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“Good, but can be inconsistent” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lavanda Restaurant & Wine Bar - CLOSED

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Lavanda Restaurant & Wine Bar
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Italian, American, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Emerson
Transit: Two blocks from downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station.
Silicon Valley
Level Contributor
58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good, but can be inconsistent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

We like Lavanda - it's one of the few restaurants around willing to serve grilled sardines, has a creative menu overall. I think when the main cook has a day off, the food suffers. Cevapcici is quiet nice when the Croatia menu comes out. "Handkerchiefs with Traditional beef Ragù ‘Bolognese’ " was boring. Small plates are quiet often good - sardines, charred squid, Farinata...

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  • Danish first
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English first
Moss Beach, California
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143 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Delicious Food right on University Ave.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

Moderate meals, including small plates (that can add up) or on Sunday, try the Prix Fixe Dinners for $29.

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Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Wonderful Night!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2012

Live jazz music and very lively at the bar and romantic in the restaurant. Food was authentic and dessert was yum.

Visited February 2012
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SF Bay Area
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82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Schnitzel great, proprietor chilly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

Needing dinner before going to the theater, I chose Lavanda because friends and I had enjoyed both the food and the service in past years. The host and my server were warm and welcoming. The proprietor strolled around and warmly greeted or introduced himself to the couples on either side of me, and to groups of diners at nearby tables. But me? Not even eye contact. Maybe he doesn't like solo diners. The schnitzel was delicious; I won't order the eggplant and red pepper appetizer again because it tastes exactly like Trader Joe's. Nice list of wines by the glass. But when I next go out by myself , I'll go elsewhere.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Bay Area
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843 reviews
650 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
“In The Groove”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

Casual
European cuisine; international clientele
Small plates, hot & cold
Excellent gambas, beet salad, sardines
Great entrees: handkerchief pasta, schnitzel
$29 four course Sunday dinners
Reasonable prices for good wines
Excellent food service by BJ
Music on some nights

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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