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About Cafe 225

Welcome to Café 225. California Bar and Grill . Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay area, I thought it appropriate to bring my food experiences with me to Visalia. My family has been in the restaurant business since 1959. I learned that every customer in the restaurant is a guest in your house - a friend, neighbor, or a member of the family who has come over for great food and a memorable time. And like family, no one should ever walk in without a warm greeting to be followed by the best meal they ever ate. I'm sure you will enjoy what comes out of our exposed kitchen and wood fired rotisserie & grill.

I want you to feel comfortable coming in any time. For a business or family lunch, a cocktail and appetizers for happy hour, a Great dinner or a burger before a movie. We want to be the place for a dressed-up meal when you're trying to impress that special someone. And we want to share those milestones in with you.

-Karl Merten owner and Chef

225 W. Main Street
Visalia, CA 93291
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Closed Sundays - available for special functions with some limitations.
Breakfast available for special functions with some limitations.

Cross Street:
Encina

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(559) 733-2967

Website:
http://www.cafe225.com/

Catering:
Cafe 225 offers a full range of catering services. Full-service caterer with a broad selection of menus and services to choose from. Providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for any and all business or family functions. We are your one stop shop for quick and delicious meals. It is our goal to take the hassle out of providing a great meal for your guests. Please refer to our website to see our offerings. For weddings & receptions please contact the restaurant directly.

Parking Details:
There is street parking available as well as a large parking structure behind the restaurant with access on Acequia street. The parking during business hours are three hour maximum in the structure and on the street. After business hours and weekends are not limited.

Public Transit:
Downtown Visalia has a trolley service making a scenic loop around the downtown district. It creates an opportunity to park and shop.

Executive Chef:
Karl Merten

Private Party Facilities:
Our room number Nine (#9) is a fully private dining/meeting room with a warm luxurious décor. Designed to meet all the needs of your business, civic and family functions and gatherings, the room has it's own wine and beer service bar and capacity of 60 guests. It comes six-foot retractable projection screen, PA system, fully carpeted with independent lighting, heating and cooling.

Our Fox View room with a grand view of the historic Fox Theater and Main Street. This semi private space continues the airy Mediterranean décor of the original dining room and has a seating capacity of forty. Come stop by and see what we have to offer.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe 225 Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had a great time and the food was great. We were taken care of.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our server Sheri was wonderful. Let us take our time. Did not have our first wine selection but she was very nice about it. Food was good but this time the service out shinned the food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Reasonable prices, good atmosphere, good food, and servicd was grest.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We brought friends from Arizona, as I remembered you had a really good filet mignon.
Very disappointed that this item was not on the menu. Your bread, too, was quite disappointing. Are you becoming a hamburger joint? Saw quite a selection of burgers. WE still love the atmosphere, but the menu needs some work.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great pizza and beer! Great date night!

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vip
 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We planned on celebrating a birthday today for a friend whos wife is in the hospital. Cafe 225 isn't open on sundays. Frustrated that they don't have their hours correct with open table because I had a reservation at 1:15 today. We had to find another place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Food was slow but good!! I really enjoyed my date here and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good value date. Basa was really yummy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Absolutely delicious!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We went to Café 225 for dinner before attending a concert at the Fox Theatre, which we've done before. The food and service were really nice. We did not feel rushed, as sometimes happens in a busy restaurant. The menu is varied enough that you can always find something you'd like to try. The wine list could have been a little longer, but we did easily find a wine we enjoyed at a fair price. I'm sure we're going to return. We were able to make the reservation online, which was really convenient for both us and the restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We had a great evening at dinner. We had great service. We were taken care of. The food is consistently good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Our server Anna was great. The happy hour prices are amazing. Food was good but service was better.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We had a good evening at Cafe 225. The server was attentive to our needs. The food was hot and fresh. Plan to return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 20, 2017

seriously nothing special! Overpriced for the quality of the food. Good atmosphere and service only.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I thought the food was good. The service was excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Extremely noisy...and not in a good way...as we were seated across from where plates were be stacked by dishwasher going in and ou, as well as cooks and platers yelling. Artichoke fritter-type appetizer tasted raw on the inside and finally found one tiny bit of artichoke in it. I had side salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Sadly it seemed to be just balsamic and olive oil, now seasoning. They used to have a good vinaigrette. We both had steak frites and it was served with 'cold' gravy...actually cold! The fries were standard frozen shoe string fries. We were really surprised how bad it was since we USD to eat here a few years ago. Last time was Mother's Day 2016 and it was bad then. I attributed it to the busy holiday. Apparently that was not the case. We will not return.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I made a reservation at 8 o'clock on Valentine's Day. We got there 15 minutes early just for them to tell us they don't have a table for us because there boss forgot to take them off open table. so thank you for ruining my special day I don't appreciate it...

