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635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502 (Formerly Left Bank - Menlo Park) (Doyle)
+1 650-473-6543
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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San Francisco, California
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125 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 easily found behind the restaurant.

Thank capriskman
Menlo Park, California, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 pitcher of ice water pored over my lower body. So avoid this one if you... More 

Thank Anders V
Honolulu, Hawaii
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199 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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
Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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
Austin, Texas
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165 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
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 the prices are fairly reasonable. If you are in MP, you could do worse than... More 

Thank Kyle D
Menlo Park, California
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Palo Alto, California
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The food is ok, service is ok; nothing great but not bad either...so why do I go back? The location is good, they can handle larger parties and it's reliable. If you want real French food, it's not the place. The food is ok and you know there is something on the menu for everyone.

Thank SFBay650
West Hills, California, United States
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104 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is a lovely French restaurant in Menlo Park. The atmosphere is lovely, the device is excellent and the food is delicious.

Thank Jeannie D
San Francisco, CA
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226 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Have been going to LB for many years and just realized I've never given them a review. The food is always very good and the service agreeable. You just cannot go wrong. Love their steak frites; it's the best on the Peninsula.

Thank Aluor
Menlo Park, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Some days it's great. Good, bistro French food. It all really depends upon the wait staff. Can be great and can be terrible.

Thank Valerie B

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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
USD 41 - USD 80
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?