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“Exciting dining experience”
Review of Flea Street Cafe

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Ranked #5 of 123 Restaurants in Menlo Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Avy Ave.
San Francisco
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330 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Exciting dining experience”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

Jesse Cool, the owner of this excellent restaurant, has become a celebrity chef with cookbooks, tours, classes, etc. She is one of the first women chefs to make it in a mostly male world (never mind the female TV chefs).

From the beginning, she emphasized locally sourced food, organic when available, free range meats, and creative combinations. In the last decade, these combinations didn't always work for me although Flea Street was my wife's favorite restaurant for the food, the wholesome sustainable ingredients, the atmosphere, and the variety.

But in recent years, the food quality, while still imaginatively created, has improved, and one always has a good experience here with excellent service (no priggish waiters). One sad consequence is that it has become more and more expensive. Always an a la carte, it is easy to get carried away with lively choices on the menu. It is not an extensive menu, particularly since Cool wants to use fresh local food if possible, but an appetizer here a soup there a glass of wine added, etc. etc., and we usually end up spending about $100 each with tip! Is it worth that much? Probably not, but it is certainly worth paying a lot for the combination of excellence. Skip the alcohol and you will be happier with the price and value.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Menlo Park, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Flea Street is Fabulous!”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

One of our favorite places hands down. We eat here a lot both on our own and with friends. We've always had excellent, generous service. (One time I commented on how good the soup sounded but wanted a salad, so made the choice for the latter. A few minutes later, the waiter brought out a espresso-cup-sized sample of the soup so I could try it. So nice AND it was as good as it sounded. This is an example of thoughtful customer service!) The owner is a well-known local and is often at Flea Street. They use local sources for their food and lots of effort to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. We love it here.

  • Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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110 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Just "okay"”
Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Great waitstaff that knew the menu and wine in depth. The first course cheese plate was great as we're the 2nd plate meatballs. The main entree -3rd plate, lamb with truffle oil was sub par. Although the lamb was cooked beautifully, the glaze was without flavor and left the overall meal flat. For the price premium here, I expect a higher level of perfection particularly for the main course. This wouldn't survive amidst the competition, if it were in NYC.

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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“getting even better”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

have dined here several times.........off the beaten path in a residential area.........nice atmosphere.....cozy and attractive decor.......good portions on most items.......a bit pricey on the main courses....most around $35.........but excellent and interesting preparations....excellent service.......decent, well-selected wine list.....$25 corkage....moderate noise......try the chicken.....one of the best ever....a definite repeat.......almost always busy so book ahead.

  • Visited January 2014
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fabulous local organic fare, skillfully composed”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Let's start off with why I gave this place 4 stars instead of 5. This place had everything I was looking for: local, organic fare with delicious-sounding descriptions. It was in the right location to allow me to meet a friend I hadn't seen in over a decade after work while on an out of town business trip. The menu options, which I had investigated online prior to arriving, tasted in even better in real life than I had imagined. So, basically, this place has it all, except that the hostesses were snobby/snotty, call what you like. It's my pet peeve - so unnecessary and waste of everyone's time - hence the missing star. Delicious food is delicious food, though, so I do officially recommend it.

Visited January 2013
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