St. Michael's Alley
Found this restaurant via Yelp and glad we did.... the food was so good. As a foodie nut, I would recommend anyone who loves to eat go there. We would like to go back and try its dinner sometime soon.
This was our first time at this restaurant for our anniversary. The atmosphere was good. It had a bit of European flare to the layout and decor. Our waiter wasn’t very approachable. He talked through their specials quickly and started walking away before we finished asking our questions. We had to call him back several times. Then our food came. I ordered sea bass and it was cold. My husband ordered the scallops and it was very salty. The dessert, French Apple cake, was very good though. Overall, we did not have a welcome feeling dining there and probably won’t go again. BTW, they automatically added an extra charge called ‘living wage’ to your bill on top of the regular tax and tip. Be aware.
This is such a beautiful restaurant and such a fixture in Palo Alto. Maybe that’s the problem. The restaurant has settled into a pace as though they feel they don’t have to work as hard to impress. The food is good but wasn’t outstanding by any stretch of the imagination. Much more creative food can be found within a short walk. Still it wasn’t the food that was the problem. It was the staff. From the moment we arrived at the door we felt as though we needed to be rushed briskly to our seats as though we were seen as bothersome towards the front. This same hostess made a strange fuss over the floral designs being too close to the candles at one point during our dinner. It wasn’t a casual suggestion to move them but a display of annoyance that they were in the wrong spot. Our waiter couldn’t be bothered to share his thoughts on the menu, was visually annoyed when we asked about a cocktail and was bothered that we weren’t rushing through our meal (presumably so he could go home). Lots of great choices in Palo Alto. So wanted to love this one. Highly disappointed. Will not return.
We were really disappointed with the whole experience. We have dined at St Micheal’s Alley last year and thought it would be a great choice to meet friends to kick off the holiday season. I had checked out the menu online and had seen several vegetarian options on the list of appetizers ( which was still available) as well as ravioli and other choices for the entree. This time though we had almost no choices of vegetarian entrees, ended up ordering several starters to share as the main course. Food was average. The service was slow and the servers were not allowed to make any changes or to offer any pasta, or protein for the main course. We brought our own wines. Our friends tried the seafood options and thought it was ok. We also requested to be moved to a different table due to noise from the staging counter right in front but the front staff was not accommodating. Very indifferent service. Our bill was not inexpensive ( around 150-160 per couple although we brought our own wine), so I would have expected much better food and service.
Food was excellent but service fell short. Disappointing.
We love St Mikes. The food is great and the staff friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.
Any day is a special occasion when you dine at St. Mike's! Friendly, attentive service, and excellent food in a lovely dining room.
Lovely neighborhood restaurant in Palo Alto serving excellent food and featuring engaging serving staff. The owner is a true charmer and clearly cares about his clientele - and apparently is often to be found on site, including on our visit. Highly recommended if you're looking for food that is of a quality not readily found in this area, prepared with great care.
The service was good. The food was only OK. For the price and the ambiance, I think the food should be better. There is a lot of good about the restaurant, but the food needs to be better
Seated right away, lovely dining room. Scallops were terrific as was the lamb
I took my friend out for her bday and lunch was wonderful. We loved the cute outdoor patio seating and our server gave us fleece blankets too. The food was delicious as were the Bloody Mary’s. The service was exceptional, very attentive without being intrusive. I would highly recommend!!
Service was very professional and attentive; not hovering. Good very good.
Solo diner. Treated royally.
This place was awesome! I've seen it so many times in Palo Alto, but never stopped in. Highly recommend!
We went there on a quiet Halloween night, so the restuarant was not full, which suited us just fine. Our server was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu and the service was solid. We shared an unusual starter of carnitas on a bed of cooked plantains, delicious and a good size. My wife had the duck breast and I the lamb loin entrees, very well presented and perfectly done. The wine list is extensive and wide ranging. There is a reason St. Michael's Alley has remained a successful Palo Alto spot for so many years, and that is you leave knowing you had a very good evening out with terrific food.
Service and food was excellent!
Very good food and service. Highly recommended.
Only suggested improvement - the Martini’s. They are served in mini sized glasses.....
Met a friend for lunch and had a great experience here.
I was at my Stanford reunion and needed a place to take a friend for brunch. We were lucky enough to find an opening at St. Michaels' Alley. I had not been there in 30 years and it is as wonderful as I remembered and even better. We had a wonderful brunch with fantastic service. My friend was very impressed!
