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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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4.5

service

4.4

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3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 11, 2016

Dishes were expensive and just okay. I ordered a quinoa Greek salad and received a spinach salad that was dusted with quinoa. I was unimpressed and asked where it was. My server pointed out the sprinkling over the spinach and then offered to bring a side of quinoa. She was very nice. My mother ordered a chicken pasta dish that was over-sauced and just okay.
I was hoping for a bowl of Nordstrom's famous tomato soup and was told it is often not on the menu. Disappointing, since there were 3 other soups on the menu.
I probably will not return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2016

always good and very relaxing with a big variety of lunch choices.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 6, 2016

Cafe Bistro has a varied menu, tasty food, good service, and reasonable prices. The turkey club, French Dip, crab macaroni, and angel hair pasta were all enjoyed by my party. The restaurant is a terrific choice for a meal when at the Stanford Shopping Center, but is often crowded so reservations are recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2016

This place is great for a casual lunch. I always enjoy eating here. It has a wide variety on a menu. It also provided for a cool lunch spot on a warm summer day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2016

Very accommodating. Asked to switch table due to noise level.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2016

The shrimp in the salad was over cooked and rubbery. I asked for the manager 2 or 3 times but the server kept saying "she's busy". Service here just isn't what it used to be.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 25, 2016

Great food and as always, great service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2016

Always good,will be back

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Service was slow. Cafe was not busy, food should have been service faster since it was only a salad. Also had to wait longer for beverage which I had to return, had something floating in hot water for my tea. Salad just okay.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom serves numerous delicious salads, sandwiches, and entrees at reasonable prices. My family and I enjoyed the chicken Caesar salad, crab macaroni, turkey baguette, and turkey club sandwich very much. The side-salad that came with the crab macaroni and the french fries served with the sandwiches were also very tasty.

Cafe Bistro is a convenient and popular restaurant and it saves time to have reservations for lunch.

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2016

The selection is just enough, not pages after pages of menu. I do have my favorites and is starting to get my family hooked too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2016

Great for lunch. Plenty categories to choose from. Many choices. Service is always delightful .

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2016

Always good

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2016

Good selection of salads for lunch. We had a booth and we're comfortable and able to catch up over lunch. Very convenient as it is on the 3rd floor of Nordstrom. They get very busy, so be sure to have a reservation unless you want to wait. Our server, Ocean, was excellent--there when you needed her and left us alone to talk.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2016

We had the Asian Shrimp and Salmon Nicoise salads. Both were excellent. Our beverages were refreshed without asking. This is a regular lunch choice for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2016

It is right in the center of the Stanford shopping mall. Great ambience and wonderful food. Perfect place for taking a rest from shopping, and hanging out with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2016

Get a reservation or be prepared to wait!! The onion soup is very good and the margarita pizza is great. We also had poke tuna which I actually didn't like. One of us had a burger that was good and the French fries were terrific. Wait staff quite attentive. Will be here again!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2016

It was enjoyable and yet when the bill came we were told we could not split it since three specials were on the bill. We thought this was odd but one couple charged it and we paid them cash.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2016

Salad presentation/quality was not the usual Nordstrom Bistro experience. Didn't even recognize the salad they served and I get it all the time.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 13, 2016

the food was good and the prices reasonable. at the time we went it was no crowded, so was very pleasant. Being inside a store is not a well known place, so was a nice to discover it.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2016

People don't think of going to Nordstrom's for lunch but this is a fantastic restaurant which needs to be discovered by more people. The food quality is very high. For example my friend and I ordered two sandwiches, a prime rib sandwich au jus and a club. Both sandwiches featured freshly roasted beef and turkey, carved and served healthfully and beautifully. Our sandwiches came with shoestring fries which were crispy. I'm sure we could've substituted the fries for a salad.

Give this restaurant a try regardless of whether you are shopping in the mall. You can go there anytime when you are in the Palo Alto area for a quiet, well prepared meal served in a nice restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2016

I am usually a big fan of Nordstrom cafes, but this was a disappointing experience. We were seated timely -the restaurant was not busy. And, because it wasn't busy it was surprising to be seated at a both whose view was the kitchen entrance and drink station -I can't think of any restaurant, except for fast food placed that has a drink station in the seating area. I wouldn't have cared too much but after ordering salads, a pizza, and side veggies we were still waiting for our meals half an hour after ordering. Our water was refreshed a couple times, but that was the only attention we got until I asked one of the servers, who was busy chatting with several other servers for awhile, when we could expect our meals. They were out 5 minutes later, which was appreciated: however with all the people working, and the lack of customers (maybe two or 3 other tables had diners) it wasn't a positive experience to wait so long for some simple meals and no updatea on the delay. The food and wine was fine, no complaints there, bit based on the customer service experience, I don't expect to go back.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2016

Great place to relax, meet a friend(s), and enjoy a good meal. We were a group of five. We were not rushed ... were able to enjoy eating and yakking over a leisurely meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Food was good.

