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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (3)
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Neighborhood Gem (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2014

Our Mother's day brunch at Spalti was very nice! The waitstaff was very kind and attentive. They food was really delicious. The salmon salad was dressed with a yummy dressing and the fish was done just right. The seafood pasta had a delicious sauce and the shrimp was cooked perfectly. We will be going back again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2014

If you live on the mid-peninsula and are looking for a great pasta dinner-this is your place. Fabulous homemade pasta with outstanding sauces that compliment but not overwhelm the dishes. The layout of the restaurant makes conversation enjoyable. Wine list compliments the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2014

Food was adequate but nothing special. Service was friendly, but, again, nothing special. Probably won't return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2014

My family and I enjoyed flavorful, delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Service was impeccable and I was treated to a specisl dessert for my birthday! The restaurant is perfect for families or special occasions and when looking for a truly tasty meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2014

Sorry Ferit, We've been coming to Spalti's under the prior ownership for many years. It was one of our favorite restaurants. I like what you have done with thenew bar and the way you have kept the ambiance, However, service was very poor. There were three of us for dinner. Service started slowly, first two of three drinks were incorrect (dirty martini's instead of dry with olives). Drinks were changed with no appology. The lettuce salad was excellent. We ordered the most expensive entres but on all three the plates were cold and the vegetables and mashed potatoes were cold. Two orders of lamb chops were cold, my steak was hot and done perfectly. Again no response from the waiter. After this we couldn't find our waiter for long periods.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2014

Lunch on a Tuesday - the restaurant was not busy and the service was incredibly slow and the waiter didn't seem to really care if he (or we) were there. For was very good but I was disappointed with the service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2014

This place has been around forever and the decor, chairs, etc show it. That said , the service is still professional and it 's a solid choice for decent Italian food, especially if you can't get into one of the newer places.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2014

reliable neighbor destination. Friendly, competent service and consistent food. We have gone for years and will continue.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2013

Been coming here for years. Had problem with one dish, but told waiter & it was corrected.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2013

Great food, service and ambience. Highly recommend for good neighborhood dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2013

Disappointed not to have Italian food on TG day. The leg of lamb was not very good- fat and grissly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2013

My wife and I have been eating here regularly for the last couple of years. Before that the owners seemed cold and acted as if you were lucky that they let you in to their restaurant. Now it is different. Since the new owners took over they really improved the place. The staff is more friendly and the service is usually very good. They are very hardworking and attentive. The kitchen has been improved and I think that they have had a new head chef for long enough that they produce consistently great dishes. Their pasta dishes are really worth trying if you have not done so yet. Setting is classy and polished but still warm and comforting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2013

We discovered this restaurant this past summer. We have eaten at this restaurant 8-9 times and have enjoyed it each time. We have gone here with friends and it's nice that you can carry on a conversation without having to yell across the table as in other restaurants where it's noisy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2013

The service was wonderful and attentive. Not too crowded so that would have been a given. A bit dark for such an environment butI was not bothered by it.
However, the food was bit less exciting. The Mahi Mahi I had was salty and hard. I needed a knife to cut it. No special flavors or textures to remember it by. My wife's lasagna had an unusual taste to it as well. Tasted like something that could come out of a box.
Although they tried hard, I could not see myself returning to Spaltis

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2013

This is the first time I have eaten here. The menu was not particularly exciting, and when the food arrived, it was disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2013

Spaltis has a delicious menu and I am never disappointed with my food selection. They cook salmon to perfection, and their bread and dipping sauce is a fabulous opener to the evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2013

The setting and menu are traditional family Italian. Good predictable food. Nothing daring but we left satisfied!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2013

I don't remember this restaurant so could not have been that good. But it could just be my memory malfunctioning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2013

I like that California Ave. has nice restaurants to go to. Spalti's has a nice atmosphere, easy parking in back, and is quiet with decent service.

The food though is nothing special. The calamari appetizer, the goat cheese and beet salad, and the linguini with clams were all passable, but not at all remarkable. The portobella mushroom appetizer was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2013

The food is always delicious and the service is consistently outstanding. What a great Italian restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2013

The food and service is always outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2013

Nice place with good service but bland, bland, bland food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2013

We've had veal, fish and pastas here. All very well prepared and delicious. Desserts wonderful also if you still have room for them. Hosts and staff very gracious and helpful. Ownership changed about a year ago and the quality of the food and the dining experience has improved immensely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2013

Spalti continues to be my favorite Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. Great food, great service. I eat there regularly (3-4 times per month) with family and work. They also have a great private dining room that seats 20-- great for work dinners. I'm a vegetarian, and they have great gnocchi. My family enjoy their chicken and seafood dishes. My son loves their linguini vongole, pasta with prawns, and crab ravioli.

