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Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco
Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco
  • Address:
    865 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    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
  • "Food and service are consistently good. I frequent the cafe often."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is my favorite place to stop during a day of downtown shopping for lunch. Good food, reasonable prices, and quick service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We enjoy eating lunch at Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom's. We always have a good meal there. The waitress this time was exceptional and the food was very tasty. Note that in order to save "waste" (probably meaning money for the restaurant) they now only bring you straws, bread, or water upon request. It would be better if they asked if customers wanted those items rather than making us ask for them. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Hard to believe such a nice restaurant could be found in a department store! The food is outstanding--quality ingredients, moderate prices, lovely presentation, generous portions--and the service is great. We come here for lunch at least once a month."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great location with a fantastic view. The food is enjoyable. I would say to be proactive with your server. A few times we had to follow up with a refill of water and pepper flakes. The restaurant was not that full. I would like to see more attentive service. I would recommend this place for the view alone. Great view of Powell Street. Especially at night when the lights showcase the street. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We love to eat at Cafe Bistro. We work downtown and we go there often for lunch, either in small groups or when we have birthday celebrations. We also go for dinner for birthday celebrations. The food is very good and reasonably priced, with salads, pizza, sandwiches, and various entrees. We enjoy Cafe Bistro very much and highly recommend it. If you are shopping at Nordstrom SF or anywhere in that shopping center, head on over to the Cafe Bistro for lunch. if you know in advance, make a reservation. Otherwise, just stop by."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We work nearby and love to eat lunch at Cafe Bistro. In addition to just a few of us eating lunch there, we often do birthday celebrations there for lunch and dinner. We love the salads and the pizzas, as well as the sandwiches, and the entrees are very good also. Everyone always enjoys the food and the service, and we highly recommend it. Only problem we had is that we like to put the bill on a couple credit cards, and this caused some problems for the restaurant unless it is an exactly even split, or they do separate checks. Other restaurants don't have this problem. The manager said they were working to change their system, and he was very nice about it, but it is an inconvenience if some in the group like to pay with their cards."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great place for dinner (and shopping) after a movie."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Quality of food is good and service is usually very good. I come here often."
    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