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Spinello's

4.1
75 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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Spinello’s East Coast Eatery is a casual Italian restaurant developed by New Jersey chef Michael Spinello. Most of its dishes are based on family recipes that were handed down to the chef by previous generations of his family. The chef’s proximity to New York City enabled him to discover several Italian creations that are unique to Manhattan, which he also serves with his own twists at Spinello’s.

Begin your meal with one of the small plates available at Spinello’s. Options include house special meatballs, a trio of stuffed mushrooms with sausage, breadcrumbs, cheese and herbs as well as cheesy garlic bread with mozzarella and garlic. For your main course, choose from a wide variety of pasta dishes like penne alla vodka, prawn fra divalo and Mikey’s special rigatoni. End your meal with a sweet dessert like ricotta cheese cake, tiramisu, affogato or Big Bob’s cream puffs.

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Casual Dining
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Italian
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(408) 402-5965
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Casual Dress
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3.9
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vipCAP23 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2015

Great Italian style food with something for everyone.

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Paul (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2015

Our server made our night. So friendly and attentive. It's a small dining room, and since we were there on a night when it was only half-full, the noise level was very conversation friendly. Ordered a glass of Chianti off the menu which was very palatable. The Caesar salad was exceptional. I had the linguine with clam sauce which was very, very subtle. A wonderfully light, yet vibrant dish. My wife had Mikey's Special Rigatoni ... which was outstanding. One of the best night's out that we've had all year.

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vipCaliCrew (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2015

If you want real authentic Italian food, look no further than Spinello's! Food is awesome!

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Djburnz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

We had some delicious food! Chicken parmigiana so yummy.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

Finally an Italian restaurant that knows how to make eggplant parmesan. Best this side of the country.

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Cokek71 (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

Food is good! The restaurant space is very small and you'll be cramped if your group is 3 or more. Our waitress spoke really fast and was a bit abrasive. We felt rushed like she was trying to flip the table but there were quite a few tables open for a Friday evening. Overall, food is really good, service and small space may ruin the experience. Would be perfect for 2 people.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

The food was outstanding and the staff was friendly. We plan to return, to try some more items on the menu!

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techmann1 (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2015

Had a very nice dinner at Spinello's. We both had fish (salmon and flounder) which was very fresh, flavorful and nicely cooked. The service was also very good. Everything you would expect from a good Italian eatery.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

We've been here before and all was fine. Tonight we went for dinner again. After waiting 55 minutes since we had ordered, I asked if our food was almost ready. The waitress went to check. She came back and told us that she had put the order in but the order didn't print out for the cooks so it was going to be another 15 minutes until we could get our food. Everyone's food was fine except I had ordered the Eggplant Parm. They had rushed it to get it out so the eggplant wasn't cooked. You would think that they would offer to comp our bill since we had to wait so long. Nope. They offered us free dessert. 3 of us ordered the rice pudding. I believe once again they were trying to hurry out the order so the rice pudding was slightly frozen so we brought most of it home. Also, the Gelato was not Gelato. It was chocolate ice cream. Very disappointing this time. You would think after 25 minutes or so the waitress would have went to check on it our order herself. Not sure we'll go back again. Bummed because I thought we had finally found another great little spot.

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DaniP (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2015

This tiny place has charm, reminds me os summers on the Jersey shore as a child. The food is prepared well, veggies perfect, pasta al dente and hardy tomato sauce, though they call it "gravy". Big controversy over the name among east coast Italian-Americans. It's not your foo-foo fancy Italian and it's not your run of the mill Italian chain food either. It is, to me, down-home favorites served in a charming little neighborhood place. I do have to say that the service, though friendly, was better the first time we dined there. We will keep coming back.

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vipDiningBob (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

One of my families favorite local spots here in LG. Great flavor in the Mac with Sunday Gravy!!! Simple and delicious.

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vipDrHowFun (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

Authentic gravy, (that's what East Coast Italians call red sauce that's slow cooked with lots of meat and flavor cooked in). Eating here is more like being at your Italian grandma's house, enjoying her hand made family recipes. Great weeknight place to enjoy a casual meal. Happened to be a perfect night to sit out front, enjoy the night breeze, and savor the deep and rich flavors.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

Our party of 4 ordered two great dishes Laura's Eggplant Parmesan and the Bone in Veal Parmesan. Both dishes were well constructed and their "Sunday Gravy" a red sauce with great taste was delicious.
The food was 5 star, but the service was awful. Though a little salty.
It was Saturday about 7, place was not full. First I ordered Ice tea and was able to get one refill, the waitress was never back at our table after the food was served about 735. At about 820 one of the servers finally noticed the empty plates (been empty 25 minutes). During the 25 minutes we waited for the check or to be offered desert choices , we watched the hostess sit at a table right in front of us, as well as the waitresses walk by many times. No one asked if food was ok, no one refilled ice teas or asked if anyone wanted drinks with dinner. We got lucky in that it only took them 4 minutes to charge our credit card. And yet with empty glasses, no refill was offered?
It was my birthday dinner, and after the long wait, my guests just wanted to leave
No birthday desert, do wish I had gone someplace else.
Also bone in -- does not have the bone

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vancouver (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Had dinner here with my tow teens. They loved the stuffed mushrooms and the bread! All 3 meals were devoured. Would recommend!

