Cafe 225

4.2
161 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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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Cuisines
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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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Encina
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 161 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Good food with a nice variety of choices. Service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Very nice restaurant and price was very reasonable. We enjoyed it so much that we came back the next day.

I had a salad with steak and my husband had a Mediterranean salad. I tried the Margarita pizza and it was very tasty but I wish the crust had been a bit thinner.

The service was good as well. We will return.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Treated my friend to a birthday dinner. We had the 2 for $25 special (tri tip). Food and service were great.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We had an excellent meal. We had a great meal and a great time!

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We were seated at an out of the way table. Service was so-so. Food was bleh. My friend and I had The capellini— pasta was mushy and bland. For both of us. Pizza was good and my husband had chicken strips. Ha hard to mess that up. We usually love Cafe 225 but this time it wasn’t good.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Everything was great as usual. We like the people, food, and location.

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1.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We had to ask for a waiter after sitting for 20 minutes. Then when he came he acted like he was doing us a favor....

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Delighted to discover this gem in Visalia!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing night. Lamb cooked to perfection. Husbands gourmet burger to die for. This will be a fixture when we are in the area.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had a party of four. Two ordered a salad with salmon, one ordered the meatloaf special and I ordered the salmon dinner with rice and veggies. We we all well satisfied with the food. The waiter was good and took care of us as we would expect. We all like this place in the heart of downtown Visalia. I whole heartily recommend it.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We had dinner before attending a show at the Visalia fox theator. we have normally had dinner at a near by Mexican restaurant but decided to try something new. We were pleasantly surprised. Great food and a good value. We will be back

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Our waiter seemed kinda confused with the menu., also seemed like he was in too much of a hurry. The restaurant is super noisey. When I made my reservations they asked if we were celebrating anything special and I told them yes, my daughters 25th birthday. I told them again at the restaurant and they never did anything. So, I told them again and the bus boy came over and just kinda tossed the dessert on the table and walked off. Wont be back there for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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....

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Slow service. Food was mediocre.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 12, 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.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Great pizza and beer! Great date night!

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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