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247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
+1 650-328-5700
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“pappardelle” (6 reviews)
“pasta” (25 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We showed up on Saturday night without a reservation. The host was apologetic about the long wait and while he offered to "see what he could do" we knew it was beyond his control and the wait would be just too long. He then offered...More

Thank Alex G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been dining at Osteria for 32 years, ever since they opened in 1986. The ownership changed in 2015, but the original chefs from 1986 are still with the restaurant. I like that in Silicon Valley, where everything is constantly changing, a few things...More

Thank arbrebleu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Totally enjoyed our dinner at Osteria. It is not pretentious but just old fashion good Italian food. The prawn squid ink pasta is amazing.

Thank Canadian_Nomad22
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Absolutely love this place, I've been many times over the decades since they arrived in the 1980s or thereabouts. They've only gotten better and better. I like the eggplant, and calamari. My mother is Sicilian and an amazing cook so I don't go for Italian...More

Thank Marybart
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Although the dinner tasted good it was unfortunate that the waitress was not on her game. She did not seem to have a good grasp on etiquette and I felt rushed from the moment I sat down. To top things off she described the veal...More

1  Thank Frank P
Reviewed 27 December 2017

After trying many of the newer Italian restaurants, we keep returning to Osteria for the linguine and clam sauce and delicious fresh bread.

Thank naokofujii
Reviewed 24 December 2017

Old school Italian, great charm, ambiance and delightful food from start to finish. The fresh sour dough bread (ah, great to be back in NorCal!) and butter were a wonderful beginning, the Insalata Osteria had a bright, tangy dressing that was mouth watering. My son...More

Thank Patty M
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Always excellent Italian food at reasonable prices. pasta excellent, and i almost always get the Osso Buco, which has never disappointed

Thank Maurice D
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Parking was atrocious and extremely hard to find. The restaurant was an open floor plan and very crowded. It seemed that everyone was trying to talk over the next table's conversation. There was a wide menu selection and all of our dishes were delicious. The...More

Thank Dave K
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We stumbled onto this place in the heart of Palo Alto and had a lovely evening with delicious breads, risotto and fresh-as-can-be salads. Portions are very generous so sharing dishes is recommended. Great Italian music created a classic atmosphere. Very attentive service. Recommend sitting in...More

Thank Tavinator
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-328-5700
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