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“Great place for sharing, or go solo”

Calafia Cafe & Market A Go Go
Ranked #32 of 361 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: In 2009, Charlie Ayers leased nearly 5,000 square feet of space in the Town & Country Shopping Plaza across from Stanford University, realizing his dream of a owning neighborhood spot serving organic, sustainable, healthy, delicious food. Calafia Cafe & Market A Go-Go was an instant hit, and today still has crowds lining up to get a seat. This casual restaurant has an energetic vibe, and serves food inspired by the incredible bounty that is available in California. Calafia continues to bring the Silicon Valley community and its visitors together around fresh, farm-to-table cuisine in an always festive atmosphere.
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place for sharing, or go solo”
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
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mountain view, ca
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great interpretation of California farm to table”
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
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Los Gatos, California
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“The food here is just that good!”
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
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Palo Alto, California
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Interesting Vegetarian and Vegan food, with meat offered as well.”
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.”
Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

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.

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