The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame
The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame

The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theplantcafe.com/
  • Phone: (650) 342-0242
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:00am- 3pm

    Mid-Day Menu: 3pm-5pm Daily
    Dinner: Sunday and Monday 5:00pm-8:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm
    Breakfast: Cafe- 7:30 am -10 am Daily
    Cafe Open Daily 7:30am-8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Sascha Weiss, Executive Chef -Richard Schoenacher
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Plant Cafe Organic is a great venue for all types of special events from a wedding rehearsal, a business lunch or dinner or a cocktail affair. Our Chefs will create a personal menu consisting of the freshest organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Walters at events@theplantcafe.com 4159840406x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Primrose Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of Parking spaces in all adjacent streets as well as public parking lots on Primrose and Burlingame Avenue.
A word from The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame
A California based Organic restaurant company, we offer all healthy dishes, fresh juices, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees & desserts as well as Sustainable seafood and 100% organic poultry.

Extensive lunch and brunch menu with a distinct full dinner menu served seven days a week.

Cafe opens for limited outdoor seating and take out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We follow a farm-to-table philosophy relying on quality local produce. In many cases, food has been grown only a day or two before it is served to our guests. If it is not available locally, we search the globe in our quest for the best organic, natural or artisan quality ingredients as reflected in our coffees, teas, and spirits.

