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

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/6018379/0~2377475~6018379?origin=srcontent
  • Phone: 4159775155x
  • 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
68 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (49)scenic view (27)good for groups (18)great for brunch (15)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (10)fit for foodies (8)special occasion (7)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Love Eating At The Cafe Bistro
    PaulaVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mid-Market Gem
    OaklanderVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal at Cafe Bistro
    PaulaVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special but OK
    sfnoona
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat before theater
    Sanjosediner
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as in the past
    Sf4us
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food above average, prices moderate
    BarryVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My salmon was excellent, however the starch was cold and crab soup had no sign of crab.
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    CarolCVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently reliable
    VissidarteVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch while shopping
    LuvgdfoodVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Centrally located with a view
    eatoutnow
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love4food
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for groups!
    Romany
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch at Cafe Bistro
    PaulaVIP
    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
    rosieVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Three-generation hit!
    hungrychickVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keep coming back
    Foodanier
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    robertinauburn
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    EricawVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro with a view
    GuscoffierVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch at Cafe Bistro
    PaulaVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but slow service
    DavePVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • go-to spot for a day downtown
    rosieVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 363 reviews are from the Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something is Different
    KjmartinVIP
    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
  • Great Lunch at Cafe Bistro
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise find in a department store
    BerryB
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food with suspect Service
    Hawaii510
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Always Enjoy Cafe Bistro
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Lunch at Cafe Bistro
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency and Great Service
    SpencerVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected yummy treasure!
    Laurie
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate