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Spalti

4.3
315 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(650) 327-9390
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rodolfo Jarquin
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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.
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Private party contact
Ayhan: (650) 327-9390
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ash
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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!
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 315 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very quiet restaurant. Only a few tables with diners. Maybe because it is a vacation week? We enjoyed the calamari and all of us had a good meal. Yummy salads. Very nice wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were there for Valentines Day. Food was ok but ordinary. Very overpriced - I don't see a reason to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, lovely Italian atmosphere. Bread is warm and wonderful, wine list is approachable and well priced and the food always delights.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Our 4th year for a holiday dinner with a large group (8 or more). Great food, nice setting, easy parking, all around nice experience.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious food, great service. I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 28, 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.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 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.

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 16, 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.

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2.0Dined on September 15, 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!!!

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 14, 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!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on July 22, 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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5.0Dined on July 19, 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2016

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

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