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Osteria, Palo Alto, CA
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Osteria

4.5
4.5
1104 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Our vision is to insure a quality dining every time you eat with us. Osteria's purpose is to provide 'Culinary Contentment.' Whether you are choosing to enjoy an Osteria meal at home, your business via delivery, or in our dinning room, it is our pleasure to assist you. We believe in preparing fresh, whole food, as an essential to our customer's well-being. We are focused at providing you, our family and friends, with a traditional Tuscan cuisine, which pleases the palate is healthy, and progressive. Whether you are gathering with family, friends, co-workers, or entertaining clients, we happily offer our assistance. It is a privilege to serve you, grazie!

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Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 328-5700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Ramona St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,104 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. VH

    VeryHappyDiners

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    This place has awesome outdoor seating and food. I learned it's also been there for over 100 years - amazing!! The service was pretty good, but I did have to ask for some things a couple times (even when they weren't that busy). I told them it was a friend's birthday, and they didn't give any complementary dessert, but put a candle on one of the desserts we ordered. They even remembered a few of our names, which was very nice. I ordered the prawn and asparagus risotto, which was pretty good except some rice was undercooked. My friend sent her Bolognese pasta back bc it tasted gamey, but the carbonara pasta they let her exchange it for was good. My other friends got the squid ink ravioli and the chicken marsala (which was huge, btw), and they both liked it. The artichoke starter was also amazing. We got the Luma grillo wine, which was excellent. Overall, I would recommend this place and even go back! It is a little off the main university drag, which was nice (the entire street was closed for outdoor dining).

  2. SS

    SSReview

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Great Italian food. Tasty vegetarian options. Good service and attention. Tables are small for four people.

  3. T

    Tila

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Eggplant Parmigiani is average tasting.

  4. LS

    LuisS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Service, superior ingredients, outstanding chef.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Cool and easy

  6. H

    Hdl123

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and a great ambiance outside.

    OsteriaResponded on June 15, 2022

    Thank you for the 5 star review, on behalf of all of us at Osteria, we appreciate it! We are so happy you enjoyed your meal and our charming outdoor dining space along Ramona Street. We look forward to your next visit!

  7. SG

    SherrieG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    I had the calamari steak which was fabulous. Service was great but had a snafu- the kitchen missed a dinner order. That dinner came out after we were almost done.

    OsteriaResponded on June 12, 2022

    Thank you for the 5 star review, on behalf of all of us at Osteria, we appreciate it! The Calamari steak is truly an Osteria classic dish that never disappoints. We are sincerely sorry that we missed the mark on your guest's dish. Please reach out next time you plan to join us, we would love an opportunity to make it up to you! We look forward to your next visit!

  8. b

    billk

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful delicious meal, waitress and staff provided excellent service. We plan to come back soon!

    OsteriaResponded on June 9, 2022

    We are so happy you enjoyed your whole Osteria experience. Caylee is a terrific server and behalf of her and all of us, we look forward to seeing you and your guests again soon!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    I think they are very short-staffed. My friends would have ordered more wine but no one was available to take their orders. No one’s water was refilled once. We had coffee and it was cold. We would have ordered salads but the waiter was really stressed and maxed out. Staff was very nice but they need more people to do their job.

  10. P

    Peter

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great experience with excellent food and quiet atmosphere. We were there early and that helped.

  11. AY

    AlainY

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    I do not enjoy writing unfavorable reviews. I hope that it will serve as a tool to improve. For an Italian restaurant, the pasta dishes are not very good at all. All the pasta dishes we had were way overcooked and almost mushy. They also lacked flavor. One of the dishes we had was one of their signature dishes; Spaghetti Alla carbonara. The pancetta was undercooked and as a result unpleasant. We also had the Capellini Pomodoro, it was so overcooked that it was almost soup-like in texture. The bread was also unpleasant as it was very doughy and not warm. The Insalata Verde was served with a warm dressing which also made it unpleasant. Overall the food was very poor in quality and not worth the $220 we spent for a family of four excluding any drinks. Please note that the money is not an issue because we are used to paying more than that for a nice meal. However, this meal was simply not worth what they offer. Chain restaurants such as California Pizza Kitchen offer better quality food. In addition, there is a heavy, unpleasant, musky odor in the restaurant. On a positive note, our server was very nice and attentive.

