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MacArthur Park

27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
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Ranked #197 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
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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52% Recommend
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English first
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
14 reviews 14 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 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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Issaquah, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

It is a little expensive but the food is great. It has been a "go to" place for dinner for the last 30 years for us.

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Redwood City, California
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179 reviews 179 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Went to dinner with my wife and was pleased with our choice. The hostess sat us immediately and the server (Joseph) was quickly attentive. Our wine and drink order were returned to the table promptly. The prime rib was excellent. Had to ask for horseradish but otherwise runner was good. Food was cooked as ordered, the right temperature to eat... More

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San Francisco
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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

A group of 6 were scheduled to have dinner at MacArthur Park--a reservation made weeks in advance for a Wednesday night, February 19. Just a day or two before, the restaurant notified one member of our group that "a mistake had been made" and the restaurant would be closed that night for a private event. You're telling me a mistake... More

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Oakland, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I have been here several times and have not been overwhelmed. Parking is easy and it is convenient to work, with lots of menu choices, so this is the reason for multiple visits. This past visit was probably my last. The hostess was clueless. It took her a long time to find my reservation. Our water was not refilled, the... More

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Fremont, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We had a business holiday meal. Service was terrible. Very slow & food brought out over long period so that nobody got a hot meal. The waitress rolled her eyes at me when I asked why the butternut squash ravioli was white and that I didn't expect it to be a cheese ravioli. She was not accomodating at all. We... More

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Boston, MA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I have many happy memories of great times and food at MacArthur Park in Palo Alto, but oh how times have changed. I had made a reservation based on past experience of a packed restaurant. Despite the valet parking lot being full, the restaurant was empty – I suspect staff parking there to make it look full. It’s a big... More

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