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MacArthur Park

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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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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 10
    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
Class reunion

We had the reunion held on the outside patio. The food was good for a buffet. They offered ribs, chicken and salmon. Vegetables were excellent and the Caesar salad was excellent. The sour dough bread was the best I have had outside of San Francisco or Monterey. The wine served was also very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
Marilyn B
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Monterey, California
via mobile
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

The serving staff was efficient and personable. The meal and atmosphere were great and provided a nice setting for our event.

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I stopped here, ate at the bar and watched the football game while in town on business. Excellent service, my food was very good and they gladly substituted additional veggies for my potatoes. I went here a lot years ago - clearly not the popular place it was--the place was pretty empty--but I loved the food, atmosphere and service.

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1 Thank KKelsay
Monterey, California
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

We had the reunion held on the outside patio. The food was good for a buffet. They offered ribs, chicken and salmon. Vegetables were excellent and the Caesar salad was excellent. The sour dough bread was the best I have had outside of San Francisco or Monterey. The wine served was also very good, I had the red heaviest wine.

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1 Thank Marilyn B
Surrey UK
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32 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Wasn't my choice to visit and went as part of a work party. Generally disappointing food. Had some sort of chicken thing that was like rubber and destroyed by the sauce. General view of the group was the same and none of us would have chosen it ourselves.

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Thank deccrv
Asia
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406 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It looks like we should disregard those university rankings but instead judge a university by the number of great restaurants around it. We were a party of 14 and we had the loft all to ourselves. It was a wonderful setting in a graceful building. The food was good, service was excellent. A perfect evening out with friends.

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1 Thank Panguin
Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Loved the atmosphere and the Staff were very helpful and the food was excellent Great choice of wines

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1 Thank kinnity
Palo Alto, California
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

For meat lovers this is a great place to eat. Ambiance is family oriented in a beautiful historic building. Food is delicious and service is good.

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1 Thank JamshidV
Toronto, Canada
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115 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 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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1 Thank pundit705
London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

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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2 Thank Dane94306
San Jose, California
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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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

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

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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?