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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
16:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I reserved a table at this restaurant for myself and my daughter based mainly on reviews and availability. The restaurant itself looks almost like someone's house from outside and a renovated barn from within. The selection of food was very good. I saw something for everyone. There was a fish and carving station, plenty of salads to choose from, lots... More 

Thank JosLoo
Saratoga, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two of us dined there on a Wednesday night. The spacious room was not full but nicely busy. Since we'd already had some pass-arounds at an event nearby we both opted for a light dinner of the crab cake appetizers and a caesar salad; hers with chicken, mine without. We were served bread which was warm from the oven and... More 

Thank Greg3st3s
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101 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful restaurant in a restored historic building. Food and service are superb. Great choices of seafood, steaks and more,

Thank Kenneth H
San Diego, California
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509 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This World War I era building next to the Palo Alto train depot has been uniquely converted to a very nice restaurant. The staff was very nice and helpful, as we met at the bar early with old friends, and then had a reunion dinner in a private room. There was also an outdoor patio for private groups. The group... More 

1 Thank bsimosd
Management response:

Thank you very much for your kind words and we do hope you'll return soon to our historic Julia Morgan gem in the heart of Palo Alto. We are pleased that your reunion was enjoyable. Laura More 

Marlow, United Kingdom
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463 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 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 28 September 2016

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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83 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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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221 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 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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55 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 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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526 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 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

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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
US$15 - US$40
Barbecue, American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
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
Business meetings, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
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?