NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus Topanga

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NM Cafe offers California-inspired cuisine featuring fresh, composed salads, great daily soups, hot entrees, and the traditional NM favorites of chicken broth, popovers, strawberry butter and chicken salad. Need a respite from a day of shopping? Join us in our bar for a glass of wine and appetizers. Finish your afternoon with dessert and a hot cappuccino. Expect delectable dishes and the exceptional service that continue to be a tradition at Neiman Marcus.
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Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great! But definitely "over-priced". Sat outside where it was beautiful. The service was TERRIBLE. Had to keep going up front to get someone to come out and help us. It was't the servers themselves. It was their lack of employees. Still good for "only" a special occasion .

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately the chicken Milanese came 20 minutes later than the other entrees. The service was haphazard. Coffee was late in coming after a couple of requests. It seemed they needed more wait staff. Otherwise the food was delicious and the front booth offered a quieter setting.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Food was great and I’m looking forward to going back!

JE
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Only 2 servers for a full house-no bueno.
Our sever was rushed and took over an hour to get water when everybody else around us were served. We are Caucasian too.
Took a lifetime to get the others tables serviced. For Neiman’s, horrible. Looks like they are going down hill.

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy eating at the NM Cafe but this time was extra special. I had invited a close friend for lunch to celebrate her birthday . While making the reservation, I noted that we were celebrating a birthday. We were so surprised to see a beautiful white hydrangea arrangement (with “Happy Birthday “) sitting on the table. The arrangement set the tone for the day. As always, the food and service were wonderful. I’ll definitely be back!

LR
Palm Springs
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the atmosphere as well as the food here. The popovers are to die for and the ambiance is always lovely. Salmon tacos are one of my favorites.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is lovely.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for friend.

Y
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food & nice ambiance.
Staff was excellent...very attentive. Will be back soon!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, lovely atmosphere. Relaxing & very easy to talk. Service is welcoming & efficient. Food continues to be creative, current, & delicious. Best popovers on the planet! Thx!

A
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Favorite birthday lunch place. Good is quite good. Had a great time. See you soon.

E
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s one of my lunch favorites for many years. Delicious food made from high quality ingredients in a creative way. There is something for every taste. Love the little extras and the service is great. It’s a gem, just give it a try!

F
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good, as usual! One member in the party didn’t love the ahi- otherwise perfect.

C
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for an outstanding lunch! You’ll love the choice, the service and the ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just 3 friends out got lunch. Great service and food.

Y
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Truly, a disappointing dining experience.
I've dined here many times & service and food are usually very good.
This time, for some reason, something was definitely off. Was the main chef out or the manager not around to keep things in check?
Our waiter was personable, but to give excuse after excuse is unacceptable.
Had to wait way TOO long for food to be delivered. Once it was, what a disappointment.
For example, I had requested my burger medium rare. Waiter delivered it saying, "Sorry, but it's well done. Want to take it anyway?"
Are you kidding?!
Sent it back & had to wait even longer. My friend was finished with her lunch before I even got mine.

DD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at NM Café Topanga location. We ordered from DineLA menu and food was great! Two courses portion were large and restaurant also added soup, bread & strawberry cream as appetizer. Reception and waiters are very friendly and the entire lunch experience was relax and wonderful. We will definitely return to that restaurant even without DineLA promotions.

MS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome service and food, the price is right

NK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, private location, great food, good service!

P
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NM Cafe is an annual tradition for me and my granddaughters! Girls lunch out!!! Our little Princesses have grown up loving the famous popovers and strawberry butter!!!
The food and service are always impeccable!!! Thank you NM Cafe for always making it memorable!!!

VC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!
The weather was really nice so we sat outside.
The food was amazing! We had the salmon tacos. Really good portions.

