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Cafe Pro Bono, Palo Alto, CA

Cafe Pro Bono

4.7
4.7
1178 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Please visit www.cafeprobono.com/menus for our full menu/accurate pricing (OpenTable has not published our current menu).

Cafe Pro Bono is Palo Alto’s crowning jewel for exceptional Italian food. For over 28 years we’ve been serving a wide variety of authentic, reasonably priced Italian and European dishes with a freshness you can see and taste!

As the recipient of Palo Alto Weekly’s ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ in 2021, we’re extremely proud and thankful for our wonderful, loyal clientele - who were especially loyal during the height of the pandemic. Every precaution has been taken at CPB to ensure the safety of our CPB family, including a state of the art in-house filtration system.

Our menu includes delicious, attractively presented appetizers, fresh pastas, fresh fish, steaks, chicken, salads, sandwiches and homemade desserts. We also have a full bar, so enjoy your favorite cocktails or enjoy both domestic and international wines from our extensive wine list.

Buon Appetito!!!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 326-1626

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Ignacio Cortez

  • Private party facilities

    Be sure to call and reserve our private room for your next business meeting or party. We can accommodate up to 35 people and have connections for your laptop should you have a visual presentation. Stop by our web site to view our specially created ‘Events Menus’ (www.cafeprobono.com).

  • Private party contact

    Akif Aydin: (650) 326-1626

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    California Ave

  • Parking details

    New four-level parking garage directly across the street.

  • Public transit

    Cal Train - California Avenue stop, VTA

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,178 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Ladera1

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our go to restaurant when we come to Palo Alto. Never disappoints!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seven of us celebrated my mother’s birthday here, and everything was wonderful. The wait staff were attentive, friendly, and fun. The food was delicious (Susan’s Downfall is worth returning for alone!), and the ambience was warm and energetic. The noise level was high enough that we weren’t self-conscious about anyone hearing our own lively conversation, but not so loud we couldn’t hear each other around our large round table. This was our first time here, being chosen for its central location, and I can see it becoming our regular family meeting place. We all loved it!
  3. MF

    MikeF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently pleasing, once again gave us pleasure, especially the gazpacho!
  4. I

    Itiswhatitis

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance!
  5. CS

    ChristineS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed in either the food or service at this wonderful restaurant. It is our go to place where we take family ad friends
  6. BD

    BarbaraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The staff was attentive but not interfering. Food was amazing. We loved every minute.
  7. O

    Otterfamily

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and always good service!
  8. M

    Marielena

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day dinner was great! The Veal Marsala was delicious and so was the Bolognese.
  9. j

    jenmat

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely table outside. Food was delicious, service friendly and efficient but not too efficient! A regular stop for us.
  10. m

    maryhmb

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently excellent through the many years I have come here. Great smoked salmon panini yummy!
  11. DW

    DianaW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is great. Owner very hospitable. Highly recommend
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!!!!
  13. BC

    BobC

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Passing through, we found this restaurant. It was really excellent. My wife had the risotto from daily special menu and I had rigatoni with spicy sausage. Both were exceptional. Highly recommended.
  14. i

    ianlynn

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food. We have been going to Cafe Pro Bono for over 20 years. We moved away from the area a number of years ago and this is still our go to restaurant every time we are in town.
  15. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic anniversary dinner out. Mahi Mahi, prawns and pasta dishes all delicious. The service and food is always excellent and special care was given us regarding our anniversary. You can not go wrong with this wonderful restaurant!
  16. AP

    AgapitoP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day.
  17. M

    Marielena

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here is always delicious and the service is great.
  19. BA

    BuddyAJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good outdoor seating with heaters. Excellent food.
  20. PA

    PaloAltoTman

    San Francisco

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caesar salad was overdressed but the dressing was excellent and the croutons properly made. The wild boar sausage may be the best I've ever had although the flageolets were a bit firm for my taste. The ravioli with gorgonzola appetizer portion was excellent and definitely enough -- it would be hard to eat a larger portion of such a rich dish. The tagliatelle with smoked chicken was excellent -- the chicken just smoky enough and not too much of the sauce and fresh tagliatelle. But the highlight was the zabaglione for two -- berries in the bottom of the parfait glass, then vanilla ice cream to cut the richness, then a generous portion of warm zabaglione over everything.
  21. RA