Great location in midtown Palo Alto, not as crowded as downtown PA. And I find their food to better than the Italian restaurants downtown.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2013

And no wonder. The hosts were very pleasant, but the service was disinterested and disorganized. The salad was very nice, but the pasta was not; couldn't eat the edges of the mezzaluna as it was seriously undercooked. The wine pour is the smallest I've seen in a while. When the riesling I'd ordered turned out to be dessert-sweet, like a late harvest bottling although not described as such as on the menu, it was replaced without argument.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2013

Spalti is a reliable eatery. Every time that I go there they deliver very good service and good food. I will continue going there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2013

we had a late lunch on a Saturday and were very happy with the food and the attentive service. I recommend it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2013

We have been going to Spalti for many years and always enjoyed it. This time we found the food to be bland, tasteless and very disappointing. This included the bruschetta (served on moist bread instead of a crostini) and the pasta bolognese. The Caesar salad was alright.
We won't be returning any time soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2013

We hadn't been back to Spalti's in a couple of years. It was good then but amazing now. The food was creative, updated and truly gourmet, the waiter, Nikko, spoke to us in Italian, and we had a wonderful time. The new decor is modern and we like the booths for an intimate dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Food Was great. Good decor and ambiance. The only down side was we felt a little rushed and pressured to order quickly and rush through or meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2013

Food was okay but the desert - warm chocolate cake with vanilla bean gelato was awesome. Our table was very close to the kitchen and so was not the best seat and was bit noisy. Overall it was okay/good experience. Service was excellent and prompt.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2013

Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was not so good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2013

This was my 3rd visit to this restaurant so I obviously liked it -- at least in the past. I hosted a work dinner for 2 other guests-- one from out of town. When the server came to the table-- I asked if they could make a menu item slightly different from as described. She kind of paused and then said---- "well we have a big party in the back so I doubt they will make an alterations" At a minimum she could have said I will ask.. After ordering a moderate priced bottle of wine-- she came back and said i goofed we are out.. In the past usually offer the next offering for the same price.. but nothing... . Anyway, the starter salad was good, appetizers were ok -- nothing exceptional--- Pasta was fair at best.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2013

This is the 4th time I have been to the restaurant for a business dinner. The food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2013

Food was okay, not great. I had the gnocchi. It had a slight cardboard like flavor. The sauce was also a little runny. The desert tasted like it was frozen and heated up.Service and people were really nice though. Ambience is nice too. It's just the food wasn't that great. With all the Italian places around, just doesn't make sense to go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2012

Great food & great service. Celebrating an engagement & they gave us free dessert.
VERY!!!!! reasonably priced. Wonderful evening & could even hear other people talk.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2012

Our waitress did not check in with us often enough and we had to wait a very long time to get our check. I love the food at Spalti, but was disappointed by the service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2012

Went for a Thanksgiving meal in the early evening and they did a very nice job with food and service. It was a special T-giving menu - we had turkey and fixings. Nothing unusual but well done. Service was very cordial - they did not rush us. Its a very pleasant place and I would go again and recommend it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2012

Table for four, this time a business lunch. Place is light, airy, and efficient. Discovered that you can come in the back door (helpful tip here!) directly from the parking lot (and not have to walk around the block from Jacaranda to S Cal Ave). Easy access is large in my book.

Everyone liked the food and said so. Never got my lemonade refilled, which loses them that all-so-close 4th star.

The capellini al pomodoro naturale was al dente, the tomatoes fresh. The minestrone hit the spot.

The mater d gets people to their tables fast, inside or outside (ample outside seating). The service was crisp and efficient. Water was filled repeatedly.

I sense that this is a better place for dinner, so that's my next time wish.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 20, 2012

Love,love, love this place. Wonderful food, attentive service, mellow atmosphere that isn't boring. And plenty of outdoor seating. What more could I want? Please open Spalti in San Fran.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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