The food was delicious, the service was prompt and helpful, the menu selection worked for all my picky eaters and foodies, and the ambience was quiet but not empty if that makes sense.
Came it’s a friend for lunch. The restaurant was essentially empty. Service was excellent. She had eggplant parm and I had cappelletti. Both dishes were delicious!! Prices were reasonable.
Have been going here for over 20 years. Glad to see the lobster ravioli has been restored to the menu. It is obvious that the new restaurants that have opened on the street are taking a toll on the clientele. It would be a shame to see this reliable standby suffer in favor of the new and trendy. I have spent many special occasions here - birthdays, anniversaries, etc - and have never had a bad experience. It was surprisingly busy the night I dined and that was good to see. The staffing seems to have been pared back - but the service was still top notch.
We were there for Valentines Day. Food was ok but ordinary. Very overpriced - I don't see a reason to go back.
I went with a few friends to a gals lunch out on a Tuesday at Spalti.
The place is pretty with mottled walls and great art prints. We loved the menu which had many options. One gal had special food needs and they made a pasta dish to her specs, while two of us had salads with beautifully grilled warm salmon in top. I chose arugula and the other gal spinach. We could have chosen chicken, shrimp or other toppers. The service was attentive and accommodating, and the prices are typical for the area. There are several restaurants on the street, but folks who look past Spalti are missing a nice experience. For larger groups they even have a private banquet room
Great food, lovely Italian atmosphere. Bread is warm and wonderful, wine list is approachable and well priced and the food always delights.
Friendly servers. Fantastic flavors and good portions. I had a heaping pile of empty clam shells from my linguine con vongole and still had just as many in my plate, un-eaten. I only left them behind because I was more than satisfied. Lovely home-made pasta.
Our latest visit to Spalti featured the same fine Italian food, good service, and reasonable wine prices that we have come to love in the last few years. Sure, it doesn't have the buzz of some other places, but it's nice to have something reliable that has become our local go-to restaurant.
Our 4th year for a holiday dinner with a large group (8 or more). Great food, nice setting, easy parking, all around nice experience.
Excellent all around. Food is delicious, drinks are plentiful and offer lots of variety, many vegetarian options which makes me happy, and the service is excellent. I've never been disappointed at Spalti.
Delicious food, great service. I would highly recommend.
The food was delicious . The staff were exceptional, very welcoming and attentive. A wonderful dining experience.
I was thrilled to find the lobster ravioli returned to the menu. It appears that the opening of La Boheme a few doors down is having a negative impact on Spalti's patronage, which is a shame. It is a great dining spot and deserves support. I have been a faithful customer for over 16 years.
Nice place; good food. Interesting to watch those who pass by.
We had soups, salads, and main courses. Timing of service was good.
We went very early on a Friday and that was a cool thing to do. Had the place to ourselves.
Food was OK. Portions were small. Wine was old.... I probably should have sent the bottle back.
We have lived in Palo Alto for over 20 years and this was out first visit to Spalti. We were surprised that it was not more crowded on a Saturday night especially when Open Table did not have a reservation available for the time we wanted.
The food was very good and everyone in my party (4) would go back again.
Fish order had to be sent back because it was too salty and vegatables were cold. It took a very long time until another plate was delivered and was satisfactory . An order of capellini with pesto was absolutely tasteless. There was NO garlic in the pesto! First time ever no garlic in an Italian dish!!!
No one was there at 5:30 and only a couple when we left at 7:30. Hopefully they do better at lunch.
I hadn't been to Spalti's in a while, and was pleasantly surprised. I remembered it as a good spot with so-so food, but that's no longer the case-- the food we had was excellent-- four different entrees, soups and salads, and all of them well-prepared, flavorful, and nicely presented. My carpaccio had too much mustard for my taste but was otherwise great. Hubby's canneloni was superb, excellent sauce. Vegetarian friend had the Portabello dish and loved it. Low-carbs friend had the gamberoni, no pasta, and loved it. Ambience was lovely, service attentive and prompt. We will definitely be back!
Excellent in all ways. Don't know why the place isn't packed all the time.
We had a birthday dinner there on a Saturday night; we had celebrated my mother-in-law's 80th birthday with 50 guests 7 years earlier at Spalti. The place was deserted-- we were the only diners. The food was OK, but the cocktails were mediocre and the service was poor, despite the fact that we were the only diners in the place.
VEAL, at least for me. What I love most about this place, relaxing and not rushed through our meal. Very European style. We've found the service, attentive, and knowledgeable. We've invited friends and family, and there were no issues, handling larger groups. The missus, has spent time and has family in northern Italy, she says the food preparation, is spot on. The sauces are not the heavy kind, so if that's your bag, you may want to stay with the southern prep, or Olive Garden. Desserts are excellent, as well as the after dinner coffee offerings. Don't think it's too good if you want a quick 'n out. We also had our wedding and dinner reception here, they made it seamless, bent over backward to make it a memorable, carefree day.
