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“disappointed”
Review of California Cafe - CLOSED

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California Cafe
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Vineyard & Quarry ( behind Nordstrom & Andronico's at Stanford Mall )
Saratoga, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“disappointed”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Went with a party today for lunch -- very disappointed -- it definitely was better before a couple years back. Service was slow and bad - no taking away bread dish and empty bread basket, no refilling bread, missed all stirring spoons on coffees, no milk until asked, no offering of decaf etc -- food just came feeling like we're fed like cattles, no conversation much with servers; we pointed out missing one of the three tarts and server just explained that it ran out and no replacement or offering anything else... can a restaurant with this kind of pricing and caliber do this? Food was so so, non spicy food was "highlighted" with too much spiciness across all options on our party's menu -- overdone.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank kittylkittyl
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  • English first
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English first
California
Level Contributor
78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Our First visit”
Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

On our first visit here, we were lucky to arrive shortly after a new chef was appointed. We were told that he was changing the menu and added some new items. I tried the Scallops and my wife tried the Salmon. Absolutely outstanding in every way. The server #147,
did a great job with his recommendations. A must visit in our opinion. It is next to Stanford Hospital and the campus of Stanford with all of it's wonderful things to see.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Paul P
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Redwood City, California
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145 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A lovely outdoor setting and delightful seasonal menu!”
Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

California Cafe was a wonderful place to celebrate my good friend's birthday! We sat outside under umbrellas on a beautiful day! We had gazpacho and roasted cauliflower soup to start; both were fresh and delicious! For the main course we split a huge order of lettuce wraps. A twist on traditional wraps, but very good! The butterscotch bread pudding was amazing--topped with vanilla bean ice cream, it was fresh, warm and delicious!!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank bbtapper
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great, convenient setting”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stopped here for lunch on the way to SFO. What a delight to sit outside, overlooking beautiful flowers. The staff heard us when we said we had a flight to catch, so service was quick as well as friendly. The food was delicious and fresh. We especially enjoyed the salads. We plan to return even without planes to catch.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Donna Z
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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131 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“On the edge of greatness”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

We had a mid day meal on Sunday. The menus features a "pick three" option and we ordered a total of 6 dishes. The standout was the cauliflower (I know, go figure!). Mac and cheese was disappointing. Eating outdoors on a lovely day was quite a treat.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Margaret F
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