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  3. Distance: 0.77mi
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About Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto

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!

550 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

Cross Street:
Sand Hill Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 688-2614

Website:
http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/nordstrom-stanford-shopping-center#restaurants

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Café Bistro - Nordstrom Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

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4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

The food was fine but the server was a disappointment. I was surprised given other dining experiences at Nordstrom Bistro

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

The restaurant is great, but they didn't receive my reservation from opentable. That makes me hate your service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Went in for dinner after shopping - good selection and enjoyed our dishes (French dip / pizza)

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Very good food & service with a varied menu and reasonable prices. I wish Cafe Bistro would rotate the soup of the day so that it was not always chicken tortilla on Saturdays, but enjoyed the chicken Caesar salad while my wife ate a delicious crab/mango/avocado salad.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Always good food and service.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Handy place to meet a friend for lunch. Good food, good conversation. We both ate the gourmet pizza, which was very tasty. A bit disappointed in the hot tea. My friend's teapot had hot water that wasn't very hot (she asked for hotter water and a new tea bag) and I was interested in non-caffeinated tea but ended up with jasmine tea, which is lightly caffeinated. But the food was great and we enjoyed the atmosphere and being able to catch up while enjoying a good lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Great place! Food selection is imaginative and tasty. The waitstaff always act pleasant and competent even when they have a full load of other guests.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

This place is better than it even needs to be - given the captive Nordstrom audience, it could be a cafeteria and still make a go of it (though there are fewer shoppers and the dog-to-shopper ratio has risen alarmingly). But the presentation and quality of the food is really quite impressive. Pricey (what isn't in Palo Alto?) but for a special treat during an important shopping occasion - this place is such a winner. The kids menu is an added plus (as are the crayons).

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Fun times! Excellent food too!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Great large Salads and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Very good food & service with reasonable prices. My party enjoyed chicken Caesar salad and the mango salad along with a side of tasty French fries. The Margherita pizza was also delicious. There are a number of salads & entrees that all sound wonderful and I'll definitely return to Cafe Bistro to give them a try.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Great service and ambiance. Food was good - had to send one plate back, but no problem.
Nice menu to choose from.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The most difficult thing about having lunch at Cafe Bistro is deciding what I want to eat, as the menu offers numerous delicious entrees including Caesar salad, crab macaroni, pizza, turkey club sandwich, chicken & fries, and French dip just to name a few.

Service is very good, and the wait staff is willing to split multiple entrees between diners so that everyone can try a few different entrees. Cafe Bistro is convenient for Stanford Shopping Center customers, but my family frequently drives to Cafe Bistro simply for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Food is quite a bit above average with one of the best french dip sandwiches in the Bay Area. The noise level is extremely high and it appears that no attempt has been made to use sound absorbing materials. It was difficult to have a conversation with my table partner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Even though they messed up one of our orders, they were very kind about it and offered us a cup of soup while we were waiting.
The portions are quite big, so they can easily be shared.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Terrible service this time: long, long wait to order then nothing for 20 minutes. Nobody came by. Eventually most of the food arrived all at once. I had to remind them about my wine, the salad we'd ordered, and a side dish. The server brought the side dish after another 10 minutes and commented, "almost forgot". Oddly, the restaurant was relatively quiet, so the disorganization and delay seem odd. Another problem was that the silverware was dirty - I went through three sets before finding one clean enough. After the long wait, the food itself was fine. We've had several good experiences at the restaurant in the past, but this time was poor.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great everything!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

A convenient location to work. The food was good but the Cafe has become too pricey for a work lunch. I have stopped ordering catered lunches for the office from here for this reason. Our server was cordial but very slow.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

This visit confirms the downward trend of this place. First impression walking-in: no hostess there(more than 5 mins wait). Second impression after getting seated, booth seats not properly cleaned. Third impression: long wait for staff. Observed only two waiting staff for the restaurant, which was just 25% full. Our waitress was borderline rude. Maybe she had too many tables. Promptly brought us our tea. Had to ask twice for honey and lemon. Then finally after dinner is served, got chance to ask her for teaspoon for the honey. Salmon overcooked (what a shame). Asparagus quality was poor. Too old and fibrous to serve, but yet it was used. Shame on kitchen. This used to be my go-to quick, casual meal place, but sadly I now have to find a replacement.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Cafe Bistro serves numerous delicious salads, sandwiches, and entrees with attentive service. In fact there are so many items on the menu that my family enjoys, we ordered chicken Caesar salad, chicken Bistro Club, and crab & cheese macaroni to split three ways. The waiter was more than happy to split the salad and sandwich for us, and each plate had a generous serving of french fries.

