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641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502 (El Camino Real)
650-462-1686
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 14
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Disappointing

This place is ok, but they are next door to Left Bank and are simply not as good. Salad Niscoise is my choice of lunchtime food.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
sacooper27
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Menlo Park, California
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Palo Alto
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Intimate, quiet place to enjoy a good supper, Menue choices were very good, as was service. I particularly liked the sandwiches (beef au jus, burgers, and steak frites).

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Kingston, Washingston
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Shared a lovely meal with my son and granddaughter. Great food and wonderful service. My son and I shared appetizers and a Duck Confit Cassoulet. Delicious.

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Menlo Park, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is ok, but they are next door to Left Bank and are simply not as good. Salad Niscoise is my choice of lunchtime food.

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Belmont
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stumbled on this place in downtown Menlo Park. We were made to feel welcome. The décor and menu are French-style bistro. The menu is representative, while not being overwhelming. I tried their French onion soup; it was delicious. I had the Vida burger with gorgonzola and roasted peppers. It was served with pommes frites. My burger and frites were... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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430 reviews 430 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

I stumbled across this little place while walking up and down the street in Palo Alto. I had a burger and pommes frites that were very akin to the real deal in Paris. Worth a try

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband and I have been coming to this restaurant for several years. The food is good, but not great. I agree with the other reviews that there are better restaurants, but the food combined with the french bistro theme, convenient location (at least convenient for us) and friendly service keep us coming back. We regard their food more like... More 

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London, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The menu is a good reflection of what you would find in a bistro in Paris (for example) and the food is an accurate representation of each dish. The food is slightly more modern than the local competitors, without the attitude. The overall experience would be of a smaller city in France than of Paris, itself, Definitely the service is... More 

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Top Contributor
315 reviews 315 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Stopped in with friends , for dinner. We tried several selections , beef , shrimp , and something else ? Everything was ok but not great . The prices were reasonable for the area but there are better places to go in the area for the value . The service good which was a highlite . For me , I... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

You can't go wrong with this friendly but authentic French-style bistro on the main drag of Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue. They have a few outdoor tables to dine at if it's warm outside - otherwise, their cozy, almost romantic bistro is very comfortable. The tables are not too close. It is not Michelin-star fare, but you will get very... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Food was average - not great - but the service was so weird that I felt not only uncomfortable but horribly unwelcome. I would never return. It's bad enough when a single employee drops the ball but when the management is also negligent then that's a sign better to spend my $ elsewhere. Much better options close by - Palo... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: 650-462-1686

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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