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Piccolo Ristorante Italiano

4.5
140 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(650) 326-1314
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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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
What 140 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We went on a Groupon deal. The amount of food offered is too much. The food was very well prepared and presented. Service was a little slow due to a packed house. The noise level was exceedingly high requiring yelling to communicate.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We went early on Tuesday so it was very relaxed, few people.
Service was very friendly, professional and efficient.
Food was awesome, loved the pasta with shrimp on garlic spicy tomato sauce (was asked about the level of spiciness desired so don't be afraid), mine was spicy but not hot, I asked for medium.
Good wine and deserts.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

There were 3 of us. My wife and I had the lasagna which was one of the daily specials. The lasagna was over cooked, soggy pasta and hard dry top. Preparing a good lasagna is my test for a restaurant worth a return visit. This one failed. To be fair, the 3rd person in our group ordered a pasta pasta dish on the regular menu that she said was delicious; hence, 3stsrs instead of 2.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Lower your expectations. You can make the same pasta dishes with supermarket sauce. Friendly service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We always have a very fine experience here. The restaurant is small so it can be fairly quiet but if a large group is also seated, it can be noisy. We tend to take that in stride since you just don't know what to expect.

The wait staff and the food are both excellent, consistently.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Next time I'm n the area, I'm coming back

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great meal

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Each course was great, set off by a bottle of their house wine. This is a gem~~!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Friendly service, homemade pasta cooked to order, good prices.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food and presentation were excellent. Very tasty and it was obvious that chef was attentive to detail needed to create a delicious meal. E.g., flavors and consistency of sauces were great, salmon and prawns were perfectly cooked and vegetables fresh and prepared with just the right amount of softness-not overcooked.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

I was very happy to find such a great spot...superb service, well thought out menu, lovely atmosphere and a decent value.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

One of those places I can always count on and the specials are always creative. The service is top notch. Very friendly and conscientious staff. When weather not so cold, nice to sit outside.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Lighting was moderate/ soft, to accompany the background music. Although the table surface was smallish in size, the feet were well-anchored so there was no chance of tipping dishes/ glasses off. Service was attentive, but not overly so. Entrees were sizable, but not too big. All-in-all, a great experience.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

The food here is always excellent and they did a great job accommodating special dietary needs.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

It was a quiet place and really good food. I liked the quiet ambiance and seating outside. The outdoor seating is good for talking with your date with less distraction.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Great service. Authentic ambiance

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Been coming to Piccolo for several years. Always consistent and best Scallopini Marsala anywhere!

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Small neighborhood restaurant with good food and a friendly vibe

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful restaurant.......great people wait on you.......one of my favorites and go there frequently

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Piccolo is a great gem in Menlo Park. We have been regulars since it opened and have never been disappointed. Bruno is a wonderful manager and host. Each item ordered was delivered on a timely basis and delicious.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2017

The food here has always been tasty. Enjoy the Italian menu very much.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Everything was off the target... except very friendly service. Reheated hard bread, too much mustard, wrong greens, wrong cheese on carpaccio. Vongole without depth of the spicy tomato based sauce. White wine 5 times the market price. If you like sophisticated food this place is not for you.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Piccolo is a cute space a little off the beaten track in Menlo Park. The food, however, was mediocre. My Caesar salad was ordinary - no bite of anchovies or lemon, nothing to make it memorable on the palate. The prosciutto and melon was beautifully presented and the best dish I had, although the melon was a little underripe - and this was a dish that required no cooking skill, just the ability to pick a good melon and present an appealing dish. My Veal Picante was comprised of three overcooked, leathery pieces of veal together with mushy, bitter, overcooked steamed vegetables - broccoli, two baby carrots that should never have been put forward in such a dish, zucchini, and cauliflower that was past its prime. For $25, this was a seriously overpriced entree that did not deliver. For dessert, I had affogato - a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso - again, a basic dish - that was good but not challenging for the house to prepare. My waitress was delightful and gave good service, but her good service was not enough to overcome the failure to deliver on the food. Wines by the glass are also boring and do not demonstrate a refined or interesting palate guiding the menu. This place appeared on Open Table as a neighborhood gem. A neighborhood place it is; a gem - not as reflected on my visit.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Delicious Italian dishes, well worth trying out and coming back for more!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

The salmon and eggplant veggie were delicious as was the spaghetti in
meat sauce.
Nice quiet place to visit with tablemates. It is nice to bring the outside in
with the hugh open windows.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2017

We love the food and have gone with several friends and they have all enjoyed their meal. We go later because it can get quite crowded. The servers are always friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

The service was great, and the food was even better.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Years ago, we were regulars, but stopped coming when management changed and the food and experience wasn't as special. How nice to return and find delicious food and attentive service. We'll be back.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2017

conventional Italian menu. Uninspired food. Very limited but reaosonably priced wine list Friendly staff, nice ambience

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Great little gem in Menlo Park downtown... We were all vegetarian and they accommodated us well. The food was very delicious. We ordered the Penny pepperoncino and melanzane parmigiana. They were both outstanding. The hostess was very gracious and made sure we were comfortable. Overall a great experience... We would return.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2015

Dependable local italian restaurant, with limited menu, but items prepared very well. Can be quite crowded and noisy. Staff attentive, but at times seem overwhelmed. Not necessarily criticism as much as observation. It definitely is a go to place for us, notwithstanding comments above.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2015

Piccolo is our go-to restaurant. Good food and prices. Wine list also has many reasonably priced options. Last time we were there they served day old bread. When we brought it to be their attention they apologized then comped us a dessert. The special minestrone soup that night was fabulous. They paid careful attention to my gluten-free needs. As usual we ate too much, but cannot fault them for that.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2015

fantastic home-made pasta dishes highlight the fare. Have eaten here since the first month it opened and the food has been consistently outstanding. We went on a Sunday evening and we were the only table - guess Sunday nights are not conducive to families eating out - most other nights it is busy but bearable.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2015

Something has changed at this restaurant. There used to be a very effusive manager, who has perhaps left. It was dead when we arrived. The greeter and server were nice and the food was pretty good (they even offered us a large piece of tiramisu which we had not ordered and I don't even like tiramisu but that one was delicious!) so I can't really put my finger on what was wrong, but I don't think I will go back.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2015

I went here for my mom's birthday. The service was great, the food was delicious and the dinner was perfect.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2015

When I made the reservation online and said it was my wife's birthday, they remembered! They brought champagne and dessert and surprised here by singing Happy Birthday! Now how am I going to surprise her next year?

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2015

Piccolo is a charming little restaurant, but shortly after we arrived for lunch, a group of 8 came in, and later a group of 3. From that time on, my companion and I could hardly hear each other. Also, the one waiter, while pleasant and trying, had a hard time keeping up, even the total in the restaurant was 17 diners.
I ordered a "Pannini" with lettuce, tomato, and mozzarella on Ciabatta. When it came, it was a regular sandwich on a French roll which was hard to eat because it was so thick. I might recommend it for a friend to try because I had heard good things. I might try again.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2015

We had a party of three. The restaurant staff was very courteous and all the food we ordered was great. The atmosphere was wonderful. My friends and I were really enjoy it.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2015

Because the restaurant is so noisy, when we (party of four) made our reservation, we requested a table by the window which we got, but even so, we had to practically yell at each other to converse. We asked that they turn the operatic music off which they did. Other than that, the service and food are wonderful. We've been there several times, and we will be back.

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2.0Dined on December 20, 2014

I really wanted to like this place as I loved it when it was Ristorante Buon Gusto. The wait service was good. The special appetizer of burrata was delicious and I loved the caeser salad as I could taste the anchovies. However, the main courses....my chicken parmagiana tasted tasted like defrosted chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and cheese. The chicken was bland and texture was slightly rubbery. My husband's tortellini tasted of the frozen grocery brand and the pancetta tasted old. I like to support local establishments, however based on Saturday's meal, I won't be returning......

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