Station Cafe
Station Cafe
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Station Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stationcafesancarlos.com/
  • Phone: 6508020121
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00AM

    Lunch:Monday - Saturday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

    Dinner:Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Ignazio Melis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer excellent, prompt catering services to businesses including china service. Our catering menu is tailored for corporations to host corporate brown bag luncheons, corporate events, private dinners, weddings or other events. We cater breakfast , lunch and dinner.
  • Private Party Facilities: Station Cafe is located in an ideal spot, right next to the Cal Train station and bus stop and is a highly regarded warm trattoria style restaurant featuring a thoughtful wine and beer collection. An ideal spot for your next special occasion, let us impress you and your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Ramesh Manian 8776490556

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. San Carlos Ave.
  • Public Transit: Our restaurant is located in an ideal spot; right next to the Cal Train station and bus stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private lot as well plenty of street parking.
A word from Station Cafe
Station cafe is an Italian trattoria style cafe. It has a distinct menu and features authentic Italian dishes. Our modest trattoria has a take out section for convenience. It is located right across from the Cal Train station on Old County Road and serves seriously mouth-watering entrees, salads and desserts. Taste the pizza, the way Italians intended; thin crust and fresh. Come inside and meet Ignazio and Ramesh. Contemplate, strengthen friendships and stay awhile.
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Station Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Good food, great service.
    MargaretBVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I have eaten her at least a dozen times. It is a small café that is never crowded. The food has always been excellent, but tonight it was off, just a little. I ordered the tilapia special and it did not match the description. The fish was cooked perfectly and tasted good, but it was breaded and fried, not grilled as described, and the potato-crust over the fried tilapia was mushy, not crisp as it should have been. The pastas here are always excellent and the wines by the glass are reasonable.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    lovediningoutVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Owners and staff very nice and caring. My meal was awful. Could not eat it. I think maybe because it was so slow in there the chef had trouble making the meals. It took way TOO LONG to get the main meal to us and then one out of two meals wasn't good.
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  • The Right Side of the Tracks
    RobTomVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Delightful dinner for 2 on Saturday night! Food, coffee & wonderful service. We'd heard great things about Station Cafe, but were skeptical, as we walked in. It is very unassuming and out of the way (Industrial Road, the other side of the train tracks from busy Laurel St). The exterior betrays its former life as a corner deli. But our faith was rewarded. Warmly greeted. Promptly seated. We feasted on tasty, fresh, VERY generous portions of salad, spciey prawns, pasta, and risotto, and delicious lemon tart. Short, reasonably priced wine list made selection easy - our Montepulciano was pleasant, fair-priced, but forgettable. Best of all: the owners' infectious enthusiasm for food and especially for SERIOUS COFFEE and teas. Don't miss these!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and friendly owners
    patricio
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    This is a small place with passable ambience, but the food is fabulous. And the owners are so responsive and friendly. They aim to please, both with service and food and with dialogue about the food (or whatever you want). You will be so engrossed that the place gains a warmth over the evening and you will definitely return to the graces of Ramesh and Andrea. I highly reccommend it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This place is extremely overrated by the reviewers! Don't understand how people can give this restaurant four-five starts. I don't think I'll go back any time soon. Sorry!
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  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    This is our second visit to Station Cafe for dinner. New owners have turned a once sandwich shop into an excellent restaurant. Our salads and entrees were delicious, and we learned of a new wine. Good coffee, too. We will be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Tasteful well prepared continental
    DiGr
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Tasteful well prepared continental food. Shared spaghetti marinara and veal dish, both delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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  • Delicious food!! Sweet, cozy
    EvaC
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Delicious food!! Sweet, cozy atmosphere. Very nice people and service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and amazingly
    ManiVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Very good food and amazingly friendly owners! A hidden gem!
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    kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant
    senioryuke
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    This was an excellant find, and we definetly plan on coming back. The calamari was very good and would recommend it to anyone.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Out-of-the-Way Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Try the Station Cafe--you'll be so glad you did! The owners are fantastically nice and attentive. The food is delicious. Make sure you check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Another Fabulous Dinner!
    ItalianRagazzaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    I love the fresh salads and their pasta! Ignazio is the BEST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad experience
    MorePlease
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    This is just the latest of many visits to Station Cafe. Love the food, love the staff, love their passion. The US needs more places like this; it's about as far from mediocre chain indifference as it gets. I'm glad there's a rating option for "neighborhood gem", because that sums this place up perfectly. In an ideal world, every neighborhood would have a place like this for good, unpretentious, unique food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Food was pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Great service. Food was pretty good and reasonably priced. Kid friendly : ) Decor is a little "rustic".
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding service, great
    ShawnVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Outstanding service, great food, very friendly atmosphere. A great place to have a great dinner and enjoy a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't understand why this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Don't understand why this restaurant has such good reviews. Food was not good. Seafood lasagne had fake crab. $8 and $9 salads were ok but overpriced. Owner nice and like to support local restaurant but won't be back.
