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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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5:00 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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Dinner
Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Still Open! Same food, great service

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
Dane94306
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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209 reviews 209 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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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?