Cafe Torre

Cafe Torre

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafetorre.net/
  • Phone: 4082572383
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Jaime Cardiel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Torre can accommodate 8 - 10 people or more. Please call the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Vince Torre 4082572383

Getting there

  • Cross Street: De Anza Blvd
  • Public Transit: Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority. (Bus) De Anza Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cafe Torre
Cafe Torre is a charming Italian neighborhood bistro featuring an international wine list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Cafe Torre reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (19)special occasion (18)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Favorite in the South Bay
    FrankBullitt1968
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There may be more expensive, better publicized restaurants in the South Bay but Café Torre is consistently excellent. While their menu is not all encompassing, what they make stands up to any other restaurant in the area. Don't let their location fool you (a strip center at Stevens Creek Blvd. & DeAnza), dining there is a wonderful experience. Nice place for intimate Birthdays, Anniversaries or smaller celebrations. Not a place to take smaller (< 10 years old) children - no kids menu, extensive wine list. If you want over-rated national chains, go to Santana Row. If you want a nice, locally owned, neighborhood restaurant, go to Café Torre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • RobFVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As usual, great dinner out. This is our go-to restaurant along with using Open table to grab a table, even last minute on a Saturday night. If you've never tried it, the homemade lasagne is my favorite. Wine selection is great too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for evening with friends
    lilanaVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    My friends and I love getting together here......very good food, excellent service, light, airy space, and easy parking. No hassle, no attitude. Just a warm, welcoming place with professional, unobtrusive service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT RESTAURANT
    Nanz
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    DELICIOUS FOOD AND FRIENDLY STAFF AND OWNERS. WE KEEP COMING BACK BECAUSE IT IS CONSTANT, CLEAN, DELICIOUS AND WELCOMING.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    From the scallops to the linguine and clams to the puttanesca, everything was phenomenal! Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood fave
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Been here many times. Pastas are always good. Not enough waitstaff at busy times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have dined at Cafe Torre for years. Tomato bisque and salmon were excellent on our last visit. Presided over by long term wait staff that are consistently professional, friendly, efficient and without any overbearing attitude.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfriendly Service
    Buster
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went to dinner, and the short, older waiter asked us if we were ready to order 2 minutes after getting menus, never came by our table and asked us about our food and never looked at me directly. Maybe bad day, but we won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunch
    GigiSanJose
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I have been taking clients there for years. Very happy with their food and services. For people who have been living/working in Cupertino for years, they were surprised that they never noticed the place until I took them there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice neighborhood restaurant
    MikeCVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Our waiter was a little forgetful but therwise thus was a good dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    curryq
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good food, great service, and it really does have a "casual-elegant" atmosphere.
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  • Disappointing ...
    JimInSunnyvale
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    When I made the reservation, I mentioned it was for a 45th anniversary celebration. When we got there, the restaurant was only about 1/2 full and we were seated without anyone checking our reservation (I mentioned it though). The fool was OK; my pork tenderloin was dry. The service was very rushed. We were not asked if we wanted dessert or coffee, and nobody mentioned our anniversary. And when my wife complained about sediment in her wine, the waiter pretty much told her, "well that's the way it is." After some further discussion, he did give us credit for one of the glasses we purchased. We've been to Café Torre before and enjoyed it (otherwise, we wouldn't have chosen it for an anniversary dinner). But I don't think we'll go back.
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  • Torre lets us down
    WineandDine
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Indifferent service . Food was average . We specifically requested a quite spot. When making the reservations. We were put in the middle and next to two noisy tables. We had a had time hearing each other .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mixed experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We enjoy Cafe Torre for the food, the cozy ambience and the proximity to our home and have been there several times. The one negative is that we are usually seated toward the back where there is the same waiter who consistently lessens the enjoyment of the experience. He is always brusque and not very helpful; on our last visit he bordered on rudeness, giving curt responses to our questions, walking away from us as we were ordering the wine, clearly not interested in our table. Was it perhaps that we were two females? That we were asking about wine by the glass instead of buying a bottle? That we going directly to an entree and skipping more lucrative additional courses? I don't know, but it will be a while before we return to Cafe Torre.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Torre - Great Food
    DaveM
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner before seeing a show at the nearby Flint Center. Great food with good-sized portions, all at a reasonable prices
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satisfying food
    vanilla
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My ahi-tuna salad was very good. The fish was smoked just right. The steamed clams and mussels weren't as fresh as we had hoped for, but there was a very generous portions--so much that we had to bag half of it home. The pasta dishes were tasty and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 487 reviews are from the Cafe Torre reviews archive.
  • Perfect Lunch Bistro
    PerfectItalianBistro
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Café Torre was exactly what we were looking for. We needed to conduct a friendly, high-end lunch where the food would be great, and the ambiance comfortable and quiet enough to talk. Café Torre hit the mark on all accounts. I could see where this would be a nice place to take a date as well. It looks like they have an extensive wine list, although we didn't have wine with our business lunch.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • revisiting an old favorite
