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447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #6 of 318 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Cuisines: French, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Palo Alto
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Love the Bavette steak and the crime brûlée.....and the extensive wine list. This place is very popular so reservations are a must. The wait staff is efficient, friendly, and helpful.

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California, USA
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I went back to Pastis for not vising for almost a year and was happy to find it still going strong, with lovely atmosphere (regardless of the street construction!) and great food. The mussels were hands down the best mussels I've ever had anywhere (including in Paris). The service is amazing, and I particularly enjoyed a small cup of soup... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Pastis Bistro is a cozy little French restaurant that really does give the feeling of being in Paris, especially when the servers spoke in French (after I make it known I know the language). I had the New York strip steak that was more rare than medium-rare, but still rather good. I have to admit that the fries that went... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

After spending a month in France, mostly in Paris, I came home to Palo Alto and was yearning for the "neighborhood bistro" experience. Pastis delivers with traditional fare, well prepared at decent prices. They offer a wider variety of dishes and a great atmosphere - my only complaint might be that the portions are too American - too large -... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Very friendly place with great casual style service and typical French bistro ambiance. As others have said, native French speakers were indeed dining here. A few sidewalk tables add to the Parisian style. The food was typical French bistro fare, such as onion soup, mussels with frites, and duck breast. However, based on the reviews, and being #3 in Palo... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We stopped in to Pastis just after 6pm hoping to get a table at this delightful, busy bistro. We were offered bar seating for 2 and it was a delight. We could see all around the restaurant, and hear the staff banter back and forth (en Francais) AND see all the meals coming out from the kitchen to be served.... More 

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Additional Information about Pastis

Address: 447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
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
Cuisine: French, Café

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