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Osteria

4.3
936 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 936 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Terrible food. I ordered fettuccine with prawns. The noodles were over cooked and they were stuck together when served. It’s had no taste. Very bland. Only had 4 prawns on the fettuccine. The waiter never offered any cheese as a topping for the fettuccine. I also ordered a drink with dinner which never arrived. Also, the heat lamp next to our table wasn’t working. They needed more gas for the lamp. By the time they replaced the gas, we were leaving. Lousy service and lousy food. Will absolutely never come back.

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Spunky
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Overpriced and servings skimpy and below expectations. Waiter was really nice. Bread and olives/olive oil great.

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sidneyl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice setting and good food for the price! Waiter was great!

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lana
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was very good as usual, however service was much worse than usual. What happened? We almost left...
The plate I was given saw much better times about 100 years ago. I would not use it for under the plant pots. Waiter asked: what's wrong with it? My son said : look at it...
Then waiter spilled waster all over our table and menus folder, rushed away not bothering to wipe it or bring other menus. My son was blamed
for ruining the menus folder. Waiters were pretty bad, not attentive, not trained, BAD. Maybe we had just a bad luck.
However the food was very good.
I would give them another chance. Maybe they have a hard time because of Covid

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Ackme
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from our sever Francisco
Food recommendations were excellent.
Food presentation and quality were highest quality.
Wine recommendations were perfectly paired.
Seating outdoors was fun, safe, and comfortable
Everyone on staff was very responsive, engaging, and professional

Osteria
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your positive feedback. On behalf of Francisco and all of us at Osteria we appreciate the love! We hope you will come enjoy another meal with us again soon!

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vipTomR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and staff was very accomodating.

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ArthurY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice experience. Good food, friendly caring service. Will go back soon.

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vipSymphonygoer
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was uncomfortably rushed in the beginning and then slow at the end. But food was served hot, so no problem there. May have been a function of not enough servers for the number of patrons eating.

Would recommend the restaurant, but with comments about the service.

Osteria
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, sounds like our pacing was a bit off, sorry about the lack of consistent acing throughout your meal. Glad your food was hot and delicious! We hope we can have another opportunity to provide you and our guests with some stellar service in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Haven’t been to Osteria in twenty years. Busy in a Friday night but made reservations and sat inside so we were seated timely. Ordered the Paparedelle d’Osteria and my wife ordered the Agnolotti special. Both sauces tasted great but the paparedelle was a lot thicker than I remembered…not delicate as before. The agnolotti probably could have been cooked a minute or so more. The service was great and our waiter was fantastic! Pricey but probably would go back again.

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vipCatchmecc
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

Delicious yummy food!

Always a treat

Osteria
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you for the 5 Star review. On behalf of all of at at Osteria we are proud to earn them and we appreciate your business! Please join us again soon for more yummy food and excellent service! Osteria Toscana

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Nulla
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Before the pandemic, this was our favorite Italian restaurant. The food last night was mediocre at best, and sufficiently below our expectations. That we do not plan to return in the near future.

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vipKnowsHowtoTravel
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Osteria has been one of our favorites for years and years. Thank goodness, they survived Covid!
We had a lovely dinner Friday night. There's a new page of Chef's Selections that had some interesting items. The beet salad had spinach, ricotta crostini, and a delicious dressing.
But 2 things have changed:
- the bread isn't the same. It used to be kind of a non-sour, sourdough bread. Nice and chewy inside, crackly crust outside. Osteria - please bring back your bread!
- the caprese salad used to come with the MOST amazing dressing. It was a pesto, green in color, with garlic, olive oil, crushed pine nuts, and we were told "20 secret ingredients'. We were disappointed that the caprese now comes with some kind of too sour vinaigrette:( Osteria - please bring back the pesto dressing you used to serve!
We love the servers, especially "Irish"!

Osteria
Responded on September 3, 2021

We are so thrilled to be a favorite for years and years and we thank you for continuing the Osteria tradition. The bread is the same we have served for over thirty years so either we ran out and had to make a quick replacement of the sourdough was extra sour that day, as it can vary just slightly. And the dressing yes! That is our famous beloved "house dressing" or "verde dressing" all you need to do is ask and we can bring you a little bowl on the side. We hope you will join us again soon!

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vipRaymondM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

After arriving promptly for our 6:30 reservation, we were seated outside with menus and brought bread and water. The restaurant was neither full nor especially busy and the tables near us that were occupied were being properly served with serves walking right past us to do so. After sitting for 30 minutes waiting for a server to take even a drink order we got up and left which also went unnoticed. We understand the current staffing challenges restaurants are facing but we've not had such an extreme experience anywhere else. There was no evidence that the staff was overloaded and we saw some standing around showing more interest in their phones than in serving us.

Fortunately we were able to walk in to another restaurant down the street and were immediately seated and attentively served.

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's a wonderful place, but they don't believe in salt.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Ate outside
Inside much better
Are used to go there all the time something happened I don’t know but the food was not very good before it used to be delicious maybe 2015 years ago

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. Rick and Francisco are perfect hosts.

Osteria
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback, Aren't Rick and Francisco the best? We are so lucky to have staff members that are so passionate about service and hospitality! We hope we can welcome you back again soon!

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vipMike
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Osteria has a very large outdoor dining area which is great for diners concerned about eating indoors.

It was a Saturday night and they were very busy, our waiter is a professional was attentive.

The food was excellent as always.

Osteria
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you for the positive feedback. From all of us at Osteria we are so happy you enjoyed everything! We hope we an welcome you back soon!

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vipAnon
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Francisco was a friendly, very professional server. We are always glad to dine at Osteria.

Osteria
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for the 5 Star review. On behalf of Francisco and the whole team, we appreciate the postiive review and your business very much. We look forward to your next visit!

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vipRonA
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The spinach salad and gnocchi Alfredo were excellent. The Osso Buco was good, but we prefer less tomato. Service was very good. Prices have gone up.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with an amazing server, Robert M took care of us and he was really polite and attentive. We had a small issue with our wine and he fixed it in a heart beat. Would definitely come back and would love to have the same server. He really made our night 😃

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vipboom21
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with hubby♥️

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WeekendDad
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I used to come here 20+ years ago, and it’s as good as ever. Great service from friendly old waiters. Probably the best panzanella (bread salad) I’ve ever had—perfect textures on the bread and veggies, and tons of flavor without too much vinegar. Mains were beautiful and flavorful, as was dessert, which came with outstanding fresh brewed decaf coffee. The only blemish was waiting a long time for the check because they got slammed. We had tickets for a show and had to hustle out of there. Will definitely consider returning the next time we are in Palo Alto.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and the service provided from Francisco was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, but the service of all the staff is beyond awesome.

Osteria
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate it very much and we are thrilled you enjoyed our friendly staff! 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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vipHappyEater
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was decent as was the wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food has changed, it is not the same anymore unfortunately!

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vipMohit
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the Polenta and the Gnocchi. However, the ravioli wasn't that great.

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MarcioD
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious. I've already tried different foods in this restaurant and all of them were amazing. Not a single disappointment. The staff was spectacular last night. It was simply an amazing night for us.

Osteria
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you for the feedback and for sharing it! Nothing like an amazing night in these times and we are so happy to be a part of it. We hope you will join us again soon!

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CCPort
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had several pasta dishes--ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccini, and penne-- and they were all fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
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. 😍

Osteria
Responded on August 4, 2021

We can't wait to serve you again soon! thank you for the 5 star Love! Osteria

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JillS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent … great food!

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CraigF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
48 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 on July 24, 2021

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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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 4.3 stars by 936 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.