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Osteria

4.4
906 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Our vision is to insure a quality dining every time you eat with us. Osteria's purpose is to provide 'Culinary Contentment.' Whether you are choosing to enjoy an Osteria meal at home, your business via delivery, or in our dinning room, it is our pleasure to assist you. We believe in preparing fresh, whole food, as an essential to our customer's well-being. We are focused at providing you, our family and friends, with a traditional Tuscan cuisine, which pleases the palate is healthy, and progressive. Whether you are gathering with family, friends, co-workers, or entertaining clients, we happily offer our assistance. It is a privilege to serve you, grazie!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Sun 11:00AM - 12:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 12:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 906 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING. The food quality was great, and the service was exceptional. We will be sure to come back next time we come around. 😍

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CraigF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Yes, we enjoyed our night at Osteria. We had a nice table, good service and didn’t feel rushed. We would go back.

Osteria
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the positive feedback. We hope you will join us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived many years in Italy, and am a lover of Italian cuisine. I was taking my granddaughter on a college tour and stumbled upon this restaurant since it was on the way. What a find! The ravioli made with ricotta and squash was perfect in every way as was the caprese salad. The service was prompt and friendly. We sat outside at a nice table shielded from traffic. All I can say is “che bravi!”

Osteria
Responded 4 days ago

Grazie! We appreciate the wonderful review! We hope you and your granddaughter can visit us again while you are in town!

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SteveEatsOut
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal with our old favorite Penne Fantasia, the best pasta anywhere!

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vipRajS
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was very friendly and helpful however my fettuccine Alfredo was bland to the point of tasteless and lacking in any interesting features. The bruschetta starter however was very pleasant and flavorsome. A larger portion would have been appreciated though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food1service1ambience1

Horrible food

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lucyv
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great & all of the staff are very nice & attentive. This is our go to place when we come to Palo Alto.

Osteria
Responded on July 15, 2021

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate it very much and we are thrilled to be your Palo Alto favorite. Please let us know via private message if we can personally assist you with a future reservation or special request. We hope we can welcome you and your again guests soon.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Host staff and food was AMAZING. Wait staff was mediocre but I am definitely coming back this week!

Osteria
Responded on July 15, 2021

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate it very much. Please let us know via private message if we can personally assist you with a future reservation or special request. We look forward to seeing you next week!

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vipkht2002
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school Italian with great wait staff and wine list.

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SuzanneM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delightful. The service and food were great. Highly recommend Osteria. We will be going back soon.

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JillW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice to go out on a date night to Osteria. The staff was friendly, and the food was fabulous. I look forward to ta future visit.

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vipTaranehM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal!! Outdoor seating is nice and we hope they keep it.

Osteria
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate it very much. We are really enjoying the outdoor space provided by The City of Palo Alto, right now it has been approved through Sept 30 2021. We hope the community will support a more permanent outdoor dining option Please let us know via private message if we can personally assist you with a future reservation or special request. We hope we can welcome you and your again guests soon.

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GloriaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious, great service, nice atmosphere. Overall great experience!

Osteria
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate it very much. We are so happy you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to serve you again soon!

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MattP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I arrived 45 minutes before my reservation and was delighted to be seated immediately.
However, notwithstanding I was dining alone, it took more than 20 minutes for someone to take my drink order. By the time I was finally approached, I was ready to order a glass of wine, a spinach salad and then a spaghetti carbonara. While my glass of wine was relatively quick, I waited for my salad, and waited even longer for my entree. And even after I finished dining, no one asked if I was interested in dessert and I waited almost 20 minutes to get my check. Again, I was dining alone and I was there for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Osteria
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. At Osteria we are know for our quick and friendly service. Sorry it sounds like we dropped the ball on delivering the level of service we value. We hope we can have another opportunity to offer you great service in the future. Osteria Toscana

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very charming and friendly Italian restaurant – authentic in an old school and thoroughly enjoyable way. Great pasta and other superb dishes. Exactly like the wonderful bistros I am used to in Florence and Rome. A lovely time each time I have gone- five stars all around.

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vipKaffir
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We arrived early and opted for indoor dining. Only one table was occupied. We could choose our table. Service was excellent.

Osteria
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate it very much. WE are happy you enjoyed the wonderful service we are always striving for.

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Kristi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, and reasonable prices.

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MarcelaM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Totally recommended! The menu includes GF options that taste awesome. And the excellent service.

Osteria
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of us, we appreciate it! At Osteria we are thrilled to offer gluten free options for our guests and we are so happy you enjoyed them! We look forward to serving you and your guests again soon! Osteria Toscana

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DarcyT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Cannelloni was delicious, light and flavorful. Linguine and clams had plenty of clams, garlic and butter YUM. Tiramisu, so light and tasty. Beautiful day in Downtown Palo Alto. The staff is very attentive. I would highly recommend.

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DavidI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was underwhelming, they forgot one of our appetizers.

Food took for ever to arrive and no update or comment from server

One of our appetizers was a soup and when it was served , almost half was on the plate and not bowl

The main courses seemed to have been plated by throwing the food in just horrible presentation

Sorry is not acceptable for simple food and limited seating

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inezw
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good , will recommend for nice di ner out. dishes are quite expensive however for pasta.

Osteria
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback, on behalf of all of us at Osteria, we appreciate it very much. If we can personally assist you on a future visit please message us anytime. same sauce, same love, since 1986 Osteria Toscana

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vipBenL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best restaurant in palo alto for the value it brings. Ricky is the best and the food is consistently fantastic.

