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Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto
Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto
  • Address:
    550 Stanford Shopping Center
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Neighborhood:
    Palo Alto
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nordstrom.com
  • Email: tony.roberts@nordstrom.com
  • Phone: (650) 688-2614
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Sunday: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sand Hill Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto
Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto is a stylish, yet comfortable restaurant featuring a contemporary American interpretation of classic bistro cuisine. Located on the 3rd floor of the Nordstrom in Palo Alto. Cafe Bistro food is visually powerful, bold in flavor and unique to the marketplace. The menu of flavorful appetizers, colorful salads, brick oven entrees and boldly flavored sandwiches are complimented by a well-chosen selection of wine. A suggested finish to the meal would be the signature warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife ordered the chicken sandwich and the chicken was like eating a rock not happy"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "It's always a pleasure to shop at Stanford Center and then dine at Cafe Bistro. A relaxing experience!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Cafe Bistro is an excellent choice for a meal while shopping at the Stanford Shopping Center. Both the food and service are very good and prices are reasonable. My family and I enjoyed the Club Sandwich, chicken Caesar salad, and Warm Asian Chicken salad entrees. Reservations are usually needed if one does not want to wait 20 or more minutes for a table, but Cafe Bistro is worth the wait."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have had lunch here on several occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is always tasteful. The waiters are incredibly friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom is an excellent choice for lunch while shopping at Stanford Shopping Center. The menu is varied and each of the appetizers and entrees my party ordered were very tasty. The service was attentive and the waitress had no problem with my Mom ordering off of the child's menu. Prices are reasonable and I will definitely return to Cafe Bistro. It would be nice however if management did not allow baby strollers the size of aircraft carriers to be parked inside the restaurant. It was impossible for my Mom to get to our booth as her walker would not fit down any of the aisle ways to the back of the restaurant due to four or more of these over-sized strollers scattered about the dining tables."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Nordstrom at Stanford Mall has moved it's cafe and made it more upscale. This is a nice place for lunch with a friend, but it is noisy and busy. Their previous cafe was less pricey with more typical lunch fare but the food here was very good."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I love the Nordstrom sit down restaurant. It's a great break from shopping and the menu is a good selection of salads, sandwiches and heavier entrees."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Ordered food to go in addition to dining there. Server reported to me that they were boxing up my to-go order and it would be out right away. There it sat on the counter for a long while.... getting cold. Pay attention, servers!!!!! Also, they did not check me in for my opentable reservation, but instead, 3 hours after I checked in and dined, cancelled my reservation. Seem to need some training for staff there."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Ordered a filet mignon. Dish served was a rolled beef tenderloin, blackened edges on the outward facing side, completely raw (not rare) on the inward facing side. Second attempt was actually a proper cut this time, but still raw in the middle. The server (who was trying her best with what she had to work with) stated that, upon complaint to the cook, the cook replied to the server, "It's not like it's your birthday." Really? Only reason the rating is as high as 2 stars is because the server was trying so hard."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have usually loved the Nordstrom cafe, here and in Valley Fair. I am not happy in giving this review as I know that the Nordstrom branding people strive for so much more than what we experienced. Service was slow, some of our food came to the table cold (they replaced it, no questions asked) and forgot an appetizer we had asked for. They took it off the bill but it proved she heard us order it and then never placed it with the kitchen staff. Waiter never came back to ask about our food. It was not a busy evening, quite slow in fact, so I'm not sure why we had such a poor experience. I would go back since the remainder of our food was very good. I just hope this isn't a pattern, and we just hit the cafe on a bad night."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro on the 3rd floor of their Stanford Shopping Center location is a pleasant place for dinner, with a wide selection of cuisine, tastefully done and presented. The Crab Louie was delicious but a small plate for the price. The chicken dishes were more generous and also very good. Dining in the evening provides a quiet place to enjoy a conversation over dinner."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife/daughter/I have been to the Nordstrom Café many times. I refer to it - only half in jest - as "the best restaurant in Palo Alto". The food is excellent, and very reasonably priced. Crab Bisque - epic. The service and environment is always kid-friendly, while having the quiet ambience of a good restaurant. Love it. Recommended to all."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We were promptly seated and told of the daily specials. Our waitress took our beverage order and answered some menu questions. She brought us bread with an olive in olive oil dipping plate. The olives were excellent and the olive oil was of good quality. The French Onion Soup was one of the best I've had. The onions were perfectly caramelized, the broth had a hint of sherry, and the cheese on top was bountiful. The Shrimp Risotto was very creamy but a little too salty and one of the shrimp was not properly cleaned. The black digestive vein that runs down the back was still present. The Chimichurri Steak Sandwich was very good. The Creme Brulee was well prepared with a creamy and rich custard. We will be returning."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My group of four chose to eat lunch here on Black Friday. Our reservation was for 11:30AM. By 12 noon almost all the tables were full. The crab bisque soup was disappointing as I was prepared for a nice, creamy base when all I could taste was tomato with pepper flakes. The special soup of chicken wonton was also too spicy. That being said, the Niçoise salad with salmon and the Bleu cheese salad with pear and pecans were absolutely delicious. The french fries were prepared perfectly, thin and long with a tasty dipping sauce. Service couldn't have been better, both our wait staff were attentive and prompt. We would certainly return again."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I have been here several times for lunch as I work nearby, and the food this visit was not up to par. BUT- it is usually much better, must have been a bad day."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "I like the renovated bistro and thought food was good and a bit of a change from some; however noise level was very high; perhaps if one went at 11 am or 23 pm it would be less so.--the waiter neglected to offer more coffee until we were ready to leave; otherwise prompt service and presentation of bill."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Could barely hear each other talk. I don't call that energetic, it was just loud."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Nordstrom Cafe has great lunch options, and service is always quick and friendly!"
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "If you're shopping at Stanford Shopping Center, the Cafe inside Nordstrom is a good choice. We had salads with warm grilled chicken and stone fruit which were quite good."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "My son and I enjoyed the turkey club as well as ham & cheese sandwiches with fries. The location of this restaurant is most convenient when shopping at Stanford Center and the food & service are good to very good. The menu has many options and we'll be back to try more offerings."
    Dined on 8/9/2013