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MacArthur Park

27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
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Ranked #144 of 312 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $20 - $60
Sun - 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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English first
los altos, california
5 reviews 5 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
58 reviews 58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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 - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 60
Cuisine: American, Californian

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