We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Fantastico”

No photo provided
Got a photo?
Add it.
Gambardella's Ristorante Italiano
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
San Jose
Level Contributor
57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Fantastico”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

Had lunch there today with a friend. Superb friendly service, good prices, and excellent food. Started with home-made crusty bread and foccacio with a tomato/garlic/nutty spread. We ordered the gorgonzola gnocchi and the penne with melanzanne (eggplant). Had their scrumptious chocolate pudding cake for dessert. All the food was fantastic - and home made - just the way our Italian mothers used to make it. Don't often dine out at Italian restaurants 'cuz we eat Italian at home. But will take the train again from San Jose to Menlo Park just to go back to Gambardella's!

  • Visited March 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank RCLtravel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

5 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    3
    2
    0
    0
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Menlo Park, California
Level Contributor
76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good Italian”
Reviewed January 31, 2012

We love Italian food, and this suits the bill. The food is good, the ambiance is very nice, and the service is great

Visited August 2011
Helpful?
Thank Lucy E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
126 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Dependably delicious Italian food in a warm, upscale atmosphere.”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

My husband and I have been dining at Gambardella's for many years. It is our "go to" nice Italian restaurant. It is warm and inviting, with the wood-fire oven visible behind the bar. They have delicious pizzas in addition to the classic Italian fare. Since we have gone so often, we now usually order the specials, which never disappoint. Last night I had the petrale sole served over artichoke risotto. Delicious! Lots of big fat capers on the sole which was breaded and sautéed with a lovely piquant sauce over it that was just perfect. Hubby had a rigatoni with a spicy sausage sauce. They serve two kinds of bread, plain Italian and house made focaccia with a spread made of roasted red peppers, garlic and olive oil (anyway that's my guess as to what's in it!).
There is a full bar and a nice wine list. If you eat lunch here on a weekday I do not recommend eating outside because it is across from the commuter train and it is really noisy when the train comes by. We always eat inside for that reason. Even though the decor is upscale, we see families every time we go.

  • Visited October 2011
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank plaidbeagle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Long tradition as an extra special itailian restaurant with warm service”
Reviewed June 9, 2011

Alway spoilt for choice between pasta and the specials. Don't miss the shitake mushroom salad and the chocolate fandango. Wonderful warm service. A special restaurant

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Ukrugbyfan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Gambardella's Ristorante Italiano also viewed

 
Menlo Park, CA
 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing