Vero
Vero

Vero

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.veroristorante.com/
  • Phone: 6503258376
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Gabriele Lastaria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Vero can accommodate private parties on the patio for up to 40 people, and in the main dining room for up to 60 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Massimo 6503258376

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Public Transit: CalTran Palo Alto station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available on Bryant Street. Also, two multi level parking structures are located within a block of Vero.
A word from Vero
A True Southern Italian experience. We have created the right mix of food, service, and ambiance to give you the best possible experience in the "Vero" Italian tradition. We believe in the Slow Food movement, and not rushing our guests, so come in, relax, and take your time savoring our dishes, and sharing in our passion for Italy, its culture, and its food.
For that special occasion, have Chef Gabriele prepare a customized food and wine dinner.
Buon Appetito!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Vero reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (16)romantic (13)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (9)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Everything great but the food
    JSMarley
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful staff and pretty place, with a fine outdoor area, in spite of the loud construction noise. Unfortunately it's the only place in my life I've found a dish so bad I could not eat it. Not one to complain, I didn't send back, so can't say if they would have made accommodations, but when I explained that the risotto was so fishy I could not eat it as they were clearing plates, they didn't offer anything, even though we lingered over coffee. I wish I had a better experience, but don't plan on going back again, given so many good choices in Palo Alto.
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  • Superb
    Bicky
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Vero is a delightful gem in the heart of Palo Alto . Friendly staff and great service. The funny thing is that it is both kid friendly and yet intimate for a romantic meal. A perfect place to host a family get together. The menu is simple and nothing pretentious . My friends and Ai love the restaurant and would strongly recommend it. The wine list is wonderful without being overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really enjoy this restaurant
    JellyBeanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the second time that I've scheduled a business lunch at Vero, and both times had a great experience. I can't wait to come back during an evening for a romantic dinner and have some vino. The food, service, and ambiance are great and it's very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    ModernWoman
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I had researched many restaurants in the area and narrowed it down to Vero. I wanted a quiet, cute restaurant with inventive dishes and a nice wine list to choose from and that is exactly what I got! Though the server was a little slow to cater and warm up to my date and me, I presume because they thought we were not serious customers the dining experience was fabulous. The crowd that was there when we went was a little older but it could have been just the night we visited. We enjoyed the honest input of the waiter when it came to picking out dessert and food. Overall a great experience but not a place to go on a budget! My date said it was the best date anyone has ever taken him on :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    TetnRob
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was our first time at Vero and we were not disappointed. The starters and entree's were amazing. I went with my husband and both of us absolutely loved everything served up on our plates! Great food, along with cheerful, friendly staff made for a really wonderful evening. We politely declined what looked to be delicious desserts to allow our previous two courses to digest(the portion sizes were perfect but I can't do 3 courses in one sitting!!) and instead we sipped the last of our excellent wine. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Find!
    Tata
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Living in Italy and frequent trips always have me looking for a good Italian restaurant. I found it in Vero!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little Italian place
    Anne
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Love Vero! We have been there a number of times and always enjoy dinner at this small, downtown restaurant. The food is wonderful, fresh, and creative, the service always friendly and the atmosphere lovely. It is small enough to be intimate but large enough you can get a table on most weekends. Definitely one of our favorite Palo Alto dinner spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite Italian restaurant!
    CultJamVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A friend took me here for lunch and I was hooked. Brought my husband and son here for dinner and we agreed it was our new favorite Italian restaurant. Veal was excellent, and risotto was delicious also. I love their tagliatelle with meat sauce so much, we ordered one of those on the side!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Italian in Palo Alto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Head server Brian made my birthday celebratory dinner very very special - he has a wonderful sense of service and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A great lunch outside on a warm day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was not your usual Italian pasta and sauce. A great find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Love this place
    Rmainz
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    ANOTHER GREAT MEAL....!!...... The staff totally customized our meal after talking to us and nailed it!!! Service was spectacular to match the food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste your money
    Dinnermaven
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Uncooked food and they knew it, oversalted and burnt food.
