Left Bank is an authentic French brasserie celebrating Mediterranean Cuisine. Located in Menlo Park's charming downtown, Left Bank transports guests ... More
Left Bank Menlo Park
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. Fifteen years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Chef de Cuisine Brendy Monsada offers an always changing menu focused on Southern French Cuisine.
Pretty Bad. Basically, they don't have bottles of wine mentioned on the carte. We have been obliged to change our choice 5 times to finish with an expensive bottle from the wrong year!! The waiter kept pushing us to order more food. When he comes to serve water, he splashed water everywhere. The place is very noisy
The food was OK
I went here for dinner with a group of friend's friends and the experience was about average.
I ordered the free-range chicken with red-wine sauce. The sauce does not have the red-wine flavor *not very obvious*. The chicken though does have a little bit of flavoring but I think it was way way way way overcook that the meat was kind of dry and not juicy anymore. It loses its original tastes. I ordered it without lardons (bacons), so the taste was little bit of off. Bacons I think will make it a little bit saltier, so the chef did not compensate for that in the dish so the noodles and everything was a little bit under season.
The salad was okie. Dressing was about average. They put tons of oil in the dressing though. The soup was actually good. The bread was decent as well. I didn't have any drink but did get their desserts. And it's really yummy. I had their mini-cheese cake. The size is really small but since I am not hungry, it is perfect for tasting. I thought the kumquat will be included in the cheese cake production, but no, it's only for decoration. But the taste was very good though. And most of the people who had desserts commented on how good they were.
Service was only okie. I don't think our waitress was very professional. She basically interrupted the conversation to get the unwanted wine glasses on the table. I found it quite unprofessional at a place like this.
The atmosphere was really nice. They have high ceiling and lots of light inside which I really like. It's good if you have a good group of people coming.
So overall, I only give this three stars because of the food, price, and service but I really like the atmosphere.
Left Bank markets itself as a french restaurant with delicious food that is fabulously presented in a charming upscale environment. Sadly their marketing and the actual truth do not match. While the environment of Left Bank is very nice, the waiters were very slow and the food left a lot to be desired. The skirt stead was burnt and the prawn dish came with a whopping four prawns. The rack of lamb, while good, was on par with outback. However the steak tartar and the calamari appetizers were very delicious. In my opinion, this place is not worth the price and there are plenty of other restaurants that are much better in terms of price and quality of food.
Everything was good until I witnessed the bus staff taking bread that had been on other tables and putting it back in the bread bin. The bread that we didn't use was put directly into another basket along with some other pieces and brought to another table. This seemed like a normal practice! Unfortunately, that lost my future business.
Left Bank is a chain, so your experience may differ from one to the next. My favorite is Menlo Park, where you must traverse the thinnest steep stairs in the world to get to the bathroom. The dining room has a wonderful high ceiling, and, although this provides for a roomy atmosphere, it is nearly impossible to hear what anyone is saying. That is okay -- the food is better. A new menu change offers a light vegetable terrine that is not terribly sweet or salty, but a great complement to Sancerres. Also, the calamari here is almost the best I have ever had, although maybe it was just a good day for the kitchen. The lunch sandwiches are fantastic; try the Jacque Pepin: Roasted Red Peppers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Eggplant, on Francese. The frites are crispy and one of my favorites, and I always love the burger here. The food is not top notch highest end of the line, but it is pretty good most times. Also, their wines by the glass complement their food quite well. Couple that with their outdoor patio seating, and it is a great place for a late afternoon meal. The latest time I tried the oysters they were terrific, just great. Usually the fish special is good for dinner, something with leeks and butter. The tarte lyonnaise is just your average everyday quiche, but the crust is very good. Also, every time I have ordered the soup it has been fine. Service? Usually impeccable, although slow. Left Bank offers a white tablecloth bistro look. It is a running favorite. 3.2
in the mood for tasty french food? you could do a lot worse than left bank. they've got solid offerings from an insanely moist roast chicken to an assortment of salads and seafood dishes. the lunchtime prix fixe is an amazing value: soup or salad + entree and dessert for $20. the sorbet here is delicious--light and fresh.
The restaurant has great ambiance with massive French posters, high ceilings, an open kitchen. I've been here a number of occasions and there's always a bustling scene and the service is excellent. The menu is simple yet there's plenty of choice.
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