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Our History

We've been around a while

St. Michael's Alley was founded in 1959 by Vernon Gates. It was the first coffee house on the peninsula and was named for the the alley in London which is home to its first coffeehouse, founded in 1652. St. Mike's bohemian atmosphere attracted many from the beatnick era and helped launch the careers of famous musicians and writers including the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, Grayce Slick, Ken Kesey, Robert Hunter, and Jefferson Airplane. Vernon retired in 1994 and sold the restaurant to the current owners, Jenny Youll and Mike Sabina.

The original brasserie is still open for weekend brunch and private functions. A new location, one block away, was opened in March 2009 at 140 Homer Ave. This larger space has a separate full bar, outdoor seating, and an intimate dining room. Jenny and Mike spent 3 years designing and building the new St. Mike's, with Mike acting as draftsman, architect, engineer, general contractor and carpenter.

There was an endless stream of friends and relatives who came from around the country to help us with the seemingly endless project.

"...if there's any justice in this world, St. Michael's Alley will be filled to the rafters from now on."
"Mike Sabina and Jenny Youll's St. Michael's Alley is a glorious reinvention of itself."
"It's a restaurant that fits—heart, soul and food—into its time and place."
"St. Michael's Alley lures with stylish surroundings, excels with satisfying, earthy cuisine"

Private Events

From Large Parties to Private Dining

140 HOMER AVE (UP TO 20)

SEMI-PRIVATE - UP TO 20

At our primary location on Homer Avenue we offer a semi-private dining space that can accommodate up to 20 guests. This dining area is separated from the other half of the dining room by a heavy, fabric curtain.

The food and beverage minimums to reserve this space range from $1,800-$2,800, plus sales tax and gratuity (20%). If the minimum is not met, the difference is considered a room fee.

SEMI-PRIVATE - UP TO 26

At our primary location on Homer Avenue we offer a semi-private dining space that can accommodate up to 26 guests. This dining area is separated from the other half of the dining room by a heavy, fabric curtain.

The food and beverage minimums to reserve this space range from $2,800-$4,000, plus sales tax and gratuity (20%). If the minimum is not met, the difference is considered a room fee.

LARGE RESERVATIONS

(10-16 GUESTS)

We do our best to accommadate reservations of all sizes, however given the intimate size of our dining room, it is sometimes difficult to accommodate larger parties. One options is to reserve a table in the front room/bar area where we are able to put several tables together. Large groups are subject to a per person minimum.

"...if there's any justice in this world, St. Michael's Alley will be filled to the rafters from now on."
"Mike Sabina and Jenny Youll's St. Michael's Alley is a glorious reinvention of itself."
"It's a restaurant that fits—heart, soul and food—into its time and place."
"St. Michael's Alley lures with stylish surroundings, excels with satisfying, earthy cuisine"

Hours

Brunch: Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-2pm

Lunch: Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm

Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30pm-close

140 Homer Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Reservations

Please call for Reservations (650) 326-2530