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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 good42%
  • Average26%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (10 reviews)
“fondue” (4 reviews)
“tapas” (2 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 7 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped by to try out their happy hour after some appointments in downtown Menlo Park. It was a Monday late afternoon, lots of room in their bar area for our party of two. Service was punctual and our waiter was very aware of the happy...More

Thank kh57ca
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Had a nice lunch. Sat at the bar, service was great. Mussels we're large and tasty. Sauce perfect. The ahi tuna BLT was blah. Not a good ideA for a sandwich. Atmosphere very authentic. Will be back for dinner soon.

Thank richard_traveler
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The setting is very traditional of a French brasserie, and thanks to very high ceilings the place is not very noisy. The menu is not exactly the one you may find in France, but oysters are available. The service is not french and that's a...More

Thank Edouard T
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Pretty much always start with the moules frites. Keep the bowl around and sop up all that delicious juice with bread. I've been here so many times and should have reviewed long ago. This time had the Cotes du Rhone, the Duck and a salad....More

Thank Kerry C
Reviewed 16 December 2016

The restaurant delivers on its promise of a french bistro, both in the food and the decor. The brunch can be a good treat on a Sunday afternoon, but the dinner is when it hits its peak. The service is helpful and courtesy. Parking is...More

Thank capriskman
Reviewed 8 November 2016

For many years this place was a Francophile's oasis in every way. Then service went out the door. They've even totally comped me for a big three person lunch that took 45 mins to show up and at my last visit I had a full...More

Thank Anders V
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I loved this restaurant. Had tasty tomato bisque followed by exquisitely prepared scallops on risotto. Prices are mid range. Beautiful ambiance. Friendly staff. Great location. Free parking.

Thank Malillysr
Reviewed 30 October 2016

French bistro food plus good drink selection-entrees as well as sandwiches. Good happy hour in bar and patio area.One tip-careful how you park in Menlo Park-police like to give Mickey Mouse parking tickets for time or being slightly outside parking lines.

Thank nick402016
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The Left Bank isn't anything particularly special but they do have a great location in Menlo Park. They do feature a very solid happy hour in two flavors--early (I think like 4-6) and then after 9pm. During the happy hour the food is good and...More

Thank Kyle D
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Good steak frites, moules, french onion soup, and other classic French fare. Decent wine list, nice service. Private room upstairs for parties or large groups. Nice happy hour too.

Thank CynthiaR1229
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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.