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California Cafe - CLOSED

700 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1502
+1 650-325-2233
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  • Excellent15%
  • Very good43%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible12%
2 Sep 2014
“Outstanding Calamari”
24 Dec 2013
“Poor Menu Choices on Christmas Eve”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Cafe, Seafood
$$ - $$$
700 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1502
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

Love, love, love this place. Would highly recommend to friends and travelers. Conveniently located near Stanford campus.

1  Thank NotThatPicky77
Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

Went with my family to dinner on Christmas Eve. Set menu for Christmas Eve. No steaks, no chicken, no lamb, no pork. Choice of duck breast, salmon, short ribs, vegetarian and angel hair pomodoro. Had the salmon, vegetarian, and angel hair, along with butternut squash...More

Thank thevonz
Reviewed 6 December 2013

Went with a party today for lunch -- very disappointed -- it definitely was better before a couple years back. Service was slow and bad - no taking away bread dish and empty bread basket, no refilling bread, missed all stirring spoons on coffees, no...More

Thank kittylkittyl
Reviewed 17 October 2013

On our first visit here, we were lucky to arrive shortly after a new chef was appointed. We were told that he was changing the menu and added some new items. I tried the Scallops and my wife tried the Salmon. Absolutely outstanding in every...More

Thank Paul P
Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

California Cafe was a wonderful place to celebrate my good friend's birthday! We sat outside under umbrellas on a beautiful day! We had gazpacho and roasted cauliflower soup to start; both were fresh and delicious! For the main course we split a huge order of...More

Thank bbtapper
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stopped here for lunch on the way to SFO. What a delight to sit outside, overlooking beautiful flowers. The staff heard us when we said we had a flight to catch, so service was quick as well as friendly. The food was delicious and...More

Thank Donna Z
Reviewed 1 May 2013

We had a mid day meal on Sunday. The menus features a "pick three" option and we ordered a total of 6 dishes. The standout was the cauliflower (I know, go figure!). Mac and cheese was disappointing. Eating outdoors on a lovely day was quite...More

Thank Margaret F
Reviewed 14 March 2013

I loved the outdoor seating of this restaurant, although they need to fix the awning cover. The wine list is nice, and the bread/oil combo is good. My friends had food that looked amazing, particularly the burger, but my food was not good at all....More

Thank Sally B
Reviewed 11 January 2013

Met with a small group of friends at the Palo Alto California Café for dinner. What I like best about this restaurant is you can have a conversation, across the table and not just with those seated next to you. Too many restaurants today have...More

Thank LostLen
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Four of us stopped for lunch and all had different dishes. Everyone thought the food was great. The server was not particularly friendly, but the food was quick and very good.

Thank Chris T
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1502
    (Vineyard & Quarry ( behind Nordstrom & Andronico's at Stanford Mall ))
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-325-2233
  • E-mail
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