Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite for $15 with $30 worth of bar and grill fare along with a complimentary glass of wine at Marqs in Menlo. Marqs' moves to the beat of live music at the joint's piano bar, while its eclectic dishes move to the beat of an oscillating octobass made of sunshine.
Marqs' modest menu of globally influenced plates offers small plates such as oyster shooters with tropical salsa ($7), filet wellington rolls in a truffle mushroom sauce ($15), and seared scallops with crispy pancetta and saffron risotto ($10). Entrees include pasta surf and turf with filet mignon, sautéed mushrooms, and lobster macaroni ($33). Marqs' chicken potpies, which are made in-house, are pillowy bites of steamy comfort ($14). In addition to getting you a complimentary glass of house wine or a draft beer, this Groupon can be used toward drinks at Marqs' full-service bar (though you must purchase at least one food item).
Imbibe at Thursday open mics and Menlo Idol singing competitions; the shiny piano on Marqs' small stage begs to publicly proclaim any diner's hidden talents against a backdrop of soft lighting and paintings packed with gentle blues and confident oranges. Professional music makers such as the Marty Williams Trio dress the stage six nights a week to add auditory spice to inaudible food.
The Almanac reviewed Marqs in Menlo:
- Having dinner at Marqs in Menlo one recent evening, it occurred to me early on that, at last, I might have found the perfect venue for listening to inspired music -- not background music, or blaring sound, but music worth listening to -- while still being able to talk with others I'm sharing a table with. But music and conversation go only so far when you're hungry and craving well-prepared food. So, how does Marqs score on that chart? Impressively well -- in some instances, deserving of the highest marks. – Renee Batti
- We were pleasantly surprised to find that Marq's is a real gem. With the piano and good live entertainment, we only wish we had found it sooner. The owner is affable, genuine, and very hands-on. He buys his ingredients fresh everyday, and it shows in the food. The flavors were excellent, and food preparation outstanding. – OpenTable user who dined on 01/27/2010
- A good place for some cool jazz & interesting menu. Very New York/Las Vegas style atmosphere. – OpenTable user who dined on 02/10/2010