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Calafia Café & Market A-Go-Go

Calafia Café & Market A-Go-Go

American Restaurant, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Palo Alto
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  • Ranked #2 for American restaurants in Palo Alto
  • celli59
    "Excellent "super salad" kale, quinoa, cranberries, walnuts"(3 Tips)
    Robert S.
    "Try the Yellow Curry With Chicken - The best dish in the house."(4 Tips)
    Cristina C.
    "Can't go wrong with the mahogany salmon."(2 Tips)
    Gina
    "The beet and quinoa salad is the best tasting salad in town."(3 Tips)
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  • Natalia P.
    Natalia PapakyriazisDecember 12, 2016
    Stuffed kale was very good. Large range of choices for all: vegan, vegetarian, omnivores. Would def come back.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerSeptember 15, 2016
    Love that half the menu is veg/vegan and the other half is for meat eaters. The cocktails are really good. Duck dumplings were a great start
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveNovember 16, 2016
    The food is delicious and healthy. The chefs take great care in combining wonderful flavors and textures.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteAugust 14, 2014
    This place is hyper-California-cuisine with regard to the quality of the food and the technology - you can order/pay for your seasonal meal on small computers at each table. Get the BoHo pork salad!
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinJuly 19, 2013
    Vegans get the Carrot MushroomOsso Bucco from the plant eater menu. Has roasted rainbow carrots, oyster mushrooms, braised Swiss chard, soft-miso polenta, roasted chestnut-shallot jus. #delish
  • Tristan
    TristanJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Holy shi* if you can order the salmon burger , do it immediately. I got it as a special but you might be able to swing it.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I typically come here for brunch on the weekends. It's fun sitting on the patio outside with a dog. The hostess who usually works on the weekends loves dogs and brings a water bowl.
  • Tristan
    TristanJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I know brunch. So here's what you do: order the "Blue Max" (poached egg special) with a side of applewood bacon. When finished, thank me...preferably via channels like twitter. @tristanwalker btw! :)
  • Elizabeth A.
    Elizabeth AustinApril 14, 2013
    If you read about it in food/ wine,they have it on the menu here. Fresh and yummy consistently the best! Ps if you forget your glasses for reading, they have loaners!
  • Marc P.
    Marc PrioleauMarch 7, 2013
    Agree with comment from Tristan. Sit at the bar on a busy night if you want to see how a well-oiled restaurant kitchen works. Had 2 specials and both were very good.
  • Tristan
    TristanAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    great chicken and waffles plate. The waffles are incredible (bacon studded!)...the chicken is tempura battered so not what you'd expect with a traditional chicken / waffles plate but it'll do.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BartzSeptember 17, 2013
    Such a great place. First time I had brunch and it was very yummy. I suggest the Idaho potato crab cake with poached eggs and a creamy lemon sauce.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MinessJuly 30, 2013
    Super Salad was great. And if you want to get it to another level, add salmon. Highly recommend!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MurphyDecember 2, 2016
    Pizza is delicious. I also love the udon noodle salad and the cucumber salad. Dessert is amazing too.
  • Tristan
    TristanJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you haven't already, try to sit at the "bar" to see the chefs go to work! They're awesome. You also get to see/smell all the good foods. Be on the lookout for Charlie Ayers!
  • Natalia G.
    Natalia GorevaJune 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you still have room for dessert you absolutely have to try RawDaddy ice cream trio - it's so unique and delicious (and yes, it's raw!)
  • Gina
    GinaMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They define what exceptional service truly is. Friendly staff. Charlie Ayers is very personable. There's something for everyone. Best burgers in PA!
  • Sreejita D.
    Sreejita DebJuly 8, 2012
    Curried tofu scramble with spinach and crimini mushrooms- guilt free delicious-ness. Give the games on the table a spin. A little cheesy but fun.
  • Tristan
    TristanMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure you say hi to Ernie at the bar. He's awesome. He's also totally cool with folks changing the channel at the bar. Win win win.
  • D L.
    D LinMay 25, 2015
    Light but still fixed the craving chicken waffles. Juicy battered chicken meat with waffles with bacon in them.definitely a good hangover food
  • Heather S.
    Heather SchmeltzerDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten free cookie was really good! Brussels sprouts side Is boring, get something else! My waiter was lame, but the rest of the staff picked up to make it decent experience at the counter!
  • Adam J.
    Adam JonesMarch 21
    Try the cucumber salad. It is delicious. I also like the pizza. There are so many delicious combinations of ingredients. Try it.
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuOctober 13, 2014
    Gluten free? Dairy free? Vegan? You got it. This place can't be more hip/organic/yoga-pants. I only looked at the meat eater section of the menu.
  • Sandeep C.
    Sandeep ChandanaAugust 27, 2010
    classy cafe.... eat their quinoa with yellow curry chicken.... sheer brilliance. And definitely try their agave soda...so much better than the cola....definitely skip their sugar free desserts
  • Kaye
    KayeSeptember 27, 2010
    A great place to go for Gleuten-free eating, everything is clearly marked (though I wish they had GF appitizers!). Also, another vote for the Curry Chicken bowl... Soo good!
  • Deborah P.
    Deborah PetersenSeptember 19, 2011
    Affordable by Palo Alto standards, this cafe is a great dinner place, especially for vegetarians. Try the seaweed salad, and pork fire bowl.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LambertAugust 29, 2013
    Very good... Everything on the menu... Plus, they have Presto which allows you to order a beer from the device
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FowlerFebruary 8, 2013
    The burger for dinner was excellent and the chicken and waffles for breakfast are the way to go.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FMarch 7
    Delicious cocktails and interesting dishes. Definitely worth a try.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KristofferMay 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Blue Max with bacon at brunch is really good. Nice twist on eggs florentine.
  • Gina
    GinaMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The beet and quinoa salad is the best tasting salad in town.
  • Nick S.
    Nick SisodiaDecember 15, 2011
    Palo alto club is quick and tasty. Breakfast sandwiches are also go but the wait is longer with small morning staff
  • jordanschum
    jordanschumMay 31, 2010
    Whole wheat bread loaf from the Market a go-go side is delicious. Outside edges are covered with a variety of seeds and the hint of honey is definitely notable. :)
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakMay 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    There is so much that is great to eat at Calafia, but I have to say that I really love the pizza.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KantarjievJanuary 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The specials are amazing; there's always at least one that's worth changing my order for.
  • Mario S.
    Mario SundarJune 21, 2013
    The salmon salad is to die for. One of the best I've had in the Bay Area.
  • Bala S.
    Bala SathiamurthyAugust 11, 2013
    Get whatever Jeremiah (host) says. I tried Godzilla juice and glazed short ribs - both were dynamite.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakJanuary 11
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious food. Very healthy options. Extremely friendly staff.
  • Mason M.
    Mason MasonbigrSeptember 11, 2013
    I love the food, but I especially love the pizza cooked in that beautiful pizza oven.
  • Sheryn
    SherynAugust 16, 2012
    The Yellow Curry Chicken, Crimson Quinoa Salad and Lamb Burger are excellent choices, as are their specials.
  • Melanie T.
    Melanie TansuwanJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak tacos here are amazing...gluten free dairy free and low carb and it's still good!!
  • Robert K.
    Robert KelleyAugust 29, 2015
    The specials are amazing and they change daily!!!
  • Sammie
    SammieJune 11, 2012
    Grab the Presto tablet to see pictures of the food, order, pay and play games straight from your seat. Cool stuff!
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CraryFebruary 19, 2015
    Highly interesting combination of healthy and super tasty. Talented chef!
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    So fun to sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare the amazing food.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakJune 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the pizza. The combination of flavors is outstanding and delicious.
  • Blake G.
    Blake GuerreroAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a "Tiger Woods" I'd you want to change up your drink order. It's an "Arnold Palmer" with cranberry juice.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserNovember 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    ask for extra veggies in the bowls. they have too many noodles and not enough veggies.
  • Blake G.
    Blake GuerreroAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always be sure to ask about the specials. They change daily and are pretty amazing.
  • Michael O.
    The yellow curry bowl is terrific!
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinMay 13, 2016
    Fresh fish specials. Good wine list. Very good service.
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainFebruary 3
    The Completo may be the biggest hot dog you'll ever eat.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RumennikJanuary 18, 2014
    Steak tacos with lettuce wraps are awesome! Place closes kinda early.
