I was expecting more quality and authenticity in the food. Excellent service and staff
Classic Italian cuisine served the same way for almost 40 years. Almost Silicone - free, from the days before the world around Palo Alto went crazy. The food here is outstanding and at prices that won’t break the bank - unlike some of the chi-chi foo-foo ones that charge $21.95 for warm edamame. Come and enjoy a smaller more intimate dining experience with staff members who truly remember when....you can’t go wrong. The Filetto is wonderful, pro tip is ask for mushroom sauce on the side. Capellini pomodoro is solid, and the appetizers were so good I forget what we ordered! Seriously - come and enjoy this little slice of Italian wonderment before you button up your Patagonia puffy coat and pull on your Coldplay beanie....
Bread - yum!!
Gnocchi to die for !!
Food was excellent! Just hard to talk as tables are so close to each other.
Wonderful meal! Great Service!
Amazing service, great food. I will definitely be back
Highly recommend the farm to table menu -- from pear appetizer, cloud-light lamb in pasta, olive oil cake with pistachio ice cream -- best meal I've had since Tuscany!
Great local gem. The tomato sauce is house-made and is really flavorful. The staff is really friendly and the food is good value for money.
We had a great time and restaurant was very close to public parking in Palo Alto.
great - you can actually talk and hear - food was excellent as quick although not pressed
Ostaria is always consistent. They do a great job. Delicious and great service.
We made our reservation noting that it was our anniversary. We were seated promptly, but there was never any acknowledgement of our special occasion during or after dinner. We left disappointed although the food and service were fine.
Food is good. Tables are 8" apart. Restaurant is loud so it is difficult to have conversations. Server brought bill without asking if we wanted dessert or coffee after 1 1/2 hrs. Server apologized and did not charge for coffee. After 1 hr & 45 min, they said they wanted our 2 top table to join with a 4 top for a group of 6. So rude. We were getting to leave anyway. I would not go back. I prefer the food and ambiance at Il Fornaio.
Incredible cocktails and food! We sat right near where food was being run on a Thursday night and it was definitely a high energy environment (totally fine with us but if noise is an issue maybe request a table farther from the kitchen!) We started with a cheese board and had francobolli and prosciutto pizza — great food, great service, and a great environment!
Birthday dinner. Great food and service. A favorite restaurant for many years.
The food was too mediocre to be that expensive. It was our anniversary, and even though we told them this when booking, they sat us next to the bathroom (with MANY open tables available).
I LOVE Osteria! I’ve been living in Palo Alto my whole life and it’s the best Italian food in the Bay Area. The starters and salads are all delicious. The fresh warm bread and olive oil is to die for. And the pasta is the closest thing to tasting like Italy! The servers are all so attentive and kind. Great ambience for a date too. I can’t recommend this place more highly!!
Every thing about our Dining experience at zoster is was spectacular. I can’t wait to go back and try other dishes.
Outstanding food, atmosphere and service. Caylee is a fantastic and attentive server and kept us smiling all evening. Will definitely be back!!
Whenever I am near Palo Alto, I eat at Osteria, since 2000 or earlier! The food is always wonderful,and the staff is welcoming. The ambience is open and relaxing - love this place!
We had a fabulous meal at Osteria. The food, a pasta dish and the halibut special, were cooked to perfection, and the pistachio gelato for dessert was amazing! The service was very friendly but extremely slow - it seemed like they were short the evening we went. But the food was worth waiting for.
This has been a go to place for me since 1987. The food is always the best and now with the association to The Grandview in San Jose, the farm fresh ingredients are much appreciated. As always have some delicious rotating specials.
The staff as always was great,
The wine menu has changed a lot over the past year and the wines per glass has narrowed and rotates. The wine by the bottle list has definitely expanded. $25.00 per bottle corkage if you bring your own bottle.
We were there early so it was uncrowded (usually packed when we walk by) and quiet. Food was good, not fabulous, but very nicely presented. Bread came out steaming with the usual olive-infused olive oil - a great way to start. What made it a great experience was the waitress - over 20 years experience, clearly loving her work and her customers.
Food was outstanding. Restaurant was packed. So packed hrs to have private conversation. That being said great place.
I had a perfect rendition of Petrale Sole, with enough for a take home second meal. The minestrone soup at the start was $17.50, and on reflection, was value received. My wife’s spinach ricotta ravioli was tender yet with a good chew and not pasty. She gave me a taste and I wanted more. We had a lovely romantic time.
Wonderful, local, good food, authentic, Italian restaurant.
Lamb Marsala and beef carpaccio are always spot on.
Great good and charming setting
Food was amazing! Cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. The noise level can get high.so a bit hard to hear sometimes but I can’t wait to go back.
Extremely expensive---our bill for 4 people was over $400 and we ordered only moderately-[riced entrees, no wine and no cocktails!
The overall feel of the restaurant is great. A friendly atmosphere. It was obvious many of the patrons were regulars.
The server was outstanding and very attentive.
The food was fabulous. While not inexpensive it was worth every penny - delicious.
I have been to Osteria many times for lunch and had a wonderful exsperience. This time awful waitress, rushed us through everything $200 without a tip is a very exspensive lunch to be treated so disrespectfully and such awful service! This really has to change it was horrific!
This is such a special place. Italian comfort food. It’s been a local institution for decades. Their Carbonara is wonderful.
Excellent food - not a single entree disappointed.
Desserts were good, but the presentations could be kicked up a notch.
Little pricy, but worth it.
Delicious food as usual. One of my favorite places.
Staff was friendly and we were seated a few mins after our reservation time. Our main entrees did take quite a while to finally reach our table as it was Saturday and the place was packed. We would likely come back and dine again here.
Loud bad bread mediocre chicken parmigiana
Always greeted by a warm welcome at the door at this restaurant.
The Tagliarini Verde Con Gamberetti was a very flavorful and a creamy shrimp pasta dish. Our host suggested to add mushrooms, a fabulous suggestion. The scallops special was well executed with veggies and polenta, cooked to perfection. The chocolate hazelnut flan was an excellent recommendation by our host too. Tiramisu was never a disappointment.
Always love it!