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247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 328-5700
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Modesto, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought the service was good. However, I was not pleased with my meal. I did not think my dish had much flavor, nor did my husband think his was great. Bread was very good, however.

Thank quintina1999
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Anytime I get a chance I would treat myself to some of the best Italian-Continental food offered by Osteria.. I hadn't been in the restaurant since a change of ownership 7-8 months ago. Some staff left with the change but those that remained heralded the change. As always it was very busy (Friday, 6:30pm) and evening was booked. We didn't... More 

Thank HawaiiGary
Mississauga, Canada
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Throwback to old-fashion service and food. Food is good, kinda heavy for lunch. Menu is pretty extensive for lunch.

Thank MaryC123456789
san Francisco
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Osteria used to be one of the most wonderful places to go for dinner. The food was great, the ambience super and the service fantastic! What a shame that the restaurant was sold. The new owners obviously don't care at all since the food is now about 50% higher in price and even worse, the quality and taste is just... More 

Thank travellingbilly
South San Francisco, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This was highly rated on other sites. We watched many people come and go for take out. Our waiter was cheerful and friendly. But as we sat it was clear regular patrons received a different level of attention. The table next to ours was offered a list of 6 "daily specials". Our waiter shared only 2 specials of the day.... More 

Thank HIker2016
Portola Valley, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

I used to come here 2 or 3 times a week. Then the restaurant was sold last year and everything went downhill-fast. Having been there for dinner just after they sold, and being so disappointed, we did not go back until today for lunch. We were with friends and we went early. The restaurant was completely empty. There was a... More 

Thank RGM18
San Jose, California
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Senior citizen talking to other seniors: Sorry to read recent negative reviews, because this place is still pretty good. May not be the same as five years ago, but what is? We had a very nice dinner, high quality food, competent service. It is indeed very crowded and noisy and somewhat expensive, but that's part of its charm, and seniors... More 

Thank SJVillagesBob
Palo Alto, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

A longtime standby in Palo Alto. Park under City Hall. A small restaurant ...noise level ok in the front part but gets VERY NOISY in the back.. If you have a group of more than four, it will be difficult to converse in the back room. Osteria has THE WORLD's BEST carpaccio . and I have tried carpaccio all over... More 

Thank Navigator2120
Los Altos, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

One of our favorite restaurants for 20 years. It was remarkably consistent in its food, service and atmosphere. Evidently it was recently sold, and is now a shell of its former self. The menu was similar, but the food was a shadow of what it was and the prices much higher. Most of our favorite waitstaff were gone. Overall, a... More 

Thank Peter S
California USA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

After eating at Osteria for over 10 years, today it was last time for my husband and me. Our waiter mentioned new ownership but he said there was no change in food served since the restaurant was so successful the way it was. Salads arrived after a reasonable wait. Both were OK but not great. Mine did not have all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 328-5700

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