Spalti
Spalti

Spalti

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spalti.com/
  • Phone: 6503279390
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rodolfo Jarquin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
  • Special Events: We are open on Thanksgiving Day from 1pm-8pm. We will be offering select dinner menu. Let us do the cooking for you. Make your reservations now!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ash
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Spalti
This lively and intimate restaurant offers traditional and innovative Northern Italian specialties. Noted for generously proportioned meals.

With its Tuscan-themed dining room and candlelit European- style outdoor patio, Spalti is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. This charming restaurant boasts an authentic Italian menu consisting of pasta, seafood, chicken and veal, as well as an extensive wine list. The warm homemade focaccia bread is a must try.
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Spalti reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)romantic (11)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (8)special occasion (7)great for lunch (6)fit for foodies (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • great food, service & prices!
    SSPaVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Great food & great service. Celebrating an engagement & they gave us free dessert. VERY!!!!! reasonably priced. Wonderful evening & could even hear other people talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our waitress did not check
    psimon131VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Our waitress did not check in with us often enough and we had to wait a very long time to get our check. I love the food at Spalti, but was disappointed by the service.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for a Thanksgiving meal
    Bobm
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Went for a Thanksgiving meal in the early evening and they did a very nice job with food and service. It was a special T-giving menu - we had turkey and fixings. Nothing unusual but well done. Service was very cordial - they did not rush us. Its a very pleasant place and I would go again and recommend it.
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  • Good place for business lunch
    ReynVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Table for four, this time a business lunch. Place is light, airy, and efficient. Discovered that you can come in the back door (helpful tip here!) directly from the parking lot (and not have to walk around the block from Jacaranda to S Cal Ave). Easy access is large in my book. Everyone liked the food and said so. Never got my lemonade refilled, which loses them that all-so-close 4th star. The capellini al pomodoro naturale was al dente, the tomatoes fresh. The minestrone hit the spot. The mater d gets people to their tables fast, inside or outside (ample outside seating). The service was crisp and efficient. Water was filled repeatedly. I sense that this is a better place for dinner, so that's my next time wish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Spalti Soards
    Gateway2VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    Love,love, love this place. Wonderful food, attentive service, mellow atmosphere that isn't boring. And plenty of outdoor seating. What more could I want? Please open Spalti in San Fran.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only negative point: they
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Only negative point: they did not have my reservation. (Fortunately, they had plenty of open tables when we showed up.)
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  • Great to have a local place
    brittygirl
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    Great to have a local place to go which is always quiet, it is always pretty empty. I had the Caprese salad, it was supposed to come with pesto. It did not and only had very tiny threads of basil. This is the peak tomato season, sadly they didn't serve heirloom or really good quality tomatoes. They were tasteless. The crabcakes were tastey but mushy. It is too bad, such a lovely place, nice ambiance and good service, but the quality of food has never gotten better.
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  • Really enjoyed our evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Really enjoyed our evening and our dinners. The lasagna was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual. My wife and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    Great as usual. My wife and I both enjoyed our meals. Service was excellent. Ambience unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are better options in PA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    There are some good restaurants in Palo Alto, but this isn't one of them. I didn't know that Italian food could be greasy. Overall, mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was meeting a business associate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/16/2012
    I was meeting a business associate for lunch; I wanted someplace where I could get a light lunch but which offered a variety of choices for my associate. Spalti was perfect. I chose the Minestrone Soup and the Polenta appetizer. Both were hot, fresh, and tasty. My associate chose the grilled Ahi salad which she enjoyed. The food was presented attractively. Our reservation was for 12:45 PM, and the restaurant was mostly empty when we arrived; so we were seated immediately and there was very little noise to distract our conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good but not
    Cbs999
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    The food was good but not great. My fish was tasty but was no longer hot when it arrived at table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite spot
    NoNicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Our "go to" place whenever we're in Palo Alto. Always great food and wine. Excellent , friendly service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I took my out-of-town relatives
    Painter
    Dined on 4/10/2012
    I took my out-of-town relatives there and they were impressed, especially with the lamb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was good and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    The food was good and the service was prompt, courteous and attentive. The ambiance was very nice and the seating allowed for private conversation. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I really enjoy Spalti. the
    REvans
    Dined on 3/13/2012
    I really enjoy Spalti. the food is always good and the atmosphere relaxed. It is usually quiet enough that one can have a real conversation with one's dining companions. Will definitely continue to dine here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My entree was great. A chicken
    dedeVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    My entree was great. A chicken with artichokes and truffle oil, After we were finished with our entree the server disappeared and we had difficulty getting our check and paying. The salad was average, I thought the arugula was tired and the dressing was lacking. I would return and try it again. It has potential to be a great place for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spalti was once great. The
    SVdinerinSBVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Spalti was once great. The attention to detail has vanished. The food that was once special and served hot is now plain and served warm. Although there was plenty of staff, there was no manager around. While other California Avenue restaurants have "upped" their game, Spalti has gone to sleep.
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  • My wife & I really enjoy dining
    Shoshi
