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Menlo Park: LB Steak is now closed, temporarily

After about six years in business at the corner of University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park steakhouse LB Steak has closed temporarily to develop a new concept for the site, a team of restaurant owners, management and staff announced April 2.

Just what the concept will be has not yet been made public, but the plan is to reopen the restaurant sometime in the summer, according to restaurant spokesman Tom Walton.

"We closed that location for business reasons and aren't yet able to share the details of the new concept, but it will be something new and exciting with information to follow shortly," he said.

A statement published on the restaurant's website reads, "It is time for LB Steak in Menlo Park to close its doors, though only for a short while, as we look to the future. While it certainly saddens us to do so, we are eager at the opportunity it presents for us to re-concept and refocus our efforts in order to bring something new and exciting to downtown Menlo Park."

The restaurant at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. opened in July 2012 and was previously occupied by Marche restaurant, which closed in March 2011.

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It is considered a "sister restaurant" to Left Bank Brasserie down the street at 635 Santa Cruz Ave. The restaurant group also operates another LB Steak location on Santana Row in San Jose.

Signed "The LB Steak Menlo Park Team," the restaurant operators in their announcement encouraged customers to patronize their other locations during the closure of LB Steak.

"We truly appreciate each and every one of you, are grateful for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you soon at our new restaurant!" the notice concluded.

Check lbsteak.com for the latest updates.

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Menlo Park: LB Steak is now closed, temporarily

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Uploaded: Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 5:42 pm

After about six years in business at the corner of University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park steakhouse LB Steak has closed temporarily to develop a new concept for the site, a team of restaurant owners, management and staff announced April 2.

Just what the concept will be has not yet been made public, but the plan is to reopen the restaurant sometime in the summer, according to restaurant spokesman Tom Walton.

"We closed that location for business reasons and aren't yet able to share the details of the new concept, but it will be something new and exciting with information to follow shortly," he said.

A statement published on the restaurant's website reads, "It is time for LB Steak in Menlo Park to close its doors, though only for a short while, as we look to the future. While it certainly saddens us to do so, we are eager at the opportunity it presents for us to re-concept and refocus our efforts in order to bring something new and exciting to downtown Menlo Park."

The restaurant at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. opened in July 2012 and was previously occupied by Marche restaurant, which closed in March 2011.

It is considered a "sister restaurant" to Left Bank Brasserie down the street at 635 Santa Cruz Ave. The restaurant group also operates another LB Steak location on Santana Row in San Jose.

Signed "The LB Steak Menlo Park Team," the restaurant operators in their announcement encouraged customers to patronize their other locations during the closure of LB Steak.

"We truly appreciate each and every one of you, are grateful for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you soon at our new restaurant!" the notice concluded.

Check lbsteak.com for the latest updates.

Comments

JBCHAM
Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm
JBCHAM, Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm
13 people like this

We have eaten there on five occasions and have found the food to be mediocre at best. The steak dishes we had were, quite frankly, not very good. I hope they improve the menu.


Steve_J
Registered user
another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm
Steve_J, another community
Registered user
on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm
10 people like this

Had dinner 1 time and it was 1 x too many No loss to Menlo Park


Menlo Voter.
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:45 pm
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:45 pm
8 people like this

We had dinner there once. Over priced steak. Sides were a la carte and expensive. And the sides were extremely over salted. as JBCHAM said, "mediocre at best". Let's hope they come up with something better next time around.


James Madison
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm
James Madison, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm
2 people like this

As in the case of a group dinner upstairs at Left Bank, both a group lunch and also a group dinner in the back room at LB Steak involved a better menu, better prepared food and better service than at individual meals.


Betty T
Registered user
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm
Betty T, Menlo Park: Downtown
Registered user
on Apr 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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The happy hours were great. $6 appetizers $6 drinks. I am sorry the people who worked there have lost their jobs.

Menlo Voter your usual negative sarcastic tone


Menlo Voter.
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Apr 3, 2018 at 6:42 pm
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Apr 3, 2018 at 6:42 pm
3 people like this

Betty T:

apparently I'm not the only one that didn't like the place.


Menlo Person
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Menlo Person, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
3 people like this

Good Bye LB Steak. Terrible place. Hope they can reinvent a better place. Doubt it, but maybe. Sorry people lost a job but if they are good wait staff they won’t have a problem finding another gig.


Potter
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 5, 2018 at 8:25 am
Potter, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 5, 2018 at 8:25 am
2 people like this

Great Happy Hour and good outdoor seating in warm weather. Bar was nice too.


Steak-umm
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm
Steak-umm, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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Menlo Voter, Menlo Person, and Steve_J:

1. Which Steak cut did you order?
2. What temperature did you request?
3. Where is your favorite place for Steak?

Complaints from the peanut gallery are tasteless at best...might you add some context for your audience, since you seem to have one (or want one)?


Menlo Voter.
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Apr 6, 2018 at 6:41 am
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Apr 6, 2018 at 6:41 am
4 people like this

"1. Which Steak cut did you order?" Ribeye

"2. What temperature did you request?" Medium rare

"3. Where is your favorite place for Steak?" Right now, home. I can cook the same steak the way I like it and not pay a ridiculous price for it. When I find a steak house that doesn't charge stupid prices I'll let you know.


Clunge
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:45 pm
Clunge, Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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Execs from my company have had several dinners at this restaurant (not sure if it was private mtgs or regular dining)
1. That shouldn’t matter
2. They’ve never come back saying ‘That was great’.
Never been tempted to dine there because I’ve never heard it was great.


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