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447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
650-324-1355
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    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
We'll be back!

Our 2nd visit in a month, we're now full converts to the delights of Pastis. Upon sitting down, our server brought small cups of soup (complimentary), basket of warm crusty bread (they refilled generously), and butter studded with chopped olives. We started with a shared appetizer, mussels in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
MakiWong
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San Francisco, California
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53 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Our 2nd visit in a month, we're now full converts to the delights of Pastis. Upon sitting down, our server brought small cups of soup (complimentary), basket of warm crusty bread (they refilled generously), and butter studded with chopped olives. We started with a shared appetizer, mussels in white wine with french fries on the side. A stand out dish.... More 

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New York
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169 reviews 169 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Came for Sunday brunch. Sat outside....not sure if that's why we had difficulty getting our waitress' attention. Food was good...not sure if it's worth the wait (~1 hr)....

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San Francisco Bay Area
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
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82 reviews 82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
162 reviews 162 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
118 helpful votes 118 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
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222 reviews 222 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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
2 reviews
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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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, Coffee Shop
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?