We host a full bar with organic cocktails and local, sustainable wines. We pride ourselves in offering food for all including sustainable seafood, local organic poultry, specialty pizza and delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (20)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (6)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (3)special occasion (2)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great lunch place
    DrMMVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This is the third time I have gone for lunch and the food is exceptional. Try just about anything and it will be fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for vegans!
    wifeisvegan
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I are vegan and they always take good care of us here. Lots of good options and the waiters really get what it means to be vegan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    Patty828
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    love the food and place, though please lower the volume as hard to hear even the waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We ate outside for lunch, so it was quiet, but the inside was pretty loud. Everything we ate was amazing. I wish I lived closer so I could eat there regularly (though it's probably good for my wallet that I don't).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to review when you never ate..
    NicoleewoleeVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I'm sad to write this review. I have been to their cafe to pick up juices and salads. Yum. The restaurant however.... Long story short...I waited 15 minutes for alkaline water... And over half hour for a soup and salad. And this was not a busy time where the waitress was overwhelmed. There were maybe 5 other tables seated...if that! I was late back to work and never got my food! Maybe I can try again when I have more time to eat...
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  • Servers overwhelmed
    biffdog1VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have been frequent guests here for Sunday brunch, so obviously love the concept and menu. The last two visits, we were disappointed that the servers got our orders wrong. Last time, we made a fuss, and our order went back to the kitchen. This time, we didn't bother because it was so hard to capture our server who seemed to have extra duty by taking care of the additional tables on the sidewalk. Also, took a long time to even get the check. Hoping for better....
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  • Very good food, but no service
    eileenmoVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I love having lunch here for the food...but the service is under par. It is very hard to get wait staff to interact. I have been here 4 times, each time I had to ask for the bill. The food was very good, great lunch spot. A bit exspensive, but worth it for organic ingredients. I hope they improve the wait staff issue.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    TaxGirl
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went to The Plant Café Organic in Burlingame because we had two birthdays to celebrate and half our party is vegetarian (3 out of 6). I have been to Plant Café in SF many times and always had a great meal/experience. I don't even know where to start. The first thing the server said to us--before hello even--was "we are out of all pizzas." It went down from there. We waited for everything. We were brought the wrong drinks. Five people got their food, but the sixth person then waited 10 minutes. One of the guests saw their drink at the bar and watched the ice melt...he didn't get it served to him for at least 15 minutes. The server was waiting for the other two drinks to be made but the bartender was watching the game.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Organic
    Redplums
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Delicious salads and the most wonderful veggie burger ever! A fantastic place for lunch or dinner. They focus on organic ingredients. The kale salad is wonderful. A divine cheesecake without cheese. Many choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Monica
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had a great time. The food and wine is very good and we were both able to find parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plant Cafe Organic
    crossroadstarot
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I went to The Plant about a month ago for Saturday brunch. Food was fantastic, sitting outside provided a pleasant atmosphere, but the service was laughably slow and food was not prepared as ordered.This time, the food was again wonderful. We split a Plant Burger and a Dino Kale Quinoa Salad, both fresh and flavorful. Service even worse than last time! Items not served as ordered, staff members neither knowledgeable nor interested in the menu or our needs. No outside seating weekdays, and the noise level high for a casual lunch. I love getting the great vegan food offered, so I'll go back, but I'll be vigilant and assertive when ordering!Stopped at the takeout window at the side for pastries, delicious, service was exceptionally good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Sadly,I won't be back for a long,long time. Service has been going down steadily. When we arrived there was no hostess, only a person with bad English skills. And he could not find my reservation but lied and said it was ok and seated us. Later Open Table contacted me as a "no show" ! There seemed only one busser(same as at entrance and 1 waitress.Hostess came back though later. Food is fair not great.We were still eating our appetizer when they already brought the main course.My son had no knife and had to get it from next table.Really sad what's happening here. Wine selection is also not the best and many btg taste stale.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch special
    Chocolatelover
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Met a friend for brunch and had the special which was eggs and mushrooms and a fritter made of quinoa and other good stuff. Mighty tasty, and they have the best pancakes of any breakfast place I've gone to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great healthy food!
    Schoonman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been here several times. Every time I try something new and am never disappointed. I highly recommend you try it, particularly if you're looking for healthy fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible on all fronts!
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    When you ask for sweetener such as Stevia or Splenda and the server says, "I think we're out!" And then he proceeds to say, "We are out of a lot of things!" If we were not with another couple who wanted to go there, we would have gotten up and left. Then food was just as bad as ther service. The salad with chicken was totally tasteless--the chicken looked boiled in water. I have not been in a restaurant that was this bad in a LONG time. And it wasn't cheap, which was the least of our issues if it had been decent. I wouldn't send anyone to this place!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first experience.
    Foodluvr
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was delicious. Loved the Dino Kale salad. My duck was delicious! Only complaint was the Clorox rinse left in my wine class...which I found after my wine was poured. Excellent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Service
    Fit4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was terribly slow and the manager was ridiculously unattentive. 25 minutes to get water? We then ordered drinks and we watched our server walk away and continue to clear tables and socialize without putting our order in. Be warned.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My friend and I hadn't seen each other for a while and it was a great place to catch up.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plant Based Savior!
    LuckyMe49VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    So glad to have a "green" place to eat! Great healthy choices and wonderful dessert as well. Will be happy to go back. Have been twice for dinner and once for lunch in ONE month! Great alternative in our new eating regime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Overall, we enjoyed dining here! The quinoa and the halibut were VERY good...but my husband ordered a salad and was very disappointed. Servers were very friendly and we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for vegans - more ketchup!!
    wifeisvegan
