About Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar
Boutique Wine • Hand Crafted Beer • Bistro Food • Late Night Dining
Gravity is wine and much more. It starts with the grape and continues with the crush and flows to the cellar where the wine rests until it arrives in its entire splendor on your palate.
Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar is the newest addition to the "Restaurants From Scratch" group offering an extensive international beer and wine list with great food to complement your memorable experience. Chef Billy Hazra capitalizes on French and Italian influences with a wine country touch of simplicity to create fresh classic fare. Our staff is eager to share their knowledge and passion to assist you with your selections and questions.
Whether an impromptu light bite and beverage in our wine bar downstairs, a group of friends at one of our community tables, or a cozy table upstairs, let Gravity take you away to the wine and beer regions of the world.
We look forward to you joining us any evening.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Italian, Californian, French
Hours of Operation:
4:00 pm to 1:00 am Monday - Tuesday
Kitchen serves to midnight
4:00 pm to 2:00 am Friday - Saturday
Kitchen serves to 1:00 am
4:00 pm to midnight Sunday
Kitchen serves to 11:00 pm
4:00 pm everyday
4:00 to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday
LATE NIGHT MENU
OYSTERS & CHAMPAGNE
10:00 pm every night
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
There is limited street parking on Emerson. Public parking lots located on Emerson St. across from the restaurant, and another public parking lot behind the restaurant off High Street with a walkway to Emerson. There is also a public parking structure with entrances on High and Alma between Hamilton and University and a second public parking garage under City Hall at Hamilton and Ramona.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Specially priced oysters after 10 pm daily.
Oysters on the half shell, grilled, roasted or oyster cocktail!
Hosting a party or event? Upstairs is available for private parties with seating up to fifty for dinner, and eighty for cocktail receptions.
Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
This experience was disappointing. The reservation was not honored (had to wait 20 minutes for a table), the noise level was entirely too loud, and the food was VERY slow. The service was mediocre at best. My biggest complaint was that it didn't seem like our entrees were even in the works until after our appetizers were finished. The main dishes took an extremely long time to arrive. I do not recommend this place-- there's so many better options nearby in downtown Palo Alto.
We had a fabulous four course Pre Fixe Thanksgiving dinner at Gravity Bistro. We started with a veal croquette taster followed with an avocado tomato bruschetta toast. For my entree I had the turkey served over a sweet potato purée with stuffing and gravy, yumm! My husband opted for the petite filet served medium rare with a wild mushroom sauté with shaved brussel sprouts. For dessert we all had the chocolate cake with a very moist gooey center, very decadent. A great value for a four course holiday meal with great food, service and ambience.
The seared scallops were delicious. We each had a wine flight, which we really enjoyed tasting. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. The vibe was energetic and lively, without being too noisy. There was plenty of space between tables so it felt spacious.
The company that I was with made it a fun night, but Gravity was a let down. We were seated at this raised booth in the back of the restaurant (downstairs). It was too tall for our feet to reach the floor and the booth gave no support for feet like tall chairs do, so we were all uncomfortable and ended up sitting cross-legged. Odd set up. Service was spotty and slow (and the waiter just wasn't friendly). Food was so-so. Decent appetizers and wine but disappointing entrees.
Not good. Pasta was terrible. I had the radiatori and it was tasteless - watery, soft (overcooked) and the sauce was awful. Wife's ravioli was a bit better but not good. Wine and beer prices are outrageously high. Most wines $16 to $20 per glass. Beers were $12 to $14. Wife's appetizer cheese plate was good and my Burrata appetizer was good.
Not sure how this place stays in business. Mostly downstairs wine crowd. Young people dressed poorly - sneakers & jeans.
I have lived on the peninsula now for about 2 years and this was the 1st restaurant I did not like. I go out to dinner 1 or 2 x per week. And the Italian restaurants I have been too have all been very good. I am impressed overall with the restaurant scene here but this place was below average in terms of food and price value.
I was due for a bad one.
Have enjoyed this restaurant for years up until this last visit. Not sure if they changed owners or managers but it was awful. Almost empty when it used to be full at 8pm. Service was pathetic. Waitress could not even describe any of the dishes. Food brought out in wrong order, had to ask for things multiple times. We were seated towards the back in a booth that used to be the nicest tables but the kitchen staff and waiters were all laughing and throwing things around in the kitchen to the point where we couldn't even hear our own conversation at our table. Where was the manager? Who would want to eat on a restaurant like that? Not me ever again.
We had a nice table upstairs, where it started out quieter than downstairs. I took the waiter's recommendation for the short rib and it was every bit as delicious as he described. The focaccia with seasoned olive oil was delightful. Our waiter was very personable and he checked on us often. It did get pretty loud as the evening went on. But that meant it was a popular restaurant.
The food is delicious, but the prices for wine and food are outrageously high. For example, we ordered an appetizer of three bruschetta with different toppings. These were not bruschetta; they were each the size of tiny slices from a very thin baguette. The toppings (about 1 teaspoon each) were delectable, however. What was the price for the three? $11. Wine-by-the-glass prices begin, as I remember, about $10-12 and go sky high. The food portions are tiny. A salad of four tiny Romaine leaves was $11. The waiter warned us we could not split it satisfactorily. The entrée sizes were reasonably sized in comparison, I suppose, but in reality quite modest. This restaurant is not a Michelin-starred spot with ambiance and décor to match, but the prices are certainly very high for a wine bar/bistro, which this place appears to style itself as. Great chef. He might do better in Paris, where cuisine minceur with appropriate prices is more at home (but the décor would have to be very elegant to match). If you have an expense account and/or you are one of the 1%, this restaurant might be for you.
