Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto
Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto

Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nordstrom.com/
  • Phone: 6506882614
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Sunday: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sand Hill Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto
Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto is a stylish, yet comfortable restaurant featuring a contemporary American interpretation of classic bistro cuisine. Located on the 3rd floor of the Nordstrom in Palo Alto. 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 wine. A suggested finish to the meal would be the signature warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (28)kid-friendly (14)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (7)good for groups (7)fit for foodies (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • My expectation was low (department
    loves2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2012
    My expectation was low (department store cafe!) so I was pleasantly surprised. The prawns in the risotto were perfectly charred. Nice Chardonnay to accompany. Very good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and ambiance are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/23/2012
    The food and ambiance are quite good but the noise level from the open kitchen is horrendous. I had the Cilantro/Lime Salad with Shrimp....so good that I asked for and got the recipe for the vinaigrette. Shrimp were right off the grill still warm. A great touch. The profiteroles were obviously house made and as good as any I've ever had. I'll definitely go back but hopefully be seated in a corner far away from the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I did not enjoy my food -
    veroVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2012
    I did not enjoy my food - the salad pear was very hard, not ripe - but my lunch partner enjoyed her meal; there was a lack of vegetarian items on the menu; the service was good; very noisy dining room!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have always had great experiences
    LovetolunchVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    I have always had great experiences here. The servers have given outstanding service. Food is delicious. Prices are reasonable. A great place to be able to talk. My daughters and I had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still getting their act together,
    crit
    Dined on 3/19/2012
    Still getting their act together, but should potentially be a good destination when at the Stanford Shopping Center.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They had very good service
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2012
    They had very good service & the food is really great for the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Really Nice Change!
    JennyBeeAyVIP
    Dined on 2/29/2012
    We were pleasantly surprised at how well done the remodel of this restaurant was done. We will be regulars now that they have changed their menu, put the restaurant on Open Table and made the interiors more inviting for dinner. Thank you, Nordstrom!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was weird because we
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2012
    This was weird because we had bee there 2 times before we go to a class at Stanford & got a nice meal within an hour. This time, they took almost 40 minutes to make the salad & pizza. Finally, we told them we had to go in 10 minutes & they rushed the food. But something was going on in the kitchen. We could see them making food & it didn't seem all that busy. THey felt badly so they comped us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I don't think many people
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2012
    I don't think many people besides shoppers know about this but they have really good food. Couldn't ask for more in a cafe-quick, fresh, clean, nice people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a nice atmosphere in
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2012
    It was a nice atmosphere in place that is convenient to Stanford. Really good food-much better than expected!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was a real pleasant surprise.
    mbeachyVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    This was a real pleasant surprise. The menu has really expanded and made eating dining at Cafe Bistro a real great idea. The food was outstanding-I ordered an excellent shrimp salad, my friend a steak which she really enjoyed. Very friendly wait staff and professional-adjusting to a new place! I would recommend Cafe Bistro for lunch or dinner and plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate