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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: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A nice date night place

Nice ambiance. I had the marguerita pizza. It was so good I got half of it boxed and took it home with me and I crary rarely do that. My companion got the butternut squash ravioli and really liked that too. We had the buffalo mozzarella for an appetizer. Pretty standard. I had the chianti and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Bob N
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San Carlos, California
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Community of Madrid, Spain
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53 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

La Strada is one of the couple best Italian restaurants in Palo Alto, yet its prices lie far below the majority of restaurants in the area. I really enjoy the charcuterie sample or carpaccio to start, and then the paccheri pasta if I am ready to devour meat (ragu + bacon). I am always surprised with how low the price... More 

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Thank Spencer S
Palo Alto, California
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many restaurants in Palo Alto and nearby communities, and a number of them are Italian, so La Strada has lots of competition. What sets it apart are its fresh and appealing food, pleasant service and convenient location on University Avenue, Palo Alto's main drag. The latter means that parking is sometimes a problem, but not a big one.... More 

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Thank bigjim32
San Carlos, California
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99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Nice ambiance. I had the marguerita pizza. It was so good I got half of it boxed and took it home with me and I crary rarely do that. My companion got the butternut squash ravioli and really liked that too. We had the buffalo mozzarella for an appetizer. Pretty standard. I had the chianti and liked it enough to... More 

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Thank Bob N
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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979 reviews
571 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 406 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I am usually wary of Italian restaurants outside Italy but this one does a grand job with Italian food. The menu is extensive and includes casual items such as (very good) thin crust pizzas. The spaghetti frutti di mare is delicious. Other dishes looked and sounded very good. The place has a very warm, pleasant atmosphere and the service was... More 

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Thank profjoypc
George Town, Malaysia
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29 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Came in here after walking around the area for awhile. Had Casonsei Alla Bergamasca here. It tastes good but a bit too oily. The environment is cozy and waitress who served our meals was friendly. Overall it's a good place for dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in with family as we spent a great Sunday afternoon in Palo Alto. The Italian food was delicious and impressive. You made our day! Thanks and well done.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

My friend's mother picked this restaurant cause she works in the area my husband and I met her here. Staff was friendly and patience with us. I had the grill salmon which was okay. If I come back I will put this on my come back places even if it's 127.

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Thank Srgill72
california
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93 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

On a beautiful street with amazing shops. This restaurant offers zesty Italian food. The lamb ragu with riccota was amazing! Everyone at my table loved it too!

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Thank uama1
Portland, OR
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131 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Ok setting with solid food. Salads are especially good. Service is responsive. Eggplant parm is quite good as is the hearts of romaine.

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Thank DougcpW
Beijing, China
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We just walked in by chance and it turned out to be quite a good choice. We got a table right away. And we didn't wait long for the food to be served. I ordered grilled salmon, very good.

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Thank Angela W

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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, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
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?