Paul Martin's American Grill - Mountain View

4.3
1497 reviews
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At Paul Martin’s American Grill, you’ll savor every bite of our hand-cut marinated skirt steak or “brick” chicken, or our fresh fish tacos, all seared on our live fire mesquite grill. If you’re hungering for classic American fare made from the highest quality ingredients available, Paul Martin’s will satisfy your cravings. Located in the San Antonio Center in Mountain View, our restaurant boasts a convivial atmosphere ideal for entertaining friends and colleagues.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather friends and family for a traditional Thanksgiving menu -- roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, savory stuffing, housemade cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake. Open 11AM - 8PM.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at Paul Martin’s many times over the last 3-4 years and never been disappointed, however this particular evening, the chef seemed to be having a bad night. We’re not saying that the food was bad, but it certainly was not at the level that we have previously enjoyed at this establishment. The seasonings on our appetizers (calamari and crab cake) and entrees (rib-eye and skirt steak) were off, mostly over-salted and failing to have incorporated anything that elevated the food to anything special. The previously enjoyed banana cream pie can best be described as “tired” and the peach cobbler was rather pedestrian.

Service was impeccable: professional, friendly and attentive, but not suffocating.

We will definitely return and hope that this evening’s meal was an aberration.

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised with the restaurant.

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A
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, this place delivers excellent food in a pleasant (though noisy) environment. Some carpeting would help control the noise level.

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DP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great and the happy hour prices for our meals were fantastic. I don't know what the noise level was inside the restaurant, but on the patio (where we ate) we could easily hold a conversation. The service was good overall, with a couple of mistakes on filling our order. The mistakes were quickly rectified and we got a free appetizer as a result. I'd definitely eat here again.

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EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the patio, long happy hour, good food and good service at bar and wait staff!

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e
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Went to Paul Martins with a dinner reservation but after reviewing their Happy Hour menu we opted for that.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great venue, easy for conversation. Service person seemed disinterested. We had gluten free and dairy free needs in our party, limited options and little interest from her in finding solutions. Perhaps no training. Food was good but pricey. Not spectacular. Would eat there again.

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RB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have had some issues with waiters and hostesses in the past but this visit went smoothly. I had the seasonal trio which I enjoyed. The ribs were excellent, fried chicken moist but I have had better coatings. The shrimp were only slightly over cooked and the mexican corn tasty. My wife enjoyed her french dip, son and daughter in law liked the steak salad and grandson finished his fish tacos. The peach cobbler had lots of peaches. In summary, well executed.

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G
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

My wife is recovering from chemo. This was her first venture out. She saw a salmon sandwich on the PM's website that looked okay to her. Got to the restaurant and IT WAS NO LONGER ON THE MENU!. She tried the salmon tacos instead and they were very dry, finally got more sauce from our waitress who literally disappeared most of the time. I had the short ribs which were good, but I had to send back my gin and tonic because it wasn't mixed correctly. Too much gin, more like a martini. $106 for a pretty poor meal and service. Bye bye!

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TT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The waiter was completely inattentive. The beef dip sandwiches had low-quality meat and were quite bland.

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r
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, Brick chicken, salmon salad, and the seasonal trio, we’re great! The desserts were also very good, brownie, peach cobbler, and an unbelievable butter cake. Our server, Monica, was truly exceptional. I hope we can get her every time we visit.

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BB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Paul Martin's American Grill now has two good vegetarian options. I had the quinoa bowl which was tasty and large -- enough to take leftovers home for dinner. The only thing that is ever an issue at PM is the noise level. Yesterday was relatively quiet. They did have a big party, but it was outside. There was one noisy table near us, but that is the fault of the noisy, loud people, not the restaurant.

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SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We ran into an awful experience at Paul Martin's. We have been there before and enjoyed their food so we decided to go back for father's day. We made an 8pm reservation. We arrived and the hostess let us know our table will be ready in a couple minutes. We waited 20mins before checking in again at which point the hostess said they were waiting for one of the 5 seater tables to open up. We waited another 40 mins - a total of one hour past our reservation time - to ask again about our table. They said the same thing (waiting for a table to leave). Meanwhile, multiple parties had been seated ahead of us.
We were forgotten. Not apologized to. And No Manager came to step in to apologize for such a disastrous mess up. We ended up leaving the restaurant without ever being seated.
Horrific service experience.

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SG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

They are ok at best and overbook always. Open Table reservations are meaningless. Expect a long wait and you may not hear them call your name

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was very relaxed on a Sunday Father's Day afternoon. They definitely do meats very well, flavors where great, but everything was Luke warm from the bread, to the brunch dishes we ordered. Not sure why that was. Other than that it would have been 5 stars.

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FW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Monica, was a delight - so helpful and friendly! We enjoyed our Seasonal Trios as well. Great value for how much food there was! A great Father’s Day meal!

