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447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 4
    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
Disappointed

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
Iamalwayslost
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Palo Alto, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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
209 reviews 209 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
34 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

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