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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

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (45)
Casual (43)
Scenic View (22)
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Sunday Lunch (20)
Healthy (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
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Quiet Conversation (18)
Afternoon Coffee (17)
Quick Bite (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Cozy (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Afternoon Tea (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
People Watching (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
Authentic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Romantic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

convenient place for lunch while shopping at Westfield Centre.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I love Cafe Bistro! I come to San Francisco every January for the JP Morgan Healthcare Conf and Cafe Bistro is my go to restaurant every single time. Never had a bad meal, service is always kind, courteous and efficient, nice ambiance and great location.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great place to go on a rainy day - one of my favourite meet-up spots with friends! Try their specials - they’re always good! :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great Service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We often have lunch here after seeing a movie at Century 9. Just as comfortable and quiet as "under the dome" but less expensive. Lunch today was good, but the server was lacking. The waitress brought us the wrong check, but didn't notice. When we were presented with the credit card check to sign, it was for a higher amount. We questioned the discrepancy and instead of fessing up or offering to check, the waitress just kept repeating, "this is the correct order." When I finally asked her to show us the check she had originally presented (and we had paid, based on) to us, she explained that she originally had given us the wrong check. If she's said that in the first place, we wouldn't have had a problem. As it is, because she tried to sneak it by us, her tip was based on the check we were originally presented (which was lower).

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice experience. Very good food & friendly staff. Celebrated my son's engagement!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our server was terrible

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food and ambience are great...they could add a few more vegetarian options. Service was very mediocre...I think it was our particular server ...completely spaced out!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I love the Service almost as much as the Food! Great selection of top shelf Liquor with fantastic
Bartenders.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Organic, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I haven't eaten here in years, but it seemed a good choice for lunch with a friend and her young daughter before taking in a Nutcracker matinee. The hostess and server were excellent and attentive. My salad was scrumptious and the 8-yr-old's grilled cheese, fries and grapes looked delicious. We were very happy. I will be coming back to this gem more often.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The service was very slow, but the friendliness of the servers offset that, and the food - especially the deviled eggs starter and the seared scallops & risotto entree - were very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Crowded on Sat night causing service to be slow and food served lukewarm. Hostesses spent too much time chatting to each other

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My partner and I came to this restaurant every time we visited SF which was about every other month for business. I lost my partner a few months ago and this was my first time back to SF since his passing and I was revisited our favorite "haunts" which was bittersweet. I expressed the situation in the "Notes" to the restaurant. Louis greeted me and said my request of a window table had been met and it was being cleared. After have a beautiful meal, as always here, I was just waiting for my bill and my server advised that my meal had been comped by the restaurant. Louis came over a few moment later and said he hoped everything was OK....through my teary eyes I complimented him and thanked him. Total class and very impressed.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Quiet place to enjoy yummy Prime Rib Dip! Clam chowder was excellent. Good value for the price paid. Just sorry we didn’t order dessert.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

There was an ample amount of food provided. It was delicious and didn’t disappoint. The crab bisque had a bite to the flavor which made for a tasty soup. The cafe is great for lunch and dinner

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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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 (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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