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La Strada Ristorante Italiano

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335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716 (Florence Street)
(650) 324-8300
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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206 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came here as a group for a dinner and were not disappointed. Good knowledgeable service and a great range on the menu. We took a mix of starters and then a la carte for main meals. Good food and wine.

Thank Liz K
Manila, Philippines
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82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice place on the main avenue tonhave a good and reasonable meal. They have good and reasonable priced appetizers, pastas and pizza. Love to sit and watch people walk by, eating a good Italian meal with wine😄i tried their spaghetti in wi e and fish broth with grilled baby squid and arugula. Good but on the spicy side. My... More 

Thank TuttieG
Palo Alto, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice restaurant on busy university avenue, but you can find a table easily. The food is surprisingly good (and not heavy).

Thank foggy27
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant with great outside tables. Also has inside tables, I just happened to sit outside. Salad I ordered was excellent and service was great. I thought the place was excellent overall. Nice crowd for lunch, so many people agree. Price was average for the area. Will frequent again.

Thank Tom D
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our large family group - 6 & a toddler stopped into La Strada on University Avenue in Palo Alto for lunch last week. We were graciously accommodated without reservations. Everyone enjoyed their food! I really liked my entree salad with filet of trout on it. I'm allergic to salmon, I don't eat meat and so I don't usually have many... More 

Thank photostoryteller
Palo Alto, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We have been there many times, and enjoy sitting at the counter to watch these wonderful cooks performing a beautiful choreography to turn out excellent Italian fair. Among our favorites are the veggie risotto. Creamy yet bouncy rice morsels embedded with vegetables designed to have the same bite as the rice, served in a mass refill and tasty Parmesan bowl.... More 

Thank drbudak
Stockton, California
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

I didn't write a review the 1st time I was at this restaurant, but after our 2nd time, I thought I'd better so they could improve on their service. The food was good, but their host/hostess and waiter service needs a lot to be desired. Host/hostess is blah...doesn't greet you almost like they're doing you a favor when you go... More 

Thank yellowab2
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

It's my second time eating here. Overall, the food was fine, including the appetizers, salads, pastas, pizza, etc. However, the service was very disappointing, from mistakes they made, lack of attention, to minimal flexibility from the time we arrived to checking out. It's the second time they delivered low end service.

Thank Ed H
New York City, New York
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149 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

We grabbed a table at random at this Palo Alto Italian and we were pleased that we did All the classic Italian dishes including pasta and pizza served up in a family friendly environment with reasonable prices Decent list of wines by the glass too so you can round out the meal I recommend the Al Forno - baked pasta,... More 

Thank MaxBethune
Santa Cruz, California
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103 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

I would have given a better rating, but our waiter was very average. He didn't come by very often and got my specific order wrong. When I reminded him what I asked for, he really ignored us after it was corrected. The rest of the staff pitched in and we had great service from them. The food was very tasty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
    (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

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