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About Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco Centre

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.

Winner of the 2015 Open Table Diner Choice, The Cafe Bistro is located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, inside Nordstrom at the Westfield Mall. The restaurant sits on the 7th floor, overlooking the city with breathtaking views of the shopping district. Watch the cable cars ride up and down Powell Street, while enjoying our famous White Chocolate and Raspberry Bread Pudding or one of our hand crafted cocktails from the full bar. It’s an experience that locals and tourists alike enjoy!

865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 8:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
5th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 977-5155

Website:
http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/nordstrom-san-francisco-centre#restaurants#

Public Transit:
Bart and MUNI Powell Street Station

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Café Bistro - Nordstrom San Francisco Centre Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (47)
Casual (40)
Scenic View (26)
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Business Meals (21)
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Pre/post Theatre (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fun (9)
Afternoon Tea (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
People Watching (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for a Date (6)
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Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Authentic (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

It's a great place for a meal while shopping downtown.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We really always enjoy going to The Bistro Cafe at Nordstrom’s San Francisco Center.......food is consistently good and
it is extreme convenient as well as a pleasant setting. Today’s meal was once again wonderful, but the restaurant was extremely busy and the service was exceptionally poor. Hopefully once the holiday season is past, the service level will markedly return to it’s stellar self!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Food was fresh, service professional, and drinks refreshing. Not rushed and able to relax and have a wonderful lunch and conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

With the late lamented Cupola Italian restaurant closed now, the Bistro seemed like the best available restaurant in the Westfield area prior to a show at the Warfield since we parked at Metreon.

With rather sparse decor, it's not a visual knockout like the nearby Neimann-Marcus rotunda, but we did have a nice view looking up Powell St.

Service was attentive, food was timely and well prepared, and three of us with drinks, appetizers and mains got out of there for just about $100 before tip, which is cheaper than most of the places I eat at up here.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Food and service was a miss today. The manager was kind enough to replace my dry flat iron steak. We usually get good service but not this time. No smile, no attention, it was not a good experience...hopefully next time.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

They're good at changing up the menu keeping it fresh and relevant. We had the scallops and risotto - excellent! Request a table by the window to see beautiful downtown SF! Have a glass of bubbly and enjoy your lunch. Go early as it gets very busy, especially on the weekends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always great and consistent. You can stop off for a tasty dinner WITH drinks after shopping. I love them!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The Asian Chicken Salad was awesome. I was eating alone in the evening, and everyone made me feel quite comfortable. Nice views, nice place.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Healthy, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The Bistro is a convenient place to meet for lunch, either before or after shopping or before the theater. The clientele tends to be a bit older, which is good, the food choices are varied and very tasty, but there is no reason for LOUD music to be playing while dining. It is annoying to try to converse and compete with the noise. I always have to request that the music be turned down and wish this were standard operating procedure as I like the restaurant a lot. Both food and service are great!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Another great experience and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have dined many times at Café Bistro and consistently find it enjoyable. I ALWAYS order the crab bisque soup ! On this occasion, our waitress (Vanessa) was simply WONDERFUL. She was friendly, patient and offered special choices. We even "sang her praises" to the manager.

