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247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
+1 650-328-5700
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11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Los Altos, CA (USA)
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336 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hadn't been to Osteria in many years and last night I remembered why. It is a small restaurant and the tables are chock a block full, leaving little space to have a private conversation. The noise level when we arrived at 7 was very high though by the time we left at 9 (we had to wait a half... More 

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Thank Tracy K
San Francisco, California
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114 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I've been eating at osteria for more than twenty years, I like coming to this Palo Alto landmark, the food is generally good (not exceptional) but there is something very pleasant about the whole experience. One thing though: you show up with a reservation and one member of your party is still struggling to find parking in busy downtown Palo... More 

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1 Thank dianamna
Reading, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This was my favourite restaurant in the world. Note the past tense. I went with a colleague who lived in the area until recently and who was a very regular visitor to Osteria, to the point he was known by name and would always be found a table, however busy they were. The restaurant changed ownership around two years ago... More 

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Thank Stuart S
Manila, Philippines
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81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We requested our hotel to make a reservation with Osteria for 7:30PM. That afternoon, we even visited the restaurant personally to ensure that we have a reservation and specified where we would prefer to be seated. We were therefore very disappointed when we arrived with our guests at 7:30PM and were asked to wait because our table was not yet... More 

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1 Thank eat1226
Sammamish, Washington
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We were walking around Palo Alto & stumbled upon this gem. We are Italian food snobs especially when it come to Gnocchi. This was the most delicate one I have ever had and I've tasted a lot. The pesto sauce was incredibly flavourful and fresh. The eggplant parmesan was incredibly light & not over sauced and not laden with too... More 

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Thank krimsy
SF Bay Area
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147 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

A return visit, this time for a late Valentine dinner. Boisterous, lively, excellent menu, both my clam linguine and my spouse's eggplant were delicious, and ample enough to bring home for the next night. Servers- Violet and Pablo- were quick, attentive and helpful. Why not a 5 rating? Noise, a bit overpriced, and the single glass of wine was pitifully... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Wonderful Ossetia in downtown PA. Excellent, delicious, food and very authentic northern Italian. The pasta is made fresh daily and the service is great. It's a little noisy but that makes it more authentic and fun. Desserts are great too!

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Thank rhlaguna007
Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

excellent downtown Palo ALto location and very nice character. staff and service were appropriate. meal for just myself was $75 which I considera bit high for an entrée, one glass of wine and desert.

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Thank dycanada
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230 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Cozy intimate setting. Wonderful food even compared to dining in Italy. Nice wine list. Courteous and attentive staff.

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Thank NikonGlass
Cape May, New Jersey
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We went for an early dinner. Reservations were required. Place got packed later. We ordered some appetizers, main courses and wine. The food was very good. Prices were typical of Palo Alto - higher than East coast. The wait staff was very attentive. The atmosphere was cozy even with a packed house. I would recommend Osteria for a family group.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-328-5700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?