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Cafe Pro Bono

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2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902 (California Ave)
+1 650-326-1626
07:00 - 13:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 07:00 - 13:00
Wed - Sat 07:00 - 13:00
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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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453 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

Came for drinks with friends from work. We played a game in which we each had four unmarked glasses of wine and tried to identify the type of wine. It was harder than we thought, and it allowed us to try some wonderful California wines (a zinfandel and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, a pinot noir from the Sonoma... More 

Thank movieglue
Fairborn, Ohio
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121 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

Recommended by friends who live in area. Was a good recommendation. Classy ambience, attentive waiters and tempting menu items. My wife said the ravioli dinner was the best she ever had, My spaghetti (which is something I often order) was good (but nothing special), That said I would rate their tiramisu 'excellent'

Thank Laurelandbetsy
Oakland, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

My husband and I have been going to an incredibly lovely Italian restaurant, called Pro Bono, in Palo Alto, CA. almost every month for over a year. It is truly one of the most welcoming places we have been to, and we eat out a lot. We always feel like we are coming home. We have gotten to know the... More 

Thank Esther M
Palo Alto, California
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100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2015

I have been going to Pro Bono for many years and just returned last night after it was remodeled. The food, ambiance, service and enthusiasm are really outstanding at this place. You are always greeted as an old friend and the menu always has new dishes to sample. I am lucky to live close to this restaurant and will return... More 

Thank Ted A
Sonoma, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2014

The Pro Bono restaurant in Palo Alto has great food, a warm and welcoming staff that gives fantastic service, and now a even nicer ambiance. They have doubled the size of the restaurant, adding a bar area that should be visited even if you don't plan on ordering a meal. The bar itself is beautiful, marble with light shining through.... More 

Thank MaryH1214
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97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

Anyone going to Palo Alto likely already knows that it is wildly overpriced for anything and quality is compromised because they can get away with both high prices and high profiteering by cutting quality, quantity, and service. We had a pre-organized 'limited menu' dinner for 25 business and science attendees that was somewhat disappointing in all categories except for the... More 

1 Thank worldfishingfreak
Danbury, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We were visiting Stanford for a baseball camp and look forward to having a good dinner each day, Pro Bono was a great end to a busy day. Started with burrata cheese and tomato salad, wild boar sausage with white beans and a beef carpaccio, all were excellent. Main coarse of rabbit with fettuccine was fork tender and had great... More 

1 Thank Gene G
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

This restaurant was exceptional- the food and service could not have been better. @ If you are in this area you should not miss this establishment.

Thank valerie d
Rowayton, Connecticut
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83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Just arrived from East Coast and visiting friends who recommended this as the perfect spot for a time zone-adjustment meal...and it was. Friendly greetings all around and attentive and focused service. The wines selections are abundant and good value, but you can BYO for a $15 corkage fee. Appetizers were tasty and nicely presented, with evening's special mushroom tartlette especially... More 

Thank oystertravels
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

I was in town for a conference and a friend and I stumbled across this place. Great wine selection and the food was amazing! Would definitely go back when in the area.

1 Thank Mdwaugh2001

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Italian, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902
    (California Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-1626

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