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“Organic and fresh” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Calafia Cafe

Calafia Cafe
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2305
650-322-9200
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Ranked #33 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: American, Café, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Organic and fresh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Really love this restaurant. It really is fresh and unique. I love how even the ketchup is homemade. They also have wonderful brunch! Chick and Waffles anyone?

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Perth, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

I dined with my family at Calafia Café one afternoon in January and it was excellent. There were food options catering for each of us (including the fussiest of eaters!) and everything was the very best, freshest local and organic produce. I enjoyed a very nice glass of local sustainable white wine with my perfect beef-burger; the gaming expert enjoyed his wood-fired pizza; a mini chicken pot pie was the favourite of the budding chef and sliders were the go for the youngest in our group. I can never resist a hot-fudge banana split and it was well-worth it! I'm looking forward to coming back for dinner later this year when we're next in Palo Alto :)

Visited January 2012
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Palo Alto, California
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“BEWARE of Calafia”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

I wanted to share with you one of the worst and most disgraceful service experiences I have ever had. I made a reservation for a group at Calafia tonight. When the 10 of us came to the restaurant, it was completely full, and we had to wait for over 45 minutes to get a table. Even though we had a confirmed reservation, we ended up waiting an unacceptable amount of time.

While we were waiting for our table, the waitress offered us two appetizers on the house after we repeatedly asked when our table would be ready. The appetizers' total value was less than $20, which we found low compared to the 450 minutes that all ten of us waited in total.

We asked to speak to the manager of the place, and we politely expressed our disappointment with the experience. We asked her to reconsider the compensation and adjust it to reflect a 45 minutes times ten people.

To our surprise, the owner of the restaurant came to our table 3 minutes later. He rudely yelled at me to get the f**k out of his restaurant and never come back. Just like that, with no warning or effort to address our concerns. I will certainly not come back, as I have never been treated and insulted like that. Beware of Calafia if you value your time and dignity.

Visited March 2012
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Stanford, California, United States
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“"Soup Nazi" is in Palo Alto!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

We had a group dinner in Calafia on a weekday, we made a reservation for 7:30pm but had to wait for more than 50 minutes before being seated. This was really bad since some of the attendants had other plans for the rest of the night so they had to miss most of the dinner.
We were offered two appetizers for this inconvenient, which was rather disappointing given that they weren't even enough for the group... (and when I checked the menu, they were the cheapest ones as well!)

When we asked politely for a different compensation, we were treated with a surprising rage attack from the owner of the place, telling us to go [--] ourselves out of his place! And yes, he did repeat the F word multiple times...

I was shocked and embarrassed, I have never experienced any such offensive, disgraceful "service". Clearly the owner has some issues, but as a paying customer I shouldn't be his target.

If being humiliated in front of a full restaurant is not your thing, I'd advice to consider other places...

Visited March 2012
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“I've been disappointed twice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012 via mobile

This place is always jammed, but I don't understand why. Mayfield Bakery, right next door, which is equally popular is so much better. The food has too many ingredients to get the tastes straight. After my two meals, I won't be coming back.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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