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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Good choice in downtown

Great location on the main drag, with a couple of outdoor tables. Unpretentious, decent food at accessible prices (for Palo Alto...) Definitely worth trying out once.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Radu Toma
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Palo Alto, CA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Palo Alto, CA
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Great location on the main drag, with a couple of outdoor tables. Unpretentious, decent food at accessible prices (for Palo Alto...) Definitely worth trying out once.

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Palo Alto, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is one of the worst restaurants I've ever been to. I ate their special meal (salmon, halibut and jumbo shrimps) ravioli and paid $30 only to get a mediocre meal and food poisoning. I was feeling so bad that I missed work next day. When I went back to discuss with restaurant manager, they said they will look into... More 

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Oneida
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Food was well done. Service was poor. 6+ minutes before we saw a server and got drink orders. 22 minutes after I ordered, I was told they were out, and would I like something else. Then my rush order wasn't, so nearly 25+ minutes until my meal arrived. They did not charge me, and offered dessert/coffee, but it was time... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Made a reservation using Open Table, waited a few min to be checked in, but that was only the beginning. Once we were seated, another 30min went by without the wait staff attending to us. My wife even asked for assistance and was rudely told we would there in a few minutes, but this did not happen. We finally left... More 

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Mumbai
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Located at University Avenue .. good spread of food options .. i thought the pizza tomato sauce could have been cooked more .. pizza slices were toppling under their own weight .. have had better pizzas .. but appetizers were tasty .. overall, a good restaurant with many options but not as busy as other restaurants on the street.

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Guadalajara
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

I order a pizza and red wine. The dishes where excellent, the waitress very kind. The location is great, in the middle of Palo Alto downtown. I recommend it broadly!

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Redwood City, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I don't know what they are good for, but I know I want lots of tripadvisor points. Oh, sorry, need more letters. Dear John. Dear Jane. Dear Sophie. That's how I always start my letters. Dear Dad and mom. Oh, come on, isn't that enough letters?

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Seabrook
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Good food and atmosphere. We ate outside and enjoyed the Chianti, pizza, salads and ravioli. Great location on University drive.

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Santa Barbara, California
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am still savoring my dinner from 2 nights ago. The linguini frutta di mare tasted so incredibly fresh and wonderful while the pasta was cooked perfectly aldente. I could not believe the amount of seafood in the pasta including calamari, shrimp and scallops. Paired with a reasonable priced bottle of Ruffino Chianti Classico....makes me want to go back!!

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Copenhagen
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The place is ok. The food fine. The service so so. But the reality is, that Palo Alto host at least one much better Italian restaurant both when it comes to the place, the food and in particular the service. Dished were served fast – extremely fast actually. So fast the waiter did not notice, that we had no silverware.... 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, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, 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?