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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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27 University Ave, in downtown Palo Alto across from the Caltrain station, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Douglas T
Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Thank art-scuba
Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

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 10 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

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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

Thank PorscheBoxster
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.

Thank Saranne M
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

Reviewed 9 December 2017

We haven't been to MacArthur Park in a while, so my husband and I thought we'd have dinner and see what they are doing now. We thought the food was more creative. He had the grilled prawns, which was done with a guajillo glaze, cilantro...More

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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

It's wonderful that you made your way back to us for another taste, and we're so pleased to see that you left so satisfied with your meal and your overall experience. We really appreciate you sharing your feedback and your support for our menu and...More

Reviewed 12 November 2017

We happened across this hotel while staying at a nearby hotel and looking for a place for dinner. It was a great little find. Beautiful building and decor. Busy but not crazed, so it was nice for dinner with colleagues. Menu has plenty of choices...More

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Chuck F, Owner at MacArthur Park, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

I really appreciate you sharing this great experience with us, and it's wonderful that you came back a second time to explore more of what we had to offer. Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed everything so much -- I hope you'll be back...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017

Great place whether you are part of a small group or a large one, just make sure you make a reservation several days in advance. The food is delicious, from the crispy potato skins to the fried calamari and smoked salmon ( and that is...More

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Management response:Responded 3 October 2017

From our tasty appetizers to our seafood pasta, I'm thrilled you enjoyed it all. Thanks for sharing, and I can't wait to welcome you back for another meal. Until then, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

I'm been here a few times previously and had always considered the food as average. I've always admired the bustling bar area though and the accommodations for larger parties and special occasions. I was a bit surprised by the delicious seared salmon entree last evening:...More

Thank Bill F
Management response:Responded 5 September 2017

Bill, thanks for coming by time and again. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the seared salmon dish this visit, and I hope to show you an even better time next time. Until then, Chuck Frank, Co-Owner

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

They have a fixed menu option for groups in the private room. The building is beautiful with old cathedral type ceilings and is tucked away in the corner next to the Cal train station. You beat the traffic on university ave and have valet service....More

Thank art-scuba
Management response:Responded 17 August 2017

I'm happy you enjoyed the setting, but it's a shame your vegetarian entrees weren't quite your thing. I appreciate the feedback on this and hope you'll stop by for another try sometime. Take care, 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
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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