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2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902 (California Ave)
650-326-1626
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7:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect for locals or the visitor

Just arrived from East Coast and visiting friends who recommended this as the perfect spot for a time zone-adjustment meal...and it was. Friendly greetings all around and attentive and focused service. The wines selections are abundant and good value, but you can BYO for a $15 corkage fee... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2014
oystertravels
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Rowayton, Connecticut
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  • Families with children
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English first
Oakland, California
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My husband and I have been going to an incredibly lovely Italian restaurant, called Pro Bono, in Palo Alto, CA. almost every month for over a year. It is truly one of the most welcoming places we have been to, and we eat out a lot. We always feel like we are coming home. We have gotten to know the... More 

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Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I have been going to Pro Bono for many years and just returned last night after it was remodeled. The food, ambiance, service and enthusiasm are really outstanding at this place. You are always greeted as an old friend and the menu always has new dishes to sample. I am lucky to live close to this restaurant and will return... More 

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Sonoma, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The Pro Bono restaurant in Palo Alto has great food, a warm and welcoming staff that gives fantastic service, and now a even nicer ambiance. They have doubled the size of the restaurant, adding a bar area that should be visited even if you don't plan on ordering a meal. The bar itself is beautiful, marble with light shining through.... More 

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Toronto
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Anyone going to Palo Alto likely already knows that it is wildly overpriced for anything and quality is compromised because they can get away with both high prices and high profiteering by cutting quality, quantity, and service. We had a pre-organized 'limited menu' dinner for 25 business and science attendees that was somewhat disappointing in all categories except for the... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were visiting Stanford for a baseball camp and look forward to having a good dinner each day, Pro Bono was a great end to a busy day. Started with burrata cheese and tomato salad, wild boar sausage with white beans and a beef carpaccio, all were excellent. Main coarse of rabbit with fettuccine was fork tender and had great... More 

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secaucus
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This restaurant was exceptional- the food and service could not have been better. @ If you are in this area you should not miss this establishment.

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Rowayton, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Just arrived from East Coast and visiting friends who recommended this as the perfect spot for a time zone-adjustment meal...and it was. Friendly greetings all around and attentive and focused service. The wines selections are abundant and good value, but you can BYO for a $15 corkage fee. Appetizers were tasty and nicely presented, with evening's special mushroom tartlette especially... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I was in town for a conference and a friend and I stumbled across this place. Great wine selection and the food was amazing! Would definitely go back when in the area.

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Bay Area
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Cafe Pro Bono has really good food at reasonable prices and best of all it is quiet enough to have a conversation so it is wonderful for a business lunch. Joist off of California Avenue, it is conveniently located. The waiters are very attentive.

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North Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

My wife and I stopped in for lunch on a Friday when we were in a hurry, and the staff was extremely accommodating as well as solicitous in an unobtrusive way. You so seldom find any sort of business any more, let alone a restaurant, that truly seems to want customers and actually behave that way. As an added plus,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902
    (California Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-326-1626

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, Coffee Shop, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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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?