Outside dining tables are
Outside dining tables are great for lunch. Waiter was very helpful and considerate. Pleasant ambience, only tough thing is getting parked in downtown Los Gatos!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summer outdoor lunch gem....
I love eating alfresco in warm weather and California Cafe is a great place for an outdoor lunch. Situated in Old Town in Los Gatos, it has a great atmosphere and varied menu. Our out of town friends really enjoyed it. Only drawback is finding a parking spot...Good luck!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fabulous. Fresh and
Food was fabulous. Fresh and very tasty. Service was lacking but not because anyone was not working hard. It appeared that they were understaffed. The chef was actually bringing plates to the table. We would have liked better service but it is hard to be impatient when everyone was working so hard. Pineapple Mango Sangria was delicious. My husband raved over the chicken sandwich. I loved the corn chowder.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still nailing it every visit!
We have to drive to get to Los Gatos from downtown San Jose and every time we do, it is worth it. The menu is getting new items and keeping old favorites alive which is Most Welcome. If you have a bad experience here, let them know. I have never left unhappy. Chef Leo continues to create, prepare and serve excellent food in a welcoming atmosphere. Given the fine competition surrounding them, the staff and management can be very pleased with the experience they are creating for local diners. Most recently the swordfish was very well prepared and very tasty.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious caprese salad and
Delicious caprese salad and gazpacho. All of our entrees were delicious; the crab stuffed sole, the seabass and sesame ahi tuna. The ahi tuna was perfectly seared and just melted in your mouth. You need to order a side to go with the entrees. The cherry crisp was scrumptious, as was the tiramisu.
Our table was a booth near the window, and our dining experience was serene and most enjoyable. The waiter was very accommodating.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good atmosphere
The potstickers were crisp and tasty, the salmon very good and the ravioli also very good. Good selection of wines in the summer flight. Another successful meal!
7/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, slow service
The food here was wonderful as usual, but the service seems to have slipped. We ordered an appetizer which the waiter recommended, soup/salad, and entrees. The appetizer never came. We decided to get dessert, but then had to wait and wait for our check. And then flag someone down to take our payment. For the food I highly recommend the corn chowder, ravioli, and ribeye. The pizza was terrible. The butterscotch bread pudding was delicious but super rich (plan to share it). There was also a basil strawberry cocktail that was awesome!
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
I did not like the food( pasta)
I did not like the food( pasta) I ordered. However, the benito box ordered by my kids were really good.
Just do not order pasta here.
Bread pudding was good too.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place & will definitely go back as they are GOOD different & menu is good. HAd to wait 1/2 hour to be seated inspite of a reservation & definitely did not appreciate the long wait..beats the point of taking the trouble to make a booking.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food quality and execution high
Green Kale Salad very good, the potstickers nicely done, browned, not sticking to each other. Pork tenderloin excellent, Swordfish excellent. I always strongly recommend the green beans.
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
9 of us met for a birthday dinner celebration and had an absolutely fantastic time! When the chef learned that one of our diners was unable to eat gluten, he came out to the table and spoke with her at length about her menu options. The birthday celebration of 4 of our diners at the end was the perfect wrap up to a great evening. Our waitress, Amanda, was an absolute star.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Foods great. Service friendly
Foods great. Service friendly but far too slow in a half-full restaurant. Sole drink order took fifteen minutes to arrive.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy the CC. Never
Always enjoy the CC. Never had anything on the menu that wasn't great. Brought friends from out east and they were impressed.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. Attentive
Food was great. Attentive server. Will go back again.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
impromptu celebration lunch
We really enjoyed our last minute lunch with friends as we celebrated a dearly wished for milestone in our life...Don't know what was better, the friends or the lunch! We are gluten free and the waiter was excellent in making suggestions, but we knew it would be good no matter what. They have the best fresh veggies and seafood, even better atmosphere and service! Always on the top of our list for a leisurely celebration!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been going here for years and finally had some brunch food this weekend. Their take on eggs Benedict is terrific.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
California Cafe was the perfect place for our group's 1st meeting. It was easy to find, the staff were amazing & the food great! What more can you want? I'd definitely recommend it to friends & everyone!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the specials
Sunday was farm to market specials day. Our visit was rewarded with a fine pork tenderloin with local apples as accompaniment. Sunday being national banana split day we tried and very much enjoyed Chef Leo's caramelized banana / fried gelato confection for dessert. Another fine meal, looking forward to the next time.
