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Caffe Riace Ristorante Italian

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200 Sheridan Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (Park)
We are a short walk from the California Avenue CalTrain station
(650) 328-0407
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Huge lunch portions of pasta!

Had lunch for three people. THe two pasta dishes were delicious and easily could have fed two people each. The quail was tasty, but being quail and not deboned it was a mess to eat. Bread served was stale and that was disappointing. Service was spotty but not awful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
cruiseagentandtaxman
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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Los Altos Hills, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Enjoyable outside dining on their large patio; fountains, statues; and heat lamps for cool evenings. Well taken care of; They prepare some of the best pasta you'll have. Ample portions. Broad menu selection; very good wine selection. A fun and entertaining atmosphere with fine Italian food and wine.

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Thank garymelliott
Bedford, New Hampshire
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188 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Had lunch for three people. THe two pasta dishes were delicious and easily could have fed two people each. The quail was tasty, but being quail and not deboned it was a mess to eat. Bread served was stale and that was disappointing. Service was spotty but not awful.

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Thank cruiseagentandtaxman
Florence, Italy
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Very good Italian food that has good value. Unbelievably good menu which has almost anything you could imagine. Seating outside is superb.

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Thank Michael S
Atherton, California
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Just don't go here if you like Italian food. Enough said. It is a few steps below Olive Garden. It is not deserving of any more of our time. The bottle of Zinfandel was the only value in our $100 bill.

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Thank westwardho2014
Palo Alto, California
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235 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a reservation for 7:30 on a Friday night. We were celebrating my son's 21 birthday in what had been, until now, his favorite restaurant. When we arrived the restaurant patio was about 1/3 full. We were shown to our table. We ordered and the salads arrived in a reasonable amount of time. We had to ask for bread... More 

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Thank Colleen D
Foster City, California
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I was running late for my 2:30 pm reservation due to being stuck in traffic so I called to inform them of my situation. They said I'm fine as long as I come in before 2:30 pm. I arrived 2:15 pm but there was nobody around so I called their number and now the manager said they can't serve me... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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124 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The weird statues and such are well covered by other reviews. I have spent a lot of time in Italy, so am quite demanding of Italian restaurants, to the point I tend to avoid them in the U.S. Nevertheless, my brother and his wife brought us here, and I found the food modest, at best, I do better Italian cooking... More 

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Thank AlanLosAngeles_CA
San Francisco, California
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Four of us dined here on a lovely summer evening. We sat out on the brick patio, enjoying the tinkling fountain. We started with the Mediterranean salad, greens with chunks of summer fruit, candied walnuts & crumbled blue cheese. Vinaigrette dressing was light & delish. Then we ordered seafood linguini, salmon, shrimp with pesto spaghetti, and osso bucco. All dishes... More 

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Thank MakiWong
Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The food is very ordinary Italian ..well done if that is what you are after. People tend to come in big groups families with kids, stanford groups etc. Gets noisy. Waiters can be overwhelmed

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Thank asbowers
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Food and wine really top notch, and the location with al fresco dining is great on a nice day. The specials are fantastic, with my favorite being Mama's Cannelloni. The wine list is quite good, but let the sommelier guide you unless you are an expert in Italian wines.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200 Sheridan Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (Park)
  • Public Transportation: We are a short walk from the California Avenue CalTrain station
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 328-0407

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?