What I especially liked was
What I especially liked was the fact that the restaurant noticed my request for a "quiet" table area. As the lunch crowd filed out, the staff also didn't hurry us to leave.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great spot, beautiful old
Great spot, beautiful old building on the farm. Only kind of odd thing was that I was clearly the youngest person in the place on that particular day. Could've been the kid of any of the other diners. I'm in my early 30's.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
California Cafe is my new
California Cafe is my new favorite. I live in Newark which is about 30 minutes away but the ride over is worth it then going to the local restaurants where I live. The food at California Cafe is excellent. I had the Scallops where were to die for. The Mussels were awesome and the Tiramisu is decadent. It's a must go for great food.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
My friend was coming from
My friend was coming from brunch before going to the theater(Theatreworks) and she was bringing four of her friends who I didn't know. California Cafe had something for everyone -- a super burger for the college student home from spring break, vegetarian selections for the vegetarian and everything for the rest of us. The servings were generous and delicious. Everyone left happy.
As for the ambiance. A very nicely decorated place. For brunch it is a little dark. And while it was bearable, it was a bit chilly inside... so I kept a throw/scarf on through the meal, but the others seemed okay.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent, and vegetarian friendly
The name "California Cafe" kind of betrays this lovely restaurant, as does the unassuming signage out front. It looks like a much more casual place than it actually is on the inside. On the inside, the ambiance is lovely; a nice, clean, spacious eatery whose vaulted ceilings and visible rafters drop rustic hints at the stable or barn it once was. The menu is exciting for both omnivores and vegetarians alike. Don't miss the Salmon Tartare. I will be back for the Roasted Vegetable Napoleon. My table also enjoyed the Angus New York strip steak. For dessert, don't miss the Sour Cherry Crumb Tart!
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The chef makes some very interestin
The chef makes some very interesting creations. I loved the steak dish I ordered. The staff was welcoming and helpful.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Great Meal
Another visit, another great food experience. I'm on a mission to try every dish on their menu and so far I'm never disappointed in the quality and flavor of the food as well as the friendliness and quality of the staff.
4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have come here frequently for 10 years, originally because of the restaurant's proximity to Stanford Hospital. Now, I come just because California Cafe never fails to satisfy. Every menu item is reliably good. This evening my entrée was a sea bass served on a base of chard and parsnip puree. Delicious.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Currently there is a lot of
Currently there is a lot of construction surrounding the restaurant. While this is going on, it is not the easiest place to locate and drive to. Directions should be noted of the temporary changes for driving to the restaurant.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took some people to lunch
I took some people to lunch for a special work occasion and we had a great meal out on the patio. At the end of the meal, to my surprise, our waiter brought us a dessert to share, on the house!!! That was such a great way to end our celebration! Thank You!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We visited the California Cafe in Palo Alto on a Friday night and were so delighted with the outside table, the wonderful serivce and the fabulous appetizers.. My friend and I weren't up for a 'dinner' but for wine and a few goodies.. We had the Appetizer Trio, the Stawberry Salad, the House Cut Fries, the Asparagus with Parmesan shavings, the Sorbet Trio and Hess Chardonnay. They were all delightful.. we were delightfully surprised at the House Cut Fries which were covered with spices and parmesan cheese! WOW! Angie was an attentive server.. just the right amount of attention. Thanks again for a wonderful Friday night!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Happy with Mother's Day brunch
We were a party of six. Made reservations. They seated us outside, which was great. Service was thoughtful and courteous. Food was good; not stellar in a foodie sense, but for a special occasion brunch that is feeding many people, the buffet food was fine and tasty and definitely a very good, diverse selection to choose from, certainly worth second helpings. I would definitely come here again for Mother's Day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely evening
