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Cafe Pro Bono

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2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902 (California Ave)
+1 650-326-1626
07:00 - 13:00
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Mon 07:00 - 13:00
Wed - Sat 07:00 - 13:00
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Portola Valley, California
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229 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

I love the atmosphere here. It is friendly and homey and comfortable. We had great service. The entrees are a little pricey, in the $30s, but excellent so no complaints. We had the rack of lamb and short ribs at our table. The wine list is extensive so you can certainly find something that you like. The place was absolutely... More 

Thank JLG3000
Charlotte, North Carolina
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339 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

The atmosphere was warm and welcoming. We were sat on time for our reservation in the main dining room. The service was excellent. The menu while it had options, really wasn't exciting. The food was just blah. Plenty of parking with 2 lots behind and across from the property.

Alnwick, United Kingdom
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1,517 reviews
880 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 539 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Pro Bono is not the cheapest restaurant in this part of town - far from it. It has a very professional atmosphere and one expects absolute first rate food for the prices and general ambience. Maybe we were unlucky but left feeling we had had better value for money meals in other nearby places. The menu is weighted in favour... More 

Thank profjoypc
Alameda, CA
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

We had a wonderful meal at Cafe Pro Bono. We had a large party of 8 and they accomodated us nicely...of course make a reservation first! The food and the service were outstanding! Everyone enjoyed their food, there were no complaints. From Carpaccio, soup of the day, warm goat cheese salad, caesar salad, gnocchi, Susan's Downfall, Kebab, Veal Picatta, Rack... More 

Thank AlamedaIslandGirl
Oakland, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Greatly expanded their size to accommodate the local clientele. The meal and wine menus are varied, and are always first-rate.

Thank William H
Nome, Alaska
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182 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

1/2 grilled free range chicken sounded good....but it wasn't what they actually served. The dish was actually a mediocre, time 1/2 guinea hen......How can they have the gall to lie about thatg??? It was accompanied by cold vegetables....so much for our first and last visit here. The meat ball and spaghetti special was equally disappointing...the meatballs were bread balls and... More 

Thank Magellan008
North Wildwood, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Came for drinks with friends from work. We played a game in which we each had four unmarked glasses of wine and tried to identify the type of wine. It was harder than we thought, and it allowed us to try some wonderful California wines (a zinfandel and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, a pinot noir from the Sonoma... More 

Thank movieglue
Fairborn, Ohio
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137 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

Recommended by friends who live in area. Was a good recommendation. Classy ambience, attentive waiters and tempting menu items. My wife said the ravioli dinner was the best she ever had, My spaghetti (which is something I often order) was good (but nothing special), That said I would rate their tiramisu 'excellent'

Thank Laurelandbetsy
Oakland, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015

My husband and I have been going to an incredibly lovely Italian restaurant, called Pro Bono, in Palo Alto, CA. almost every month for over a year. It is truly one of the most welcoming places we have been to, and we eat out a lot. We always feel like we are coming home. We have gotten to know the... More 

Thank Esther M
Palo Alto, California
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100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2015

I have been going to Pro Bono for many years and just returned last night after it was remodeled. The food, ambiance, service and enthusiasm are really outstanding at this place. You are always greeted as an old friend and the menu always has new dishes to sample. I am lucky to live close to this restaurant and will return... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Italian, Mediterranean
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2437 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1902
    (California Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-1626

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?