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Porta Blu, Menlo Park, CA

Porta Blu

3.6
3.6
104 Reviews
$31 to $50
European
Porta Blu is open with a full menu for indoor and outdoor dining and take-out, offering southern coastal European cuisine while drawing inspiration from California produce. Porta Blu's bar features innovative seasonal cocktails and a well-curated local beer and wine program. Enjoy the ingredients focused menu from the outdoor dining patio or in the vibrant atmosphere of the backyard garden and activity lawn.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    European, Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 304-3800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    PLAY THE PERFECT HOST Planning special events in Menlo Park, CA should call upon the best and brightest. Our team has unparalleled hospitality experience and a flair for the creative and help you host the event of the year. Discover the intimate Silicon Valley event space at Porta Blu, and be inspired by our sense of the possible.

  • Neighborhood

    Menlo Park

  • Parking details

    In addition to hotel parking, garage self-parking (at a fee) and street parking (no charge) are also available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $1 Oyster Nights at Hotel NIA

    Aug 13, 2022 only
    Sun - Sat - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Join us on the patio of Porta Blu, Hotel NIA's Signature Coastal European Restaurant, for fresh Bay-area oysters for only $1.00! Dollar oysters* are available from 4pm-7pm every Saturday and are accompanied by an extensive wine list, cocktails and a full European Coastal-inspired menu! *limited to 4-dozen oysters per party, while supplies last.

What 104 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The ambience for a Friday night double date was great but the food and drinks was sub par and questionable. I ordered niçoise salad. It was Roman lettuce with dressing drizzled over. That’s it. There was nothing about this salad that made it niçoise or justified it costing $32. The menu shows NIÇOISE SALAD soft egg, haricot verts, seared tuna, none of these toppings were on the salad. We also ordered the steak STEAK TARTARE—tasted ok but we noticed that some parts of the raw meat was brown, that doesn’t seem right for fresh uncooked beef. I wouldn’t recommend this place if you’re looking for decent dining. Maybe happy hour is a better.
  2. DS

    DebbieS

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very comfortable outdoor setting. Small but nice menu
  3. SB

    SueB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Cocktail glasses and menus weren’t cleared, food was late, staff were rushing around. Doors to the outside were left open as waiters served outdoor diners creating a draft and lower temperature in the dining room.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    food was cold.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EJ was a very well trained, attentive server. manager Neftal was on the ball. Great experience.
  6. I

    Iggy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience5
    Great ambiance and quality food! A good experience overall.
  7. HP

    HelenP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Very lackluster garlic fries that were madly overpriced and also cold and boring bear tart dessert that was also very overpriced for tasting like nothing more than a local coffee shop breakfast treat. Overall felt a waste to pay >$30 for fries and a small tart. I could get a full dinner elsewhere for that.
  8. CC

    CharlieC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Convenient location; excellent decor; great venue
  9. CB

    ChristianBailey

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The manager there is incredible. Fantastic experience every time.
  10. P

    Paneb

    San Francisco

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were three of probably ten persons dining that night and got lots of attention from the staff. We started in the bar with some cocktails prepared by a very friendly bar tender who also became our server for dinner. We started with a hummus platter which except for carrots had some very interesting radishes, fennel and jicama to accompany it. My companions had the salmon and one started with a salad. I went for the Steak Frites, but the menu had changed to a steak with mushrooms in a nice wine reduction. It was rare as I ordered and tasted great. We shared a bottle of Oberon Merlot which was excellent. My companions ordered a chocolate desert, a lemon drop martini and a chocolate martini as well. Service was fabulous and we enjoyed conversations with the staff. A really nice evening.
  11. SF

    SarahF

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The chicken was dry They offered another choice but we declined the offer. They subsequently removed the cost.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quiet place to have a Thanksgiving dinner.
  13. RC

    RCCC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Really cool ambiance, but the food was way too salty. Service was also slow. Didn't seem like they were fully on top of things despite the restaurant being pretty empty.
  14. ST

    ShariT

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was delicious and a great value. Really enjoyed the outdoor garden ambiance.
  15. S

    Susan

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service was terrible. It took a really long time to get seated and once seated to order drinks. I am guessing they were understaffed but I will not go back there.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great. Service was good, food was delicious. The only disappointment was when I asked for a dessert menu, I was told the kitchen was closed. I understand y’all close at 8.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Lousy food and even worse service. Nice setting but ruined by everything else... stay away.
  18. P

    Paneb

    San Francisco

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were staying at Hotel Nia and had eaten here before. There were very few patrons so the noise level was low. Our server was very nice and efficient. It was an anniversary so they gave us a glass of champagne. My wife had the chicken and I had the New York steak. Both dishes were seasoned exceptionally well and the steak was rare just as I ordered it. We shared a bottle of Flora Springs Merlot.
  19. TA

    TinaA

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Very limited menu and food was disappointing- used to be quite good pre-Covid. Beautiful place and good service. Hoping they will pick it up in the future.
  20. D

    Divino

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service! We recognize it's difficult to function during the pandemic but our server did a wonderful job given the circumstances.
  21. JM

    JohnM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food and cocktails despite limited menu, friendly gracious service, and just being out are such a relief after months of lockdown! Plenty of space between tables, good protocols = Covid safe. The decor is exceptional at any time.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We very disappointed from the level of food, the lack of drinks in the bar (ask for martinis, received margaritas), the lack of quality wine (had only two bottles of white - very basic ones) and the service was not good to say the least. Very unfortunate experience
  23. p

    pcintra

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Even though the menu is limited, Porta Blú is doing a good job with the limitations brought by COVID.

