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About Permanently Closed - Vero

This restaurant is permanently closed. Vero is the True Italian experience! We created the right mix of food, service, and ambiance to give you the best possible experience in the "Vero" Italian tradition. We're passionate about the quality of our food and believe in supporting the local economy. We strive to serve locally grown, organic and seasonal produce plus source meat from naturally raised animals. For the seafood lovers, we serve fresh catch fished in a sustainable fashion.

So come in, relax, and take your time savoring our dishes, and sharing in our passion for Italy -its culture and its food.

From all of us to you, Buon Appetito!

530 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm

Cross Street:
University

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 325-8376

Website:
http://www.veroristorante.com/

Catering:
Vero can cater your party so call us so we may make arrangements regarding menu and service

Parking Details:
Street parking is available on Bryant Street. Also, two multi level parking structures are located within a block of Vero.

Public Transit:
CalTran Palo Alto station.

Executive Chef:
Massimo & Antonio

Private Party Facilities:
Vero can accommodate up to 40 guests for private parties on the patio, and up to 60 guests in the main dining room.

Private Party Contact:
Massimo: (650) 325-8376

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vero - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.1

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4.1

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3.8

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4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (598)
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Good for Groups (212)
Notable Wine List (211)
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Kid-friendly (83)
Great for Outdoor Dining (64)
Late-night Find (34)
Hot Spot (28)
Good for a Date (28)
Authentic (27)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Casual (18)
Great for Brunch (15)
Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Outstanding Value (6)
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience at Vero. Our server was fun, helpful and personable. The Italia wine she helped us select was excellent. Our mains were the Rock fish and Salmon, both exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Piping hot, authentic Italian dishes! Had a date night with my husband and selected this place in downtown Palo Alto. It is nice and quaint, however it can get a bit loud. They were understaffed but managed to handle our needs quite effectively. The food was excellent and came out timely and very hot! It is a simple menu, with great options at great prices! Definitely try it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Wonderful food, good value, service with a personal touch

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Vero is great Italian! Unique flavors and custom dishes!

Wine selection was Italian dominant!

Food is very good and flavorful! Enjoy!!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Amazingly delicious food! Attentive, friendly and personable staff who kept a close eye on us. Appreciate that the chef came out to the table to talk with us and offered a food recommendation when we asked - and it was incredible!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Amazing 6 month dinner with my partner. Owner is very charismatic and helpful with the menu. Waitress and owner were very attentive and enjoyable. Food was amazing!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

This was a birthday party for me thrown by a friend. The food was great (as usual) and the owners and staff were more than gracious. The 'Insalata de Mare' is superb. The 'Pesche del Giorno' is unique; very simply prepared - Chef Massimo knows how to let the ingredients shine through. Pasta and small plates very good. A thoughtful and accessible wine list. Try the Greco di Tufo.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The food was terrible. I had linguine with clams. The clams were overcooked and it was like chewing rubber. I would have said something to the waiter but I was with two ladies who had recommended this restaurant as being great and I did not feel comfortable saying what I really felt. The dessert that we had which was the vanilla gelato with espresso was good but the portion of the gelato was so small. When we walked into the place at 1 o'clock there was no one else there, that should have been my clue. The waiter was nice and the service was OK but I will never go back. There are too many other fabulous places in the bay area. Sorry about that Vero!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Best fresh well cooked food for dinner, definitely will be going back very soon I highly recommend this restaurant for any sort of special occasion anniversary birthday date night Etc

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Busy night and wait staff seemed stretched. We always enjoy going to this restaurant and

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great food, great service, great atmosphere...what more could one want?

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We had a fantastic lunch here of just appetizers. The calamari is the best I've ever had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent food. Great experience. Authentic dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The food was great! The pastas were very delicious, my family eats very light so we felt it was a little on the heavy side in terms of saltiness. But the servers were super friendly, very attentive and we had a great time eating there!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Worst waiter service I have ever experienced. He made two very rude and condescending comments to me when I did not care for the wine I ordered, forgot my request for a straw, forgot my husband's request for more bread, failed to bus our table when we were done eating leaving us to sit with dirty plates in front of us, and brought us the wrong check. At least the food was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The food was delicious, the atmosphere was cool
It felt like a real Italian restuarant in Downdown Palo Alto
Thanks

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Vero is an excellent small restaurant. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. The noise level can get pretty high as there area lot of hard surfaces, but the food is excellent. My wife had ravioli with an excellent sauce and I had linguine alle vongole. This is me favorite Italian restaurant test dish. Veros version was different, but it was excellent. They use the nice little clams that are used in Italy, but it was slightly spicier than I find in most places. Good job "Vero"

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We hadn't been there in awhile (we forget about it because it's off the beaten path in downtown Palo Alto), and we were delighted to return.
I had the seafood risotto: not overly rich/creamy. It was "meaty" and flavorful.
I also had the polenta funghi appetizer -- yum! Tangy mushrooms and sweet polenta.
Two others in the party loved the ravioli: light creamy sauce.

