Vaso Azzurro
Vaso Azzurro

Vaso Azzurro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vasoazzurro.com/
  • Phone: (650) 940-1717
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Hasan Yildiz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Vaso Azzurro
We are known for our authentic and fresh Northern Italian fare made daily with only the finest ingredients. With a variety of satisfying and unique dishes, we have something for every type of taste preferences. Our "feel at home" staff and intimate atmosphere filled with upscale Mediterranean decor makes us a great place to take a date or the whole family.
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Vaso Azzurro reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (21)great for outdoor dining (19)special occasion (16)good for groups (14)romantic (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A Little Bit of Persia & Italy
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We have eaten here several times, and except for the one time a waiter fouled up, it has always been a pleasure. The food is very good and the service is excellent. We are always greeted with a huge smile, and the owners are great and very accommodating. The last time we were here, they actually had live music. The problem with that is that it is a very noisy restaurant (due to their popularity), and the music tended to make the noise more prominent. Definitely no complaints on the food, which is strictly Italian in spite of one of the owners being Persian. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant even though it might make it harder to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grilled chicken special was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Wonderful service, good value in wine, and both of our dishes we delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite independently run restaurant!
    Judi
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Vaso Azzurro has been a favorite ever since it opened. Charming, with delicious carefully prepared food. The owner's family is also part of the staff, and sometime Mama wanders to check that everyone is doing fine. But don't think of it as just a little family restaurant -- it definitely is not. The menu is sophisticated, carefully prepared, and unique foods. And they have the best tiramisu and zabaglione you could ever find! A plus is the occasional music -- duo or trio on many weekend nights, and the maitra d has a magnificent voice. We enjoyed a lovely evening at an outdoor table, and he topped it of with a beautiful, robust rendition of I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Wonderful, warm, delicious evening.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    Nikhil
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We went there for Birthday Celebration. Food was great. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maybe an off night?
    Gunner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Tried this place for the first time. Made reservation on open table which they acknowledged but when we got there but although there were tables open they were disorganized, had us wait for a couple to leave and clear up a table before seating us. Bar area was being used for some sort of paperwork so we felt a little awkward waiting at the bar. Once we got to the table things improved. Our waiter, Jeff I think, was attentive and knowledgeable. The crab stuffed polenta was fabulous!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    lefthanded
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have been here a few times and it is always great. I look forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Service
    VasoAzzuro1234567890
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This place was excellent. I don't eat pasta out in restaurants. I ordered their sphegetti and meat balls and it was off the hook. I made reservations on their website and in the comments box asked for a candle and told them it was our anniversary! When we got there to check in they acknowledged that it was our anniversary. Food was served quickly! Bottle of wine that was suggested by waiter was excellent. An older gentlemen (possibly father) serenaded my wife and I at the end of our meal. It was great! Definitely romantic! Not much more to say other than this place was great! Family owned and family orientated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real neighborhood FIND!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first time. We had seen it while dining down the street and it looked inviting. From the maître D's Greeting -we are all from SF -to the waiter who "didn't want to hurry us" so gave us time with our drinks, to the other helpers, and music played by a trio,of vintage tunes, it couldn't have been more pleasant! The food was in generous amounts and good?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Fit for foodies?
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I went with a friend of mine and the service was very poor. She ordered iced tea, which the waiter forgot. Then she ordered a pasta dish, asked for fettucine and got linguini. The waiter didn't pay attention. My dish was good but made with butter, which I don't normally eat. It didn't say on the menu that it was made with butter. However, it did taste very good. I have been there several times and liked it very much. I would say the waiter was at fault.
