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Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar

416 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Californian, French
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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

10:00 pm every night

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Phone number
(650) 327-3161
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bedri Inkya
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Cross street
University Ave.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Oysters Before...After???
Specially priced oysters after 10 pm daily.
Oysters on the half shell, grilled, roasted or oyster cocktail!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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What 416 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The service was outstanding! Food was delicious - a great venue for visiting with colleagues!

vipDanielaB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

As always Gravity Bistro did not disappoint- attentive service, great wine list and awesome food. This time we opted for lots of appetizers and shared them amongst us. The meatballs, beet salad and mussels where outstanding and the cheese selection plate was well put together. The salads were fresh and nicely, not heavy, dressed.

TakeMeOut (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Friendly attentive service, nice selection on the menu and at the bar. Nothing was 'write home' amazing or memorable but we had some wine and cheese to start and enjoyed a nice beet salad and then a variety of folks at our table had short ribs, pasta, burger - all very good. Not cheap but we didn't feel it was too excessive for the price/area/quality.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Extremely expensive and very small portions of food. Especially disappointed with the cheese tray. Great wine but $20 for a modest glass.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I've ate at Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar a few different times. I think the food is really good, and their happy hour wines have been hits/misses. My only complaint is the service-- I've ate here and had great service, and also at other times have had bad service (i.e. ordered happy hour drinks and appetizers, and then never saw our waiter again to continue ordering drinks/dinner). Like I already said, so far all of the food has been good (i.e. prime filet with frites, the ragu pasta dish, etc.). I'd like to come back here again, but I just hope the service will be better in the future.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was great, I especially liked the rib eye steak.

Paulamalu (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

One of our favorites. This was a New Years Eve dinner. My wife and I have dined at Gravity multiple times. I had pork tenderloin which was exquisite. My wife had prime rib which she raved about repeatedly. The accompanying touches were excellent. The restaurant was featuring a prix fixe menu that included more than we could comfortably consume so our server allowed us to dine ala carte. We each ordered the special "flight" of 3 champagnes which made the evening extra special. No negatives.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

vipDanielaB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Great wine list and awesome good choices. Mussels, duck confit, appetizers and pasta were all exceptional. Something for everyone on the menu. The service was very attentive and quick.

vipEMCB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

opc433 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 5, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 16, 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.

Sharon (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 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.

viplias (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 22, 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.

vipjcmart024 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

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

Mamabull (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 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.