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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Went with a large group of 14 during a very busy weekend in Palo Alto. We had to wait a bit but they managed to get us a table. The staff was warm and gracious. The food was delicious and they did not rush us out at all. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2016

The two owners have a staff that's been working together for years - focus is on making you feel at home. Several dishes are truly special - Susan's Downfall or the Veal Marsala. Any time there's a special event or, as the case was tonight, an inlaw in town - it's the perfect place to go!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2016

Came with with friends for a birthday celebration. Once we all found parking, which can be a challenge in the area, we made our way to the restaurant. Interesting layout and decor. We had a quieter table in the back which was perfect so we could chat, but we could hear the main part of the restaurant was rather loud. Food options were great, lots of unique things to try. We ended up just ordering lots of appetizers so we could try may different flavors and food combinations. I think this would be a fun place during happy hour too.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Nice setting . good waiters, really busy. Good feeling about the servers and their attention to us. The food was excellent but the service was on the slow side. We liked it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2016

Good food choices, well priced with nice decor. Excellent service. Lunchtime was very noisy and hard to hear your tables conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2016

Wonderful Italian place downtown Palo Alto. Great food, excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Great food great atmosphere and awesome service. Really enjoyed the small and cozy Resteraunt and how they greeted each guest with a rose on Valentine's Day !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Love this neighborhood restaurant for it's wonderful food and attentive, experienced staff.
It is always good but Valentine's Day was extra special.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We recently dined at Cafe Pro Bono with a group of six. The ambiance was very nice: it was easy for our group to hear each other talk, the lighting was soft and it felt both elegant and comfortable. The service was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I had one of the specials, which was red snapper served over a white bean sauce, and it was delicious. "Susan's Downfall" is a must, at least as an appetizer. It would be a lovely special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 13, 2016

The environment evokes a relaxed feeling. I have been coming to this restaurant for many years and have not been disappointed. I have tried all of their offerings as well as their specialties. The table service was excellent – very attentive. The wine selection is quite extensive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2016

My firm took 6 clients to lunch, the food was amazing and the service impeccable . I will definitely return as well as recommending it to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Great service from the owner to the bus boy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2016

We had a girl's night out to celebrate a friend's birthday. The food was excellent and the service was awesome.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Arrived for dinner with my three children (11, 9, and 8) at 6:15pm on a Saturday before going to the Stanford basketball game on campus. First visit, based on the good reviews. Host seemed surprised, and disappointed, to have young children. We were seated promptly. Our server (John, according to the receipt), in the middle of taking our order, completely zoned out for twenty seconds, even while I was placing the orders. I had to raise my voice to get his attention, even as he was standing right next to me. Even my kids noticed I was talking and repeating the order and he still was not paying attention. Rude. Unprofessional. No apology. Clam chowder was cold. All of the pasta in the chicken tagliatelle was broken up in small pieces (none longer than two to three inches). The linguine with clams was good, although on the salty side. The staff seemed much more interested in chit chatting with their frequent customers than in anything else. My children dine out often at a broad range of restaurants. Kids are honest. They all gave it a thumbs down. All in all, a big flop.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2016

The service here is outstanding as is the food. I frequent this place for business lunches because you can hear your colleague talk, the food is really good and fresh and you can get in and out in a timely manner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2016

We hadn't been back here for over 18 years. It was busy with big family parties and older folks. Very attentive service but the food was not as much of a stand-out as before. Good place to take the older parents and grandparents.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2016

The entree was not complete (no vegetable served) and a little bit cold. We were first sat in the hallway then moved to a corner add-on table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2016

Best italian food in the Peninsula and South Bay !!!!!
No doubts!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2016

Four of us had dinner at Cafe Pro Bono last week . We all kept commenting on how good the food was from the appetizers, through the entrees to the desserts we were licking our lips. The Duck Risotto was excellent as was the Rabbit and the Spaghetti. Delicious food, wonderfully prepared, excellent service. An added bonus was that we could actually hear each other talk. The noise level is much lower then many of the restaurants in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2016

