St. Michael's Alley

★★★★★

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We went to lunch at the new St. Michael's Alley week. The place is amazing. The booth in the new bar space worked perfectly for our party of 3. The dining area is equally warm and inviting and was packed. ( we took a tour) . What a wonderful job they did. We started out with Caesar Salad the best I have had in a long time. Just enough garlic and dressing so it was cold and crisp. One of us had a Salad Nicoise and the other chose the Seared Ahi Tuna on a bed of mixed greens. Both were also excellent choices. The ABC Burger was next. Perfectly cooked with garlic french fries. Luckily I was not going back to work that day. My friend got the grilled Eggplant Sandwich. This was large and she brought some home so she could fit dessert. We split 2 desserts. The caramelized Banana Bread Pudding and the Apple Ta-rte Tatin.. which came warm with vanilla gelato. I could have been in Florence. Excellent. All in all a wonderful, lunch. I look forward to when the patio will open and having dinner very soon. It is a masterpiece. The move was so worth the wait.

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We went to lunch at the new St. Michael's Alley week. The place is amazing. The booth in the new bar space worked perfectly for our party of 3. The dining area is equally warm and inviting and was packed. ( we took a tour) . What a wonderful job they did. We started out with Caesar Salad the best I have had in a long time. Just enough garlic and dressing so it was cold and crisp. One of us had a Salad Nicoise and the other chose the Seared Ahi Tuna on a bed of mixed greens. Both were also excellent choices. The ABC Burger was next. Perfectly cooked with garlic french fries. Luckily I was not going back to work that day. My friend got the grilled Eggplant Sandwich. This was large and she brought some home so she could fit dessert. We split 2 desserts. The caramelized Banana Bread Pudding and the Apple Ta-rte Tatin.. which came warm with vanilla gelato. I could have been in Florence. Excellent. All in all a wonderful, lunch. I look forward to when the patio will open and having dinner very soon. It is a masterpiece. The move was so worth the wait.

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I went to lunch at the new St. Michael's Alley on Thursday. It was amazing. The new space has a bar, and casual tables, the colors are warm and inviting. The owners are were there to answered many questions my husband had about the 300 yr. old walnut tree made into the bar and the beautiful farmhouse windows. We started with the Wild Mushroom Cake with creamy garlic herb sauce. Fantastic, I had the Tossed Baby Green Salad with warm walnuts, and warm herb encrusted goat cheese, dried cranberries. The salad was delicious and filling. The cold crisp greens with the warm goat cheese was perfect. My hubby had a bowl of New England Clam Chowder. A bit different than usual with a bacon taste, big clams and potato, very good but different. He followed with a grilled chicken sandwich with prosciutto and fontina cheese on sour dough. Again, a mixture of texture and taste that works. We look forward to dinner next and having drinks on the new patio. Well worth the wait St. Michael's Alley. Good job we will be back with friends.

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★★★★★

I went to lunch at the new St. Michael's Alley on Thursday. It was amazing. The new space has a bar, and casual tables, the colors are warm and inviting. The owners are were there to answered many questions my husband had about the 300 yr. old walnut tree made into the bar and the beautiful farmhouse windows. We started with the Wild Mushroom Cake with creamy garlic herb sauce. Fantastic, I had the Tossed Baby Green Salad with warm walnuts, and warm herb encrusted goat cheese, dried cranberries. The salad was delicious and filling. The cold crisp greens with the warm goat cheese was perfect. My hubby had a bowl of New England Clam Chowder. A bit different than usual with a bacon taste, big clams and potato, very good but different. He followed with a grilled chicken sandwich with prosciutto and fontina cheese on sour dough. Again, a mixture of texture and taste that works. We look forward to dinner next and having drinks on the new patio. Well worth the wait St. Michael's Alley. Good job we will be back with friends.

