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Local Union 271, Palo Alto, CA

Local Union 271

4.2
4.2
326 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We, as a local family owned restaurant, unite local, exceptionally produced, food and drink. We proudly purvey these locally sourced provisions in a comfortable setting that has been hand crafted by local artisans.

We strive to create a local experience that is abundantly flavorful, healthy, safe, and enjoyable. We are honest and do the right thing.

Local Union 271 is a circle of farms, ranches, dairies, hatcheries, bakeries, fisheries, breweries, and wineries- and a lot more! Our local partnerships are the core of our mission to provide healthy, sustainable, safe, organic ingredients.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 322-7509

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Toribio Flores

  • Catering

    Bring the farm-to-table taste of Local Union to your parties! Our catering packages brings the whole party from share plates to family-style meals. Drop us a line to book yours now. https://localunion271.com/catering

  • Private party facilities

    We have several options available for your special event or party, including fully custom menus and drink. Please contact us so we can learn more about your needs and give you a custom quote. https://localunion271.com/large-groups

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    University Ave. between Bryant St. & Ramona St.

  • Parking details

    Bryant / Lytton Garage - Parking Lot S445 Bryant StPalo Alto CA 94301

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 326 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Healthy

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  1. NP

    NancyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was okay. Server seemed stretched between too many tables.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Good wasn’t good. Looked completely different than what I had seen for photos when looking for a place. Very disappointed, don’t be going back.
  3. BK

    BigKahuna44

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dinner at the historical building that I found out used to be a fire house back in the day.
  4. V

    Vineet

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent location, outdoor setup and overall ambience. The menu is quite elaborate and offers plenty of options for just about everyone. Went with friends and everyone had a great time.
  5. MH

    MikeH

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Very good meal. Everyone enjoyed the food. Our server seemed a little indifferent to our experience but we had a very pleasant meal.
  6. KE

    KelseyE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Our group enjoyed the ambiance and tasty coffee here. My friend’s lemon ricotta pancakes weren’t fully cooked and when I asked for a side of bacon it didn’t come on the side but mixed it into my meal. I wish they would have asked first, but overall I’d go back. Lots of other things on the menu I’d like to try!
  7. CC

    CourtneyC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We love the food here. And everyone who works there is really nice and is clearly trying. However, each time we've been here, the timing on the food has been off. Last night, our entrees and appetizers came at the same time -- even before our drinks! On the previous occasion, we waited a really long time for our drinks, and then again between courses. We will certainly go back because the food is that good. We'll just hold out hope that the timing improves. :)
  8. MV

    MelissaV

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The menu sounded great, but the food was lackluster for the prices. Very attractive room. A bit noisy. Still, an enjoyable experience. Great happy hour deals.
  9. MM

    MarcM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food, service and drinks were great, outdoor dining lovely, but the music was way too loud and raucous. We couldn't hear each other across a small table on an otherwise chill evening.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This place is very nice. Roomy and modern. We were greeted nicely and assisted well. Our server is very nice. The food tasted well. My son’s burger was cooked the way he ordered it and my daughter’s Mac n cheese was “bomb” (she says). I had halibut and salad. The only thing I would say is that please be careful of cross contamination. I may have not mentioned that I have nut allergies but my food shouldn’t have any nuts as it was not indicated in the Ingredients. Even m daughter read the ingredients before. My server was kind enough to take it off my bill but I told her not to and I failed to check. I was in a hurry not to get a reaction there as I have eaten half of my meal already. Overall, it was good. I’ll be back again.
  11. K

    Kabreel

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined while visiting Stanford. Very pleased with the place! You must let them know ahead if everyone will be paying separately.
  12. DO

    DumbartonOaks

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful meal
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Menu is weird, food is terrible and it’s not inexpensive!
  14. MI

    MaryI

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved dining al fresco last night! The outdoor chandeliers and heaters were perfect, service was excellent, food delicious. Some of us had the fresh fish, which was prepared with Miso marinade. Others chose off the "healthy options" section of the menu. The Lemongrass Curry with Grilled shrimp was delicious! Since it was a Tuesday, we were able to linger an extra hour after dinner, enjoying drinks and desert. Definitely recommend!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular, the service was over the top and Madison, our server, was attentive and wonderful. Overall, a perfect evening! I’ll be making this place a permanent stop whenever our team flies into town.
  16. SB

    SuchismitaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Over rated and needs much improvement to survive in the area. Much hyped
  17. A

    Angie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Visited for brunch and they had many options to choose from. The banana foster waffle was just ok, but my friend enjoyed The Hangover dish. They had many flavors of mimosa to choose from. The watermelon mimosa was tasty.
  18. k

    kiawahlizard

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were outstanding. Very large portions at a reasonable prices.
  19. D

    Delish

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Girls day brunch! Wonderful service from the hostess to the wait staff and management. Will return!
  20. S

    Shashi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was superb! Young kid with a lot of patience and charm.
  21. M

    Manila2015

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service was terrible!!!! Practically had to tackle the server to get any attention! And what reasonable restaurant does not serve decaffeinated coffee?
  22. C

    Clint

    Salt Lake City

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Location is nice, food was pretty good, but the service was very disappointing. Ignored for long stretches of time.
  23. LP

    LeslieP

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I received the wrong order and was then charged for the bill extras that were missing.
  24. C

    irisC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    It was a fun evening! Our party ended up ordering mostly appetizers to share. Some of the food were great, but some were just OK! The best part however was the dessert treat that came with a big candle and when lighted, firework came off the candle. The birthday boy was SUPER HAPPY and SURPRISED!
  25. DT

