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“Incredible lunch incredible location”
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Ranked #4 of 123 Restaurants in Menlo Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: HWY 280
Description: Madera Restaurant Honored with One Star by Michelin and Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2012. A comfortably elegant ambiance, picturesque views and outdoor terraces welcome guests and Silicon Valley locals to Madera. Featuring an open artisan wood-burning kitchen and extensive wine list, Madera serves rustic American cuisine that celebrates the culinary traditions of the Bay Area In addition to indoor and outdoor dining, Madera offers two private dining rooms with private terraces and cozy fireplaces. The Lemon Room seats up to 10 guests, and the Orange Room up to 14 guests. This Menlo Park restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for Sunday brunch as well.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Incredible lunch incredible location”
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

The service and the food here are incredible. The desserts were works of culinary art and the grilled chicken was like nothing i've tasted. Great place to sit on the balcony on a nice day and sip wine while enjoying a fine meal. Pricey (Cobb salad is $18) but worth it every once in awhile.

Visited April 2013
Thank Nathaniel H
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good food, a little pricey”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Good food, pretty good selection of wines, but a bit on the pricey side, which was expected. For dinner, order the bass-- it's delicious !

Visited March 2013
Thank Michelle L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great setting, service good, food average, overpriced.”
Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

It's a beautiful setting and the service was good. Food was good, but not worth the cost. $250 for 2, with 2 drinks a piece. Servings are on the small side. Octopus appetizer was very good, unique.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank CraigNH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“It was all excellent”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We were a party of four for dinner. I see other reviewers complaining about the food and I am glad I did not read them before going otherwise I would have been unnecessarily apprehensive - it was all excellent. Of course people have different tastes and expectations but it seems like there must be an element of luck of the draw and we were lucky.

The food was attractively presented without being pretentious. We each had a full three courses and every one of them was superb. Not a single complaint - instead praise for each dish. I would probably rate the starter and desert slightly more highly than the main course for presentation, creativity and person preference (the salmon main course was a bit watery - if anything I prefer it slightly oily and the skin more evenly crisp).

Service was excellent and it is a nice touch to provide still or sparkling water without charge. Decor pleasant, ambiance a healthy buzz, view very good. Wines were fine, pricey but not out of character with the restaurant. We had a great evening.

Would I go back? Definitely.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank 3rdimension
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Michelin star rated? Why?”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Overpriced, lacks almost any "normal comfort" food. Definitely not worth the cost. The only upside was the wait staff.

Visited March 2013
Thank Steve G
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