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
We've been to California Cafe many times. Always enjoy our time there. One of our college-age daughter's favorite places. Service was great; food very tasty.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
California Cafe, Los Gatos, CA
Alex was our server, and he was the best server we have ever experienced at California Cafe. He was attentive. Found out why we were there that evening, and played to our needs. He was joyful, funny, and acted like we were his only customers for the night.
We were celebrating two events. Our nieces' 5 year wedding anniversary, and the retirement of my wife and I from operating a cat and dog boutique business in town for 28 years.
The food was superb.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
keep returning for birthday dinners
A favorite place to celebrate a birthday. Food is very good and elegantly, but not too fussily, presented. The dessert menu was a bit of a disappointment thought... a couple of the desserts just sounded too heavy, and there was no creme brulee or flan .... had to make do with sorbet which was tasty and refreshing.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu continues to evolve nicely
The latest menu additions are very nice. This time we tried the Pork Lumpia, Carrot and Ginger soup (excellent), Butternut Squash soup (excellent). On the Thursday specials menu, tried the Pork Medallions with rice noodles. All were tasty, nicely sized portions and well balanced. Chef Leo is taking charge of the flavor profile and doing a fantastic job at it. Speed of service is improving as well.
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of our favorites!
When I want a lovely dinner with adult conversation AND be with our son, this is my choice. The incredibly attentive staff makes it so easy for me to enjoy my evening.
The food never disappoints. Fine, healthy eating, that makes doing yourself good, taste like your indulging - which of course you are. One of my favorite glasses of wine is available. We are usually seated in a place where if my son stood up, he wouldn't disrupt anyone - he's 7, so that means a more relaxed evening. They serve kids "bento" style which allows our son to choose his own box choices and is certainly his favorite part - he locks and loads his dessert choice with a star. Crayons are given and we often all enjoy a bit of coloring.The value is great.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love it here. I've been here for lunch and dinner and I enjoyed myself both times. The wines I've had there were great, the food was great, and it's a nice atmosphere. Not as stuffy as you might expect for the neighborhood. The manager has stopped at our table each time we've been there and it's always a pleasure to talk to him. He seems to really enjoy his job and his passion for the business is clear.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never a disappointment
I consider California Cafe in Los Gatos my "Go To Restaurant". Whenever I am at a loss for a "hip new restaurant", a birthday favorite, or a place to meet a girlfriend and have a long, leisurely restaurant-- it never disappoints.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a terrific experience
My girlfriend and I had brunch on this occasion. And while all of the computers were down (the waitress managing our expectations) they did a great job of still making great food while still being timely in their organization. The Eggs Benedict they make is a bit unusual with scones instead of english muffins but it does separate it from other's. Also, they cook eggs brilliantly. And my girlfriend had some sort of breakfast pizza, rather inventive and very tasty.
9/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Eating at California Cafe
My honest opinion is that this restaurant is overpriced for what they serve you. Not all dishes come up to expectations. However, the employees are very accommodating and helplful. I had lunch there with a friend and the waiter presented the bill before we had a chance to order dessert. Ambience is lovely but frankly, I probably would not return.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fall menu is here
We really like having a changing menu at the California Cafe - Los Gatos. The fall menu is in play and it is very good. The grilled pear salad was very nice. Butternut squash ravioli tasty with a filling that was not overly sweet. NIce to see roasted parsnip appear and it was cooked right as were the glazed roasted carrots. Outstanding service from our waitperson, and the expediter kept the line flowing while we were were there with good pacing between courses, but no notable wait for anything. Management team is present on the floor and making sure diners are enjoying the experience.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved it. Great service. Great food. Great experience. The breakfast pizza was to die for, and the butternut squash ravioli was delish. Also, the peach lemonade was incredibly refreshing! Will definitely be back!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server, Alex, added a positive note to our dining experience. She was efficient, while not making us feel hurried, and she could win a Miss Congeniality award! The food, as usual, couldn't have been better.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great place for a long lunch with a good friend - they never rush you and service and food is wonderful.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, even late
Great eats late on a Sunday night! Came for the farm to table special - it was out, which is a GOOD sign: indicating it's limited and hence special nature. The suggested substitute was outstanding. Even though it was a late Sunday night, and the last meal for the day for everybody, everything was cooked nicely and paced appropriately. Sous Chef Krist Higginbottom and the General Manager Andre Hall made us feel welcome and happy. Salmon very good, Braised Short Rib very good, service very good.
