St. Michael's Alley

4.6
367 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Established in 1959, owners Jenny Youll and Mike Sabina expanded the once small coffeehouse of St. Michaels Alley into this intimate dining establishment in 2009. The restaurant provides three comfortable spaces for a dinner out with friends, date night, or a complete private event. The main dining room is wood paneled and intimate. The front room / bar area is more casual and social, yet still offers tables with linens and the full menu. The solid wood bar is a favorite dining spot for many of the regulars and locals. A beautiful outdoor patio is most enjoyable on warm summer days and nights as it open to the sky. Enjoy a cocktail at the full bar before venturing into one of the upscale and relaxed dining spaces of St. Michael's Alley.

The restaurant is currently offering the Autumn Menu on the Patio as well as takeout, Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5pm. Currently, there are 4 tables open inside the restaurant.

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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 367 people are saying
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StraightShooter
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was expecting so much more given the price of food. Food was very mediocre. Not worth the price.

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ChristineK
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wish there were a few more vegetarian options in the entree category. But I chose several starters to make a meal and it was quite good. I enjoy the ambience of this place, cozy even though you're eating outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The sea bass was incredible and our server Enrique was lovely!

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GigiSanJose
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dinning at St. Mike's since 2009. They never disappoint me.

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Teal
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Scallops were truly delicious. Outdoor patio quite pleasant aesthetically but noise level very high and not quite enough heating systems for a cool night. Not the best spot therefore for a business networking dinner, but very nice for a more casual outdoor dining experience,

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KathleenH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I normally give 5 stars when I go to St. Michael's Alley. This was a close call; an excellent restaurant all around.

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TerryD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, and great outdoor dining set up. Civilized place for grown ups where you can hear each other talk!!

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DrBo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in PA for quiet dinners! Outdoor dining with heaters is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner, friendly staff and great food!

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vipDKSR
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our absolute favorites. The team at St. Mike's really knows how to deliver fine food, fine wine and excellent service. It is a must for the Silicon Valley!

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DesignerMargaret
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. Loved the new outdoor dining area, I hope that can stay a thing Post-COVID.

Only complaint is that the chairs are uncomfortable. Maybe that's just an outdoor problem.

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vipJosef
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! As always... It has not failed in the last several years that I have visited this restaurant

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BayAreaGran
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have been going to St Mikes for many years. This was the first time that we were disappointed in the menu choices. The scallops were quite good as was the soup du jour and Caesar salad. The butternut squash ravioli was much too sweet for my taste. In fact, I did not want dessert after the ravioli.

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TapasGalore
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful spot, a bit off the beaten University track, for an elegant meal. Indoor & outdoor spots are available with a menu that is constantly updated. Our hamachi was divine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipPhilipP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant that has outstanding food, great ambience and excellent service

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KarenF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love how St. Michael's Alley switches up its menu with the seasons. The seabass and hamachi dishes were delicious! Service was great and unrushed. It's always a pleasure eating at this restaurant.

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vipCloie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipJerry
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint little restaurant. Romantic white table cloth setting. Refined menu was perfect. I’m glad I got the scallops on the recommendation of the server. My boyfriend got the skirt steak it was perfectly made. Chocolate mouse tart was excellent as well. Looking forward to another visit here

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TimG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting Somewhat formal in our dining room, but not stuffy. Some creative disshe--roasted carrots in yogurt for starter. Also, excellent pear-cranberry salad.
Salmon, scallops and lamb chops were are main. The scallops were tender and flavorful. The salmon was excellent and unlike most restaurants was not dry iniside, but moist and tender.

