Mike's Palo Alto

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Italian
Mike's Palo Alto is a place to gather with family and friends to enjoy the simplicity of rustic Italian-American cooking. Bringing you authentic cuisine, we use locally grown ingredients whenever possible, make our pasta in-house, and give our support to near-by wineries. We believe the purity of our concept lies in the quality of our ingredients and the simplicity of our dishes. We are dedicated to bringing simple yet refined Italian-American cooking to our neighborhood and look forward to serving you and our community.

Along with our seasonal menu, we offer a full bar and a unique selection of California and Italian wines. Our menus are constantly changing, so the options for Dinner, Lunch and Brunch are endless. We also have a menu just for the kids. Please join us and enjoy the rustic ambiance of MIke's Palo Alto. Whether it’s inside or out on our patio, we’d love to see you!
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AT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent minestrone! Service was quick, efficient yet relaxed. Very enjoyable

GG
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were looking forward to trying the new and "improved " Mike's...but were disappointed and underwhelmed. The space looks great but it ended there for us.
The food was not that tasty and part of our meal was almost cold. Even had to request butter for our biscuits as none was offered.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place to have a delicious dinner before a theatre performance. Our group is thoroughly enjoying your beautiful new decor and professional servers.

AD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

We had dinner there Saturday night. It was poor. The spaghetti was cooked to soft. The brussels sprout where undercooked for the second time. The lasagna was really heavy and greasy. Food that evening for 6 people was poor. However, I have been very satisfied in the past and maybe that evening the main cook was not there.

SS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mike's: What can one say? It's been consistently great for years; and so it continues in the "new" location!!!!!!

SB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this new version of Mike's Cafe. The dinner menu is expanded and my favorite it the tuna crudo, beet salad and any of the amazing pizzas. Pastas are still wonderful and specials are awesome. My friend had fresh halibut recommended by the waiter and it was melt in your mouth awesome. Tiramisu is great, if you are a dessert person. It's easy to park, wonderful ambiance, and great people.

DW
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the meal!!

m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant place for lunch. Very good food and a great selection of food. A bit more noisy than I would choose.

FD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The newly renovated space is really lovely. There were 4 of us for dinner. My tomato burrata salad had tomatoes so over ripe that they disintegrated on the plate into a red watery soup that could not be eaten with a fork. Three of my four fellow diners ordered lamb chops - cooked MEDIUM. We waited 40 minutes and got 3 raw lamb chops that had to be sent back ....another 20 minutes and they came back in stages so we didn't really eat together but in stages. MEDIUM does not mean blue- this is not France. There were 3 full cooks and yet the service was very slow even though the restaurant was only 1/2 full. Some definite kinks and we were also surprised that after such bad service there were no apologies from management. WE were lucky to get any food at all evidently. Obviously this place needs someone who knows how to run a restaurant. I would like to support local but can't go through the frustration again. Let's hope it improves!

KT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, thank you. I wrote a lengthy Yelp review that you are welcome to view.

LO
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best breakfasts we ever had, not just in Bay Area but in the US. The eggs and sausage were outstanding, so was the Spinach and Chicken Frittata. The waffles were good too. Service was attentive. It was surprisingly empty at 1130am on a Sat - maybe not too many people knew they reopened.

Price-wise is ok. I don't think they are overpriced because the pricing is similar to everywhere in the area. The quality of the food more than justifies the price.

NW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally a Midtown restaurant that is pleasing to look at and dine in. Modern-rustic remodel on par with more urban places is a great addition to this part of Palo Alto. We no longer have to 'trek' to Cal Avenue for a bit of ambiance and energy with dinner. Just hope they can stay open later Thur-Saturday nights.

DJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent
Pizza was fantastic
Baked rigatoni is not recommended

j
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at a quiet table. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. The other wait staff were punctual in filling water glasses and removing plates when we were finished. Delicious cocktails and dessert rounded out our seafood dinners.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad you're open again. We missed you! Keep up the good work.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual a great place for dinner with friends.

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

We are so very lucky to have Mike's in Midtown, great food and location, location, location.
Calamari in Midtown is bliss. Love it Mike, great job!

AT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little pricey, but the food was delicious. I like the portion, not too much.

TV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Mike's is a local restaurant that I want to support. However, since they switched to be an Italian restaurant, the food should not taste americanized. The pasta dish was bland and the marinara sauce had no flavor. Likewise on the pizza we had.

