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About NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Walnut Creek

Appetite for excellence. Take lunching to the next level at NM Cafe®, our elegant restaurant at Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek. Retreat to a refined atmosphere with an innovative menu selection. Taste one of our exquisite seasonal entrée selections or experience the famous chicken salad. all accompanied by chicken broth and popovers. It's the perfect choice for any special occasion or for turning an ordinary day into something wonderful.

Let the NM Cafe® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We have the perfect atmosphere and menu for you and your guests.

1000 South Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

Cross Street:
Corner of South Main Street and Mt. Diablo Bouleva

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 472-6186

Website:
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/restaurants/walnut creek/ca/nm cafe/walnut creek?geoLocation=&prev=restDir

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for all of Broadway Plaza in front of PF Chang's. Complimentary parking is available in Broadway Plaza at the Main Street lot.

Public Transit:
BART has a stop on the Pittsburg-Baypoint/Yellow Line. The City of Walnut Creek provides a complimentary County Connect shuttle that runs from the BART station to multiple stops in Downtown Walnut Creek.

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine

NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Walnut Creek Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (24)
Quiet Conversation (14)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Casual (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Business Meals (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Fun (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Romantic (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

It's my favorite place to lunch - period. I have been all over the world and we live in the Bay area but if its get together, day, have my neices with me etc- we always go to Neiman. Thanks for putting the lobster mac and cheese back on!! My favorite!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I took a dear friend for a special birthday and we enjoyed everything! Lovely atmosphere and service. Really felt like everyone wanted our experience to be perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Loved the food, but wish the service was better. Maybe an off day? Seemed woefully understaffed with 2 servers for a packed mid week lunch. Our service certainly suffered as it looked like our server was nearly running from table to table. Salads were great as always. My baby kale & turkey salad was quite good and beautifully presented. Of course you can’t go wrong with the complimentary broth and divine popovers they serve.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and great service, a wonderful place for Sunday brunch!

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

We enjoyed a Nice meal and even better service. NM never fails

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Very well taken care of with my 94 year old friend. Come for the popovers!

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always good... never disappoints ! Service is impeccable.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always a nice meal here at NM Cafe Walnut Creek. Our waiter Scott and the entire wait staff is always a pleasure.

Tags: Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It's always very good. Fast and proper service. Courteous. Delicious food!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My husband and I had never eaten at NM Cafe but had heard about their popovers, so on a quiet Thursday at lunch, we gave it a try. We were wowed. Popovers! Lobster chowder. Their Pinot Noir by the glass. The consommé amuse bouche. The crab cake sliders. The Walnut Creek salad. All that we ordered was SO delicious. Then we received NM chocolate chip cookies and little chocolate pieces upon our departure. Lovely service in an easy/elegant place. We recommend the NM Cafe highly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent as always! It never disappoints! The food is fresh and creative.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A wonderful experience, as usual. Food and service are exactly as we've come to expect. A perfect spot to enjoy a casual lunch in a 'bubbly' but not loud setting. House Chardonnay is a must!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We returned to the NM Cafe many times and this last time was as good as past occasions. The staff is wonderful, the food is delicious, it is truly a neighborhood gem. The consomme and the popovers are to die for!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I always enjoy having lunch at NM Café. The food is great, one can hold a conversation without shouting, seats are comfortable, the room very pleasant and cozy and the service is good and attentive. I will keep coming.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great meal and a great team!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great place for a ladies luncheon and shopping trip. Excellent salads, generous portions, friendly hostess and servers.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Love the dining experience at NM Cafe in Walnut Creek. The service provided by Courtney is beyond amazing. She gives great menu recommendations, treats her customers like royalty and makes the dining experience extraordinary.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Although some people may feel that NM is snooty the NM Cafe does not feel that way at all. It is a special place to have lunch with friends. The service is great. The salads are very good as is the complimentary puffed pastry with strawberry butter and chicken consommé. My 7 year old daughter loves going there. They make you feel special.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Awesome as usual. Really nothing bad on the menu - can't go wrong anything.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Lovely atmosphere and impeccable service. Cost is a bit high but considering the location, its not outrageous.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

