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St. Michael's Alley, Palo Alto, CA

St. Michael's Alley

4.6
4.6
454 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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Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 326-2530

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gary Messick

  • Catering

    At this time, catering is on a Pick-up only arrangement. Please call 650-906-8060

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate private and semi-private groups. For a full buyout, the dining room seats up to 50 people. The bar seats an additional 20 people, but is separate from the dining room. Price for the entire restaurant for the entire night ranges from $7,000 - $10,000. Two semi-private spaces are available and separated with a heavy curtain. The smaller space seats up to 20 people ($2000-$2400), and the larger space up to 26 people ($2400-$2800). Please call us at 650-326-2530 for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    High St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and Public Lot Under Building (800 High St.)

  • Public transit

    Caltrain - Palo Alto, University Avenue

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Graduation Weekend Prix-Fixe Dinner

    $95.00 per person

    Jun 11 - Jun 12, 2022
    Please join us for a fabulous prix-fixe dinner in celebration of graduation weekend! The price of $95 plus tax and gratuity will include all of the food over four courses. Beverages may be purchased separately. Our regular a la carte menu will not be offered this weekend. The menu will be posted soon on our website at www.stmikes.com. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Any changes to your reservation must be made with at least one week's notice.

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What 454 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service! Always a great dinner. And Mike is a wonderful host.

  2. w

    winflop

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    The food was really excellent, but unfortunately our inexperienced waiter was not at the same level: - Didn't know the wines by the glass and food pairings. This is something a waiter at this quality of restaurant should know or at least have written down. At least he admitted he didn't know and got us some help. - Took 10 minutes to clear appetizers after we finished. Don't expect to have plates removed right after the last bite, but that's too long - Didn't bring all four entrees out in a timely manner. Served two of us and then waited several minutes for the other two to arrive - Didn't bring wine until all four entrees were served. Drinks should always be served before the food that its paired with I wish I could recommend St Michael's but at this price point the service simply needs to be better than average.

  3. I

    Itiswhatitis

    Central Coast

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food for 56th wedding anniversary!

  4. CJ

    CultJam

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience at this restaurant for a belated Mother’s Day dinner!

  5. d

    dweekly

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Lovely venue with ok service and variable food - given the price point, a pretty disappointing meal. Bread service was not included but was a $4 extra which seems rather stingy for a $100/plate meal. The highlight was probably the very tasty brussel sprout appetizer with harissa aioli with a delightful amount of spice, cream, and crunch. 4.5/5. The broccoli appetizer was the worst preparation I have ever had: a pile of boiled green stalks arrived vaguely infused with spice but with no salt or umame and were wincingly bitter 1/5. My wife ordered the arugula salad - staff thought they were being kind in just bringing out a split plate for both of us but didn't ask and I don't like arugula so I just gave her my half. She said it was passable. For entree I had the steak medium rare. It arrived cool to the touch and cooked medium to medium-well; the menu promised a coffee rub but very little flavor other than the meat was discernible and there was a meaningful amount of gristle on the outer rim. It also came with a side of...wait for it...bitter broccoli. At these these strands had a chance to mop up some of the steak juice and butter to give it some body. 3.5/5. Honestly when you pay $60 for a steak and think "I could make this better at home and probably have had steak equally tasty at Sizzler for 1/6 the price" it's not a great feeling. My wife had the fish and eggplant dish and rather enjoyed its novel preparation. (4/5?) I finished with the banana bread pudding, which was excellent. It came out quickly with cold ice cream and hot pudding with crunchy edges. 4.5/5. My wife had the chocolate cinnamon cake and really enjoyed it (4.5/5?) The wines by the glass were quite good and reasonably priced for their quality.

  6. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2

    We came a few minutes early for our 6pm reservation. We were seated at high tops next to a loud group of people at the bar! Not sure why the place was pretty slow. The server was very nice and helpful. The food and wine were great, but not sure the price we paid was worth it all. I give it a meh!

  7. LN

    LilaN

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, good food, and lively ambience—with a noise level that made conversation possible.

  8. LA

    LAHS

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food is consistently excellent as is the service. Great place to take out of town visitors.

  9. SK

    StevenK

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service!!!!!

  10. l

    lindac

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite restaurant in the area. Always superb!

  11. JP

    JudiP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food everything was perfect. it was windy and we dined outside so the tent got loud on occasion but overall this is a highly recommended restaurant!

  12. b

    brianb

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    We have had dinner annually at St. Mike's with a friend from England who comes here for conferences. The most recent time was 2.5 years ago, before the pandemic. We were pleasantly surprised that St. Mike's is still excellent or, in my opinion, even better than before. The food was really excellent. The service could have been more attentive - it took some time to obtain and pay for our check - but that is a minor issue given the quality of the meal. We will definitely be back for similar occasions in the future, at least.