We were almost the only people in this restaurant on a Sunday night, which was perfect, because we wanted to be able to talk and hear one another. We were meeting friends from San Mateo, and it's a good midway location for us. Three of us ordered the scallops over risotto. The scallops were succulent and very clean (I've had sandy scallops in other restaurants), and the serving was generous. The risotto was delicious, but pretty rich. I tried to resist eating it, but failed. I can't recall what the fourth person ordered, but he seemed to be very satisfied with his meal. We'd definitely go back again.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
food perfect as ausual
food perfect as ausual
1 mistake on the wine which was awful (like vinegar)
got another one + the apologies of the waitress
a great experience as usual
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Patio Dining w/ delicious food
My friend and I go to lunch here about every other month and have never been disappointed - great burgers and salads and the seafood is also prepared well and with good flavor. Very dependable and staff are always accommodating and prompt.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waiter, Teddy, did a fine job serving us; however, it was his trainee, Andrew who really drew our attention. He was even more attentive to our needs than the server and seemed to really care. It was obvious that even though he was new at California Cafe' that he was an experienced waiter from previous experience and knew what he was doing! He deserves the ***** five star rating and we wish both he and Teddy well.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
California Cafe has always
California Cafe has always been a good choice for lunch or dinner. The Stanford CA Cafe has a nice patio outside and it is beautiful in the Spring/Summer when the flowers are blooming. Our evening dinner this past week was perfect - weather was warm and there wasn't a breeze. There was light music and a really good service. The staff bends over backwards to make its customers comfortable.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining on the Patio
When looking for a lovely quiet patio to dine on a warm night, look no further than the California Cafe!
There was a variety of food that fits any budget, tastes and appetite. The food was above average; but what made them stand out (and highlighted the evening) was the attentive and outstanding service! Thank you Pedro and the bus staff!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was lunch time, and the service was very, very slow. But they seemed to be busier than usual, so that may be why.
They have had better chefs in the past. Meals are o.k., but in the past they have had some real gems like Mark Stark, Jeffery Stout,
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arrived a bit late. My reservation was still saved. I had the grilled bistro fillet and it was incredibly delicious. Great time.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
California Cafe--Palo Alto
My friend and I both ordered the Asian Chicken Salad and found it to be big and delicious. We both took home left overs. We had pot stickers for an appetizer. It would of been nice if there 6 instead of 5 to avoid "fighting" over the last one.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brewmaster's Dinner - Anchor Steam
This was my first Brewmaster's dinner....what an experience. I never thought about pairing beer with anything but pizza!! let alone pairing beer with dessert. Anyone reading this must must must attend. Every month they have a diferent brewery come in and Chef's Todd and Robert do an outstanding job of pairing the dishes they create to the beer.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been eating at the
I have been eating at the California Cafe since it opened many years ago. I save it for special occasions and out of town visitors because it has novel dishes which one does not find elsewhere. And they never fail to please the palate. The service is always attentive and helpful.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed dinner for three people. Qiuiet, not too crowded.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Experience
Excellent food, great service service, good ambiance!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden away behind the Stanford Hospital construction is a place that has been wonderful for over 20 years. Great indoor and outdoor eating both for lunch and dinner. Great food, good service, reasonable prices. Recommended for business meetings or a dinner out with the significant other.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been a while since we have
Been a while since we have been to California Cafe. Kudos to the chef. Beet salad, fried calamari, gazpacho, scallops, grilled salmon, and even the honeyed root veggies -- all fantastic The service was spot on. Couldn't have asked for a better experience before heading off to Stanford Jazz.
