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About Cafe Pro Bono

Cafe Pro Bono is a place for taste conscious people. We serve a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes at reasonable prices with a freshness you can see and taste. Our menus include delicious, attractively presented appetizers, fresh pastas, fresh fish, steaks, chicken, salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts and wines to complement your meal.

2437 Birch Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Mon-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Fri. 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun. 5pm-9pm

Cross Street:
California Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 326-1626

Website:
http://cafeprobono.com/

Executive Chef:
Jose Rodrigez

Private Party Contact:
Akif Aydin: (650) 326-1626

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cafe Pro Bono Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Special Occasion (21)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for a Date (15)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Fun (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days 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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Our group of eight loved this place. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was upscale without being snotty.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines Day. Made special

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I ordered the Greek chicken with sliced potatoes and a small salad. My entire meal was excellent, as was the service and the ambience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It was awesome. Food was nice, staff was amiable, atmosphere was terrific.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Love this restaurant! Amazing staff and food is always delicious!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Always delicious. We were moved to quiet room and it was perfect for good conversation. A favorite!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My duck was cooked just right and the vegetables were fresh and not overcooked

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

ordered steak special - overcooked and disappointing

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was very good and the service very attentive.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food; excellent service; a favorite gem!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and great service. Excellent choices of wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a team wrapup meeting here. The gnocchi was very good. Others enjoyed their food. Service was reasonably attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Nice setting, great food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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..

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were in therein dining room on a Saturday night and it was too noisy. The four of us each ended up talking to the person next to us, not across the table, which is too bad. Other than that, all (ambience, service, food) was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The only thing keeping this from "over the top...Wonderful" was the noise level! Terrible ,especially toward the rear of the main dining room. As dinner progressed we could not hear one another without straining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent menu and very tasting. AS this was new year eve: balloons and very entertaining ambiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

They had an abbreviated menu for New Years Eve, and it was disappointing!

Pasta was dry and lifeless....cocktails were good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A warm, friendly restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I had not been here for some time and i’m glad we chose Cafe Pro Bono. I’ll be back there soon. Food, service, and ambiance were all excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Cafe Pro Bono was wonderful! Great food, great service! Will definitely go back soon!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

New Years Eve

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Exceptional service and food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was our first time to Cafe Pro Bono and we will definitely return. The food was authentic and so good. The service was friendly and swift without feeling rushed. We already want to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We go here often for a nice dinner with friendly attentive service. The menu is diverse with a changing list of specials every day. Everything is always cooked carefully, while not extremely avant garde. It is very popular with the locals and often family groups are there . They have tables outside on the sidewalks where people with dogs and babies often sit in nice weather. Babies are accommodated inside too, although I don't think of this as a place for babies or toddlers.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great menu. Will definitely come back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was a friend-get-together and we had a very good time. Food here is always so good that it makes me and my friend come back again and again. The stuff is very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is easily my favorite restaurant in our neighborhood. The ambiance is lovely, the staff is exceptional (and kind to children!), and the food is simple without being boring, and delicious on a whole new level. For whatever reason, I never feel my usual "I should have avoided gluten" pangs after a meal at Pro Bono.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

It’s always a pleasure to eat at Pro Bono. The food is excellent, the service is superb, And it’s great to see the same waiters and waitresses again and again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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