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Osteria

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247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 328-5700
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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 43
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Tasty Fish and Great Customer Service

Our hotel shuttle driver recommended this Palo Alto Restaurant to us and it was a great recommendation. The salad and fish of the day ordered was fresh and tasty. Although I was too full to enjoy desserts, those who accompanied me felt the flan desserts were delicious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
truffles808
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Hawaii
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California USA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

After eating at Osteria for over 10 years, today it was last time for my husband and me. Our waiter mentioned new ownership but he said there was no change in food served since the restaurant was so successful the way it was. Salads arrived after a reasonable wait. Both were OK but not great. Mine did not have all... More 

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Thank Julia Y
San Jose, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Why is it that when a person buys an extremely successful restaurant that they feel they need to revise the menu. We have been eating at Osteria for about thirty years and have never had a bad meal until this past week. We then found out that there is a new owner. My plate of linguini and clams was tasteless,... More 

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Thank Anna Marie C
Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I have been going to this restaurant for over ten years. Whenever I travel to California I will make sure I visit Osteria at least once. There has been a change in ownership recently and that was for the better. Unfortunately they also reduced the choice on the menu and took a couple of my favourite appetisers off the menu.... More 

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Thank Stuart S
Hawaii
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Our hotel shuttle driver recommended this Palo Alto Restaurant to us and it was a great recommendation. The salad and fish of the day ordered was fresh and tasty. Although I was too full to enjoy desserts, those who accompanied me felt the flan desserts were delicious.

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Thank truffles808
Palo Alto, California
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I haven't been here for many years as I was disappointed with the service under the previous owners. Learning of the change of hands, my wife and I tried it again. We were very happy with our lunch. We started with carpaccio which had a dollop of a mustard cream sauce on it, along with a cluster of capers and... More 

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Thank Wanderdogs
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

Service was top notch and our veal and swordfish were prepared perfectly. Ambiance was great- corner table quiet and relaxing.

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Thank Nancy J
Menlo Park, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The best Italian food around. Pasta dishes are delightful. Great specials (ossobuco, fresh fish). Service is excellent.

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Thank rrticketman
Florence, Italy
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

A great place for Italian food for lunch or dinner. Everything worth ordering. Unbelieveable value as prices are very reasonable on all items. Very simple but authentic setting.

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Thank Michael S
Palo Alto, California
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167 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I use to like this place. The food was good, but changes they have made makes this a not to go to place anymore. Wait staff is average and the food lacks that something special I expect when I went there before. Just bland Italian food. Food is not worth the price. Also it was very crowded and uncomfortable.

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1 Thank Iamalwayslost
Moraga, CA
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I recently had lunch there mid-week and had the Caesar salad and the spinach and cheese ravioli. The salad was only ok but it did have anchovies which were good. The ravioli was disappointing. Over cooked and the sauce was bland. Definitely not worth the $17.00 price. Won't be going back anytime soon. The only positive was the service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 328-5700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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