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MacArthur Park

27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
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Ranked #169 of 316 Restaurants in Palo Alto
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Price range: $20 - $60
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: El Camino; adjacent to Palo Alto Train Station
Transit: Located right next to the Cal Train Station and Bus Stop.
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69 reviews from our community

52% Recommend
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Santa Rosa, CA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Arrived with my wife for dinner holding a 6pm reservation -- turned out this night the place was nearly empty. It is a bugger to find given the twists and turns of the immediate roads, complicated by the railway but the signs are well posted. Mandatory $5 Valet parking. Martinis were well prepared. Both had the filet of beef with... More

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Naples, Italy
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92 reviews 92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was there for a banquet (50 people) and therefore my opinion can be slightly biased but: the dining room in the back is dark and very noisy. Tables are too densely packed and there is not good air conditioning. The food is average and the steak I got was far below average. ALso the coffee was not worth the... More

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Napa, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

....historical building is great....valet parking..friendly/efficent staff...friend had pork chop/mashed sweet potatoes that looked good/she said they were...I had blackened fish special/spicy with spinach & polenta..fresh/warm sourdough bread....all good but nothing extraordinary..shared a spinach/beet salad...good portions...too full for dessert. There's a full bar/big screen tv with sports on. Tables outside in the back courtyard were occupied by a private party. I'd... More

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Washington, DC
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90 reviews 90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

An american/californian type restaurant. The food was very good not "to die for," but fresh. The service was very nice. Nothing special but I'd recommend for a normal meal.

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Brooklyn, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A wedding rehearsal dinner here was delicious and well served by the staff.One suggestion: Make sure you aren't adding a tip to a bill that already has one added to it. After a few glasses of wine you may not see it, and no one it going to point it out to you. We are still trying to get a... More

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Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

MacArthur Park has been in the same location for years at University Avenue and El Camino Real. Nice upscale restaurant with good classic American cuisine in a historic building.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were a party of 12 people visiting Stanford university having dinner at the MacArthur Park restaurant in the evening. I ordered a steak cooked rare. When I got the steak it was medium to well done. It also missed potatoes on the plate that the menu stated. When I told the waiter he just said that maybe they mixed... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I recently had an opportunity to eat at MacArthur Park with a group of 8 people. The foodwas of high quality and well-prepared, standard American fare. The seafood shared appetizer plate was excellent - particularly the tuna. The service was just OK, and not up to the standard (or the price) of the food. Refills were slow, etc. Not really... More

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Venice, Italy
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68 reviews 68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My company decided to have a dinner with out clients in this restaurant. The interior was very good looking, I have does not read the history of the building but it is old style spacey, I liked the atmosphere of the place. While we were waiting for people to come, they served several appetizers, we Italian "bruschetta" was some of... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My mother is familiar with this place from years and years ago, so we went for the prime rib special on Fridays and Sundays. She remembered it as a great date night place, a little dressy. The night we went, there were two other tables being used. The place was nice! Fresh flowers, old charm, and the staff were just... More

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