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Cafe Renzo - CLOSED

473 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1814
+1 650-329-8300
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good28%
  • Average22%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible9%
21 Jul 2015
“Great italian food, best bolognese i ve ever tried!”
3 Jan 2015
“Loved the risotto”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Mediterranean, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
473 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1814
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11 - 20 of 49 reviews

Reviewed 10 February 2014

We happened in to Cafe Renzo when visiting Palo Alto. Slow when we arrived early for dinner but lively within an hour. Prompt service with an Italian flavor. The food (ravioli, risotto, gnocchi) all good. Spaghetti with meat sauce for our toddler was good (according...More

Thank Osidemike
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Happy hour is earlier and a little less inviting, the food was now just decent, and prices are a little higher since the migration of the Partnership. The feel of the place, unfortunately, has changed losing some of its warmth and friendliness. The Bartender chewing...More

Thank Timothy B
Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

I have been here many times. Lunches and dinner. Great value. But, if you go here, ask for Edwardo to be your waiter. Fantastic. I feel like I am back in Italy.

Thank mdh95070
Reviewed 9 November 2013

I've been looking for casual dining at University Avenue and I liked Renzo's menu. The simple starter Caprese was served with tasty heirloom tomatoes and quality mozzarella. My main had been Chicken Marsala. This is more complicated, but had been well prepared. The sauce was...More

Thank Ron A
Reviewed 16 September 2013

nothing was good here. service was very slow, as they were stressed. food was marginal, at best. considering the calories, it was definitely not worth it. i think we just saw the place, didn't know the area and said "why not?" so, we got unlucky....More

Thank mattva1
Reviewed 12 September 2013

We dined here for the first time and were pleased overall with the experience. The server was excellent, attentive and friendly but not overly so; to us, perfect so we could enjoy our dinner without feeling we had a 3rd party. The Caesar salad was...More

Thank zoe1mom
Reviewed 7 August 2013

The waiters are direct from Sicily, very polite and friendly. The the food was typical italian food with very good portions. Went away with enough food to eat, not to much.

Thank delprin6062
Reviewed 4 August 2013

I had dinner here by myself a few months back. The staff was very polite and friendly, and the food was good, typical italian food with generous portions. Go here to eat if you're hungry and like italian food; this is one of the better...More

Thank Stormen
Reviewed 29 June 2013

I have tried Cafe Renzo several times over the last few years and have always left mildly disappointed. A big part of the problem is the seating, it is uncomfortable and oddly shaped. On my most recent visit--July 27, 2013--I was part of a group...More

Thank Lou A
Reviewed 20 June 2013

Dinner on a busy Sunday evening. Service was good: I was able to be seated immediately (outside, which was my first choice), my drink came almost immediately (even before the water), bread in a timely manner, and my food not long after. Had a pizza...More

Thank TMG25
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$14 - US$29
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
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: 473 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1814
    (Cowper St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-329-8300
  • E-mail
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