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 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (12)neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (9)special occasion (7)good for groups (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 Italian Restaurant!
    billdVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The service at Spalti was outstanding and the food delicious. What a great place to dine. I'm definitely coming back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Reliable and Convenient
    OneWest
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a solid, workmanlike restaurant with nice by-the-glass wines, good food, good proportions and service. We're lucky that it is not far from home and has an ample parking area behind the restaurant. We hope that whoever reserved a long (30 person??) table adjacent to ours showed up!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient to CA Ave.
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is an acceptable alternative to other restaurants in the California Avenue downtown area of Palo Alto.
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  • A real great Italian restaurant
    Chris
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It has been 14 years since I was here. It is still amazing. Great food, reasonable prices, and very nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 209 reviews are from the Spalti reviews archive.
  • Excellent food
    padiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Spalti is a family favorite. Their pasta, seafood and meat dishes are superb - full of flavorful sauce and/or spices, perfectly cooked. Excellent service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Great place, I go here a lot with my gf. Get the Gorgonzola Gnocchi!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SondheimVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food was adequate but uninteresting, the service helped, they were helpful and attentive.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch
    hcc27
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our Mother's day brunch at Spalti was very nice! The waitstaff was very kind and attentive. They food was really delicious. The salmon salad was dressed with a yummy dressing and the fish was done just right. The seafood pasta had a delicious sauce and the shrimp was cooked perfectly. We will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What great homemade pasta!!!
    mbeachyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    If you live on the mid-peninsula and are looking for a great pasta dinner-this is your place. Fabulous homemade pasta with outstanding sauces that compliment but not overwhelm the dishes. The layout of the restaurant makes conversation enjoyable. Wine list compliments the meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Meh!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food was adequate but nothing special. Service was friendly, but, again, nothing special. Probably won't return.
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  • Food incredible!
    MK269
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My family and I enjoyed flavorful, delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Service was impeccable and I was treated to a specisl dessert for my birthday! The restaurant is perfect for families or special occasions and when looking for a truly tasty meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poorest service ever....
    PaloAltoEdVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Sorry Ferit, We've been coming to Spalti's under the prior ownership for many years. It was one of our favorite restaurants. I like what you have done with thenew bar and the way you have kept the ambiance, However, service was very poor. There were three of us for dinner. Service started slowly, first two of three drinks were incorrect (dirty martini's instead of dry with olives). Drinks were changed with no appology. The lettuce salad was excellent. We ordered the most expensive entres but on all three the plates were cold and the vegetables and mashed potatoes were cold. Two orders of lamb chops were cold, my steak was hot and done perfectly. Again no response from the waiter. After this we couldn't find our waiter for long periods.
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  • Service was slow
    KellyB
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Lunch on a Tuesday - the restaurant was not busy and the service was incredibly slow and the waiter didn't seem to really care if he (or we) were there. For was very good but I was disappointed with the service.
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  • A little tired, but still solid t
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This place has been around forever and the decor, chairs, etc show it. That said , the service is still professional and it 's a solid choice for decent Italian food, especially if you can't get into one of the newer places.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable neighbor destination.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    reliable neighbor destination. Friendly, competent service and consistent food. We have gone for years and will continue.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been coming here for years.
    SSPaVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Been coming here for years. Had problem with one dish, but told waiter & it was corrected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and ambience.
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Great food, service and ambience. Highly recommend for good neighborhood dining.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mine
    whatswrongwithme
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Disappointed not to have Italian food on TG day. The leg of lamb was not very good- fat and grissly.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Local Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    My wife and I have been eating here regularly for the last couple of years. Before that the owners seemed cold and acted as if you were lucky that they let you in to their restaurant. Now it is different. Since the new owners took over they really improved the place. The staff is more friendly and the service is usually very good. They are very hardworking and attentive. The kitchen has been improved and I think that they have had a new head chef for long enough that they produce consistently great dishes. Their pasta dishes are really worth trying if you have not done so yet. Setting is classy and polished but still warm and comforting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently good food and service
    Diane
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We discovered this restaurant this past summer. We have eaten at this restaurant 8-9 times and have enjoyed it each time. We have gone here with friends and it's nice that you can carry on a conversation without having to yell across the table as in other restaurants where it's noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    The service was wonderful and attentive. Not too crowded so that would have been a given. A bit dark for such an environment butI was not bothered by it. However, the food was bit less exciting. The Mahi Mahi I had was salty and hard. I needed a knife to cut it. No special flavors or textures to remember it by. My wife's lasagna had an unusual taste to it as well. Tasted like something that could come out of a box. Although they tried hard, I could not see myself returning to Spaltis
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  • nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    This is the first time I have eaten here. The menu was not particularly exciting, and when the food arrived, it was disappointing.