    DTar

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a random pick for our family. It proved to be a lovely, delicious meal. The options were varied and many gluten-free choices. We would highly recommend this restaurant!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    service outstanding- super friendly. Good great, huge portions, reasonable prices. Wish they had toned down the blaring house music but otherwise awesome
  27. CD

    CDSP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went to Local Union 271 to celebrate my wife's birthday and had a good time. Their drinks were delicious, she got a alcoholic grapefruit slushier and I got a Manhattan. We shared the meatballs, highly recommend. They were super tasty, great flavors, though wish they gave more bread and maybe one more meatball so we got two each. I ordered the prime short ribs, which were inedibly tender and really good, but accompanied by steamed veggies and a very bland tumeric cauliflower puree. For being a "complete meal" I would have expected a bit more complexity to the sides. My wife ordered the risotto, which was probably the best thing we ordered. Asparagus was a bit tough but tasty, the truffle came through well but wasn't overpowering, and the parmesan complemented it perfectly. For dessert, we tried the brioche bread pudding. The bread pudding was cooked to perfection, rich, hot, and covered in strawberries and accompanied by a light whipped cream. Personally, I would have enjoyed it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream as well, but my wife disagrees and says it was best as is. The staff was friendly and attentive, we were checked on by the manager several times and not just our server but others who were just passing by would check in as well. Ultimately, a good experience and had some really enjoyable good food, but, for the price it wasn't out of this world good and I think I've been wowed more for less at places like The Table in Willow Glen.
  28. OR

    OliviaR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great find! The food was fresh and delicious! We would definitely come back!
  29. K

    Katrina

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a great lunch for three at Local Union 271 with a midday reservation. Great taco platters, salads, and vegetarian bowls. We were very well cared for by a professional and efficient server and enjoyed outdoor seating for our lunch. Highly recommended for delicious fresh food, innovative menu options, outdoor ambiance, and attentive service.
  30. EA

    ElizabethA

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great time here for Sunday lunch with friends. It was busy, and we sat outside. Some street/car noises but not so much we couldn't talk. We were partly under umbrellas, and when the sun moved it did get pretty hot. Ice tea tasted fresh. Chicken pesto sandwiches were very yummy. Came with salads or potatoes. Both options were great. Will definitely come back for dinner.
  31. N

    Nicole

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, but food was awful. Our breakfast came out in less than five minutes. My scrambled eggs were brown, my toast was the heel of the bread, and the potatoes were tasteless. Super disappointing.
  32. DL

    DineLA

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some dishes were particularly good like the risotto with asparagus, prawns, and truffles. Restaurant was very busy but service was still pretty fast and friendly
  33. SB

    SarahB

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here. Only problem this last visit was when it came to pay. The waitress informed us she could accept our cash but not give change due to Covid. It wasn’t mentioned on the website, at booking, by the hostess or by our waitress until we came to pay. Really annoying that they are happy to take out cash as payment or tip but can’t give us change. Doesn’t make sense to me
  34. f

    foodie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    There was some confusion on our reservation. I had a reservation for outdoor seating and the hostess said it was indoor. Showed her the open table reservation which clearly stated outdoor seating. The hostess did get us an outdoor table within minutes.. and I appreciate that. Service was good and our waitress did a good job recommending food and drinks and checking on us. Food was a little disappointing. The cheesy bread tasted like the bread wasn't fresh. Overall The flavors and taste left much to be desired.
  35. R

    Richard

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Healthy food options. Friendly servers. Locally sourced ingredients. Outside dining was fun.
  36. JC

    JayC

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Very meh food, not very attentive service. Poor value for the price.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I typically have wonderful experiences at Local Union. However, this last visit was not a great one. We were directed to a table without silverware or napkins and didn’t received them til AFTER we got our meals. We waited 20 minutes after receiving water to be asked about ordering drinks or food. Allergen requests by my mom, on Mother’s Day, were completely shut down by the waiter. She had to order a dish she could only eat half of. I asked for protein on my meal but it was not added to my meal, and I waited 10 minutes to receive it. The host felt bad and was accommodating when asking for it, but still, not great. Overall, a disappointing Mother’s Day experience. I’ll be back, I just hope there are more accommodations and care in my next visit!

    Local Union 271Responded on May 11, 2022Hello I want to sincerely apologize for you experienced at our restaurant on Mother's Day. Our restaurant prides itself on providing our guests with the highest level of friendly, responsive service. Making our guests feel welcome and well cared for is our highest priority and I am very sorry that you did not experience the level of service and attention that our guests have come to expect. Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time eating here great job will be back
  39. B

    Bruin96

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great vibe. The food is great and the decor is fun and casual. Highly suggest for a great lunch spot.
  40. c

    cardie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    We ate outside and while the food was good, the service was sketchy. i had to ask three times for a glass of wine -

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Local Union 271 using the Order Online button. Local Union 271 also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Local Union 271 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 322-7509.

Local Union 271 is rated 4.2 stars by 326 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Local Union 271

271 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1714

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    University Ave. between Bryant St. & Ramona St.

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Bryant / Lytton Garage - Parking Lot S445 Bryant StPalo Alto CA 94301

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Toribio Flores

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 322-7509

  • Catering

    Bring the farm-to-table taste of Local Union to your parties! Our catering packages brings the whole party from share plates to family-style meals. Drop us a line to book yours now. https://localunion271.com/catering

  • Private party facilities

    We have several options available for your special event or party, including fully custom menus and drink. Please contact us so we can learn more about your needs and give you a custom quote. https://localunion271.com/large-groups

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