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Caffe Riace Ristorante Italian

200 Sheridan Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 328-0407
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Ranked #86 of 314 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $30 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Park
Transit: We are a short walk from the California Avenue CalTrain station
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English first
Colorado Springs
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145 reviews 145 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Beautiful outdoor dining patio with great service. Antipasti and salads ranged in price from $8.5 to $14.50; I enjoyed insalata siciliana (sweet winter oranges, shaved red onion, crushed red pepper, basil and parsley). The penne alla Siciliana (fennel and garlic spiced pork sausage, sauteed bloomsdale spinach, garlic, and tomatoes) was beautifully prepared and tasted great; large portion. The gnocchi al... More

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San Francisco
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Have been coming here for the last couple of years. While the food is very good and the ambience excellent, they could need up the service a little bit. Love the courtyard with the funky art pieces.

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Palo Alto, California
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144 reviews 144 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Ambience of a night in a small town in Italy, with a fountain, low lights, Italian wines, and the aroma of fine tomato sauce.. Outside dining under the stars and candlelight. I hadn't been to Cafe Riace for years and returned last night to see the same family Owned restaurant, and with some of its same excellent staff (Julio). It... More

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Cambria, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Sitting outside near the fountains reminded my wife and me of our last trip to Stresa. She loved her gnocchi with pesto sauce. My veal marsala was fork-tender with fresh veggies and noodles. Prices for food and chianti (two choices) were reasonable considering the quality. Ample parking is available in a lot across the street. Had occupants been outside on... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here on several occasions. Excellent in fresh cuisine. Good and varied menu -check for specials. Service is very good. Eating outside is a pleasure ( heat lamps for those chilly nights) -indoor is acceptable but a bit tight. Reservations suggested.

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Palo Alto, California
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175 reviews 175 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

In good weather, you will not find a more charming place to dine in Palo Alto than Caffe Riace. They are tucked away off a side street in the California Ave neighborhood south of University Avenue by about 2 miles. The courtyard is beautiful with a curious fountain of a woman holding a washing machine over her head that splashes... More

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Cupertino, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I have been to Caffe Riace several times and pleased each time. Some of the visits have been birthday celebrations. I have eaten indoors and outdoors on their patio. The patio has heat lamps and blankets are provided if needed. The food has always been good and the staff is friendly and helpful. They have gluten free pasta for those... More

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Houston, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Terrible service, average food, and totally misleading description of their indoor dining room. I booked a party of six for their "wine room" which turned out to be nothing but a small room with some wine bottles stacked against the wall, and no running A/C. I took some clients out and spent over $1K for one of the worst dining... More

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The salmon was to die for and the wine list superb. You may wish to make a reservation. We've been there three times recently and once we had to wait. The food is excellent but not inexpensive and the service matches both the ambience and scale. I would recommend an evening when you able to savor the atmosphere and menu.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The service was very good. The food was very good as well. My daugter had the canneloni and was very happy, she loves pasta and cheese. We used a Groupon which made the meal a good deal. We would dine here again.

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