Attentive and friendly service.

Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Owner and staff are attentive, serious about their passion for outstanding food, and easy to engage with. We will go again!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Good spot that's easy to miss. Owner is friendly and the food is very good. Recommend lasagna and eggplant app.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We love Vero. Great food, welcoming staff and a warm environment.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Vero continues to be a favorite place to dine. Amazingly tasty food and wonderful wait staff. I can recommend Vero to anyone looking for delicious food, great atmosphere and great location.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We ate a Vero to celebrate a birthday. True to their word, the staff does not rush one, yet I noticed very prompt service for those who wished it. The pacing for us was just right. We had an early-ish reservation for 6:30, ordered our antipasti and then when we were ready ordered the mains. At that time the waiter suggested we order "now, as we are getting busy" and indeed they were nearly full.
The Burrata – cow’s milk mozzarella and cream served over arugola was a twist on traditional Burrata. Ususally made from sheeps' milk, this has a creamy cottage cheesy texture inside the thin mozzarella wrapper.
The salad for two was served family style and dressed perfectly! The lamb shank and polenta was quite good as was a fish (can't remember the type) in "light marinara" was delicious. The sauce was more of a broth (but served without a spoon) and there were no starches or veggies served with it. Some bread served on the side would have assisted in eating the broth. Portions are generous but not overwhelming.
We regrettably declined dessert as we were so full! We left about 9.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 14, 2017

My favorite Italian restaurant in the Bay Area! Vero is the real deal. The staff allows you the time to enjoy each course and your company, as opposed to trying to turn over your table as quickly as possible. The food is authentically Italian; we've yet to have any dish we didn't adore. The lasagna is to die for, the salads are fresh and crisp, the wines are delicious, my fiancé is pretty taken with the linguine and clams, and the tiramisu is a must! Couldn't recommend this little gem more highly!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Love these guys. Great food, outstanding service and always pleasant experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Excellent as always! Brought new friends along and they loved it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was our first time here, and we sat outside (sidewalk seating), so cannot rate the experience of eating in the restaurant. That said, it was very pleasant eating on a lovely spring evening in downtown Palo Alto. The service was terrific, and our waiter was a gem. Food very good. Ran into neighbors who are discerning eaters, and they frequent the place because of quality and consistency. We will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Friendly servers, very welcoming. Good wine list. Only drawback was watery sauce for linguine alle vingole.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Wonderful restaurant serving delicious food (try the gnocchis, they are the phenomenal). Wonderful service from Massimo.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Brian never lets us down on service and quality. His wine recommendations are always perfect for the meal, too

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

I met a university colleague for dinner to catch up and discuss potential collaboration. We both present as younger than we are and we're both people of color, which may or may not have an impact on how we are served. More often than not, it appears to factor in - particularly around Palo Alto and similar. Our server was... tired? overwhelmed? I don't know what he was going through but he seemed to be struggling to connect with us and disappeared for quite a while. The restaurant was, to be fair, bustling that night. Judging from what we saw of the folks around us, we were getting more attention than some, less than most. The food was decent. Portions were small. The wine was quite good (server recommendation, excellent). It was very difficult to get a water refill (this finally happened at the end of our meal when we were paying). I can't speak to whether this is typical at Vero, but for the price, I'll likely dine elsewhere before seeking to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner at Vero. Food, service and ambiance all off the charts. Absolutely loved the gamberoni, could eat that every day. Gnocchi, spaghetti with clams, and taglietelle all spectacular. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Great service. Friendly. Good food. Small with wine bar and counter to open kitchen. Italian including Sicily

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Really delicious gnocchi and the service was informal but professional. He "read the table" just right.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Expensive, small portions that weren't completely fulfilling. Did feel authentic though.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Fantastic authentic Italian food. Outstanding service. The Lamb was unbelievable! We can't wait to return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Great pasta. Waiter was very good, made suggestions for food and wine, all great selections in a very engaging manner

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Went for my birthday, was very disappointed. Won't go back. Food mediocre, not very hot, had to ask for bread. Said they couldn't seat us at 6:15, needed to be 7 and the restaurant was empty. Waitress seemed to be sick which wasn't appetizing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2017

This was a disappointing experience. The food was mediocre and the staff were nice but inattentive at best - maybe they were short-staffed.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was very good. Portions appropriate. Service was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food
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