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About Piccolo Ristorante Italiano

Piccolo Ristorante Italiano is an Italian restaurant located in the Menlo Park neighborhood of San Francisco, California. This quiet restaurant offers diners an intimate setting to enjoy an evening out with family and friends or to treat someone special to an incredible dinner. Piccolo actually translates to "small" in Italian, and that is an accurate description of this quaint bistro since the dining room only has 12 tables and a bar where guests can enjoy a plate of antipasti and a glass of fine wine.

The menu is much like Piccolo itself: simple but full of personality and of the highest quality. Guests can indulge themselves in dishes like the ravioli prosciutto, pollo alla parmigiana, or the scaloppine marsala which is provini veal scalloppini with mushrooms, sweet marsala wine and a touch of cream. Finish off by ordering one of the delectable desserts like the rich, chocolaty tiramisu.

651 Oak Grove Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Tues - Friday 11:30am-2:00pm

Dinner: Tues -Thurs: 5:00pm-9:30pm; Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm -9:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 326-1314

Website:
http://piccoloristoranteitaliano.com/

Parking Details:
Public lot behind restaurant, 2 hours free between 9am-6pm. Free after 6pm

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Piccolo Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.8

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4.3

value

4.4

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2014

We've dined at Piccolo several times and usually can whole-heartedly recommend (for both food and service). Yet this time, the service was definitely having an off-night. Despite being assured bread was being heated up and would be out shortly, it never arrived. After we initially ordered, the server never came back to check on things until she brought the dessert (she hung out by the bar talking w/the bus boy, who brought our food). Dinner was fine, but 1 of the desserts was completely different than what we ordered. Server said they were out of our order so they swapped w/1 that isn't on the menu - would have been nice to know that when we ordered so WE could have picked something else. It was frozen SOLID and inedible (even with a knife)

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2014

The fresh pasta was the best! Great taste and texture with a lovely spicy pancetta marinara sauce. The short rib was tender and flavorful, too! The salad had a very light dressing.
This is a small space, but they use it well and they clearly has a dedicated following--- that we will join!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2014

Most consistent good reviews on both Open Table and on Yelp. Both the veal and the panna cotta were quite good. Less impressed with the gelato cookie dessert. Would definitely come back again to try the homemade pasta. Recommend reservations if coming on Friday or Saturday night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 17, 2014

Good food! - took a little time to get good because was fresh! Prices good. Fun neighborhood spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2014

In the past several occasions, wonderful food, served hot, good service and ambience in a cute, charming little neighborhood place. This time, service "spottier", busboy bringing dishes confused as to whose dish was whose, partially our fault, true. Food was very good as in past, house wine also. I would still recommend this place as a "go-to" neighborhood, reasonably priced with good food restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2014

What a great little spot. Fantastic food. The service was warm and comfortable and the food was tasty and fresh.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Easy to find location but a small establishment. Inexpensive wine but choice is limited. Hostess did read my request of window table. That's good. Service overall is nice. Restroom is NOT inside the restaurant. Appetizer is the weakest. Pasta was cooked properly and rich of favor. Dessert was tasty too. A place for family and if you are in the neighborhood. Very affordable.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2014

We had a very nice dinner at Piccolo. I had the sausage hand rolled pasta and my husband the special pasta that day. They both were delicious.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2014

Found this Menlo Park neighborhood gem and decided to try it. I had the homemade fettucine with prawns and it was delicious. For dessert, we had the semifreddo and it was quite nice and light to finish off the meal. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I'm looking forward to returning so I can try different items from the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2014

We enjoyed Piccolo but we feel it needs some more heathy choices and not so much cream sauce and meat. The staff were friendly and professional and we will probably return, but would do this more often if they had more variety.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2014

Another delightful dinner. Highly recommend. The restaurant is small, so reservations are a good idea. Food has been consistently good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2014

A wonderful dinner, professional service with lots of smiles, delicious risotto, had to ask for a bit more truffle oil, limited wine list but ambiance and food made up for it. Will definitely go there again soon!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 3, 2014

Will go there again & get take out. My food was terrific - including fresh mozzarella appetizer that was outstanding. Free canoli dessert ended our evening perfectly. Would strongly recommend to friends.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2014

This was our first visit to this cozy restaurant and we were so impressed. Very welcoming as you enter and our table was ready. Our server was knowledgable and friendly. She recommended a wonderful wine to go with our dinner. The pace of dinner was perfect. We never felt rushed. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. The pasta dishes were the standout. Unfortunately they had run out of veal so I will definitely order that dish the next time. Very large portions which you easily could split so you could taste more items on the menu. We were all impressed with food and especially the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2014

The food was excellent! The gnocci was so fresh with the gorgonzola sauce. So delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2014

I wanted to love this little restaurant, but ultimately we were disappointed. The fish tasted old . . . the food was just sort of piled on the plate. It just felt uninspired. We won't return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2014

We felt that we were dining in a small village in Italy. The pasta was superior and the service was homey.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2014

Thank you for a great evening! We were celebrating the end to a symposium with an international guest, and it worked out wonderfully.

The service was friendly, attentive and welcoming. We thought the pasta dishes were better than the appetizers, but in general, all the dishes were generous in flavor.

