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Spalti Ristorante

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417 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832 (Ash)
+1 650-327-9390
09:00 - 00:00
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131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Looking for a quiet place for lunch near Stanford. This small eatery is subtle reminder of Northern Italy. Decorated nicely. The menu looks good. The polenta is light and delicate with porcini mushrooms. Good start. The veal scallopini was blah and portions of everything here are very small. Did not try dessert solely because of the bland entree served. Service... More 

Thank David O
Morgan Hill, California
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244 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

A colleague and I were treated to lunch at Spalti, and what a wonderful lunch it was! Had heard about the restaurant, but never had the opportunity to visit. So when I learned that's where we were going, I knew I had high expectations ... and the expectations were met in every way.. Great food, service, decor, etc. A win/win/win... More 

Thank cabearcat
Palo Alto, California
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We love to go to this restaurant when we want a leisurly dinner, with good wine and light Italian food. I love the vealparmegiana...with white wine...mmmmm so good. The tiramisu is to die for. The staff are very attentive, popping up when you need them, and laying low when you are nattering. We love to celebrte birthdays here, and they... More 

Thank TeresaTeaLady
Palo Alto, California
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118 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I must preface my review, saying, Her Ladyships mother, was from Northern Italy, so "she who MUST BE obeyed," spent a lot of time in dining in North Italy. Consider myself luck, because, she cooks Italian, British and American dishes at home, so she does know her way around Northern Italian cuisine. Were on time for our reservations, party of... More 

Thank sirmeandt
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543 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Large table for a business lunch. I saw only good dishes, with the exception of the salmon salad -with far too much arugula. I had an excellent sola fish with fine sauce and vegetables. Pleasant place indeed.

Thank Hedin
Palo Alto, California
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We love this place because the food is quite good, but the place doesn't take itself too seriously and is NOT pretentious. When most restaurants in Palo Alto are full to bursting with customers, we somehow always manage to get a table here and are never disappointed.

Thank califbikegal
the hinterlands
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48 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

I didn't realize Palo Alto had comfort food places, but this seems to be one. In a city with a meaningful Italian dining scene (Chicago, for example) this place would just close. But it seems to have a fairly loyal following of people who aren't that interested in their food. The wines are crazy expensive - they blow past the... More 

Thank swop
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

What a nice spot for a quiet dinner. The service was very good, as were the food and the wine list. They take reservations, which has become more unusual in the Bay Area, so that's also really nice. Though I will almost always prefer Palo Alto Sol across the street, even if we have to wait for a table, if... More 

Thank Sheryl C
Community of Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

My family being in the fine-dining Italian restaurant business, I have very high standards for Italian food- regarding it's quality, that it is traditional, etc. Before trying Spalti, La Strada had been my favorite in PA, but now Spalti owns the crown. Their carpaccio is fantastic, and the penne spalti finds a great balance between providing plenty of meat but... More 

Thank Spencer S
Palo Alto, California
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Nothing about my experience at Spalti would motivate me to return. An uninspired menu was executed poorly. When we told our server that our shrimp was inedibly overcooked, he acknowledged that they looked tough but did nothing about. Left most of one dish untouched. I am surprised to see it with such a high rating...and still in business. Hopefully both... More 

Thank MattSwimPA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 417 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-327-9390

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