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Lavanda Restaurant & Wine Bar

185 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1633
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Ranked #142 of 313 restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Emerson
Transit: Two blocks from downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station.
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41 reviews from our community

68% Recommend
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I enjoy going to this restaurant but am usually a bit let down by the service. The food is good but not great, considering the price. That being said, there are great wines to choose from.

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Menlo Park, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This place closed because it wasn't that good. This should tell you something about the reviews that said it was the best meal they've had. The food was inconsistent and very high priced. I always did like deserts at the bar, though. In any case, it's over, signs say it'll be replaced by an upscale rustic pizza place.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

While staying in Silicon Valley, we went to Palo Alto one evening. We walked up and down University Ave. and this restaurant most appealed to is so we went in. Most table were occupied, so we were lucky to get in without reservations, but it was later in the evening. We began with wine and an appetizer of the tastiest,... More

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Wash, DC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Our server was fantastic. She knew the menu and wine list well. A jazz group was playing on Friday evening when we were there. They were playing near the entrance/bar and were at just the right volume while we were dining. We had the lamb and Croatian sausages off of the Croatian menu. Both were outstanding. The sausages came grilled... More

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Palo Alto, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

unique menu offerings featuring Croatian specialties. One to try for sure is “Cevapcici” -- homemade sausage. Wait staff enjoys their work, makes you feel at home. Generous portions, cozy atmosphere.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012 via mobile

We had dinner here last night and it was excellent, from the atmosphere (we sat outside) to the food, to the wonderful service.

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Turlock, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Our party of five arrived in the early evening, and received very inconsistent service. When the waitress did stop by the table, she would giggle inappropriately and act strange. We went for long periods of time with no service at all. The food was overpriced and mundane at best. Toward the end of our dinner, I requested a fresh cup... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Menucard with many possibilitees, both fish, meat and ethnic. The salads fresh. Competent and friendly staff. Prices OK.

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Silicon Valley
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We like Lavanda - it's one of the few restaurants around willing to serve grilled sardines, has a creative menu overall. I think when the main cook has a day off, the food suffers. Cevapcici is quiet nice when the Croatia menu comes out. "Handkerchiefs with Traditional beef Ragù ‘Bolognese’ " was boring. Small plates are quiet often good -... More

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Moss Beach, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Moderate meals, including small plates (that can add up) or on Sunday, try the Prix Fixe Dinners for $29.

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