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Cafe Renzo

473 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1814
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Ranked #111 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $14 - $29
Cuisines: Italian, Café
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cowper St.
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58% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
American Fork, Utah
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stopped here during happy hour while waiting for an appointment. The drinks were pretty good, but the appetizers were only so-so. The calamari was tasty but they mixed squash with the calamari so it looks like you're getting more calamari than you really are. The margherita pizza was pretty good but nothing to write home about. We really weren't... More

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Stanford, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Renzo is very underrated. Good Italian food in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Much better than La Strada. Only criticism is on the sometimes obnoxious Italian accents of the staff!

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Benalmadena, Spain
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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This was my first taste of PA cuisine and the food and service was very good. The prices were high in my evaluation but that is a personal point. We had a window table and enjoyed our food.

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Gurgaon, India
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

They serve some really good Italian wine and food is good too . We had evening dinner ordered some main course . The staff is very friendly . The dessert we ordered was great . The ambience is great too .

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Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Food was generally pretty good and service was friendly and efficient. Caesar salad was one of the best we've ever had, the Pasta Puttanesca was so flavorful , and my husband's Gemelli alla Carcerata was delicious and hearty - lots of sausage. The only disappointment was the fried calamari with zucchini. A squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt... More

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San Mateo, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been a couple of times. The dishes are hit or miss. Sometimes they will be REALLY good, and sometimes they just taste like anything you can make at home. For the cost, I would expect every dish to be outstanding. I'm hesitant to go back.

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San Diego, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

We happened in to Cafe Renzo when visiting Palo Alto. Slow when we arrived early for dinner but lively within an hour. Prompt service with an Italian flavor. The food (ravioli, risotto, gnocchi) all good. Spaghetti with meat sauce for our toddler was good (according to the toddler). We would return.

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Burlingame, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Happy hour is earlier and a little less inviting, the food was now just decent, and prices are a little higher since the migration of the Partnership. The feel of the place, unfortunately, has changed losing some of its warmth and friendliness. The Bartender chewing gum in the customer's face is a nice touch. Good to see some familiar faces... More

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Saratoga, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I have been here many times. Lunches and dinner. Great value. But, if you go here, ask for Edwardo to be your waiter. Fantastic. I feel like I am back in Italy.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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125 reviews 125 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I've been looking for casual dining at University Avenue and I liked Renzo's menu. The simple starter Caprese was served with tasty heirloom tomatoes and quality mozzarella. My main had been Chicken Marsala. This is more complicated, but had been well prepared. The sauce was good and so the chicken and the grilled vegies accompanied it. I sat at the... More

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