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  • Great seafood special
    JoelVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Visited before theater and received terrific service from server and owner. Sea bass special and home made desserts recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible american italian food
    mangiabene
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    You should know you are in trouble when they serve a bowl full of garlic with their olive oil for dipping that they are not going to serve authentic and good italian food - where less is more and taste comes naturally. Really awful place but ok for being next to train tracks and on the busy adolescent hangout which has now become Castro St. in Mountain View.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food was excellent. Don't miss the tiramisu. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth a try
    fredz9
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good value. Food was well prepared, good sized portions, good flavors. Saturday evening, 7PM. Resturant was full. Too much noise to have conversation. They should install noise absorbing panels on ceilings and walls. Bar was ok, no draft beer.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The service was excellent, the staff was very attentive, gave great recommendations, however, I was less impressed with the food. It was really "just ok", nothing spectacular. I had the Penne Con Pollo. There was not enough cream added to the sauce so it had an over acidic taste to it from the tomatoes. The bread that was served was warm, soft and delicious. Probably not a place I would return to, but it was worth a try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    elaineKOAVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sometimes you forget how wonderful a neighborhood restaurant can be. Aside from a noisy crowd of celebrating female athletes on Saturday night the dining experience was great. Service was efficient. Both of the specials, the scallops and duck entrees were attractive presentations and delicious. The veal scallopini was a very large portion with a great sauce. We split salads and felt that they were generous in giving us more than we expected. Prices were moderate considering the quality of the food and variety offered. We appreciate the warm welcome that Vaso Azzurro provides each guest. They have outdoor, curbside dining as well and it was very popular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serviced to rushed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Reservations at 8:00 Sunday, looks like they close at 9:00 I was constantly being rushed, food was good, about 50% of tables occupied. Recommend not dining within one hour of closing !!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Dinner
    KonnieKatt
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A friend from out of town and I had a delightful meal on a pleasant Sunday evening. It was quite pleasant at one of the sidewalk tables. The food was well prepared and promptly served. Waiters were attentive without hovering (a problem in some restaurants for those of us who like to eat early, before the crowds arrive).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    Marita
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This used to be one of our favorite pre-theater restaurants. No longer. The noise level was atrocious - we had to shout to each other, increasing the noise more. It took a very long time to get served, even though most patrons were already served when we got there, so the kitchen couldn't have been overburdened. Folks who came in after us were served a full fifteen minutes before us, even though they had ordered the same food. We never saw our waiter again after he took our order, although the owner did come by a few times to see why we didn't have our food and to apologize. Too bad - we really used to like Vaso Azzurro.
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  • Food =10. Service= 1
    DIDO44
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arrived 4reservation, were told to wait while he took this other tables order (6 people). 5 mins later took to table in rear, center of door to kitchen, We moved. 10 mins later flagged person to take order. Had to get bus boy to get our salads and then 20 mins later we asked the bus boy again to get our main course. Waiters (3) were waiting on tables outside & inside, with no real assigned sections, so Service was deplorable. The opera singing was fun, but it kept the waiters up front of restaurant. Food when we got it was really good . The Gamberonia w/ Crispy crab stuffed polenta cake was exceptional! Lambchops tasty. No time with this 2 hour dining delay experience to have dessert. VERY disappointing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So so food served too quickly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our main courses were served before we had finished our appetizers, leading to a very full table and slightly cool main courses.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Northern Italian
    AHreviewVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a great dinner before the theater at this popular restaurant. I had scampi with polenta and my friend had lamb chops. Both were generus portions and were very tasty. It was my first time here and I expect I will come back as the food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Chris
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was fabulous and the service was wonderful, but the restaurant is very noisy, which is hard for the older and hard of hearing group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh !
    XYZ123
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I work on Castro and we had a new hire at our office, so we took the new hire to Vaso Azzurro for lunch because we heard they have great food. Yes, the food is great, but the service is poor. The waiter seemed bothered to have to wait on us. The food was good though. The waiter had to be asked 3 times to bring the final check to us. The first time he ignored me, the second time he pretended he didn't hear me and it took another waiter to practically raise his voice to him to get him to bring our check. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth. This restaurant is not cheap. If i'm going to pay that much for food, the service has to be top notch. I will not be returning to this restaurant.
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  • Outstanding
    Esmeralda
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It was my first time at Vaso Assurro and the food was excellent, the service outstanding, we meet the owner that was very friendly, It was three of us and we all loved our food. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pedestrian food over zealous waiter
    Allergy2peanuts
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was pedestrian and the service was over zealous. Finally had to tell the 4 th waiter to come up to us with the specials that I wanted to look at the menu. Way too noisy to have a conversation. Did take my allergy seriously.