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vipTheRestaurantSage (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2015

Spinello's is the perfect local restaurant. The food is great. The staff is great. And the owner is always trying to come up with new menu items for his customers. They even had a contest, and the 2 winners had their recipes on the menu for a number of months. Spinal's is East Coast Italian and is the perfect restaurant for the town of Los Gatos.

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vipbyran (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

This is a great place to have a home made dinner. For service ask for Sara as she is the best. Overall I can't say enough. Try it and I'm sure you will enjoy your experience.

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Local (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

Interesting menu, small, good service. The menu is interesting. I hope they continue to add new things.

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vipDiningBob (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

Finally tried the eggplant parm. Another winner. Really good all around and close to home.

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vipKhutt (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2015

We had the calamari and bruschetta as our appetizers - both were great. For entrees we had the chicken parm, prawn fri diavlo, baked trout and Mikey's special rigatoni - we were all extremely happy with them. I had the rigatoni specifically and I will be going back again and again for it.

The place itself is small so make a reservation if you want to guarantee to get in.

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vipdetnalpmi (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 3, 2015

Restaurant? So little inside, but what I found bad about this is how they have their tables so close to each other which squishes you together with other guests!! Uncomfortable with elbow room and getting in and out... Now about the meal we had, oh my!
My husband and I, had the Veal Marsala and you get one piece. At Frankie, Johnny and Luigi's, and many other Italian restaurants you get two to three wonderful well cooked pieces of veal with lots of sauce and mushrooms, vegetables, mashed potato's or rosotto and the veal was always easy to cut with a fork.

But at this restaurant you get one piece of veal, small amount of sauce and mushrooms and this veal was way over cooked which made it taste and look like a piece of liver and had to cut it with a knife!! We ate most of it though because my husband got the pasta with his and he gave me a little so to help with eating this veal! I got the Asparagus with my veal and I didn't realize they charged two dollars more and it also had to be cut with a knife like the veal! Let's talk price ~ very over priced for what you get! But of course this restaurant is in Los Gatos...

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2015

For the price, you'll find nothing better. Food, ambience, service are all superb.

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Watergirl (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2015

We were a party of 8 celebrating Father's day with our grown children. The whole evening was fantastic! We started with lots of wine, Calamari, Bruschetta and more wine. Everyone tried different dishes and were happy to share with each other. The consensus was that the gravy was the best we've ever had! Every dish was fresh, tasty and served beautifully. My husband and I have been there several times but this was the first for the other 5 and we all cannot wait to go back! The service was very attentive too. It's not a very big place so reservations is a very good idea. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable evening! Jim and Gin and family

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TotallyTee (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

Food and service was better than expected. Fish special was delicious. Calamari looked tasty, but we didn't order it.

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vipLSETidesBB (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 6, 2015

We visited Spinello's based on other Open Table reviews and it exceeded our expectations. Understated ambiance...urban rustic...service, welcome and food are top drawer. Waitress recommended a delicious Italian wine for us after taking the time to hear our preferences. Salad, soup, and entrees all superb. Highly recommend!

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vipDiningBob (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2015

We have been several times for dinner and had a great meal and experience each time. We gave lunch a try last weekend and were very pleased. Excellent choices of brunch and lunch items and all four of us thought our meals were great.

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vipCaliCrew (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

Happened to select this place randomly on Open Table and I'm so glad we did!! We are full-blooded Italian so finding authentic Italian restaurants is very hard because there is nothing better then family recipes. Well this place is just that...authentic Italian food! The eggplant and linguine and clams were delicious served with toasted bread with drizzled olive oil!! The food was awesome (nothing better then homemade gravy!) and the service was great. It is a very small quaint place but worth it. Oh and the cream puffs...delish!! We will be back for sure!

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Saswan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

The food was true east coast Italian. I had the sausage stuffed mushrooms and they were delicious. Everyone in our party loved what they had ordered. My husband I can't wait to go back to try some other menu items. My 2 year old loved the pasta and meatball too.

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vipcastledrinker (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2015

Been wanting to try our for a while now and finally got the opportunity on Friday evening. Everyone was super friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent. Love the intimate restaurant feel. Veal parmesean was a chop, which was different and excellent. Will be back again, and again and again.

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DandC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2015

It's a tiny restaurant so make reservations or go early ! It's a bit cozy - you'll be close to other tables - but the food is so good you'll forget all about that. With our party of 4, each of us had something different, and delicious. Service is friendly and attentive, very welcoming. Love the 'wine on tap', don't know why more restaurants don't do it! Altogether, feels like an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Looking forward to coming back again!

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Gilroygarlic (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2015

Very slow Tuesday evening as there were only 8 other diners. The place is very small, so I would always recommend reservations. Tuesday was 1/2 price wine by the bottle. We had a very nice Italian Sangiovese for about $18. The bruschetta was excellent. The eggplant main dish with "gravy" was outstanding as was my fresh petrale sole entree with pasta. The cream puff and tiramisu dessert were prepared on site and were so big we took some home for the next day. Parking could be an issue on busy weekend nights in Los Gatos, but have a stroll and don't let it turn you away. The service was perfect , fast and friendly. The large TV's are a little distracting, giving it a sports bar vibe but the sound is off so as not to disturb conversation. On a busy night, we imagine the noise level in there could be bothersome, but it's is a fun, low-key Los Gatos eatery. We will be back.

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