    OsteriaResponded on June 1, 2022

    happy to hear you enjoyed the service and sorry to hear your pastas were not cooked to perfection! This really sounds like a one-off since our carbonara s usually tasty and server al dente! Please feel free to speak up next time, we really want our guests to leave satisfied, even if that means we need prepare something else.

  12. JK

    JKlein

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good seafood, nice wine selection. Outside seating for dinner was lovely

  13. K

    Kaffir

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice outdoor experience. We ordered linguine white clam sauce was delicious. Cappuccino and tiramisu topped off the dinner.

    OsteriaResponded on June 1, 2022

    Thank you for the 5 star review! Isn't the linguini delicious!? We can't wait to serve you again soon :)

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    My wife wanted to have a basic tomato sauce pasta without any parsley on top. The initial serving came with parsley although we specifically said not to add any. The server took it back and brought another plate a few minutes later. As they were rushing to bring us a proper order, this time the pasta was so undercooked that it was sticking to your teeth. So they took it back and brought another plate later. By this time I was already done with my food and my wife was still waiting to have he rorder. The third plate came with pieces of mussels in it. Luckily, we didn't have any allergies but still not okay for something like this to happen. When we pointed that out, the server took it to the chef who insisted that it was a piece of garlic. I don't know what kind of a chef cannot understand the difference between a piece of seafood and garlic but clearly this place has one! Mistakes can happen and all we wanted was an acknowledgement of their mistake but they chose to imply that we were lying which is unacceptable. Food was mediocre and expensive and the treatment was awful. I don't recommend this place to anyone. There are plenty of other places in Palo Alto with much better food and hospitality. Never going back!

  15. S

    Spooky

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Maybe at the start you do not want your snarky bus boy to make some comment about how we have an ocean view (our table overlooked Hamilton). We got him good when he thought we were looking for people we know on the street. The food is comfort food for people who have NEVER BEEN TO ITALY in their lives. The Ceasar salad had a lot of parmesan and some sardines on the side, which is not my take on the classic Ceasar dressing. The Saltimbocca was over the top with melted cheese inside a roll of veal. The steamed vegetables were great but there was some kind of square on the side that was purported to be potatoes? All microwavable to the max. The Osso Bucco was dry. The waitress was a doll, very helpful and the dipping oil for the sour dough bread is very very good, like I would buy it and take it home. No expresso machine as they said it was broken so we did not bother with desert. The Chianti Reserva wine was delicious and kind of made up for the rest of the lack luster food. For sure it is a happening place with a large outside area for dining if you want to be alfresco. The staff is hard working and very nice. We gave the waitress a $30 tip in cash. Hard to say if I would go back again. The next table had a dish or mussels that looked pretty good, but the Ceasar salad was so cocked up I cannot see myself ordering a salad and mussels to go dine there again. The dinner price for two glasses of wine and two Pirrone beers and a Ceasar salad that we shared and then Saltimbocca and Osso Bucca was about $150. It did not break the bank but then again if you want to spend money on really authentic Italian food this is not the place. I swear had I not loved the wine, and service, I would have been a cranky customer.

  16. i

    iolavola

    San Francisco

    161 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I have been there only once with friends and the first experience was fine. However, this time I ordered linguini with vongole (linguini with small clams and Manila clams). When the order came, there were very few small and Manilla clams - one of the small clam shells was broken with nothing in it, and one was completely closed (Manila). Each shell was filled with chopped clams that looked like they had come from a can. I have had this dish at many Italian restaurants, and they had fresh clams only, no chopped clams, and only small fresh clams. I have always enjoyed these dishes and have no idea why this restaurant felt they had to add chopped clams. They took it back and I re-ordered linguini with Marinara sauce. They put too much sauce in this dish, but it was not bad. Also, there were no utensils and napkins at the table and we didn't get them until we were served. The prices have become outrageous! I believe this will be our last visit. My friends were not too happy with what they ordered either. I will compliment our server, though. He was very cooperative and made sure our dishes came out very hot (temperature-wise).

  17. M

    Mania70

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My family has been customer's since 90's. Still carpaccio & Piccata Di Vitello are the best. For whatever the reason, Linguine Vongole seems to be too creamy than usual. We had a great dinner.

  18. m

    mrrrrr

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3

    Good food. We had poor inattentive service - No patron needs to feel like the waitresses is doing them a favor in servicing them. Definitely not in par of what one would expect of this restaurant.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and delicious food!!