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MichaelP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and always enjoy going - it's been too long between visits

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PaloAltoGal
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests from Peru had the lamb, the duck and the pasta, and I had the wild sea scallops. For first course we had the tuna tartare. Every dish was excellent! We were recommended a Cabernet Sauvignon from Woodside Vineyards which proved delicious. Unfortunately, the kitchen was out of the pear and cranberry tart. Even on a Friday night at 8pm the service was very attentive and we felt well taken care of. My guests said it was one of the best meals they've ever had in Palo Alto.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem. Salmon and Sea Bass both excellent. Wonderful service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Fish entree portion was very small! For a $38 it was 50% of the size of two other orders of same dish that were ordered to the table

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vipTainapr
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Perhaps we had an unrealistic expectations after so many of our friends kept recommending us to go. Service was OUTSTANDING, Enrique was attentive, detailed oriented and knowledgeable. We sat by the bar in a high top table for two and ordered appetizers and main entrees. After trying 4 different plates and getting the same tasteless experience in all 4, we decided to skip dessert. My drinks were perfectly made and so it was better to end on that note. Enrique asked us to try their special dessert and I am happy we did. It was the only thing that would make me go back. Overall the soup, appetizer, skirt steak and raviolis were saltless and needing of flavor. Drinks, dessert and coffee made worth the bill.
I will recommend it with the disclosure of our experience.

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Mark
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Over the years we have enjoyed many restaurants in Palo Alto. However, this was the best experience we have ever had. The meals were excellent. The drinks were tasty and creative. The service was superb.

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vipNYQ1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for making our daughter's birthday special :)

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RHM2k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 'go-to' spot in Palo Alto for an excellent meal, particularly with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
106 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent...the monk fish was cooked perfectly and super flavorful and my wife's steak had a great marinade and was cooked perfectly as well.

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vipDoug
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The main dining room has reopened and offers a cosy, sophisticated without being pompous atmosphere. Service is efficient (as in no rush), courteous and knowledgeable. The menu is diverse and offers a twist on classics but also some gems (I love the heirloom carrots and their spices), wonderful lentil soup, delicate monkfish and perfectly cooked lamb loin, with delicate vegetables sides with light, tasty sauces. Dishes are of the right size. Dessert menu was nice too, they do the profiteroles à la Parisienne (my home town). Only thing missing is an assortment of carefully curated cheeses (please bring them back, with baguette please, no crackers nor apple nor chutney, unnecessary 😉). Very good wine list and liqueurs.

Another diner in Paradise

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CelesteB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, wine and cocktail list. We enjoyed all the courses and the service was impeccable. One of our favorite restaurants for years.

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GraceS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Coral was the best. It was such a joy to come check out this special restaurant, and having an excellent server like Coral made it all the better.

We split the roasted carrots as an appetizer, I had the sea bass (and my parents had the pork tenderloin and salmon). Everything was delicious, and made us that much more certain that we should try the desserts, which were also divine (Coral recommended the lemon tart and the chocolate cake, both of which were amazing).

Highly recommend coming to SMA for special occasions, from a happy hour with out-of-town friends to an anniversary dinner. Enjoy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was not cancelled.
We were there at 6:00 and had a wonderful meal.
I received a voicemail saying we were cancelled at 6:30 and I don’t know why.
Please credit us for our reservation.

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PatrickW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place for a date. The food was amazing. The setting is very comfortable and the noise level is energetic without being too loud for us to hear our conversation. The staff was super attentive yet let us have our space.

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aconsul73
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food, attentive and flexible service. More than happy to return with visiting guests. dishes: duck(main) and profiterole (dessert).

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vipItiswhatitis
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent location and service. The food was very good too but the service was exceptional! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!!

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shihsl
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My father and I were looking for a nice (but not overly formal) spot for dinner after catching a Stanford football game, and St. Michael's turned out to be perfect. It seems that there are not a lot of restaurants in Palo Alto that fall between budget / casual for students and super fancy / very expensive, but St. Michael's is one of them. We both ordered the monkfish and it was delicious. The service was fast and friendly, and our server offered to bring us a taste of the wine we were considering before committing, which is always nice. Will definitely be back on our next trip!

FAQs

St. Michael's Alley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 326-2530.

St. Michael's Alley is rated 4.6 stars by 367 OpenTable diners.

St. Michael's Alley does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1996/saint-michaels-alley.

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.