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MacArthur Park

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27 University Ave, in downtown Palo Alto across from the Caltrain station, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324 (El Camino; adjacent to Palo Alto Train Station)
+1 650-321-9990
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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442 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place with friendly staff. We had a set menu with choices - the Caesar salad was v average, the chicken or pork dishes were good. Cheesecake looked a lot better than the fruit tart. Best thing was the polite friendly service. Perhaps it would have been better ala carte?

Thank tanagogo1
Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travel to Palo Alto every couple of years and each time we have dinner at MacArthur Park. This time we came with friends and they enjoyed the restaurant as much as we did. The service is always exceptional and the food is always delicious. We will continue to visit MacArthur Park when we are in the area.

Thank hjmasi
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82 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is a very nice place to eat dinner or have a outdoor function in the yard. Parking can be a pain, but at least they have plenty of parking in the back.

Thank Jon R
Management response:

Thank you for visiting MacArthur Park, Jon. Glad to hear you enjoyed our lovely patio for a recent function. Thank you for the kind words about your experience. It's true, we're a popular spot for functions like weddings, and informal gatherings with friends. Keep us in mind if you have a special occasion to celebrate, or are just in for... More 

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215 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

We booked the Julia Morgan room for a private event and everything turned out wonderful. Trish, one of the catering staff, was wonderful to work with and our server was efficient and friendly. The polenta sticks with tomato sauce appetizer was a hit with everyone The roasted strip loin came out medium rather than medium rare but that was the... More 

Thank Bigpenny34
San Francisco, California
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50 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

Excellent service, great food, and very relaxing. I love the interior look of the restaurant and the bartender really makes a good drink.

1 Thank Robert D
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221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

I would recommend it for the beauty of the place, for its iconic old charm. Food is fine, as service is. For groups or business dining, there are several options to sit aparted from the main room. Reasonable charging.

Thank Hedin
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

enjoyed going here for the ribs they are great and a good meal other things are good but i really liked the ribs

Thank stuart h
Dallas, Texas
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

Ate here on a Wednesday night in a group of 7. Staff was attentive and friendly. Good drink selection. Shared a number of appetizers - all were good. I had the salmon for an entree and can honestly say it was one of the best pieces of salmon I have ever had. Cooked to perfection with an interesting - but... More 

Thank Clan5
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51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Nice place. We went for ribs with a colleague and we were sadly disappointed. They were tough and undercooked. Some of the worst I've had anywhere. Such a shame as a lovely restaurant.

Thank benstopford
Detroit, Michigan
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

Had a very nice business dinner at MacArthur Park. The fried calamari is an excellent appetizer. The wait staff are outstanding and very attentive to your needs.

Thank X-Man2112

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $40
Barbecue, American, Steakhouse, Bar
Restaurant features
Valet Parking, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 University Ave, in downtown Palo Alto across from the Caltrain station, 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: +1 650-321-9990
WELCOME TO MACARTHUR PARK - An American BBQ Experience. Ribs and a whole lot more. MacArthur Park Restaurant, named after a Jimmy Webb song, has been a neighborhood favorite in Palo Alto since it first opened in 1981. Today's MacArthur Park has been reclaimed by its original owner and its original chef with a revitalized menu and a recent renovation of this historical landmark Julia Morgan building. Historical landmarks are permanent sign posts to a culture's community. This landmark has served the community in many incarnations: as a 1918 Hostess House for visiting families of World War I servicemen, as a community center, a veterans hall and now, once again, as the new MacArthur Park. Home is a place you love, and MacArthur Park is pleased to welcome the community back home with new dishes, old favorites and the warmest of hospitality.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?