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My wife is hard core vegan and I am mostly vegan. Our sever was VERY accommodating and knowledgeable. She was passionate about good service and it really showed. She made a small mistake here or there, but it was great having a vegan server who knew what she was doing!!! The food was excellent too. My son (hard core omnivore) ate the plant burger and thought it quite good. The smoothies were outstanding. My only complaint was the tiny ramekin of ketchup. What is up with that? Is there a worldwide ketchup shortage? I understand not putting the Costco size bottle on the table, but maybe a bigger serving? There were four of us with potato fries (excellent by the way!). Give me some more ketchup!!! Otherwise excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Organic/Gluten Free
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We picked The Plant Cafe in Burlingame as it was convenient for us to come from different parts of the Peninsula, but especially because the menu was organic and had many gluten free options. It did not disappoint.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful organic food!!
    Dorenestable
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I am eating organic, and we had a delicious and innovative dinner at the Plant!!! It has a lovely interior and presentation and service were excellent!!! All the food was prepared very well, our favorite of the night was a roasted cauliflower soup, but everything was great! The pan seared coconut crusted halibut with mango salsa was great too!! We need a Plant in the South Bay!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 121 reviews are from the The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame reviews archive.
  • Two complaints
    gflo185
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    1. We ordered two appetizers and one did not get served. We had to ask for the second appetizer when they brought out our entrees. 2. My date ordered the cocount crusted halibut and found it to be bland, not flavor. The mango salsa was non existent. The ambiance was nice. Prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    LuckyMe49VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Recently went on a plant based program with many restrictions. I was able to have SO many choices here! Took an out of town younger friend and she was amazed, as was my husband. We even had a nut based non dairy dessert! Service was great, accommodated us with any requests we had and most attentive to our table the whole time there. We for sure will go back here again - we have to, in order to try more of their delicious menu! It's not "cheap" (about $80 tab for 3, no wine) but you get what you pay for in this life! It IS good, clean food however!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    dining101
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant is visually pleasing. However the seating is quite uncomfortable. There food is ok. I ordered the halibut and the fish was not so good. The first time it came out of the kitchen it was rare in the inside. And the fish itself was bland. I eat halibut in Seattle Washington which is always amazing, so maybe they just don't get the high quality halibut here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wine needs to get better or the bottles for the open wines are open too long and the wine looses its flavor. Everything else ok only some portions too big, ie the "small" Cobb Salad is actually big.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal with my vegan daughter!
    ViciB
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This restaurant serves very fresh ingredients and the dishes are well prepared. It was wonderful to have the choice of vegan, gluten-free and regular dishes all on the same menu. We ordered a vegan salad to share, and it was really good. Then she was able to order a vegan burger and I had meat on my pizza. The staff was attentive and the cocktails were great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I have been the the Plant several times now, and most of the time things are great. Sunday I modified my order a bit due to dietary restrictions and yet they brought the meal as it was on the menu. :( My boyfriend ate his breakfast and offered to share as I waited. The bill came and there was no discount or anything...seems like they could have given me a free cup of tea or something for having to wait. I was a but peeved but it was still a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu is great
    Food1234
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I love having a healthy choice option for lunch on Burlingame Ave. Menu has enough variety for even my picky son. Food does not disappoint. However, as of late, the service leaves something to be desired. The last 2 times it has taken 15-25 minutes to place our food order and repeated requests for simple things like cream and sugar for coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LRDiner
    LRDiner
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great brunch menu - definitely want to go back for lunch and dinner! Service was excellent and all 32 meals were tasty and healthy. There were additional menu items we'd like to try next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot spot
    Luvvegan7
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love coming to the Plant Cafe Organic the first time I went I had these incredible pancakes with coconut pineapple whipping cream! To die for! Very yummy! Other times I've gone I've had the veggie burger which is very different from other places very filling besides being very delicious. Overall the presentation of the food, the taste and the service is awesome. Great place for vegans!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food but mediocre service
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was my 2nd visit. The first time I had the Cobb salad and it was delicious. Fresh ingredients and a fresh approach on presentation. Service was poor then too, even though it was a slow night. Visited again for lunch and had the beet salad and it was okay, a little overdressed. My friend had the Plant 5 salad and enjoyed it. We had to flag down our waiter and the busboy repeatedly to request water. I finally asked them to leave the bottle. They also have a brunch menu so you have lots of options.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quinoa
    wwhealthy
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Salad was delicious. Easy to share dishes. Nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-Vegetarian Eats No Meat
    BoilerManVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I picked the restaurant for a friend from New Zealand who is a vegetarian. The Plant is not just a vegetarian restaurant. I ate vegetarian and was well surprised. I had the Plant Burger and it was tasty. I actually left the restaurant with my unfinished burger and my son devoured it when we got home. My wife had the duck and it must have been good as she had no leftovers. We would revisit the Plant when in the area!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definately Popular
    BBoyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Popular place, staff seemed hip to the needs of all the kids.. Menu was okay, but it may have just been me.. Nothing really sounded inviting.. a lesson in creative menu writing may have helped!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Healthy and delicious!
    marinbritta
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I love Plant for their dedication to local, organic and healthy foods, including an amazing variety of gluten free and vegan options. This was my first visit to their Burlingame location, and on top of the delicious food and wine, we received truly outstanding service. Their food and service is so high end that my only wish would be for them to have a more elegant, white table cloth type of location as well for those special occasion dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Organicgirl
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We came for lunch for the first time - thankfully with reservations! The staff is warm and friendly and accommodating without hovering - which is great. The food is excellent - even my friends who aren't health nuts loved it. The prices are affordable, as well. The only downside was the noise. It was hard for my friends and I to hear each other - of course we were sitting in the middle and that might have had something to do with it. I hope dinner time is a bit quieter - can't wait to find out. Overall, I give our experience a 9.5. Thanks and keep up the good work :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    DolceVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was the third time I went to this restaurant. The food is ok. I prefer the juices and the coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK restaurant
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food is OK. The kitchen closes at 9p.m. on Saturday, which I think is too early. I do not like the goat cheese. The scallops appetizer is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate