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Cool Cafe

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328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
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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Carmel, California
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67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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499 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Modestotrekkerl
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121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

I have never found a better restaurant in a museum (excluding the Monterey Bay Aquarium - which isn't actually a museum). This cafe serves a limited menu of fresh, organic, really good food. It focuses on soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a few chips and dessert items - like cookies...all fresh. I chose the "chicken curry salad" which was excellent... More 

Thank pvfamily
Palo Alto, California
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167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I met a friend here for lunch recently and the weather was nice so we could sit outside on the patio, which was lovely. The interior of the cafe is quite small and there is not much in the way of ambience. The cafe has a menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. I had a chicken sandwich that came with... More 

1 Thank Colleen D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Cafe, Vegetarian, Soups, American, Gluten Free
Breakfast, 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 Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Stanford
  • Phone Number: 650-725-4758

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