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MacArthur Park

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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)
+1 650-321-9990
16:30 - 21:00
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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513 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Manasquan, New Jersey
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310 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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. The old building is charming, but I would not have painted it white inside and... More 

Thank SeeTheWorld4Peace
Walnut Creek, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Good food, wonderful ambience and adventure to find combined to keep this on my list of places to enjoy when traveling to Palo Alto. Get there early and have a reservation because I 'm not the only one that likes it. A diverse crowd in terms of ages definitely says family friendly.

Thank randallw946
Columbia, Maryland
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218 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I have attended many a pre conference networking event, and the one hosted at MacArthur Park ranks among the best. We used the small dining room right off the entrance, which was the right size to support four or so tables, with space to mingle and to support a check in table. Just right to enable small group or pairs... More 

Thank Deborah F
Huntersville, North Carolina
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121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I ordered the grilled pork chop and was amazed to see that it was at least an inch thick when it arrived. My experience with thick pork chops are that they are either under cooked in the center or extremely dry. This pork chop was perfect throughout. Very tender. Very tasty. The accompanying vegetables were only so-so, or I would... More 

Thank JeffP2
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I have been 15+ times, but always for the Sunday brunch. Certainly the best Sunday brunch in the area. Buffet style. Lots of choices, fresh food, etc.

Thank Ludgatecircus15
San Diego, California
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I reserved a table at this restaurant for myself and my daughter based mainly on reviews and availability. The restaurant itself looks almost like someone's house from outside and a renovated barn from within. The selection of food was very good. I saw something for everyone. There was a fish and carving station, plenty of salads to choose from, lots... More 

Thank JosLoo
Saratoga, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Two of us dined there on a Wednesday night. The spacious room was not full but nicely busy. Since we'd already had some pass-arounds at an event nearby we both opted for a light dinner of the crab cake appetizers and a caesar salad; hers with chicken, mine without. We were served bread which was warm from the oven and... More 

Thank Greg3st3s
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111 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is a wonderful restaurant in a restored historic building. Food and service are superb. Great choices of seafood, steaks and more,

Thank Kenneth H
San Diego, California
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528 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This World War I era building next to the Palo Alto train depot has been uniquely converted to a very nice restaurant. The staff was very nice and helpful, as we met at the bar early with old friends, and then had a reunion dinner in a private room. There was also an outdoor patio for private groups. The group... More 

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Management response:

Thank you very much for your kind words and we do hope you'll return soon to our historic Julia Morgan gem in the heart of Palo Alto. We are pleased that your reunion was enjoyable. Laura More 

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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
US$15 - US$40
Barbecue, American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
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, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?