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  • Charming neighborhood restaurant
    Num2Num
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our dinner was quite enjoyable. The polenta starter was a delicious surprise with mushrooms and gorganzola. The veal piccata and chicken were good - loved the sauces. The staff are charming and warm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never returning
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Never going back. Completely disorganized. Sat at the bar for 15 minutes without ever being greeted. Never returning. Going out of my way to unrecommend this place to all my coworkers in mountain view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Vaso Azzurro reviews archive.
  • A Good Restaurant in Mountain View
    RDB27
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was our second visit to Vaso Azzurro. We were celebrating an anniversary and were seated at our requested table. However, the food came much too fast. When it came, my veal was swimming in sauce, although it was tender. They sang to us and we were presented with a complimentary chocolate decadence dessert with a candle. Unfortunately, they forgot to credit us on our Open Table account, even though I gave them the copy of the reservation, which was returned to me. Since the restaurant was not that crowded, these problems could have been avoided with a little more attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I Love Vaso Azzurro
    MelC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Vaso Azzurro is one of the best Italian restaurants in S.F. bay area. Food is surprisingly delicious. We ordered Bruscetta Napoletana, Bocconcini Di Mozzarella Alla Caprese, Linguini Azzurro, and Carre Di Agnello. Carre Di Agnello is grilled lamb chops to desired temperature over shiitaki and green peas-risotto in a brandy cream demi-glaze sauce. Tender lamb chops with juicy risotto, I love it! Linguini Azzurro was full of mussels, big scallops, baby shrimps, clams. The dish was tasty. My friend ordered red wine, he liked it. I ordered mojito, tasted great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed feeling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    so yes it is a casual place and we don't expect outstanding food. However with the pricing of the entrees, I don't think we had for what we paid. My dish was good, however the pasta my ordered were very regular and the tomatoe sauce was not great.
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  • Good food
    MarybelleanneVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food Vaso Azzurro is a cut above most Italian restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite
    Kitty
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We can always count on Vaso for a great meal and a fun evening. The owners and staff are very welcoming and make an effort to know their customers. In the evening there is often live music. It has a great vibe and of course the food is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow friendly service, food great
    lsusie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We thought the servers were friendly and trying to please but fell short on getting meals to us because other groups were coming in. We left plenty of time but if you are in a rush, I would not recommend going there. The food was very good. I would go back becaude we go to events in the area but I would leave plenty of time to be patient with service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food service was too slow
    Vish
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was great but the services was too slow from getting drinks, adding fir heater. I had to go and tell the server multiple times just get one thing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved It!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Some of our dishes were delicious and some were so so. The services was, as always, outstanding! We sat for the first time outside. I have to say with the trains going by at regular intervals, it was too noisy for me. The ambiance and noise level is much better inside. We'll be definitely back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Times
    NewExperiencesVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The atmosphere is wonderful. You've got some musicians and a man singing authentic Italian tunes throughout the restaurant. The food was hit or miss. I think two people at our table loved their meals, the 4 others thought it was eh.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great First Experience
    PVBuddy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We ordered the salmon, flat iron steak, and two chicken dishes with a carpaccio appetizer. All were excellent. Service was a little spotty, our waiter seemed distracted. Clarinet and bass player by bthe bar played jazz standards softly and well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Style Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Family style Italian restaurant locating in downtown of mountain view. Great food and atmosphere as long as you don't mind the noise level
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Mountain View
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We eat out often and it's always nice to find an exceptionally good restaurant in a convenient location. We ended up all having the Salmon (I normally never order fish but wanted something light) all of us agreed it was one of the best meals. The coffee and desert were excellent and the wine list was very reasonable. All in all it's definitely a place we'll return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian ambiance
    VdayDiners
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We always enjoy the food and friendly service at Vaso. The staff is helpful at recommending dishes if you are vacillating between selections. The wine list is appropriate for the dishes and a reasonable value. Though the outdoor dining is on the street, it is a pleasant oplace to while away a summer evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.