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NM Café - San Diego, San Diego, CA

NM Café - San Diego

4.5
4.5
286 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
THE NM CAFE located in Neiman Marcus SAN DIEGO has been recently remodeled and is now open 7 days a week, 11 am- 4pm.

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE NM CAFE® SAN DIEGO. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

Let THE NM CAFE® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We pride ourselves on creating the perfect menu and ambience for your event in our chic and inviting atmosphere. Pamper the glowing bride- or mother-to-be in your life with the shower of her dreams or a lavish luncheon.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 542-4450
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Looking to host an event? We pride ourselves on creating the perfect menu and ambience for your event in our chic and inviting atmosphere. Pamper the glowing bride- or mother-to-be in your life with the shower of her dreams or a lavish luncheon.
  • Neighborhood
    Mission Valley
  • Cross street
    Fashion Valley Road
  • Parking details
    Valet is available Friday to Sunday on 2nd Level of East parking structure. Self-parking available on-site.
  • Public transit
    MTS - West side of Fashion Valley Mall.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 286 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Contemporary American

286 Reviews
  1. Joes

    Atlantic City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to dine in while you are taking a break from shopping!

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  2. Giraffe

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great! The ambiance leaves something to be desired- feels sterile

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  3. CSS12

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had lunch at the NM Café yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. He ordered the burger (which was cooked to his liking) and I ordered the Kale salad with salmon. Our server was very kind and took good care of us. This restaurant within N-M is so good. Even if I'm not shopping, it is a wonderful place to go and relax.

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  4. NannyKeppy

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Maybe I’m just showing my age but to spend over $100 for three of us to have lunch seems excessive when two of us simply got sandwiches! (Pre-tip) The chicken in the chicken salad was a bit tough, my tuna melt was OK, but nothing gourmet about it. Our server was fantastic and very attentive, which saved the dining experience. Very over priced for the quality of the food!

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  5. Alfie

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neiman Marcus cafe is always consistent with their food taste and presentation. They go above and beyond to please their customers food needs and likes.

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  6. JeMuGa

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place to eat if you are at the Mall. Highly recommended

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  7. JoyceG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hi…..all salmon entrees need a sauce……..the salmon…is too dry… Excellent wait staff….excellent table set ups….excellent hostess…. The chocolate layer cake was too dry…..it was ok….but…too dry.. The appetizer..roasted fall squash..was excellent,. Pls bring back your crab Louie salad…….raise the price.. Pleasant restsurant…….Popovers were good….but, on the cold side…we ate them as fast as we could……..thank you…

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  8. stephntwins

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wally was terrific as our server. We enjoy this tradition every year as a family. Thank you so much. We love the popovers, strawberry butter and consume.

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  9. Jeannie

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going there since Zodiac opened maybe 35 years ago. No they changed the name but the menus is really limited pretty much to chicken and salmon in almost every entree. Hopefully that will change.

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  10. LisaB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly staff. Great food. A bit pricey. Overall, excellent

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The only tasty thing about our lunch was the popover. The NM Chicken salad was tasteless; the mushroom soup had chunks of cheese in it that weren’t even melted. Service was awful. Not the same restaurant anymore!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I go here often and it is always great. The day after Thanksgiving was a little crazy and the service was a bit slow but that was to be expected. This cafe and the staff are great. I will continue to go back for a long time. On a separate note I lost a diamond tennis bracelet during lunch. Called the next day and they had it for me. Wonderful staff!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I showed up on time and was sat quickly with my reservation. The waiter gave me a menu and left with my order of water. I believe the workers don’t understand that you can hear them conversing about the patrons they serve when seated near the kitchen. There were some back handed comments about the water I ordered and another guest’s order. I would like to tell those two young men that I could hear everything you were talking about. I was especially aware of the 16 minutes I waited until my order taken regardless of it being dead. Food was ok. Probably better for groups rather than individuals because you can pass the wait with company.

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  14. monican

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our special go to birthday celebration location….and we celebrate each year

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  15. kday

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Josiah was our waiter. He was outstanding! Tried the new lobster club. Yummy!

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  16. RandyM

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the popovers are always a treat. Josiah took really good care of us and the remodeled restaurant is beautiful.

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  17. BeckyG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very very very nice and calming place to eat . Enjoyed my time there

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  18. Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, tasty food and lovely setting. Good place to meet friends for light lunch.