    RichardAlexander

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    When ordering the branzino be sure to request it be prepared to be soft and flaky and I would recommend declining the butter.
  22. f

    fun2dine

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice venue. Service attentive in beginning but was slow when restaurant became busy. Was brought soup not ordered as printed menu specials had not been updated and was not told in advance, they just brought out a different soup. This was comp'd, which was nice but disappointed soup on daily menu was not available. Food was good.
  23. LN

    LoreneN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food and excellent waiting staff. Wonderful all around.
  24. B

    Betty

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great lunch spot. Food is consistently good. Highly recommend it.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and ambiance
  26. S

    Smith

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect: the friendly reception we received upon arrival, the service and the food/wine made for a delightful evening. Even the rain couldn’t dampen our experience. Thanks to everyone at Cafe Pro Bono for taking such good care of us!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed the food and the service was excellent!
  28. AA

    ArmarA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Extensive list of wine by the glass options. No pressure from servers to finish dishes quickly. A dependable Italian, that has survived so many years for a reason.
  29. ST

    SteveT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is truly one of our favorite restaurants. We expect to come back many times!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always!
  31. A

    Aallyish

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Very busy service is good but food food quality is poor
  32. H

    Historian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic outdoor dining option in a quiet street off of California Ave. Food, service, and ambience--everything was exactly what we had hoped for a party of four entertaining an out-of-town guest.
  33. SK

    SKdiner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great friendly service as always. One of our favorite spots.
  34. IW

    IreneW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit to Pro Bono. We arrived early but that wasn't a problem for them. We were seated and promptly waited on, and the service was great!
  35. S

    Scotty

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    As always, Cafe Pro Bono has wonderful food and personable servers. The only problem was that I had reserved an outside table. When we arrived, they had not noted that. They had to put two tables together -- at the far end of the outdoor dining area. This meant that we were far away from the best seats that were more protected from the cold wind. They lit one heater which helped one side of the table, but not mine. It was my husband's 70th birthday, which I also noted on the reservation. No one seemed to know that either. They did take candles that I brought and did a nice placement on my husband's dessert. A lovely night with friends, but cold. It too me a few hours after I got home to get warm.
  36. P

    Pretheaterdiner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I ate outside on the patio for an early dinner - very pleasant meal.
  37. KO

    elaineKOA

    San Francisco

    184 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lovely evening was had taking special friends from Hawaii to dinner at the cafe. Susan's Downfall entree we shared as a starter, the veal piccata, lamb shank special, and seafood risotta. The cocktails were well done and fairly priced. This is one of the very places where you can get a warm zabilogne and spumoni ice cream for dessert. The menu is so varied that we could eat her every week. The service was efficient and pacing of courses perfect.
  38. C

    Chazbo

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to go back for when I can take my time and savor every bite!!
  39. PS

    PhilipS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our first visit! Our son had taken his girlfriend here for Valentines Day and said we should try it - and very happy with his recommendation. Very attentive service from everyone, excellent food, a nicely priced wine by the glass and very nice ambiance. We'll be back!
  40. T

    Traveler

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. They adjusted my entrée for my gluten free needs. Our waiter, Andy, was awesome.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Pro Bono using the Order Online button. Cafe Pro Bono also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 326-1626.

Cafe Pro Bono is rated 4.7 stars by 1178 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Cafe Pro Bono

2437 Birch Street Palo Alto, CA 94306

Additional information

  • Cross street

    California Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    New four-level parking garage directly across the street.

  • Public transit

    Cal Train - California Avenue stop, VTA

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Ignacio Cortez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 326-1626

  • Private party facilities

    Be sure to call and reserve our private room for your next business meeting or party. We can accommodate up to 35 people and have connections for your laptop should you have a visual presentation. Stop by our web site to view our specially created ‘Events Menus’ (www.cafeprobono.com).

  • Private party contact

    Akif Aydin: (650) 326-1626

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