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855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2305
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Ranked #29 of 318 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Café, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Palo Alto, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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224 reviews 224 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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Guilford, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We are in Palo Alto visiting our kids/grandkids and had lunch at the Calafia Cafe. After cooking for Christmas, we were looking for a relaxing luncheon restaurant and picked Calafia. What a treat. Most of us had salads which were fresh and enticing. The salmon soup was my wife's favorite. The restaurant is pleasant, the service crisp and attentive and... More 

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Palo Alto, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Calafia is the neighborhood restaurant to many of the locals. Families might go there for a cosy dinner and may return for breakfast. Professionals, techies, programmers, and students from the high school next door pile up there for lunch. No matter what the reason, it is always a pleasure to go to Calafia. Chef Charlie is a well rounded, talented... More 

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I work close to Town and Country and like popping in here for the salad bar, which is quite good. They have soups and sandwiches too. But if you like a sit down meal, they have that as well. Nice decor, clean, good service. Nice for lunch with associates.

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26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

There are dozens of great things to choose from. All well put together and difficult to only chose one thing. Well-balanced choices for meat eaters and vegans alike. I was surprised by how low the tab was at the end.

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Munich, Germany
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86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The menu contains a diverse selection of vegetarian and meat dishes of Californian cuisine. The ingredients seem to be fresh and the dishes are well composed. The waiters are extremely friendly and attentive. Try one of the smoothies!

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San Jose, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I have eaten at Calafia a number of times. I have had a variety of their salads and all were excellent. Service is fine and the restaurant is clean. Reasonable value. he menu is clearly marked for gluten free and vegetarian and the range is quite broad. Recommended. Does not take reservations.

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Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A separate menu für plant eaters - that's an excellent idea! All dishes are perfectly labeled. The salads are creative, delicious, and they have substance, for instance, enriched with quinoa, avocado or roasted nuts - important for vegans. Then, burgers, pasta, pizza and a few additional dishes for plant eaters - an excellent selection! Uncomplicated, pure, delicious. Many raw vegan... More 

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Additional Information about Calafia Cafe

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

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