We were here for the 1st time and had Linguini & clams and a Caesar salad with crab. Hoss was our waiter & Barbara at the front desk were very nice.
We love coming to this restaurant. But, there are times when the food is not as good as it could be. Such was the case at lunch the other day. There was just too much butter and cheese in both of our dishes. I do find the chef heavy handed at times. It would be nice if they could lighten up the menu a bit.
So lovely to sit outside and be waited upon so kindly. The seafood chowder is to die for, and the risotto was good . The waiter was very attentive and did not forget us even though we were the only ones sitting outside. I love this place!!
Wonderful staff, wonderful food. This is the rare place that provides a high class atmosphere that accommodates the usual special occasions including families.
It's always noisy here. We chose to sit in the back booth, but that's across from the kitchen doors.
I had poached salmon. It didn't seem fresh....not flakey as fresh salmon would be, and very little taste.
My companion had very nice looking lamb chops: 3 doubles, so a whole rack. They looked excellent and he enjoyed them very much. NZ wine was fine. No dessert. We were late diners but were glad the Grille
was still open. Reservation was honored well.
We had a very pleasant dining experience on a relatively quiet Tuesday evening. We ordered brussel sprouts as an appetizer and split them 5 ways. They were nicely seasoned and very tender. Everyone ordered the calamari with asparagus and mashed potatoes. Some of us removed the crust, if only to save calories. I would have given a 5-star rating except considering that it wasn't terribly busy, it seemed to take longer than expected to receive our salad and dinners. Other than that, everything was quite satisfactory and we'll definitely return. Would definitely recommend.
Our go to place.Great for special occasions or just a casual dinner with friends.Good food and good service.
Bill the owner runs a top restaurant amidst redwood trees in lovely Portola Valley. The menu is varied with fresh daily specials. Food and ambiance is awesome! Been coming here for 20 years!
Great spot in Portola Valley. Sit outside--it's beautiful under the redwoods
We sat near the open kitchen way to noisy.
Next time we will ask for the room on the other side of Bar.
To celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary we were looking for a restaurant that provided good food in an intimate setting. Parkside Grille delivered both of these and a great deal more. Arriving early, we explained to the hostess what we were celebrating and the kind of atmosphere we were hoping to find. She guided us to a lovely outside table that offered both privacy and a beautiful view of the hills to the west.
And while both the food and the wine were excellent, what we will remember most was the quality of the service. Our waiter was warm and attentive with just the right touch of humor. He never hovered but always seemed to be there at exactly the right moment. Simply put, he was the consummate professional.
We were so pleased with the entire experience that at the end of the meeting we went inside to let the hostess know just how thoroughly we had enjoyed the evening. And while I do not recall having told her how long we had been married, she certainly did.
“I’m glad you had a great time,” she said. “Please come back and celebrate your 55th with us.”
Indeed we will.
The halibut was fresh and perfectly cooked. The NY steak was tender and tasty. The service was attentive.
Lovely experience dining, service, ambiance.
Food specials and menu well-described, prepared, and presented. Looking forward to returning soon again. Good value all around.
Beautiful location and worth the drive. Excellent place for clients, good service and food while quiet enough to have a conversation. Highly recommend it!
Oh the usual Tuesday Parkside goodness. Nice to see Jazmin and Nick and Hope again. The impossible burger without the bun was super!
Lovely setting for an intimate dinner with friends.
Wonderful as always. Good food, great choices and nice people!
Host told our friends that we hadn’t arrived yet even though we had signed in and were already seated — so they waited outside for 10 minutes until they happened to look for us. Server was inattentive and service was slow. Very noisy as well — not a good experience.
Ate outside under the redwoods. Some street noise but a nice setting. Alfredo, our server, was very nice and attentive. We had the White Prawns and risotto, Parkside Pizza and Asian Chicken salad bowl;all very good. Hot brownie with vanilla ice cream was very good..
Love the food and even got special treatment by the bartender. (She gave us a personal visit at our table to find out how to make a drink that I love). Special treat. Thanks so much
Parkside Grill is my go-to place when I want a little bit of an up-scale lunch where quiet conversation is possible. The service is friendly and unobtrusive, the daily specials always offer something a bit unusual, and the setting, either sitting outside in a small redwood grove or inside in comfortable booths, is comfortable with a touch of elegance.
Had a very nice date night meal. Sitting outside reminded us of European travel.
Nice place, generally good food. A little overpriced for what it is. Also, a $3 charge to split a salad (and we didn't ask for the split either), which seems petty.
The interior is nice. The staff is friendly. But ...
We came in at 6, were immediately seated, a waiter took our drink order and then took drink orders from an adjacent table of 12. He entered their 12 orders first into the restaurant's computer, served them first (even thought we arrived earlier), and a half hour later we were served our glasses of wine.
The restaurant needs to be more streamlined, in terms of service, especially since other wait staff were standing around doing nothing, just waiting for their tables to fill up.
I ordered a quesadilla, since I wasn't too hungry. It was a thick, floury quesadilla, filled with chicken and some kind of cheese that didn't really melt. Until I added the salsa and guacamole on top, it had been tasteless.
My husband had short ribs -- okay, pleasantly soft, but had no oomph. In other words, bland.
Not a real "go-to" place.
Great spot. We came with 3 generations - grandparents to 6-yo boys - and palates ranging from "meat warm, enough noise to not feel like we're sticking out, but not so much that the grandparents couldn't hear. Bravo!
Lovely, peaceful spot for lunch. Usually the service is good there, but this time was not. We had to ask four times for bread, the table was not ready, the waiter failed to double round to fill water glasses, etc. Not sure what was going on, but overall really good food and lovely atmosphere.
Meeting old friends.
The Parkside always serves great meals and cocktails. It was nice to see Jasmine & Hope again.
Food is best in Menlo Park/Portola Valley. Great service, great atmosphere, great experience EVERY time I visit.
Four people had 3 different dinners - fish special (sole), lamb chops and skirt steak - and 3 desserts - creme brulé, cinnamon apples in puff pastry, and Boston cream pie. Everything was excellent. Service was, too. We were there with out-of-town guests, so appreciated that we could hear each other talk. Can't comment on "value" as we were being treated, so didn't see the check.
Great food, fun atmosphere, good service. I go to Parkside Grille a lot and it is always a good experience. We had a large party on Saturday night when the restaurant was very full but we were looked after very well.
Always love Parkside Grille - the specials are usually interesting and delicious - and we love their 'regulars' too. Highly recommend!
Love the atmosphere. Really friendly wait staff. Food was outstanding.
We enjoy this neighborhood restaurant for good food, good service, friendly bar. It can be noisy so head outside (summer) for a quieter time. There is ample space for large parties or booths for smaller ones.
Food was outstanding but with a reservation they did not have a table ready so we waited about 15 minutes. The service was slow but very accommodating.
Such a lovely location. Perfect weather to sit outside. Our waiter, Andres, was also "perfect". Definitely recommend this place!
lively and good menu, good service. Fun place.
i would return again. but careful with large tables and people who might be slightly hard of hearing because at a table of 5, one end had trouble hearing the other end.
Very noisy, on a Tuesday night! Food is quite good, large portions, good service.
I think the Chef might have had an off night. I've eaten there numerous times and found my paella to be subpar with it's usual preparation. I will try a few more times to see if this is a consistence fall of in the food prepeartion.
Not as fantastic as usual. Kind of an off night there.