    briman
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Venison was really nice Wines by the glass are hit and miss; I wish they would be more selective. If in doubt, consult the waiter, most of whom know the wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Torre
    eLJC
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We've been to Cafe Torre several times and have always had a good experience. Food is uniformly good quality. Waiters are efficient, knowledgeable, somewhat abrupt, though not in a way to turn you off. Even when crowded, the background noise level is quite comfortable. For the quality of food, etc, the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • need to try more menus
    MonAmieVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    It was great to see local wines in their wine list. Very few places do that in the Silicon Valley. Risotto was flavorful and al dente. I need to go back and try some pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party of 4 for dinner. Food
    ReviewerNameVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Party of 4 for dinner. Food was very good, sevice was very friendly, with one or two miscommunications. The hand-written bill at the end of the dinner is always impossible to figure out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    Stone
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    this cafe is a special treat if you find yourself in cupertino. staff was very friendly and professional. venison tenderloin was yummy. there were several items on the menu that would bring me back to try...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    chewmanVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Once again we were quite pleased with the food and service at Café Torre. The calamari was cooked to perfection, i.e., crispiness and tenderness. Paella was great with a mixture of seafood, sausage and chicken. Pasta dishes were unique in that the sauces were different depending on what was ordered.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem!
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was a terrific find. Small unassuming and in a strip mall, but first class all the way. Highly recommend this restaurant. We will certainly be back. Service was excellent and food superior.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Torre is consistently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Cafe Torre is consistently wonderful in all ways. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent favorite
    Kathy
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    This has been a consistent favorite of mine for over ten years. The food and service are superior. I've tried nearly all the dishes, and have never been disappointed. Much of the fabulous wine choices comes from local Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. The same two servers have worked there for as long as I can remember. We are treated like family. This is my go-to place for a guaranteed slightly upscale fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual!
    smklee
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Everything's delicious and it's our 'go-to' place for a 'special dinner out', when we want to treat ourselves and friends - close to home, here in Cupertino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Not enough servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food. Not enough servers made their service a bit lacking.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite find!!!
    Italiangirl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    When our favorite restaurant closed in Los gatos, we found this one and it's one of our favorites! Great food every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    You would never expect to find a restaurant like Cafe Torre in a strip mall.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I have always
    mangia2mangia
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I have always enjoyed our meals there whether it was just the 2 of us or with friends. We have not found anything on the menu that we haven't enjoyed. A must for us is always Calamari appetizer. On Valentines Day 2014 we both had the Calamari, we split a spinach salad and for the entrée we had the Pork Tenderloin, breaded, oven roasted, finished in Port rosemary demi-glaze sauce. All were, as they say in Italia.......DELIZIOSO!!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Great food here! The homemade lasagne is to die for.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Perfect evening
    Hawk
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great place. The service is always professional and the food is delicious. I've been several times and I've never been disappointed.
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  • Good Solid Italian Cooking
    Ruthdaws
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    What a pleasant respite for a rainy, traffic-jammed Friday evening of dining. Have eaten here three times now, and found it consistent in menu, service, food preparation, and comfort. Keep up the good work!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    One would never think that there would be great Italian food at this restaurant that is hidden in a neighborhood strip mall. It was excellent - everyone loved their choices and the staff was attentive throughout the meal. Would definitely go to again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Parking problem
    MidoriVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I really enjoy eating at Cafe Torre and have eaten at your restaurant for roughly the last 15 years. The food and service is always excellent, however on this visit the parking was horrible. We circled the parking lot and found only one parking space. The rest if our party had to park around the corner and walk to the restaurant. They had mentioned the last time they came they had the same problem. I wanted to let you know so hopefully you can resolve this problem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a diamond in the rough
    turbo
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Rarely do you find a restaurant of this quality in a strip mall. If you have not tried it, you're missing out...a little pricey but not out of line for what you get!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Torre - a hidden jewel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Café Torre is a small quaint restaurant hidden away - service and food are excellent! Great selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, great service
    Kristinla
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Cafe Torre consistently has very good food. Everyone at my table had been there before and it is becoming a "go to" restaurant for our regular gatherings. The waiter was ver attentive without being intrusive. I requested a few changes to the menu item I selected which we honored. We will all be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve
    JandK
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We enjoyed our early dinner and the ambiance, found the staff very friendly and efficient, talked with fellow diners who had been there many times and heard lovely stories of consistent excellence there over many years. Food was delicious and it was the restaurant was decorated in a festive way...made for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate