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Calafia Cafe

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2305
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Ranked #41 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Café, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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77% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Santa Clara, California
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144 reviews 144 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

OK..this pizza is very unique…and it was good too!! I had the Roasted Vegetable Mezza plate…VERY different. Liked it very much, but I can see that it would be too eccentric for the average person. The Cocunut Porter was good too. Soy ice creams…Pistachio..the best one, and Honey Vanilla and Chocolate.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great night out and the food was excellent. Service was a tad odd. Super slow with drinks such that our food arrived before our drinks. Prices were reasonable.

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Menlo Park, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The place looks so chic, the menu sounds interesting, the prices are high. It should be good...but my Napa Duck salad was really disappointing. Bland dressing and "where's the duck?" Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. The noise level is to high for relaxed dining, the waiters are too pretentious for my liking. We have lots of options in... More

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Menlo Park, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The food here is excellent, the beer selection is stellar, service is amazing, and the menu offerings are diverse. Calafia is a great restaurant for a dinner meet up, dinner date, brunch, or a shot and a beer at the bar watching a game.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Went here for Mothers Day brunch so maybe it's not typical of the atmosphere and service. I had the Blue Max with coffee; my husband and son had the classic eggs and bacon. We waited for menus, for coffee and food and had to track our waiter down a few times. The Blue Max is delicious but I am not... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Calafia is always hopping, Friday night no exception, but our group of 8 were seated pretty quickly, service started slow but got better - the appetizers were great, especially shrimp tacos, mains are ample. Only criticism was the expensive sauv blanc recommended by waiter was quite unpleasant, and should have been rejected. Other than that, great evening!

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Panama City, Panama
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

What a great place to enjoy fresh, healthy, flavorful food in such great setting. The service was excellent and the menu had great variety. Highly recommend the duck pizza. Would definitely return!

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120 reviews 120 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great variety, fresh, and delicious food, friendly and attentive service. An example of a creative fusion dish: clam, pork belly over udon noodle infuse with rich pesto base sauce. Simply heavenly.

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I had dinner here and I was very impressed. With an open kitchen I was able to sit at a counter and watch the dishes get prepared. Tables also have mini computers so you can even see a pic of the dishes before you order them. Menu appeared to have large selection of dishes for vegetarians. I had the Steak... More

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Stanford, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is a trendy, hip place, with silly screens on the tables, chainmail curtains to get to the loos, an open kitchen, and a little shop adjacent to it. The food is locally sourced (good), but the menu changes infrequently. The salads are great, but the whole menu is rather oddly eclectic. The service is inconsistent and the seating is... More

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