La Strada Ristorante Italiano

4.3
339 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Chef Augustus Remo's seasonal menus span from the traditional homemade pastas and pizzas to the most contemporary dishes exhibit the expertise and precision of Chef Remo's training and passion.
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ME
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but portions were quite small. Great outdoor seating, varied wine by glass options

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t
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really cold in this restaurant, a huge draft.
The first course with shrimps, scallops and barley is just OK.
The pizza was delicious but expensive.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great. Italian staples done really well. Wine list is very limited. BYOB. Would definitely return.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food tasted good, could have a little more quantity. Nice hostess and busboy.

Asked for a round table, didn't get one. Sat us along a walkway that was breezy. Had to ask for bread, salt and pepper. Did not come around to check on us after food was served.

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AB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third dinner at La Strada and each one has been spectacular. I had a truly fabulous Salmon Pantesca and my date had an excellent Eggplant Parmesan. And we've gotten the same table all three times - it's our favorite in the back at the open window to the front dining area. Prices are very reasonable, esp. for Palo Alto and the high quality of the dishes served!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The steak was chewy they had no sause at all, the scallops were good them selves but on a bed of barley? Gross. The salmon itself was good but green grapes DO NOT GO well with a almost 30$ salmon dish. Very plain not worth the money. When I go to a pricey restaurant I want to be wowed with the sauce, and how it’s plated. This place needs Gordon Ramsey desperately!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Valentine day

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E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at La Strada. The food was not quite as good as other aspects of the restaurant, but I think I'll be back to try something else.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but not special. The evening was cold and there is no atrium so whenever the door opens there is a cold draft. Noise level was acceptable.

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JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Shrimp and scallop appetizer was amazing, as well as entrée of salmon and grilled vegetables. Chocolate lava cake with vanilla gelato topped off the wonderful meal. Great wine and great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is just OK/average for Italian in the US. Good service, quiet place with good atmosphere.

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L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A reliable neighborhood gem for very good pizzas, meatballs, risotto, calamari. Great for groups.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I usually don’t eat pasta at restaurants. I’m half Italian and have high standards. This place serves great Tagus and excellent home made pasta.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great good and fast service

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e
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service! They offered great recommendations.

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We showed up at the restaurant a few minutes early only to find them closed and with a sign on the door saying they were closed on the 9th and would reopen on the 10th. While there might have been a good reason for the unexpected closure there is no excuse for failure to notify us about the closure when we had a chance to make of other plans.

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d
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We again really enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli. La Strada is one of our top choices when my wife and I walk downtown for lunch.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Diet coke tastes bitter. They said there is something wrong with diet drinks. I expected the nto offer some other soda. They did not have somehow...

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a 9:30 reservation confirmed through Open table; once we arrived (at 9:30) we were told they would not serve us, and stopped accepting people at 9; very disappointing since it was my birthday and we had to scramble to find something else, end up having probably the worst dinner ever, food was bad at this other location.

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LG
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner spot for parent and students

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D
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious and the service excellent—very attentive! Will definitely go back again soon.

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OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good find. A lot of good pasta dishes but fish on the menu too. Have had the gnocchi, paccheri and the pappardelle. All delicious. They do great ragouts with all the pasta - pork or veal or lamb. Stone oven for great pizzas. Nice bar where you can get a martini for $11. All the pastas under $20. Very good food and great prices gives it an "outstanding" for value.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Loved sitting outdoors. Will definitely be back.

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PF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but service was inattentive. Several times, we wondered if our waiter (Jose) had gone on break. It didn't even look that busy.

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CD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Don’t bother. Too many other places that actually enjoy food service.

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SF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiter was extremely pushy, literally within 60 seconds of bringing out our appetizer he brought our salad. Literally five minutes after bringing out our salad he brought our entrées,… That doesn’t work for me.

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K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food at reasonable prices. We were promptly seated and our food arrived in less than 5 minutes after ordering. Our entrees, Linguini with Bolognese Sauce and Roasted Salmon, were delicious. Portions were amply sized, allowing us to take home enough for a second meal. We enjoyed friendly and professional service in a pleasant setting, with several tables in a quiet back area for more intimate conversations. Definitely recommend!

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KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were able to get our desired time-slot on a very short notice. The service was very good. Mostly, the food was great. And, its right downtown, so we were able to have a nice walk afterwards.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've dined here a few times and the food has been consistently good. The prices are reasonable for a nice restaurant in downtown Palo Alto.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Servers were over worked. Delayed service for us. Food was average at best.

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F
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining at La Strada, with our dear friends of 30 years, and we all LOVED it! Our server, Ubaldo, could not have been more accommodating to several special requests. Attentive, but not intrusive, he easily refilled my husband's lemonade without asking, and checked with us during the meal to see if our needs were met - yes, definitely! A true delight and a place we will be back to often, even if we live in San Francisco. Liza

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MB
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We (3 friends and I) were looking for a place to go before or after shows. theatre or music events in Palo Alto, and we had recommendations to try La Strada. We were not disappointed. The friendly staff looked after us, almost exclusively - the four dishes we ordered were very good: Mushroom pizza, Butter Nut Squash Ravioli New York Steak - prepared real medium as requested - and Chicken Diavola (two pretty big pieces of chicken and veggies). The highlight was a very light and tasty Tiramisu - everybody was giving highest marks to this dessert, and we have had many over the years. All in all a very pleasant experience and we will be back for sure!

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DR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was awesome! Rebekah rocks!

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JH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The hostess was great and accommodating. The atmosphere was more casual and louder than I expected. Jostling and loud. A lot of business/tech meetings which were intrusive as taping something in the front patio and a guest running back and forth to charge his device.

The food was just ok. A lot of sauce on fish choice and pasta soft and bland. The service took quite a long time. The dessert was great. To top it off, brought bill to table with pen open and pointed toward me which left a pen mark on my silk shirt. Sums it up.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Not very impressed with the food. It was lacking in flavor. Service was fine, as well as ambiance. Would not recommend.

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PM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and very good food. Nice ambience.
We’re picky and all three dishes were excellent.

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SF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

While the food is reasonably good and the location is very convenient, I am sure I will never go there again, furthermore, will probably spread the word on other forums about my experience. My wallet was stolen from my purse (hanging on the back of my chair) by a very shady looking guy sitting behind me. He and his equally shady looking company left before us, and on my way home, I received several alerts from various credit card companies about his many attempted fraudulent charges on my cards. After reporting the theft and freezing all my accounts within an hour, and filing a police report the next day, I went back to the restaurant just to see if I could recover my drivers license and other miscellaneous items in case the thief had thrown them in the bathroom garbage. While one of the waiters was very nice and trying to help me, I was asked to leave (three times!!!) by the manager (an old guy who looked and behaved incredibly unprofessional), since he was more concerned about diners possibly looking and wondering what I was talking about with the staff, than being a decent human being and helping me.

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S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice food and service

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N
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

TERRIBLE SERVICE!!!
Our server was Carlos, he was distracted all the time
We did not get our drinks on a timely way
No show for bread
We asked other servers to bring our food
When we were going to order coffee he brought us the check!!!

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to this resturant many times in the past but this was a first time inside seating because of weather. We found our party alone in the resturant at 3PM quite surprise since when trying to book the time Open Table said there was nothing available for the time I originally wanted. Next time I will call the resturant directly or just pop in. Food is always good.

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