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La Strada Ristorante Italiano

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335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (Florence Street)
The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
(650) 324-8300
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Love this place

The appetizers, desserts and pasta are great. My favorite are butternut Squash Ravioli and the PANNA COTTA.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
oferbens
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Palo Alto, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
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64 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Palo Alto, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The appetizers, desserts and pasta are great. My favorite are butternut Squash Ravioli and the PANNA COTTA.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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177 reviews 177 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I had dinner here on a Wednesday evening. It's right in the middle of University Street, smack in the middle of restaurant row, shops, etc., it has a very nice outside patio facing the street, and the decor is very nice, rustic Italian. So far so good. Service was fine, hostess was pleasant, waiter helpful but not condescending, and he... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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193 reviews 193 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Ate here on a busy Friday night with a large group. Everything was tasty-pizza, steak, appetizers and some pretty authentic Italian dishes. Tiramisu and espresso were a nice ending to the meal. Small menu priced $15 and up. Nice drink & wine selection but no draft beer. The owner even came to our table and was very friendly.

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Duiven, Gelderland, Netherlands
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87 reviews 87 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were late, just walking University Avenue as a sort of "sightseeing Palo Alto". The outdoor seating attracted us, and: we were lucky! Nice, tasty food, good service and a good spot to watch everybody.... Cosy, laid-back dining. No Michelin stars, no pretentions, just very nice food!

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Shanghai, China
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93 reviews 93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Dropped in for lunch on a lazy weekend afternoon, and had a nice meal. Nice food and a relaxed atmosphere made for a nice afternoon

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Blaine, Minnesota
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102 reviews 102 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Tasty, locally-inspired Italian food. The menu was not very large but I wanted to eat every single item on the menu. I had the gnocchi and it was excellent and their pasta is very clearly homemade. Others had the lamb cheeks and fettuccine, butternut squash ravioli, and mushroom/quail risotto, and everyone was pleased with their meals. The environmental, while a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Searching at random for an eatery in Palo Alto one afternoon, we happened upon La Strada (“Ristorante Italiano”) on University Avenue purely by chance. We fancied Italian food, so the appeal of the posted menu enticed us through its doors. Even though late lunch service was coming to a close, we were warmly welcomed and cordially served. Seated at a... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Sonoma quail and funghi risotto: this plate worths the visit to this restaurant. Really very good! The service was a little bit slow, but nice.

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ok, I don't know what the other reviewers were thinking when they wrote authentic food. Because this place is far from authentic. We went with another couple and all of us were very disappointed with our meals especially for the price. Let's start off with ordering. They were reluctant to serve spaghetti they also did not serve Italian sausage, we... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We found ourselves in downtown Palo Alto a few weeks ago looking for a place to grab dinner. Most of the places were packed and had long waits. We were about ready to give up when we walked by La Strada and it was virtually empty. Never taking that as a positive sign, we reluctantly decided to give it a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (Florence Street)
  • Public Transportation: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 324-8300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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