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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
11:30 am - 2:30 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, Reservations

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Modest food, pretentious

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
AlanLosAngeles_CA
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Los Angeles, CA
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Palo Alto, California
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230 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

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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Foster City, California
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 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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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 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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Palo Alto, California
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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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23 restaurant reviews
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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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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

They had a large party inside the restaurant so while our appetizers arrived quickly, it took about one hour for our main courses to arrive. I had the tagliatelle pasta with bread crumbs and it was quite salty, but by that point I was so hungry I was happy to have my main course. My partner had the veal dish... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Had gone for an office dinner recently. The restaurant has a small outdoor area and the indoor area is primarily a collection of rooms. The person waiting on us requested that we place orders for starters, entrees & dessert together since they had a small kitchen. You'd do well to reserve before landing up. Nice wine list and great Italian... More 

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Authentic Italian food .. am very fond of their pesto based dishes .. and Tiramisu .. ambience is pleasant with some Vespas on display. Will go there again.

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Caffe Riace is primarily an outdoor dining restaurant occupying the large courtyard space between two tall office buildings in the southern part of Palo Alto. Indoor dining is primarily 3 private rooms holding 10-35 people. Most people will be seated outdoors where there is a fountain and 10 foot Roman sculptures. So if the evening is cool bring a coat.... More 

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