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Cafe Pro Bono

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2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902 (California Ave)
+1 650-326-1626
Mon 07:00 - 13:00
Wed - Sat 07:00 - 13:00
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very authentic Italian food, great start right from the get-go with appetizers, to pasta to entrees. Was here with my wife and colleagues and we had a great time. The staff provided friendly service. No complaints. A little bit pricey but well worth it. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank felixhong
Boise, Idaho
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Went here with a group from work. Some of the team weren't able to make it and the staff were very accommodating! The food was excellent and while it is in the pricey side, compared to other places - the food made it worth it. Looking forward to visiting again on my next trip.

Thank Russell V
Palo Alto, California
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122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

GO!GO!GO! We were here for a family birhtday last night (24/2/17). Okay, if your on a budget, save up before you go, it's pricey, but worth it, if you like superb service, and great food. As many of you know me, International World traveler, Man of Mystery, (chick magnet . . .), uh . . . okay, maybe that last... More 

Thank sirmeandt
San Jose, California
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56 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Senior citizen talking to other seniors: There's a lot to like about this place. Comfortable room with well-spaced tables, nice music at a very low level that is not intrusive, big clean restrooms, attentive wait staff. On top of all that, the food is very good, from soup to elegant entrees. The pasta that came with my excellent braised rabbit... More 

Thank SJVillagesBob
Palo Alto, California
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is one of two of our "go to restaurants." The food is excellent and the price is moderate. The service is good. They make a really good cosmopolitan. Their chicken dishes are great.

Thank Navigator2120
Palo Alto, California
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a terrific meal, save for our waiter having to redo main course for one guest three times. This is not a new concept.

Thank 1West
Irvine, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

While visiting Palo Alto & friends in Redwood City we ate at Pro Bono. The menu had a wonderful selection -- try the risotto or the snapper & the beet or octopus appetizers. Nice wine list, too. Pricey, but good value for the money. Romantic atmosphere..

Thank mcb111
Palo Alto, California
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

I often go to probono for both lunch and dinner and take guests there... on my last visit several of us ordered risotto. it was the best I have ever had...lots of mushrooms on a base of thin ham. if you don't know pro bono it out...

Thank asbowers
Brentwood, Tennessee
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160 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We had a group dinner for 12 people, from all over the area. We arranged to have a semi-private table area. It was not ideal because it was a long table, so you could only talk with the folks opposite and one or two on either side. At 7 pm on a Thursday night, the restaurant was pretty full and... More 

Thank happyretireds
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

2 couples went for dinner. We all ordered different dishes and everyone enjoyed their dishes. Dishes were moderate to slightly higher priced, service was attentive, atmosphere allowed conversation and space was nicely decorated. We would visit again.

Thank Marty K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Italian, Mediterranean
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902
    (California Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-1626

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