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La Strada Ristorante Italiano

4.2
311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 324-8300
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Augustus Remo
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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.
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Private party contact
Nancy Morita: (650) 440-4798
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Florence Street
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Parking details
Abundant free parking adjacent to La Strada in the multi-level Florence Street parking garage.
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Public transit
The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 311 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Service was awesome! Rebekah rocks!

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Very nice food and service

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on November 24, 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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3.0Dined on November 17, 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. :(

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5.0Dined on October 19, 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!

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2.0Dined on September 17, 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.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 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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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Everyone enjoyed the food and location

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2017

overpriced for quality and quantity of food for Palo Alto

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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....

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Meeting with family from out of state

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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