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Lavanda Restaurant & Wine Bar - CLOSED

185 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1633
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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.

41 reviews from our community

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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207 reviews 207 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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173 reviews 173 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Additional Information about Lavanda Restaurant & Wine Bar

Address: 185 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1633
Phone Number: 650-321-3514
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas, Wine Bar

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