Excellent pasta. Excellent filet. Excellent wine selection. Even the small bowl of infused herbs, olive oil and balsamic served with fresh sliced bread was Excellent!!! This is a hidden gem of a restaurant where the food is outstanding and the service is tops.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2015

Always wonderful! You can't go wrong at Pro Bono!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2015

We ate lunch here with a friend and split four courses: carpaccio, gnocchi, veal marsala and apple tart. All were very good. The service was attentive but not hanging on our every word. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2015

Went here with a few coworkers for holiday dinner. Food was exceptional. Servers tend to follow the tradition of "let me know when you need something". It was odd at first, but once we got used to it it was nice to be able to hang out and talk without servers buzzing about and interrupting randomly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2015

Took a friend here, the first time in a long time. It was a pleasant enough experience, with fine service and good enough food. But nothing memorable, so I'm not sure that I will hurry back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2015

The food was great, except I'd like to see a cup of soup, in addition to the bowl on the menu.

Service was a little slow, but there were some large parties. The two of us got lost, but the waiter was nice enough to split a bowl of soup for us. Then he kind of disappeared. We had to ask for our check.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2015

Pro Bono continues to be a a reliably good restaurant. The dishes are prepared with care. Over more than 10 years, I've never had a dish that disappointed. And the service is excellent, even when the restaurant is crowded. And if you want something out of the ordinary, try "Susan's Downfall". You'll remember that fondly and for a long time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2015

Always excellent food...service at lunch was very poor (not typical)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2015

The personnel at cafe pro bono always greet their guests warmly and that service continues throughout the meal, without being intrusive. The menu selection is good and the food is always very tasty. Noise level allows conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 4, 2015

Cafe Pro Bono was packed when we arrived at 7:45 p.m. on a Friday evening. Every table occupied and the evening was lively. We were seated between two tables near the kitchen. I had a hard time hearing our table conversation. I ordered the beet salad while it was very good, it had too much dressing poured over the beets. Would order dressing on the side for future orders. Steak was perfect, service attentive, cocktails and wine memorable. Overall, a nice dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2015

Great neighborhood restaurant. Food is excellent, service fabulous. My favorite - "Susan's Downfall", a ravioli appetizer or entree.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2015

Our family dined here for Thanksgiving. I most appreciated the variety of offerings which satisfied even our wide ranging family tastes! The atmosphere was lovely, albeit a bit noisy due to a very vocal toddler at a nearby table (no fault of the restaurant).
Our food was good to excellent. The turkey & gravy could have been hotter, and portions of it a bit more ample for the price. However, overall we were pleased and would consider coming here again for a special holiday gathering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2015

The selection for the soup was limited. Perhaps the restaurant can consider adding variety to it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2015

The server was terrific! The food was excellent Italian fare. Don't miss Susan's downfall! The Greek-spiced chicken was flavorful. Great relaxed and quiet atmosphere

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Cafe Pro Bono is that old-fashioned restaurant that is hard to find these days: quiet enough for conversation, terrific service...and very good food. The rack of lamb is exceptional, so beautifully pink, tender and delicious. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2015

Beautifully remodeled, delicious food and attentive service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Really delicious food. The Cesar salad was crisp and fresh, the lamb shush kabobs were cooked to perfection in a complimentary, wine sauce. My daughter and her friend wanted some changes to how their pasta was prepared and the staff was happy to make the changes. Really an excellent meal in a warm and friendly environment. We will definitely be going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2015

A continued top favorite - delicious and perfectly executed food, great ambiance, welcoming staff and perfect timing between food courses. We love Pro Bono!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2015

Was not a huge fan but dessert was wonderful. The older couple next to us was really adorable but the food was mediocre. Husband was struck by the waiter due to the tight table placement. Medium rare lamb was very heavy on the rare and tasteless.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2015

The food is solid but not very adventurous. Our waitstaff was very nice and helpful but the whole restaurant felt a little stressed. They were very busy and the strain was showing. I would go back again but maybe on a weeknight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2015

Solid place for Italian food. Servings were decent sizes and everyone enjoyed their meals.

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