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Pastis Bistro, Palo Alto, CA

Pastis Bistro

4.2
4.2
159 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French
Pastis, restaurant and wine bar, is your little piece of France located at 447 California Avenue in Palo Alto. Discover an amazing french cuisine in an authentic bistro ambience. Enthusiastic service, charming decoration, outdoor seating… you’ll definitely be coming back!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 10:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 324-1355

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 159 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. X

    Xenophon

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant closed suddenly without notifying customers, either through OpenTable or by a message on their phone.
  2. L

    Lasse

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a booking for 12 persons on Sunday - restaurant confirmed the day before. When our group showed up - the restaurant was closed.
  3. JB

    JennyB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurants has been closed for several weeks. However, my reservation was accepted by you even though it was closed!! We arrived only to find it had been closed for weeks. You should check on the restaurants for which you take reservations! It is very frustrating to show up and find it closed.
  4. GT

    GioraT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    OpenTable took my reservation. A day prior to the date, OpenTable sent me an email, that I should confirm the reservation. I did. I arrived with my date at the restaurant promptly. THE RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED FOR GOOD. *** OpenTable *** caused a monumental embarrassment. Shame on OpenTable.
  5. D

    Diane

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant is closed! Out of business closed! I invited friends to join me there. Open Table sent a confirmation the day before. This is bad.
  6. j

    joshg

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The duck breast, the escargot, and the creme brulee were the great.
  7. c

    chakravarthi

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful brunch experience with delicious food and caring service ! Staff were very nice and let us have a leisurely dining
  8. P

    Poochie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, everything was excellent at Pastis Bistro.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    It was not as good as it usually is
  10. KD

    KeithD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A top flight French restaurant with an excellent menus, well prepared, and a good wine list. Delightful outdoor seating
  11. w

    waldoo

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good service. Good was good. They brought out a surprise piece of cake for my husband's birthday. Nice
  12. MK

    MaryK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a nice table outside for my sister’s birthday. My 2 granddaughters were with us and I was disappointed they didn’t have a children’s menu and items that were kid friendly. They did have the burgers which they enjoyed. The fresh ahi salad was very nice and the beignets were great. Service was excellent!
  13. DD

    DarrenD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and cuisine. You can tell they care about serving quality food. From the beet salad to French onion soup to duck breast…. Really delicious and worth every penny. Good wine, too.
  14. AB

    AdisaB

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Very good service, food not impressive. My guess vegetables was from frozen bag, and mushrooms from cane.Just imitation of really french food. Cocktail was ok.
  15. L

    Liam

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The Bavette steak was dry and chewy; the chicken piccata was dry and elastic
  16. L

    Luv2travel

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food, excellent service!
  17. YN

    YvonneN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely night out
  18. LL

    LunchLady

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I feel bad writing a poor review because the staff was nice and service was friendly. That’s the best I can say. The predictor of a good meal is often the bread that hits the table and the stale bread we were served was our first warning. Calamari came next, fried at the wrong temperature and leaving a film of oil on the plate. Then came the sole. Too thick and sturdy to be sole. If that was sole, I’ll eat my shirt; which would be tastier and less dry. All in all I was reminded of a transatlantic airplane meal served in economy class. I’m sorry , Pastis, for the poor review. Please do better.
  19. A

    Annabelle

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Service was very pleasant, as was eating outside; however, three of us thought food was mediocre, under seasoned, and over-valued.
  20. MA

    MichaelA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was well prepared and the wine was very nice. Perfect bistro food.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent French bistro
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place
  23. LY

    LYNN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This little restaurant has always been my #1 "go-to". I could eagerly order almost anything on their menu. And, no matter when I eat at the restaurant, the food is always uniformly great.
  24. SQ

    SusiQ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The new owners are definitely trying to continue the standards at this wonderful restaurant, but it just isn't the same as under the original owners.
  25. CC

