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Cool Cafe

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328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305-5006
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Wed 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped for late afternoon tea/coffee, coffee cake and a biscotti after viewing the Nick Cave exhibit. OUCH: Over $20 for 4 items, more expensive than Starbucks?! But a lovely setting, nonetheless, and at-hand, if you are tired and need a break after viewing exhibits at the Anderson Collection on the Stanford campus. Good place to "refuel" before heading back... More 

Thank dcr1837
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Nearly every person who visits us here in Palo Alto is taken to the Stanford Art Museum and a lunch at the Cool Cafe. Their food is fantastic (check out their sister restaurant in Menlo Park for something more upscale!). Their salads are probably the best dish but their sandwiches are also great. I'd skip the soup but everything else... More 

Thank floridaangie
Carmel, California
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

The cafe offered wonderful sandwiches on fresh baguette rolls. Portion size was more on the generous side. The ham and cheddar was delicious with its honey tapenade. The chicken sandwich was had thick-cut bacon and really quite tasty. The soup special was shitake mushroom with coconut milk broth - yum! Everyone left the meal quite satisfied.

Thank Kris S
Palo Alto, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Cool Cafe is located in the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford and with a locally-sourced, organic menu is really a delight for a casual lunch. The location and art-rich setting is what makes this cafe special. It is located at the back of the museum, with a patio that abuts a large lawn, with oak trees and shaded picnic tables... More 

Thank patientcat
Menlo Park, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

When this place opened it was great. Now the food is just average. Yesterday I had a Latte, that barely tasted like coffee. The chicken salad is still pretty reliable, but something is missing...maybe the missing ingredient is Jesse Cool's passion for food.

1 Thank BClover84
Jerusalem, Israel
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

The stuff does it's best to make you feel good. The food and drinks are great. And the location, right next to Rodin sculptures, is wonderful. GO

Thank Tal H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Our family just spent a relaxing, nice lunch there. We really enjoy the outdoor seatings, overlooking the garden and part of the museum. Our sandwiches and soup tasted very good too.

Thank savorymom
Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this place in the Rodin sculpture garden. Excellent locally sourced food, much of it organic and very reasonably priced. Would highly recommend if you're in the Stanford area and want culture and great food.

Thank Paul T
Palo Alto, CA
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

Cool Cafe by Jessie Cool serves delicious, all-organic food and drinks at Stanford's Cantor Art Center. Their sandwiches are delicious. I often stop for lemonade break while I'm walking the campus. The patio overlooks a lawn and is adjacent to the outdoor Rodin sculpture garden. Be sure to see The Gates of Hell, Rodin's amazing vision of damnation which includes... More 

Thank Terry1981
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347 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016

The sandwich contained quality ham with a slice of delicious Swiss cheese and lettuce, flavored with a tomato chutney for $9.50. The bread was fresh, crusty French. Good strong teeth will be needed to consume this sandwich. My companion had a bowl of Shiitake mushroom soup, which was also very good. To avoid a line, if you can arrive in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305-5006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Stanford
  • Phone Number: 650-725-4758

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