Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco
Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco

Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/6018379/0~2377475~6018379?origin=srcontent
  • Phone: (415) 977-5155
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 8:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 8:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Public Transit: Bart and MUNI Powell Street Station
  • Parking: No
A word from Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco
Café Bistro is a stylish, yet comfortable restaurant featuring a contemporary American interpretation of classic bistro cuisine. Located on the 7th floor of the San Francisco Shopping Centre, it offers an exciting view of the downtown Market district.



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 hand-crafted cocktails and local California wines. A suggested finish to the meal would be the signature warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding or chocolate drizzled Profiteroles.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (49)scenic view (31)good for groups (19)neighborhood gem (15)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (9)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (7)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Welcome Shopping Break while downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The spot is often overlooked by otherthan the most seasoned of foodie focused powershoppers when downtown; it is consisitantly excellent in service and the food is always just what you are looking for, whether a late lunch or early evening dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch in the City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The service great, food good, window table great view! Perfect for lunch while shopping in the City
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go Early
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food is great, but after 7:30 restaurant is empty. No ambiance. Kitchen closes at 8:00. Great for an in and out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remember...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The wine list is not notable - and the pour is extremely chintzy - maybe 5 oz for my glass which cost $10. The french onion soup came to table not even lukewarm and was not very good ($6.50) - lots of broth and not much substance or notable flavors (the best onion soup ever is at the Brooklyn in Seattle...). Sent it back for reheating which took about ten minutes. Half chicken was good, although overpriced at $16.50 as it was just a piece of chicken on top of a bunch of fries. Not one burger on the menu... I've been to the Market St. Nordstrom's cafe a couple times before several years ago and it was much better the. Not sure what's going on...probably will opt back over to the Cheesecake on next visit...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In the heart of the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    There is something special about going shopping and then being able to sit down in a nice spot, have a super good lunch, and look out at the tops of some of the most historic and attractive buildings in the city. It's tasty, it's relaxing, and it's beautiful. Thanks, Nordstorm.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My friends and I love to eat at Cafe Bistro, which is near where they work. We have never had a bad meal there, whether we order the salads, the pizza, or the entrees. We go there when we celebrate birthdays for lunch or dinner, and we always enjoy ourselves. If you are downtown for shopping or business, it is worth stopping in and eating at the Cafe Bistro. Make a reservation if you can, but if you don't have one, check in to see if they are busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Always great food. But seems to be short of staff- though staff are quite gracious considering the number of tables/guests they have to take care of. Convenient location in Union Square area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Love Eating At The Cafe Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We often eat at Cafe Bistro for lunch because we work nearby or are shopping at Nordstrom's or in the Shopping Center. We also eat there for dinner when we are in the area because we like it so much. In fact, it often is our go- restaurant. The salads are great, as are all the other dishes we've tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mid-Market Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Surprisingly good food and wait staff. Ideal dining location if attending nearby theaters like the Golden Gate.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal at Cafe Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We love eating at the Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom. We always have great meals there. My friends work nearby and we frequently meet there for lunch or dinner. We highly recommend the Cafe Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special but OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Nice view of the city skyline from our table. Menu has *very* limited options for vegetarians/vegans. Food was average.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very satisfied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food was very good and priced well. I would say the menu is a fresh take on American comfort food; with inspirations from around the globe. The portions are very good. Perfect vibe for a special occasion lunch with co-workers if you work close by and I think very suitable for a business lunch. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat before theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Stopped in since it's right off Bart and walking distance to the Golden Gate Theater. Had to send 1 chicken back as it was underdone. Always tasty food, nothing exceptional, but a nice view, good service and easy access. Good cocktails too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as in the past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have been eating at Cafe Bistro for over 15 years. On the visit water was delivered to the table without requesting it, even though we are in the middle of a drought. We had ordered Cokes and they were delivered without straws. When we asked if we could have straws we were informed that straws are now only provided upon request. One of the reasons we have always gone here is for the great bread that is provided prior to the meal. When it did not come, we asked a waiter for bread and were informed that it is now only provided upon request. For a great place that charges $$$, why be so cheap with a straw and small loaf of bread??
