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447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
650-324-1355
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Today
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent French Food

The gourmet ghetto on California Avenue is crowded with restaurants but I believe we picked one of the best. This small French Bistro had lots of ambience and some excellent food. A complementary cup of zucchini, bread and water came immediately to the table. We split a tasty butter lettuce. For... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
davekrug
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San Francisco Bay Area
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco Bay Area
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The gourmet ghetto on California Avenue is crowded with restaurants but I believe we picked one of the best. This small French Bistro had lots of ambience and some excellent food. A complementary cup of zucchini, bread and water came immediately to the table. We split a tasty butter lettuce. For our main courses, I enjoyed the beef filet mignon... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Brilliant small French restaurant in the busy Calif. Ave. corridor; delicious food, meticulously prepared, distinctive and Nouvelle. The mussels are especially good, but I also love the steaks and the stroganoff. Ask to meet Max, the owner-- his wine selections are terrific. Not too pricey. Be sure to make a reservation in advance-- it's a small bistro, and fills up... More 

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Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great restaurant: one of Palo Alto's best. Brunches are particularly good, and you shouldn't leave without a beignet. The service is excellent and the whole experience is happy-making!

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Santa Rosa, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The food sounded great on the menu, but the flavoring was very blah. Nice staff! We would not go there again.

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Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Came here with friends at 6:30 on a Sunday evening. With reservations, we got right in but the reservations really were mandatory as the place filled up quickly. Service was excellent from the moment we arrived and we really did feel like we were sitting in a bistro in Paris. Appetizers were very good. My husband had coquille St. Jacque... More 

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Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My wife and I made reservations early to try to avoid a crowd later on because it was my 71st birthday. We were seated immediately. The restaurant was empty and when the next 4 people came in they seated them right next to us. Why? I have no idea. The tables are only one foot apart and I was forced... More 

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Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My son was headed back to college in the midwest for the winter term and wanted "one last meal" of the sort of food he can't find where he goes to school. He suggested Pastis and I'm always happy to eat at this charming tiny bistro on California Avenue. It was 2:00 in the afternoon on Sunday and it was... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Best place to eat an authentic french meal in South Bay area. Food is delicious and all with a friendly service.Highly recommend.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Great food, Great service, Great everything. I love the escargo then have steak with Pom Frites then dessert. Best resturant for french Food!

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Palo Alto, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Pastis is one of my husband's favorite restaurants. In fact, thinking he could have brunch there may have been the inspiration to going to the Framer's Market on the same street as Pastis. No matter, brunch was wonderful.. My husband had the special omelet & ate it all! He left a lot of potatoes to eat the whole omelet! My... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-324-1355

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Café
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?