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Osteria

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Italian, Pasta
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247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 328-5700
Sunday
Closed
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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

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Italian in Palo Alto??? You Bet! Go to Osteria!

We had dinner at Osteria on June 03rd to celebrate my wife's birthday and the graduation of my grand daughter from middle school. The food, service and atmosphere were first rate. Large fresh saldads were followed by traitional entres prepared and served piping hot and deliscious to the taste. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
Charles R
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Guilford, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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English first
Nome, Alaska
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160 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Evidently the ownership of the restauarant has changed, with dire results. Yes, the interior was cleaned up, but the rest of the experience was a disaster. For some reason they furloughed or reduced the employment of much of the old excellent staff in favor of no-nothings. At the front of the house, ignorance reigns. New dishes, with smaller capacity have... More 

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Guilford, United States
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We had dinner at Osteria on June 03rd to celebrate my wife's birthday and the graduation of my grand daughter from middle school. The food, service and atmosphere were first rate. Large fresh saldads were followed by traitional entres prepared and served piping hot and deliscious to the taste. I had chicken parmigama, my son a veal dish, and everyone... More 

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california
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

place is small so it can be busy during lunch time. best pasta dishes. just delicious. good serving size too. everything is fresh. go there when have visitors in town, friends gathering and business lunch too.

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Palo Alto, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This restaurant has very poor service. There are much better places in the area with great service and similar prices.

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San Mateo CA
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Osteria

Address: 247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone Number: (650) 328-5700
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

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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, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

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