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Wild Onion Bistro & Bar, Palo Alto, CA

Wild Onion Bistro & Bar

3.5
3.5
30 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
From plant-based pleasers to soul-satisfying comfort foods, Wild Onion, is a tribute to very essence of California cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    On San Antonio between Middlefield & Charleston

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking only $10 for first 3 hours

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 30 people are saying

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3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.2Value

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  1. AR

    AliR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    Went for a thanksgiving dinner - pre fixe menu. Mashed potatoes - cold Gravy - gold Prime rib - nicely done Turkey - only had white meat, no dark!! White meat was brined and texture was mushy. Lights in restaurant were too bright. Had a cafeteria feel.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great and the food was good...a little pricey like everything else these days. We sat at the bar and watched football and baseball so it was a fun way to dine.
  3. LM

    LisaM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    I have a mixed review on this restaurant. The food was delicious but the service was very poor. My friend and I have been excited to try this brunch spot and the food did not disappoint, however, the service was virtually non-existent. There seemed to be 3 employees working all over the restaurant with very little organization. There were only 4 tables filled yet we constantly had to hunt someone down and then wait for someone else to come over and help us. Super frustrating. The restaurant itself is very nice, it has an open modern cafe feel to it with a large opening to the outside patio where you can lounge or be seated to eat. The food was great! We had the custard-dipped french toast and the namesake benedict, both delicious. Parking is very confusing and there is no one to help you. The driveway is shared by 2 hotels, the other hotel had staff out front but Citrine did not. We gave up and went to find street parking.
  4. d

    delish

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service. Food was delicious and beautiful. Nice ambiance too.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service. Food was good!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Thought that this was a nice bistro; it was one step above an airport restaurant. I had the poke bowl and had to send it back - not sashimi grade tuna. Not fresh. Served with dry jasmin rice. No flavor whatsoever. Waitress tried very hard and was very nice but the decor was upscale and the actual feeling was more like cafeteria. Very disappointed. A mediocre (my replacement) burger, fries, overdone small NY steak and an appetizer was over $100 —- not worth it at all! This should have been half that price. Won’t be returning.
  7. S

    Sayonara2

    Las Vegas

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    First time to Wild Onion … liked the indoor / outdoor vibe and the modern upscale decor . However , the food was just so-so … nothing to entice me to come back . Even the waiter would not elaborate on what was good but he did tell us what was “ just okay “. The Caesar salad was good . The steak was chewy and had no taste with the steak frites . The miso sea bass was mild but passable . All in all , no real bad complaints , just lack luster meals . Perhaps better to come for breakfast menu or just the burger and fries . We wanted to try a new restaurant nearby and although we were impressed with the decor , it would not be a regular choice for a night out unfortunately .
  8. LW

    LindseyW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    There is a lot of potential for this small, pool/patio-adjacent bistro in the lobby of the Hotel Citrine, with its cute and modern decor and airy vibe. The staff seem overworked and understaffed, and this showed in their reception of us as we arrived ~10 minutes early and asked if we could be seated early or if we should sit at the bar until our table was ready. The server asked us to wait outside the restaurant instead. Fortunately, we were seated relatively quickly after that by what looked like a maitre'd who was also our server for the evening. The drinks and food, while delicious (except that the fries were undercooked but we still ate them because, well, they're fried potatoes!), were overpriced. I don't spend a lot of time in Palo Alto but I do live in SF and the prices are similar to what one would find at a fine dining spot in SF: $10 for the undercooked fries, $18 for a cocktail containing a ton of ice, and $21 for a salad. Since I was out with a friend eating before a concert at the nearby Shoreline Amphitheatre, I decided the prices were worth it, but I would probably not go out of my way to eat there again.
  9. AC

    AdriC

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Overpriced and not much of a selection. We don’t mind paying more for craft cocktails and food, but this was much too expensive for what we got.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The restaurant was short staffed and the workers were scrambling
  11. i

    iolavola

    San Francisco

    160 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The food is good. However, it is in a Marriott Hotel and there was almost no one in the restaurant. I believe that the reason is because it is right next to the swimming pool. There was outside eating, but it was too cool to eat outdoors. It is a rather attractive, pristine setting. Very contemporary and very quiet. We will probably not return because it was a Sunday and a rather limited menu.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Victor was an excellent server and helped us with the new items in the menu. We had a lovely and relaxing evening. Drinks were delicious.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I arrived for my reservation and there was a private event and I wasn’t able to eat. There was no communication regarding needing to cancel my reservation.
  14. D

    Dani

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They cancelled our reservation due to a private event. We were very unwelcome and we were disappointed because we wanted to try any farm-to-table restaurant in the area. The hotel area looked beautiful, though.
  15. k

    kauainewbie

    New England

    58 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    We had a very disappointing dining experience. This is a highly stylized restaurant in the new hotel, decorated in someone's idea of "Silicon Valley" vibe. It is truly beautiful and full of lovely outdoor options. When we came, it was virtually empty, which lent an eerie feel to a very unpleasant overall experience. When I informed the waitress that the buffalo cauliflower I had ordered was too spicy for me, and requested a poached egg, I found out how limited their options are. I am a vegetarian and couldn't eat most of their menu options. Even though "poached egg" is a featured part of another menu item, she reported the "Kitchen staff" could NOT poach me an egg--breakfast time was over. When I said it was part of another menu item, she replied that egg is served cold. Would I like a cold poached egg? No thank you. My dining companions said their meals were ok, but I noticed one of them left half their meal untouched. So I would say that even though the location is impressive, the service is poor and the kitchen staff is unmotivated. Hire a chef.
  16. DG