Made the open table reservation and on arrival we were taken to the back of the Resturant in a dark corner. I asked if we could get one of the 3 open booths by the counter. We have been seated there many times without a reservation so I didn't anticipate an issue. The hostess insisted that we didn't choose a "table preference" with the reservation so we would be seated in the back. I said I was stating my preference now and would like the booth. After a bit of back and forth we finally got to sit where we wanted. The fact that she was using the reservation as an excuse was annoying. The process stained the experience. I would say it was a bad OpenTable experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2016

My mom and I were enthused to try the prime rib French dip, but I wish I had asked more questions about it. While there was plenty of meat, it was shaved like cheesesteak beef instead of sliced. The jus and kalamata aioli were tasty, but I really wished that the cafe had had some horseradish available. (I spread some on the leftovers when I came home, and they tasted much better.) Fries were a little saltier than usual, but generously portioned and nicely cooked. Service was friendly. I'll come back, but will probably order my usual bistro club sandwich instead.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2016

Very busy lunch spot. Actually, it's important to have reservations. My girlfriend and I had a delightful lunch, splitting a fabulous salad of greens, nuts, figs, strawberries, goat cheese. It was so delicious. Then we split a flat bread pizza with arugula and ham on it. Both dishes were wonderful. We were not rushed in anyway and the service was excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2015

This is one of my favorite spots for lunch. It is at walking distance from work and I often times bring colleagues when celebrating special occasions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2015

I had the spicy Soba noodle salad and the flavor was very good except the noodle was stuck to each other and I had to separate it before eating it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2015

The table that was offered was the worst table in a half empty room. Right next to serving station and computer. Asked for a booth. The man showing me to table was rude. I went back to the front and was seated in a booth.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2015

The pumpkin donut holes were awesome and the best way to end a meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2015

I do there for lunch. It's usually hard to get your waiter for refills etc. But the food is generally always good. My only complaint is that I've had to send back the shrimp on the Cilantro Shrimp Salad (which I love) several times (I go there often). They really overcook it to where you can barely cut it. But other than that, the food is really good. Awesome fries with kalamata aoili and the Raspberry White Chocolate Bread pudding is to die for.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2015

Nordi Cafe is great for lunch and dinner. The noise level is pretty loud, but it kind of becomes white noise so that you can still have a conversation during your meal without having a screaming match. The food and service is mostly consistent, quick, and good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2015

Service is not always spot on but the food is consistently good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2015

WE USED TO EAT QUITE REGULARLY AT CB, THEN ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO THEY REMOVED WHAT FOR US WERE THE TWO BEST DISHES: 2 MUSHROOM + RED PEPPERS PIZZA AND ROAST CHICKEN WITH ROOT VEGETABLES. OUR LATEST VISIT, NOT HAVING BEEN FOR MONTHS, IS PROBABLY OUR LAST. INSTEAD OF ROASTED, THE CHICKEN WAS PAN FRIED AND NOT WELL COOKED WITH A MOUND OF GROSSLY OVER SALTED FRIES. THE OVER SALTED THEME CONTINUED WITH THE SOUP OF THE DAY, WHICH OUR NORMALLY VORACIOUS TEENAGE SON WAS UNABLE TO FINISH FOR THAT REASON. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AS USUAL.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2015

Salmon Nicoise salad had a little rock or very hard object, I think I may have chipped my tooth. The salad was DROWNED in dressing. It was all sub-par. I have had this salad at least a dozen times before, this was not fitting of Nordstrom. Not to mention that they didn't remove the unappetizing grey fat from the underside of the salmon filet, which was extremely small, by the way, especially for the steep price. Will think twice about going to the cafe again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2015

It is Nordstrom. Always excellent, always impeccable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2015

Service is usually great and the food is consistently good for the most part.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2015

We got in a bit early and got a comfy corner booth. Good service and quiet enough to do business.

Food wasn't that great but in general, I would put it on my list for a quiet place to have a conversation before 7pm during the week.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2015

The Cafe at Nordstrom has always been a favorite spot of ours. Even when the Palo Alto location upgraded its decor and prices, it was still worth a visit. But last night we were shocked at the mismatch between the high prices and the poor quality of our experience.

The odd experience began with our server. He was very sincere and well meaning, but his overly familiar surfer dude demeanor and beginner-level serving skills made for a rocky evening. He repeatedly forgot simple requests like straws for our drinks, and we found ourselves asking over and over before requested items were delivered. When my wife ordered hot tea the water came cold, and our waiter left the giant wooden box of teabags on our table for the remainder of our meal. It also seemed to take the food an unusually long time to come, even though the restaurant was nearly empty. Afterwards our check came with the signature rod-shaped mint chocolates, but one of the two packages contained no chocolate -- it was just an empty paper envelope.

When we looked at our check we were shocked to find that our meal for two cost over $50. We didn't drink any alcohol, and my wife only ordered a side of spinach and a side of shrimp. My sandwich alone was $20. The waiter upsold me mushrooms on it, adding about $4 to the price, while loudly assuring me, "I'm not upselling you or anything!" If the sandwich is so good with mushrooms, shouldn't they be included when it already costs $16? What's next at Nordstrom, charging extra for sleeves on a sport coat?

I do want to stress that the food was very tasty if slow to arrive, and everyone was friendly and tried hard to be helpful. If only one of the aforementioned things had gone wrong, we probably would have forgotten all about it. But the service was so consistently bad, and the price so out of line with the overall experience, that it made a strong impression. We have scratched this restaurant off our list, and will give it a year or two before we try it again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2015

Over the last couple of months I have had onion soup, calamari, salmon nicoise, asian lime shrimp salad, and cheeseburger. All were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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