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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 good45%
  • Average25%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (13 reviews)
“mussels” (10 reviews)
“fondue” (6 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4502
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While I have eaten here (and had this same dish--tuna Nicoise) many times, this time (August 2018) the meal might be rated C- or worse: the salad dressing did not come on the side as asked, the tuna was cold, wafer-thin, and fatty (an odd...More

Thank sunshine_susan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, lovely atmosphere, fabulous service. Only complaint is that the rest rooms are upstairs.

Thank eveybp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a table outside for a lovely meal. Wine was great and a lot of choice too. Excellent pace of service, neither slow or rushed - just right. Dishes cooked to perfection.

Thank R5-man
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed having dinner at the Left Bank. This is more of a Californian French place, very lively and elegant with stylish Parisian decor and beautiful high ceilings.The wine collection has both Californian and French options...I liked their Sancerre. The Fondue ( Fondue Aux Fromages...More

Thank paulrupesh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The reception is very good, the layout is considerate - not too crowded, tables and chairs are comfortable. Menu is very good, the choices are well presented, the food is actually better than expected, try the cold soups and any dish, as it's surprising and...More

Thank vailwood
Reviewed July 15, 2018

We were a family of five having brunch. We had egg Benedictine with crabcake and duck leg with eggs Benedictine. All very good. Good service and friendly. Nice place.

Thank Frank F
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Located in Menlo Park, this is a popular restaurant for brunch, tea and dinner. Prior reservation is necessary, there is sitting both outdoor and indoors. For happy hour, snacks selection particularly the truffles fries are recommended. Dinner menu has mussels, French onion soups, dishes, poultry...More

Thank Szewee1968
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

The Left Bank is a perfectly fine place to have a nice dinner. I had the steak frites and it was perfectly cooked and delicious. A friend had the duck three ways and loved all three. The wine list is broad, offering lots of options...More

Thank RochesterTraveler585
Reviewed July 1, 2018

I find this restaurant totally frustrating-as a local I'd LOVE the Left Bank to be CONSISTENT ! This is the ISSUE-the restaurant's total INCONSISTENCY-over a period of the years it has been open. I have had unbelievable dishes, fabulous service-walked out thinking I will be...More

Thank perfectionist2016
Reviewed March 19, 2018

My wife and I dined at Left Bank almost 20 years ago, shorty after it first opened. For some reason we let way too much time slip by between visits. We were reacquainted recently and were quite pleased with the experience. Started with Tuna Tartare...More

Thank kissatoad2
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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, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
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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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