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Spalti Ristorante

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417 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832 (Ash)
(650) 327-9390
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Palo Alto, California
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I must preface my review, saying, Her Ladyships mother, was from Northern Italy, so "she who MUST BE obeyed," spent a lot of time in dining in North Italy. Consider myself luck, because, she cooks Italian, British and American dishes at home, so she does know her way around Northern Italian cuisine. Were on time for our reservations, party of... More 

Thank sirmeandt
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509 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Large table for a business lunch. I saw only good dishes, with the exception of the salmon salad -with far too much arugula. I had an excellent sola fish with fine sauce and vegetables. Pleasant place indeed.

Thank Hedin
Palo Alto, California
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82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We love this place because the food is quite good, but the place doesn't take itself too seriously and is NOT pretentious. When most restaurants in Palo Alto are full to bursting with customers, we somehow always manage to get a table here and are never disappointed.

Thank califbikegal
the hinterlands
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

I didn't realize Palo Alto had comfort food places, but this seems to be one. In a city with a meaningful Italian dining scene (Chicago, for example) this place would just close. But it seems to have a fairly loyal following of people who aren't that interested in their food. The wines are crazy expensive - they blow past the... More 

Thank swop
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

What a nice spot for a quiet dinner. The service was very good, as were the food and the wine list. They take reservations, which has become more unusual in the Bay Area, so that's also really nice. Though I will almost always prefer Palo Alto Sol across the street, even if we have to wait for a table, if... More 

Thank Sheryl C
Community of Madrid, Spain
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54 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

My family being in the fine-dining Italian restaurant business, I have very high standards for Italian food- regarding it's quality, that it is traditional, etc. Before trying Spalti, La Strada had been my favorite in PA, but now Spalti owns the crown. Their carpaccio is fantastic, and the penne spalti finds a great balance between providing plenty of meat but... More 

Thank Spencer S
Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

Nothing about my experience at Spalti would motivate me to return. An uninspired menu was executed poorly. When we told our server that our shrimp was inedibly overcooked, he acknowledged that they looked tough but did nothing about. Left most of one dish untouched. I am surprised to see it with such a high rating...and still in business. Hopefully both... More 

Thank MattSwimPA
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628 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

My daughter and I had an early dinner here prior to attending a performance nearby. It was a delightful experience. The staff was so attentive--not obtrusive, but attentive--and seemed to anticipate anything we needed. Our table next to the front window had comfortable banquette seating; the dining room is quiet, cozy and attractive. We shared the spinach salad, which came... More 

Thank ArlettaC
Palo Alto, California
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Early evening on a weekday. Few patrons. A medium wait for a server. Little knowledge of the dishes from the server. I asked about what beers were available on draft. The server left before I could order, but a short time later I was served a beer that I had not ordered. A medium to longish wait for the food.... More 

Thank LouiePaloAlto
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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1,207 reviews
699 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Spalti Ristorante is well located in the heart of California Avenue and serves a good variety of Italian-style dishes. There is emphasis on meat dishes but vegetarians will find something tasty. I can recommend the gnocchi. The restaurant has both lunch and dinner menus and prices are fair for this part of town. There are pavement tables which are very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 417 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 327-9390

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