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NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Palo Alto

4.5
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Afternoon Coffee
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
What 168 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Quiet
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Natashaz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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vipsuev (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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vipSarah (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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lauren (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 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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vip1stTimer (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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Victoria2 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, service and location

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vipRecommended (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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PaloAlto53 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipRun2eat (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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Picky (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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vipSHOPPER1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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Foodie (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipcappy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

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

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Claydawg (Portland)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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vipFoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Our server made the meal. Excellent food and service...just the table was not in the best location; too close to wait staff station...loved the NM salad, orange souffle...

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Henry (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2017

A great menu and kitchen. Please hire an interior designer. Was I revisiting the 70s? Compared to SF the space is undecorated and sterile. Call Pushelberg ASAP!!!!

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