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  • Worth a try!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    My daughter and I popped in here for an early dinner before a play and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It's a cute place with good food and stellar service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • The food is consistently delicious
    Kathleen
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    The food is consistently delicious and the service is superb
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We'd been coming to the coffee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    We'd been coming to the coffee shop for awhile and finally decided to try the cafe for dinner. It was lovely! Classic, comforting Italian food, great wines, and friendly, personal service made for a wonderful experience. We'll definitely be back!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • New Years Eve Wonderful Discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Driving up to Station Cafe you begin to question your choice, but get past your first impression and you will be treated to a great experience. The food was fabulous and the service was exceptional. You immediately feel welcome, they call you by your name and the perfect number of times to approach you and make sure everything is perfect. We live 2 hours away and already trying to workout another visit.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little restaurant.
    REvans
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Delicious food, attentive service. Casual atmosphere, modestly furnished and reasonably priced. Plenty of parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new menu. Loved the
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Great new menu. Loved the penne and smoked salmon. Always a pleasure to dine here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really excellent food! A service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Really excellent food! A service snafu was more than made up for, and very graciously & kindly. The manager Rajeesh(?) is a very warm and welcoming man, as are his staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, reasonable prices,
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Good food, reasonable prices, and very friendy and warm staff make for a very enjoyable dining experience. I always leave happy. Truly a neighborhood gem.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The waiter and staff were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    The waiter and staff were very nice and tried to make our experience very comfortable and pleasant however the ambiance left alot to be desired. It was very caffeteria looking and run down. The food was okay but just okay. Sorry to say while we wish them the best, we will not be back.
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  • Authentic food and really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    Authentic food and really great service. I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was excellent, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    The food was excellent, the service fantastic, and the staff was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all of my friends!
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  • The owner was very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    The owner was very friendly and inviting. Very helpful with recommendation on food and wine
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Love their pizza, as well
    ItalianRagazzaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    Love their pizza, as well as their gorgonzola hamburgers -- they hand-make all of their bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have been here twice, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Have been here twice, and both times have been extremely impressed with the quality of the food and the friendly service. And the prices are very reasonable! All of the salads have nice combinations of ingredients and are quite large - enough for 2-3 to share as a starter. Entrees are good size and well prepared. Desserts are the only part that aren't perfect - the chocolate salame is good, but the canoli and the carrot cake lacked something. Coffee is excellent too! If I could suggest anything, I would say paint the walls a brighter color. The green is too institutional and the lighting isn't great.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice variety on the wine list.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Nice variety on the wine list. A staff that cares about the customer, food and service. Will definitely go back. Looking forward to the pour over coffee.
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  • The Station Cafe is a real winner
    Valk
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    I can honestly say the Station Café has some of the best food I've ever eaten anywhere. Five of us went for dinner and each of us ordered something different. One of us was gluten-free, the other grain free and Ramesh, the owner, assured us that his chef could accommodate those special things. Indeed he did. The veal scallopini and the chicken marsala were to die for. We all absolutely raved about the food, and we all expect to return soon. Amazing!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Always a pleasure to dine
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Always a pleasure to dine here; reasonable prices, good food, and feels like home.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • we were a large group and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2012
    we were a large group and owner/waiter was extremely accomodating--we had a GREAT evening...and stellar food!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice convenient location.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/16/2012
    Nice convenient location. Great service & food. House wine was good value for money, good wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Quiet, very friendly staff,
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    Quiet, very friendly staff, generous portions; great pizzas and pasta dishes. A great choice for those who find many local restaurants too expensive.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • great pizza, reasonable pricing,
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    great pizza, reasonable pricing, and very friendly staff :)
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  • The food was really excellent.
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2012
    The food was really excellent. I thought I was back in Italy.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The service is friendly and
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    The service is friendly and accomodating. I enjoy myself here, good food, reasonable prices, and quiet. I love the pasta with peas and mushrooms!
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  • BEST Fresh Home-made Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Once again, I was NOT disappointed! The salads offered are fresh and surprisingly filling. The pasta is cooked to perfection. I love their pizzas and always order them "crispy!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic