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Calafia Cafe

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855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2305
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting menu with lots of good sounding dishes. They clearly use great ingredients. Yet the food does not have much character. We had a meaty, and pretty good crab soup. The mushroom tacos were a very pungent mushroom with a contrasting sauce (maybe it was called an Aoili), that did not make much sense. My Curry had great ingredients, but... More 

Thank metazorro
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had brunch here after the recommended spot had a very long wait time. Great service, excellent food. I had the Calafia Breakfast, the chicken sausage was very good. Spouse says to get the fresh-squeezed apple juice.

Thank mike B
Lake Forest, California
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140 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a quick late afternoon bite and drinks. The staff were very attentive and pleasant. The lettuce wraps were great but the pork sticky buns were more fat than meat. The chicken curry was ok but not great.

Thank 25R0bertD
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped in with my daughter for dessert on a Saturday night and was greeted by a few friendly woman and seated promptly. Our server was very nice and had good recommendations for dessert, all of which looked amazing! Actual food service took a little longer but it was a very good dessert and we left happy.

Thank Heather4W
Palo Alto, California
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This place is owned by a former Google chef. The cuisine is new American/Californian. I patronize this business from time to time, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is always refreshing. Service is attentive and the ambience trendy, but the noise level is quite high. Great place to gather with friends and family, but perhaps not the best for... More 

Thank doggieluver
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Have eaten there 3 times with groups from Stanford. Like the duck dumpling and Korean chicken appetizers. Always have the Vegan LovePlate as main to complement the non veggie appetizer - a creative varying selection. Nice wines by the glass and good beer selection,

Thank Urban-cyclist
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

We ate here the last time we were in Palo Alto and when we started to plan this trip, the first thing my daughter said was, "We have to eat at Calafia."

Thank Tona M
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97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We were mourning the loss of Scott's Seafood restaurant, but needed to eat. We were in the shopping plaza and went to Mayfair Cafe where we had previously gone for brunch. The service was non existent. 15 minutes after our water was served we left, After leaving, our waiter followed us out with water for an outside table - he... More 

Thank travlingmama
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Came here for lunch while on a visit to nearby SF. We were seated quickly outside. Menu was very easy to navigate and understand. Server answered questions and our salads came very quickly. Food was above average, very healthy yet flavorful choices. Later in the evening when we were looking for a dinner place we commented that we wished we... More 

Thank 2parks13
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

While this restaurant had good food, it was severely overpriced. I ate here for brunch after deciding I did not want to wait an hour and a half to be seated at Mayfair Cafe. I was impressed with the number of vegetarian and vegan choices and the ingredients were fresh. However, the quality of the restaurant did not match their... More 

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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
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Cafe, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-322-9200

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