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About Spalti

This lively and intimate restaurant offers traditional and innovative Northern Italian specialties. Noted for generously proportioned meals.

With its Tuscan-themed dining room and candlelit European- style outdoor patio, Spalti is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. This charming restaurant boasts an authentic Italian menu consisting of pasta, seafood, chicken and veal, as well as an extensive wine list. The warm homemade focaccia bread is a must try.

417 South California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Ash

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 327-9390

Website:
http://www.spalti.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.

Executive Chef:
Rodolfo Jarquin

Private Party Facilities:
Spalti has banquet facilities for your special event. Spalti banquet facilities have a seating capacity of 120 in the main dining room and 40 in the private dining room and additional 30 in the patio area. Contact us to reserve your banquet or special event.

Private Party Contact:
Ayhan: (650) 327-9390

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We are open on Thanksgiving Day from 1pm-8pm. We will be offering select dinner menu. Let us do the cooking for you. Make your reservations now!

Spalti Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Business Meals (6)
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Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Vegan (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

The food was delicious . The staff were exceptional, very welcoming and attentive. A wonderful dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was OK. Portions were small. Wine was old.... I probably should have sent the bottle back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

No one was there at 5:30 and only a couple when we left at 7:30. Hopefully they do better at lunch.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent in all ways. Don't know why the place isn't packed all the time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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.
Best regards,
Liza

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Healthy, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great service and feel. Service staff went out of their way.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Great selections; tasty food; willing to split items so each of us could share.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2016

A good red sauce Italian restaurant, not terribly innovative but well constructed and good tasting pasta.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2016

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Everything was just meh. Not worth the effort or trip.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2016

Great food and service. Enjoyed outdoor space. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Mother's Day dinner menu was a bit limited. Good wine recommendation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

The food was good. The service was only so-so: our waiter was inattentive, and the main dish was really late (the waiter claimed that this was due to a computer issue.)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Spalti focuses on Northern Italian cuisine and does it well. The mussels appetizer special served well as the main course. The arugula salad was a little long on the arugula and short on the walnuts and other accoutrements but was not overdressed as is too often the case at other places. The carpaccio was carefully prepared and presented with a generous piece of lemon instead of a stingy sliver, which was much appreciated. The cannelloni special was well-received by all. Overall a very pleasant dining experience helped by impeccable service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2016

The restaurant was VERY noisy. My food was LUKEWARM when it arrived. We were a party of four and so I didn't send it back. If it were my husband and I alone I certainly would have. The other couple we were with likes this restaurant very much, but we thought the food was mediocre for the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2016

Spalti has great Italian food. Some tasty specials. After we got our food we didn't really see our waiter again for a long time though. It would have been nice to have a check in to see if we needed anything and to not have to wait so long for the check.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

The restaurant is laid out nicely, the tables are not right next to each other, so conversation is not a problem. There is not a warmth to the restaurant, but a simple comfortable environment.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2015

My first time there. We had a group of 8 and closed the place (they were very polite not to kick us out). The food was fantastic!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2015

I am never disappointed when I eat at Spalti. Their food is delicious and their service outstanding. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2015

The food is always delicious and the service outstanding. Great Italian food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2015

One of our daughters suggested Spalti as a fun place to show off the California Avenue neighborhood to some out-of-towners (from Minneapolis and Cleveland, no less) and it was as accommodating as ever--including gluten free pasta dishes. The staff coped effortlessly with our gang of eight and were most appreciative of our visit. That is a great way to guarantee return visits. Bravo!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2015

The food and service are always outstanding. That is one of the reasons I keep going there again and again, introducing my friends to this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2015

We have had several meals at Spalti and we have enjoyed every one. Spalti serves reasonably well prepared Italian food to a clientele of local families and groups. It’s not chi-chi but the staff treats you well, service is correct and friendly, and you will enjoy the food.

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