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Permanently Closed - California Cafe - Los Gatos

1773 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

California Caf� in Los Gatos, CA prepares food that is a good match to the name. Offering a fusion of California classics and American fare, this restaurant really emphasizes the most seasonally fresh ingredients, as well as those locally grown.

The menu choices at California Caf� in Los Gatos vary between the main menu and the special brunch selections. The main menu includes shareable dishes to pair up with one of the house wines or cocktails, and you might choose the venison satay or the cheese plate. The fresh salads are meal sized and the mains include a signature burger, beef and seafood options, and even some vegetarian selections. There is also the lovely lounge menu for California Caf� in Los Gatos, and it is full of perfect nibbles to enjoy with friends.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation

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Phone number
(310) 555-1212
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chrisopher Lane
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Private party facilities
From large corporate gatherings to intimate social dinners, California Cafe offers a variety of options including private and semiprivate rooms, patio seating, as well as the opportunity for restaurant exclusive events for up to 300 guests
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Private party contact
Josue Vallejo-Cordero: (408) 354-8300
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Cross street
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Public lot
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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23SjSharks (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Good food, and really great service - we happened to go on their last night ever. They are permanently closed as of 7/31/16. Too bad, we really enjoyed our meal there.

CarolB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

So sorry the restaurant is closed for good. I will miss it.

vipBeverly (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

The only reason I didn't check everything above is that we were sad to learn the Ca. Cafe closed for good the day after we were there. It's had it's ups and downs but we were sorry to hear it will be taken over and become an Italian restaurant.

JKP51 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

We went to California Cafe on what, I later discovered, was one of their last nights open. Our meal was very good, the service was very slow to start. It was at least 45 minutes between when we had our menus and when the waiter arrived to take our order. After learning that they were closing, it made sense. The staff seemed very pre-occupied and I can't blame them. Once we ordered, everything moved along normally and our meal was delivered in a timely manner. I actually didn't mind not having a waiter hover.

JaneC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

Always reliably good food...unpretentious and not overpriced... will miss this place!
Have been here with friends and family too many times to count over the last 30 years...can't believe our neighborhood mainstay is closing. :(
Hoping it will reopen somewhere close by and soon.

Thanks for many happy meals!

See you guys soon I hope. :)

LoisR (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

Food was great. Sitting was outdoor and it was very nice. Service was pretty good but very slow.

vipGinger (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

I returned to California Cafe after several months of avoiding the restaurant. The last time I dined here the service was slow and lacking. I had a much better experience tonight that has boosted my confidence about California Cafe. The service was very good and there were multiple staff members attending to our table. My guest commented on how nice the dining experience was and shared plans to return on her own. It appears management has made some positive changes. Let's hope this trend continues.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2016

Always a pleasure!

rosannes (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

We have eaten at the california cafe in both los gatos and at stanford many times over the years. Se do prefer Los Gatos.

Unfortunately this time we had a problem. I have a severe Soy Allergy and advised our waiter of this. I had an allergic reaction to something. Our guess is the pannini that was made out of house. I ended up with tingling swollen lips, swollen tongue and throat plus horrible diarhea before I even left the restaurant. My face also swelled. My allergy pills worked after two double doses. Iwas close to using mu eppi-pen for the first time or even going to the ER.

LeahG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

Enjoyed our brunch and the quiet atmosphere. Love the coffee and muffins served before our brunch.