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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” (9 reviews)
“steak frites” (10 reviews)
“fondue” (5 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a nice lunch here with friends a couple of days after Thanksgiving. Nice menu, some good wines and excellent service. Very much enjoyed the French Onion Soup, followed up with some Pate and Chicken Mousse. Not 5-Star material, but I'd recommend the place for...More

Thank treborz1
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a pleasant place but too casual for me for dinner. Lunch is better. Food is fine, but nothing memorable.

Thank Diana D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used to dine here regularly some years ago when we were going through a kitchen remodel. Once we had our new kitchen we tended to not eat out as much. But we returned last week and had a great meal - both of us...More

Thank SuzanneGrecophile
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We were en route to SFI Airport and wanted a bite to eat early evening. Stumbled on this place and enjoyed it. Drinkable wine at $5 per glass (in happy hour) is very good by Californian standards, and the flatbreads and fries with parmesan and...More

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Had lunch here twice recently. Food was really very good, stylish and well-served, though you may have to wait a while. Very pleasant outside at lunchtime.

Thank Roger T
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

The caveat to this review is that the one member of our group who had eaten here before (several times) said he felt it was an off night. Maybe it was. Still, it was unimpressive... except for the service, which was great. In speaking a...More

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Good place for after work, outdoor seating. Service can be unpredictable, food is good Great for brunch.

Thank TruBritinUSA
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Service is bad, portions have gotten small and prices have gone up.. it was not like this at all. We have been coming here since its opening and this is a huge let down. Not recommended for lunch or dinner

Thank gorde1234
Reviewed 28 August 2017

The food is top notch, the decor and atmosphere is ritzy. Yes it is on the expensive side, but your husband or wife is well worth it once in a while. Dine here and then have a good evening!

Thank LeRoyJN
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The ambiance is pleasant and light in this large restaurant. It can get quite noisy on holidays. The menu is not large but the classic dishes are good. Portions are of average size and quite tasty. The bar is a separate area with Happy Hour...More

Thank ruthiewilkins1
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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
  • E-mail
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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