Osteria
Responded on June 24, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback! On behalf of Ricky and all of us we appreciate it very much and can't wait to serve you again soon! Osteria Toscana

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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vipMaraW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Perfect for a special occasion or a casual bite. Service is outstanding!

Osteria
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed our friendly efficient service. We hope you can join us again soon!

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DavidC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Osteria is one place we go for birthday, anniversary . Great food. The calamari steak is my usual.

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Sonoma728
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Everything was going fine, we ordered an appetizer, the special and a nice bottle of wine. Time to order dessert. We were given menus and 15 minutes later the waiter decided to show up. We ordered an Afogotto, which on the menu was supposed to be vanilla with espresso poured over. We got some green looking ice cream with nuts. Had a bite and left it. Shortly there after we received our bill, and was shocked to find a $12.00 charge for Living Wage Adjustment, WTF!
The owners need to pay the staff a fair wage, we paid a 20% tip. Needless to say we will not be returning and I will not recommend this restaurant to our friends and family.

Osteria
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. Yes the classic Affogato is served with vanilla gelato and espresso. Sounds like we served you the Pistachio gelato which is absolutely amazing, but does not go with espresso. We always encourage our guests to speak up because we would have loved the opportunity to make things right. The living wage surcharge is a trend many restaurants are adopting to offset the high cost of minimum wage in California.

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vipJoel
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent; Location in downtown Palo Alto is good, nice area with nearby parking.

It seemed no one was ‘assigned’ to our table as we had 3 different people taking our orders and we had to ask a few times; one order arrived incorrect and the final check we received had the wrong wine/cost. It is possible they were overworked/understaffed due to the Covid situation.

However, given how many other good places there are to eat in Napa, we will not return to this restaurant.

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vipHappyVisitor37
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Waiter and food awesome - too hot inside, too cold outside (wind) - which will hopefully all change June 15th!!

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Jzsquared
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in the Bay, hands down! Great service. Can get pretty busy but worth it!

Osteria
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback! On behalf of all of us at Osteria we appreciate it very much!

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vipFeaien
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

We ordered the bruschetta, caesar salad and carbonara. All were excellent, and the caesar salad actually came with anchovies (as it should). Everything tasted fresh and authentic, would come again.

My only complaint is the service. We arrived at a busy time (7-8pm) and were bounced between three different employees before finally being seated. They also didn’t wait until we were finished with our salads before slamming down our entrees.

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BrianeyR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, I loved all the plates. The carpaccio and the pasta are amazing

Osteria
Responded on June 12, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback. We love the carpaccio too! We look forward to serving you and your guests again soon! Osteria Toscana

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vipJeanneB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant! Consistently great food and fabulous service!

Osteria
Responded on June 12, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback. As Osteria we aim for friendly efficient service and keeping our Palo Alto tradition going! same sauce.same love.since 1986

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in California

Osteria
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are so happy to be your California favorite! What an honor for us! Osteria Toscana

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vipasin
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food quality has gone down over time and the service is not up to par either -- maybe suffering due to labor shortage/COVID.

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vipJogger
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrale sole, Calamari steak, Veal picatta. All outstanding. Would go back in a heartbeat. Ricky, the head waiter, is a kick.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We have come to Osteria every year for our birthdays celebrations. Yesterday we celebrated my son’s 10th birthday. The sat us next to the bathrooms! That was unpleasant. The waiter was absolutely awful. This unfortunate will be the last time we set foot at Osteria.

Osteria
Responded on June 7, 2021

We care very much for our loyal guests and that's what' s made Osteria a Palo Alto tradition for over 30 years! Did you ask to move to a table you would enjoy better? With our limited capacity requirements of the county we do not have many tables inside, but we would have been happy to move to move you to another open table and we have a large outdoor section also. We always want our guests to speak up in real time so we can make you comfortable, want our guests to leave happy and satisfied.

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Bevie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and fabulous waitstaff. Could not ask for a better evening out for my husband’s birthday.
Only a little hiccup. The restaurant could not use my open table reward because their internet was down and they could not key in the number.

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ChrisK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Classic tasty Italian options, with excellent pasta dishes and outstanding non-pasta entrees. Simply the best Italian in Palo Alto.

Osteria
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing your positive experience at Osteria! We look forward to serving you and your guests again soon!

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KatiaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was overpriced and mediocre at best unfortunately.

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NicoleT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like Italian restaurants. After ordering from a couple of different ones and finding that they were overly expensive, had poor quality food, or only a small selection, I decided to look for another restaurant. One of my requirements was that they had to serve real carbonara--not alfredo disguised as carbonara. After ordering from Osteria a few times and being very satisfied, I decided to dine there when I had some company. The food was very good--very garlicy, so beware if you do not like garlic. We sat inside, near a window, so there was plenty of sunlight--a nice change from other restaurants, which were often dim. Music played softly in the background, featuring singers like Louis Prima and Frank sinatra. The service was good, with the waitress answering my questions about the different dishes. Both my appetizer and main course were made as I ordered them--with a few modifications. There was just enough time between the appetizer being brought out and the main course. I have only two minor comments. First, if you ask for paper napkins, their napkins seem to be more paper towels than napkins--all restaurants should have paper napkins available upon request, even if they have cloth ones. Second, their to go boxes are puny--I had to use two of them. Finally, the waitress did not stop by the table as often as I would have liked, but that was probably because we were the only people sitting inside, so I am not going to count it against them. Overall, the food, service, and atmosphere were good, and I would go there again.

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You can order delivery directly from Osteria using the Order Online button. Osteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 328-5700.

Osteria is rated 4.4 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.