Cafe Wisteria

4.6
274 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Classic Ambiance. Savory Fares. Locally Sourced Produce.

Cafe Wisteria is a woman owned & operated restaurant & catering company located on the 3.5 acre blossom-filled grounds of the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Our ethos include using organic and local produce, supporting our community vendors, and always executing exceptional epicurean experiences—for a table of one to a banquet for all.

We invite you to dine with us in the serene setting of our restaurant, host your special event in our elegant and historic space, or simply use our catering service to bring a customized feast to your next celebration.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 274 people are saying
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4.9
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vipparallel40
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely venue, very helpful and attentive servers. Food very good except for wilted mixed green salad which accompanied my panini. Clearly it had been mixed with dressing some time before serving.

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HeidiK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Outstanding ambiance!! Charming garden venue, good menu (rolls were maybe a bit 'stale'?)

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Lorac
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful setting and delicious food - perfect location for meeting a friend for lunch!

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PamB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful little oasis in Menlo Park. It is tranquil and absolutely delightful.

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VivianC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very tasty and big portion. The garden looks good, too though we don't have enough time to visit it. We seat in the outside, close to the windows. It is a very nice experience. Thanks,

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AnnemarieR
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Cafe Wisteria, outside, next to big Hydrangea Blooms, good Food and fancy water glasses and the music was wonderful. Thanks for an exquisite lunch experience.

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SuzanneC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Unique and beautiful location! Limited menu but with a nice variety. I ofter take friends there for a special occasion. I do wish they used paper containers for takeout vs plastic.

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Momma
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat in the beautiful courtyard. Tables were very well spaced apart. Server was warm and friendly. My fish tacos were delicious. Friends enjoyed the salmon salad and crab cakes. Friend who ordered the hamburger said it was very dry. Fries were delicious.
We shared the lemon bar which was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful and delicious, as always!!

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CorrineL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Gorgeous surroundings but too bad the food was so poor. I had egg Benedict which had no flavor. Potatoes were very overcooked. My daughter and granddaughter were not impressed with their food. Too bad for such a lovely place. My granddaughter was considering Wisteria for a wedding but now having second thoughts.

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Winifred
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There were bees flying around the food to disturb our dining. Hope they can find an effective solution to improve. Other than that, everything was great!

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FaithM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The garden setting is beautiful. The food selection was good and they have ample servings. Food service was good. Coffee and fresh lemonade were delicious. They do not serve alcohol and we were hoping for a glass of wine with lunch. You can bring your own bottle for a $20 corkage fee.

I would highly recommend.

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Leslie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The prices have gone up substantially since my last visit in May. Also their website still shows the old prices.

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purplerose003
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, customer service. Such a great and cute place to have lunch

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vipfrequentDiner
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey, but not over priced considering the quality. Reservations were definitely required. The place was mobbed but not crowded since there was space to expand. We had the Crab Benedict which was terrific.

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GreggM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the garden, close to the fountain bubbling away, surrounded by beautiful hydrangea, hanging wisteria, and other vegetation. The three of us ordered the same salad, but each modified it to our tastes - our server was not bothered in the least with the changes. Our lunches arrived in good time, very nicely presented, with wonderful, warm, crispy on the outside and sprinkled with herbs, rolls. What a relaxing, pleasant time we all had. Thank you to the wonderful host and to our server.

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vipLiliT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful setting. Mediocre food. Adequate service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely luncheon in a beautiful quiet garden surrounded by beautiful hydrangeas. Our salads were absolutely delicious and not overdressed. Waiter asked the chef all the questions I had about the menu & kept our ice tea glasses full! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Beautiful setting… Food was average… Service was average… Prices are fairly high. The concept of Allied arts is worth paying the price.

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Becky
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat in outside patio, surrounded by gorgeous plants, such as hydrangeas in full-bloom. Serene setting in which to visit with lunch partners. Varied menu (salads, pasta dishes, etc) ; all delicious!

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Sami
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting outside. Good was wonderful

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STMpa
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A lovely setting. Good menu with something for everyone. Courteous. efficient service. Diverse clientele—two college women in jeans, special parties, a mother with two very young, very well-behaved kids. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Allied Arts. I’ll be back

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foodbuff
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful terrace dining space. Wonderful waiter. I ordered the shrimp tacos. I would go back, but order something else. The lemon bars for dessert were very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend & I enjoyed eating there & will definitely return again & again. Highly recommended. Thank you.

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kellyy
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice to place to eat with an outer town friends. Wished an outdoor seating but the tables were full. Next time.

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Wuyaya
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The garden is gorgeous. However, the food is below average...

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rhodak
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the summer among the hydrangeas, there is no better place

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JEMB
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The service was brisk and efficient. The food was disappointing. I ordered a cranberry chicken spring mix salad; the spring mix was limp and the chicken cubes were tasteless and dry. The quality of the food served was not worth the cost. The atmosphere and environment are lovely and outdoor seating is well spaced and comfortable.

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CherylR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting outside in the garden area. Perfect setting for a leisurely lunch .

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Dante
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful garden setting as always. Food is fresh & well prepared but not memorable or remarkable.

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CarolK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for providing a pleasant, quiet atmosphere for an outside gathering. The food was tasty, the service right on. We had an extra person and your servers made room at the table for us with a smile. Look forward to more lunches in the beautiful garden.

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hmbfox
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Perfect lunch outside under the oak - highly recommended

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PeggyW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch in a beautiful garden setting.The Crab Benedict was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were arranged at indoor seats. It will be better if we could have options of indoor or outdoor seating when making reservation. It’s good experience overall.

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Eflx
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The open air gardens are the primary feature for ambience and a walk.

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SuzanneC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite lunch restaurant. Beautiful garden setting with seating indoor or out. Nice variety of delicious choices on menu.

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vipAdena
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Lunch. Wonderful ambiance in superb setting of trees, flowers and fabulous distancing in tables so you can actually converse!!!

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Shopper8
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon with an old colleague. Food and ambiance were wonderful. Will definitely book another engagement.

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tucked away in a garden-enveloped corner of Allied Arts, Cafe Wisteria provides a welcomed escape from suburbia. The sights and smells of the garden flowers accompanied by the gentle flow of the fountain waters, set the tone for a relaxing meal. The service was great and the food quality was excellent. I will definitely be returning for more Salmon Nicoise Salad.

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vipfrequentDiner
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab Benedict was magnificent. Service and setting too.

FAQs

Cafe Wisteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 838-9002.

Cafe Wisteria is rated 4.6 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.