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Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco
Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco
  • Address:
    865 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This is not exactly an inexpensive restaurant but it's not outrageous. What it offers is consistency and location, especially considering you're in the center of downtown San Francisco. You can even get a table without a reservation on most days, and the service is always spot on. While the food isn't something you would write home about, it's well-prepared."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a regular eatery for us when in the city for a couple of days. Why? The delicious food, menu options and big one... price for what you get. We each have several "favorites" on the menu. Food is prepared beautifully and generously. Service is always friendly and attentive. Can't believe this gem is tucked away in Nordstroms. Recently took some reluctant "foodie" friends there for dinner. They didn't want to "eat in a mall" with all the other fantastic choices in the city, but it was so close to Yerba B. theater on a Sunday night that I convinced them. Both LOVED their meals, appetizers and drinks were beautiful, and dessert great. They were amazed. Very impressed. And when the bill came, I could only smile the entire way home."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I am usually very pleased with Cafe Bistro; however, today, the food came out cold or like it had been sitting there waiting to get picked up. Fryer was not working so no french fries served with our sandwich. Service seemed extremely slow too. But I thought service was slow because they were having problems in the kitchen."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Our previous dining here was fine. This time we were seated promptly, but it went downhill from there. Our waiter took forever to come and address us and take our drink order, telling us he wouldn't continue as our waiter since another waiter was taking over for him. It took a while for drinks and appetizers to come, but took a very long time for our main course to come with at least two status updates and apologies in between. Then we were offered free desserts for the inconvenience. That said we waited a long time for them to come and even got one before the other. We were so irritated we just asked for the check before they brought the desserts. To their credit the manager gave us the meal for free along with apologies. Food was great."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food is Nordstrom-good. Salad's, sandwiches are my favorites. It is a "ladies who lunch" kind of spot. Great if you are a party of 1."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had another lovely lunch at the Cafe Bistro celebrating a girlfriend's birthday. The service was a little slow this day because one of the servers had not shown up, but that was the first time that has happened to us, as the service usually is pretty good. Cafe Bistro has a fairly big variety of excellent salads, which some of us frequently order and love. They also have a large variety of other dishes, including pizza, pasta, seafood, etc. The food is quite tasty. We come here often for lunch with friends and highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The staff at Nordstrom Cafe SF take Great Care of customers. This has become a central spot to get together for lunch with friends who are coming from all forms of transportation."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We always enjoy eating at the Bistro. The only disappointment was that they no longer offer profiteroles as a selection for dessert. I always look forward to having that for my dessert and I always recommend that and the bread pudding to my friends. I wish they would add the profiteroles back onto the dessert menu."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our waiter Louis was very attentive, and always made sure we had plenty of beverage at our table. And when asked about specials he recommended his favorites. Unfortunately, one of the desserts that we wanted to try was not available. But the other two that we selected were wonderful, and the lemon curd on the creme brulee was perfect."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My sister suggested going to Nordstrom's for dinner. I thought to myself, "why would we go to Nordstrom's for dinner and not shopping?" Nothing could be farther from the truth. My salmon nicoise salad was incredible. My Nor'Easter cocktail was good too though too much ice. There was a beautiful view, a great attentive server and clean updated surroundings. I will be going back very soon. Thanks Nordstrom's!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Second time in 3 months I have eaten here .. both times ordered the grilled shrimp/asparatus risotta and both times it exceeded my expectations. D"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Unfortunately, the crab cakes we ordered were no longer available so mid-stream we had to choose another entrée. My alternate of crab brioche sandwich was just okay but my friend's choice of angel hair and chicken was very well liked."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Distracted service, tasteless bread, warned to order salads or sandwiches because the kitchen was so slow. This site had been fine for lunch, but I would not try it in the evening again, especially if under a deadline."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very attentive wait staff, great view over looking the city and the food was very good. Husband had the Dungeness crab & shrimp sandwich and I had the blue cheese and pear salad. Perfect dishes to mix and match. I would go back for lunch or a light dinner."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "If you think of a store dining option, it usually isn't that memorable. Cafe Bistro delivers on many levels. They have very good food served in a nice setting with a very attentive wait staff. This is a very convenient location that serves food that you would expect in a stand alone restaurant."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great place for dinner (and shopping) after a movie."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This is a great place for lunch if you are around the fifth and market area. The staff is unbelievably friendly. They did not have the French onion soup that was advertised, so they gave us a complementary bowl of another soup, which was very good. They let us linger and talk without showing any signs of annoyance. This is my go to place for lunch whenever I am shopping or in this area for the day."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "this particular time the service was not great - but eat here every time I have a downtown shopping day, and the food is always tasty and (usually) the service very good. highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Dine above the crowds overlooking bustling Market Street, while you sip a surprisingly well crafted cocktail right inside this department store. Terrific tomato basil soup, tasty variety of salads, sandwiches, and heavier fare to suit any hungry shopper. Good place before a show--walk to the theaters after an affordable repast, and keep the rest of your matinee budget for your ticket. Gluten free knowledge/options a plus."