  20. L

    Localfamily

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was a wonderful lunch. Food was delicious, service was good, pacing was unhurried! Pretty sure that is not true at many places on Mother’s Day!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Osteria, decades of superior food, quality, service and atmosphere

  22. C

    Craig

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It was a nice Mother's Day Dinner. Great service once seated. Our server(s) were very attentive. Our main waitress had great stories and she was very, very personable! She is a credit to your restaurant. We will be back.

  23. DB

    DebB

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our waiter was great! Attentive and nice. He even brought my son a scoop of ice cream with a candle and sung happy birthday. I actually forgot my purse and he came running after me to give it to me. The food was good but the service is fantastic! We sat outside on a very large patio. It was my second time there and I will be back for sure!

  24. TJ

    TaxJD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and terrific service. Sat outside, wish they had umbrellas as I was in full sun for about an hour.

  25. JB

    JimB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been going to Osteria for over 30 years and it continues to to rank as one of local favorites. Yes, there have been a few ups and downs over the decades, especially right after the restaurant got new owners, but for the last number of years it's back to it's traditional fantastic menu and food preperation. Their service is always spot on and as friendly as it gets. Our go to place for special occasions too.

  26. A

    Anon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Great outdoor dining options. Friendly staff.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food and great service.

  28. JS

    JamesS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pasta con vongole (with clams) had very deep superb flavor and lots of clams. Congenial staff.

  29. J

    John

    San Francisco

    90 reviews

    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love the carpaccio and the calamari steaks! The food is consistant and always hot.

  30. DP

    DinaP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    I almost never write restaurant reviews, only if something is exceptionally good or very bad… The restaurant Osteria is a $$$ place with white tablecloth!, which sets certain expectations. The food is fine, but the service is a HUGE problem… Saying that, I certainly do not want to put the waiters in trouble – they do what they can and know how to do. The problem lies in complete lack of their training, i.e. with Osteria’s owners and administrators. It feels like the waiters are random people who themselves have never been to a restaurant. The waiters are not rude or arrogant, they just do not know how and what a waiter does. Our waiter forgot what we’ve ordered, and came back to ask; at the table next to us the waiter forgot to bring salad, and started with the next course; we were not offered clean plates for sharing the appetizer; the waiter brought us a wrong desert and dropped the bill together with it without saying anything even before bringing the last order (coffee). This completely spoiled the dining experience. I hope the owners of Osteria read this review and start training their staff.

  31. MM

    MaureneM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food is wonderful. The service is excellent! We ate outside and our waiter was very attentive and charming.

    OsteriaResponded on April 21, 2022

    Thank you for the 5 star review, we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our outside dining room and the attentive service. We are looking forward to you next visit to Osteria!

  32. DT

    DavidT

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    They were understaffed but very apologetic. Nice waitstaff.

  33. B

    Betts

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    It was 99% perfect. My only recommendation for servers is to make sure to refill water glasses when they are close to empty and offer to refill drinks. But such a friendly and respectful staff, and very decent food.

  34. J

    John

    San Antonio

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Good food, nice staff

  35. B

    Bootsies

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Always wanted to try this place and so glad we finally did. A beautiful night out in their outdoor patio and some of the best pasta I’ve had in a long time. They were short staffed but our server was wonderful and took great care of us. The beef cheeks (which I’ve never had before) in a ragú with Pappardelle were incredible. We will be back and try desert next time.

    OsteriaResponded on April 9, 2022

    Thank you for your positive review. We are so happy your enjoyed the Pappardelle special, along with our outdoor dining along Ramona street! We hope you will join us for another meal soon and if we can personally assist you or your guests, please let us know.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The outside tables, lit up with lights, are great, especially on a warm evening such as the one when we were there.

    OsteriaResponded on April 21, 2022

    Thank you for the glowing review! We hope you will join us on another warm evening outside soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    They were slow, but the food was incredible and our waitress was great.

  38. l

    lucyv

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is very authentic. Very good service this is one of our favorite places.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good thank you

  40. r

    richbart

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Restaurant appears to have doubled capacity with outdoor parklet, but kept the same level of wait staff. Service is very slow. Food is still good.

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
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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You can order delivery directly from Osteria using the Order Online button. Osteria also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Osteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 328-5700.

Osteria is rated 4.5 stars by 1104 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 16 times today

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Google Map for Osteria

247 Hamilton Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ramona St

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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