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MacArthur Park

27 University Ave, in downtown Palo Alto across from the Caltrain station, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
+1 650-321-9990
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good38%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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Open Now
4:30 pm - 9:00 pmAll hours
Barbecue, American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
27 University Ave, in downtown Palo Alto across from the Caltrain station, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place whether you are part of a small group or a large one, just make sure you make a reservation several days in advance. The food is delicious, from the crispy potato skins to the fried calamari and smoked salmon ( and that is...More

Thank Silvertiger
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

From our tasty appetizers to our seafood pasta, I'm thrilled you enjoyed it all. Thanks for sharing, and I can't wait to welcome you back for another meal. Until then, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

I'm been here a few times previously and had always considered the food as average. I've always admired the bustling bar area though and the accommodations for larger parties and special occasions. I was a bit surprised by the delicious seared salmon entree last evening:...More

Thank Bill F
Management response:Responded 5 September 2017

Bill, thanks for coming by time and again. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the seared salmon dish this visit, and I hope to show you an even better time next time. Until then, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

They have a fixed menu option for groups in the private room. The building is beautiful with old cathedral type ceilings and is tucked away in the corner next to the Cal train station. You beat the traffic on university ave and have valet service....More

Thank art-scuba
Management response:Responded 17 August 2017

I'm happy you enjoyed the setting, but it's a shame your vegetarian entrees weren't quite your thing. I appreciate the feedback on this and hope you'll stop by for another try sometime. Take care, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 15 July 2017

Many of our party of eight have eaten here in the past albeit a few years ago and expected to have a good dining experience again. But we were so shocked and disappointed at the really poor service and terrible food, unbelievable!! The restaurant was...More

Thank travel4fun49
Management response:Responded 18 August 2017

I'm shocked to hear this, and I'm sorry if you had a negative experience in any way. As you know from your previous visit, we can do much better, and I hope you'll stop by again sometime for another try. Take care, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 23 June 2017

We were here for dinner with few friends. It has great ambience. The service is pretty good. Dishes were also upto the mark.

Thank NS_chd
Management response:Responded 19 August 2017

I'm thrilled everyone enjoyed their meal! We hope you join us again sometime. Thank you for the kind words. Take care, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 27 April 2017

This restaurant fell off my radar the last few years as the food and become predictably average. We returned yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. We took a colleague from Madrid mostly because I love the space and it's design that is so "northern California". I...More

Thank gosaka
Management response:Responded 21 August 2017

I'm happy you had a great experience last visit! I appreciate you taking the time to share this, and I hope you join us for another meal again soon. Until next time, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

This is the first time we went to MacArthur Park in Palo Alto. We were surprised, as it was tucked away in an unusual part of University Avenue, and you could almost miss the turn. The plus is that they had valet parking! Although really...More

1  Thank Venkata W
Management response:Responded 25 August 2017

Venkata, I know it's been a number of months, but since we're getting more involved here on Trip Advisor, I wanted to reach out. I'm sorry to see you didn't get the best impression of us all those months ago. It sounds like there was...More

Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Three business colleagues and I decided that we wanted to have a nice steak dinner after a long workshop. All the places in town were booked until later that evening. McArthur Park had openings. We had a great dinner and each of our steaks and...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Great food and service for over 30 business guests. We ordered from a set menu but the choices were wide and the food was good. Better still the guests at the tables were served together and nobody had to wait.

Thank tanagogo1
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I went there with a Stanford group and we had the choice of only a few options. But the food was very good, as was the wine. I would go back an order off the menu. The location is great, right by the train station....More

Thank SeeTheWorld4Peace
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
Restaurant features
Valet Parking, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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