  13. KO

    elaineKOA

    San Francisco

    181 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We love St. Michael's Alley for the ambiance of the smaller dining areas and the good food. We had the avocado toast with burrata and melon with prosciutto. Both were attractive presentations. We followed with the sea bass with lobster sauce and sauteed scallops...all delicious. Our only complaint is the loud patrons. The noise was energetic plus. Maybe they were all having a great time but the two of us could hardly hear one another and there were only 6 tables in our area. In such a refined dining room raucous laughter and loud talking is not what you expect ...these belong in a beer hall. We experienced the same thing in our last three visits.

  14. SF

    StephanieF

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Cute venue; seems to be a converted house. Great wine list. Food good. Very attentive servers.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous meal!

  16. N

    Nancy

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic menu. Creative and appealing. Atmosphere is friendly and warm. Mike knows what he is doing!!

  17. NJ

    NeilJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have known and eaten at the restaurant since it opened over twelve years ago. We have never been disappointed with any aspect of the food, service and ambiance.

  18. I

    Irene

    Los Angeles

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Enjoyed our meal of procuitto and melon, and chicken pot pie. Would like to commend our young server for also making our meal enjoyable. The only disappointment was that the “outdoor” venue was wrapped tight in plastic sheeting.The only opening was the entrance, which wasn’t from the outdoors.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing dinner!

  20. S

    Sunshine

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great! Planning on returning soon!

  21. AM

    AMBellini

    Atlanta

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were so happy to discover this wonderful restaurant! The setting is. cozy and quiet with several sections of seating situated in various rooms in a house. The food was flavorful and creative. The ingredients were very fresh and well cooked. We look forward to dining here again during our next visit to Palo Alto!

  22. j

    johndoe

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Food first rate.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific food and people!

  24. DM

    DebM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We wanted to dine outside to be cautious regarding COVID. However, the outside patio is tented and fully airtight. That makes sitting outside for better air circulation meaningless. Food and service were very good.

  25. h

    harpo

    San Francisco

    136 reviews

    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food, creative menu ideas. Waiter knew the items well, was open about his own preferences, very helpful.

  26. TD

    TimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at St. Michael's Alley is like going to a friend's house for a great meal and welcoming environment. It's our go to neighborhood spot that is consistently great on every level.

  27. T

    Takeusout

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    You were out of four different wines on the wine list that we requested so that was disappointing but otherwise it was good

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Too loud for a business dinner.

  29. RO

    ROBERTT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Celebrated anniversary here. Food was excellent as was the service. We ate "outside" as we are still being Covid-careful. They have a nice patio BUT use one of those white vinyl tents to cover so it is really not "outside." The weather was lovely and it would really be nice if they could open the plastic windows in the the tent. I would like to eat here again but will do so only if we are comfortable eating inside or the tent is gone.

  30. L

    Luigi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    St. Michael's Alley is a great place for a "special" dinner. Our food was well prepared, very tasty and served with a nice presentation. The cheesecake was among the best we've ever had. The dining room is warm and inviting and NOT noisy. You don't feel out of place by "dressing up". Highly recommend....and be sure to reserve more than 2 days in advance.. especially on Friday and Saturday.

  31. s

    suomalainen

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful place for a very delicious dinner to celebrate a special day. We would certainly recommend this place if looking for a special dinner out.

  32. D

    Delicious

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious. Our table ordered three different fish dishes plus scallops and duck. All were perfectly cooked--it's rare to not have overcooked seafood. We'll be back soon!

  33. S

    Shoebender

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Wonderful food, varied menu means there is something for everyone. Outdoor in the tent is super noisy -- the patio is lovely in the summer without the tent when the sound level is not so overwhelming.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice place , food was good and the owner look after the staff and make sure everything run smooth.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was exquisite. Ambiance and staff very lovely.

  36. CC

    CalderaCuvee

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service - from a drink at the bar to the server for our table - was timely, informed, welcoming. Thanks to both Patrick and Robinson. All the food was beautifully plated and tasty and I had a bites from neighbors on both sides. We will be back!

  37. S

    Sara

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service ! Enjoyed our meal and evening very much. Fish and scallops were cooked perfectly and food was 4 star.

  38. S

    Sofaer

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Four of us had a great meal outside. We preferred that to the patio, since we were at tables which are really outside. The food was great and so was the service.

  39. RB

    RichardB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent. The service was very good.

  40. SS

    SuzanneS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    I have previously loved this restaurant, but found my dinner last night to be very disappointing. Fish over cooked and not attractively presented. Wait staff pleasant but very inexperienced and absent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 454 OpenTable diners.

St. Michael's Alley does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for St. Michael's Alley

140 Homer Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    High St.

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and Public Lot Under Building (800 High St.)

  • Public transit

    Caltrain - Palo Alto, University Avenue

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gary Messick

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 326-2530

  • Catering

    At this time, catering is on a Pick-up only arrangement. Please call 650-906-8060

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate private and semi-private groups. For a full buyout, the dining room seats up to 50 people. The bar seats an additional 20 people, but is separate from the dining room. Price for the entire restaurant for the entire night ranges from $7,000 - $10,000. Two semi-private spaces are available and separated with a heavy curtain. The smaller space seats up to 20 people ($2000-$2400), and the larger space up to 26 people ($2400-$2800). Please call us at 650-326-2530 for more information.

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