Restaurants

Jim and Jeff Pollock are developers behind the Park James Hotel in Menlo Park

Partners in a financial services firm as well as real estate developers, father Jim and son Jeff Pollock can also make beautiful music together. Banjo-playing Jim has performed for six Presidents, and serious piano player Jeff is the founder of Hearts of Silicon Valley, whose mission is to engage people with a passion for worthy […]

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

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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Coffebar is a welcome addition on Chestnut St. in downtown Menlo Park

Editor’s note: We welcome a new InMenlo contributor, Bita Arabian. The Menlo Park resident is a health coach for Kurbo Health where she teaches kids, families, and teens to make good choices around food, and to plan out daily exercise. She also writes a  healthy recipes food blog called OvenHug.  In her free time she dances for exercise and […]

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Update on community effort to buy Alpine Beer Garden

Lucy Neely sent out this email about the community effort to buy Rossotti’s: “Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC offers our gratitude for your support the last couple of weeks, and our apologies for not being able to respond to all inquiries! We will write back soon. “The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent to […]

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Spotted: Leo Wurtz shucking oysters at Oysterette

The Oysterette at Flea Street Cafe has re-opened, sporting a new roof and added heaters for those sometimes chilly summer evenings. Leo Wurtz is once again on hand to shuck oysters and prepare seasonal small plates designed by Chef Charlie Parker that are different from the Cafe’s menu. The night we stopped by we enjoyed, in […]

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Momentum builds in effort to buy Alpine Inn (aka Rossotti’s) with a initial deadline of May 31

After three community meetings led by Lucy Neely under the auspices of the Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC, the opportunity for locals to buy the historical Alpine Inn Beer Garden — aka Rossotti’s — is moving forward quickly. At last week’s meetings, Lucy talked about the “emotional and historical importance” Zott’s has to the community and […]

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Chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel set to open Camper this summer in former LB Steak space

The long-rumored restaurant opening in Menlo Park by chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel is coming this summer. Camper will serve seasonal, organic fare for dinner and weekend brunch in a 4,000 sq. foot, 70-seat venue that was formerly occupied by LB Steak, the interior of which is being redesigned. Chef-Partner Greg Kuzia-Carmel, who hails from Cotogna and Per Se explains: […]

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LB Steak in downtown Menlo Park has closed

The final “Sunday special” prime rib dinner was served at LB Steak in Menlo Park last night. The restaurant has closed “in order to re-concept.” A press release about the closing stated: “During the summer of 2018, the venue will re-open showcasing a new approachable dining concept, the details of which are currently being developed…LB […]

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Fond farewell to Woodside and Atherton (well, sort of) chef John Bentley

We dined at John Bentley’s one last time last night. And got to thank the chef himself for great dinners over the years. The restaurant opened in 2004 in the space that was once a speakeasy and then housed Fabbro’s for 70 years on El Camino Real in unincorporated San Mateo County near Atherton. Our server […]

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Exploring the somewhat altered universe called The Buck’s Collection

If you ever eaten at Buck’s in Woodside, you’ve probably wondered: “What’s with all this stuff? Is it real — or fake?” The answer to the first question is rather straightforward. The stuff that covers the wall, stands on the floor, and hangs from the ceiling are items hand-selected by Jamis MacNiven, who owns the […]

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Beltramo family, property owners of the Oasis, seek new operators for the restaurant

We’ve been asked to spread the word about Dan and Margaret Beltramo’s interest in maintaining the site as a restaurant rather than redevelop the property. According to a city official who met with them, they are emotionally attached to the restaurant, recognize its importance to the community, and have expressed they sincerely wish it would […]

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