Vino Locale

4.5
191 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian

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About

Vino Locale Wine Bar & Bistro is located in a historic building in downtown Palo Alto. Vino Locale creates a casual comfortable environment to help you unwind, relax with friends, and enjoy great food and wine. Live music is played Tuesday-Saturday evenings on our beautiful patio, under the canopy.

When making a reservation, please let us know if you'd like to be seated inside or outside, and whether you'd like to be near the music. We will do our best to accommodate your request, but we can't guarantee particular seating as we're first come first served with reservations.

Vino Locale is a great place to host your next private event, sip a glass of wine by the fire, enjoy local music, or be enticed by our tasty menu. Join us for Happy Hour everyday from 5:00 - 6:30pm.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Wine Bar, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(650) 328-0450
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kyle Kaszubinski
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Private party facilities
Vino Locale provides an intimate atmosphere, a dedicated staff, a private wine bar and server, appetizers served buffet style or passed, and an exclusive space with white linens, candles, and heaters.
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Private party contact
Laurel Donnenwirth: (650) 328-0450
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Ave
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Parking details
We have street parking on Kipling and nearby Lytton streets, as well as a parking lot across the street. There are two public parking garages nearby - one is 2 blocks away at the corner of University and Cowper streets, the other is 3 blocks away at Bryant and Lytton streets.
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Public transit
There is a public bus stop at the corner of Lytton and Kipling streets. The CalTrain University Avenue station is only a few minutes away.
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Entertainment
We have live music Thurdsay-Saturday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Check out our website for upcoming performers.

When making your reservation, please note if you'd like to be near the music, and we'll do our best to accommodate your request. We cannot guarantee particular seating, as we're first come first served with reservations. Thanks for understanding!
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Special events & promotions
We host winemaker tastings, wine-paired dinners, and wine classes on a regular basis. Call or visit our website for more up-to-date details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 191 People Are Saying
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Wine at tolerable price, tasty appetizers, with service that was quite friendly, but a little forgetful due to being overtaxed most likely, and went too long without checking on us at end of evening, again, very taxed.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

short ribs were served with too much fat , besides of that everything was great my wife and I had a wonderful night

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l
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional! The ambiance is great and the food is just fun.

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n
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were there on New Year's Eve and it was boring. Food is ok. Good value but we missed the party mood were expecting.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic EVERYTHING! Everyone was so friendly & made us feel totally at home with perfect service& great food!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Server was very mediocre.

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San Francisco
227 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The price was right, the food was OK, the location is handy to downtown, with that in mind I would recommend it. Service is OK, but they could use some training.

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c
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All fantastic!

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P
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time at Vino Locale, great food, wonderful atmosphere and talented performers out back.

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F
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Mediocre food. Inexperienced wait staff. Loud and obnoxious kitchen staff. Eat elsewhere.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been at Vino Locale for years. Wine, food, ambience and service excellent. Small dinner menu but everything was super. Can’t wait to return!

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r
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I am sorry that this restaurant doesn’t fully honor open table preferences. The hostess did her best but they were clearly more interested in hosting their party above personal guests. Please don’t confirm reservations if you are having a private event. I will not be back.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had our first date there and celebrated six months later there.... Enjoyed BOTH visits

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DA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its usual wonderful place - really enjoyed the guitarists~~!

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P
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, we sat outdoors next to a heater and shared 6 or 7 appetizers and wine before our entre and it made for a fabulous evening.

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SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A rare find in the downtown Palo Alto area, and for the Peninsula for that matter - excellent, unpretentious, sincere service, quiet, indoor and outdoor dining with on some evenings, tasteful, talented live music that is just the right volume - guitar performance for example. Pleasantly surprising, reasonable prices. Good selection of quite tasty appetizers (I tried the olives, variety of cheeses, toasted almonds, delicious fresh breads) to go with some great wines by the glass, the flight, or the bottle. Will DEFINITELY be coming back soon!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve met up with co-workers and girlfriends here for drinks and appetizers. The food is always outstanding! I highly recommend the bacon wrapped dates and the meatballs. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance is great!

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New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn't know that you had to request to sit outside in back where the jazz group was playing, so we were seated outside in front. It was quiet there, and we thoroughly enjoyed the wine we chose and the plates we shared of Persian salad, meatballs and cheeses. But -we had hoped to hear the music too. Be specific in your reservation.

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SL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner there Wednesday and sat on the front patio. The servers were really nice and food and drinks came quickly. They live music was outstanding. Looking forward to going back again some time.

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening on the front lawn of Vino Locale. I was on a business trip and thrilled to find this gem. We had a wonderful meet and the happy hour specials are worth going early.

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JK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent birthday celebration. Excellent wine selections. Very tasty food. Nice flamengo guitar. Great evening.

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g
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

La cuisine ferme à 9h. On nous a presque mis dehors (ils ont éteint les lumières pour nous faire comprendre qu’il fallait partir alors que nous n’avions pas terminé nos verres). Très antipathique. Le pain qui accompagnait les plats était tout sec

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Really enjoy it.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wine bar that also has good food. Wine selection was good.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a few times now and am never disappointed. The food is delicious, the wine selection excellent and the staff very friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We went on a night that had a FOLK SINGER! Like jewel. Very sad sappy not dinner music. It kind of killed the experience for us. We had to move inside. Service was decent, and food was good.

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OK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One more wonderful evening at Vino Locale.

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MA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about this place.

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LR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Palo Alto to relax and have a glass of wine with friends. Their small plates are really good too!

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AG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

When our party of 4 arrived to celebrate our birthdays, there was a table set for 5. We were told that a private party in the afternoon would need the 5th seat, so we shouldn't move it. Service was mixed because it's a small place and was ramping up for a big private party. We did get free dessert for our birthdays and walked away happy.

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was nothing short of terrible. Charcuterie was super basic and low quality. Main dish - I had the salmon - was very mediocre. Waiter meant well but had no idea what he was doing. Wine list is terrible - nothing on it is any good. It felt like no care at all went into any aspect of the meal, and like the owners are far far away. I will never come back.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Fair to poor service at an establishment I frequent often and usually service is pretty good. Disappointed

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SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live music with Aaron Jaqua was amazing! Perfect for a romantic date night.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place forces first date. Quirky inside a residential Victorian. Feels like you’re at a family’s house. Backyard covered so nice on A warm evening. Had a first date there and the servers are so attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent. and of course the wine. We liked it so much we closed the place down. No dirty looks for that. Highly recommend and such an antidote to all the overpriced pretentious dining places in Palo Akto. It’s like you escaped to Europe yet you are in downtown Palo Alto.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great find. I’ve been here twice - first time for a private event outside and then I brought my family the second time. Both times the food was delicious.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the Spanish guitar!

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EF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, but the music was a bit loud, made it hard to talk.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our absolute favorite place in the area! The best ambiance, it’s quiet, and the food is absolutely amazing, and don’t even get me started on the wine! We will always come back again and again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night with good friends. The garden are was beautiful, the food was tasty, and the wine splendid 🥂

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K
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is very good, and it is wonderful to eat outside on a warm Palo Alto evening.

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