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Italian Restaurant · University South
247 Hamilton Ave (at Ramona), Palo Alto, CA 94301, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 55 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    Phil L.
    "Tagliarini and pesto are lacking flavor."(2 Tips)
    Stephen J.
    "The hazelnut flan and zabaglione desserts are truly fantastic."(4 Tips)
    Meredith D.
    "Yummy pasta!"(9 Tips)
    Micha P.
    "Get the hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream."(2 Tips)
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29 tips and reviews.

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  • tagliarini
  • desserts
  • pasta
  • pappardelle
  • good service
  • great value
  • hot chocolate cake
  • creamed spinach
  • minestrone soup
  • veal
  • cozy
  • salads
  • dinner
  • butter lettuce
  • mozzarella
  • dresses
  • flan
  • hazelnut
  • vanilla
  • crowded
  • Phil L.

    Oh no guys, what happened? Tagliarini and pesto are lacking flavor. Gnocchi has lost its wonderful mouthwatering appeal. I'll give it one more chance, but this is not the Osteria I grew up with...

    Phil Law · November 15, 2015
  • Mariianne C.

    Outstanding Italiano and very nice staff. New favorite.

    Mariianne Crary · September 3, 2015
  • Nirnaya L.

    Tastes like home made food. I'd rather stay home, cook and eat that! 😡

    Nirnaya Lohani · June 28, 2015
  • Angel F.

    A really cute Italian place. My favorite is their Spaghetti Carbonara. Also recommend their Tagliarini.

    Angel Fu · March 31, 2015
  • B

    The molten chocolate cake is pure lava, but delicious nonetheless

    B · March 1, 2015
  • Sarah J.

    The food is always amazing...delicious

    Sarah Joe · July 14, 2014
  • Christina R.

    Great veal picatta- get it with creamed spinach as a side!

    Christina Rath · June 11, 2014
  • Gina

    We were a party of two with no reservations on a Saturday night and I had to ask my friend to go in and get seated while I find parking. No problem getting seated.

    Gina · June 9, 2013
  • Ms. Nicole

    Fabulous food... Everything tastes delicious

    Ms. Nicole · December 19, 2012
  • Stephen J.

    Tasty as always. There are very few restaurants as consistent in quality (and good!) over multiple decades as Osteria. The hazelnut flan and zabaglione desserts are truly fantastic.

    Stephen Jacob · December 14, 2012
  • Tuhin K.

    Ask for the special dishes. They are often good.

    Tuhin Kumar · October 28, 2012
  • Sandy W.

    Great service to match the food.

    Sandy White · May 5, 2012
  • Meredith D.

    Yummy pasta! The complimentary bread is fresh & divine. But our waiter was completely creepy and awkward.

    Meredith Dozier · April 29, 2012
  • Micha P.

    Get the hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream. Wow.

    Micha Porat · April 18, 2012
  • Denaya D.

    So yummy you can't go wrong! I LOVE the buffalo di mozzarella!

    Denaya Dailey · April 15, 2012
  • Chad H.

    Food is amazing! Be sure to get a desert or two.

    Chad Hill · March 3, 2012
  • Jason F.

    Veal Scallopine!

    Jason Forcier · February 11, 2012
  • HD L.

    Nice food, Reasonable price.

    HD Lee · January 23, 2012
  • Tracy C.

    Love the minestrone soup. Out of the pasta dishes, Penne Fantasia and Pappardelle Osteria are good.

    Tracy Chou · December 30, 2011
  • Karen H.

    The dressing on the butter lettuce salad is delicious.

    Karen Herzog · November 12, 2011
  • Maria L.

    Watch out for the cranky maitre d. If you're missing one person from your party of 8, they won't seat you.

    Maria Lambert · November 12, 2011
  • Kevin W.

    Authentic Italian.

    Kevin Wheeler · September 10, 2011
  • Liz R.

    Disappointing - terribly overcooked pasta, grumpy host, hectic ambiance. Nice waiter, but that didn't really compensate for a plate of boiled mush.

    Liz Rice · April 8, 2011
  • Philip P.

    Not impressed I'm afraid. Pasta? and Strada much nicer.

    Philip Pearl · April 8, 2011
  • Shobeir S.

    The family and chef straight out of Italy. I love the Fettuccine Alfredo

    Shobeir Shobeiri · December 28, 2010
  • Olga

    If they say it's 1 hr wait to get a table, pretend to leave to get one immediately

    Olga · November 21, 2010
  • Gary L.


    Gary Loitz · November 12, 2010
  • david l.

    Spinach with meat sauce is really good side

    david lee · August 13, 2010
  • Katherine .

    Tagliarini Verdi Con Gamberetti.

    Katherine 🙊 · December 9, 2015

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