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447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #15 of 312 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
California, USA
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
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
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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28 reviews 28 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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Amelia Island, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Our Palo Alto friends suggested we eat here, as they are the local experts. Great choice. Lots of choices, including traditional dishes such as escargots, onion soup, etc and a handful of specials. Dinner for five tonight included no appetizers and only one shared desert. The "mains" included mussels (ordered 2 different ways), Sea Bass in a tasty white wine... More

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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507 reviews 507 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is an ideal place for a leisurely meal. Service is good but you do not feel rushed. There is outdoor seating as well as indoor and the place is ideal for eating a good lunch and watching the world go by on the bustling California Avenue. Sandwiches and salads are good and I suspect other dishes are too from... More

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Palo Alto, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Oyster sandwich which was one of special menus for that day) was really yammy. The atmosphere was also great to chat with close friends.

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Several friends and I recently enjoyed a late lunch at Pastis in Palo Alto. We opted to sit outside on a lovely summer afternoon. Thoroughly enjoyed the Croque Provencal (tomato/cheese) and could have spent hours there soaking up the sun and the ambiance. Lovely spot for a leisurely lunch with friends. I almost ordered an Orangina, it was so French!... More

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Palo Alto, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I really like the ambiance of this restaurant. It is quiet and friendly. You feel welcome and at home. No hurry to go anywhere. No hurry to vacate your table. Food is consistently good and they do know how to prepare mussels.

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