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Left Bank

635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
+1 650-473-6543
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good46%
  • Average25%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (13 reviews)
“mussels” (10 reviews)
“fondue” (7 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For their 25th Anniversary in Menlo Park, Left Bank held a Bastille Day celebration and donated all summer long to local causes. Although it has multiple locations, LB doesn't feel like a chain. The fondue is unusual in that it contains brie, bleu, and goat...More

Thank 763amy
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Had a great lunch at Left Bank. The food selection was good and I had the lamb sandwich. Service was prompt and the wine selection was good. Would definitely go back.

Thank Marc B
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Very pleasant lunch, can recommend the Ahi Tuna - great backroom for large groups. Large wine selection.

Thank travel7792
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Unassuming little bistro which was a great find during a recent visit to Menlo Park. The beef tartare was excellent. All dishes were pleasing and the staff friendly and delivered good service. Well put-together wine list

Thank BFO1964
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

2 french bistros in downtown Menlo Park. Similar menus. Both good. However Left Bank is much larger inside and out. Great ambience. French onion soup is amazing as is the overall menu. Good service. Enjoyed outdoor patio. Indoor ambience is authentic.

Thank steveny174
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Prices and service reasonable. No more expensive than going to Draegers and getting some of their ready made hot food or salads!

Thank Wbit
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

We reserved the upstairs private room for my daughter's graduation luncheon. Room easily accommodated 20 people. Nice menu choices, great staff.

Thank 26loretta2015
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Nice location, good inside arrangement, a French bistro feeling, food is good. Nice people serving. A casual place to go from time to time.

Thank Belot_Family
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

The Left Bank needs an upgrade to its menu and food. Visited yesterday for lunch. The service was excellent but the lunch disappointing. I ordered the Croque chicken sandwich which came on a big whitebread bun, served with fries. Nothing imaginative at all, surprising for...More

Thank Oakleaf1950
Reviewed 11 August 2018

While I have eaten here (and had this same dish--tuna Nicoise) many times, this time (August 2018) the meal might be rated C- or worse: the salad dressing did not come on the side as asked, the tuna was cold, wafer-thin, and fatty (an odd...More

Thank sunshine_susan
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502 (Formerly Left Bank - Menlo Park)
  • Public Transportation: The Caltrans stops only two blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: +1 650-473-6543
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Left Bank is an authentic French brasserie celebrating Mediterranean Cuisine. Located in Menlo Park's charming downtown, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris. Open since 1998 and completely re-modeled in 2008, Left Bank offers a casual, charming brasserie setting where diners feast upon classic southern French cuisine. Our outdoor sidewalk cafe seating evokes a lively European atmosphere and is the perfect place for just an appetizer and beer or a 3-course meal with a beautiful bottle of wine. Whether it's at our sidewalk table, the gorgeous glass-walled bar, or in the casually elegant main dining room, you'll enjoy a fun & french experience. Thirteen years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Chef de Cuisine Steven Catalano offers an always changing menu focused on Southern French Cuisine.
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