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247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
+1 650-328-5700
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17:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Always go here on our annual visits to Palo Alto-numerous excellent Italian dishes, plus seafood. Had Petrale sole. Service is fine, comfortable atmosphere.

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Thank nick402016
Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This neighborhood classic has been a favorite for good and moderately priced Italian for years. Without a doubt, it has the BEST carpaccio in the WORLD...and I have tried carpaccio in Italy, France, Denmark, etc... None beats Osteria. Only limitation in this restaurant is the it is noisy.

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Thank Navigator2120
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

One of my favourite restaurants. Great food, fast service, friendly and professional waiters. Good conversation with staff. Always a joy to dine here.

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Thank jo13579
California
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

It's not bad, you know? Just not very original. The food is like, this is how the dishes at the Olive Garden taste before they flash-freeze them for distribution to the provinces. The noise level is to where you can't talk easily, on a Wednesday night at 7:30. Slow service. People nice enough though. I don't suppose I will be... More 

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Thank rtln
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Our second visit in the last month after a multi-year absence was definitely worth it. The new management has continued the focus on old school dishes. Our shared Caprese salad was made with local heirloom tomatoes. The linguine Frutti Di Mare had a nice twist by including salmon. My saltimbocca, a dish that has vanished from the menus of most... More 

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Thank jrftrav16
Sonoma, California
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This was our first visit and we were very pleased www arrived early so the service was terrific. We all had the delicious burrata and heirloom tomato salad so delicious. We all had the fish entrees which were cooked beautifully. We were a bit disappointed in the desserts, maybe we ordered the wrong ones. Lemon tarts. No very good lemon... More 

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Thank foodiesonoma
Modesto, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I thought the service was good. However, I was not pleased with my meal. I did not think my dish had much flavor, nor did my husband think his was great. Bread was very good, however.

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Thank quintina1999
HawaiiGary
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Anytime I get a chance I would treat myself to some of the best Italian-Continental food offered by Osteria.. I hadn't been in the restaurant since a change of ownership 7-8 months ago. Some staff left with the change but those that remained heralded the change. As always it was very busy (Friday, 6:30pm) and evening was booked. We didn't... More 

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Thank HawaiiGary
Mississauga, Canada
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130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Throwback to old-fashion service and food. Food is good, kinda heavy for lunch. Menu is pretty extensive for lunch.

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Thank MaryC12345678
san Francisco
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Osteria used to be one of the most wonderful places to go for dinner. The food was great, the ambience super and the service fantastic! What a shame that the restaurant was sold. The new owners obviously don't care at all since the food is now about 50% higher in price and even worse, the quality and taste is just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?