Restaurants

There’s a nice enclosed patio for dining outside at LuLu’s on the Alameda complete with pretty planter boxes and umbrellas for shade. Ordering is the same as always: Place order inside and pick up inside, although there is also an online ordering option. Take out continues as well. Masks are required when inside. Opening hours are daily from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Another good outside dining option in Menlo Park! Maggie the dog counts Lulu’s as one of her favorites!

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Come dance under the stars on Saturday nights in downtown Menlo Park beginning July 4

Bisto Vida owner Ali El Safy is bringing dancing to the streets of Menlo Park beginning Saturday, July 4, and continuing through August 29. DJ Quam will be at the turntable from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.  Beverages will be available. Do follow social distancing and mask mandates!

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Takeaway, outside dining, indoor dining: What’s best for you?

We’re been jotting down notes as we experienced some takeaway and outside dining options (indoor is not for us at this time) and have talked to a number of restauranteurs. Here are some of our experiences. The ideal dining situation we’ve experienced in the last month was not here on the Peninsula but rather at […]

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Application for temporary outdoor use permit for Menlo Park available online

On June 19, 2020, the Menlo Park City Council adopted an urgency ordinance to help support and reactivate local businesses by temporarily allowing expanded dining and retail options on the sidewalk, in on-street parking spaces, public parking plazas and/or privately-owned shopping areas and parking lots. The program is in effect for 90 days and will […]

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Spotted: Santa Cruz Avenue closed in sections in downtown Menlo Park

Barricades were put in place today by the Menlo Park Fire Department closing Santa Cruz Avenue in three block sections between University Ave. and El Camino. The closed blocks are Evelyn Street to southbound Crane Street, from northbound Crane Street to southbound Chestnut Street and from Curtis Street to Doyle Street. It will stay in […]

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Spotted: Great new outdoor dining patio at Dutch Goose

We think the new outdoor dining patio at the Dutch Goose along the Alameda looks great. Goose owner Greg Stern told us they’re putting the last coats of sealer on today, and it will be open for customers tomorrow. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Spotted: Lulu’s and Lutticken’s restaurants supporting children’s march in Menlo Park

Both Lulu’s and Lutticken’s had treats for the marchers in today’s peaceful children’s walk to support Black Lives Matter — churro tastes and water, respectively. Way to go, owners Natalie and Bob! Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Expanded openings as County shifts to focus on individual behavior rather business categories

With the completion of the variance process with the State of California, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order on June 17 to align the county with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. Businesses in San Mateo County will now follow the state’s schedule for reopening but must adhere to […]

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Tandem Café opens at Rosewood Sand Hill plus Madera to re-open June 18

The Rosewood Sand Hill is slowly beginning to re-open with the hotel itself expected to start taking guests on  July 1st. Last week saw the opening of Tandem Café, an al fresco pop up at the entrance courtyard. Emails Managing Director Philip Meyer: “In partnership with The Coffee Bar you can now enjoy a snack & […]

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Mac’n Cheese Shop debuts at Left Bank in Menlo Park

The Mac’n Cheese Shop virtual eatery  is now available for pick-up and delivery through DoorDash at the Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park. The menu includes “house favorites” and the opportunity to build-your-own that starts with macaroni or penne pasta and a four-cheese base customized with toppers of Brie, aged cheddar, mozzarella, blue cheese and/or […]

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Local restaurants offer various options for outside dining as well as take out and delivery

Last week, health officers in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties amended the shelter-in-place order to allow outdoor dining service with certain precautions. Tables must be arranged to ensure that no customer is sitting within six feet of any other customer at a separate table, and no more than six customers — all from the […]

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