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.
From Large Parties to Private Dining
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 $1,600-$2,200, plus sales tax and gratuity (18%). If the minimum is not met, the difference is considered a room fee. Half night bookings are also considered at a lower minimum for functions from 5:15-7:30pm, or 8:15-closing.
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-$3,500, plus sales tax and gratuity (18%). If the minimum is not met, the difference is considered a room fee. Half night bookings are also considered at a lower minimum for functions from 5:15-7:30pm, or 8:15pm-closing.
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 in the dining room are subject to a per person minimum.
806 EMERSON ST (UP TO 50 OR 80)
The Annex, our original location at 806 Emerson Street, is available for completely private events. This restaurant can accommodate up to 50 guests for a sit down luncheon or dinner and up to 80 for a standing reception. The facility is fully staffed for your event and all food is prepared on site.
The food and beverage minimums start at $2,200 for a weekday luncheon and $2,500 for a weekday dinner. Sales tax and gratuity (18%) are additional.
Typically these events begin with passed appetizers as your guests arrive and mingle, followed by a three course seated dinner. For each course we can offer 3-5 options for your guests to choose from. This customized menu will be created based on the current seasonal menus posted on our website.
Lunch and dinner are served at our Homer Avenue Location
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30pm-close
140 Homer Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Please call for Reservations (650) 326-2530