Prices are reasonable, and the restaurant is frequently full during the lunch hour so reservations are advised. We will definitely return to Cafe Bistro for lunch in the near future.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2017

We've had good experiences here in the past for lunch, but made the mistake of coming for dinner at a somewhat later hour (7:15 pm, so not that late). Problem was that the kitchen was clearly wrapping up for the day. Both service and food quality were not good. I got a chicken sandwich, which came on an ice-cold plate with room-temperature French fries. Also our appetizer orders were unusually small--one piece of bread for the bruschetta, and a very small amount of brussels sprouts--very skimpy and smaller than we've gotten in the past for lunch. Definitely got the feeling that they were running out of food. My friends said their food was just ok--lukewarm as well. We ordered coffee, which came also only lukewarm. Mentioned this to the server who explained that it was their last pot of coffee for the day so he wouldn't charge us for the coffee. Will stick to lunches here in the future.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Overall good but not consistent on making mimosas, never the same glass or liquid volume

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Cafe Bistro is an ideal location to have lunch when at the Stanford Shopping Center, as the food & service are both very good and prices are reasonable. My son and I decided to split the chicken Caesar salad and Bistro Club sandwich, and the waiter suggested that he split the entrees for us, which was ideal. Each entree was delicious, as were the french fries served with the sandwich.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Surprisingly good food. Brussels sprouts yummy but smallest portion ever. The rest of the food was very good and the wait staff extremely pleasant.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 19, 2016

Cafe Bistro is a terrific choice for a meal when at the Stanford Shopping Center, as the food & service are both very good and prices are reasonable. There are a number of excellent choices on the menu, and my group enjoyed the chicken Caesar salad & risotto entrees along with a side of french fries.

Reservations are suggested, as walk-ins usually need to wait to get a table.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Best French Dip sandwich I've had in years and an excellent one is very hard to find. Also you've gotta try the bread pudding. The noise level is moderate, however.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Service was awful. Waiter was preoccupied with chatting with other diners. 25 minutes after we ordered our dinner waiter offered us bread. Dinner finally appeared 30 minutes after we placed our order.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Friends enjoyed the Asian chicken salad while I had the Club Sandwich which was generous and delicious. The chocolate cake and the creme brulee were both very good too. Despite the fact that it is pre-Christmas and the place was mobbed, we got our orders in a reasonable time and service was very good.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Great food at very reasonable price. Quality ingredients are used for their food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Great lime shrimp salad. So glad the menu has calorie counts! The waitress was very pleasant. We requested a booth in the back so it wasn't noisy. I recommend reservations as it can be busy. No would go back for lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Good to grab a bite. Not cheap and very noisy. Menu selection is rather slim.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Nordstrom Bistro can be counted on for good food at reasonable prices.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2016

The food was creative and delicious; the service was friendly, attentive and timely. Enjoyed my friend's birthday lunch very much!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Always consistently good food! This is my go to for lunch when I am at the mall!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Cafe Bistro offers a number of delicious appetizers and entrees, all reasonably priced. I have a difficult time selecting my entree, as there are at least six items that I really enjoy. The crab macaroni, Club sandwich, and Caesar salad are amongst my favorites.

Service is very good, but the restaurant is often crowded so it is best to make a reservation at least a few hours before one wishes to dine. Cafe Bistro is a terrific choice for a meal when at the Stanford Shopping Center.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2016

This used to be my go to place for a quick dinner but I have been so disappointed since they changed the menu and got rid of my favorite things (pear salad and shrimp risotto). Everything else I have tried has been blah. I am hopeful they bring some of the old menu items back. Until then, I'm going to have to take a break.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2016

My mother and I arrived before the peak lunch crowd and were seated away from the kitchen at a more quiet location for conversation. I enjoyed a well-made Clib Sandwich, with thin-cut fries served with olive aioli. My mother ordered the pepperoni and mushroom pizza, thin crust, generous size for individual serving. Convenient place for a decent lunch between medical appts at Stanford, but also noticed shoppers enjoying lunch there too.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 26, 2016

We had dinner to celebrate my daughters bday. The main entrees were delicious and our service was exceptional. Thanks to Luigi.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2016

This place - on the 3rd floor of Nordstrom's in Stanford shopping center - is much better than it needs to be - a lovely room, friendly (and efficient) servers, and the food is well-prepared and quite tasty. A bit expensive - for lunch, but amazingly easy to negotiate getting in and out quickly without fuss.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Received a 20% veterans discount. Very nice touch during triple points week!

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