We would definitely come again and would bring friends and guests.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2014

If you like Olive Garden, you'll LOVE Piccolo. Fake Italian for suckers. Very mediocre.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2014

great service, great pasta's and veal. Cannolis OK, but wish we would have made another selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2014

We had the antipasti plate and it was delicious, tomatoes very tasty. I had the tortollini and it was wonderful. My friend had the scallopini and she said it was very good. Wine selection is limited, but the prices are reasonable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2014

Came for lunch with a couple girlfriends. The place is not big at all. Had to wave for the server's attention after sitting there for ten minutes without anyone coming to ask us if we needed anything. Service was okay it got started. Food was, meh... I've had better Italian food. It is a cute little spot for a quick bite to eat. Lunch prices were not that bad.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2014

This cute little restaurant in Menlo Park has great food, wonderful service, and a large parking area close by. It is a real gem. Great food, great service, and ample parking. Who could ask for anything more in a restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 10, 2014

We came here for a birthday dinner -- the staff was so friendly and very good about knowing just the right moment to check in with us to see what we might need. The food was very good -- each of us enjoyed our dish; we had a 3-year-old with us, and the waiter was very helpful about suggestions for food for him. Great dessert -- it seems like a place where you could come for a date, or come with family or friends and have good conversation and very good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2014

this place is cute, the food is good. the service is slow but kind. the wine list is small but not bad. it was a good place to have dinner for four.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2014

the noise level was so high, my husband and I could not converse. It was beyond "energetic" the salad and pasta dish was mediocre. I would not go back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2014

This was the perfect pick for lunch. I was looking for something affordable with great food. The gnocci was EXCELLENT, so was the tortellini soup. Our server was so sweet and attentive. I only spent $15!

I will definitely be back for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Good, but not excellent, neighborhood Italian restaurant. Salads were great, pasta dishes had a little too much rich sauce for my taste. There need to be more vegetarian choices for the pasta dishes. None of us had the meat non-pasta dishes, so these main courses were not evaluated.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Always enjoyable for food, service (warm welcoming and efficient). It's our "default go to neighbor spot".

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2014

Review is for lunch only, though I can't imagine dinner would be better. Rigatoni arrived less cooked than al dente...and with 3 slightly still frozen meatballs. I finally had to flag the waiter down and he apologized and took them away...for a full 15 mins! I'd already finished my lunch when he asked if I wanted what appeared to be a bowl of sauce. I saw him take the meatballs out of the microwave, and they turned into nothing resembling a meatball...and given microwaving takes only a minute or two...was surprised he brought them at all. He asked if I wanted to take them home and to be polite, I said yes and tossed them as I left the parking lot. My partner's meal was medicore. Won't be back unfortunately.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2014

We decided to try a new restaurant in the area and the food was very good. Homemade pasta was delicious. My son ate his whole Lasagna which is unheard of. My daughter had the eggplant parmesan and said it was delicious. How many times have you made reservations at a restaurant and noted this was a special occassion (b-day, anniversary, etc) and the restaurant forgot? This restaurant did not, and they presented a beautiful tiramasu that was amazing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2014

Our server, Adriana was great. Food and intimate atmosphere, even for a lady's lunch out catch up was fantastic. We greatly enjoyed ourselves and will come again. The insalata du salmon was superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2014

They waived the corkage fee on a Saturday night. That was above and beyond what I expected.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Had a reservation for a party of five for a surprise birthday party dinner - the table was at the entrance, it was a table for four with a chair on the end - a problem for a group of larger / tall individuals (very uncomfortable). The food was delicious, but service was stretched as the restaurant was packed with people waiting for tables - there was a nice variety and selection of entree's; each person in our party had something different so we could share the many flavors. Desserts were DELICIOUS! I will try Piccolo Ristorante Italiano, but it will be with a much smaller party.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 4, 2014

we frequent this restaurant - for good reason. Their pastas are home-made and always wonderful. We each had a salad and different pasta. All 4 pastas were great. Wine list is a little weak, but we always bring our own. Favorite spot in Menlo Park.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2014

Staff are extremely cordial, timing on their part was excellent; we were seated in a timely manner. We would definitely return, only problem is they are so successful you had better plan ahead and have a reservation!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2014

We are regulars at Piccolo's. We love the food and the service. We are somewhat disappointed that the rest of Menlo Park has discovered our "treasure" and now have to make reservations at favorite spot, but good news has a way of spreading. Wonderful fresh pastas and the bruschetta is out of this world.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2014

First time dinning here. The place was a little too tight for the total number of guests they had that night. Not a kind of restaurant for a romantic night out. More for a couple who has been going out for some time and willing to explore some new places or a small group of good friends. Generous portion of food. The menu consisted mostly of pasta. Ordered one from the menu only to be told 10 minutes or so later that they had run out of it, so had to order a different one. I wasn't the only one amongst the guests, though. Could tell us when they brought the menu. Showed some bad communications between the servers and kitchen. Their web site notes that the owner is from the south Italy, but the menu selection doesn't reflect it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2014

The food and sevice is always very good to outstanding for a friendly cozy neighbor spot. It's our default restaurant when we make a last minute decision to eat out and always when we want a relaxing, comfortable destination with quality comfort food and reasonable priced wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2014

Bad news: restaurant is small and noisy. My chair at table of 5 constantly got hit by food servers passing by.
Good news: restaurant was cozy for twosomes. Food was very good - homey Italian food menu.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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