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    My wife & I really enjoy dining at Spalti's as often as possible. The chocolate cake is our favorite dessert ever, except for our wedding cake!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had reservation, never got seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Horrible first time experience. We had a Valentine's Day reservation (our last Valentine as a couple with no kids) and the restaurant completely misjudged the reservation. My six-month pregnant wife and I were standing in the front for 30 mins, repeatedly getting bumped by passing waiters. We couldn't bear it any more and just left frustrated and hungry (pregnant women who don't get feed are not happy customers).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a reservation for 7:30
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    We had a reservation for 7:30 but still had to wait 10-15 minutes to get our table. I called ahead to ask if they had a set menu for Valentines day and the said no they didn't. When we got there they gave us a very limited set menu with nothing I wanted when I viewed the menu online. The service was really slow and the food wasn't ant hyping great. I've had better food at the Olive Garden. Will definitely not be going back to this restaurant.
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  • Easy In, Comfortable, Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    It's always easy to get in; food is tasty and service is good. It's comfy and you can have a descent conversation. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful dinner with
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Another wonderful dinner with pleasant and attentive staff. I alway enjoy Spalti.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, Spalti does not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    As always, Spalti does not disappoint. I appreciate the reliability of their menu offerings, friendly service and comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had the pasta with chicken.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    I had the pasta with chicken. Serving size was a bit small and the chicken was dry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Again
    GourmandelleVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2012
    I've been to this restaurant many times over the years, but this time was the last. The two appetizers did not measure up to their prices-- the grilled portabello was flavorless, the grilled polenta soggy and tasting mostly of the gorgonzola. The hangar steak was the best part of the meal-- delicious, though the accompanying greens were dull. As for the duck, what duck? It clearly was chicken, and dry, overcooked chicken at that. As for service, with both appetizers and entrees, we watched several (not one or two, several) parties get seated and served while we waited and waited. My companion and I were quiet, middle-aged patrons, uncomplaining, dressed appropriately. There is no explanation for any of this.
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  • The food was decent, however,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/22/2012
    The food was decent, however, for the price we paid I expected a bit more, especially in terms of the amount of chicken in my pasta. The bread was wonderful. The server was almost nonexistent, although the busboy was always there to refill our water. I don't think I will hurry back to Spalti.
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  • The food was excellent. Spalti
    Mike
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    The food was excellent. Spalti ran out of the soup we wanted, but they more than made up for that with a complimentary cup of the other soup and a complimentary (and delicious) dessert.
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  • A wonderful neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My girlfriend and I went to
    LarrySURPRISEbirthday
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    My girlfriend and I went to Spalti's a week ago and had an exceeding long wait for our main course. This week every course was well timed to perfection, not slow and not rushed. The only interesting item of note other than the fantastic chocolate mousse was a neighboring patron seemed to be glaring at me as I ate my delicious half chicken with my hands. Being an obsessed chicken eater I do not like wasting chicken by inadequately eating boned chicken with a knife and fork. I kept eating the chicken as I desired and ignored to patron all the way to his depature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be weary of ordering duck!
    LarrySURPRISEbirthday
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Great food, nice atmosphere, but, some kitchen delay cause our food to be about 20 minutes later than expected. Still would go back to give them another chance since the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have eaten at Spalti twice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Have eaten at Spalti twice and enjoyed it both times. Has a nice ambience and outdoor dining with heat lamps in at store front and in a back court yard. Very good service and food. We will return to Spalti
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was so good. Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Food was so good. Italian cooking at its best. Service was good. Very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy food...
    Yogisuz
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Hadn't been to this restaurant for years and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was just as nice if not nicer than the last time we were there. The warm spinach salad was out of this world, the Carpaccio was tasty. We both enjoyed our entree dishes as well (Rigatoni Bolognese - though it didn't have any asparagus in mine - I guess out of season?!? and eggplant).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spalti is our go-to restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Spalti is our go-to restaurant every Friday evening - unless New Year's Eve happens on a Saturday. The food is always reliably fine, service is personal and friendly, and the ambience is adult friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great service,
    KandadeVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Good food, great service, and good options for vegetarians. All in all a great way to end the year and on New Year's eve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spalti's was wonderful for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Spalti's was wonderful for our New Year's Dinner. The Restaurant was decorated very nicely and not overdone. Great food, service and hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spalti is our go-to restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Spalti is our go-to restaurant. Always reliable, always welcoming. This restaurant is our preference for our weekly Date Night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful As Usual
    FoodieCoupleVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2011
    We stopped in on a Sunday evening. They were a bit understaffed (unfortunate call-ins) however they told us when we arrived and as a result our expectations were lowered. The food was wonderful and I always try to have one of the specials as I've never been disappointed and I can have a regular menu item any time. The one item I always do get from the standard menu is the muscles and clams. Very flavorful and a wonderful treat. The Italian herb dipping sauce is also a regularly enjoyed item with the Italian bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, attentive
    GenieVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    Excellent food, attentive service, romantic ambiance, love it !!! Wonderful bread and dips too, will be back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet