Cafe Pro Bono
Cafe Pro Bono is Palo Alto’s crowning jewel for exceptional Italian food. For over 27 years we’ve been serving a wide variety of authentic, reasonably priced Italian and European dishes with a freshness you can see and taste!
Our menu includes delicious, attractively presented appetizers, fresh pastas, fresh fish, steaks, chicken, salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts and wines to complement your meal. We also have a full bar, so we’re ready to make your favorite cocktails too - or try one of our unique craft cocktails.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Veal Scallopine in a Mushroom-Marsala Wine Sauce
Veal Scallopine in a Lemon Caper White Wine Sauce
Organic Spaghetti Pasta
We returned after a couple of years away. Still an amazingly good neighborhood place with nice people, good food and relaxing ambiance.
Always a warm and welcoming environment. Great food and great service.
I always enjoy Cafe Pro Bono. One of my absolute go to restaurants for great food and attentive service.
Amazing food and wine pairing. Not a disappointing dish on the table!
Always friendly and consistent!
We love their food, and the service was excellent.
Excellent COVID precautions. Food was not as good as it normally is. Missed the “buzz” of a full restaurant, but COVID is still around. Excellent service, as always. Will definitely be back. This is still my favorite restaurant, despite the food not being up to par. I chock that up to maybe turnover due to Covid???
Delicious fresh food in a lovely ambiance. Friendly and attentive service.
Excellent food as always. Low key ambiance but classy.
Wonderful service as always and fantastic food! We shared a butter lettuce and warm goat cheese salad. My husband had a special pasta with fettuccine and lamb shank and a glass of Syrah. I had the special swordfish with cannelloni beans, lobster sauce and mixed veggies, with a glass of Landmark Chardonnay. We shared an apple tart with caramel sauce topped with pistachios. All delicious and the staff is so welcoming! Tables far apart and all wait staff fully masked. High ceilings and air purifiers- we felt very safe.
Great food, outdoor ambience all right, indoor really good. Accommodating and nice staff.
Great variety on the menu, outstanding selection of spirits. A much warmer setting than the chain IlFornia no charge for the bred basket
Great venue, wonderful service, delicious food .
A nice glass of wine with the chicken salad was perfect. Susan's Downfall Ravioli appetizers was amazing!
Of course, we ate outdoors so it was quiet. The owner greeted us & was so warm & friendly. Food as always just terrific! Had the owner pick a wine for us - it too was great (and not over priced!). Gotta love this neighborhood gem!
Cozy dining experience. Great food and drinks. Excellent service and friendly staff.
I ordered home made pasta, it is very good. Will go back again for sure.
Great food, great service!
Great service and food. I've been coming here for 20 years for a reason.
Great food and service. Four of us sat outside last Friday evening.... first time going to Pro Bono in over a year (but we have continue to enjoy Pro Bono as take out throughout this Pandemic year). All staff are vaccinated, heaters kept us warm and it was a delightful evening. Two of us got the incredible Horseradish Salmon! Highly recommend for a delicious and safe evening out.
Excellent food, but the service was too uneven for a restaurant charging what Café Pro Bono does. Example: we were almost finished with our entrees before the wine we had ordered arrived. Example: the empty glasses from our pre-dinner cocktails were not cleared until the end of the meal.
Our first indoor lunch as restrictions retreat. No trouble getting a table. Food was superb: elegant cream of asparagus soup; perfect linguini with seafood, especially salmon.
Still reliably good food, even after 12 months of hibernation.
A friendly neighborhood restaurant. Attentive servers, delicious food, well-spaced tables inside and outside dining available. Lovely atmosphere for an enjoyable dinner.
Cafe Pro Bono never disappoints!! Fantastic food with an incredible staff.
Finally able to get back to one of our favorite restaurants. Wonderful service, great rigatoni, and corkage fee vey reasonable.
Will be back soon.
It was wonderful to be back at Cafe Pro Bono. Food and ambiance was outstanding as always.
One of the best restaurants anywhere. From the beet salad to the main courses (pasta, rack of lamb), and dessert, meal was wonderful. I will be back.
It was a wonderful experience all around, service, food, wine!!!!
Despite it being windy and raining, it was great!
Outside was well ventilated with heaters and the staff were great!
We enjoyed ourselves. The carpaccio was terrific.
A friend and I had lunch at Pro Bono. We were the only ones in the dining room, probably because restaurants had just opened for indoor dining. I know this restaurant is very popular, so I hope people will come back to it. We had a wonderful time and received excellent service. They deserve to be busy and do well.
This is our favorite restaurant. We have been going for years and it has never disappointed us. the food is fabulous and the wait staff is wonderful, polite cheerful and efficient.
This is our favorite place. Wait staff is friendly and efficient.
Food is fresh and outstanding.
Price is right!
Love love this restaurant.
One of our favorite places. Food and service are very good. Reservations are easy to make, tables and chairs are comfortable. Prices are reasonable.
We ate outside and it was wonderful...well, as great as it can be given the choice of not eating at this fabulous restaurant!
Owner couldn’t be kinder and more helpful.
Food was excellent. Three of us had panini’s and we’re still raving about the bread and couches we made; two of us had the steak and one had the mushroom panini. Our fourth had the duck confit - fabulous.
I’ve been here before and will be celebrating our 39 anniversary on Friday there. 👏👏
Great solid food and wonderful patio dining. Thank you.
Really appreciate the kind waitstaff and nice outdoor environment at ProBono. Unfortuantely the food portions are fairly small and the drinks were weak. We had four pastas and the chicken dish and were fairly underwhelmed. Might have been an off night but that was our experience.
Cafe Pro Bono offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 326-1626.
Cafe Pro Bono is rated 4.8 stars by 1065 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.