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Saint Michael's Alley

  • Address:
    140 Homer Ave.
    Palo Alto, CA 94301



St. Michael's Alley was founded in 1959. It was the first coffee house on the peninsula and was named for the alley in London which is home to its first coffeehouse, founded in 1652. St. Mike's original bohemian atmosphere attracted many from the beatnik 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, the original owner, retired in 1993 and sold the restaurant to the current owners, Jenny Youll and Mike Sabina.

Our 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.

Private Functions

Our dining space can be divided in half, with one side accommodating up to 20 people and the other for 26.  The entire dining room holds up to 45 people and can also be reserved for the night. The entire restaurant and bar can also be rented for an evening with events that include cocktails, passed appetizers and a multi course sit down dinner. Prices range from $2100 - $10,000, depending on group size and season.


Our catering service at this time is limited to "pick-up" service. We do all the cooking and leave the party up to you. Please call jenny for more information about catering: 650-326-2530 or


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Business Continuity
  • Cost: $$$
  • Large Group: 25 to 50 people
  • Meals Served:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Pet-Friendly:
  • Parking Options:
    • Street
  • Accept Credit Cards:
  • Cuisine:
    • American/Californian
    • Brunch
    • Cafe
  • Semi-Private Dining and Banquet Rooms:
  • Number of Semi-Private Rooms: 2
  • Max Group Size: 80
  • Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced:
  • Open For Business:
  • Curbside Pick Up Available:
  • Outdoor Dining:
Personal Protection
  • Masks Required-Staff:
  • Masks Required-Guest:
Meeting Facilities
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Capacity 26
  • Number of Rooms 2
Semi-Private Room - Number 1
  • Banquet Capacity: 20
Semi-Private Room - Number 2
  • Banquet Capacity: 26