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“yum” 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 #27 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: American, Café, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Vancouver, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“yum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Clearly a very popular place, since it was packed! We were with a large group, and had a reservation for inside, but opted to wait a bit for a table outside so we could hear each other talking. I'm vegetarian, and there were many items on the menu that I could choose from. I went for the crimson quinoa salad, which was delicious.

Visited June 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Satisfying experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Busy, busy, busy at lunchtime on a weekday--and noisy too. That being said, it was an enjoyable lunchtime experience. Service was fairly prompt and certainly friendly. We ordered a variety of dishes, and while none of them "wowed" us--they were all quite tasty. I had the beet burger--quite unusual and surprisingly yummy.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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46 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great Sandwiches and Salad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Awesome, fresh salad bar with more options than one could imagine. Sandwich selection on fresh breads (turkey, bacon, tomatoes you can actually taste), great soups, lots of room to sit outdoors. Service very friendly and helpful

Visited May 2013
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Shasta Lake, California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Scrumptious and satisfying”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My first visit here. We were greeted in a friendly and prompt manner. I ordered the Spinach Dragon Noodle Bowl (VG)(GF) with "house-made spicy" organic tofu, spicy vegan almond butter, green onion, and flat rice noodles. I asked our server if the dish was very spicy and he said no.
It was absolutely delicious! A creamy sauce with lots of perfectly prepared tofu. I finished an iced tea and it was refilled promptly. Our server was polite and pleasant. I enjoyed my view - I could even see a peek of the hills.
The food was great and I would certainly visit Calafia Cafe again.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food but just something missing to move to next level”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

We have visited Calafia on most of our visits to Palo Alto over a number of years and the food has always been good but never spectacular. Although the food has been consistently good the service is a bit impersonal and the screens at each table don't help.

Although I go to a restaurant for good food, the service, atmosphere, value for money etc play a part in an enjoyable experience.

In my opinion the atmosphere is a bit lacking and the staff don't seem to smile a lot so I've never found it a 'fun' place to be.
Great location with lots of other interesting stores in the complex.

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