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious food presented beautifully, pleasant ambience, good service.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Little Disappointed but Happy
I only gave the California Cafe four (4) stars because I was a little disappointed with the food. It was good, just not great; however, the service was very competent and friendly, the iced-tea freshly brewed and--in general--it was a very good dining experience. I would recommend it to a friend. I have to say, though, that the main attraction is the outdoor dining on a quiet, sunny patio (in August) and the lack of rush to finish our meals despite being there to visit a friend from out of town for a very long time. While the food was not the best I've ever had, it was still quite good. So go there for the overall dining experience. That's what I would recommend.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is often the place of choice because of the pleasant outdoor area. It's always open. And the food's good, too.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place for lunch, will be better when the construction in the area is finished. Food was excellent, service exemplary. I would go there anytime.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been visiting Calif. Cafe for years. It manages that very difficult thing for restaurants: maintaining consistent quality of cuisine and service over a long period of time. This restaurant must have very good management because the high standard of preparation, presentation, and table service has remained top notch.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely for lunch
We ordered salads. My guest is a fussy eater and asked for two or three modifications to a salad on the menu and the waiter and kitchen staff cheerfully made the adjustments and the custom salad was appreciated and enjoyed.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to this restaurant many times over the years and have always found it to be huge amounts of rather bland and banal food. This time was different. My husband and I came to California cafe on a nite we were to tired to go somewhere else and had very low expectations. But.... His scallops and Fried cheese appetizer were both excellent. My strawberry salad was delightful, followed by a clam dish that was better than any dish I have had at a 5 star restaurant. Not sure who brought about this change, but I thank them for doing so!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visiting a patient
We were visiting a patient at Stanford Hospital and took time to get a bite to eat. Very friendly staff, good food and good service.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
solid Stanford faithful
Great restaurant and the service was very good. The mussels were great and so was the romaine salad. The salmon was really great; although a small portion. I would suggest that the restaurant pair the salmon with a different salad as it was wilted and didn't pair well with the salmon. Overall pretty good.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
For the family
A nice private room for family time! Very attentive staff.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service. Most of
Excellent service. Most of the food was tasty and well prepared. The salmon was perfect, but the accompaniment was bland.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Super place for groups! Ours met there from all over the Bay area, and ended up with two more than our reservation stated. They accomodated us by moving us to a larger room, and served all meals all at the same time. Terrific evening for all.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the food it is always so fresh and flavorful. Excellent service. It is Stanford University's best places for lunch.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Solid & Dependable
N't been here for a while, but now will return more often. A new cheff is in charge, and he's making changes for the better. We had a great server, and the whole evening was wonderful. Moderatelly priced, too. Highly recommend for couples night out dining!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brilliant for groups!
We did an evening meal with 7 adults and 5 kids (all 6 and under), it was perfect. They put us in a side room, the kids could run around, we were able to enjoy a really nice meal the kids got to choose their bento boxes - with health things (finally a place with out fried chicken nuggets!) All the parents were really happy with the options for their children and felt it was healthy and the children were excited about the presentation - so they ate it!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a wonderful surprise.
This was a wonderful surprise. I was visiting my son at Stanford and we looked up nearby restaurants on urban spoon. California Café was highly recommended so we gave it a try. It was perfect! The ambiance was wonderful and relaxing, the service was fast and friendly, and the food was very fresh and tasted delicious. The menu was varied, as well. I will definitely come back to this restaurant everytime we are in town.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Open on Sundays, convenient parking, spacious, good food and attentive service. All the ingredients that make a restaurant a fine choice for dining with friends or adult family members.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and low key
I have been here for brunch twice in the last 2 months. Well thought out menu with enough selections without being overwhelming. Food is fresh, just be sure to ask that they hold the salad dressing. The small baked goods are a nice touch instead of bread, but they run out early. We came at 1 pm on a Sunday and the pastries were gone.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dunner better than lunch
Have been here many times for dinner and love it. This was my first time for lunch and the menu wasn't all that interesting
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A special treat to have Thanksgiving dinner at California Cafe in Palo Alto. this was our second year and we find it a delightful experience.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not sure if my assessment is typical as it was a Thanksgiving buffet meal.
Food was delicious. Appreciated the nice touch of having a kid-friendly table of mac and cheese, mini corn dogs that they loved.
Very nice variety of foods offered.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Place for Holidays
First timers at the California Café. Really enjoyed the Thanksgiving buffet -- food was excellent and quite a variety to choose from. Only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that there wasn't anything that was chocolate! The family has to have its chocolate fix!! Wait staff was very helpful and observant; very cozy atmosphere. Will recommend to friends and come back in the near future. Thanks!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Geat for dining near Stanford
With the parking issues at Stanford, it is great to be able to walk to a nice place for visiting guests at Stanford or special outings. They have gluten free options which is great since two out of seven people in our party were gluten sensitive. Server very attentive.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM