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“Good pizza, not so good pulled pork” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Bistro in Nordstrom

Ranked #114 of 742 Restaurants in Tacoma
Cuisines: Cafe, American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Olympia, Washington
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300 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good pizza, not so good pulled pork”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012 via mobile

We've been to this cafe in the Tacoma Mall Nordstrom's store many times. I usually get a pepperoni pizza, which is quite good. This time I tried their pulled pork sandwich. Big mistake. The pork was flavorless and the sauce was nasty. And as much as I like cheese, cheese does not belong on a pulled pork sandwich. Nor does pulled pork belong on a cibatta roll. While that was dissappointing, service is always good, and the restaurant is a nice break from shopping.

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English first
Steilacoom,WA
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Should get more credit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

This cafe should get more credit on the local dining scene. I suppose it's considered a chain because Nordstrom has them in most if not all of their store, but that's where the "chain" stops. They have the best salads and we've tried most of them. They have a delicious dressing (for sale at the register) that they apply judiciously and the salads seem to be made to order because everything tastes so fresh - not a soggy leaf to be found. Their sandwiches are tasty and ample, the pasta sauces have a bit of zing and they work on their presentation as well. I understand they have a bread pudding to die for, but I've always been too full to try it. It's difficult to try new items because it's so easy to want to stick with favorites. For years I was stuck on the pear and gorgonzola salad and my daughter was stuck on the asian chicken. I since branched out to the apple chicken salad.

The food is delicious and the cafe has a nice ambience. The staff and environment are kid-friendly. We took a toddler who tried to dismantle the table and the staff was very gracious. It's easy to overlook this cafe because it's on the second floor in the mall, but every time I eat here I remember why I love it.

  • Visited August 2011
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Olympia, Washington
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12 reviews
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“Great food, great price, great service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2011

If you are looking for something outside the ordinary chain restaurants that offers casual dining at an affordable price, Nordstrom Cafe is perfect. Their shoestring fries are excellent. I love their crab bisque. They offer several tasty salads. And they even offer a steak dinner for around $18. The food comes pretty quickly as you order before you are seated and the service has always been good. Oh, and they are kid friendly and offer a kids menu.

  • Visited February 2011
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Washington
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2010

If you want to find a really wonderful casual restaurant in Tacoma, you have to go to the second floor of Nordstrom, among the women's clothing. We visited Cafe Bistro the other day for lunch for the first time since Nordstrom's move. The new digs are tasteful and intimate. Our waiter was perfectly attentive and informative. The menu is eclectic (but simple) with an assortment of salads, sandwiches, pizzas and soups, as well as a few basic desserts.
I ordered the nicoise salmon salad which had a velvety herb-roasted piece of salmon that was cooked to perfection, sweet, crunchy green beans and the most perfect little roasted potato chunks I've ever had at a restaurant. The vinaigrette was also the best I've had. We overheard the waiters discussing the fact that they served 49 nicoise salads the day before. And, no wonder. Word must be spreading. What a perfect salad!
My husband had the pepperoni pizza which had roasted red peppers and a small chopped arugula salad atop it. It was groan-worthy.
For dessert, we shared an awesome berry shortcake with huge perfect raspberries, blackberries and a homemade buttermilk biscuit (almost scone-like), covered in real whipped cream. We will be back.

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