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About La Strada Ristorante Italiano

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.

335 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Florence Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 324-8300

Website:
http://www.lastradapaloalto.com/

Catering:
Bring a taste of Italy to your family reunion or holiday celebration with catering from La Strada. Chef Augustus Remo will bring his talents to your table. With his menu personally tailored to your desire, your guests will leave raving about the culinary creations.

Parking Details:
Abundant free parking adjacent to La Strada in the multi-level Florence Street parking garage.

Public Transit:
The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Augustus Remo

Private Party Facilities:
Our Saletta Private Dining Room seats up to 25 guests and has a 30 guest capacity for standing cocktail parties. We offer 3 - 6 course prix fixe menus personally catered to your desire by Chef Remo. For larger parties of up to 120 guests, we do offer the option of a buyout of the main dining room.

Private Party Contact:
Nancy Morita: (650) 440-4798

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Strada Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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81% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Very nice food and service

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Casual or dressed to go out - never feel out of place. Great food for good prices

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I had the butternut squash ravioli - normally a favorite for me. Instead of emphasizing the simple, delicious quality of homemade ravioli, they served a heavy, mushroom sauce that completely overwhelmed the dish. My friend had an ahi tuni salad and rated it only so-so.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Open Table stated that restaurant hours were until 11PM. We were flying in late to SJO and thought we could arrive by our 9PM reservation time. At hotel check-in about 8:15, I got a call from the restaurant whether or not we would be coming because they had a lot of cancellations and they would be closing at 9PM. I explained that our reservation was for 9PM. We rushed to get there before 9PM and were served, but felt rushed and did not really enjoy the dining experience. Food was good; the waiter was polite; the eggplant parmigiana was not good. It looked and tasted overcooked and tired as if it was waiting all evening in the oven for someone to order it. When I took the call from the restaurant, I should have taken the hint to cancel and go somewhere else. We will not go back to La Strada.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I asked the waitress to have the ice creme dessert served with a candle for daughter's birthday. She forgot. I had to ask the waiter in front of my daughter. :(

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

La Strada was a wonderful choice for our 30th Anniversary!

Because I liked it so much, I am planning a get together with friend's for our annual Babes and Bros dinner. Butternut squash...sealed the deal. Be looking for us sometime before Thanksgiving!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Healthy, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The overall food quality was good but there were a few areas that were definitely lacking. The waiters weren't really informed about the food but merely servers which for a restaurant that offers +$25 per plate meals is a bit alarming. They couldn't answer a question about an entree on the specials menu and deferred by saying the head chef had left. The outdoor heat lamps were both not working and it was a bit chilly, while not cold outside, where we chose to sit.

The waiters didn't bring bread initially, until mid-way through our meal, one asked if we would like more, and we replied that we had never received any bread. We didn't know this restaurant routinely provided it.

I don't fault the waiters for the service, or the lamp failure but the restaurant management. They could use some training and more attention to detail.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

No pretense just good food and pleasant service. All our guests were pleased with the choice of the restaurant. our guests took an unusually long time (3 hours) over dinner. They must have really enjoyed sitting there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Everyone enjoyed the food and location

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Excellent Northern Italian cuisine. Service was attentive but rapid paced. A little rushed. Nice outdoor dining experience though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our meal was exceptional! Lively, fun environment. It was a beautiful night and we sat very close to the sidewalk with lots of people walking by all evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food and service, particularly enjoyed the appetizers, we enjoyed our evening

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Sat by the owner - foods just made with read good ingredients and care

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

My soup was very good. Couple next to us that were regulars confirmed the soups are all good. Salad and Cheese board we had were also good. And a very good value.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We were quite pleased with our dishes. The special beet salad and the risotto with quail were particularly good. We'll be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2017

We had family reunion. Visitors from Toronto. Friendly environment ; awesome food choice. Everyone had a great time catching up. Noise level was so good that 2month old baby was sound asleep on daddy's shoulders.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Food is good...nice staff... waiter did reach over a person to pour wine.. should not do that. But is reasonable and I would recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

overpriced for quality and quantity of food for Palo Alto

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

During our lunch, both my girlfriend and I ordered the lunch special (salad and pasta). When we got our salads delivered, my girlfriend noticed a piece of paper in her salad. We quickly returned the item. Instead of an apology or acknowledgement, the waiters/servers just laughed. Quite unprofessional. We will not return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Good choice for lunch. Fast service but waiter forgot bread and didn't do a check back after we were served. Food is good with a nice selection of salads that are generously portioned.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Love this place--always amazing! Perfect pizza, thoughtful service and amazing pasta.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montana)·Dined on February 24, 2017

I was a little disappointed as we had eaten there before and thought the food was better than what we had recently. Uncertain if I will eat there again....

