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MacArthur Park

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(5 Reviews)

27 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 321-9990

Today: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tomorrow: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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General Info
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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Price Range
American Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Barbecue Restaurants, Caterers, Meeting & Event Planning Services, Restaurants, Steak Houses, Wedding Reception Locations & Services
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, American, Steakhouse

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
such a disappointment

My impressions of this evening could have made a great short story...I remember MacArthur Park as ""the place"" for dinner - the building literally pulsated when you walked in. It used to be standing room only at the bar and the waiters were sharp and quick witted. Tonight we were one of 3 tables seated by the fireplace because the heater was broken. It was if we had entered an old abandon restaurant in a small forgotten town, and the servers rattled around the floor attemping to wait on us. Despite the fact that there were only 3 tables, the service was mediocre at best. The food was worse than the ambiance and service. We ordered the ravioli and it came out of the kitchen a nearly flourencent green color and was sickenly heavy with cream. The seafood dishes at our table were equally heavy and filling -not lighly grilled and delicately seasoned as I had remembered. The pumpkin cheese cake tasted like wallpaper paste. The only redeeming item of the evening was the crab cake appetizers! My advice is to STAY AWAY - in this economy, you need to feel as if you are recieving value for your dollars and there is no value here!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Used to be a great place

MacArthur Park is a beautiful place in a good location with a great history, but I was there on Tuesday 3/21 and it's clear the service and kitchen leave a lot to be desired. The service was slow, no one raved about their meal, and the bathrooms looked like they should have been at the train station, not a nice restaurant. I might not have noticed, but I remember when MacArthur Park used to be a great dining destination.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't Eat Here

If you are looking for dose of bad attitude from the wait staff and mediocre food, then this is the place for you. Our waiter was one of the rudest that I've ever encountered in any restaurant. He talked down to us while we were ordering drinks, then made minimal efforts to see how we were doing once our food arrived. The ambience was nice, but the menu was limited in options. There is no self parking, so you are forced to valet. Granted, $3.50 isn't much - but it would have been nice to have the option to park your own vehicle. Overall, very underimpressed by the place. I wouldn't come back here if I could help it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful Evening

Delicious food and a great atmosphere. We tried the baby-back ribs at our waiter's suggestion and were very impressed. The restaurant was busy but the service was still good. I've enjoyed their take-out in the past, but i really loved having dinner at the actual restaurant this time.