MacArthur Park

★★★★☆
  • 27 University Ave

    Palo Alto, CA 94301

    Map & Directions
  • 650-321-9990

About MacArthur Park

Hours
Sat-Sun: 5pm-10pm, Mon-Fri: 5pm-10pm, 4:30pm-7pm

Food

Food
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When we first moved to the Bay Area we were looking for a more upscale European style restaurant for those special occasions.
Before kids we dined there a lot.
Recently we've gone back to coming here and we love the place just as much.

4
★★★★☆

When we first moved to the Bay Area we were looking for a more upscale European style restaurant for those special occasions.
Before kids we dined there a lot.
Recently we've gone back to coming here and we love the place just as much.

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My friend and I have been going there for at least 15 years to celebrate our birthdays and it's always excellent. We even had to do take out one time which was just a great.

5
★★★★★

My friend and I have been going there for at least 15 years to celebrate our birthdays and it's always excellent. We even had to do take out one time which was just a great.

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My impressions of this evening could have made a great short story...I remember MacArthur Park as "the place" for dinner - the building literally pulsated when you walked in. It used to be standing room only at the bar and the waiters were sharp and quick witted. Tonight we were one of 3 tables seated by the fireplace because the heater was broken. It was if we had entered an old abandon restaurant in a small forgotten town, and the servers rattled around the floor attemping to wait on us. Despite the fact that there were only 3 tables, the service was mediocre at best. The food was worse than the ambiance and service. We ordered the ravioli and it came out of the kitchen a nearly flourencent green color and was sickenly heavy with cream. The seafood dishes at our table were equally heavy and filling -not lighly grilled and delicately seasoned as I had remembered. The pumpkin cheese cake tasted like wallpaper paste. The only redeeming item of the evening was the crab cake appetizers! My advice is to STAY AWAY - in this economy, you need to feel as if you are recieving value for your dollars and there is no value here!!

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★☆☆☆☆

My impressions of this evening could have made a great short story...I remember MacArthur Park as "the place" for dinner - the building literally pulsated when you walked in. It used to be standing room only at the bar and the waiters were sharp and quick witted. Tonight we were one of 3 tables seated by the fireplace because the heater was broken. It was if we had entered an old abandon restaurant in a small forgotten town, and the servers rattled around the floor attemping to wait on us. Despite the fact that there were only 3 tables, the service was mediocre at best. The food was worse than the ambiance and service. We ordered the ravioli and it came out of the kitchen a nearly flourencent green color and was sickenly heavy with cream. The seafood dishes at our table were equally heavy and filling -not lighly grilled and delicately seasoned as I had remembered. The pumpkin cheese cake tasted like wallpaper paste. The only redeeming item of the evening was the crab cake appetizers! My advice is to STAY AWAY - in this economy, you need to feel as if you are recieving value for your dollars and there is no value here!!

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This is hands down one of my favorite restaurants to go to to celebrate a special occasions. I went here for my birthday last year and not only was the food as wonderful as ever but they even let us stay after the restaurant closed to finish our celebration. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for an elegant place to enjoy wonderful food, great service, and family/friends.

5
★★★★★

This is hands down one of my favorite restaurants to go to to celebrate a special occasions. I went here for my birthday last year and not only was the food as wonderful as ever but they even let us stay after the restaurant closed to finish our celebration. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for an elegant place to enjoy wonderful food, great service, and family/friends.

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We have gone to this restaurant a couple times a year for over 20 years. Their ribs are excellent but the price is not. At this point most visits are when someone else is paying. A formal dining experience done with informal touches - has always appealed to my engineering friends.

4
★★★★☆

We have gone to this restaurant a couple times a year for over 20 years. Their ribs are excellent but the price is not. At this point most visits are when someone else is paying. A formal dining experience done with informal touches - has always appealed to my engineering friends.

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MacArthur Park is a beautiful place in a good location with a great history, but I was there on Tuesday 3/21 and it's clear the service and kitchen leave a lot to be desired. The service was slow, no one raved about their meal, and the bathrooms looked like they should have been at the train station, not a nice restaurant. I might not have noticed, but I remember when MacArthur Park used to be a great dining destination.

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★★★☆☆

MacArthur Park is a beautiful place in a good location with a great history, but I was there on Tuesday 3/21 and it's clear the service and kitchen leave a lot to be desired. The service was slow, no one raved about their meal, and the bathrooms looked like they should have been at the train station, not a nice restaurant. I might not have noticed, but I remember when MacArthur Park used to be a great dining destination.

Pros: ambiance, location

Cons: service, food

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If you are looking for dose of bad attitude from the wait staff and mediocre food, then this is the place for you. Our waiter was one of the rudest that I've ever encountered in any restaurant. He talked down to us while we were ordering drinks, then made minimal efforts to see how we were doing once our food arrived. The ambience was nice, but the menu was limited in options. There is no self parking, so you are forced to valet. Granted, $3.50 isn't much - but it would have been nice to have the option to park your own vehicle. Overall, very underimpressed by the place. I wouldn't come back here if I could help it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you are looking for dose of bad attitude from the wait staff and mediocre food, then this is the place for you. Our waiter was one of the rudest that I've ever encountered in any restaurant. He talked down to us while we were ordering drinks, then made minimal efforts to see how we were doing once our food arrived. The ambience was nice, but the menu was limited in options. There is no self parking, so you are forced to valet. Granted, $3.50 isn't much - but it would have been nice to have the option to park your own vehicle. Overall, very underimpressed by the place. I wouldn't come back here if I could help it.

Pros: ambience

Cons: terrible service, boring food, no free parking

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Delicious food and a great atmosphere. We tried the baby-back ribs at our waiter's suggestion and were very impressed. The restaurant was busy but the service was still good. I've enjoyed their take-out in the past, but i really loved having dinner at the actual restaurant this time.

2
★★★★★

Delicious food and a great atmosphere. We tried the baby-back ribs at our waiter's suggestion and were very impressed. The restaurant was busy but the service was still good. I've enjoyed their take-out in the past, but i really loved having dinner at the actual restaurant this time.

Pros: delicious food, friendly service

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Housed in a landmark craftsman-style building designed during World War I by Julia Morgan, MacArthur Park is a big, welcoming place, and is now livelier than the original (now closed) in San Francisco. The special appetizer---a heaping…

 

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