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Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto

4.4
267 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch (11)
  • Quick Bite (9)
Enjoy a view of the exhibition kitchen in a vibrant cafe that delivers our interpretation of bistro cuisine, including soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza and desserts. Beer and wine are available.

Café Bistro is our approach of an upscale yet casual restaurant, located on the third floor of Nordstrom, near the At Home department, in the Stanford Shopping Center. The French doors and exhibition kitchen create an energetic environment that reveals a stage for our chefs to prepare uniquely designed dishes. The Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad and Bistro Club are two of our top sellers. In addition to the menu, we also prepare outstanding food & drink specials on a weekly basis. We have a great selection of wine & beer available, and the house made desserts are must!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 688-2614
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Sand Hill Road
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

As usual, outstanding food & service!! Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Food was excellent and provided great flavors. Waiter was distracted and didn’t take the order correctly.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Normally service is good overall, at this lunch, we were only two, service was very slow, they also forgot to bring the soup, so after they put our meal on the table, we inquired about the soup, which was then brought immediately. Place was too noisy, and too dim, which was usual. I normally go there because I live close by and want a quick meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Lunch at Cafe Bistro was enjoyable, as the food & service were both good. I was a bit disappointed however, as the crab & cheese macaroni had very little crab despite a price of $16.95. The restaurant is convenient for lunch however when at the Stanford Shopping Center.

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vipfoodlover (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I enjoyed my lunch at Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro. The salad was delicious, the server, Arron, was friendly and highly competent and the ambience was very good. I would certainly return the next time that I shop at Nordstrom's.

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vipJack (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good luncheon menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Want to have a terrific lunch with friends?? This is the place to go! Menu has something for everyone. Delicious salads, sandwiches, etc. Our waitress was there when needed but never bothered us. We weren't hurried and were able to visit after finishing our lunch. I would definitely recommend Nordstrom Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

This a great place to go with kids and a good meal

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We love this place, but on this particular occasion, with four of us for lunch:
1. Two of us got our food and the food for the other two came almost 5minutes later
2. Soup was delivered without a spoon; by the time the spoon came, the soup was cold
3. We shared the above with our server. She took $23 off the bill, but when we added dessert to the order, the $23 wound up back on the bill

Still, the food was excellent, and our server was very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

This is our go to place!! The entire staff is great and recognize us when we come in. Who doesn’t appreciate that?? We have not had a disappointing meal and we know that so this is why we keep coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

I was greeted and seated in the booth requested right away. My friends and I enjoyed delicious Asian chicken salads and split a wonderful margharita pizza. Our server was right there when needed but left us alone to chat when we didn’t need her. Great place to meet friends for lunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Please don't review on your website--
I'be been to Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro in the City (S.F.) & enjoyed the food & ambience. This was my first trip to the Palo Alto cafe; found the ambience & food disappointing. Perhaps it was an off night for them or perhaps we didn't order the right dishes (fried calamari greasy; not light); just average (even my son said he could have made the pasta dish himself).

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drumnwalt (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

We dine here often. Always a good experience with good food and good service. This time we brought some friends along. They loved it.

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BeaT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

The food there is just sooo good. Though the menu is limited, everything I have tried so far was prepared and presented awesome. The servers are friendly and take good care of their guests.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Although I had a reservation confirmation Nordstrom had no record of the reservation. Not good

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vipUSCT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Always good food but the prices have really gone up. $17.95 for the cilantro shrimp salad is way too high for a salad of its size - not very big w 5 small shrimp. The fries and kalamata aioli are awesome for an unhealthy splurge.

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vipFood (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

Ordered the Pizza as always the pepperoni mushroom pizza was excellent. I have been coming here for years and the pizza has always been served with a thumbs up. The Service was excellent and Rosa is always a delight to see and talk to. I wish you would bring back the Mango Sorbet desert which was excellent. But your coffee unfortunately, needs improvement. Please order an espresso machine, because I know that you can serve much better coffee and make more money.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent service from beginning ( check in with hostess) to end!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

I would love to see more gluten free options. Especially with the salad dress and sauces.

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chefplee (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 13, 2017

We had sauce prawns and linguine with spicy red sauce, very good. I had a very tender, not dry, half boneless chicken on pomme frites. Gelato/sorbet for dessert. It was slow and the FOH employees gravitated to the p/u station at the exhibition kitchen. We were seated at a both directly across from the cook's line and felt like we were intruding in the employee break room. Not cool.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

This is our go to place. The food & service is always great!!

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Katie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service. We had a long lunch and never felt rushed. Food was good and the recommendations by our server were delicious.

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Terrbear (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

We went to Café Bistro for lunch prior to going on the open house tours of the new LPCH. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. The French onion soup was simply awesome, tasty with lots of melty cheese on top. It was very hot, which I appreciate. The crab bisque was also good, but could have been hotter - it was lukewarm. The berry and fig salad was incredible, with a great dressing that was very light. We had ordered chicken to go with it, which was very dry and bland and the only disappointment. The waitress was very patient with my son, marking up a club sandwich into the BLT that he wanted. The crab mac and cheese was creamy with the pasta not overcooked, but again, could have been hotter.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good food & service with a menu featuring numerous delicious salads, pizzas, entrees, and sandwiches. My wife and I enjoyed the crab/avocado/mango salad as well as a chicken Caesar salad with a side of fries. The waiter frequently checked-in on us and refilled our beverages. Cafe Bistro is an excellent choice for lunch, particularly when at the Stanford Shopping Center.

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Nancy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

We had excellent service, and it was a great place to catch up with friends. The lime shrimp salad was fantastic, as was the vegetable risotto.

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vipfrequentDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Salmon Salad perfectly prepared. Our server Rosa was delightful. Definitely going back.

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SFgirl (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Reservations recommended on weekends! The pasta with crab was very good. The turkey pastrami was delicious! And the roasted Brussels sprouts a must have! Overall a pleasant experience. Servers could be better trained and polished. "Hey guys, I'll be right there" is not appropriate even if my mom and I were peers of the server.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Had never been for dinner but enjoyed many lunches -- it was a surprise and a joy. Quiet but with a youthful clientele -- as well as few children made for a relaxing dinner.
The food was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

The cozy and relaxed atmosphere, food is excellent and service is professional. Always my lunch or dinner options when I am shopping at Nordstrom

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Nick is a wonderful server. Very attentive . Food is always fresh and presented well

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