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“Old World Charm and Fabulous Food”
Review of Cafe Pro Bono

Cafe Pro Bono
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Ranked #60 of 362 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$35
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: California Ave
Reviewed 7 May 2013

I hesitate to review this wonderful go-to restaurant for me because I don't want it to become too crowded! Although it is always busy, tables are usually available without reservations. You are warmly greeted by the maitre D and made to feel as welcome as a regular patron is greeted. The service is seamless and never intrusive though attentive. Most anything on the menu is excellent, but two of my favorites are the light veal cannelloni and Susan's Downfall--a wonderful mushroom ravioli with a gorgonzola cream sauce that you will want to soak the bread into after the ravioli are finished! For lunch I recommend the Cesar salad with fire roasted prawns on top. My friend always looks forward to the Spumoni ice cream and I to the white and dark chocolate mousse.

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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Love the people, the food and the hospitality. These guys do Italian right. Susan's downfall is a dream dish.
It can be noisy, but part of the atmosphere.
Bravo!

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Reviewed 11 January 2013

Cafe Pro Bono changed ownership several years ago, but the food and service have remained high quality. My friend had the Susan's Downfall (ravioli) and was not disappointed, the waiter was very attentive to our needs, and the desserts finished the meal perfectly. Though the restaurant was busy for lunch, we were still able to hold a conversation without shouting!

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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Being Italian, I've sort of given up on getting anything near decent in a restaurant, but I eat here on a very regular basis. The pasta's are good and everything is prepared fresh, or so it seems to me. The waiters are very accommodating and actually remember you if you've been in before. Every so often I see someone famous in there, a surprise for such an unassuming looking place, but there you go.

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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Cafe Pro Bono gets its name from the North County (Santa Clara County) Courthouse across the street. The owner-management team is largely from Turkey, complete with the warm, welcoming graciousness of many locals I met in Istanbul. The Cafe serves a Mediterranean menu, prepared by the former Chef at the former, well-regarded Bistro Elan, also in Palo Alto. In addition, there are always at least two specials in addition to the regular menu with many choices of salads, pastas, seafood, veal and lamb. The Cafe has a full bar and an extensive wine list. Most certainly,, you will be warmly welcomed there.

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