    Porta BluResponded on November 4, 2020Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Porta Blu!

  24. x

    xxxxxx

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The waiter kept ignoring my friend. She ordered her steak medium rare and it came medium well. When I wanted some sauce, he ignored me. Other than that, the evening was pleasant.
  25. VV

    VivianeV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    The food was not good. The cheese pizza dough was soggy and the tomato sauce obviously from a can. Since the restaurant is inside the hotel- social distancing was not being observed at all in the hotel pool and other areas- there was a party with about 30-40 people happening- no one wearing masks, the pool had about 30 people in the area, including a dog- no masks. Very disappointing experience.
  26. CL

    CLR39

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This is a hotel restaurant and the food is what you’d expect from room service. To be fair during COVID the menu was reduced and there was no one in the restaurant so hard to judge.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    The parking is not clear and the signs have you end up on a tall parking structure where you pay something like $10 and hour. They validate partially for valet parking but that is without validation $25 flat tatey
  28. VV

    VVus

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Two rounds of FAB appetizers. The rib eye serves 4 people. The desserts are lacking. But hidden gem
  29. SM

    SanMateoFosterCity

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food was excellent however there was a mistake with a cocktail I ordered. I ordered a lemon drop which I think was expensive at $19 so they should gave gotten it right. Please imagine my shock and disgust as I take a sip of a drink that should have been sweet and rimmed with sugar but it was mistakingly rimmed with salt. At $19 a drink the bartender should not make that kind of mistake. Also, the acoustics are very poor inside the restaurant. Being barely half full it was extremely loud and hard to hear my partner from just across a small table.
  30. AV

    AbrahamV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Great food and great hotel but the most horrible chairs. Your choice is a great dinner in miserable chairs or sit comfortably elsewhere. I am tall but felt I was sitting low in a kindergarten chair. So also my other guest
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to spot for business dinners!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful experience. Great service, great food. Thanks for the complimentary birthday dessert! Bravo!
  33. b

    bonvivant

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed coming here for dinner! Our absolutely favorite item is the shrimp scampi in the sourdough bowl. As an appetizer, two of us completely de-construct the entire thing, sopping up the last of the sauce with the last of the bread! I understand the menu is changing in January. We hope this item isn't removed. Porta Blu (in the Hotel Nia) is a beautiful venue... take the time to walk around the outdoor courtyard and enjoy all the incredible design details throughout the building. Food is wonderful. Service is superb.
  34. x

    xxxx

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Food was too salty. Sent back and returned as salty. Eggs benedict too overdone.
  35. S

    Sushilover

    Houston

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was much too spicy. Only one item on the menu (chicken) was seasoned normally . Everything else was full of chilies.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Very dry burger. Will not come back
  37. CM

    CarolineM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    It is a lovely location and the service was superb, but the food fell short. The soup was almost I edible salty, the fries were delicious but had a dangerously high level of salt. The burger was disappointingly overdone. No return in our near future.
  38. l

    lynne

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    beautiful and easy to talk and visit. too bad you are always out of candy.

    Porta BluResponded on November 1, 2019Good day Lynne, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you can come back again soon!

  39. P

    Paneb

    San Francisco

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a late dinner (9 PM) after a meeting. The restaurant is very eclectic in decoration and use of space, interesting views in all directions and some fun decor. We opted for a meal of small plates: tomato basil soup, rich but not heavy, scampi in a lemon cream sauce served in a bread bowl, a garlic flatbread - more like a pizza with arugula on top, you squeeze roasted garlic out o bulb to put on top, and ahi poke which had a delicious sweet soy sauce on it. We had a little too much bread in our choices, but there are lots of other choices. The staff was great very polite and friendly. My one disappointment was the wine prices which seemed a bit high. We did enjoy a bottle of Imagery Pinot Noir which was light and paired well with all our choices. Small plates were well priced we thought.

    Porta BluResponded on November 1, 2019Good morning Paneb, Thank you so much for the detailed review, we are so glad you were able to join us and have a great experience. Hotel Nia is part of the Autograph Collection of Marriott which means we are exactly like nothing else. Reading your comments made us thrilled to know you enjoyed the lovely details that were inputted. We hope you can join us again and maybe next time have a nice cocktail in our courtyard! Until next time, Almminscky

  40. NS

    NSingh

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food is very good - just not extra special. But the ambience and the service is why I would come back here.

    Porta BluResponded on November 1, 2019Hello NSingh, we are thrilled you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

Porta Blu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 304-3800.

Porta Blu is rated 3.6 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Porta Blu

200 Independence Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Menlo Park

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    In addition to hotel parking, garage self-parking (at a fee) and street parking (no charge) are also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 304-3800

  • Private party facilities

    PLAY THE PERFECT HOST Planning special events in Menlo Park, CA should call upon the best and brightest. Our team has unparalleled hospitality experience and a flair for the creative and help you host the event of the year. Discover the intimate Silicon Valley event space at Porta Blu, and be inspired by our sense of the possible.

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