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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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Good for Groups (3)
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Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Vegan (1)
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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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 (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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vip
 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2015

one of our 3 entrees was great. One was really poor, once was fair. The bruschetta was soggy. Desserts were good.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2015

The lamb shank and dolma are really good. Portion is small though for the lamb shank. Great service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2015

Went for business lunch because they took reservations & it was open on Monday. Restaurant was fairly empty but it offered good Italian food and good service. We sat ouside on ourdoor patio and the noise level was fine.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2015

We arranged a group lunch not too far in advance and had a wonderful table outside. Shared appetizers - mushrooms, bruschetta and carpaccio - and all were very good. Salads and pastas were fine though nothing exceptional.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2015

Caprese using beafsteak tomato, bland mozzarella, and tepid balsamic?

The pasta, especially the vegetarian entre with a sage and light cream sauce was a nice counterpoint to the appetizers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2015

Waitress was patient, helpful, knowledgable. And finally a really great steak burger as a staple option at an Italian place, why not?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2015

Three of us came to lunch here for a meeting. It was fairly quiet as most patrons opted to sit outside. So that was perfect for us. My husband ordered the Fettucine and Chicken. Our friend ordered the Spinach Salad with homemade raspberry dressing. I ordered the Linguine con Vongole. When the dishes came out, my pasta was the wrong one. The server was apologetic and asked the kitchen to rush out the linguine con vongole. While I have no doubt that the dish was cooked, three out of the 10 clams I ate had sand in them and the dish was under-seasoned. It dampened my appetite quite a bit and disappointing since two days earlier, I had the same dish and it was delicious. My husband had no issues with his fettucine. They were very accommodating and substituted the spinach with plain pasta.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2015

I came to lunch with an Aunt. She is vegetarian and had the portabello mushroom panini. She said it was delicious. I ordered the LInguine con vongole. The clams were cooked nicely and the dish well seasoned. I ate every last morsel.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2015

Our group had lunch in the private room, which worked well for us. The food and service was good and we all enjoyed our meals. Call well in advance if you want to reserve this room. The
catering menu offered a nice selection of items to choose from and reasonably priced. I would
definitely reserve this restaurant again for future events.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2015

This was our 4th visit and this time w brought a group of us. As always the staff were attentive, and friendly. We have a diverse group as far as enjoying food. Everyone found a good dish for them. My husband always has the veal with the lemon and caper sauce..delicious. They were very accommodating, making minor changes to dishes to cover individual preferences. The Chianti was super though inexpensive. Desserts were really yummy... we shared them, so got a great cross section.
The Tiramisu was good, and the mousse. Thank you again for light Italian food, that is always served hot, and with a smile. Thank you too for an unrushed meal that we so enjoyed

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 13, 2015

Second time I dine here, quality has gone down

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 2, 2015

Often hard to find place where you can have quiet conversation. Spalti is perfect. The food is very good--my seafood risotto was delicious and so was the arugula salad. I always choose this place when my friend and I meet and know we have a lot to catch up on. Never feel rushed and the servers are very attentive. Also, like to sit outside.

Only criticism is the bread is not very tasty which is probably good for me--end up eating less.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2015

I frequented Spalti for years and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding and the service is fantastic. I never feel rushed even when they are busy. The prices are extremely reasonable. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Palo Alto. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2015

We love Italian food, and chose Spalti after reading reviews saying that the food there was authentic. Well, those reviewers must have visited very different parts of Italy than my wife and I visited. Of the four dishes at our table, none had much flavor - which was the opposite of the cuisine that we enjoyed in Italy a few years ago.

When we arrived, Spalti was mostly empty, and about ⅔ of the tables stayed empty while we were there. Now, I understand why.

We won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2015

I love the food here.. It really is Northern Italian cuisine at its best. The clam chowder I had was the best I have ever had. The Linguine with prawns, amazingly light and tasty. My husband had the veal.. super sauce and vegetables cooked al dente not raw or slushy!. The coconut tart was sweet and light. The chianti is good, and pinot grigio lovely. Coffee here is Italian, strong but not bitter. Service was great..we wanted a slow but attentive service and were very pleased. Thank you for authentic Italian food, as an Italian I really appreciate this restaurant ,Other "American Italian" food is so heavy. Relax and enjoy, and pay the very reasonable bill...thank you

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2015

Excellent spot to chat with your girl friend for serious talk. It is spacy and quiet on each table. You can keep and enjoy your private conversation with your important buddy. Go and try lunch time with your good friend. $$ 25-35/person for lunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2015

