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Calafia Cafe

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American, Cafe, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2305
650-322-9200
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, Slow service

This is one of those places where the service could have been more attentive to the point it detracted from how good the food was. Water wasn't refilled mid meal and the food took quite a while to come which I don't mind if you are told what to expect. That said, everthing was delicious. Carrot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
LinGal2001
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Park City, Utah
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San Jose, California
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My husband and I ate lunch at Calafia Café today and wonder what the fuss is about. My Panini and his salad were absolutely undistinguished except for the fact that they were over-priced. Don't think we will try it again.

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Park City, Utah
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is one of those places where the service could have been more attentive to the point it detracted from how good the food was. Water wasn't refilled mid meal and the food took quite a while to come which I don't mind if you are told what to expect. That said, everthing was delicious. Carrot side salad and chicken... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I stopped by here for an early dinner with a family member and really enjoyed the casual atmosphere and décor. Our food was very good and the burger was so filling I had to give up on eating some of the bun and just finish the burger. The fries were probably hand cut and we were way too full for... More 

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San Francisco, California
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Chef Ayers made an amazing multi-course dinner for us and it prompted the group to schedule the next dinner outing at his restaurant Calafia Cafe. The food and service were underwhelming, unfortunately. Chicken tacos, duck dumplings and pizza were bland. Ribs were a bit tough, not the tender, fall-of-the-bone, kind of ribs we were expecting. Overall a disappointment. This restaurant... More 

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WALNUT CREEK, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The people who took me to Calafia eat there all the time. They were shocked to run into an overflow card, but we got a table after a very short wait. Unfortunately the staff, though friendly, was overworked and slightly slow. The wait was worth it. I look forward to going back.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I had a fabulous kale salad with a fabulous vin. dressing...nice wine (though a little stingy with the pour). service was just perfect. skip the molten lava cake. beautiful but mediocre taste/texture with a very high price...$12! but overall, a lovely dinner...not really a romantic place, lots of families and pretty loud. but, would go back for the salad &... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Great shaking beef kale salad and casual outside dining. We had 2 convenient meals at this outdoor mall restaurant. Service was good and the food was prepared and presented well. This is not a destination restaurant but a very comfortable place to dine at the Town and Country Village.

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Palo Alto, California
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69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I've been eating here pretty consistently for nearly 3 years - it is one of my favorite places in Palo Alto for brunch on the weekends or dinner anytime. I prefer to sit at the counter to watch all of the food being prepared. There are a variety of menu items to appeal to the carnivore, locavore, vegetarian, vegan, and... More 

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Portland, OR
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A regular spot for me as a frequent visitor to Palo Alto, Calafia is a dream for those who are gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, etc. but still want a variety of tasty options. This is the best of "healthy" comfort food with a very large menu of choices, and something for everyone. I have never had a bad meal here, and... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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264 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A treat. Great food!! I had the Kale and pomegranate seed salad....it was great. The garlic noodles were OUTSTANDING....since I love garlic. :-) The pumpkin moose was overpriced but EXCELLENT!! YUM! I think $11. Too high for any dessert. Server was very friendly and service was great! The menu is interesting to say the least. Must visit to have a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-322-9200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?