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Spalti Ristorante

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417 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (Ash)
(650) 327-9390
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delightful!

My daughter and I had an early dinner here prior to attending a performance nearby. It was a delightful experience. The staff was so attentive--not obtrusive, but attentive--and seemed to anticipate anything we needed. Our table next to the front window had comfortable banquette seating; the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
ArlettaC
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Fairfield
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Community of Madrid, Spain
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54 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family being in the fine-dining Italian restaurant business, I have very high standards for Italian food- regarding it's quality, that it is traditional, etc. Before trying Spalti, La Strada had been my favorite in PA, but now Spalti owns the crown. Their carpaccio is fantastic, and the penne spalti finds a great balance between providing plenty of meat but... More 

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Thank Spencer S
Palo Alto, California
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing about my experience at Spalti would motivate me to return. An uninspired menu was executed poorly. When we told our server that our shrimp was inedibly overcooked, he acknowledged that they looked tough but did nothing about. Left most of one dish untouched. I am surprised to see it with such a high rating...and still in business. Hopefully both... More 

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Thank MattSwimPA
Fairfield
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548 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I had an early dinner here prior to attending a performance nearby. It was a delightful experience. The staff was so attentive--not obtrusive, but attentive--and seemed to anticipate anything we needed. Our table next to the front window had comfortable banquette seating; the dining room is quiet, cozy and attractive. We shared the spinach salad, which came... More 

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Thank ArlettaC
Palo Alto, California
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Early evening on a weekday. Few patrons. A medium wait for a server. Little knowledge of the dishes from the server. I asked about what beers were available on draft. The server left before I could order, but a short time later I was served a beer that I had not ordered. A medium to longish wait for the food.... More 

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Thank LouiePaloAlto
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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977 reviews
570 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 407 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Spalti Ristorante is well located in the heart of California Avenue and serves a good variety of Italian-style dishes. There is emphasis on meat dishes but vegetarians will find something tasty. I can recommend the gnocchi. The restaurant has both lunch and dinner menus and prices are fair for this part of town. There are pavement tables which are very... More 

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Thank profjoypc
Palo Alto, California
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

No waiting, reservation honored immediately and we were welcomed by name. Seated in a very quiet corner where we could catch up with guests. Server and chef paid careful attention to gluten-free request, and all food delicious. Glad to have come back after a few years.

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Thank 1West
Stanford, California
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We were given a table quickly without a reservation. We sat outside because we had a dog with us. Then we waited for a very long time before anyone came over to take our order. the food was good, not great. Both of us had pasta, tasty but they were swimming in too much sauce. The servers were friendly, but... More 

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Thank BonBrit123
Modesto, California
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Found this treasure and loved it. My guy ordered spaghetti and bolognese sauce, I had the risotto. It was the first time I had the dish and now I'm a fan. We loved both dishes and couldn't get enough. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the gravy was delish. Dessert was an apple crisp ala mode which was tasty. The... More 

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Thank Kristi J
Santa Clara, California
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368 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It appeared that no other places were open on California St. on New Year's Eve. This location was not planned. More power to it! There was a New Year's party hat on the table for us. Wait staff was nice and attentive. I had the WILD ARUGULA salad, which was good. Rigatoni with broccoli and tomato cream. This was NOT... More 

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Thank Squeekie
Colchester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Food was mediocre and not anything special. I expected more for my money. Service was prompt and attentive. Ate outside and are was clean and tidy.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 417 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (Ash)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 327-9390

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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