I've been to NM cafe several times since they opened in WC. This visit was disappointing. The classic NM serving of chicken salad has really been reduced from previous visits. It's still delicious and from what I recall, the price hasn't changed, however, it appears like management has changed the serving size. Very disappointing, given the cost as well as a server (who we liked and gave us great service) asking us if anyone had previously dined at the Cafe just before we were presented the bill. Being an honest person, I replied yes, as I've dine their previously. It was my decision to treat my friend and daughter-in-law to lunch. Given how many restaurant choices there are in Walnut Creek, I could have suggested another location. My guests were presented with a NM silver bag with a huge chocolate chip cookie. I understand the gesture, but, given I paid the bill and it was my choice to dine at NM, imagine how that made me feel. Not only was I disappointed in my entree, my friends were embarrassed that they walked away with a treat and I did not. Since you asked for my opinion, I've shared my thoughts. I will think twice, given the serving size of my favorite option and how I was made to feel as a guest. Again, I would think twice as a mgmt decision, if this policy should continue. Increase the serving(s) of your food and skip risking the chance of disappointing your long-time supporters of the Cafe. Or, present your all of your guests with a smaller cc cookie. Either way, this restaurant was a disappointment overall.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Wonderful go to cafe for get together girls shopping day. My friend and i were taking an 18 year old, college bound young woman for a whirkwind shopping trip in walnut creek. All had a great time and our waiter brought our young student a gift wrapped box of chocolate chip cookies when he learned we were celebrating. Great salads and theor fab rolls. Loved it. A little respite in this crazy world.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Also enjoy a nice lunch here with my son. Excellent service all around and good food. Salads are robust, and love the lobster bisque. Good kids meal for those traveling with children, and a nice famous chocolate chip cookie to go

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Quiet gem with good food and great service in downtown WC

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Courtney, Carlos & Irene are divine!! Great service, good food and a friendly atmosphere make for a lovely experience.

Thanks to all!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We always love the cafe's at NM. But the past couple trips to Walnut Creek have been disappointing. The service is tremendously slow. The food clearly sat under heat lamps for far too long and was dried out. And it was frustrating to have a reservation, get there early, have several open tables but told to wait 20 min until reservation. Several walk-ins were in front and behind us. The hostess said she'd call when the table was ready, but we never got a call. All the walk-ins were seated when we checked in again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

It's a nice place if you have time. My problem is every time I've gone they are out of lobster. I believe it's one of their top menu items and don't understand why they allow themselves to run out. Service staff very nice and attentive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

great as usual - fine with grand daughter - how to get to fifty characters

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

I HADN'NT BEEN BACK FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, AND IT WAS A REAL DISAPPOINTMENT.
THE POPOVERS DIDN'T EVEN TASTE AS GOOD. OILY AND LITTLE FLAVOR. I HAD THE SPECIAL
GREEN SALAD WITH LARGE SCALLOPS...BLAND, BLAND, BLAND. FIRST THE FISH WAS VERY
SMELLY WHEN IT WAS SERVED...THE SCALLOPS WERE TOO RAW. THE DRESSING WAS TASTELESS
SO I ASKED FOR BALSAMIC VINEGAR TO ADD FLAVOR AND HIDE THE FISHY SMELL. THE GREENS
WERE ORDINARY, AND TIRED. AND I ONLY HAD TO PAY 31.00 !!! THE OTHER DINER HAD THE
FILET MIGNON WITH SOME VEGGIES AND POTATOES. THEIR WAS A GRAVY ON THE SMALL
STEAK, AND IT TASTED PRETTY GOOD. THE VEGGIES HAD NO FLAVOR ... ONLY HAD TO PAY
38.00 FOR THIS! THE BEST I CAN SAY IS THE DECOR IS LOVELY!
I WON'T BE BACK...TOO MANY OTHER GOOD RESTAURANTS..WITH MORE REASONABLE PRICES.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch at this restaurant yesterday (Sunday). It was our first time here and the service was fantastic. We were there to celebrate a birthday and we truly enjoyed it. Everything we ordered was delicious. I will definitely come back again. The waitress was extremely helpful and friendly. She even gave us a box of cookies as a treat for being first time guests at this restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I have been going there since it opened and all my friends meet me there, even from San Francisco! Love Carlos, he is the best. But then again, everyone is wonderful there! I also love the salmon salad and/or entree.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Best ever food, service, & ambiance for catching up with old friends!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

It is so wonderful having a department store sit down restaurant!! I anticipated the warm and fresh signature popovers served immediately with the delicious strawberry butter. I was not disappointed! The service was excellent and the food quality is very good. NM Cafe is a great place to meet friends and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Shrimp crab Louis salad is the best!
The restaurant was not crowded, but our server seemed unable to manage all of them.Not sure if they are understaffed or if it was our particular waitperson. Very long wait to get order, water, and food. Other tables were constantly asking for their checks. We've been many times and this has not been an issue.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The food is excellent. One of the salads was very small but delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We enjoy the Café regularly but think, after our last two visits, that they are understaffed. The service people are always very nice but they have too many tables. We waited a long time for items that should have been quite quick. One more waitperson would be perfect. Thank you.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

great food, outstanding service, cute little place

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great service, very attentive. This is the third time I've eaten here but I'm not too crazy about the food for the price. Very overpriced and their version of the Moscow Mule was not good at all, we actually had to send it back. However, it is a fun experience

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

I had a great time with my wife and daughter. Service was an A++ I would definitely come back for the Strawberry Butter and Popover. Thank you, NM Cafe!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Continue to love this treasure. Delicious diver scallops! Of course the popovers are amazing. Server was Carlos during the visit and offered an exceptional dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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