10/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wow! Great service on tough night!
The evening we dined there was a private party with at least 100 people in the main dining room. It is hard on a kitchen to handle the romantic 2 tops and the family traffic in such a situation: usually. But the front of house and kitchen staff worked together to rock it out! I was mighty impressed with the smooth rollout of the food for the big party with cold apps and a variety of entrees - and even more impressed with the cook on the potstickers, the sear on the sea bass and the carrot ginger soup was really good too.
Looking forward to the Silicon Valley Dining Week menu!!
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was delightful.
Everything was delightful. My dining partner and I enjoyed every minute of it.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week: Day One - CCLG
Have a tough week of dining ahead: Starting at California Cafe LG. Chef Leo provided a fine menu - We started with Butternut Squash soup (thick, very flavorful) and Fig Salad (nice presentation, good flavor balance). Then Truffle and Mushroom Risotto and Mahi-Mahi (both well executed). Sorbet Trio very nice for dessert as was the Apple Crisp. WIne pairings all appropriate to the foods.
Great value for the price on portion, execution and service.
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went in on a friday night
We went in on a friday night during the Silicon Valley Restaurant week, with the prix-fixe 3-course special menu. I was excited because I love California Cafe, and seeing them on the list for restaurant week could only mean a great meal. Our food was pretty good, per usual, but our service was sub par. The waiter seemed to have too many tables he was waiting on, and we were neglected quite a bit throughout the evening. The other thing that was somewhat disappointing was the fact that the prix-fixe menus were just items from the standard menu with the option of a wine pairing.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful butternut squash
Wonderful butternut squash soup. Fish tacos were a bit dry with too much batter on the delicate white fish.
Service was excellent.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Customer service is phenomenal!
Came with a friend to dine for brunch and we had a wonderful time, the chicken and waffle was delicious! The brunch bread assortment that is complimentary was to die for! The strawberry lemonade was not too sweet and not too tart, just perfect! The hostess to the server to the managers--all great staff-- with smiles!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites
I go here regularly for lunch. They know me well and treat me like an honored guest. The food do tasty and reliable. My current favorite is the kale and chicken salad, which is delicious.
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ate during the restaurant
Ate during the restaurant week, and very much enjoyed the 3 course fixed price menu.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friday night find!
This place never dissapoints. The food is top notch and the staff is always attentive. When you order wine by the glass they bring the bottle to your table, show you the label and then pour you a glass upon your approval.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We've been a couple of times a year since the 80's. There are fewer items on the menu than in years past but everything we had was excellent!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
After a bad breakfast and poor service last time, the server was most cooperative and pleasant and the food good. Glad I tried again.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
rendezvous with an old friend
i made a rez on opentable and asked for a booth that would be good for conversation and was given exactly what i asked for. we had a freat waiter, george, who knew we wanted to extend the evening and relax. he was terrific, made a great food suggestion, and was attentive to our vibe. i highly recommend california cafe in los gatos!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Memorable Birthday Celebration
Great Brunch Menu. Waiter Vic was fabulous. Made us feel most welcome. Also impressed with the hostess who did her best to seat us by a window. Birthday Girls felt very special.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely place for lunch (have not had dinner here). Outdoor seating available with fun people watching in busy Los Gatos Old Town area. Very friendly and prompt service, good food. Nice and calm, relaxing atmosphere, great for actually hearing each other's conversation.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
good place to catch up w friends
The menu is interesting and the wine we had was very good. The service was friendly and good. The food is more interesting in it's description than in the execution. This is a good place to find fresh tasty food and the ambiance is excellent for long conversations over very nice wine.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am never disappointed with the menu item I choose. And sitting outside on a summer day is stellar.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Happy to be back to the CCLG. Very happy to find old friends (potstickers) and new items (blackened mahi-mahi) on the menu. It was a pretty busy night and management was really running the plate - front of house was on fire with good service, good timing and the kitchen was quick and bright in execution. Good salads, good entrees. We have been widening our dining experiences lately but it is always good to "come home" to the california cafe. You can tell they read and respond to reviews - speed of service and attention to detail has been measurably improving in each of our recent visits.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you like it well done don't come
One person in our party ordered the hamburger well done, it came med rare, they sent it back. 20 minutes later it came back medium rare. They were embarrassed to send it back again. The chef came out and apologized and they did not charge us for it. I guess burning meat to taste like shoe leather is not in the chef''s DNA. Two of us had their salmon cooked medium and it was excellent.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM