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St. Michael's Alley, Palo Alto, CA

St. Michael's Alley

4.5
4.5
472 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 20 times today

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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What 472 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Notable Wine List

  • Peninsula

    American

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  1. JK

    JosieK

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Our first disappointment in years! The martinis were not good - not cold. Our guests food monkfish was too tough to even cut. Our meals were delicious!! Still recommend for a great dining experience

  2. AM

    AlanM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    The food is not spectacular or spectacularly imaginative but the diversified middle-of-the-road menu makes this a great place for a quiet business, social or date-night dinner. Both inside and out, the surroundings are very pleasant. The staff is capable and attentive without being intrusive. The wine prices were surprisingly reasonable - a welcome touch. This is a great place for a nice, satisfying, grown-up dinner where you actually can visit with your companions. Nice job, folks.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious dinner in a beautiful setting with fantastic service from Kaity, Hector, and the team.

  4. P

    Piotr

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Favorite spot for dinner, definitely would visit again

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience! The pasta special was divine.

  6. KR

    KRMJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely anniversary dinner here. The setting is quiet, cozy, beautiful. The food was delicious, prices not outrageous.

  7. HL

    HaroldL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a wonderful "special occasion" restaurant for us. I had a lamb dish and my wife looks forward to the chicken pot pie spring special. Highly recommend.

  8. E

    Elle

    Baltimore

    49 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    The fish was overcooked, the eggplant was burnt, service was inconsistent and the whole experience was as expensive as it gets.

  9. DK

    DKSR

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    St. Mike's is always a favorite of ours. We love the food. The staff is fabulous-always professional and well trained. The outdoor patio is 'delicious'. Thank you Mike and team!

  10. KD

    KenD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    From our first visit many years ago to yesterday's, St. Michael's Alley has always been exceptional and a special treat. Yesterday was no exception. The creative recipes were executed flawlessly. Our waiter was a treat unto himself. Our Wedding Anniversary was suitably celebrated!

  11. R

    Rocky

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing! We went for graduation - usually I am hesitant about set menus because the family is all so particular (Vegan, Vegetarian, Low Salt, etc) but the menu was so well curated that all six of us ordered easily and LOVED our dinners! The fish was great, the wine list extensive, and the service was lovely!

  12. GH

    GaryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food amazing, had sea bass and salmon, definitely coming back

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food and exceptional service from Kaity and the team!

  14. d

    dpbbrewster

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Nice evening. Service a bit lax.

  15. W

    Winne2

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Prosciutto and melon starter both visually attractive and flavorful. Sea bass outstanding.

  16. BG

    BritGal

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A gem of a place! Tucked away in a quiet corner far from the hustle and bustle of University Avenue, this lovely restaurant is a welcome change from the noisier, trendier places in Palo Alto. Excellent food and warm, friendly service make this place a must. We had a great dinner last night and all three of us said we would definitely be coming back.

  17. JL

    JohnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyed it! No pressure from waitstaff to hurry.

  18. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Truly enjoyed the food, wine, and service at St. Michael's Alley. Came with 3 friends and everybody liked their entrees - salmon, sea bass, chicken pot pie and swordfish. Sat outside in wind-sheltered area which was comfortable. Service spot on. Definitely will return.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  20. w

    winflop

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    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.

  21. I

    Itiswhatitis

    Central Coast

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food for 56th wedding anniversary!

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 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!

  25. LN

    LilaN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  26. 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.

  27. SK

    StevenK

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service!!!!!

  28. l

    lindac

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite restaurant in the area. Always superb!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. KO

    elaineKOA

    San Francisco

    184 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    184 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.

  32. 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.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous meal!

  34. 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!!

  35. 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.

  36. I

    Irene

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 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.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing dinner!

  38. 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!

  39. AM

    AMBellini

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 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!

  40. j

    johndoe

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Food first rate.

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 4.5 stars by 472 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.

Make a reservation

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Booked 20 times today
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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