Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Fri. 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun. 5pm-9pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Akif Aydin: (650) 326-1626
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
Cafe Pro Bono Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.