I also called a couple of times regarding our reservation and both times the person on the other end was so pleasant and nice!

z
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I must say that usually I love having lunch here, but this time was not the case. My mother took my sister and my sister-in-law out for lunch for my sister-in-laws birthday and the service was awful. When the food came both my sister and sister-in-law's shrimp salad had raw shrimp on it. My sister asked for. hers to be cooked longer and my sister-in-law asked for a shrimp coctail instead. The shrimp salad took a while to come but the cooked shrimp came at the end of the meal. We all had a taste just to see if it was cooked, but it was too late for her to eat it. The bill come and my mother paid it, but we didn't really look at it until we got in the car. We noticed that we were charged for both the salad, and the shrimp cocktail. I would have expected a good waiter to not only not charge us for both but to take them both off the bill. I did call when I got home and was told that they would take care of it, but really the entire day was not a typical Neiman Marcus experience. The service was overall slow, the salads were not good, and the charges were wrong.

F
Los Angeles
111 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service in a pretty patio setting. Lovely girlfriend day !

SL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only complaint was that we ordered three hamburgers which we always love. We order two medium rare and one medium. They cam two medium and one well done! We did complain however I don’t like medium burgers.

P
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful setting, service and food. It is always a pleasure to have lunch with a friend at NM 😍

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a special event. Staff is very helpful. Cafe is a cut above other restaurants.

S
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lunch stop!! Aperol Spritz and low -cal Salmon Tacos are my go to.
Freindly service, always willing to please.

IK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I thought this was lovely place to go for a nicer lunch. The extra touches of cup of soup and popover are really nice. Food was delicious although I do feel it is a bit on the pricey side. Srvice was great and everyone very friendly.

MS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The people, the food, the service and all...

AE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gigi and staff were phenomenal! Everything was tasty and fresh!

T
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch as always from beginning to end! We had a birthday celebration and sat in the back booth and each of us had something different. The presentations were equally beautiful! The popovers are yummy!!! The service excellent!!

JB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. From the time you are seated and a small cup of chicken broth is placed in front of you, to the delicious popovers with strawberry butter, to your food order and finally the bill, we always feel like this is the epitome of a wonderful lunch room.

Y
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Make sure to thoroughly read the dineLA menu. It's deceiving.
Led to believe lunch = 3 courses for $25.
Not true.
You're only getting 2 = not worth it.

h
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We were seated the second customer of the day for lunch so they can't use being busy or understaffed as an excuse.

We wait for 10 minutes to see anyone and they just pop over and casually ask if we know what we would like. We haven't even had drink orders yet, but we obliged and gave both drink and food orders.

I ordered the chicken pot pie and my wife ordered a mixed green salad. A few minutes later, chicken broth came out which was delicious. A few minutes later our tea came out. Then 15 minutes later our food. We didn't see him even walking around the dining room during this time. Instead I hear a woman waitress scolding and swearing from the back at what I assume was someone trying to take her table from her; Nonetheless not a good thing to put on public display at Neimans.

After our food was delivered the waiter asked if we got popovers and we said no, he looked puzzled and then they came by with a basket (after entree arrived).

I took a bite of the pot pie and it was cold. Not warm, cold. The waiter disappeared again so I waited until I saw him and told him I didn't want that. I wanted something quick since my wife was almost done with her salad so I ordered a caprese salad.

20 minutes go by before I see the salad. No real apology about the cold pot pie and no sense of urgency on the mess up. For $80 lunch without drinks for two people it's a complete waste of time. No management, no customer service and certainly no quality control

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Popped in for lunch while shopping a Neiman Marcus. Was extremely underwhelmed with the overall experience. Worst "chopped" salad I've ever had in my life, wasn't chopped at all. Much prefer Barney's or if in NY Bergdorf Goodman's restaurants. This location needs an update on food, service and decor front.

DJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed a post holiday lunch after a day of shopping.

MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our meal was delicious. Champagne is really overpriced! Our server was unfriendly.

TO
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch service for moms with strollers.Thanks

SC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent quality! It is so clean inside. The host did his best to accommodate my friend who had a stroller so she would be extra comfortable with the baby. That’s a 10+. We love returning to NM Cafe!!! We loved our waitress! She was so friendly! Definetly we will return!!!

SH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their popovers never disappoint and they have a good variety of food options from both the adult and kids menus. The warm chocolate chip cookies at the end of the meal are always good!