Our local Italian restaurant that consistently delivers a pleasant atmosphere, quality food and a attentive staff. The owner/manager always remembers us and drops by to say hello. It's the small details that make it fun to come back for a meal
Made a last minute reservation for an impromptu birthday party. It's a lively place and everyone is enjoying themselves. The service is friendly and prompt, they do their best to make you feel like you're a guest.
The food is very good! We had appetizers and dinner. Everyone was quite happy with their meal. We all commented on Susan's Downfall appetizer. It really stood out!
The place was busy and at first it took awhile to get a waiter but when he came the rest of our visit he gave very good service. The menu is well rounded and the food was very good. We
tried the boar sausage app and it was tasty
Superb for lunch or just getting together with someone for drinks, lunch or dinner. Good food with a personal touch. Highly recommend...
We went there to celebrate our daughters new job & my husbands birthday. Place was busy, so service was a little slow but our server was very nice. Food was great we all cleaned our plates.
Reliable food quality. Friendly service. Convenient parking. Fresh ingredients.
Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with great, friendly staff
Always great from start to finish! We come here a lot and it's consistently a favorite.
This restaurant is my favorite Italian restaurant in Palo Alto- it’s convenient, friendly and excellent food. I always get the duck confit salad but I know their other dishes are terrific. The ravioli (I think it’s called susan’s downfall) is a big favorite among friends. The ambience is nice- lively but not too noisy.
Our server was outstanding. Very helpful with menu recommendations, friendly and she checked in just the right amount. The food was delicious. Overall, a very tremendous experience. We went to celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday. She has thanked me several times for taking her to Cafe Pro Bono.
Superb Italian cuisine. The tagliatelle featured house made pasta with a free range chicken that was tender and smokey flavored. The featured special baby kale and beet salad with goat cheese was sublime. Service was outstanding. If you go earlier in the evening the noise level is lower and you'll receive a lot of attention. Highly recommended.
four excellent meals, nicely served. though seated in a "booth," still noisy---but why not? Pro Bono is popular.
We've been to this restaurant many times. The service is always friendly and attentive, the food is yummy and it's a very nice restaurant. You can come dressed up or jeans/nice shirt and not feel uncomfortable. There are some vegetarian options on the menu but I'm not sure any of them are really vegan...would need to ask. But we've really enjoyed every meal we've had here. We highly approve of this restaurant and hope you will try it out too.
Pro Bono is a consistently nice restaurant. We have been there many times and we love the food, the place and the people. They recognize us. They focus on all the details. Even the bathrooms are beautiful and clean. So many restaurants decay over time--this is NOT the case with Pro Bono. It is as good or better than 20 years ago.
My date and I had pasta dishes that were excellent. Service was very good. Cute place that has been around for years. Consistently enjoyable.
Our group of eight loved this place. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was upscale without being snotty.
A nice neighborhood cafe. Never disappointed with meals. Staff is always attentive & friendly.
We have eaten here many times and we enjoy the italian food (especially pasta) and casual atmosphere. On this occasion (Valentines day) the experience was very poor. The menu was limited, with few pasta choices. The salmon dish chosen was undercooked, and when requested that it be addressed, it came back with salmon now done and the other items (like vegetables) had cooled off and were over done. This dish should have been prepared again from start. The degree of normal salmon cooking in this dish should also have been pre-discussed with the customer (even though the actual was rather rare). When we complained, we discovered that there was no owner or manager on point that evening (we asked to speak with one), only the server who spoke only partial english. Therefore, there was no way for this issue to be properly addressed. That was a very big issue for us....no ownership for a customer satisfaction issue situation at all at the restaurant (on a special occasion, no less). Also, when we requested a Chardonnay glass of wine, the server did not review the two choices we evidently had, but rather just assumed and delivered the more pricey one. Again, this server did not and could not properly read their customer. What a really bad experience that evening for us, and therefore our low rating.
Valentines Day. Made special
Cafe Pro Bono exceeded everyone's expectations. I coordinated the evening for our party. None of us had ever been to this restaurant, so we did not know what to expect. Coincidentally, we were there on a very vibrant Valentine's Day evening, which was fabulous. Cafe Pro Bono didn't disappoint.
The owner, Akif Aydin, greeted each patron personally. He handed each lady a red rose. The service was first-class - smooth, accommodating and responsive. The appetizers, entrees and desserts were exceptional. The Italian wine list is superb.
This is both a charming neighborhood restaurant and a destination. It is highly recommended.
Great night at Cafe Pro Bono. Nice decorations for Valentine's Day; filet mignon memorable; salads great, including fresh crab salad; and chocolate desert amazing. Wines pair well
Enjoyed our visit here. Yes, it was next to the courthouse. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Food excellent. Great wine list. Worth repeat visits.
I ordered the Greek chicken with sliced potatoes and a small salad. My entire meal was excellent, as was the service and the ambience.
It was awesome. Food was nice, staff was amiable, atmosphere was terrific.
Love this restaurant! Amazing staff and food is always delicious!
Always delicious. We were moved to quiet room and it was perfect for good conversation. A favorite!
I've been to Cafe Pro Bono several times over the years. It is consistent in food and delivery, and has a very good wine list - exceptional for Italian wines. It's a busy place with wait staff hustling back and forth, yet the food is good, the staff friendly and courteous, and always a small line at the door during dinner waiting to be seated. A tad noisy. For family fare or fun, good food and a selection of great Italian wines, this is hard to beat.
My duck was cooked just right and the vegetables were fresh and not overcooked
Service was slow. Fettuccine di Mare with salmon was bland, duck sausage slices that were on top of a mushroom risotto were cold, even though the risotto itself was decent.
ordered steak special - overcooked and disappointing
I visit this restaurant quite often and was disappointed the last two times I have gone there.
The quality of their food is slipping...good value but not the same. Am looking for a new venue to go to!
Food was very good and the service very attentive.
Excellent food; excellent service; a favorite gem!
Great food and great service. Excellent choices of wine.
We had a team wrapup meeting here. The gnocchi was very good. Others enjoyed their food. Service was reasonably attentive.
We return time and time again to Pro Bono. The welcome sets the tone, delightful. Food is delicious, the ambience so comfortable and service is warm and attentive. White tablecloths confirm one can have a conversation while enjoying an evening at our neighborhood gem.
Very nice setting. Parking can be an issue during lunch time. Service could be quicker. It was lunch time and not that many people and it still took an hour for just and order of two lunch items. WAY TOO LONG!! They need to get this down to 30 mins. Other wise, our servier, a woman was perfect.
Nice setting, great food
I've been going to Cafe Pro Bono for many years. It is a nice place with great food and very good and attentive service. Highly recommended.
The service was top-notch and the food was fantastic. If you like Gorgonzola cheese, A must have is Susan‘s downfall it’s excellent. And the risotto was fabulous.
This is another hidden gem on the peninsula..