincerest of apologies. We hope you will give us another opportunity to redeem ourselves in your eyes. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
The kitchen did a great job on the appetizers,m and the fish entree but the petite steak was lackluster, maybe we should have ordered medium rare?
Only disappointing thing - they didn't have the oysters. Service was great and food very tasty. Drinks were a knock out!
Joanne, We are so sorry that we did not have our delicious oysters for you when you arrived. We will make it a point to ensure it is available for our guests. Thank you so much for you feedback and I've shared your feedback with our chef. Nevertheless, we are happy you enjoyed you dinning experience with us. We can't wait to see you and we will have oysters on your next visit. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
One of my favourite places!
Thank you for choosing to dine with us! And nothing makes us any happier to know that our guest enjoyed their dinning experience. We are now your "home away from home." Can't wait to see you again. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Food and ambiance were great. Drinks even better! Severely short staffed but they tried their best. Will be back.
Sylvia W, Thank you so much for your feedback regarding your recent visit to O + V. Your feedback points to an area we are focused on and we will improve on our staffing levels. Hope to see you soon! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Food was not great
HappyCamper, Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us and we are happy to see that you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Great outdoor venue. Food was great. Full bar with great signature drinks. Happy with service.
Aloha Mishelle, WOW mahalo nuil loa for your amazing review and we are elated to see that you truly enjoyed your dining experience with us. A hui hou, Lyle General Manager
Great atmosphere and music!! Amazing oysters and truffle fries!!
Brannan, WOW thank you so much for your amazing review and "yes" we will have to agree with you that our truffle fries and oysters are to die for. And our courtyard and music has been a great addition for our guests. Please come back soon and again thank you. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
Enjoyed the outdoor seating and listening to smooth jazz! The bloody Mary was very good and many healthy options!
Eliza, Thank you for choosing to dine with us but more importantly we are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Come back soon. Warmly, Lyle General Manager
I loved the branzino and the cocktails. We'll be back!
Claudia, WOW thank you for your amazing review but more importantly we are happy to hear you'll be back. Branzino is and has always been a staple for us and we are happy with you enjoyed it. Please stop by and ask for me the next time you're having dinner at O+V. Regards, Lyle General Manager
We had a great dinner with friends last night at Oak+Violet. Every dish ordered was both beautiful and delicious. Our only regret was that the live music was so loud that we could hardly hear one another. We asked to be moved away and that helped a little but not enough.
MenuMaven, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience in Oak and Violet! But more importantly thank you for your feedback in regards to our live music. We hope to see you again soon! Warmly, Lyle General Manager
The service was excellent and the ambiance was very nice, but the menu is limited and the quality of food is very average.
Pazlondon, Thank you for choosing to dine with us and thank you for your feedback. We are currently looking into expanding our menu which will enhance quality of what we offer. Again thank you so much and we hope to see you soon. Regards, Lyle General Manager
Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 304-3880.
Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 505 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.