Cafe Wisteria

4.7
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$30 and under
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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.
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lunch
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It's beautiful sitting out in the garden at Cafe Wisteria!

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vipJillK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio - especially for social distancing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The place was perfect as usual. Our server was wonderful as usual. I ordered the pasta w chicken n had a tiny tummy ache. Don’t know what happened. I always had a hamburger there n never an issue. It was always perfect. But the place is so beautiful that I’d come back f sure n will stick to my hamburger.

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vipAlice
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I think the Allied Arts Guild is the most charming place in the Bay Area.
Eating at Cafe Wisteria is a true treat, and walking around the grounds is a delight in itself.
And the food is good!

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Starmezzo
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wisteria is a lovely little cafe on the grounds of the Allied Arts estate. It’s hidden in a lovely little garden setting, and is a great alternative to tables in the street, like many restaurants now during Covid. Salads were huge and delicious. The prices are a bit steep, but overall, I think this was a good value.

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Ksyc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful garden, nice food and good service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a wonderful place ! Peaceful and relax .Beautiful garden ,delicious food

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vipItiswhatitis
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem is the best kept secret on the Peninsula‼️

Open for lunch in a beautiful garden setting Tues through Saturday in Menlo Park

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LOUISED
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with family. Even the bread and butter served while your food is prepared is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 friends getting together safely for linch

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vipMaryG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Wisteria is a hidden gem, located inside Allied Arts. Tables are spaced outside with walls of flowers banking the eating area and lovely shade trees overhead. Menu is both delicious and healthy. It's a great place to enjoy a leisurely lunch and not feel hurried. While you're there, don't miss the artisans studios in the back, especially Joy Imari's wonderful ceramics. The Allied Arts gift store is also great, but only open Thur-Sat.
Do wander the grounds and enjoy the roses.

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vipbecca
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful and charming place for lunch around the gurgling fountain and surrounded by hydrangea bushes. Food and service is good....I have loved everything I have ordered, but they have lobster sliders (not on the menu) with more lobster than I have ever seen...$24. and worth it. All the tables are far apart with a few larger tables for larger groups.

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vipAlice
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

One of the most charming and beautiful restaurants in the Bay Area due to its location at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. The complex has fabulous gardens, beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture, and off-beat shops.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food not up to usual excellence. Rolls hard and dry. Daily salad special-greens with cherry tomatoes and avocado overdressed and rather bland.
As always a lovely setting. Very nice waitress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was a treat.

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Momof3men
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent place for a lunch on a Beautiful patio!!! Food and service wonderful! What a treat!!!

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vipbecca
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wisteria is a hidden gem. You now sit outside around a fountain, surrounded by beautiful hydrangeas in such a tranquil setting. The food is outstanding. Lobster sliders are not on the menu, but do ask if they are available. They are $24. for three, but just stuffed with lobster. Service is lovely and it is a wonderful place for a summer lunch.

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Wolfgirl17
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables were spaced far apart in the beautiful garden, surrounded by birdsong and hydrangeas in shades of blue and white. The chicken carbonara pasta and unsweetened tropical iced tea were outstanding! The server wore a face mask at all times.

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LucyB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location. Beautiful setting. Superb food. Fantastic service. Peaceful. Great place to go to catch up with a friend because you can hear each other! My third trip. Looking forward to my next one!

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ElizaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant vans pretty venue. Relaxing too . Enjoyed it

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this cafe. Food is always delicious and our server was wonderful. Such a great lunch

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June
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived an hour earlier than our reservation and they were so wonderful to seat us and were so kind and seemed happy to have us arrive!!! everything was perfect and the three of us enjoyed it so much. i did not remind them of the celebration of a Birthday and they complied. i was so grateful. we will return as it was a great experience in every way!!!

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Reveriepapillon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, gorgeous outdoor seating area! I made a reservation in advanced to make sure to get a table outdoors.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short Rib Sandwich- Awesome! Garden is beautiful! Wonderful time.

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AndrewL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't think of a better place for a post-pandemic outdoor lunch. Lovely, relaxed setting. Excellent food and service.

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vipEleeri
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Wisteria is such a beautiful little gem for sure. Hidden in an artsy place in Menlo Park, we got enjoy lunch out near the fountain and in view of beautiful gardens. The Brie and pear panini was amazing and my daughter loved the shrimp pasta. Would definitely go back to this place.

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LOUISED
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the potato sausage soup and it would have been enough. My husband had the Monte Cristo sandwich which came with a salad. Another in the party had the eggs Benedict with crab. Two of us split the salmon salad. Very tasty all around.

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StacyG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Menlo Park for a great meal in a serene, quiet, historic spot. Cafe Wisteria has indoor and outdoor dining tables surrounded by water fountains and gardens. Menu is varied and everything we ordered was great. Service was friendly.
Great spot for young and old as the noise level is low.
Highly recommend this spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very fine friendly service, good food

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BarbaraA
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your food is delicious! Me eggs Benedict were devine!

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vipfood4fun
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Excellent spot for a lunch with lovely gardens.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The service was slow but worth the wait!

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LOUISED
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 4 of us at our table during Christmas Market. After shopping at the permanent shops and the craft sales in the Sunset Room we were ready to sit down and relax. We had the shrimp penne and one person had the mushroom panini. Both were very good. Lemon bars for dessert!

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Skwb
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch menu/venue

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vipmodbob
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Slow service, slow and uncoordinated delivery of our lunch orders, a waitress who asks questions then responds to every answer with “No problem!” As if saying yes to a question of whether we wanted water might constitute a problem. “Okay”, “Thank you”, “Sure” are all good responses... “no problem” as a conversational tick is not.

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Skwb
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

November, a beautiful warm day to eat outside.
Loved the menu! Great selection of appetizers, salads, main courses.
Excellent and friendly service.
Beautiful stroll through the large gardens afterwards with a few shops open.

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DeeH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Disappointed with two lunches out of three. My salmon salad was great. The tacos were small,
served on a small plate with no embellishment - no chips, no salsa, no garnish. Looked cheap.
The kale salad was just that...lots of small bunches of kale with hardly anything else to make
an attractive and tasty salad. Shame on you. We enjoyed the lovely buns and herbal butter which was served with our lunches. We have loved and visited Allied Arts for years. It is still a lovely place to visit. Cafe table seating in the courtyard with flowers, fountains and greenery was a treat. The two lunches were a disappointment.

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LOUISED
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table for six. The food was very good. We had a noisy group behind us separated only by a curtain so after we ate we went outside so we could talk. The gardens are lovely place in which to sit and have a conversation.

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vipDeedyM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a beautiful outdoor patio. I loved my sandwich and our cappuccinos were delightful. We had a little trouble with yellow jackets, but we were warned (and had an option to sit inside). We chose to brave the yellow jackets and it was well worth it. Incredibly peaceful spot, with yummy food. I'd go again.

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vipfrequentDiner
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE HAD HAMBURGERS. THEY WERE PROBABLY THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD, JUICY AND CRISP AT THE SAME TIME. THE FRIED ONION ON TOP WAS JUST RIGHT!

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Cafe Wisteria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Cafe Wisteria is rated 4.7 stars by 157 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.