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La Strada Ristorante Italiano

335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 324-8300
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Ranked #88 of 318 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Florence Street
Transit: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
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English first
Shanghai, China
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81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 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
68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Newark, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

La Strada is in a good location on a main street in downtown Palo Alto. After checking the outside menu we decided to give it a try for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere and decor are simple, but pleasing. They offer outdoor and indoor seating. One the first things we noticed was the wood-fired oven and the delicious... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Had a meal here with a work colleague. I was so pleased the menu had so few items on the menu, it showed they wanted to get the food right, it was about taste and not quantity. The service was great and we sat outside. I had a veg starter and main, very tasty, I would eat here again.

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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Good service, good food, and good location! Reserved by a business partner for three of us to meet up at before an event at Stanford Faculty Club. Easy convenient parking on the street - free after 5 pm. We let them know we had a time constraint - they were right on it! Tasty pizza, our gluten free colleague had... More 

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San Francisco, California
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156 reviews 156 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The setting is nice, on University Avenue in Palo Alto, with outdoor seating. Our server was very pleasant and efficient. However, the food was only OK. My friend and I both ordered the spinach salad with prawns. The prawns were very good but came with heads intact (very European but not to my liking), but the salad was overdressed with... More 

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Additional Information about La Strada Ristorante Italiano

Address: 335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone Number: (650) 324-8300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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