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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%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
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Barbecue, American, Gluten Free Options
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27 University Ave, in downtown Palo Alto across from the Caltrain station, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

Fantastic facility. Beautiful open rafters and high ceilings. Attended an event using the entire restaurant. Food was delicious as well. Perfect place to host a large event with lots of room to spread out and have separate dance floor, bar and seated dining spaces. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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ChuckF299, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Michelle, I'm really glad you've taken such a liking to the atmosphere and structure of our space. Thanks for sharing your feedback too. We hope to see you around again soon. Sincerely, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 10 October 2018

We had planned on another place but it was closed for a private party so we ended up here. The place's decor was more of an upscale place but we were going for BBQ so that made it a little strange. The service was OK...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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ChuckF299, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Ken, I'm glad you decided to join us after your plans changed, though I wish your experience were better. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our food, and I am disappointed it was deemed only fair. Can you share with me when and...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018

We enjoyed dinner at Mcarthur Park in Palo Alto for our anniversary. We used to go to the restaurant in the financial district of SF, but it is gone. Food was good, nothing incredibly special or unique. Restaurant is nice, relaxed and has excellent service....More

Date of visit: September 2018
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ChuckF299, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thanks for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us. I do wish the ribs had blown you away, but I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back and getting everything just right. Until next time, Chuck...More

Reviewed 30 August 2018

Dinner for 3 for out-of-town visitor, attending Stanford symposium, and so glad we selected MacArthur Park restaurant – the entire dining experience was terrific. It is a wonderful restaurant, unique historic Julia Morgan setting, one of the best restaurants in Palo Alto. Highly recommended. We...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Richard, thank you for such a fantastic review! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your meal after the symposium. From the onion rings to the sea bass, it sounds like you got a great taste for what we're all about, and I'm happy you were...More

Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Needed a restaurant during a recent stay at Stanford Park. This is within easy walking distance through a nice park. Nicely appointed. Fits in well with local vibe. Service was attentive and pleasant. Prices were reasonable for the location, though may seem expensive if you’re...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

I'm glad you found us! It's great to hear you enjoyed a convenient meal while you were visiting Stanford Park. I'm happy everyone enjoyed everything, and I hope we'll get the chance to welcome you back again sometime! Until then, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 22 April 2018

We had not been back here for 3 years or so. It does not disappoint. White table clothes and attentive service and rally very good, not gourmet, fare. Comfort food of higher end restaurants. The onion strings are to die for as an appetizer. Enough...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Douglas, thanks so much for coming back to see us! We're glad you enjoyed everything from the service to the onion strings and your main course. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon for more! Until then, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

The host was not very polite even with our reservation. The creamy asparagus soup was luke warm. The bread was tasty and the BBQ family style included ribs, fries, corn on the cob and the mudpie for $36. The folks who ate it said the...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Thanks for coming in! While I'm happy you enjoyed our location and most of your meal, I'm sorry to hear you weren't more impressed overall. We take quality and customer service very seriously, so I hope we'll get the chance to make a better impression...More

Reviewed 9 March 2018

Been going there forever. It's changed over the years, but we've adapted up to now. Last series of changes just more than we can "adapt" to. Chat with a manager basically was that they're not looking for our demographic group. Not sure they're going to...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Inese, I am sorry our management team left you with the impression that we are not looking to maintain our current demographic group. I assure you we are, as both my partner Faz and I are in that group. Rather, we are hoping to enlarge...More

Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

This is a nice place that is reasonably priced. I had a filet and was perfect. The food is not overly dressed up just good food plain and simple. Valet parking is 6$ which is a drag and use map quest in order to make...More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

I'm happy to see you enjoyed the filet you ordered, and it's wonderful to know you thought highly of your experience with us. I appreciate your support, and I hope you'll be back next time you're in the area. Let me point out that there...More

Reviewed 28 January 2018

This is a large restaurant, and was very busy on Christmas. Despite the crowd, the food on the buffet was fresh, at right temperatures, and delicious.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Folmur, I'm very pleased to know you enjoyed our Christmas buffet, and I want to thank you for taking a moment to voice your support. You're always welcome here. Hope to see you sometime soon, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$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
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
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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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