    DGMom

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wild Onion was a lovely surprise. The food was very good and the service even better. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and would recommend this place to anyone in the Palo Alto area.
  17. H

    Huy1

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Range of offerings is not huge, but the quality of the dishes is superb. The staff is super nice and helpful. A wonderful place to spend the evening.
  18. CF

    CharlesF

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Service was very attentive (thanks Anthony!). We will be back.
  19. VS

    VikS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, new place, relatively quiet, easy parking. Decor felt a little understated.
  20. D

    Disappointing

    Orange County

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The food here is quite good but the restaurant is new, apparently short staffed, and the servers are very obviously overwhelmed during busy periods. I can overlook quite a bit but there is no reason or excuse to leave the hotel and other guests standing at the entrance or seated at a table for 10-15 minutes completely unacknowledged. Perhaps they don’t care about repeat business. Would not recommend at present.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We made a reservation and were asked to wait repeatedly for 20 mins multiple times, with the excuse that they are short staffed to clean up the tables and billing system issues. We ended up giving up after 45 mins, and went to another restaurant. The staff appeared untrained and not even apologetic for the mess. Didn't expect this from a Marriott hotel restaurant

    Wild Onion Bistro & BarResponded on November 26, 2021Hi there, I am truly sorry for your experience. It was Thanksgiving day and we were, indeed, short-staffed with just one brand-new server and a supervisor. We are working diligently on hiring and training to make sure these scenarios do not continue to happen. We hope you had a great Thanksgiving otherwise.

  22. D

    Disappointing

    Orange County

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The food is okay but they must work on service issues. They are obviously understaffed
  23. FO

    FOODMEISTER

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were impressed by both the food and service of this restaurant. The staff was very friendly, helpful and attentive. They go the extra mile to ensure us a great experience dining there. The food was excellent and has great value. They use very fresh ingredients and the execution was amazing. For example the steamed mussels were cooked to perfection, the broth was well balanced and the mussels themselves were very high quality. I would come back to try their breakfast and lunch next time as well. Highly recommended.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Quite slow service and so heavy and oily food. Do not recommend to order any juices.

    Wild Onion Bistro & BarResponded on November 22, 2021Hi, so sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. We are always open to re-making your food the way you like it. It's unfortunate we didn't get the opportunity this time. I'll follow up with the team to ensure we are checking back on everyone's food and making it right if it's not satisfactory.

  25. LK

    LouraK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely restaurant. From the moment we walked in to till the moment we walked out was purely enjoyable. Our waiter was top notch greeting and seating us promptly. The ambiance is high level, bright and airy. The china monogramed with WO and linens are a sign of the class that emits from this establishment. I ordered the Crudo starter and it was absolutely fresh caught and delicious. Also ordered the American Wagyu Burger. My burger arrived cooked to perfection (rare no salt/pepper) and my fries were crispy, well done with no salt. PERFECT! Looking forward to going back SOON and trying more of their delicious dishes.
  26. N

    Nicole

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server, Sergio, was efficient, thoughtful, and helpful. He was also entertaining which I don’t feel is a necessary part of service but a happy accident. I hope they know a good employee when they have one.
  27. DS

    DebraS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my daughter‘s 29th birthday on Halloween with a Breakfast Birthday party. It was a spontaneous celebration because we were in town for a wedding. We reserved the table for eight on the patio and they had it set up for us when we arrived. The service was excellent and the food was out of this world! I ordered the classic breakfast with eggs over easy and they were the most perfect eggs over easy I’ve ever had. Another person ordered his eggs the same way and he agreed, they were done perfectly. It’s unusual for restaurants to cook eggs over easy correctly. Two guests ordered the breakfast burrito and they raved about it. Another guest ordered the French toast and he said it was delicious. He took half of it home for his wife later. Two other guests (including the birthday girl!) ordered the multi-grain pancakes and said they were the best pancakes they’ve ever had. The food really was that good. My daughter is dairy free and they offered almond milk for her coffee. I would definitely return again! Great spot for a breakfast, lunch or a business meeting. Quiet atmosphere, nice ambience and exceptional service. We didn’t eat here for dinner so I can’t comment on the dinner menu, but would certainly give that a try.
  28. RB

    RuchiB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got tomato soup, lentil fritters, cacio e pepe & mushroom eggplant parmigiana. All vegetarian, to say it’s a vegetarian friendly menu though everything could use a tad less pepper. Tasted great, we enjoyed our meal. I was glad to find cacio e pepe on the menu, not an easy find in the bay area. Standard plush hotel ambiance
  29. m

    magasandpip

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We thought that this place was advertised as plant-based but there were not very many offerings that did not include dairy. The food we did have was delicious.
  30. B

    danielleB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The best thing about this breakfast was the water. Overpriced. Food was terrible. We never got silverware. Our plates were never cleared (and the restaurant was not busy).

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Wild Onion Bistro & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 424-8991.

Wild Onion Bistro & Bar is rated 3.5 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Wild Onion Bistro & Bar

750 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4625

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On San Antonio between Middlefield & Charleston

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking only $10 for first 3 hours

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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