Permanently Closed - Vero

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489 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm
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Phone number
(650) 325-8376
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Massimo & Antonio
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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.
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Private party contact
Massimo: (650) 325-8376
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Catering
Vero can cater your party so call us so we may make arrangements regarding menu and service
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University
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Parking details
Street parking is available on Bryant Street. Also, two multi level parking structures are located within a block of Vero.
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Public transit
CalTran Palo Alto station.
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
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EJ
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Vero is great Italian! Unique flavors and custom dishes!

Wine selection was Italian dominant!

Food is very good and flavorful! Enjoy!!

IF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

Z
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

B
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

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!

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great experience. Authentic dishes.

AC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

i
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

JJ
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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"

O
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

s
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

SS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

M
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

CJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

CL
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

LF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

SL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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

p
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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