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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, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice home made pasta

We hadn't been here in about ten years and I'm not really sure why. We liked it last time and while this time was not quite up to last time it was a very nice date night. The ambience is cozy. Several have mentioned how it is TOO cozy but I think they have actually spread out a bit. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
conlopez
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San Mateo CA
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Mateo CA
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We hadn't been here in about ten years and I'm not really sure why. We liked it last time and while this time was not quite up to last time it was a very nice date night. The ambience is cozy. Several have mentioned how it is TOO cozy but I think they have actually spread out a bit. The... More 

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Portola Valley, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Best Italian restaurant in Palo Alto. The carpaccio is excellent, so is the hearts of palm salad. My favorite main dish is the vongole with red sauce. The air gets a little stuffy, thus your clothes tend to smell after dining here. Good to visit with your family, friends, and as a couple.

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Nome, Alaska
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141 reviews 141 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Although the space is crowded and noisy, it is still worth a visit. The staff is exceptionally excellent and friendly.. And most capable! The food is wonderful and portions are ample. Guess what? They also serve it hot on hot plates, something the foam-based phony restaurants can't figure out. The specials are excellent as are the menu items. Go!

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San Jose, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband and I wanted a great start to 2015, so we decided to have dinner at one of our absolute favorite restaurants... Osteria! The food quality is wonderful, consistent, and always served steaming hot. Our must have starter is their Carpaccio. We typically share their butter lettuce salad. The dressing on this salad is fantastic. Our favorite entrée is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

University Avenue and Palo Alto in general has a lot of restaurants to choose from, but this particular one stands out to me more than any other. I enjoy the atmosphere and its delightful Italian menu, where the pastas take home the price; they are really plain but absolutely delicious. I think I've tried at least 5 of their different... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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219 reviews 219 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had dinner here a few weeks prior to Christmas. We had reservations and when we arrived, our party of three was seated at a table that was clearly meant for two. We could have waited, but it was already 7:30 and the place was packed so we decided to squeeze in at our table. It was so tight that... More 

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calif
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152 reviews 152 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We were on our way to have lunch at the Creamery and walked by Osteria. I've walked by the restaurant many times over the past several years so we decided to finally try it and were we happy we did. It's a charming restaurant. My husband had the special, grilled sole with vegetables and I had the minestrone soup and... More 

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SF Penninsula
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I was looking for a date night restaurant with really good food and reasonably priced. This place was recommended by a friend and was spot on. I had the Medallions of Lamb in Marsala sauce. The lamb was so tender I could cut it with my fork... It's simply melted in my mouth and the Marsala sauce was the best... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you are looking for some good Italian food in Palo Alto osteria is definitely the pace to go! It is always busy and can be quite noisy but the fresh dishes are excellent! It is also very affordable and you can get a great dinner for two with 2 glasses of wine for under $60! Been there 3 times... More 

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Palo Alto, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

AVOID THIS RESTAURANT. Generally, I don't mind so-so service and think that food is much more important. In this case, the food did not make up for the service. Throughout the night we were virtually ignored, which was not a huge deal. Then the bill came and was wrong. My fiance went to talk to the servers about the bill,... More 

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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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business
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?