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“Great place for sharing, or go solo” 4 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 #40 of 313 restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: American, Café, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great place for sharing, or go solo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Food is mostly very good (there have been some misses, usually with pasta or other grains). Soups are outstanding, as are salads, and appetizers. They make their own delicious sodas. The market has some good deals -- rotisserie chicken is piping hot and fresh at 5 pm, and is a plump rocky chicken. Good music in the market cafe, noisy because of acoustics in the main restaurants. Service is pleasant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
mountain view, ca
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great interpretation of California farm to table”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I think this is the type of place that exemplifies what makes California farm-to-table, organic cuisine so special - I try to take all friends visiting from out of town here, as well as go to dinner with friends when we can. The restaurant gets crowded because it is small, but it is worth the wait. Not very kid-friendly in terms of separate menu and more basic options, but we have taken our kid here with success anyway. The family style table is fun and works, but probably the coolest place to eat in the whole joint is at the bar facing into the open kitchen. Bonus points for having Pliny the Elder on draft when we were there (that stuff is challenging to find!). The menu is creative and the food tastes great - a bit pricey but it is special and different from a lot of the other local restaurants.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Gatos, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“The food here is just that good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I had brunch here this weekend and I can sum up the food in one word: WOW. The food is outstanding. I had the biscuits and mushroom gravy. It was one of the best things that I've ever eaten. My only complaint is that I would have liked more of that luscious gravy. I also tried some other entrees and really enjoyed everything. The quality of the food definitely sets this place apart from most restaurants in the south bay / peninsula. Go here. You won't regret it.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palo Alto, California
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29 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Interesting Vegetarian and Vegan food, with meat offered as well.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I always try something new when I go and have found so many different flavors there. Not everything is exceptional for me but different and interesting. There vege burger doesn't have enough density but it is delicious.

Visited October 2012
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“Palo Alto priced farm to table.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Fresh ingredients, delicious ingredients, and clever combinations. Run by the ex-Google chef, the food is well worth a visit. Menu is divided by vegetarian and meat-eater and the pricing is Palo Alto.

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