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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (14)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
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Afternoon Coffee (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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).

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Organic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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

Tags: Organic, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Love the cilantro shrimp salad and every girl friend that I have brought there loves the same. The only reason I gave 4 stars is that sometimes service is very slow when it gets busy, and also because it is so noisy there that sometimes you can barely carry on a conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The service was very good. The food was great too. Never had a bad experience here. O

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Good lunch but miss the Mediterranean hummus plate. Chinese chicken salad was very good as usual. The Margaretha pizza a little bland.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

I have eaten at the Bistro many times, and their food seems to be declining, both in choice and quality. Two things I have enjoyed (hummus platter and mushroom/onion pizza) have been eliminated. Also, once when I asked to change goat cheese to feta in a salad, I was charged extra! As a vegetarian, they now have very little I can eat. I had a Burrata/pesto/tomato/bread dish which was tasty. However, the piece of bread was tiny, and the tomatoes were tasteless. Since it is now tomato season, I expected wonderful, tasty, ripe tomatoes. My friend and I decided we probably would not return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Had an early dinner here. Party of 3 each had a different entree, and all loved them. The dessert chocolate crunch cake and creme brûlée were magnificent.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Outstanding BBQ beef sandwich. and full-sized salads.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I've been here 4 times. Food has been very good but the time to get the food is waaay too long. Even if it's not busy...like 1/2 hour from order to service. Especially with kids that's a problem.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Had a birthday celebration and the food and the service were excellent. This was a great place to have a luncheon for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Excellent meal & service. It's our go to place!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Cafe Bistro has a terrific selection of tasty salads, sandwiches, and entrees with very good service and reasonable prices. My family's favorites include the chicken Caesar salad, Asian chicken salad, Bistro Club with French Fries, pizza, and crab macaroni.

The restaurant is often crowded so reservations are suggested.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The Bistro continues to have above average food and their service while not great is above average. Their French dip is one of the best in the Bay area. But the noise level is very high and that makes the overall experience way less than average. It is difficult to hear one's partner at the same table. Sad because the noice level could be reduced by acoustic tiles and banners and quieter talking among the chefs.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

As always, the Bistro offers good food, ice staff and a wonderful place for friends to meet for lunch. Always our "go to". Meeting place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food at Cafe Bistro was delicious and the service was excellent, as my party enjoyed chicken Caesar salad, pepperoni & mushroom pizza, and a turkey pastrami sandwich with fries. There were numerous other salads/entrees on the menu that were most tempting, and i'l definitely return to Cafe Bistro in the near future.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Sort of sad and dated. Dark space and no real life . Food below average. Needs a major overhaul .

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 28, 2017

This was the perfect spot for a casual lunch with friends. Service was excellent with friendly and efficient wait staff. Food was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Fun, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Food has really gone downhill. Two salads with brown avocado. Very unappetizing. The toast served with it was very stale. The chicken Caesar was good, the parmesian crisp was also stale. The French fries are dry and seem old. We talked to the manager and she did comp our meals, not sure what has happened. Not sure we will return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Come here often with my 85 yo mom. She loves it and so do I. Consistent food and service. Very friendly. Great salads.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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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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 (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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