Cafe Pro Bono
Wild Boar Sausage
Organic Flageolets, Roasted Bell Pepper & Au Jus
Veal Scallopine in a Lemon Caper White Wine Sauce
Veal Scallopine in a Mushroom-Marsala Wine Sauce
Great food and great team
Great outdoor seating, same wonderful experience.
Excellent food. The jazz guitarist and sax player duet were phenomenal!
Our server Katie was really great and pasta's were really flavorful. The Italian music was a really nice touch on a Saturday evening alfresco! Doing a good job with cleaning tables and chairs between diners. Cocktail was nice but the wine list could use some new options. Grazie!
Nice location, easy to park and very friendly, accommodating staff. Food was good and able to visit with friends without interruption. Desserts were excellent.
All around, a pretty good restaurant. Good wine selection and nice variety of fresh traidtional Italian dishes. However, my pappardelle with short ribs was a little disappointing. Not enough meat, and a little too chewy for my liking. the rest of the meal was just fine.
Cafe Pro Bono is always reliably good. They have a nice menu & are responsive to special needs.
It was unbelievably loud
Just about every moment in the restaurant was perfect. The staff was friendly, the menu was amazing, the entrees we ordered was delicious and the dessert was unforgettable. I have passed this restaurant time and time again but never ate there until last week and I will most definitely be back again very soon. A perfect date night with my hubby and friends.
Very easy, convenient parking, a big plus for us with walking difficulty. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We had a delightful dinner/family reunion.
Food was quite good. My wife and I had the Veal Picatta; meat was quite tender with excellent sauce. Vegetables and potatoes properly cooked and quite good. Helpings of the vegetables and potatoes could have been more ample. Pro Bono does a really good job on cuisine, ambiance and service. They also have a full bar and good wine list. Price points are quite high which makes this more of a special occasion place than a regular circuit restaurant unless you are a high priced attorney who can bill the client.
Eating experience at Cafe Pro Bono was great. Parking was terrible-30 minutes to find a spot within walking distance. Garage is being built which should improve the situation.
The food and the service were excellent. The price was higher though than what was shown on the website. For example the duck breast was $28.95 not $24.95. Despite this however, we were not disappointed as everything was so good. We will be back in the future.
Fantastic food, great service! One of our key go-to restaurants.
We love this restaurant but the abbreviated menu made it a fast food experience for high price. We were in and out in less than and hour. Food arrived less than 5 minutes from when we ordered
As always, dinner at Cafe Pro Bono was a treat -- excellent food, excellent service. I wear hearing aids, so the noise level, particularly after 7 pm is a problem. But we are planning a family dinner in March.
We come all the time and the food is always on point and the service is awesome.
Love this place. Especially tables in the bar area where it’s quieter. Good wine selection. Menu is approachable and diverse enough for most people. My friend even ordered gluten free pasta and she loved it. Staff remembers the regulars which is really nice. Great neighborhood locale.
We’re local, and have been actively shopping for a restaurant home base for a long time. When a German cousin came to visit recently we needed a last minute reservation, and found one at Cafe Pro Bono. What a stroke of luck!
First, we easily found a parking spot in the lot. We were drawn in by soft lighting in both rooms and the faces of people of all ages looking happy to be there.
We were very warmly greeted by the host, shown to our comfortable booth, and introduced to our waitress, whose name I’ve forgotten but whose pleasant demeanor and efficiency I have not.
Drinks arrived promptly and were well-made. The menu surprised us with its breadth and intriguing choices. This was supposed to be a casual neighborhood cafe! Wild boar sausage with lentils? Braised rabbit? Duck? Six or seven pasta preparations, some house-made? Fish, veal, lamb, chicken, beef , all in interesting preparations. The list of daily specials made our picks even more difficult.
When we had chosen at last, each course arrived freshly prepared and timely. My husband murmured with pleasure over his bowl of capellini in tomato sauce, I enjoyed my warm spinach salad, and our guest smiled about his scallop starter. He also was pleased with his steak, cooked to order, I loved my rabbit with noodles, and my husband was enamored of his generous portion of moist salmon filet.
We rarely indulge in dessert, but we were on a roll! Again, the choices were all enticing. I opted for panna cotta—it’s rarely on a menu anywhere—and found it swoon-worthy. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.Wines by the glass were lovely and came within a minute of ordering. A complimentary glass of port sent us home happy.
We returned last weekend with some friends to see if our experience was an aberration. The host remembered our names and greeted us like old friends. The food and drinks were once again exceptional. At last, we’ve found our home base.
Friendly restaurant with great food, lots of gluten free choices.
We've enjoyed Cafe Pro Bono for many years. This visit was no exception. The food was superb, the service amazing (considering that tables were full), our waitress cordial and professional, the noise level higher than I remember (with several large tables of partiers on a Friday evening), and excellent attention to details.
Service, food, drinks and hospitality are all top shelf!
One of our regular restaurants for a Saturday dinner for over 15 years. Always excellent service & food from Adrian and his team.
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.
Cafe Pro Bono is rated 4.7 stars by 1016 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.