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328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
650-725-4758
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11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Hours:
Wed 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating

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  • 5
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Museum Cafe

I have never found a better restaurant in a museum (excluding the Monterey Bay Aquarium - which isn't actually a museum). This cafe serves a limited menu of fresh, organic, really good food. It focuses on soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a few chips and dessert items - like cookies...all fresh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
pvfamily
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California
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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never found a better restaurant in a museum (excluding the Monterey Bay Aquarium - which isn't actually a museum). This cafe serves a limited menu of fresh, organic, really good food. It focuses on soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a few chips and dessert items - like cookies...all fresh. I chose the "chicken curry salad" which was excellent... More 

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Thank pvfamily
Palo Alto, California
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235 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I met a friend here for lunch recently and the weather was nice so we could sit outside on the patio, which was lovely. The interior of the cafe is quite small and there is not much in the way of ambience. The cafe has a menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. I had a chicken sandwich that came with... More 

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Thank Colleen D
Mill Valley, California
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305 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Great choices of sandwiches, soups, salads located just outside the Cantor Art Gallery and the incredible Rodin Sculpture Garden. Inside gets noisy with people chatting. Unfortunately, outside is noisy now too as construction is going on right next door! Food is great but location is a distraction right now, instead of an add!

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Thank Joan88
Soquel
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Love this place inside the Cantor Museum. The food is organic, reasonable, and delicious. Seating available inside or even better on the outside patio. I go here every chance I get!

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Thank RobinSoquel
California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I love driving down to Stanford to visit both of their FREE Art Museums. Both are world class. One of the extra treats is having lunch in the Cool Cafe which is located in one of the museums. The food is simple but very well done and most of the products are organic. I did not give them 5 stars... More 

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Thank Hetta M
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Delicious salads and sandwiches. Indoor and outdoor seating. Popular with visitors to Cantor Museum so avoid at peak times. Cappuccinos also good. Particular like fresh local ingredients of highest quality.

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Thank RittSq
Amersham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A short menu but with some interesting choices, the veggie sandwich was particularly tasty. Iced water and coffee on tap. Gets busy around lunchtime with staff and students queuing.

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Thank hazy_amersham
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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278 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Wow - this place is a little gem. It serves local organic produce - delicious and healthy. We had a combo of a black bean soup (hearty and tasty) and a half sandwich. It was a roasted seasonal vegetables and goat's cheese sandwich and it was really good. We also shared an heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. It was made... More 

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Thank tombillinge
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368 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

The Cool Cafe is tucked away on the Stanford campus. Do try to find it for a really delicious and pleasant meal. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the weather (the current view is obstructed by construction). My turkey sandwich was delicious served on a tasty cranberry nut bread. Others in the party had a great burger, super chicken sandwich, and... More 

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Thank ADolores
Palo Alto, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Little cafe in the Cantor Museum on Stanford Campus. Interesting options in soups and salads and sandwiches, all fresh. Can sit outdoors weather permitting and enjoy a view of the sculpture garden, trees, etc.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Stanford
  • Phone Number: 650-725-4758

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?