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

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great menu, pleasant decor, fun celebration lunch

A group of us gathered at Pastis to celebrate a co-worker's birthday. We had a fabulous time! Kudos to the staff for being attentive but not cloying. Service was on time and on point. Nice details were provided for a birthday dessert. Many of us chose to share items and the staff was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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san jose, ca
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san jose, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A group of us gathered at Pastis to celebrate a co-worker's birthday. We had a fabulous time! Kudos to the staff for being attentive but not cloying. Service was on time and on point. Nice details were provided for a birthday dessert. Many of us chose to share items and the staff was very accommodating. But most importantly, the food... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Came here last night to celebrate one of my friends birthday. I live close and had heard good things about Pastis, and they did not disappoint! Friendly and attentive service, with consistent water and fresh, warm bread refills. To start the meal, the waiter brought us a complimentary small bowl of creamy soup. The three of us went with the... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

A wonderful spot with consistent service and food created by Max. It is a pleasant local Palo Alto must.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 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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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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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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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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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
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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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Additional Information about Pastis

Address: 447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Phone Number: 650-324-1355
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, Cafe

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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, Cafe
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?