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27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
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Ranked #117 of 318 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $20 - $60
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
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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London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

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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197 reviews 197 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Additional Information about MacArthur Park

Address: 27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
Phone Number: 650-321-9990
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 60
Cuisine: American, Californian

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