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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

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Great Food and an old world European feel

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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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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Dublin, Ireland
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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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Palo Alto, California
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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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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?