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Cafe Pro Bono

2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902
+1 650-326-1626
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I dropped in for some quick lunch and discovered they have outdoor seating. I wish I had brought my pop...I took the recommendations to order daily special fresh grilled salmon salad. It was surprisingly good more than good it was amazing!!! The dressing they put...More

Thank Meiying H
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Cafe Pro Bono has been in Palo Alto for a long time now and remains a favorite for many locals. The menu is mostly Italian, but they also serve other entrees, such as salmon and lamb. If you are in the mood for a decadent...More

Thank ElaineH94301
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Went with a couple of friends and we were served swiftly. The good was excellent, I had ribs which were extremely well done but the rest of my party was more disciplined and had very large and fresh salads.. They were very happy with them....More

Thank couplessPS
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

nicely set-up with good atmosphere. food was good (ribs with polenta very tasty). wine offer is also decent and the service is the only thing that could improve regarding speed. All in all- in very expensive Palo Alto this is a place where you can...More

Thank IgorD29
Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

Came here with my husband for a financial seminar. 18 people were with us. The room is very bright and welcoming, somewhat in the middle of the restaurant with glass walls and sliding doors. Only problem with this set up was the restaurant was very...More

Thank Marcia K
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Went for lunch with a co-worker who visits this place often. This was my first visit. I ordered Susan's downfall which is a very rich dish consisting of cheese & herb ravioli, gorgonzola sauce, toasted almonds. Given that I love toasted almonds and love rich...More

Thank Funtravels13
Reviewed 11 January 2016

The Pro Bono has fallen from its former high standards. Three of us dined there recently for a special occasion and we were seated at a table that would be small for two people. There was not enough room to have the bread container on...More

1  Thank Mary N
Reviewed 10 January 2016

Over the past 10-15 years my coworkers and I have had lunch here many times, and I've also had dinner there a few times. It's a white-tablecloth Italian place, where the mostly mature male waiters drape your napkin in your lap before the beginning of...More

Thank ladyjazz17
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Took a friend here, the first time in a long time. It was a pleasant enough experience, with good service and good enough food. But nothing memorable, so I'm not sure that I will hurry back.

Thank speeps
Reviewed 11 November 2015

I love the atmosphere here. It is friendly and homey and comfortable. We had great service. The entrees are a little pricey, in the $30s, but excellent so no complaints. We had the rack of lamb and short ribs at our table. The wine list...More

Thank jlg3000
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
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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