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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.

544 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian, French

Hours of Operation:
FALL/WINTER HOURS

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

DINNER
4:00 pm everyday

HAPPY HOUR
4:00 to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday

LATE NIGHT MENU
OYSTERS & CHAMPAGNE
10:00 pm every night

Cross Street:
University Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 327-3161

Website:
http://www.gravitywinebar.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Bedri Inkya

Private Party Facilities:
Gravity offers multiple seating options. A natural terracotta tile wall highlights our downstairs dining and wine bar alongside bar height tables and comfortable corner booths. Upstairs affords a casual dining experience in a relaxed setting of beautiful walnut table banquettes, and the community table which seats up to 14, a great place for small groups or to just sit and make new acquaintances.

Hosting a party or event? Upstairs is available for private parties with seating up to fifty for dinner, and eighty for cocktail receptions.

Whether an after work drink, a light bite, an intimate dinner for two, or a celebration for over a hundred, we look forward to the opportunity to serve and delight you.

Private Party Contact:
Christian Hainry: (650) 327-3161

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Oysters Before...After???
Specially priced oysters after 10 pm daily.
Oysters on the half shell, grilled, roasted or oyster cocktail!

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas with our restaurant family this holiday season. Special prefix menus will be available from Noon-9pm at Reposado and Scratch; 4pm-1am at Gravity.

Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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food

3.9

service

3.7

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3.9

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

58% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was horrendous on a Sunday night. I don't think there was a chef in the kitchen the night I was there, and I'm not exaggerating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Very noisy, very slow service, said it was a birthday celebration... they forgot. Food was terrific!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great drinks but inconsistent and pricey food. Frito Misto too salty, polenta too bland. Service lacked attention - lots of waiting for the server to come by.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Gravity is a real fun place to hang out. The drinks are a bit pricy but Jose , Justin and the gang know how to take care of their clients. The food is always very tasty. Try the shortribs and the meatballs and you won't be disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our server Judith was awesome! We'll be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Service was very slow the night we were there. We had to ask for our server to be flagged down at least three times so we could order more food and drinks

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The bucatini was just ok. The portion was a lot smaller than my friends portion of risotto. For the price to portion ratio, it was not worth it. The service was ok, not very attentive, considering we were the only ones in the restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Great vibe. Attentive, skilled, classy waiter. Food was delish. Extensive wine list.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I've been here once for lunch and once for dinner and both times were amazing. The food is really good and reasonably priced for the amount of care that goes into the dishes. Nice sized restaurant with good ambiance, great service, wonderful overall.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Portions were small but good. Foie Gras portion was tiny, barely enough to enjoy the flavors.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Healthy, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Nice dinner with friends.
Great diversity of foods, fun tapas and also great entrees.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Casual atmosphere, but really tasty food. All four of us were enthusiastic about our food.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Bit expensive but the wine is fantastic. Menu is standard wine bar food. Tasted good but nothing to write home about. Decent first date spot for a young professional but if you want to save money go elsewhere.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Great place for drinks and appetizers or dinner. Nice ambience, fresh spot.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Organized a large group get together (15 people) for drinks and we all had a really good time. The place is open late (2am) and have a good bar and drinks menu (also good dinner and snacks).

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Average food. Outrageous prices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Great place for a date, nice size portions and great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Great atmosphere and good drinks (although pretty expensive). Appetizers were great (bruschetta, oysters). Salmon special was way overcooked but they got it right the second time and it was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Very lively place, great service, but average food - appetizers came straight out of the fridge, average main course and unexciting dessert

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Had New Year's Eve dinner and was treated to excellent service and delicious food. All the staff worked well together and it provided a good atmosphere and surrounding.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

My daughter and I stopped here for dinner after shopping at Stanford. When we first arrived it was quiet but filled up as we ate. She had the steak and loved it and I had the short ribs and they were tender and tasted great. The creamy polenta that came with my dish was fabulous. I'd go back for that alone! Our waiter was great and at the ready to refill my daughter's drink or ask if we needed anything. Will definitely return!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We had a number of varied palates to please and Gravity made our entire group happy! The service was outstanding, the food delicious and the staff patient with one of our party that needed more support! We will go back for sure and it's a nice new option in Palo Alto!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Great food

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