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MacArthur Park

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American, Californian
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27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324 (El Camino; adjacent to Palo Alto Train Station)
Located right next to the Cal Train Station and Bus Stop.
650-321-9990
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Today
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food confusing bill

I hosted a large group at MacArthur Park in January for a work function. The food was good, and the service was great. The $500 deposit was a bit of an inconvenience, but my greater concern was with the bill that had a 15% service charge added, plus another blank line for a tip. Luckily I noticed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
pundit705
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Toronto, Canada
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  • Families with children
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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I hosted a large group at MacArthur Park in January for a work function. The food was good, and the service was great. The $500 deposit was a bit of an inconvenience, but my greater concern was with the bill that had a 15% service charge added, plus another blank line for a tip. Luckily I noticed the service charge... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I used to dine here very often, But believed they had closed and haven't been for years . I had been under the impression that the Resturant had closed. In fact, there was a newspaper article about the site being developed. These rumours were not true. A last minute intervention by the city saved the fantastic historical building which is... More 

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San Jose, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We went here to celebrate my wife's birthday. We sat close to the fireplace, which really added to the ambience. Our server was very attentive, but not overly so. The food was hot and delicious. We will return.

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Alexandria, VA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

MacArthur Park is a restaurant you must visit when in the Palo Alto/Stanford area. The atmosphere is wonderful for a couple's romantic night out, business event, sitting at the bar, private/party dining room or whatever the event. The food is fabulous (must try anything BBQ), and the customer service is First Class. The Manager, Ms. Bettina Epp, runs a tight... More 

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los altos, california
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My onion soup was delicious. My husband enjoyed his pork chops & polenta while I loved my grilled shrimp with mango-pineapple salsa. The staff was the nicest ever! We're definitely going back.

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playa del rey, ca
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We make regular trips to Palo Alto and dinner at MacArthur Park is always a part of every trip. Their prime rib is delicious. The environment is warm and inviting. The service cannot be beat.

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Palo Alto, California
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219 reviews 219 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My son wanted to go to MacArthur Park for his 20 birthday to eat ribs. He got a huge slab and was up to his elbows in BBQ sauce and very happy. They do this sort of all American, hearty food (ribs, steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, fries, cole slaw, etc) very well. But they also have a number of lighter... More 

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Santa Rosa, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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99 reviews 99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
    (El Camino; adjacent to Palo Alto Train Station)
  • Public Transportation: Located right next to the Cal Train Station and Bus Stop.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-321-9990

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 60
  • Cuisine: American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?