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827 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4609 (Crane)
+1 650-325-7900
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food fair with friendly efficient service. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Turkish items on the menu authentic and great taste. The Octopus tender and grilled to perfection. Well done guys. What a shame we live at least 16 hours away, otherwise we would be regulars!

Thank Francois B
California, United States
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113 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend who lives in the area suggested we have dinner here. The tables are basic but the food was quite a surprise, plus excellent service. I had the assortment of different kebabs (beef, chicken, etc.) and each one was excellent. Plus vegetable and couscous.

Thank TravelWarrior200
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101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Although we peered through the windows and seemed empty, we where nicely surprised by a full restaurant and nice ambiance. Waiters excellent, knowledgeable and giving good service. Food was good.Prices compatible with the area. I specially enjoyed the lamb kebabs. If in area will certainly be back!

Thank Alexander D
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48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I love this neighborhood restaurant. Very charming. Owned by a family who runs the place. Never had a bad meal here as everything is made with quality ingredients. The chicken is remarkably moist.

Thank smeissne
West Hills, California, United States
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109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is a nice restaurant in downtown Menlo Park that offers Mediterranean food. The falafel dinner plate was good, but the salad was old and rusty.

Thank Jeannie D
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We ate lunch here yesterday. After tasting all 6 of the lunches, I can truly say that you won't be disappointed. Everything was good including the service.

Thank Judyrsi
Menlo Park, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Hubby and I really like this place--the staff are very attentive, the food seems quite authentic and comparable to what we've had in Turkey. i really like the arugula salad.

Thank PH_CAtraveler
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

5 stars for one reason: this has to be one of the most affordable wine lists in the US (they also have some really delicious options). They are barely marking up the wine, you're basically getting it for retail prices (for example, a Morgan 12 Clones Pinot Noir that retails for ~$32 cost $35 at the restaurant). Conversely, down the... More 

Thank Mafouz
Bay Area, California
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223 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This place was empty for a reason: while the appetizers were ok, the main courses (I had the lamb with rolled lavash) were just so-so. The Turkish wine is cheap and not really any good. While the company I had dinner with entertained me, my experience with this place is that it once had promise, but will soon fill the... More 

Thank sunshine_susan
Redwood City, CA
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172 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

I didn't expect this to be as good as it was. Friendly service, nice atmosphere for lunch and a very good selection of food. The house Falafel wrap ($9.99) was so big I had to take half home and I have a good appetite. Also, the Arugula prawn salad had perfectly cooked prawns and a very nice combination of salad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 827 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: +1 650-325-7900
Galata Bistro is located in Menlo Park.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?