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We work downtown and love the Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom's. We go there for many birthday lunch and dinner celebrations. They have delicious salads and pizza, as well as other items. We always enjoy eating there."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "Quality of food is good and service is usually very good. I come here often."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "This was a great place to meet out oftown friends. Wonderful menu.Tasty food."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "My daughter came for lunch and enjoyed a beautiful view and great lunch."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "After several hours of shopping with the family, this place hit the spot. Good drinks for mom and dad and great food for our teenagers."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Good menu selections, good location and good service. Located inside Nordstrom's, the Bistro is a good find. There are many restaurants located in the food court, but when looking for a place that offers a variety, such as crab bisque soup, brushetta, shirmp and risotto or pizza at a reasonable price and with good service, then this is the place to go."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Our experience was not so great, it took forever to get our cocktails even having to ask our server and she said she was still waiting for them even though the place was no longer busy. Had to ask for plates after the bread was brought to our table since there was no place settings when we sat down and one guest entree arrived wrong after requesting no butter on the dish, and now having to ask the bus boy to find our server. My mother loves having lunch here where I usually take her to the Rotunda @Neiman Marcus where I usually lunch but wanted to try the Bistro and have a nice view of th city/downtown for our friend from NYC (whose dish arrived wrong). I don't think I'll be coming back."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Cafe offers a very convenient place to have a very good lunch while shopping."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We were seated overlooking the city and the menu is pretty much the same as always. Unfortunately, our waiter was bar tending as well as being a wait person. the manager tried to take up the slack but we were neglected for long period of time. When we did see the waiter, he just dashed by saying "How are you doing?' Never heard a more insincere solicitation if I ever heard on. The food itself was wonderful and very reasonably priced. We may look for another location to have our lunch in the city."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Our Open Table reservation was screwed up by their system but we were able to get their last slot of the night. Waiters were less than energetic. Not a good holiday or festive vibe."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We were heading to see a show at the ACT with the kids days before Christmas - Cafe Bistro fit the bill for lunch. The kids loved the food and we parents weren't disappointed. Great, reasonably-priced spot with a little shopping, too. Glad we had a reservation - there was a line out the door by noon."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I love this place and highly recommend it. Prices are very reasonable, the food is of high quality and the service staff are really nice. Make reservations or try to come early on a weeknight, like around 5:30. I like sitting by a window with a view. Favorite things to order are the lobster bisque, pomme frittes and the french onion soup."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "This cafe in Nordstrom's is perfect for that respite from shopping. The food is good as is the service. Great place to relax and get ready for the whirlwind shopping in the afternoon."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Every year my husband and I go here. We have been coming here for about 8 years And every time we go it is a great experience the only thing I have to say that was not Right is that we had to ask for silverware when food came out every time. Like for our appetizers No extra plates had to ask, we wanted a spoon for my husbands coffee had to ask. For the desert had to Ask for forks, this is not the fault of the waitress it was the runners you need a system in place so they know To have for the guest. So your waitress doesn't feel embarrassed because she was great."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Have been here many times. One thing I like a lot is the availability of SQUARE tables, which allow for easy conversations with four people. Most places have only booths or rectangular tables."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Items were nicely prepared but expensive. Portions were small but tasty. In a pinch, this is a nice option. Service was quick and fairly friendly."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "I always love dining here. This time, although our waiter was great, there was a problem somewhere??? The desk person kept telling us that they were bussing our table so we could be seated, but we didn't get seated until 1/2 hour after our reservation. Then we waited a long time before our food came. We ended up getting a cup of soup on the house, but not until our ordered entrees arrived. I don't know what the issue(s) was, but we were fortunate not to be in a rush. It would have been a disaster if we had event tickets for a timed performance. Hope this doesn't happen again, as this is one of my go-to places to eat in SF."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Can be a little busy and service is mostly only ok. Food is decent, highlight is the location within Nordstrom and the Westfied mall."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Had lunch her for first time. The artichoke soup was very good. The ahi poke was fresh and enjoyable. View of the bustle of market st below. We were not rushed at all by staff. I would definitely come here again if shopping in the area. Excellent service."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Great for lunch on the way to the theater (especially Golden Gate/Orpheum) Loved the view shooting straight up Powell to the top of a steep. steep hill. All approved of their particular dish. Loved the cilantro lime salad which was mentioned by several on Trip Advisor. Fun to sit among the buildings lining Market St. Will return soon. (Lemonades are quite refreshing!!)"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Cafe Bistro offers great view of the city of San Francisco. Their menu varies to satisfy everyone's taste. Their portion is reasonable and the food is delicious. The wait staff is attentive and makes you feel like you are truly enjoying a fine dining, yet their pricing is very reasonable for what they offer."
    Dined on 11/23/2013