We were celebrating my husbands birthday with our daughter. This looked like an excellent choice. We had Scollops-perfectly prepared, short rib raviolis-amazingly flavorful and salmon-again, perfection. We enjoyed a French Grenache Rose, which was the perfect compliment to all of our dishes. For dessert, we had the pumpkin bread pudding. This was the only downfall. The bread pudding was not particularly flavorful and I did not participate in its consumption after the first taste. And I do always order a bread pudding when available . The server was fine, just seemed to have trouble hearing us as the restaurant is small and the table across from us was extremely loud, obnoxiously so. I’m all about people having a good/great time, but for Four people, who were middle aged, they carried on as loudly as a group of 10 teenagers. It completely disrupted our meal and they had absolutely no awareness. This I see as a very delicate situation for a restaurant. You know it’s happening but dealing with it can be tricky. I do not hold St. Vincent’s Alley responsible, just making one aware this is a possibility, you as a diner can find yourself in with higher odds than a larger dining room. All in all, we will return, we will just ask for a different table.
Memorable meal. High quality salmon and a very relaxing setting
The waiter, though we arrived along with a larger crowd so that he was pressed for time for a few minutes, gave good recommendations. Later, he made himself available fairly often but did not intrude or interrupt by asking how we were doing. Knowing that we were going to split the entrées, staff brought extra plates and servings spoons without our having to ask; and they accommodated my walker graciously and helpfully. I would happily order again the (red pepper–corn) soup, one special (with crayfish), and the custard dessert. I'd try something new other than the other special (though the risotto itself was good). I consider this place a suitable treat for special events.
St. Michaels alley is a very comfortable restaurant with nice ambience, good service, and excellent food. Certainly worth a visit!
I'd recommend St. Michael's Alley to a group who is looking for a quiet place to dine out. I thought the food was average, and the service a little below average because I had to ask for my water glass to be filled several times. They also forgot the eggs on one dish.
The waitress didn’t seem to know the menu all that well.
But food and ambiance were great
Outstanding service and amazing food and drink. Love this place!
Excellent friendly service. They made an effort to make us feel welcome. The food was excellent too.Good choice and good quality.
Loved the "old house feeling" in a modern context. Noise level low enough to actually have a conversation.
I gate to give it 5 star reviews, because I want St Michael’s Alley to stay just as it is.
The service is personal and outstanding. The food changes with the seasons and is fresh, beautifully present and beyond delicious. We’ve never had a bad meal there; not even close !
The ambience is delightful ; broken up into several areal so noise is not a factor . It’s like being in a private home!
They have a secluded area that can handle a large party - no bothersome noise for them or other clients.
Woman at front has been there a long time and delightful. Owner, Michael , can often be seen delivering glasses of wine to the tables. Charming, low key man.
Awesome fine dining, creative entrees
Lovely menu and ambiance
Reliable, good food. Not inspired but good quality. Good service. Noise level a bit loud in small dining room.
Perfect place for a civilized Sunday brunch! Good food and lovely atmosphere.
It was great and our server, Peter, was fabulous!!
I had the flank steak medium, and it was over cooked on the ends. Small, we were seated outside definitely not my favorite place.
Nice place. Low key with excellent food
One of the entrees was misrepresented and ended up being very bland after needing modification and coming out after my husband was served. No one even asked how it tasted. A big disappointment especially since I usually love this place!
Lovely setting and decent food. Not all-star, but still good though prices are lofty. Then again you are in Palo Alto. Those who had scallops raved. People who had pastas, not so much. Decent wine list, but frankly would have expected more given location though lots of more local; choices.
Wonderful ambiance, with super friendly staff from the moment we walked in. Nice bar with a live edge wooden top and cozy setting. The dining room, unlike so many places today, was cozy and quiet - perfect for the two of us to enjoy conversation and dinner. The tartare was done well. We shared our caesar, which was split for us. The enters were wonderful. We got the monkfish special and the scallops - both were enjoyable. No room for dessert! Thanks to the staff for presenting us with a fun evening!
Great spot for a special occasion or outdoor dining. I usually go for dinner but opted for brunch this time and was delighted. Interesting and varied menu. I had avocado toast with poached eggs and bacon jam. The waiter described it as a lovely blend of sweet and savory and he was right.