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C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for Father's Day. Dad loved the Prime Rib and Mom loved the Monte Cristo.

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t
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined here for Father's Day brunch. It was a special menu with multiple choices. Our food was delicious. We'll definitely return.

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The server was pleasant, however the service was extremely slow. The food was a bit over cooked and dry. Usually the food is great, but mediocre this time.

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N
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Saturday Night 6/15. The wait staff, very nice, had many gaffs/forgets/I'll be right back with that. One forget would have been OK. Two makes you go Hmm? Three or more makes you say "What's going on here?" We had many more. 2 of the 4 of us ordered a filet mignon and both were a bit grisly and not worth the $$. One filet was lukewarm and one was sizzling hot (perfect temp) when it arrived, which may explain why it took a really long time to get our food - was one steak was forgotten by the kitchen staff? The 3rd members of our group had a pork chop and it was good - same as always. The 4th member of our party had a salad for dinner with no cheese because she's allergic - you guessed it - it came with cheese on it and she had to pick it off. We spent $340 together - would you be happy?
UPDATE: Contacted by the manager and he was apologetic and offered appropriate compensation.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They make a great martini and I love that they have a lot of low carb options!

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N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect Fathers Day dinner. Great service and we all enjoyed our food very much. The seating was spacious. Thank you!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had the SEASONAL TRIO which was "St. Louis style, slow-cooked ribs, buttermilk fried chicken breast, grilled shrimp & pineapple skewer" - first three was fine but the grilled shrimp came half raw. It was replaced with cooked shrimp after showing it to the server. Server commented that he/she does not eat shrimp so cannot tell - which I found werid given how or whether one eats shrimp or not can tell if it is raw or not. The replacement shrimp, while cooked, was not fresh. It had chalky and mushy texture where ended up not eating at all.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Asian Chicken Salad - very refreshing and fresh! Our server, Megan, was wonderful. She made us feel at home and was very attentive to our requests. We came at a moderately busy time and enjoyed the relaxed overall feel of the restaurant.

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i
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have eaten at Paul Martin's for lunch frequently. The food is very good and it is always rather quiet on a
Sunday for lunch. However, the waiters always make a mistake on one or more of our orders. Happened this last time and the time before and other times. They just don't seem to listen or the chef ignores requests. We haven't figures that out yet. I would still recommend it though. Parking is not easy.

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IH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best barbecue in town. Fresh, flavorful, and 100 percent delish. The $29 special is a fantastic deal. We’ll come back soon for more.

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c
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at the restaurant and it was awesome! Our server, Terrence, was outstanding. He was super friendly, Knowledgeable and efficient. He made great recommendations and was attentive. I ordered the steak Cobb salad and it was fabulous! I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be going there again.

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K
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated immediately. Server attentive but not intrusive. Drinks & food came to the table in reasonable time. Unhurried and had a good relaxing meal. New Summer pre-fixed meal hit the spot! Hot cleansing towels were an added feature after our meal.
I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for good food and nice ambiance!

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R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Megan our server was outstanding. We all went for the special of the night, and it was great. $29 for combo of rib, chicken, shrimp, corn, biscuit and peach cobbler.

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RM
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Overpriced! I had the fish tacos and two small (and bland) tacos was $25! The vegetarian burger was actually just mushrooms moulded together - not great. And we had to ask 4 times to have the heater put on.

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H
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service; and now located near the new movie theaters!

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Server got my order wrong. Friend’s skirt steak was too rare when ordered medium. Had to be sent back.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Late orders and food orders missed. No offer made to compensate for side order being delivered at same time as dessert

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LS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A newer restaurant in a newer built up area of Mountain View. Other restaurants in the same wing. The restaurant is nicely decorated with tables and booths. The food was average, with one person at the table not happy with his meal (meal was taken off bill). The service was good but spotty.

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Q
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

My wife had been here before for her birthday with friends from work and had a great experience.
On this occasion the experience was under whelming at first but we talked to the manager regarding have to wait forever for someone to t

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AJ
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m glad I made reservations. It was a busy Friday night and the place was fairly packed. Considering how busy it was the staff did a fantastic job keeping people happy with the slightly longer than normal wait times for food.

The food itself. My husband had ribs that just fell off the bone. I had the skirt steak which was perfectly marinated. Overall it was a fantastic place and I would recommend you give it a shot.

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KB
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The hostess was welcoming and very sweet. Our dinner server was amazing, kind, funny, conscientious, really good at his job. The food was outstanding!
Only minor drawback was the demeanor of the early bartender, we had to kill some time 3:30-4, till our 4pm reservation, it was not his day. But I’m sure he’s great other times.
We will be back.

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T
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. We’ll return

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The maitre d was very courtesy and accommodating with a sense of humor. The waiter was attentive, courteous and knew the menu.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server made our experience so much better. Will definitely be coming back!

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