I recently took the opportunity to celebrate a friend's birthday at the Parkside Grille in Portola Valley on a Monday night.
The food was good. We shared a baked goat cheese appetizer between the three of us, and we loved its presentation and yumminess level. The bread that they brought to the table was also very tasty. I had a spicy chile rellenos dish which was not an "authentic" presentation, but pleasant. My friends had lamb and a pasta special, and both we well-prepared. We had champagne to toast our friend, a molten chocolate cake, and the wine offerings were sufficient.
Our server was friendly enough, but didn't offer much up in the way of suggestions. They rushed their service of our table and basically pushed us right out of the restaurant when we had finished. I think we were done at 9:15 p.m. and we felt that was unfortunate. Overall I would recommend this restaurant, but if you want to linger over a meal in celebration, this might not be the right spot to choose. Maybe it would be better as a lunch destination or if you to eat on the early side and live in the neighborhood.
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Photo Credit: Photo is from the Parkside Grille's website and is the meal that our celebrant had for her meal.