It was our first visit to the restaurant which was highly recommended by friends. My friend from France and I were most impressed with the excellent cuisine, the atmosphere and the service. It was superbe! I can't wait to go back with my husband. Many thanks for the wonderful meal.
A real local gem for California Ave area of Palo Alto. Many people don't seem to know about it yet. They are missing something. Great setting, great food and good service. This is one of the few places for a good dinner or lunch where you can hear and talk without screaming at each other. Wine list is good and they have a full bar. Wife and I have been eating there for years and they are consistently good.
I love this place. We were there when it opened for dinner, so it was empty. We were there to discuss our upcoming wedding with a couple of friends, so needed a slow service. They were well aware of that and acted accordingly. We were seated in the main area, and were able to hear each other. The decor is very pleasing. Our waitress was not usually a waitress but served us well. She managed to get our order right and served . The food was good in flavor. It was a perfect amount for dinner no doggy bags needed. The clam and linguini was to die for... not overly spiced...well balanced with clams in shell. A touch of parmesan cheese and pepper.. and I was in heaven. My fiancee had the veal scallopini. He loved the sauce, and meat, but was a bit disappointed with the spaghetti... would have preferred potatoes . My girlfriend had the salmon, and again really enjoyed that but would have preferred a different starch... she felt the spaghetti was at odds with the taste of the fish. Her husband had the veal Marsala. The sauce was super, the veal was a little skimpy and the veggies could have been more. Again the spaghetti served with the meal was not appropriate. The wine list was good, we tried several wines and a beer all were good. My guy had a "modified" Irish coffee, i.e. made with bourbon...he was happy. The manager brought us a variety of desserts... tiramisu, chocolate mousse, panna cotta , and a sponge cake with raspberry drizzle. All were fresh and delicious. My favorite was the Tiramisu. The panna cotta was unusual, the apple in it gave it a more granular consistency, tasty but I prefer the creamy , smooth version. The mouse was chocolaty but was a little dry. The sponge was lovely and was served with delicious gelato. If you are looking for a leisurely dinner with friends you want to talk to, this is your place. If you are starving ....portions are not huge. Staff are delightful, attentive and accommodating.
Chose this restaurant to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Everything was perfect from start to finish. Lots of appealing dishes on the menu. We both loved our salads, entrees & desert. Low corkage charge for this area ($16) appreciated as are the appropriate prices & great service. This is now our favorite local restaurant.
Great service and feel. Service staff went out of their way.
Great selections; tasty food; willing to split items so each of us could share.
A good red sauce Italian restaurant, not terribly innovative but well constructed and good tasting pasta.
Beautiful lovely dinner on Christmas eve. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. My family and I had a great dinner. Thank you!
We booked the private room for a Thanksgiving dinner for 18 and were delighted with the quality of the food and the service. I worked with the restaurant on the menu choices and the the cuisine was perfect for us, very well presented and delicious. Small attention to detail, hot coffee service after the meal and refilling our wine glasses unasked, made this a wonderful dining experience.
Everything was just meh. Not worth the effort or trip.
While visiting Stanford we wanted to go out for a nice seafood dinner. Spalti was near our hotel so decided to give it a try. A great choice. We were greeted warmly and given a nice table. The pasta dishes were great. My wife had sausage and chicken with gluten free penne. I had the clams with linguini. The special desert of date cake with ice cream was amazing. And the complimentary muscat aperitif was a perfect compliment to a great meal.
The food was just ok,- nothing special. The dining room is huge , high ceilings allowing for echoing noise- especially from the kitchen. The overhead Zither music was just awful.
Authentic Italian food, well prepared with fresh ingredients . Relaxed comfortable setting, very good service. There for lunch, but also would be enjoyable in the evening.
Food was good. Service started out attentive, but we had to ask to get our check so we could leave. The restaurant had few diners at a peak lunch time on a Monday. That was surprising, but more so because the waiter served the food and then disappeared. Nice place, but service could have been better.
I went to Spalti's for dinner and ordered the polenta with mushrooms and wine sauce appetizer followed by the triangoli entrée. The triangoli consisted of five large triangular raviolis stuffed with spinach and cheese covered with a tasty tomato sauce. I thought the food and
service were very good.
If you're looking for a high-energy location for a Saturday night dinner, this is not the place. Only a few tables were taken, and the place was quiet. You could converse in a normal tone.
Service was low-key and not especially attentive, which is hard to excuse, given the sparse crowd. After the server brought our menus, we actually had to request the wine list.
Dinner, however, was entirely tasty--lamb chops and lobster ravioli. Dessert also was good.
Great food and service. Enjoyed outdoor space. We will be back.
Mother's Day dinner menu was a bit limited. Good wine recommendation.