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

Met up with a couple of friends tonight at Mike’s Cafe. I had the burrata and fig pizza. It was delicious. My friends had seafood skewers and raved about them. Love this place!!

TC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was our first time back to Mike's since they re-opened after the renovation. While our bruch was good and the service was very good, we left feeling a little disappointed. The food was okay, but along with the renovation came higher prices. I know it is Palo Alto, but $ 116.00 for brunch for four (2 cocktails) is a little steep. The ambiance and decor is cold and not welcoming. The noise levels are fairly high. The interior is mostly hard surfaces which explains the noise. I have to say it..... we liked the Old Mike's better!

EW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Love the atmosphere, service was unusually slow, seemed short handed. 2nd visit better than first. I know, growing pains, on the right track. Menu could be a little more contemperary, what do I know.... Thanks for caring.

DR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food quality are consistently good. It is my new favorite restaurant.

CC
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mike's of Palo Alto is not just a remodel of Mike's Cafe, but a total reboot. The space has been transformed from company cafeteria industrial to a modern, welcoming space. It is a bit noisy, but there is a cheerful vibe from the minute you walk in the door. The prices are a bit higher, but this is offset by a full bar, a larger menu ( pizza!) and more sophisticated offerings. While I can't say that I don't miss the old Mike's (too bad there isn't space for both - it was definitely a reliable favorite of many people who live in midtown for good comfort food) I think that the new Mike's is a better representation of what the owner has always wanted to offer his customers. The special of burrata cheese on heirloom tomatoes with arugula was spectacular!

AC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Used to go to Mike's Cafe for many years. Finally got to his new place. Delicious!! Great atmosphere and great staff. Definitely a positive addition to dining in this area. And you can actually have a conversation because the noise level is low.

DR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together. Service is consistently great! Thank you.

PA
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The remodeled Mike's is more elegant and although the prices are higher the food is better than ever. Service was perfect as well. All in all, it's great to Mike's back in business after a long hiatus for remodeling and expansion. We were particularly impressed with the burrata salad, the hangar steak, and the spumoni gelato (hard to get spumoni any more and this was a real treat).

CT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming neighborhood restaurant with al fresco dining option. Brunch menu offered on weekends, and lunch/dinner served on weekdays. Thoughtful Italian-inspired menu, well executed and presented. Great wine list and cocktails offered. Attentive and pleasant service. Highly recommend!

LA
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are thrilled to have the expansion of Mike’s Cafe. We have been regulars at Mike’s other restaurant called Portola Kitchen. Midtown PALO Alto needed a hip restaurant. Mike’s Cafe has a great bar, excellent service, and really quality food. I had the butternut squash ravioli with sage—I loved it. The pear Gorgonzola salad was also a winner. I highly recommend this gem!

AK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was wonderful, I had shrimp and had this wonderful taste lingering afterwards.

SS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We 've always loved Mike's and are glad they're back--and better than ever!!!!!

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the first time in a long time that i feel like I could go to the same restaurant on a weekly basis. Haven't felt this way since we lived in SF

Food was freshly prepared and the Spumoni was the best!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Glad Mike’s is back. Will definitely come on regular basis.

LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I will say that this is the third time in
I have made a reservation with Open Table and each time I was immediately shown a table near the kitchen or toilets when other tables were plentiful and available. I have even put in the comment section, please do not seat me near kitchen or toilets. All reservations were made more than 24 hours ahead and restaurants were not overly crowded or booked. Baffling mystery that leads me to believe that reserving with Open Table puts one at the worst table available. Each time I have been able to negotiate a change of table before seating.

EW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Its new, reinvented, more sophisticated. Its only little things, the todays special menue had no date, the menu was nice but really didn't match the ambience. I'm looling forward to enjoying more meals with Mike's endevors..

BM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Renovation is outstanding. Marvelous ambiance, great food. Our party of five enjoyed ourselves immensely.

l
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It's a large, varied menu with many daily specials. I like that the entrees come with a nice sized serving of vegetables. Each of the dinners I have had there were excellent. Servers are very attentive, it is well staffed and the owner or family member is present to assure food and service meet standards.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The re-opened Mike’s is a very attractive space with a splendid menu and a very competent staff.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The recently reopened Mike's Cafe Palo Alto was welcoming, in an attractive new setting, with very friendly staff and a menu full of intriguing dishes. We had three generations of diners and everyone enjoyed their meal. We're glad Mike's is back and offering such good food.

JN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So glad it's open again! I wish it were open for breakfast on weekdays.

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