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St. Michael's Alley

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French, American, Californian
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140 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 326-2530
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A very pleasant and nice surprise!

On the spur of the moment we found ourselves in Palo Alto with lost reservations at another (#1 rated in Trip Advisor for Palo Alto) restaurant and no table available until too late. We read reviews and saw St Michael's, called and headed right over for an early dinner. Very impressed. Beautifully... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
MikeandSarah
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San Juan Islands, Washington
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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San Juan Islands, Washington
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214 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

On the spur of the moment we found ourselves in Palo Alto with lost reservations at another (#1 rated in Trip Advisor for Palo Alto) restaurant and no table available until too late. We read reviews and saw St Michael's, called and headed right over for an early dinner. Very impressed. Beautifully crafted rooms, very clubby and top drawer design... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

In Palo Alto there are a lot of good restaurants, and if you are ready to pay enough you have also excellent food. This restaurant is definitely in the 2nd category. However, what it makes it unique is the very intimate and calm atmosphere that make it perfect to relax. Service is great.

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Palo Alto, California
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I hadn't been at St Michael's Alley in ages, and rediscovered it last week. Compared to other top restaurants in Palo Alto, for instance Evvia and Tamarine, this place feels a bit more authentic and laid back, while the quality is similar (maybe better, hard to tell after one visit). The crowd was a bit on the older side when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Café style brunch location with excellent atmosphere. The soups are delicious and the salade nicoise was the best I ever had. Freshly made tuna, and a good mix of salad, avocado, good olives and tasty potato salade.

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Park City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Attractive decor spread over several rooms. Noise level varies substantially among them. Choose room away from the entry area if you want quiet. Menu changes considerably. We viewed offerings on the internet and found a quite different menu when we visited two days later. Food was imaginative and generally quite good. Service, while accommodating and skilled, was very slow.

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SF Bay Area
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Nestled in downtown Palo Alto this quaint restaurant caters to those who have a discerning palate. The menu is varied with fresh seasonal items. The serve is wonderful, very attentive and polite. Great place also to have a cocktail and kickback.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

went to a private dinner and was wowed. Great atmosphere but even better service. With a group of 50 you can expect spotty service but not here. Bar tenders were superb, wait staff outstanding and great food to boot. Would defiantly go back.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We rolled into Palo Alto for the annual Stanford Jazz Workshop the first week of August! While in town we checked Trip Advisor for suggestions and St. Michael's Alley popped up. This was a 5 star find! From the talented and lovely bar keeper to the pragmatic and sophisticated wait staff, this wonderful corner spot fairly close to Stanford was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great food and wine list, but gets quite noisy. Nice ambiance. Cool little street that it is on; really out of the way but locals know all about it!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Went with another couple for brunch. We chose this place based on the good reviews in trip advisor but were very disappointed. From the picture it looks like there is beautiful outdoor dining but the tables are awkwardly arranged on the street and were most uninviting. The food was mediocre to bad. I had a grilled eggplant sandwich and the... More 

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Additional Information about St. Michael's Alley

Address: 140 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone Number: (650) 326-2530
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $30
Cuisine: French, American, Californian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 140 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 326-2530

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $30
  • Cuisine: French, American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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