Caffe Riace

4.6
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21 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Established in 1997, Caffe Riace, a robust Palo Alto trattoria, offers conviviality, homemade specialties and family-style warmth. Riace, one of many fine restaurants in the California Avenue area, is family owned and operated. Every dish is made with honest expertise. Caffe Riace is also a popular venue for wedding receptions, business meetings, graduations and other special events. If you’re looking for an intimate dining experience, we offer private dining rooms accommodating up to 40 guests. Our patio can host up to 200 guests and is a wonderful venue for warm weather events of any kind!
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VM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area for many years. The food is fabulous but what really makes this restaurant special is the family feeling you get immediately!!! Best tiramisu I’ve ever had!!!🥰🥂

Caffe Riace
Responded on October 3, 2019

Dear Vesna, This is such a warm review we really apprecaite your dedication throughout the years. We hope to see you very soon again. Caio Caffe Riace

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T
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Caffe Riace is an old favorite that we recently re-visited. It was great to see that it had not lost a step. Its outdoor seating is one of the most enjoyable in the valley and it menu is broad and well executed. Service is friendly, professional, and attentive. My only critique is that the corkage fee is out-of-line with what I'd expect at a neighborhood restaurant, so you may want to check beforehand in case you're thinking about bringing your own wine. I understand that running a restaurant is extremely challenging in the Bay Area, so can't fully fault them. All in all, it was a great experience.

Caffe Riace
Responded on October 3, 2019

Dear Tony, Thank you for being such an established guest here at Caffe Riace. We really appreciaate your review and look forward to hosting you soon. Caio Caffe Riace

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, another awesome meal. Everyone is so friendly and food fabulous. Staff is GREAT - ask for Natalie!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool spot, off of CA. Easy parking or Uber. Perfect for outdoor dining on a large patio with full sized Greek statues (hide the kids of you don’t want them seeing the human body). Overall, a good spot, hearty portions, solid menu.

s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal!

MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with a friend at the remodeled Cafe Riace. It is nicely done and it's a great venue for sitting outside to enjoy dinner. However, we found the food to be extremely salty. While the outdoor ambience to great unfortunately I can't recommend it because of the food.

Caffe Riace
Responded on August 28, 2019

Dear Mary, Thank you for your honest review. We ahve consulted with the chef and have adjusted due to your insight. We hope to see you back and let us know what you think. I am so glad our service was top notch for you. Caio, Caffe Riace

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SV
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu

Presentation of food perfect

KF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Heaters outside. Friendly host. Had the lasagna and it was excellent. Also had brushetta special of the day. Could have ordered two more orders. Amazingly not very busy.

Caffe Riace
Responded on August 22, 2019

Dear Keith, Thank you for the lovely compliment I hope we get to host you again very soon. Ciao ~Caffe Riace

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b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant off of California Ave in Palo Alto. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was delicious Italian fare. The wine list was pricey. We dined on a Wednesday night and were surprised that the restaurant had only a few tables filled. Would definitely return.

SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch dining by the fountain on a hot day - wonderful ambiance, delectable food, and considerate service.

JT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

WE have birthday lunch Saturday. It was just a few tables with customers. The place is beautiful. The food was good. Cannelloni with ricotta cheese and spinach is my favorite. My friend ordered pan fried halibut and like it too. For desert I ordered ricotta cheese cake and it was just OK. We try also olive oil cake with mascapone creme and it was good. I like this restaurant .

j
San Francisco
222 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was well prepared and very tasty.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredible and the food excellent! They had the right recommendations for everything, fresh-tasting wine and food, and created a wonderful relaxing and romantic evening for us. We can’t wait to go back.

Caffe Riace
Responded on July 26, 2019

Such a pleaure to host you on your romantic evening. Thank you for the glowing review and look forward to haveing you back soon. Grazie Caffe Riace

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to place for Italian food. The outdoor seating is remarkable. The water fountain, the sculptures, and the landscaping make this such a special place. I haven’t ever had a dish I didn’t like there. The waitstaff is super attentive but without over doing it. Love this place!

Caffe Riace
Responded on July 26, 2019

Diana, What a pleasure to have you for lunch on the 19th. Please come back again soon. Grazie, Caffe Riace

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JS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My spouse and I haven't visited Riace in several years and are really, really glad we went back this July 4. We had a cavatelli dish that was (nicely al dente) and a veal chop (medium, also cooked just right). Both of these are not normally found on Italian restaurant menus in our area, so finding them both on the same menu was super. A decently-priced bottle of Grgich zinfandel (only 2x retail rather than the usual 3x). Olive oil cake for dessert was great to share (but it disappeared more than twice as fast). The only somewhat disappointment was the caesar salad; just not particularly distinguished. The host and server were very personable and glad to talk about wines, the history of the restaurant, etc. We ate outdoors, which is a calling card for this restaurant. And, unlike the rest of the California Avenue are right now, there is ample parking by 5pm in a small garage across the street.

Caffe Riace
Responded on July 7, 2019

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your spouse the other night. You both gave me some history as well, that I appreciate. We will see you sooner than later. -Nick

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RM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Riace has really raised its game! Food and service were excellent. We went there last weekend too. Plus you can hear people talk.

Caffe Riace
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for the great review. I hope to have you back soon. -Nick

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AM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous outdoor seating with attentive and gracious staff. The food is always amazing with the Ceppo Riace being a favorite! A great place to go with a group as well.

Caffe Riace
Responded on June 29, 2019

Ashley, A pleasure to host your dinner. We will see you soon. Nick

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LE
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening and thoroughly enjoyed our celebration at Caffe Riace!

Caffe Riace
Responded on June 19, 2019

Linda, Such a pleasure to host you. I am so glad you had a beautiful time, we look forward to hosting you soon.

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Ambience was lovely
water boy was very punctual
waitress tried
Steak was well when medium was requested.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Friend heading off to law school

KP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fabulous and interesting; not just your standard Italian fare. Maitre 'd was charming, friendly, helpful and made excellent suggestions for wine pairing. Our server was new and a bit inexperienced but did a great job. She knew the menu and could accurately describe the dishes and tell us why she liked them. Appetizer was a cold marinated eggplant dish. Eggplant was creamy and tasty. The aranchini ranked as some of the best I have ever had. Salmon stuffed w crab and artichoke hearts...amazing. love sitting outdoors in the courtyard and the heater that was turned on as it got later was perfect. All in all, a lovely dinner .

Caffe Riace
Responded on June 5, 2019

So glad you had a wonderful time. We look forward to hosting your evening again. Thank you for your feedback... Nick Salazar

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