Pros: Seasonal menu, fresh good food, warm and inviting

Cons: Didn't see any

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My favorite brunch place in Palo Alto. I usually get the eggs benedict and blue monkey pancakes. They can get kind of crowded though, so you may want to call ahead and get a reservation. They also have a lot of vegetarian options.

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★★★★☆

My favorite brunch place in Palo Alto. I usually get the eggs benedict and blue monkey pancakes. They can get kind of crowded though, so you may want to call ahead and get a reservation. They also have a lot of vegetarian options.

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This small restaurant is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I have come here for lunch numerous times and their specials are always wonderful. Their soups are wonderful and their tuna sandwich is always a winner. The staff is friendly, sometimes overly friendly but are very attentive. Their desert sorbets are delicious. I know that whatever I order will be great and that is why I love coming here. I never have to worry about not liking my food.

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★★★★★

This small restaurant is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I have come here for lunch numerous times and their specials are always wonderful. Their soups are wonderful and their tuna sandwich is always a winner. The staff is friendly, sometimes overly friendly but are very attentive. Their desert sorbets are delicious. I know that whatever I order will be great and that is why I love coming here. I never have to worry about not liking my food.

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One word: DESSERT! This place has the most delicous concoction: "PROFITEROLES WITH VANILLA BEAN GELATO TOPPED WITH WARM PEANUT BUTTER AND DARK CHOCOLATE SAUCES 6.50" Girls' night out this week, & we couldn't wait to try it, so we ordered it for an appetizer! AWESOME! We had appetizers (mussels and a delicious cheese tart). Thurs. night was the first night of their new fall menu. Between us we had duck, sole, salmon, steak, chicken, and sampled each other's dishes. I particularly loved the maple-glazed (I believe it was) salmon, but everything was very good. The green beans are even worth noting -- very fresh w/just the right amount of snap. Honestly, everyone licked their plates. The portions are not small, so we had had more than enough to eat and were actually quite stuffed. And yet, those darn profiteroles were calling to us again, if you can believe, so we had them again! We also had a couple other desserts -- yummy -- but those profiteroles were the star of the evening. The atmosphere is charming, the service very good. I've given the restaurant a 9 out of 10. The ding is for the waiter, who can make it or break it for you -- you know? He was attentive enough, but entirely lackluster and seemed bored. We asked what he would recommend, but he could not tell us because "it was the first day of fall menu." (New menu not on their website as of today.) We inquired whether they were asked to sample the dishes so they could comment to diners, and he said no. Had he been a little more engaged, this place would be an easy 10++. By the way, this is the first restaurant review I have ever written -- in fact, the first review of ANYthing I've ever written. I was even more detailed, but I was about 1000 words over the limit! I hope things don't go down hill now with the place and I end up steering you wrong. I feel like I'm setting someone up on a blind date! Anyway, if you go, I hope you enjoy it!

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★★★★★

One word: DESSERT! This place has the most delicous concoction: "PROFITEROLES WITH VANILLA BEAN GELATO TOPPED WITH WARM PEANUT BUTTER AND DARK CHOCOLATE SAUCES 6.50" Girls' night out this week, & we couldn't wait to try it, so we ordered it for an appetizer! AWESOME! We had appetizers (mussels and a delicious cheese tart). Thurs. night was the first night of their new fall menu. Between us we had duck, sole, salmon, steak, chicken, and sampled each other's dishes. I particularly loved the maple-glazed (I believe it was) salmon, but everything was very good. The green beans are even worth noting -- very fresh w/just the right amount of snap. Honestly, everyone licked their plates. The portions are not small, so we had had more than enough to eat and were actually quite stuffed. And yet, those darn profiteroles were calling to us again, if you can believe, so we had them again! We also had a couple other desserts -- yummy -- but those profiteroles were the star of the evening. The atmosphere is charming, the service very good. I've given the restaurant a 9 out of 10. The ding is for the waiter, who can make it or break it for you -- you know? He was attentive enough, but entirely lackluster and seemed bored. We asked what he would recommend, but he could not tell us because "it was the first day of fall menu." (New menu not on their website as of today.) We inquired whether they were asked to sample the dishes so they could comment to diners, and he said no. Had he been a little more engaged, this place would be an easy 10++. By the way, this is the first restaurant review I have ever written -- in fact, the first review of ANYthing I've ever written. I was even more detailed, but I was about 1000 words over the limit! I hope things don't go down hill now with the place and I end up steering you wrong. I feel like I'm setting someone up on a blind date! Anyway, if you go, I hope you enjoy it!