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food and service is consistently good. Good place to go to if shopping downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food above average, prices moderate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My salmon was excellent, however the starch was cold and crab soup had no sign of crab.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Shrimp in the shrimp cilantro w. lime sald were perfectly grilled. Good sized portion of salad with nice dressing and just enough crunch from a scatter of tortilla crisps without excessive carbs.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had Crab Louis and coffee, that's all, for Saturday lunch. Very good. I did think the portion was a bit small, and it would have been nice to have had bread served with it. But overall, it was fine. I lunch or brunch here often and it's always a great place to catch up with girlfriends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A hide-way from busy downtown & tourists. Good food value with very laid-back servers
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch while shopping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great place to get lunch while shopping. Great food and nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good place while shopping not worth a special trip.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always a convenient spot to meet for lunch. Food is fairly priced and staff lets you linger. Menu could use an update is my only negative.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for get together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I hosted a girls' gathering last night and picked the bistro as one of my friends has food allergies. We ordered the roast chicken pommes frites (yummy, crispy skin and tender meat), cilantro lime shrimp salad (very good), Asian chicken salad (two ordered it one was very good and the other said the chicken was very dry), and caprese bruschetta with burrata cheese. We had such an enjoyable time that we decided to have dessert and coffee there as well and the ladies enjoyed their delicious decaf coffee, along with coppa mista gelato, triple berry shortcake and creme brulee with fruit. We all left satisfied!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Centrally located with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent downtown view for those that want to enjoy a delightful lunch. Great for patrons of 2-4 people for those that want to be seated by window, excellent tourist spot. The food is beautifully presented. Service is outstanding. Food quality looks fresh and tasty, nothing too extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Was not very pleased with waitress. She did not bring us any bread and butter until we asked for it while all the other tables automatically got their bread and butter. I had the same Crispy Roast Chicken at the Nordstrom Bistro a week earlier at the Stanford Mall and that one was much better. This time it was very greasy and the fries were also not crispy and wilty look. Stanford's was so much better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for groups!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Took 12 students here last weekend and it was great! Service was prompt and the food was good. All the students enjoyed their food and it was well priced!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch at Cafe Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We always enjoy our lunches at Cafe Bistro. Our girlfriends work nearby, so we often meet them for lunch there, and we often have birthday lunches or dinners there. It's our favorite place for lunch in that area. We always enjoy the food. Note that it is difficult to pay with multiple credit cards, as we sometimes like to do, and we never have this problem at other restaurants. A few months ago the manager said they were working on this. They should get it fixed. It is our only problem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a solid pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is always my preferred stop during a day of shopping - for a quiet place to grab something tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Three-generation hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Where do you eat with squirmy kids, frazzled parents, and foodie grandparents for a family meal that makes everybody happy? Cafe Bistro at Nordstroms. Food is diverse, filling and high quality...also reasonably priced. Servers are accustomed to small fry and tolerant...and fast, which makes the meal move along. As a treat, you can go shopping afterwards.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keep coming back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My friend and I always enjoy meeting for lunch or dinner at Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro in Westfield Center, San Francisco. I am so partial to the cilantro lime shrimp salad, that I rarely try anything else. It's reasonably priced as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 371 reviews are from the Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food and service are consistently good. I frequent the cafe often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had been here a few years ago. We found ourselves at Westfields SF Shopping Center and wanted to have an early dinner and remembered this spot. We were greeted promptly and taken to a nice table by the windows overlooking San Francisco as the sun was setting. Simply beautiful. I had the Crab Brioche which was out of this world and my friend had the black forest ham sandwich which also was delicious. The dipping sauce for the french fried potatoes was superb....would love the recipe. Our waiter was very attentive and our food came out quickly.....a perfect dining experience. I will be recommending this place to all of my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Came for lunch and the food was great as always, especially the mushroom risotto which I highly recommend. The service however was horrible today, the waiter was unattentive and wouldn't bring things back when asked and we kept having to ask other servers and busboys for things. His mind was clearly not on assisting patrons.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Another fine lunch at Cafe Bistro up in the sky at Nordstroms. This nicely-designed restaurant is a stop whenever we are shopping downtown. The food is always excellent and the service prompt but not pushy. There is great bar service and an always interesting wine list. We had the chicken with frites and the shrimp and asparagus risotto. Both were excellent and the risotto in particular, perfectly cooked, which can be a problem when ordering this dish. Located at the top level and out of the mania that is the rest of the store, the Bistro is an oasis of calm and deliciousness. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch at Cafe Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We always enjoy eating at the Cafe Bistro. We work in the area and this is one of our favorite lunch places when just 3-4 of us want to get together for lunch, and also when we having larger group celebrations. We recommend Cafe Bistro.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We both had salads and a cup of soup and were pleased with the food, but not the service. The waiter was very slow from bringing drinks to bringing the bill. I would only go again if I had plenty of time for a leisurely lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • go-to spot for a day downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This is my favorite place to stop during a day of downtown shopping for lunch. Good food, reasonable prices, and quick service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but don't be in a hurry.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food and view are good. Enjoyed the crab/mac&cheese very much. Service was very slow. The restaurant was about 1/3 full but we had to wait for our order to be taken. One member of our group received her lunch when the rest were just about done. Then we needed to ask twice for the bill. I would return because the food is good and not an extravegant price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food is always good but we tend to order the same thing every time we come here. My favorite dessert used to be the profiteroles but they discontinued it. Now my favorite is the creme brulee. My friend's favorite dessert is the bread pudding. I have recommended Cafe Bistro to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something is Different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Cafe Bistro has been a regular meeting place for my family during shopping days for many years. We loved having great food, service and a little time to relax after shopping. Lately we have noticed subtle changes and with each visit, our meal became a little less enjoyable. We kept thinking it wouldn't happen on the next visit. All of that changed on our last visit. While most of the food was good nothing else was. We had the worse service we've ever had. Plates were never cleared, ordered items forgotten and not apology was ever given. Our party of 5 was placed at two small round tables in the bar, even though we had reservations. We have decide that until the Bistro improves, we'll be finding another family gathering place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic