Left Bank Menlo Park

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What was happening on the rest of Santa Cruz Avenue on Saturday, July 14, we are not sure. Because the place to celebrate Bastille Day was at the almost next-door neighbor restaurants, Left Bank and Vida.

The star-spangled, winged woman on stilts paraded around both restaurants, going up the sidewalk and then walking down SCA itself. And both restaurants were packed (at least outside) early in the evening, e.g. well before 6:00 pm.

Left Bank just happens to be celebrating its 20th anniversary, along with its French roots. A special touch was designating Pablo (pictured below), who has been at the restaurant since the beginning, Grand Marshall. That’s a wise move, according to this reporter, because he always has a warm greeting for long-time customers.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Sunday Suppers are attractive offering at Left Bank Menlo Park this summer

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Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series spotlighting special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. As part of Left Bank Menlo Park’s 20th anniversary celebration, the restaurant is serving Sunday Suppers now through the end of September. The suppers are particularly attractive when dining outdoors on warm summer evenings. […]

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Left Bank Menlo Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer

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If you were in the area in the late ’90s, you’ll remember what an instant hit Left Bank was when it opened in downtown Menlo Park. Chef Roland Passot, who grew up in the culinary capital of France — the city of Lyon — opened the restaurant in the summer of 1998. Ten years earlier — […]

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Hats off to teachers at Left Bank Menlo Park

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Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series spotlighting the special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. If you think one of your favorite Menlo Park restaurants qualifies, please email us at tips[a]inmenlo.com. We stopped by Left Bank Brasserie on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park today for lunch […]

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Spotted: Marie Antoinette look-alike at Left Bank in Menlo Park – plus a French view

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Everybody who was actually in town this weekend seemed to congregate at Menlo Park’s side-by-side French restaurants, Left Bank and Vida. The reason: It’s Bastille Day, so a good reason to “think French” for dinner. There are a number of “gotchas” about what Americans call Bastille Day. In France, it is formally called la Fête nationale (The […]

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French wine is half off at Left Bank Menlo Park

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From now through August 18th, Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park is offering the restaurant’s full selection of French wines by the bottle at half price. Comments General Manager Jennifer Hancox: “I think that this is a great way for us to celebrate our 18th anniversary. With every bottle of French wine half priced, it’s fun and […]

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Nico Freccia of the 21st Amendment Brewery talks beer at Left Bank in Menlo Park

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A theater major at Northwestern who came west to pursue an acting career, Nico Freccia got his first taste of the hospitality industry like many out of work actors, waiting tables. Along the way he became a home brewer. His ability to hold a crowd and talk beer was on display last weekend at a […]

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Burgers in Menlo: Left Bank

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This is the fourth in a series reviewing burgers offered by Menlo Park establishments. Left Bank on Santa Cruz Avenue opened in 1998 in what was once a bank space, and serves a half pound burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a potato bun with a basket fries for $9.75. Cheese and premium toppings […]

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