I enjoyed Gravity. The service was excellent. The food was very good. I had the beet salad and ravioli for the entree. The ravioli could have used a touch more salt, but the flavors in the mushroom sauce made up for most of that. I would recommend this restaurant.
Booked a table for Saturday night. We loved everything about our experience here. We picked this place for its wine flights and small bites. Though there were plenty of people, it was not a rowdy environment. Our waiter was very patient, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. What a perfect evening! All and all, I would definitely come back again.
I took my wife and daughter to Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar for Mothers' Day dinner. I expected that we'd enjoy the experience, but the service upstairs really was fantastic and the food was wonderful. The restaurant is not listed as being "kid friendly", but our six-year-old felt very welcome and also enjoyed herself. There are plenty of great food options for kids. I heartily recommend a visit.
Date night with excellent service! Mike was very friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and an overall wonderful waiter:server. The meals we had were very creative and delicious! I loved the risotto and the palenta with short ribs. What more could you ask for?
Wine by the glass was either mediocre (2 out of 3) or downright unpalatable. At least it was greatly overpriced (1 glass for about the retail cost of a bottle). Food was bland. "Spicy" pasto was tasteless and ravioli with porcini mushrooms did not have porcini mushrooms. Would not go back.
Originally sought the restaurant scene for a place in Palo Alto that served wine flights. Gravity has a few selections of decent wine flights and met what I was looking for. Their pasta dishes had great flavor and spice and I sampled two dishes. Waitstaff was very courteous and conversational. I will return again to try out other menu items in the near future.
We went for the first time when my parents were visiting. Delicious food and terrific service. My mother was thrilled to find a separate printed vegetarian menu. It was quiet at lunch and we were able to sit and linger over coffee and incredibly rich and delicious chocolate croissant bread pudding. Will definitely return.
We arrived with a reservation and had to wait 20-25 minutes for a seat. The manager comp'ed our appetizer and then brought another appetizer when our meals were not coming out. There was a 65 person party upstairs, so their kitchen must have been slammed. We finally got our meal about an hour after ordering. I got the scallops. They were cooked well and were of high quality. Nothing else on the plate was edible. It was so strongly flavored, that it drown out the scallops. My girlfriend got the butternut squash risotto. The garlic was very heavy, you couldn't taste the squash, and the flavors just weren't good. My (adult) daughter got the game hen. The game hen was good, but the rice it was served over tasted like Chinese fried rice.
We had such high hopes for this restaurant, because it has a great sounding menu and a very good wine list. I had to put the service at a pretty low score, because what can you say if they cannot get you your dinner for more than 90 minutes after your reservation.
I would not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends.
Always looking for a nice restaurant with a good vibe (where you can hear conversations at your table), great food and not pretentious in Palo Alto. Gravity hit two out of three. The food was good. Nothing noteworthy. Nothing that I'll be craving anytime soon. With that said, the service, atmosphere and sound level were spot on.
The only vegan option is a big piece of tofu - lacking in taste and texture. Vegan is so much more than tofu, seems the kitchen is a bit lost in the past. Ordered very pricey champagne that we were not happy with and not offered the possibility of switching it for another drink. Awesome french fries and raspberry sorbet!
Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar just keeps getting better over time. Staff is friendly. Welcoming at reception desk. Food prepared as requested. They allow for time to linger without feeling that they are anxious to get you out to turn the table - even though there was a vibrant buzz and steady flow of guests. Diverse crowd: all ages, backgrounds, languages, etc. You can tell that everyone felt comfortable there. Downstairs bar & high-top tables for dining and or drinking; upstairs tables for dining. Wine list extensive as expected. Menu is simple and creative, fresh ingredients, prepared at your pace, just ask. Enjoyed great wine, apps, filet cooked to perfection, lamb shank that melted off the bone & seasoned just right. Then we had to indulge in a "Chocolate Budino" - chocolate lovers must have - luscious without overwhelming! Our server, Caryl, was new, though did not use that as an excuse or allow it to stop her from dealing with our requests. She is genuine, confident, no attitude, service focused in an authentic way, providing just enough attention. The table assistants / bus persons were the same and unobtrusive. Often these qualities are missing in dining experiences. And if all that wasn't enough: true late night dining each night, with full menu until 11p, midnight or 1am depending on the day. That is fantastic! We love it. We travel a lot. We know that the staff can make or break an experience. Great restauranteurs know that hiring smart, training all staff well, treating them with respect and gratitude, empowering them to say yes, and having high standards that they willingly meet is as important as the great food created by the chefs. Rob Fischer knows this, too, and it shows. I do not know Mr. Fischer, but have dined at other restaurants he owns, as well, and the experience is consistent. I appreciate his obvious commitment to creating great dining experiences, and letting the teams in place create and deliver - for all of us. Kudos all around.
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