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

Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
Diner Reviews
  • " Cafe Bistro offers a number of delicious lunch entrees at a reasonable price. The boneless chicken with fries, chicken Caesar salad, chicken Club, and grilled chicken sandwich were all excellent as was the service. The restaurant is usually crowded and it is advisable to have a reservation. Cafe Bistro is a good choice for lunch or dinner whenever shopping at the Stanford Shopping Center."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "As always, Cafe Bistro did not disappoint! This was the second visit in a week. It is a great place to meet girl friends for lunch. Although it can be very popular around lunch time, making reservations through Open Table always makes it easy to get in. With reservations, we are seated immediately."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food is good and the ambience is pleasant for a hot night when you don't want to cook, and want a nice glass of wine with dinner. The evening servers lack experience and training. Lunch servers are much better trained in every sense of the word. It was a quiet night and service was inadequate, but pleasant and nice. For a very quiet night, we should not have to look for the server for ketchup, which never arrived with fr fries. Food was "tossed" on the table after the appetizer without clearing the table of the empty appetizer plates, for example. The server left the table before I could ask for another glass of wine! If they weren't such nice kids, we would have told the manager."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My friend and I recently enjoyed lunch at Nordstrom's Cafe. Although tucked away on the 3rd floor, the restaurant was quite busy. The reservation through Open Table gave us an on time seating in a very desirable location. There was background sound, but we were easily able to carry on a conversation during lunch. The service was very good and the food was tasty. I look forward to returning there -- either as a primary lunch stop or as a restful respite during shopping."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Went for lunch with my son on a Monday. Many of our favorite dishes (French dip, herb breast chicken, ahi tuna tartare, tomato soup, who knows what else))were not available. Disappointed. Waiter apologetic but non chalant which leads me to believe this happens a bit. Not likely to go back again anytime soon."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Been enjoying the sandwiches and salads from Nordstrom Cafe for many a times. Sometimes when they get busy, I noticed there is a heavy kitchen grease smell so one could leave the cafe with the odor on their clothes. That suggests the need for heavier duty exhaust vents (or maintenacne work). Also, shrimps need to be deveined. Sometimes the prep folks don't get it all out which is a turn off. Last, sometimes the server forgets to bring the little mint chocolate sticks even they they are not busy."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Always a great place to have lunch with a girlfriend!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • " Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom is an excellent choice for lunch while shopping at the Stanford Shopping Center. The menu is varied and all items I have ordered have been most tasty. My family enjoyed the crab bisque, angel hair pasta with chicken, and ham and cheese sandwich as well as the fries served with the sandwich. As service was adequate and prices reasonable, we will definitely dine at Cafe Bistro again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We ordered the lentil soup and it was so salty it was horrible. This has happened before so if we go back we can never order soup again even though the waitperson said they make it to order. If that is so then we will order it with no salt. Also, they refuse to split you order."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Had requested a booth - but they gave us a 4 top table instead. There were several empty booths , but the host said 'they're for reservations '. I told him I have a reservation -- but he told me we had to sit 'here'-- the 4 top. Evelardo (?sp)-- is always a delightful server !"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is now my first choice go to spot - always great food and great service."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great Food never disappointed with the quality of the food. Also a great mall stop when you are shopping, or just meeting someone for lunch and a glass of wine. Service is excellent and the staff is very friendly. Pizza is still one of the best pizzas around for the price."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Chinese chicken salad was delicious - best ever! The dressing perfect, the chicken tender as possible. Only criticism - short on the wonton noodles for crunch. Found it surprising, that they only serve coffee plain, no cappuccino or lattes. The service - we got our lunches quickly, but after that the waitress, a young woman with a braid, only showed up to hurry us along. She kept trying to take our bowls from us, before we had finished, and there were many empty tables. My guest wanted to say something sharp to her, but didn't. Our server didn't choose to hear us, when we needed something, but one of the eager young men helped us."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I love this restaurant, they try to please and get you a table that is suitable for your needs. I celebrated my birthday there and Mothers day. It is a charming place with great food and wonderful people to attend to your every need. I always recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've eaten here a few times and it's usually good and good service. This review, however, is specific to my last meal there. We sat for 15 minutes before anyone came, another 10 before we got any water and 30 to get our food. We never got refills on our drinks and couldn't even find anyone to ask. Our appetizers were served with our meal, but they said they would take them off the bill. To get our check I had actually get up and find someone to get our waiter. He brought the wrong check, then brought our check but hadn't taken the appetizers off. We finally got the bill taken care of and left, an hour and 45 minutes after sitting. I hopethis was a glitch because I like it here but this was very un-Nordstrom like. The food itself was fine."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I enjoyed the special salad. It was unique to anything that I have ever tasted. Very delicious, I loved the flavors of the vinegrette with the asparagus and artichoke hearts. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The service was a little spotty, but mostly a result of miscommunication. We got the pear and goat cheese salad (good), crab mac n cheese (very good) , calamari (excellent!), and french onion soup (good). There were a lot of kids around, but this did not seem to affect the noise level too much. We will return, as this is a convenient and kid-friendly location!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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
  • "Zero view and kind of dark. Service went the extra mile; server offered tp refrogerate my leftovers till I finished shopping. My sandwich was good quality but need a little zing."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "Cafe Bistro has surprisingly good food for a department store restaurant. The atmosphere is comfortable, the service is friendly, and each of the entrees that my party ordered were tasty. The restaurant is most convenient for shoppers at the Stanford Shopping Center, and prices are reasonable. My favorites are the crab and macarroni, turkey and ham with Swiss cheese sandwich, as well as the blue cheese and pear salad, although every entree I have tasted was very good. This is a good choice for a dependable lunch, but reservations are suggested as the wait-list can be long."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "the food wasnt as hot as it should have been and i was a bit embarrassed cuz i took my foodie friend there. he enjoyed it. service is excellent as always."
    Dined on 6/3/2013