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About Caffe Riace

Caffe Riace serves mouth-watering modern European cuisine. With its beautiful and vibrant atmosphere, this is the perfect place for a Sunday Brunch, unforgettable and amazing lunch or dinner with family or just a talk & wine with friends.

200 Sheridan Ave
Ste 102
Palo Alto, CA 94306-2038
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Sicilian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday through Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner Monday through Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Parking

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 328-0407

Website:
http://www.cafferiace.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Caffe Riace is a perfect place for group dining, meetings, wine tasting or any other special events. We offer private dining rooms for groups of 10 to 25 people, semi-private room for 35, and the most beautiful patio that accommodate up to 180 guests. Our menu brings european flavors to your party.

Caffe Riace Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.6

ambience

4.4

value

3.4

Noise

Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Romantic (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our servers were nice. However, our service was very slow (approx 10 mins before we received water, approx 25+ mins before we received drinks, 40+ mins before we were able to order food). The room was very warm and we ultimately had to open a window. The food was average and didnt offer the freshness Ive come to expect as an Italian and dining in the Bay Area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Initially seated without menus, bad cork lead to challenges w/ wine, of the two entrees, one was wrong, and despite telling waiter no dessert or coffee, it took
forever to get the check. When we did, nothing was comped / discounted ...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband and I have gone to Caffe Riace for years and we were delighted to bring friends for their first time! Everything was as wonderful as we have come to expect (though I was a bit concerned based on some of the recent reviews). The only thing that seemed strange was that several of the items on the menu were not available. My girlfriend had to try three different orders to get one that the chef had available. It left her thinking that Caffe Riace was maybe winding down, which would be a terrible disappointment to us! Thanks you for giving us such a nice evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

It's always nice to be on the patio!
One of my favorites places

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We haven't been to Caffe Riace in some time and were pleasantly surprised by augmentations to decor, sculpture in the garden. Our server aimed to please and the food and wine were delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

The outdoor dining was lovely with fountains and statues. It was quiet and serene. Wait staff were great. Food was OK. Thought prices were a bit high for lunch. We all ordered appetizers for the main course. There was enough to eat but flavor was just OK. Excellent expresso!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great place tucked away from crowds. Great food, service, and no push to turn over tables. Lovely place for nice, quiet outdoor dinner

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wow!!!

What happened???

You guys need help, server was beyond bad, ruined entire meal...

Where are the owners??

No one is minding the ship, don't bother going

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Thank you OpenTable for introducing me to this lovely place, the outside seating area was great with a beautiful water fountain, the service was amazing and each dish was perfectly made.
I'm marking it as my new favorite.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Wonderful food and ambiance. Terrible service. We were ignored for twenty minutes, forty until a bottle of wine we ordered came out and two hours for our entrees to arrive. After having enjoyed this restaurant for years, we were highly disappointed in this experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

A really great restaurant. Romantic, great food, the patio is lovely and the owner or manager is spot on personable. It's worth trying to find...

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Even though the restaurant was not crowded, our service was awful and ruined how great the food was.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We arrived at Caffe Riace for our reservation last Sunday. No one there, door to kitchen locked with a chain, one table still had wine glasses but nothing set for dinner. Several other dinner groups of guests arrived and were surprised like us that the restaurant was deserted...no notification of why. Will probably not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We have been at this restaurant several times and haven't been there in over a year. Unfortunately either they changed management or servers, our server could barely smile at us and it was over 40 before we received our bill. There were only 5 other tables of other guests.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great Sicilian restaurant. Food is high quality and very tasty--a real value. Wine list is a nice selection of wines from the south of Italy and Sicily. Outdoor seating is special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Open early (5 pm), easy street parking. Friendly, accommodating wait staff. Serene setting for outdoor dining. Excellent crab cakes, ragu, fish fillet.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

I have been to Caffe Riace a couple of times before and it has easily become one of my favorite dinner date spots. However, I made a reservation for this past Sunday at 7:30pm for an anniversary dinner and was surprised to find the place closed. I'm not sure if there was a change in business hours and even if there was, a courtesy call would have been nice to know that we could not be accommodated that day. We had to scramble to find another place that was open and could take us without a reservation. As I said earlier, we sincerely love this place but better communication would be appreciated.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I hestitate to write this review as I have had many great experiences at Cafe Riaace over the years but this latest meal was terrible. The service was non-existent. There was a party going on and it appears that most of the other orders got lost. After an hour the waiter came back to us and asked us what our order was! I had to ask for refills for my water!
We called over the manager and while she was apologetic she just gave my husband a free glass of wine. So, after a frustrating evening the food arrived and was fine but it seemed that the incovenice was lost to the owner. The waiter had checked out a this point.
Anyway, we won't be rushing back there for a while. I will try again so make sure it wasn't a one off. Very disappointing.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Service was terrible. There was a large party on the patio and the wait staff seemed preoccupied with that event and the regular customers were highly neglected. Service was slow. Had to ask multiple times for items. Some requests were never filled. Saw our waiter among the party guest most of the time. Had to ask others for service. Salad arrived AFTER entree. Reservation was for 6 PM. Had theater tickets for 8 PM. Almost didn't get there on time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Very nice ambience. Food was good. Service was ok. Servers seemed to be fairly inexperienced but were very responsive and eager to please

