Cafe Pro Bono
Excellent food with pleasant staff and service. We will definitely return!
Two guys, Monday at 6:45. He had pork chops, succulent and fresh. I had white fish, generous portion, perfectly baked. A couple glasses of chianti. Desert was a wonderful puff pastry trifle with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. House mad and outstanding. I've eaten here twice before and find it a great, small neighborhood restaurant.
Excellent service, tasty meal, noise level low enough for conversation. A tad pricey for pastas but I would certainly come again.
Been to Cafe Pro Bono many times. Never disappointed.
We've been there many times. The food is always good and it is just a nice place to have dinner.
Bravo! Always a favorite - staff is AMAZING, so friendly, drinks are phenomenal. And the food, don't miss the Susan's Downfall, with bread and try the specials - they have wonderful staple items but they make excellent specials that are seasonal and fleeting. You can always go back to the pasta, fish, chicken etc. the next time. Bon appetito.
This is our favorite Italian restaurant on the Peninsula, bar none. The restaurant is very comfortable with tables far apart, and so it is quiet and good for conversations. There are always a number of enticing specials as well as a large regular menu. The wine list is extensive, with lots of Italian wines, and there are a lot of great bottles at nice price points. Akif, the manager, is happy to help you choose a great bottle, and respects your price range - we have never been steered wrong. We have had a lot of special meals here. This visit was to treat a newly engaged couple. We had the special short ribs, a filet mignon, and the rigatoni pasta from the regular menu. All were superb. There are wonderful pastas, but as I am doing a low carb diet, I appreciate the many dishes that are not pasta - lots of fish, wonderful veal and other great choices. For dessert my husband ordered his favorite tira missu, I had my favorite, the pana cotta, and our engaged couple ordered the zabligioni for two. All delicious. A perfect evening! Highly recommend!
Friendly atmosphere & wonderful food. Always a good time.
We ended up seated next to the bar which was actually not busy that evening. Good table by the windy but rather cold due to the frigid temps outside. Service was slow and sporadic, soup for appetizer was very tasty (butter squash). However both our main entrees were rather bland. I had the special pasta and seafood which lacked definition, my wife had duck which was fatty and tough. Ended up going to another place for coffee and desert. Not impressed by this restaurant given they certainly aren't a low cost dining spot.
What a wonderful find! We visit Palo Alto once a year and will be back next year!
It was our anniversary but they didn’t recognize it. Veal Marsala was excellent
Celebrating son’s birthday.
A table in the center of the room was less intimate than a booth would’ve been. Very pleased overall.
Great food and similarly great service. Prices are pretty high. The noise level is very high when the restaurant is close to full, which makes it difficult sometimes to have a conversation. Over-all one of our favorite restaurants in the Bay Area.
The food was good as always. The noise level was way too high. Uncomfortable and headache inducing.
We really appreciate the wonderful service that is always present at Pro Bono. The New Zealand salmon was perfectly prepared. Thanks!
Cafe Pro Bono is my go-to restaurant when I want good food and nice ambiance, particularly for business lunches or ones where you want to talk to your colleague/friend. It is quieter than most other restaurants (thank goodness, no loud music) and the people are super friendly and attentive. I love this place.
Dinner was superb, service was more than adequate, noise made conversation difficult, but I don't know what can be done about it.
Solid great old school Italian food with an amazing staff. Really enjoyable and will repeat often.
The service and food were excellent. Our only issue was the noise level in the restaurant. Very hard to hear our companions across the table.
Great food, friendly helpful wait service. The dining room was far too hot.
The food was surprisingly good. The location is in a string of restaurants where it is hit or miss with everything from pizza, burgers, and ethic food. This restaurant is a gem. The service was very good. The noise level was high when we came in: it was noisy. We ordered the veal and salmon. The salmon was cooked well and the vegetables accompanying it were perfect. The capers in the veal sauce gave it extra flavor. We enjoyed the dessert: an apple tart and Italian custard. (I ordered the decaf coffee and it tasted like it sat in the pot all evening). The berries on the custard were too vinegary and it spoiled the creamy custard. Alt the end of the day, it was good food! When the noise level died down we enjoyed our dinner.
Excellent food and service. Price is in the upper range
Great food and service
The menu on Open Table was out of date and the prices were higher than we expected. But we felt the food was worth the money. The meal was excellent and the staff was very attentive. The room was quieter and more intimate than most. A very pleasurable experience.
All four of us had excellent meals. I had the special salmon with homemade pasta and it was tasty. I was able to take a portion home which was also great for lunch the next day. Our friends’ spinach salad with warm dressing was particularly good. Staff was very friendly and competent. We will return.
One of our entrees was not available and 2 of the 3 desserts were not available. Our reservation was at 7pm. I wish we would have known they had limited supplies and I would have booked an earlier table. Tasty food and happy servers.
We went on Thanksgiving - our first trip to a restaurant for a holiday meal. It was packed and despite a reservation, some juggling needed to happen before we could get a table in the main dining room. We were glad the staff was able to adjust and from that moment on it was a perfect evening.
We had an excellent beet salad, the ever-wonderful Susan's Downfall (Cheese & Herb Ravioli in Gorgonzola Sauce topped with Toasted Almond) and a terrific crab pasta dish on the menu just for this evening. For dessert, there was a delicious pumpkin bread pudding that we'd order again and again and again.
We absolutely love this neighborhood restaurant and have never had anything other than an exceptional meal and attentive service.
Great food, excellent service
Delicious, Delicious Food! We'd dine here again for a special occasion.
Great place!! Food was delicious and the service was great!!
Pro Bono is always very nice. Very dependable. Delicious. Fabulous service. Easy parking.
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Very pleasant experience. Food and service were impeccable. It felt good to return to "an old stand-by."
Food was good, service attentive, but not all ordered items were served.
Customers for many years, we always enjoy the food and atmosphere at Pro Bono for dinner. This past weekend we especially appreciated the thoughtfulness and kindness of our server, who paid special attention to our blind guest. It made the evening special. Thanks, Pro Bono!
Anthony was the best waiter. Helpful and very friendly. The food was delicious. We will definitely be back. Great atmosphere
Quiet and delicious food
Good food can get a bit noisy. Staff very attentive
I arrived at the top of the lunch rush and was allowed to choose exactly which table I wanted...even though it’s outside of the area they staffed. My lunch started late due to my partner’s late arrival, and then the whole lunch was again delayed due to a previously scheduled business call. The owner or manager just patiently waited for us to finish our meal and our extended conversation. We were never rushed. Food was of course most delicious. Definitely a repeat.