Cetrella - Los Altos

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Mediterranean Rim California Coastal Cuisine

Accessible Fine Dining

Oysters, ahi tuna crudo, fritto misto, mussels, grilled octopus, foie gras, savory soup, salad and pizza, house-made bread, risotto and regional pasta, grilled vegetable; premium, sustainable fish, fowl, field and game meat, rustic full or à la carte entrées, house-made gelato and sorbet, crème brulée, Valrhona Chocolate Trio, cheese flights. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy-free and dietary options.

Creek, foothill and forest murals enhance dining interior, with tech and natural finishes in full bar and patio garden. Scalable rooms for corporate and private occasion dining. Centrally located at Los Altos gateway business complex with ample guest parking behind restaurant. Weekend Live Jazz.

Cetrella appears in Silicon Valley Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, Sunset Magazine, Palo Alto Online, Food Gal/Carolyn Jung, and Edible Silicon Valley.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small portions rich food very yummy

TC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, excellent service, wonderful ambiance

WH
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service don't miss it. Clean and tidy. seafood s very fresh and well prepared.

CD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful treat! Owner and staff are warm and welcoming and menu is exceptional.

n
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Only three tables occupied on a Thursday night. Food pretty good. Great plain salmon but not cheap. Great Brussels sprouts.

L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Like it when the vegetables are actually cooked! The french green beans were perfect!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Extra dessert and appertif! We were well taken care of!

m
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cetrella is a consistently excellent experience. Try the bisque for a starter. The cappelletti is excellent and unique. You can’t go wrong with any of the grilled options.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The best part of the evening was the live Jazz performances that are held every Saturday night.

C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. We had the filet mignon and pork tenderloin and they were both delicious! I have a food allergy and they accommodated it perfectly with no complaint. The owner always greats every guest personally. The service was excellent too! I highly recommend this place.

BD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is reasonably good, as is the service, but for the price there are better places to go. I was particularly disappointed with their wines by the glass. The sauvignon blanc was atrocious, although to their credit they didn't charge me for it.

DS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our second visit and the food and service was again excellent. Very convenient location with good parking. A reasonable selection of appetizers, nice selection of entrees and desserts. The service is attentive without being overly intrusive. The atmosphere is pleasant with very high ceilings, but the noise level is kept to a minimum. Very nice wine and bar selection as well.

BB
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My favorite Los Altos restaurant!

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e
San Francisco
215 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific local spot in Los Altos and is my go to when I want a really nice meal locally. The menu changes seasonally so never get bored and always perfectly prepared in a terrific atmosphere with great staff.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It took a while for food to come. Some dishes were delicious, but my crab cakes were burned too much.

T
San Francisco
113 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Based on a previous experience at Cetrella, I wasn't looking forward to the dinner with a friend who said he wanted to go there. Ugh I thought. In fact, I was always surprised to see them still in business every time I drove by. Mediocre food, expensive bread, poor service. Why return? However, I did return and I'm glad I did. The food was SO MUCH BETTER. I had the filet mignon and it was perfect. Hubby had the paella. He loved it even though it didn't have any sausage in it. The service had greatly improved, we didn't order the expensive bread (nor was there any on our table), but the real star of the evening was the brussel sprouts. WOWSER! They were great. Food is pricey here. I will absolutely return.

m
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Cetrella many times and always get excellent service and wonderful food. Try the Scallops for certain. When in doubt ask your server, who will be well informed, or the owner Mamed who is almost always there welcoming guests.

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A special mother daughter date! Treated ourselves to an amazing meal. Everything was fabulous. My daughters comment to the lobster raviolis were,” there is a party going on in my mouth with my taste buds!” We ate earlier so not sure about the noise level. But a must try place!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always. Beets and octopus were fantastic. Great cocktails too.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant does not disappoint! From the multitude of menu choices, the impeccable prepared food to the just right amount of wait staff attention, Cetrella is a class act.

d
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner with cousin and his wife to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Food was very good and delicious. Good menu selections. Manager and wait staff was friendly and attentive. Good service. Restaurant was comparable to other restaurants of equal value and type. Parking was available at nearby lot.

My only comment was that while our guests were nicely greeted and congratulated on their anniversary, unfortunately they weren’t offered a complementary dessert. A small scoop of ice cream with a candle would have been a nice gesture. “Happy Anniversary” written on their dessert plate would have been a special treat.

We enjoyed our dinner and would return again.

D
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly greeting at the entrance. One of the friends was recognized by the owner and welcomed with a joyful smile. The waiter patiently waited for the three of us to catch up socially before we read the menu and placed our order. Every meal looked delicious and was enjoyed thoroughly.

BK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank You Cetrella! My son and several of his friends came for Prom and they thoroughly enjoyed their experience. They loved the service, the surroundings and the food was great. They all had a special time. It was a great way to kick off their evening for Prom.

P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We dined on the patio and were served a delicious work lunch, both vegetarian and seafood. Would gladly go back and plan to return soon with my wife, despite the fact that we live twenty minutes North in Menlo Park!
Peter

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent, but food needs work. Soggy fries, overdressed salad, glue-like gnocchi, very bland main course of salmon with what tasted like frozen corn. The accompanying chickpea “cake” tasted more like a military ration. Panda Cotta at the end was too fatty, not the refreshing dish it should be. We won’t go back

MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner

j
San Francisco
222 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Love the music room and outstanding jazz combos and guest vocalists. Of course, the jazz loving patrons enhance the evening's experience.

BR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Friendly staff, great food have a great wine list. One of the nicest restaurants in the Bay area

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter dinner with family

G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very little food on large plates. Food is good though, noise level reasonable, attractive surroundings.

JS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gnocchi and scallops were incredible! Kale salad also amazing!

a
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creatively plated food. Oysters were delicious and fresh. Duck was cooked to perfection with a squash (I think) puree beautifully smooth. Dessert - panna cotta - was perfect and beautifully presented.

OT
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Chef was having a bit of an off night, the paella was past it's best and the risotto was under cooked. Normally outstanding tonight disappointed.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Food was cooked to perfection. Was an amazing experience and I look forward to going back very soon

CL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the bar for lunch and it was lovely!

A
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had braised lamb and whole fish (sea Bass) which were excellent. Would love to go back and try some other items on the menu. The restaurant is relatively quiet which we like. It is possible to have a conversation without straining to hear. The service was excellent. Attentive without feeling rushed. A little on the expensive side. We go there for special occasions

TI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I’d love to give 5 stars and can’t only due to the price point. It was a lovely dining experience. The setting was very pleasing, food was delicious and the service was impeccable. The staff came and went almost stealthily while attending to our every need and keeping the table spotless. We didn’t have to stop conversing every time someone topped off our water. The portions were quite small and pricey. Didn’t mind the small as it was refreshing not to have mounds of food leftover, wondering if it would really help any starving children in China if you took it home and attempted to eat the next day. My friend and I ordered “off the grill” which was a piece of meat and some roasted garlic, and a side veggie each. If we had split a side there wouldn’t have been one scrap left on the table and I have to say that added to the experience somehow. I will definitely go back and would recommend.

N
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made my reservation for two pm. When we got there we were informed by the owner they close at two and it was 2:07 already. I thought we'd have to go somewhere else but the hostess finally took us to a table.
If they close at two why is the app taking reservations for that time?

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and we wanted to celebrate with our friends. The food and wine was great. We had a nice time.

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