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Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto

4.4
4.4
216 Reviews
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Inspired by the best pizza of New York City and Naples, Italy.

In 2005, Annie and Craig Stoll annexed the space next door to their James Beard Award winning Delfina restaurant fulfilling a long time dream of bringing Neapolitan-inspired pizzas to San Francisco. The 600 square foot space was an instant neighborhood hotspot, and Pizzeria Delfina became the ""darling of the San Francisco food scene"" opening a second location in 2008 to popular demand.

In 2014, Annie and Craig expanded into the Peninsula with Pizzeria Delfina in Palo Alto.

This energetic, farmers-to-table restaurant serves up Neapolitan-inspired pizza complemented by a daily-changing roster of seasonal antipasti, piatti (small entrees), beer, wine and more. A family-owned business, Pizzeria Delfina is a neighborhood establishment through and through that continues to bring people together around fresh, handmade, delicious food in a warm, casual atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 353-2208

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 216 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. l

    ladydiner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was fantastic as usual. They are trying a new system where the menu is in the phone and you place the order yourself. I thought that took away from the personal experience of a server attending you. All they do is bring the food and it’s not really clear who is attending you. Do away with that or leave it for pickup orders only.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sweet 16 large group rez on the patio. Excellent service, made for extra special occassion.
  3. AB

    AdrianB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Never again. You view the menu and order on your phone. No service other than robot waiters bringing your food. No one to ask questions to or menu recommendations. This place doesn’t care. Then they have the nerve to ask for a 20% tip on top of the surcharge of 5%. I would tip 20% gladly if there was service but there was none. It felt like I was eating at a fast food restaurant. Horrifying what they have done to a once great restaurant.
  4. Y

    Yasminny

    New York Area

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Similar to SF location. Less crowded. Online ordering only. Barely any interaction with Staff but they seemed nice. Food was good. I’d expected the margherota pizza to be crisp but except for the crust, it was soggy. They were out of the soft serve ice cream.
  5. e

    elizabethl

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The QR codes make it so impersonal and you never know who your server is. We have been frequent diners for many, many years and I was not impressed by the last experience.
  6. KH

    KarimH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    At first we had no reservation, instead to suggest us to make it on the spot, the girl attendant did not manage and tell us to leave! I did reserve on the spot and waited 40 mns to get seated! An experience to remember, not bad
  7. h

    hazelp

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and nice outdoor seating. not a fan on the hostess giggling while trying to pronounce my last name on the reservation.
  8. M

    Matt

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The restaurant requires you to place all orders and input your payment on your phone using QR codes, yet still charges the kind of prices one would expect to pay at a full-service restaurant. The ordering process caused a lot of confusion and created a stressful hassle which really detracted from the experience. The system didn’t sync well between different devices as it is supposed to, so effectively one person in our group was forced to be the waiter for everyone else. That person informed me that the system only provided an option to leave a 20 per cent or greater tip, despite so much of the work being placed onto the diners. The menu options are also rather limited and the pizza crusts were excessively burnt in spots, which may or may not have been intentional but wasn’t to my taste.
  9. DB

    DarbyB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food quality continues to be outstanding. However, the service has fallen off dramatically in the last 3 months. They’ve moved to toasttab mobile ordering exclusively and it dramatically diminishes the experience. It just doesn’t fit the ambiance that Delfina has achieved in the past that that their prices reflect. As a result, the execution is clunky. Drinks came out at an odd pace, servers are unsure of orders. Difficult to make special requests. If you’re not savvy with a smartphone, this experience will be excruciating. My parents in their 70’s would be excluded from dining here. The frustration while ordering would warrant the dining experience painful and crushing. This is one of best, authentic and elegant Italian food experiences in the Bay Area and they’ve adopted a fast casual service model. It’s ok at the Alpine Inn where beer is slung and plastic cups are abundant - but the prices and trellis and quality of food leaves me confused and feeling like service has gone to the wayside. I hope they do better.
  10. RR

    RRP1

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food as always was great and service was good. But they are a bit on the expensive side (meal for two with tip including drinks was $160). I would definitely go back, but this is above the usual pizza price range and may turn off some.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    It was loud
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delfina always delivers. Pizza’s, meatballs and our family favorite, the “tri-colore” salad. Delicious! And the new QR code ordering actually helped us spread out our meal the way we wanted to.
  13. MT

    MihirThePizzaMan

    San Francisco

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vegan pizza
  14. RR

    RRP1

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food as always. Had the burrata with arugula to start; followed by the watermelon feta salad; and then finally the mushroom pizza. All very good and uniformly excellent.
  15. KH

    KathleenH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We aren’t fans of Italian wines, but loved the reasonable corkage fee. Our waitress was terrific and the Cherry Pie pizza was superb. The arugula, endive, and some other red and white veggie was delicious.
  16. G

    Globetrotter

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I love this place. Food is excellent. I am a frequent diner at this restaurant. But this time I was very disappointed with the service. We were rushed. The servers were taking away the plates even before we finished our last bite. They were in a rush to get us out of the table. We were there for exactly an hr. They were rushing us so much that I got really frustrated with them.
  17. K

    Kbean

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Pasta was really good. Loved the soft serve and caramel so good! Overall, the food taste and quality was good, but portions are on the smaller side for price.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only negative is they still do the ordering with no server thing. It’s like come on just provide a server. But food was delicious!
  19. SO

    SueO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Lack of bartender and servers is a real bummer
  20. H

    Himan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved this place! The outdoor seating is lush green, surrounded by staff that enjoys serving you good food & drinks with amazing songs played in background. Setting up Friyay vibes, good food good mood! We tried the Saffron Arancini balls, Funghi pie & 4 cheese pie- loved it! PS- Might become my go-to place for Za! 😊
  21. G

    Giovanni

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The app for ordering didn’t work but that waiter was patient and eventually gave us paper menus
  22. AW

    AlisonWunderland

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything great but find the way of ordering impersonal.
  23. JB

    JaredB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Ate there, outside, liked it and waitress was super nice and clear. ... however, she did not tell us (or remind us?) that they serve food as it comes up, so you need to order in synch with eating or you can end up with two hot dishes (e.g. appetizer and main) simultaneously. The table was small so we also had trouble fitting all the stuff on the table at once. Excellent pizza and corn-off-the-cob, nice outside venue, perfect location, but ... after we'd had the quasi-random food delivery to table, I heard a different waiter explain this "as it comes up" process to the next table. Aha! If only we'd known.
  24. r

    rk13

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. The service was good. Ordering by the app is confusing and not straightforward. Everyone in our group had an issue with a phone connection and could not connect to place an order. Our server finally did take our order the old way with a pen and pad after we told him the issue. The restaurant should have the servers ask the simple question if you would like to order via the app or feel free to have me (the server) take your order.
  25. P

    Pripri

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved the outdoor seating, and all the pizzas we ordered were great too! The burratta and arugula with crostinis were great too, only the arancinis were not that great (too little salt, not even for taste), but we loved our overall experience and will definitely return.
  26. HJ

    HalJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pizza in a wide variety of flavors; we particularly enjoyed the Carbonara. Small wine list, but two nice Italian reds by the glass.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Horrible service You told us we needed to leave by a certain time to accommodate someone else then texted me to move the reservation And no one checked on us except the water person )he was very attentive) had to flag someone down to get the spices plate No one Checked on us
  28. EB

    ElizabethB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious. They have nice, attentive, but not overbearing wait staff. It’s a great place to eat!
  29. HB

    HannahB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Great ambiance and patio area! This was our first time since they implemented the QR code ordering system and it definitely cheapens the dining experience. The food and drinks were otherwise decent
  30. X

    Xisca

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We rally enjoyed the patio seating. Food better for share and making some starters and then a pizza and dessert. Good quality and flavour!
  31. A

    Anoush00

    San Francisco

    125 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    As always, the food was excellent—especially the pizzas. However, you need to improve the ordering process. Maybe it works for people who are super tech-savvy; for older people, not so much. Also…if this is what passes for actual service, and the server is bypassed by electronic ordering, then why am I tipping? A final note: we had only just started on our salad when our pizzas arrived. Timing could be improved! That said, your food keeps me coming back.
  32. R

    Rebecca

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very impersonal with QR codes instead of menus and no waitstaff actually serving. Order through the app
  33. LM

    LeeM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    There was barely service since they use the QR code menu and ordering. I do not understand the point of eating out when there are no waiters.
  34. TS

    TomS

    San Francisco

    117 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It had been a couple years since we last were at Delfina and have to say our experience this time was much better than the last. The food, pizza in particular, was so much better. Crust crispy but not burnt. Fresh toppings and delicious sauce. The outdoor covered patio made for nice open atmosphere and pleasant dining experience. Glad we went back, will definitely dine there again.
  35. SS

    ShrpSght

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The garden dining at Delfina’s is quite wonderful. I’d take this over a street side parklet any day. Burrata pizza was excellent; I’d pass on the tricolor salad. Service was attentive. You have to order and pay on the app. I’d take points off for that - particularly because you can’t have one person order for the table and then split the tab.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal and good service too.
  37. KW

    KimW

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great patio, nice waiter, great food, prompt service! Thank you.
  38. CE

    CynthiaE

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is always amazing, the patio is lovely and the cocktails are spot on. I’m not a fan of QR ordering but I’m an old fogey🤣
  39. h

    halfabusa

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven’t been in awhile so some things are COVID different. You order on the app. The menu is a little more limited but you can check online to see what’s available that day. Pizza was still great, burrata pie, simple and delicious - love their crust and amatriciana pasta as good as I remember as well as arancini. New to us the deviled eggs - would totally get these again - like the salty hit of caper not too overwhelming . Slowly coming out of isolation…
  40. JZ

    JaniceZ

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is fresh and full of flavor. The music on the patio is a bit loud and intense.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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You can order delivery directly from Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto using the Order Online button. Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 353-2208.

Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto is rated 4.4 stars by 216 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 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto

651 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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