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NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Palo Alto

4.5
180 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
Delight in upscale contemporary cuisine served in a bright and airy atmosphere at the Palo Alto NM Café®. Before you dine, unwind with a cocktail or glass of wine from our full bar. From creative sandwiches to regionally inspired entrées and homemade desserts, you'll savor delectable fare all served by our warm and welcoming service staff.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Saturday: 11:00pm - 4:00pm;
Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;
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Phone number
(650) 329-3329
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Allan Berge
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Private party facilities
The NM Cafe is available for bridal and baby showers. We are the ideal location for breakfast meetings and evening events.
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Private party contact
William Nice-Cosio: (650) 329-3329
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sand Hill Road and El Camino Real
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Parking details
Parking garage adjacent to Neiman Marcus.
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Public transit
El Camino Realy, Bus and Train
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Father's Day is June 17. Bring the family and join us all Father's Day Weekend for specials aimed at Dear Old Dad.
All of June, Woodford Reserve is the bourbon of choice in our Blackberry Julep and our signature The Smash. Stop by and sip with us in select locations.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 180 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

This is my favorite elegant café for celebrating friends' birthdays with an elegant lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We were very happy to eat at the Neiman Marcus Cafe for my friend’s birthday. The amuse bouche of chicken broth was so tasty. We were blow away by how good chicken broth could be. Of course, the popovers were spectacular with the strawberry butter. The Bistro Salad was good but could have used more chicken. All in all it was a very relaxing experience. We also appreciate how the table are widely spaced and the restaurant itself was beautiful. Thank you for a very nice experience fo my friend’s birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Enjoyed lunch, service, ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

the service was horrible. we were totally ignored once we got our food. we never saw our waitress again

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Had a great lunch with my son. Everything about the occasion was enjoyable. Thanks. I'll surely return. Already shared with my friends.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The salads at Neiman Marcus are superb! Healthy, delicious and gorgeously presented. The service and ambience are perfect for a lovely lunch with friends.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great lobster bisque!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Our server was attentive and very personable...and we love those popovers 😉

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

A bit pricey but the food is well prepared and delicious! The popovers are to die for; the grilled salmon salad was excellent. My son loves the burger, truffle Parmesan fries and side Cesar salad. Service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Served an amazing popover and amuse-bouche of rich chicken broth as we sat down.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Our server did not come to take the order for drinks for a long time. Then our food took over 45 minutes to come to our table. Only ordered appetizers. Customer service is mediocre

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always a pleasure. Delicious food, wonderful service and ambience, fabulous hot-out-of-the-oven popovers with strawberry butter, and favorite Italian artisan coffee.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We love it here. My daughter meet here for 'Ladies Who Lunch'. It's 'our' place.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

always seems special when it's just friends for lunch. always great food. love the popovers

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

We eat there all the time because is in my neighborhood and convenient but lately past 3-4 times that we ate there the food is really taste less and oily. I had salmon with rice and vegetables, it was too greasy and no taste. The soup was bad. I hope they consider this matter because we like it there and if it continues to be the same we have to take our ladies weekly lunch get togethers else where.

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was good, popover was great, service not so much. Also, they forgot it was my friend's birthday and didn't get the dessert that other reviewers talk about.

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2.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Server was very not attentive throughout the meal. We ordered a kids meal, but we just got the pasta, without any drinks and a cookie even we asked.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

NM Cafe is a good and convenient place to dine whenever we shop at Stanford shopping center. On our recent visit, while the food choices and quality remain high, we experienced that the service is lacking. The front host was unprofessional and busy chit chatting with friends dining there, and they were loud. No respect for other diners there. We were a bit disappointed.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

It’s a quiet place to eat. Food is good but not great. Expensive.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, service and location

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Hadn’t been to NM cafe in years, but perfect place to meet a friend for lunch. My Caesar salad with grilled shrimp was perfect blend of fresh ingredients, and just the right ratio of lettuce, dressing and croutons. Service was attentive without hovering. Will go back.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Took my 90 year old mother here for a special Christmas lunch. Everything was perfect from the quiet table in the corner they gave us to the delicious food and impeccable service. Always a great spot for a quiet lunch. She really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Enjoyed my crab salad and glass of champagne. Great place to dine alone or with a group.

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Crab soup was bland
Rice with mushrooms was oily and overseasoned with soy sauce
They were out of ice cream at opening

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Disappointed by the menu and quality of the food. We were there for Christmas lunch together and it really wasn’t festive either!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a reliable top-quality meal with relaxed environment. They represent the dept store well. Wine and beer collection was great. Meal was basically perfect and I will return often.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

I was there with my daughter and granddaughter. We have been going for the past five years during the holidays. Service has always been excellent. We were there for lunch and the food was very good. They overheard me saying it was my granddaughters birthday. At the end of the meal they brought her a nice dessert with a candle. Very nice.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

I brought my sister-in-law for light lunch and had a wonderful, restful time. It got noisy as all the tables filled up, wish there was a little more noise absorbing walls. Service was outstanding, Martha was efficient and friendly.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

A great place for lunch at STanford mall. Quiet and elegant ambiance. Food is always great. Ingredients are fresh and always perfectly cooked. I come here often.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

I was disappointed in my lunch meal. I have been to NM Cafe a couple of times in the past few years. Memorable has been the popovers with the strawberry butter. This time, however, the popover was lukewarm and only mediocre. My cousin enjoyed her crab cake salad; however I found my bistro salad (spinach, chicken, cranberries, blue cheese, candied walnuts) also only so-so.
Overall, I guess I will not be back, as I think there might be other options to check out in Stanford Shopping Center and vicinity.

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3.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Convenient, very good food, portions almost too big - should consider half orders.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Two of us had a delicious meal and nice conversation. Service was prompt and friendly.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Great for lunch at the Stanford Shopping Center. Lunch with a lot of class.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2017

Good service but the food is not as good as it used to be, though the prices have escalated. My chicken salad was dry and tasteless.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Martha was great!
Dad had dr appt at Stanford then had to go to another dr appt in Daly City,
Martha was great accommodating our schedule

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

The lunch was delicious. The setting was bright and comfortable. The disappointment:
our waitress did not ask if we wanted dessert!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

The food and service ad servers are great. Martha is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Lovely birthday lunch. The restaurant was very slow today, so they were very patient with us taking a VERY long lunch. We had a great time.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

My favorite place to have a girlfriend lunch and shop afterwards.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

My friends and I have enjoying lunches here for many years. Pretty much always satisfied with
our food and service. Of course we love the popovers and the consomme. I know that getting
together with friends for lunch Neiman Marcus Cafe will always be at the top of the list.

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