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Community - May 15, 2019

Restaurant review: Nothing to be blu about

Porta Blu offers upscale hotel dining with a Mediterranean twist By Ruth Schechter

The year-old Hotel Nia sits adjacent to the ambitious Facebook complex at the intersection of Highway 101 and Marsh Road in Menlo Park, with buildings wedged so tightly into a V-shaped lot it looks like cars zipping up the highway off-ramp might jettison right into the construction site. Once you make it through neighborhood streets to the upscale hotel's front entrance, however, you'll find a place of cool restraint that puts the gleaming glass facade and the hubbub of its location gently aside. And that's just the lobby.

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Ruth Schechter is a freelance writer. Porta Blu 200 Independence Drive, Menlo Park 650-600-8794 Hours: Brunch daily, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Lunch daily, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner Monday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; Lounge daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Credit cards: Yes Reservations: Yes Catering: Yes Takeout: Yes Outdoor seating: Yes Parking: Valet Alcohol: Full bar, custom cocktails Happy Hour: No Noise level: Low Bathroom: Excellent


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