We loved this place. We were celebrating my husbands birthday. We had a relaxed romantic dinner. The service was amazing, no rush. The food was very Northern Italian, and authentically so...I have family I visit in Northern Italy and this food reflected that cuisine. It is on the lighter side. The wine list was extensive . We had a Pinot Grigio and a Chianti..both were excellent. The clams were clean and very tasty. We both chose veal, mine with Marsala and mushrooms , my husbands with wine and capers. It was the best I have ever eaten, tender and delicious. The tiramisu was yummy. I had a cappuccino, reminded me of my Aunts in Italy. This is a super place if you are looking for an unhurried dinner. There were no children present when we were there... delightful. Staff were very respectful and made our visit all that we wanted it to be. I am sure that if you were in a hurry they could accommodate that. The whole bill came to $114 which was inexpensive considering that we both selected food from the whole menu. They gave us a glass of free wine to have with dessert... We will be going back soon

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 17, 2015

Not sure what I was thinking getting a salad - salmon/avocado salad was poor in avocado & other toppings for this price I'd expect more than three little slices of avocado and more topping than just few slivered almonds - everyone's pasta dish looked delicious! I'll get pasta next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2015

We have gone to Spalti for years and have enjoyed it, but not this time. We both had spaghetti, which was really tasteless . The Caesar salad was equally poor - some romaine lettuce, a few pieces of Parmesan and done. The broccoli soup was very basic with little flavor. So disappointing. Will not go back as I know they changed hands recently, and this food is not the quality or taste that it used to be.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 3, 2015

Reservations were made for a group of us. The restaurant atmosphere and décor is nice and the staff were pleasant though not very engaging with any of our group. My meal was good - taste and presentation. The problem was my portion. I ordered a chicken entrée and I received only half of a butterflied chicken breast, perhaps one of others in my group received the other half. Is this typical for the San Francisco/Palo Alto area or is the Chef/Management at Spalti being overly cost effective? Well I will be trying other restaurants in the area before returning to Spalti. Too bad since it was otherwise a nice evening for our group.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 21, 2015

I have been to Spalti's many times over many years (probably over 25 times in at least 15 years). I think the food quality has declined but more importantly the service was rushed and unfriendly.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Great stop for dinner on our way back from the AT&T at Pebble. Wonderful service, great food and good wine. Cannot ask for much more for an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2015

Good food...head server seemed to want to rush, and we were discussing a new venture, that stole a star

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2015

I've dined many times at Spalti in Palo Alto. The food is attractively presented and delicious. Their special salad tonight was butter lettuce, gorgonzola, red beets and orange dressing, it was so good 😊

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2015

First time here at Spalti which we tried due to the wonderful comments from other diners. What a great find with such a selection of Italian dishes and specials. The special mahi mahi as well as the lamb chops were just delicious. That was after a very fresh salad with arugula, beets and orange slices. To top off the dinner was the sticky toffee dessert ... amazing. Freddy was most attentive throughout. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2014

The food is always outstanding, as is the service! I highly recommend Spalti and will continue to go there!

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2014

I would say that this restaurant was pretty good, but I think it isn't too kid friendly. As a parent, you can't enjoy your food unless your kids are happy...and if they're hungry, and there is nothing that they'll eat on the menu and your waiter is rigid to the day's menu, it will a miserable time dining. While this restaurant is a good place to dine, I rate it poorly for children.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2014

I have come to this restaurant since 1999. The food and service are consistently good. I love the ambiance also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2014

Lunch for 8. My 2nd time here. I had wanted to come back for dinner, but not this time.

Everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the penne Spalti, which had a great/rich cream tomato sauce and delicious sausage with fresh tomatoes.

I still didn't get my lemonade refilled; this is becoming a sticking point.

The place was busy with holiday lunch parties. Everything went smoothly and efficiently. I liked Spalti better this time, as this was a larger crowd, all of whom were enthusiastically enjoying their entrees.

Enjoy!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2014

Spalti is always a consistent favorite. The only problem this time was with the construction and the changes in parking on California Avenue. Things will be much better when all the construction is finished.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2014

I've never been disappointed when eating at Spalti. The food is delicious and their service is excellent. I highly recommend Spalti.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2014

All four courses were very good: rolled eggplant appetizer, fish, ravioli, salad and dessert. Owner and staff provided excellent hospitality and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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