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  19. Dutch

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was excellent and the was great also. Highly recommend.

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  20. bscomments

    San Diego

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal and service were lovely. However, in our so-called quiet corner, a woman was on her phone with the speaker on. I assume she wanted her companion to hear the conversation. It was loud and painful for us at a table some distance away to hear. We asked her to turn it off and she refused. She claimed we didn’t like her speaking a foreign language. Since I speak 3 languages fairly fluently and two more in which I can survive, I love foreign languages. However, I couldn’t hear words, just the awful screech that speaker phones produce. To spend sixty dollars on lunch and be unable to converse at one’s table is not fair. They ruined the end of a delightful luncheon. Barbara Strona. barbstrona@gmail

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  21. MildredN

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was just right for catching up with my girlfriend. The food was great, and the service was outstanding.

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  22. DonnaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Both lunches were delicious and moderately priced for the setting. The restaurant was quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation. Will definitely go back.

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  23. jenfa

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful time seated outdoors at the cafe. Waleed treated us professionally and courteously. The salads were delicious. It was cool, calm and peaceful. No jarring ugly music playing. Thank you for a very nice time.

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  24. smeredith

    San Diego

    146 reviews

    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in all aspects per previous reviews. NM Cafe never disappoints. The popover and consume to start, everything continues to be uphill from there. Henry is a wonderful wait person and the staff is all very attentive.

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  25. CHfiles

    San Diego

    98 reviews

    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love that this old school "ladies who lunch" spot has survived. It is always so special to meet your best friend and have an experience that you will always remember. Priceless ! The food is classic. The cocktails are refreshing and the service is caring.

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  26. DyanaS

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here frequently and are never disappointed. The waitstaff is very friendly and attentive. Food is consistently excedllent.

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  27. LunchingGrandee

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always my favorite for ladies’ out to lunch!! Great food, service and ambiance.

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  28. Jenbh426

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter , I think maybe named Jordan? Or started with a J was SUPER NICE AND SUPER PROFESSIONAL! As was the host who seated me. Very outstanding service. Unfortunately, the food was not so great. The popovers seemed a bit overcooked and my chicken salad not so great (the chicken kind felt rubbery and not so tasty). Sorry! I would still recommend and try something else next time.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant. Super chill. Was there over 3 hours. Enjoyed a fabulous lucnh

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  30. MelissaM

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful waiter, exceptional seafood salad and Veuve with strawberries. Always a go-to!

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  31. kday

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Like the place. Kitchen was a little slower than normal but food is good. The consommé and popover with strawberry butter make it worth the wait.

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  32. Marilyn

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    NM Cafe is a lovely spot for lunch. The ambiance is delightfully quiet and food is quite good. I will be back.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great laid back Mother’s Day lunch. NM never disappoints. Mandarin Soufflé every time.

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  34. Rpisces

    Seattle

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of six, all of us ordered different menu items, we ALL left our plates clean! Delicious food, love the complimentary broth, bread and the strawberry butter is to die for. This place is a hidden gem!

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  35. Carrie

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service and food. a lovely lunch or brunch spot with a beautifully prepared menu. Love the popover starter!

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  36. MaryW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    SERVERS WERE FABULOUS AND WERE ONLY SURPASSED BY THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD.

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  37. ChristineB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've had lunch at Neiman Marcus Cafe several times. The food and service is consistently excellent!

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  38. JeMuGa

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood gem if you are shopping ay Fashion Valley. Everything is very tasty and well prepared. And service above spectacular.

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  39. carola

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our ladies group was very pleased with the whole experience. We will return for future celebrations!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came for my birthday and had a wonderful experience! Randy the server was the best. He went above and beyond and was smiling the whole time! We had the sampler, the tortilla soup, the tacos and had a complimentary carrot cake for my birthday! Everything was fresh and delicious. It’s such a treat to start with the popover and consommé.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings

FAQs

NM Café - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 542-4450.

NM Café - San Diego is rated 4.5 stars by 286 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for NM Café - San Diego

7027 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Fashion Valley Road
  • Neighborhood
    Mission Valley
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet is available Friday to Sunday on 2nd Level of East parking structure. Self-parking available on-site.
  • Public transit
    MTS - West side of Fashion Valley Mall.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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