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

It was a bit cold that evening. Could have turned up the heat.

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Grilled Sea Bass and Ossobucco were excellent . This first visit wont be our last!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Meeting with family from out of state

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

A bit pricey, but excellent food and great staff. Parking is on street and VERY hard to find.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We split the beet salad, which was delicious. They served the split order on two plate, and the servings were very generous. The bread was good too, but the salmon and halibut ravioli special was mediocre. The ravioli didn't even taste like fish. My boyfriend had a sausage pasta dish, which he said did not have any sauce on it. The service was good, and the dining room was quiet enough to have a conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2017

My friend and I had a really nice dinner of three shared courses. We started with the grilled scallops and prawns appetizer, which is served on a very generous sized warm barley salad, more than enough for two. We had the pasta dish she especially likes and which I have never seen elsewhere: the buckwheat pappardelle in cream sauce with vegetables and pieces of roast chicken. The pappardelle were very wide and had a good buckwheat flavor. Our entree was the grilled lamb chops (4), served on arugula salad with asparagus and grilled eggplant slices. The lamb chops had a good flavor but I do wish there had been more light so that I could see to trim off the fat. It was a chilly evening, and every time the door opened we felt the cold air even though we were not sitting near the door. The restaurant was quiet enough for easy conversation, and the service was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Celebrated New Years Eve with friends and we all loved our meals. The daily specials added a nice variety to choose from. My Italian friend said the lasagna was the best she had ever eaten. Others ordered the Fruit de mare, Chioppino, and NY Steak - all wonderful. Generous portions. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2016

I wanted to eat light so I ordered the Romaine salad and a soup. Romaine, cheese and croutons for $10 is a rip off. My fault for ordering it. Lentil soup taste like it came out of a can. Uninspired food. Tiramisu was good. At least we had a good dessert and our waiter was pleasant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Have eaten here many times. Food is delicious. Service was so bad this time don't know if I'll go back. Half hour wait , with a reservation. Seated and waited 20 min before anyone came to the table. No bread ever offered or brought. No water refills during dinner. Tried to get someone's attention during all of this, no one acknowledged our efforts. Sad.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Our waiter was very inattentive. We did not get offered bread. Our water was not refilled. My spicy chicken was anything but spicy and quite mediocre considering it cost $20. At least the pizza was decent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Didn't understand why my reservation had not gone through but luckily there was space answering enjoyed our meal

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2016

We had the two salmon dishes. Mine, the sautéed salmon with grapes and mashed potatoes and vegetables, was ok, but not outstanding. The grapes sounded a little strange, but were good. They didn't taste sweet at all, I guess because they were cooked with savory items. My friend's roasted salmon looked like the better of the two dishes. I think the pasta dishes are a better choice in terms of taste and cost.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2016

We are regular customers and really like the food, a lot more authentic Italian compared to other Italian shops in bay area.

Everything was great except a very awkward/rude comment by someone I later found out to be the restaurant owner, about me resting my injured foot by the front window base which for some reason he found as inappropriate! Still, you don't talk to customers with such attitude.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Solid cooking. Quick service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2016

We where on holidays from Australia my daughter was there 2years ago and said its a great place and beautiful locatio, she was right. A must go worth the drive. Thank you.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2016

My wife and I met another couple here for lunch on a beautiful Saturday. The venue was pleasant but the food was marginal at best and service was slow and incompetent. I had the salmon and halibut ravioli but the pasta was over cooked and the salmon and halibut were mia. The chicken on my wife's dish was severely over cooked and it took three tries to get a our friend's pizza order right. To make matters worse, this all came with lots of attitude. No wonder not as busy as other restaraunts in the area.

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