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We arrived on Saturday evening on time for a 6:45 reservation. Around 7:00, we ordered a bottle of red wine ($45). Around 7:25. we were told that they were out of that wine. No food order taken yet. Then we ordered a different bottle of red wine (around the same price), and we were told that they were out of that one too. There was only one waiter that we could see and a waiter trainee. We looked around and saw other people who were seated and looked unhappy. So, we gave up and left, and then walked to another restaurant and had a good meal there. The ambiance of Caffe Riace is very nice, particularly in the summer when you can sit outside. However, they have to get their act together before we will give them another chance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The courtyard setting was lovely, particularly on a warm night. The staff was helpful: when we expanded the group size from 8 to 10, they immediately accommodated it, although the service was not very attentive. Regrettably, the one Rose on the wine list was not available on this summer evening; and it turned out the food left something to be desired: the lobster in Fettucine Aragosta was tender and sweet, but there was not much of a sauce (couldn't taste the tomato-cream nor the tarragon); two people who ordered the Petrale Sol found the fish 'not delicate' and the risotto mushy; the lamb chop was over-cooked. It's too bad since we really like the setting...

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

It was not open when we arrived. No phone call that day or next day to explain or apologize--the least they can do.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Made a reservation, only to find out that the cafe was closed. How hard is it to put correct hours on the webpage, as well as on the OpenTable?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Such a special place with great service and delicious food. Connie is the best!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Food was great, service was friendly except they were not willing to drag heaters over as the sun went down and we all got cold!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Caffe Riace is a fabulous Palo Alto restaurant, with the most wonderful patio space. Eating outside is an absolute dream -- the tables are beautifully set and are spaced among lovely fountains, statues, and once dark, romantic lighting. They have a very authentic menu, which you know the owners take great pride in. They also have an interesting wine list with selections from many parts of the world. While the servers are incredibly attentive (and that is very much appreciated), the only negative I would say about the restaurant is that their timing is not great, can be a bit overbearing in their check-ins and should be more mindful of conversations (again, while we appreciate being checked upon to ensure comfort, we felt consistently interrupted). Beyond that, a great place to dine that will transport you to an outdoor cafe in Italy!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 25, 2017

It isn't open on sunday, but why did Open Table allow reservation on sunday? We made the reservation, showed up and the reataurant was closed. Enough said. Ruin our evening

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Despite having zone coverage, the service was oddly slow as I came to delivering food or drink.

Like three people would take the order then everyone would ignore you.

They could stand to tweak their service model. Run bread and water early and be clear as to who is assigned which table.

Also, lugging the giant tablet to the table to process payment is a clunky touch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent friendly service

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We had a 7 pm reservation. They were out of the crab ravioli. They were out of the cannelloni Della momma. They were out of the petrale sole. I was finally able to successfully order my fourth choice - lobster and shrimp over fettuccine and the seafood was undercooked. Oh and did I mention I had to ask twice to get the bread they offered? We had a lovely graduation dinner there 8 years ago but it hasn't held up well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

I had to constantly ask for refills of bread and I ordered a diet soda and got a refill and they charged for 2 sodas! Who does that?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Inspired by a city in Italy, the site is promising. However, several food ingredients seemed to be missing (anchovies from Caesar salad, feta on the salad), and wine on menu wasn't available. food tasted good. We sat inside as outside was chilly, and background music and one other group made it hard to hear.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

It's lovely to sit outside by the fountain and enjoy some good Italian food. The food never disappoints.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The restaurant was closed, there was no sign or answer to the phone. We had to find another restaurant. If they were not going to be open, why accept reservations. If an emergency, al least have a staff member show up to post a sign or have a message on the answering machine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

My reservations were confirmed- we got there and it wasn't open!! Bad

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had 11 people! The service was excellent and the food was exquisite! I loved their food selection and presentation. The staff was incredible. The manager, Oscar, was fabulous!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mother's day. The waiters/servers seemed to be struggling even though it was not that crowded. They had a fixed menu and my daughter was with me and does not eat that much. First they said she cannot just order an entrée must pay the full price and I said what? They offered her the chicken dish which was a very thin slice of chicken breast for $22. Never checked on us, or refilled our water glasses until I had to get out of my chair and tell them. I had always liked this place because of the outside garden which is lovely but the service and food is *not* that good anymore. It was a day to enjoy and relax not have to get up and ask for what I needed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We have been dining here for many years. No one has ever been disappointed with their meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Delightful lunch out on the patio and great service. Our favourite spot to meet friends when we're in Palo Alto.

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