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  • The food is consistently good
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Spaltis has a delicious menu and I am never disappointed with my food selection. They cook salmon to perfection, and their bread and dipping sauce is a fabulous opener to the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good traditional Italian fare
    Genny
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    The setting and menu are traditional family Italian. Good predictable food. Nothing daring but we left satisfied!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibe is nice, food just OK
    achiappanzaVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I like that California Ave. has nice restaurants to go to. Spalti's has a nice atmosphere, easy parking in back, and is quiet with decent service. The food though is nothing special. The calamari appetizer, the goat cheese and beet salad, and the linguini with clams were all passable, but not at all remarkable. The portobella mushroom appetizer was very good.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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  • The food is always delicious
    billdVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The food is always delicious and the service is consistently outstanding. What a great Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • Charming place needs a good cook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    Nice place with good service but bland, bland, bland food.
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  • Great Food and Warm Hospitality
    trainman
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We've had veal, fish and pastas here. All very well prepared and delicious. Desserts wonderful also if you still have room for them. Hosts and staff very gracious and helpful. Ownership changed about a year ago and the quality of the food and the dining experience has improved immensely.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Italian restaurant
    palydude
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Spalti continues to be my favorite Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. Great food, great service. I eat there regularly (3-4 times per month) with family and work. They also have a great private dining room that seats 20-- great for work dinners. I'm a vegetarian, and they have great gnocchi. My family enjoy their chicken and seafood dishes. My son loves their linguini vongole, pasta with prawns, and crab ravioli. Great location in midtown Palo Alto, not as crowded as downtown PA. And I find their food to better than the Italian restaurants downtown.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of tables on a Saturday night
    lxticsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    And no wonder. The hosts were very pleasant, but the service was disinterested and disorganized. The salad was very nice, but the pasta was not; couldn't eat the edges of the mezzaluna as it was seriously undercooked. The wine pour is the smallest I've seen in a while. When the riesling I'd ordered turned out to be dessert-sweet, like a late harvest bottling although not described as such as on the menu, it was replaced without argument.
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  • Spalti is a reliable eatery.
    foodieandwinesnobVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Spalti is a reliable eatery. Every time that I go there they deliver very good service and good food. I will continue going there.
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  • Good food, good prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    we had a late lunch on a Saturday and were very happy with the food and the attentive service. I recommend it.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We have been going to Spalti
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    We have been going to Spalti for many years and always enjoyed it. This time we found the food to be bland, tasteless and very disappointing. This included the bruschetta (served on moist bread instead of a crostini) and the pasta bolognese. The Caesar salad was alright. We won't be returning any time soon.
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  • We hadn't been back to Spalti's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    We hadn't been back to Spalti's in a couple of years. It was good then but amazing now. The food was creative, updated and truly gourmet, the waiter, Nikko, spoke to us in Italian, and we had a wonderful time. The new decor is modern and we like the booths for an intimate dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • good food ok service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Food Was great. Good decor and ambiance. The only down side was we felt a little rushed and pressured to order quickly and rush through or meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was okay but the desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Food was okay but the desert - warm chocolate cake with vanilla bean gelato was awesome. Our table was very close to the kitchen and so was not the best seat and was bit noisy. Overall it was okay/good experience. Service was excellent and prompt.
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  • Food was delicious and beautifully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was not so good.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • 3rd visit not a charm- wont go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    This was my 3rd visit to this restaurant so I obviously liked it -- at least in the past. I hosted a work dinner for 2 other guests-- one from out of town. When the server came to the table-- I asked if they could make a menu item slightly different from as described. She kind of paused and then said---- "well we have a big party in the back so I doubt they will make an alterations" At a minimum she could have said I will ask.. After ordering a moderate priced bottle of wine-- she came back and said i goofed we are out.. In the past usually offer the next offering for the same price.. but nothing... . Anyway, the starter salad was good, appetizers were ok -- nothing exceptional--- Pasta was fair at best.
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  • This is the 4th time I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    This is the 4th time I have been to the restaurant for a business dinner. The food and service were outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Food was okay, not great. I had the gnocchi. It had a slight cardboard like flavor. The sauce was also a little runny. The desert tasted like it was frozen and heated up.Service and people were really nice though. Ambience is nice too. It's just the food wasn't that great. With all the Italian places around, just doesn't make sense to go back.
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