Pros: Dessert, charming atmosphere, service

Cons: Our particular waiter could be more familiar with the menu and pump up the personality a bit.

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This is probably my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto. it has wonderful seasonal dishes and the menu changes with the seasons. it has a lovely intimate atmosphere that is not overcrowded or too loud. I just had a surprise birthday celebration there and the food and service were wonderful.

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★★★★☆

This is probably my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto. it has wonderful seasonal dishes and the menu changes with the seasons. it has a lovely intimate atmosphere that is not overcrowded or too loud. I just had a surprise birthday celebration there and the food and service were wonderful.

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Whether dining at lunch or dinner, the offerings at St. Michael's Alley are consistently delicious. Recently opened for dinner, we ate there a few weeks ago and are eager to go back!

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Whether dining at lunch or dinner, the offerings at St. Michael's Alley are consistently delicious. Recently opened for dinner, we ate there a few weeks ago and are eager to go back!

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Saint Michael's Alley is really one of the best places to have a romantic dinner in Palo Alto with out any attitude! It is a neighborhood gem! As a vegetarian I have trouble eating out even in "open-minded" Palo Alto. St. Mike's always has something meatless on the menu that is coveted not just expectable. They have even made me an off menu meal that I loved! The service is excellent and the wine list is extensive. Saint Mike's has exceptional quality with a wonderful no-tude atmosphere- a truly Californian restaurant.

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★★★★★

Saint Michael's Alley is really one of the best places to have a romantic dinner in Palo Alto with out any attitude! It is a neighborhood gem! As a vegetarian I have trouble eating out even in "open-minded" Palo Alto. St. Mike's always has something meatless on the menu that is coveted not just expectable. They have even made me an off menu meal that I loved! The service is excellent and the wine list is extensive. Saint Mike's has exceptional quality with a wonderful no-tude atmosphere- a truly Californian restaurant.

Pros: Vegetarian Food, Great Service, Neighborhood Gem!

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St. Mike's has some of the best food in the Palo Alto area. The atmosphere is warm and the service is friendly. They have an extensive wine list full of local wines. We eat dinner there at least once per week and are never disappointed. Food and wine prices are very reasonable. Many of the employees have been there for 8-9 years!

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★★★★★

St. Mike's has some of the best food in the Palo Alto area. The atmosphere is warm and the service is friendly. They have an extensive wine list full of local wines. We eat dinner there at least once per week and are never disappointed. Food and wine prices are very reasonable. Many of the employees have been there for 8-9 years!

Pros: Owners are present, great food, friendly atmosphere

Cons: a little noisy when b

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This is a great place for brunches -- I always get their eggs benedict (the hollandaise is perfect -- not too creamy, but just rich enough) or one of their spinach omelette dishes. The restaurant is quaint and intimate, and the service is excellent. The waitresses remembers your name, too! The people here really give the restaurant a feel for the town. I would highly recommend brunch dates here.

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★★★★★

This is a great place for brunches -- I always get their eggs benedict (the hollandaise is perfect -- not too creamy, but just rich enough) or one of their spinach omelette dishes. The restaurant is quaint and intimate, and the service is excellent. The waitresses remembers your name, too! The people here really give the restaurant a feel for the town. I would highly recommend brunch dates here.

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We welcome you to join us at our new location at 140 High St in Palo Alto. We offer seasonal fresh fare in a warm and comfortable neighborhood atmosphere. We are not perfect, but we always do our best...

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