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great quiet atmosphere. Food was delicious. Try the lamb kabobs, great service with even greater food.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I was hopping to get a table at the front as requested. Instead we had to sit to all the way to the back where it was cold. When we arrived we waited 5 to 10 minutes to be seated. Was our first time here. Not too happy.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Very underwhelming. I had a Margherita pizza and you would think with a wood oven they could get that right. The crust had zero flavor and had a texture of being microwaved. My husband had a steak which was very thin and certainly not worth the price. My cosmopolitan was pretty good but a little sweet for my liking. We will not likely return to this restaurant.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Busy Valentine's night so a but crowded and hampered service a bit, but pleasant waiter.
Good and creative variety on the menu with moderate to slightly high prices but not outrageous. Our meal had good flavor but was overcooked/burnt do they didn't charge us for that item. Menu said it was happy hour but they didn't give us happy hour prices on our drinks.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Nice find on the Main Street of Visalia- stumbled in with a little hint from the internet that the chef had trained and previously worked in San Francisco. Looking for high quality and savory food, I was drawn to the creative menu. Once inside, I was very pleased with the ambiance and excellent service- that was just the perfect blend of attention and concern combined with time to leave me to eat alone in quiet to people watch and decompress after a long day of travel. The lamb kabob (as recommended as one of the servers 2 most favorite dishes) was FANTASTIC and I picked a perfect bottle called Renegade to pair with it. There was no room for dessert- but I will save room for that the next time I return!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Haven't been to 225 in years, decided to mix up our restaurant dining. Food was good and flavorful. Our waitress was nice and attentive, but seemed like she had too many tables and was pushy for us to order. The hostess was lost and walked around the entire restaurant looking for a table for us. She also appeared to be clearing tables. Overall the dining experience was OK, not what I remember from Cafe 225. I've heard lunch there is great.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 9, 2017

Had a great time with my lady, we both enjoyed our meals thoroughly! I had Garlic shrimp linguine and she had the Mac & cheese with chicken, delicious! Service was great as well our waiters made sure we had everything we needed, much appreciated! I'd recommend Cafe 225 to anyone!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Excellent as always. Thanks for a great evening. The food was excellent. Happy New Year

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 31, 2016

New Years Eve Dinner. The food was fantastic as always and the service was great. Our server thought it was taking a bit too long and stopped by often to give us updates but we were there to take our time and enjoy the evening. It was a great evening!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Excellent food and friendly, fast service! Highly recommend!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Met new friends there, great menu selection for all palates. Food delicious, service great!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 19, 2016

My bill did not match menu pricing....horrible waiter..didn't know what his menu meant.."a well drink "..

Tags: Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 24, 2016

Always enjoy going to Cafe 225. Good location downtown and food is very good.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We waited an hour to be seated and another 20 minutes for our food. They knew we were going to the symphony so we couldn't even finish our meal. And they got my order wrong!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2016

I made the reservation on open table for 8 pm Sunday evening and arrived at 7:50. The restaurant was closed! Someone screwed up. Very disappointed to be in a strange town with a useless reservation.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Always a good place to go, great food and reasonably priced. Service is always good.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on August 14, 2016

The place was closed despite the accepted online reservation. Fix your schedule

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Waiter didn't know much about Gluten Free Dining. I believe the GF food was cross contaminated.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 25, 2016

Enjoyed 2 of the special entrees the night we dined. Ganero ("G") our server was very helpful in providing suggestions when we were selecting our entrees. He also was attentive and friendly during our visit. Thank-you to restaurant and "G" for providing a delightful evening out!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 8, 2016

It was a nice family lunch. We will certainly come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 22, 2016

We were the last reservation for the evening. We had changed the time, so there was a little bit of confusion. The restaurant accommodated us with no problem! We were very hungry after a long day of travel and very grateful to receive such wonderful food and service. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 9, 2016

A unique find. Great food, variety, embiance. I highly recommend it. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

I had an option to make reservations at 945 pm which I did. Did not know restaurant closes at 10pm. I got a message at 9pm that my request to cancel reservation was done which I never cancelled myself. I reserved 945 pm again. When I got to restaurant, staff was surprised of our arrival and they had already begun closing and cleaning. They allowed us to eat dinner but felt rushed to finish with staff presence that they wanted to leave. Nice restaurant but don't make reservations at 945pm

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