Spinello's
Spinello's

Spinello's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spinelloslg.com/
  • Phone: (408) 402-5965
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Spinello's
Spinello’s Italian East Coast Eatery was developed by Michael Spinello. Michael is from New Jersey and has spent the last 15 years in California. The one thing Michael noticed over the years is the lack of East Coast style Italian food. After opening and running Opa for its first 3 years Michael set out to bring his family recipes to the Los Gatos clientele he has grown to know. All of the dishes at Spinello’s are from family recipes handed down over the years from his Italian relatives. Many of the dishes were served to Michael during his childhood in New Jersey. Being closely located to New York gave Michael the opportunity to explore the many different wonderful Italian cuisines served in Manhattan. Now Michael brings all of his incredible recipes to the local Los Gatos residents.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Spinello's reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (12)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (3)romantic (3)special occasion (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Fun dinner in a packed traditional family setting
    RatMeat
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My family needed to meet halfway between the Peninsula and a new home in Watsonville, so we started hunting late for something on Friday or Saturday evening in Los Gatos - a near impossible assignment. Spinello's doesn't rate any Michelin stars but it does have that great East Cost Italian family restaurant feel. Our party of 7 was seated 5 min following our reservation time, and we were able to order appetizers and beverages immediately even though we were still waiting for one party member to park and be seated. Honey sliced sausage appetizer stole the show. I had the Linguine con Vongole and was pleased with the result - no fancy cuisine but very acceptable, linguine was fresh and not overdone. My family members actually enjoyed the house red wine and I heard good feedback about the meat lasagna and sausage rigatoni. We were celebrating a birthday so unfortunately I didn't get to sample their cannoli. Our waitress supplied plates and forks with which to eat the cake we had brought without any problems, and she and a couple of staff members helped us with group pictures. Overall a very fun experience which I would repeat and recommend to others. If you're an inveterate foodie, you will find other eats more to your liking in Los Gatos. If you need a good place for family dinner, you will enjoy Spinello's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    EnjoyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This place has good food at a good price. Always enjoyable!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy little neighborhood eatery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I love this small Italian restaurant. I'm really fond of the meatball sandwich, though you can only get it at lunch. My chicken piccata was good, but not exceptional. My friends had the chicken parmesan and loved it. They have a nice wine list including wines on tap. My favorite part the is the historic downtown Los Gatos location and the awesome ambience of the building itself and how they have designed the space.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried it
    CRenee
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We are foodies at home so going out to a new place is always concerning. This was our first meal at Spinello's and we will return. We were completely happy with our food and wine. The place is small, which we also like. The wait staff was fine and knowledgeable, but their energy was very low, especially for a Saturday night. We'll definitely go again and recommend you do too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute Restaurant
    schlepgal
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Was looking forward to a very special meal, but the food fell short. Both of our pastas were al dente (read that has hard), and the meat which was cooked for "6 hours" was stringy and chewy. Our salad looked like it was days old, the lettuce leaves were brown on the ends. We really loved the Italian sausage with the honey drizzled on it. Overall I think it's an adorable place, however, the food was less than desirable.
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  • Fantastic Food
    EnjoyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a great dinner! So many choices. We will be back to enjoy more amazing choices. Make sure and try dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is my second visit to Spinello's and it was just as enjoyable as the first time. I ordered the lasagna which was great with just the right amount of sauce and taste. The stuffed mushrooms were wonderful as was the chopped salad. Our server Sara was informative and spent time with us. I'm picky about Italian food ... Spinello's meets my standards!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Northern Italian
    GadgetrexVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Spinello's is a great addition to the Los Gatos restaurant scene. My favorites are the eggplant parmesan and caesar salad, but you can't go wrong with any of the dishes. Mike Spinello knows what he is doing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dave G
    Dave
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Spinello's was great as always. Great food, friendly staff and just a good place to go in Los Gatos.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just plain Nice!
    AnnetteF
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We love Spinello's for lunch especially. The dishes are tasty, the prices are reasonable and the service is always very pleasant! Love the salads especially and the fish dishes. Healthy and delicious and portions that won't leave feeling overly full. All good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have seen a friend of mine posting about Spinello's and I was very interested to try it out. It did not let us down, very good food and great service. Thanks Mike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    BigDave
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was awesome. Happy hour pricing was great. Chicken Parmesan...prawn cocktail..need I say more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • That's amore .... <3
    spcydishVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is the kind of restaurant that makes me love living in Los Gatos! Spinello's is darling - and the food is delicious. The biggest issue is what you are going to have? The delicious meatball sandwich for lunch? The amazing Rigatoni options (both the Sunday gravy and Mikey's special) are fabulous! The owner and the waitstaff are super friendly ... and they have beer/wine on tap as well as in bottles. Try it - you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice piece of Italy
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a newer restaurant in Los Gatos. Very tasty and well presented dishes. Great lunch selections. I had the meatball sandwich and it was so delicious. The décor is very appealing and comfortable. The salads were very nice and you don't leave hungry. The service was outstanding and welcoming. I look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama's family recipes
    Judy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We always enjoy this place. On Sundays there are many families and smaller birthday parties. I love the chopped salad that has everything in it. My husband likes the eggplant parm.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the outdoor tables!
    JrcinmsVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Just discovered Spinello's this summer and happily have been able to sit outside both times. There are just two tables out front, so when I make a reservation, I request one. Inside seems crowded and loud, so not sure we will try that come winter. The food is like being transported to Italy and it is perfect. Plus, they have tasty wine not only by the bottle, but by the liter and half liter at a good price!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is so good- just like my Italian grandmother from NJ made it!!! Servers are so friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    CAP23VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Third time at Spinello's and each time has been spot on. Food is fantastic. Ambience is great. Must have desserts like the tiramisu and the cream puffs. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Going Back
    Rowex
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Multiple problems on this visit to Spinello's. First, we reserved a table for 8. They set the table for 6. We ordered appetizers: the mushrooms were very salty and the broccoli rabe was heavily salted, dry and hard. The entrees were fairly successful. I had the trout en papillote: moist and tasty. The grilled asparagus was woody and hard. On to dessert. I had a cannoli, another person ordered Italian cheesecake. It took forever; the cheesecake was tasty but thint, the cannoli cream was heavily flavored with orange and had no sugar, yuck. Service was awful: we had to ask to have water carafes refilled, dishes were left on the table until we ASKED the server to remove them. It wasn't expensive, but it wasn't worth what we paid, either.
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  • Northern Italian in Los Gatos
    GadgetrexVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I really enjoy Spinello's take on classic northern Italian food, including terrific eggplant parmesan (finally, someone knows to remove the bitter tasting skin from the eggplant!) I'm not sure that there is anything I would complain about, except perhaps that I wish there was a bit more space at the tables, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food...
    lovethe808
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was amazing. Little bit of a wait for our food (lunch - 45 min wait) after ordering. Worth the wait. Little crowded, but will go back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carole
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I found the food good, but only one bathroom for both sexes to share. Had to wait for 4 people while my food was delivered.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place to eat
    TomG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The italian soup, chopped salad and chicken marsala were the best. We didn't care for the spaghetti or the chicken parmesan dishes. The place is very small. Waitress was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Taste of Home
    MrNiceGuy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Spinello's bills itself as an east coast eatery. We're from New England and were not disappointed. My Italian wife had the rigatoni with gravy (true east coast Italians call it gravy, not sauce) and she raved that it was just like home. I had the salmon and it was good, but nothing to write home about. Then again, Spinello's does not consider itself a seafood restaurant. The ambience was loud as everything is brick and wood. The piped-in music, when it could be heard, was from the 60's, which was perfect for us boomers.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, cozy & delicious food
    sharksfan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Casual, country Italian atmosphere with personality, attentive service & stand-out authentic food and great beer/wine selection. My kids loved the Italian soda! All the food was amazing. We had as appetizers stuffed mushrooms and honey glazed sausage. My veal Marsala was delicious. Their veal is cut thicker than I've had anywhere else. Awesome chicken parmesan. Everyone's perfect al dente pasta & sauce was great, and I really enjoyed the roasted asparagus! Thanks for a memorable family birthday meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food no where to park.
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very pleasant waitress. Their menu is different. They had things I don't always see. Portions and price reasonable.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 5 reviews are from the Spinello's reviews archive.
  • schalgal
    finediner
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    excellent food - had the meatball appetizer. sunday sauce rigatoni was truly authentic and delicious. chicken parm was an enormous portion and tasty as well. no room for dessert but will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place for an intimate dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've eaten at Spinello's three times now - once for lunch and twice for dinner. This last time was a spur-of-the-moment look up on OpenTable. We sat at one of the two-tops just outside the door. The LG early evening atmosphere was fun and the staff very welcoming. The food was delicious. We split eggplant parmesan which was light and flavorful. Creme puffs for dessert were a treat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spinello's is a must...
    tnshartVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was our first time at Spinello's but certainly won't be our last. My kids love pasta and figured we had to try it. We were not disappointed at all. The lasagna is a must but all of the food we had was great! The service was excellent as well so this is a must in Los Gatos!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    2NightsVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was our first time and my wife and I totally enjoyed it. The food was solid, everything was tasty, and the service was great. Loved the sausages with honey appetizer. Our server, Sarah, was great (she even helped my wife with Pinterest)!! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great East Coast Italian Cuisine
    LGFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We found this place randomly and decided to try it. Quaint but well decorated, Spinello's offered a great selection of Italian favorites prepared with an east coast flair. Broccoli Rabe and Veal Parm we're delicious. Pistachio gelato and cream puffs were also great, so leave room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.