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St. Michael's Alley

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140 Homer Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2428
+1 650-326-2530
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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Palo Alto, California, USA
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

It had been ages since we last went to SMA - and somehow we kept going to new places or the ones right in downtown. Four of us went: food was excellent all-round, across appetizers, entrees and desserts; wine list is much better-priced than most; service was efficient and friendly. Restaurant was busy and alive but somehow quiet enough so... More 

Thank Steve W
Atherton, California, United States
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

St Mike's has wonderful food, very good service, a lovely subdued ambiance, and a noise level that encourages conversation. The menu is not same old, same old; but neither is it pushing ingredients you never heard of prepared in a manner you never heard of.

2 Thank LJSE
Belmont, California
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104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This restaurant is well established with consistently fine, fresh food, fair prices and a nice quiet atmosphere. Service is right on, not too much but waitstaff and bus staff know when and how to do their jobs. Menus feature seasonal vegetables. Nothing is too adventurous but you can always expect high quality here.

Thank Bob S
Palo Alto, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

First i would like to say that if you intend to go there for lunch make sure you have a reservation otherwise you will have to sit at the bar not because they are booked in the back room but not sure what the reason was as very few people were in the back room. The food was average really... More 

Thank Lynne3312016
San Francisco, California
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276 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

One of our favorite restaurants in Palo Alto. It is tucked off the main drag, but well worth a visit. Their focus is on really tasty seasonal cuisine (always have 5-6 specials) which are very creatively prepared. This time we had the asparagus salad, swordfish, and rhubarb tart. Portions are just the right size too.

Thank mojo2018babushka
Palo Alto, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

The restaurant does not open until 10am which is fine what we did not know was you are suppose to get there early they open doors at 9.30am for you to put your name on the list to be called, this is where I had a problem seems like one guy was not only was calling peoples names but also... More 

Thank Lynne3312016
Redwood City, California
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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

This favorite is a wonderful breakfast place. The monkey pancakes are a must try but all of their dishes are flavorful and satisfying. If you haven't been here try this place..you won't be disappointed..

Thank Kate197065
Portland, OR
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265 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

This was my second and likely not my last visit to St. Michael's. One of my favorite aspects of this restaurant is the different areas you can sit. The more casual bar, two different dining "rooms" , private dining as well as alfresco dining when the whether allows. The menu is just extensive enough to satisfy just about anyone without... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

St. Michael's Alley in downtown Palo Alto has two things I look for in a restaurant. First, because I go out to socialize and talk, I do not want loud music and noice. St. Michael's Alley is quiet, stylish, and comfortable. Seond, food. I can never resist their signature appetizer, a wild mushroom cake. For the first time, I ordered... More 

Thank Michael M
New York City, New York
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414 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

Lovely business dinner for nine on a Thursday night in a surprisingly packed restaurant. Eclectic and deceptively small-looking menu that offers a lot of interesting, very fresh food, a staff that knows what it is doing even during a full house. Reservations are a must and the ambience is understated and elegant and comfortable.

Thank rnarisetti

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 140 Homer Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2428
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-2530

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