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“A delicious breakfast...”
Review of Mimi's Cafe - CLOSED

Mimi's Cafe
Cuisines: French, American
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Palo Alto, California
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137 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A delicious breakfast...”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

My girl friend decided that we'd visit Mimi's Cafe for breakfast and it was a great choice. Nothing exotic or fancy, just a good tasting well prepared morning breakfast for us. My girl's eggs and turkey sausage included a muffin and she chose a carrot cake one. Now this was one of the best carrot cake muffins I've ever had. Service hot it was very moist and tender and delicious to boot. My waffles were large and very good as I had the turkey sausages added on the side with my eggs. I'd return to Mimi's Cafe to have breakfast again and maybe sample lunch and dinner in the future.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank ochump
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English first
Simi Valley, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Simple food, good price.”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

The food is not spectacular but it was priced right.

Visited June 2012
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Thank 90Chris
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La Quinta, California
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164 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Not bad for comfort, home cooked food, but~ service, quality of food is not what it used to be.”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

We have frequented Mimi's for lunch, and dinner over the past four years and while it used to be truly good, our last two visits have been disappointing.

Mimi's is situated across from The River, and used to really love their food, the great service, and generous portions. The last two times we have met for lunch, and dinner, the service was very slow, sweet hostess, but saw two parties who had been seated after us, being served, so a rather lengthy 15 minute wait time from being seated, until someone came to greet us, bring menu's and water.

Mimi's used to pride itself on fresh, home-cooked, comfort food, with generous portions (enough to take home for lunch the next day), and food was delicious, service was fantastic, and a nice environment to meet friends, colleagues. Not so much, now. In the past, you would be seated, and have a server promptly come, welcome you, bring a variety of their tasty bread basket treats, and waters, take your drink order and you would enjoy a nice, not too fancy, but fabulous dining experience.

Our last two visits were certainly not up to par, and do not intend to patronize this establishment as we were ignored after being seated for 15 minutes, and some takeout customer went out an emergency exit door, accompanied by staff, only to have the alarms screeching for about 5 minutes, until a manager finally arrived to turn off the emergency siren alarms. My friend had to get up and go find a server to ask for waters, and menu's. After our server took our ice tea, and soda order, she neglected to bring any utensils, napkins, and had to request them, and the usual assortment of bread basket.

Our food was not at all up to Mimi's standards, and very small portions, almost children's menu-esque. Very disappointing, as have always had a high opinion of Mimi's in Rancho Mirage. Perhaps this is Mimi's way of compromising for the loss in business due to our valley in off-season, but certainly was expensive for the amount of food, and poor service. Mimi's should work on consistency as they are losing valuable locals' business with their off-season slow service, and barely adequate food.

Not impressed.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank SoCalSiren
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Palm Desert, California
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Breakfast for dinner ~ very good!”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

Arrived about 9 p.m. and asked for a breakfast menu. Our waitress was very helpful in seeing that our meals were done to perfection. I had the Avocado BLT Omelet which was light and fluffy.

I'd go back for the breakfast. Maybe next time, I'll order dinner.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Alirwd
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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115 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Breakfast spot”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

lots of food for the price. Many breakfasts come with a homemade muffin which is nice to take away for later in the day.

Visited May 2012
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Thank Macrosantafe
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