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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.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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
$30 and under
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Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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