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

A special friend from the Bay Area recommended Cafe Bistro when I told her I'd be visiting Union Square on a shopping trip. She was spot on. I loved the quick attention to my reservation, the view of the City, delicious food, and attentive service. Thank you.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic service . Lois made our event
So spacial.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were seated promptly, our waitress was very diligent in taking our order for drinks and lunch. The food was wonderfully plated and was most delicious. Love being able to shop, stop for a bite to eat and more shopping is just steps away.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nice dinner before the theater. Not too loud.. food was delicious. Portions were just right. Desserts were delish. Wine was great. Views were nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Organic, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything about our experience was wonderful, but the service was exceptional. Jesus was our server and he took care of us like we were his best guests. He made sure everything we ordered was accurate and we never had to ask for drink refills, he just took care of us from the time we sat down until the time we left. The bistro burger was the best hamburger I've ever eaten. Jesus also helped us purchase some of the chef's jarred tomato soup to take home before we left. I'm looking forward to returning to SF and having another meal at Cafe Bistro. We will be sure to ask for a table with Jesus.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great place for lunch before shopping. Would eat here again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Outstanding as always! Best place for lunch and then we are off to the theatre(Aladdin) Thanks!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Very good tomato bisque soup.
Excellent bread pudding.
Asked for Dubonnet on the rocks with a lemon twist. The bar never heard of it and don’t carry it. It’s not a good bar.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A nice spot on the fourth floor, removed from the hustle and bustle of shoppers below. Great selection of menu entrees, all at a good value. A full bar with a tv adds opportunity to escape and catch a televised game. Window views offer an overview of downtown. Overall, a good place to dine and close to work and stores.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I used to LOVE coming here... however, the food quality really went down hill. We ordered calamari (came out hot but not crispy at all); crab bisque (was decent); crab mac and cheese (was decent); chicken pasta (terrible - no flavor and cold); cilantro lime salad (literally got a stomach ache after eating the salad, felt like I was eating bag salad from Safeway). So no, I would not recommend the café to friends anymore. Service is still excellent, tho it did take a while to get our food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I love this place. The food , ambience and the price are great. The only thing I don’t like about this place is the wait. I made reservations and still I wait for 15-30min. I know I have a large group on one occasion but several occasions this has occurred even when I only have 2 people with me.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food and our server was wonderful!!! We were there early and it was quiet - perfect for conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This restaurant is fine for a quick bite of you don't want the hustle and bustle of the food court but it feels very dated and lacks any appeal. The bistro needs a major face lift. Also, our food was mediocre and expensive ($70 for some berries, a salad, a bowl of soup and a sandwich and some tea and bottled water). Our waiter was nice enough but seemed disinterested but I imagine the general feel of the bistro is all kind of bland. That all said, I would probably go back if if shopping in Nordstrom bc of its convenience and quiet rather then the loud concourse level.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lots of menu options. Food was good. Service was very slow. Fries were cold.

Tags: Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was good, nice place , but took way too long between soup and entree.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Perfect spot for pre-theater lunch on Saturday. Varied menu, healthy options, excellent service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Hidden gem for pre-theater dinner. (Just down Market from The Strand.) Not crowded at all on Sunday night. Took reservation. Good service. Good food. Reasonable prices and good portion sizes. All food, including sides, were good and prepared attentively. Good variety--anyone could find something on this menu.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great but super busy and slow service. But it was a Saturday

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Perfect lunch spot in Nordstrom’s Centre. Great Salad and Calamari. Nice sandwiches

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delicious meal and wonderful service. The manager stopped by to ask my tablemate and I if we were enjoying our meal and if there was anything she could do..... a very nice touch!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We went for lunch before the theater. Food was great and the prices were reasonable. The peach/blackberry cobbler and bread pudding were amazing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Chicken on ceasar salad was very dry. Nice ambiance. Conventional stop after shopping.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

A delIghtful and relaxing Fri afternoon lunch with friendly and charming waitstaff. Delicious food and great city views. Never disappointing, always enjoyable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our place to go before going to the theater. Fast service and great food.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Everyone was happy with their lunch except me. I was disappointed with the Bruschetta. I like the crunchiness of the bread usually but this hunk of bread was only a little crispy on the outside.

The round table in the bar area was perfect for the 6 of us because we could see & hear each other.

Thank you!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Love to dine at Nordstrom Café Bistro whenever there is a special shopping event. This restaurant is a more civilized choice than the hectic and chaotic food court in the basement of the mall.
We always try the offerings on the Fresh Sheet. This visit we had the arugula salad with farro , mozzarella and tomatoes, and the clever deconstructed beef brisket stroganoff - a big hunk of tender beef brisket on top of wide egg noodles on top of the sour cream and broth. It was fun to break up the brisket and toss everything together. Dessert is a standard crème brulee.
Our young server was attentive and efficient. Very nice atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Very convenient to bart so good if going to a play downtown. Nice menu reasonably priced and generally quiet

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Perfection! Food was fresh, delicious, served very nicely and service was right there to attend us and very caring.
A wonderful lunch and beginning to a perfect day.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Good for relaxing enjoyable lunch with friends. Quiet atmosphere so that we could have good conversation. Wait staff was attentive. Good service. Good food.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Casual, Healthy, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals
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