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Flea Street Cafe

3607 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025-6213
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Ranked #2 of 118 restaurants in Menlo Park
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Avy Ave.
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94% Recommend
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English first
San Jose, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We just dined here to celebrate our anniversary and make it to Flea Street about once every 3 months. It's nice for us to have a special occasion restaurant that isn't all the way in San Francisco (we live in San Jose). I've read some of the somewhat negative reviews and am a bit puzzled. My diagnosis of why some... More

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San Francisco
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158 reviews 158 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Jesse Cool, the owner of this excellent restaurant, has become a celebrity chef with cookbooks, tours, classes, etc. She is one of the first women chefs to make it in a mostly male world (never mind the female TV chefs). From the beginning, she emphasized locally sourced food, organic when available, free range meats, and creative combinations. In the last... More

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Menlo Park, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

One of our favorite places hands down. We eat here a lot both on our own and with friends. We've always had excellent, generous service. (One time I commented on how good the soup sounded but wanted a salad, so made the choice for the latter. A few minutes later, the waiter brought out a espresso-cup-sized sample of the soup... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Great waitstaff that knew the menu and wine in depth. The first course cheese plate was great as we're the 2nd plate meatballs. The main entree -3rd plate, lamb with truffle oil was sub par. Although the lamb was cooked beautifully, the glaze was without flavor and left the overall meal flat. For the price premium here, I expect a... More

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

have dined here several times.........off the beaten path in a residential area.........nice atmosphere.....cozy and attractive decor.......good portions on most items.......a bit pricey on the main courses....most around $35.........but excellent and interesting preparations....excellent service.......decent, well-selected wine list.....$25 corkage....moderate noise......try the chicken.....one of the best ever....a definite repeat.......almost always busy so book ahead.

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Let's start off with why I gave this place 4 stars instead of 5. This place had everything I was looking for: local, organic fare with delicious-sounding descriptions. It was in the right location to allow me to meet a friend I hadn't seen in over a decade after work while on an out of town business trip. The menu... More

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Our son and his partner live in Palo Alto and chose the Flea Street Cafe for the first evening of our visit and it was outstanding! My main course of short ribs were beautifully flavoured and just melted in the mouth! The accompanying vegetables were also delicious as were the desserts - my son's Bourbon chocolate dessert was quite unique.... More

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San Jose, CA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

It had been some time since I last ate at the Flea Street Cafe. Visited for dinner and here is my review. This restaurant focuses on creative, unusual if not unique, entrees made as much as possible from organic ingredients some of which are from the restaurant's garden. If you are looking for unusual, creative, excellent tasting entrees at the... More

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Taormina, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Jessie Cool has created a great restaurant with an eye on sustainability, local sourcing, and great, mostly organic food. The menu is defined by what is in season so the creations are always a bit different each time you visit. If that is not enough, they always have an interesting wine list to top off a great meal.

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Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Nestling into the pillows along the banquette seat, I concluded Flea Street really is first on our list of area restaurants, for several reasons. First, our server was friendly and helpful and respected us as diners, who were in his care for the evening, and he carried out his duty of ensuring our enjoyment while at his table. Perfect!. Second,... More

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