    CoCo

    Hawaii

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They have a short whiskey list, but were out of a common brand. I ordered salmon and it was overcooked. Everything else was fine, but nothing was special, except the complimentary lentil soup. I used to love Pastis, but it feels like it was an off night for them. They have ample outdoor seating available which is a big plus.
  26. AJ

    AnneJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal at Pastis Bistro. My salmon was very delicious. Two other diners had the duck which was also delicious and my husband had a steak. The side dishes were great and the dessert was fantastic. We will definitely go back.
  27. S

    Suzique

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    This was the worst experience we have ever had. The steak came out raw when we asked for medium. Once we cut into it the blood squirted out. It was covered with a white cream sauce that his the steak. Just awful.
  28. AG

    AG25

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Generally good food, especially their salads and omelets, but the chicken and salmon last night were dry and too salty. The ambience and service are wonderful, though.
  29. MF

    MarkusF

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved meeting there for lunch. The salade niçoise was excellent, and service was friendly and fast. It was nice and comfortable sitting outside.
  30. s

    scallops4me

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beef Torenados with Bernaise sauce was FABULOUS, nice halibut special, good scallop appetizer and calamari. However the escargot was mealy and tasteless, this was commented on and the servers/establishment made no steps to ameliorate the problem, they really should have taken them and stated they were sorry. Great mousse, the chocolate lava cake had no lava in it and the apple tartin was weird.
  31. J

    Jeje

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    This place has nothing French but the prices. Just Skip !! Food is dull, portion is small, service minimal. We tried beef Bourguignon and Duck that are French staples and it was disastrous.
  32. C

    Catullus

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a very enjoyable mean. Each of us had a salad, 1 goat cheese and one duck. Both were very good. The moules in safron creme was also very good (it was a special). We will be back next chance we have.
  33. s

    shreddly

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food was good - exactly what you'd expect from a French bistro. The moules frites were a highlight for me - fries hot and crisp, broth flavorful and delicious. But the service was really poor. Staff seemed much more concerned to clear tables than to come and take an order and seemed particularly unmotivated to ensure we had a drink. And then the bill came with two bottles of wine on it, not the one we'd drunk. They took it off, no problem, but it shouldn't have been there at all.
  34. M

    Mickey

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Some items were good, but some were disappointing. Beef Bourgignone was excellent, but the tournedoes of beef were not. Onion soup was too sweet. Salmon cake was not very good. Teremisu was good.
  35. S

    Staciebug

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I booked a lunch reservation on Open Table For my new boss and sent her there for lunch. Pastis Bistro was closed. :(. Not sure why open table let me make a reservation. How embarrassing for me.
  36. YS

    YwS21

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We arrived at the restaurant at 8. It took 40 min to get the appetizer We ordered and more than one hour for our main dish. Food was not as good as an hour wait. Service was overall OK but was quite dissatisfied.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    My wife ordered the Tournedos (beef filet) medium. It came well done. She sent it back and 20 minutes later a very rare filet was brought to her. It was the consistency of seared ahi. I gave her what was left of my meal. The owner comped our wine and cocktails. But a very poor job in the kitchen.
  38. B

    Betterdays

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    My previous experience prepandemic was excellent, but this time : soup was Luke warm, overly cheesed and overly sweet. Salad nicoise underdressed lacking seasoning of any sort and the creme brûlée …. Stodgy… for such a reduced menu, I was more sad than upset. Service was fine.
  39. TN

    TatianaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very tasty. We will definitely be back.
  40. c

    caroli

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We have not been to Pastis in a year. It was quite disappointing. The menus was good with an excellent variety. Much of the food was tasteless and mediocre quality. It previously was a favorite, especially when we would meet friends from the San Jose area. Escargot was very good, creme brûlée was average. The main disappointments were the filet mignon with bernaise Sauce. The meat was tasteless and with definite gristle. The bernaise was too thick and didn't taste like bernaise. The petrel sole was overcooked and dry. The bread coating was far to heavy and thick/

FAQs

Pastis Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 324-1355.

Pastis Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 10:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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