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Cafe 225

149 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
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

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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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.
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Phone number
(559) 733-2967
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Karl Merten
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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.

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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.
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Cross street
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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.
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Public transit
Downtown Visalia has a trolley service making a scenic loop around the downtown district. It creates an opportunity to park and shop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 149 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was very good and the service was really great. A very nice restaurant for a special occasion.

johns (San Joaquin)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Good food. Prices reasonable for what you get. Quality of food is consistent. Nice atmosphere.

Carmen (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food. We had to ask for our waiter a couple times. I saw him in the back talking with another waiter....

Hungeryme (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We waited an hour for food, in spite of letting our server that we had to leave for an event by 7:15. Didn't have time to do more than gulp down a little bit.... Hopimg to stave off hunger the rest of the night.

OpenTable Diner (San Joaquin)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Slow service. Food was mediocre.

Leslie (San Joaquin)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

First time there. Took a chance and loved the food from there. Absolutely loved the artichoke and fontina fritters. I can't wait to go back to try their other menu items. My date enjoyed their Avocado Chicken Breast. I had the Almond Crusted Basa Filet. We really enjoyed it there. We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Great place to celebrate my wife’s bday with the kids! Food was great! Drinks were great!

Date (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

A very good experience. We keep on going there. Must be good.

Mark (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

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

vipMarsha (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 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.