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  • A wonderful, comfortable, place
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Vero ranks up with the local restaurants that are hard to get in to, yet is much more relaxed. You don't need to think ahead as much, but you'll still get lovely food
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Food & Service
    JellyBeanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Exactly what was needed for a great business lunch. Will be back some time soon for a nice personal lunch & dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Service with a smile
    Leez
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Vero has excellent food, wine, and service and we enjoyed ourselves. We felt pampered.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Return Visit
    oftenouttastingVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Owner and wait staff very friendly and helpful. Shrimp appertizer had 4 shrimp in a spicy sauce. Very expensive for what was servied. The local red wine by the glass was very good. Good neigbhood place serving Italian food. Just not outstanding.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal
    wogger85VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Probably our last dinner at Vero before moving back to the East Coast and we are incredibly sad to leave this Palo Alto gem behind. By far the best homemade pastas you'll find in the area. Daily rissotto specials are often to die for and the spicy bucatini is a regular special you can sometimes order off the menu. Secondi courses are average, but if you're hungry add a couple of there awesome antipasti, like burrata and toast points. We typically get the same server who now knows our name and can guess what we want to order, plus the staff is always happy to open up your favorite bottle of wine from home (top tip: for groups of four or more, plan to bring a bottle and buy one off the wine list and they waive corkage).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed...
    Susan
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This was our 4th time dining here and something wasn't right this time. They were very late in taking our order and the food presentation was quite missing. The lobster ravioli was swimming in too much cream sauce. Sad to say this.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food Outstanding Service
    LLHR
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Burata, Sandabs, Steak were all outstanding. Very attentive service
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  • 2nd time back
    Susan
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We really enjoy Vero. The food and hospitality are both excellent and consistent! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great neighborhood find!
    sushisnobVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was expectantly pleasant, and the service was commendably outstanding. My dinner partner had a sore throat and couldn't really stomach her appetizer; the main server promptly swapped it out for something more soothing and we weren't charged for the first appetizer. Interior use of lights juxtaposed on fabric and wooden beams gave the place a quiet and romantic feel.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phil
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We really enjoyed dinner recently. The food was excellent. The service was first class. Will definitely return in future trips to Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 301 reviews are from the Vero reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food; very good waiter, thoroughly enjoyed dinner bday celebration
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner and experience
    PaloAltoDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had dinner on 5/16/14. Was served by the owner, which was very lucky for us as he was super attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We had an excellent Super Tuscan bottle of wine. Dinner was the Gamberoni - spicy prawns which were very good; spinach salad -this was a bit uninspired, but healthy, though I would not order it again; and lastly we had the Tagilatelle Al Sugo - this was incredible- braised beef in a slightly spicy red sauce with pasta. We shared a dessert, the Salame do Cioccolato- very rich fudge-like rounds with vanilla gelato- decadent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for authentic Italian
    JB15
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This place had great authentic Italian cuisine. They freshly make all their pasta and you can really taste the difference.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Very disappointing
    diningoutfan
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Mediocre arugula salad with a couple of almost wilted and very thin red onion slices - tasted like the whole salad had been pre plated and was sitting in the refrigerator too long and there was no dressing; the sauce for the garlic shrimp starter had an off-putting taste; the bucattini pasta was good, the sauce had heat but lacked depth of flavor and there was way too much of it. The warm bread was the most redeeming item in an otherwise unimpressive meal. Very close and convenient location but won't bother coming back.
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  • Always a special dinner experience
    Sunny
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We've been coming to Vero for years - it's perhaps our favorite place downtown Palo Alto. Tasty and fresh food, warm personal service, twinkly lights that create a casual but romantic setting...
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another great meal at Vero
    love2eatout
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We love coming to this gem of a restaurant! It has spoiled us so much that we rarely think other Italian restaurants compare. The owner is warm and always happy to see us! The wait staff is friendly and eager to please. The food was wonderful! We had the calamari and seafood salad for starters along with an arugula salad that was perfect! Two of us had the salmon that was fresh and perfectly cooked. One of the party had a shrimp risotto that was amazing. If you like Italian food, you've got to try Vero!
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, but not memorable
    MarcS
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We had a very nice early evening Friday night dinner here. There were a number of specials - everything was well prepared, the waitstaff was friendly, and I'd definitely go back. We enjoyed our dinner. However, it was not distinctive enough or sufficiently noteworthy that we'd effusively tell our friends about Vero. A nice, simple Italian dinner, executed well. Lacking the flavour bursts or "je ne sais quo" of our favourite local Italian joint. This is a solid Top 5 Italian pick for South Bay
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    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small restaurant in Palo Alto
    Brian
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    There is nothing fancy about Vero. A small format, closely placed tables, one page menu and a short wine list. All of the food is extremely fresh and well prepared. Wonderful cheese, meats, salads, pastas. And the desserts are very good as well. Our server Brian was one of the best we've seen. Great with recommendations and highly attentive.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Connecting up
    boom21
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Very cute restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, CA. I was meeting a business friend for dinner. Great wine selection as my friend ordered a wine from the region he is from, that being a place in Italy. Service was good and the food delicious.
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    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Rmainz
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Every time I go here it gets better!.....our waiter, Brian, was superb. we have had him before. He is great with the perfect suggestions to compliment every entrée. HIs wine recommendations were outstanding. Love him!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    KlatilVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Went there for lunch on a weekday. Was not crowded. Appropriate for meeting. Closed a bit early and we were chased out. Food excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best place!!!!!!!
    Rmainz
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We love this place. Food is great and super wine selection. If you can, ask for Brisn as your server. He is fantastic. He pairs appetizers with food perfectly. And his wine selections are always perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Impression
    Wifter7
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    First time at Vero and enjoyed the entire experience. The atmosphere is friendly but a cut above casual, the service was attentive and the server was well-informed. He guided us to a great wine pairing and was right on with recommendations for food. The pasta dish my wife ordered was spicy and fresh with hearty hollow noodles. I had petrale sole with a light lemon caper sauce on a bed of spinach done to perfection. Will certainly return next time we are in the Palo Alto area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair food, fair price
    Thomas
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food was OK, not great but not bad either. The service was good and the ambiance was very nice. I probably wouldn't go back but it wasn't bad either. Defines a 3 star restaurant for me.
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  • Unassuming but great
    foodieandwinesnobVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Vero is one of those restaurants that is carefully managed. The food is always delicious, the service is always great, and the knowledgeable staff always ready to make a suggestion that never disappoints. Always ready to please and to make your visit memorable. Every time I visit I am sure that I will be leaving with a smile due to satisfaction. Congratulazioni!! Complimenti!! -moises
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid all the way around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Vero has great food and great service! Everyone in our group loved the dish that they ordered (5 different dishes off the menu) and the Burrata appetizer was delicious. Also, I had the Arugula salad which was extremely simple and well executed - would order this every time. We plan on making Vero a regular on our dining list!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Should have tried sooner!
    BAML
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Both the food and the service were impeccable. This was our first time dining here, and we were amazed that they have been there for 9 years. Wasted time! We don't dine out more than a couple times a month, but this will definitely be on our short list going forward. Loved both the Petrale Sole special and the amazing Sausage Risotto. The desert and coffee were also excellent as were the wine recommendations. Our waiter and the owner were very friendly and accommodating. Can't wait to return.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vero impresses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We go here with small groups of colleagues, intimate dinners for two and with clients. The food is fantastic and the personable servers struck a great balance - efficient without hovering, gracious but not fake and genuine with ever seeming insincere. What I enjoy most is the close proximity to University Ave but the small venue. The food is always FRESH (no frozen ravioli here!) and they always recommend a fantastic wine pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.