  • Chris M.
    Chris McKillopOctober 6, 2011
    These guys know Gluten Free. Great selection and respect for those with allergies.
  • Julie F.
    Julie FMay 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Seared Salmon With Arugula And Quinoa Salad And Pickled Veggies
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScobleJuly 1, 2011
    Try the Yellow Curry With Chicken - The best dish in the house.
  • Au
    AuJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Usually love everything here but I'd avoid the potato crab cakes. They're very bland w/ too much potato and not enough crab. Could barely detect there was crab it it.
  • Laura J.
    Laura JamesAugust 17, 2016
    The lox plate was fresh and delicious.
  • Micayla B.
    Micayla BrewsterNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the salad bar if you want a nice, fresh, and healthy lunch! It's super cheap and you decide what you put in!
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakApril 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I love sitting at the counter watching the chefs prepare the food
  • Sophia Y.
    Sophia YenAugust 4, 2012
    $4 for this fruit cup?!?! And done of the pieces were the hard rind part so I sent that back!
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithMarch 29
    get the fries--it's a huge basket. skip the turkey meatloaf sandwich.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KantarjievMarch 28
    Been here 100+ times
    Duck dumplings and a Super Salad. You're welcome.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerJuly 27, 2015
    They have a bacon-wrapped, tempura-battered, deep-fried hot dog. How could that be bad?!? (Tip: It isn't)
  • Stefania P.
    Stefania PomponiJune 15, 2011
    Most dishes taste like corporate cafeteria fare and the portion sizes are on the small side, but the pancakes are great.
  • Tristan
    TristanJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    bloody mary here is just fantastic. ask for it slightly more spicy.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WoodlyAugust 13
    vegan gnocchi come in surprising, delicious style.
  • Marit S.
    Marit SnowballJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the breakfast pizza! Did you know the eggs come from Neil Young's son's chickens?
  • whitney b.
    whitney bDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten-free items are clearly marked on the menu and the food was fab!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan D.December 31, 2011
    Try the squash, millet and kale bowl - it is awesome.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakSeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the counter for a great view of the chefs cooking.
  • Ari F.
    Ari FriedlandJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    if here for dinner, get the cold noodles appetizer. ah-mazing.
  • celli59
    celli59August 1, 2012
    Excellent "super salad" kale, quinoa, cranberries, walnuts
  • Maria L.
    Maria LambertMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For quick lunch or dinner head to the salad bar. Healthy and comparatively cheap.
  • Julie F.
    Julie FMay 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Grilled Kale Salad with lentils and green beans
  • Tristan
    TristanJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome applewood bacon studded waffles. A "must try"
  • Henrik F.
    Henrik FohnsMarch 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Charlie was The cook at Google. His Goodrich is tadty, healthy and friendly to The enviroment. The Best!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RakowskiJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Buttermilk pancakes are fluffy perfection.
  • Eduardo T.
    Eduardo TMNovember 25, 2014
    Go for the Completo, thank me later
  • Norman L.
    Norman LiangJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    For a quick charge during a power brunch, there are USB plugs in the wall!
  • Cristina C.
    Cristina C.July 10, 2013
    Can't go wrong with the mahogany salmon.
  • M T.
    M TDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They serve Barefoot Coffee here! Both in the restaurant or To Go in the market.
  • Tristan
    TristanJune 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    New curry chicken, quinoa bowl is incredible. And still super light. Try it!
  • Cheryl B.
    Cheryl BowerJanuary 25, 2013
    Luv the pay your bill &/or order option via e-device at the table!
  • David C.
    David ChieSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    David Chang burger and Flowers Chardonnay. Yum!
  • Julie F.
    Julie FMay 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Veggie Udon With Tofu
  • Uber SV
    Uber SVNovember 20, 2013
    Be sure to show your Uber receipt to receive 11% off your entire bill during #SVLOVESuberX Week (Nov 25-Dec 1)
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoveyApril 8, 2012
    Mimosa is the brunch drink of choice! Bloody Mary is disappointing.
  • Ed W.
    Ed WeiSeptember 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a whole half of the menu for plant eaters!
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey HeaterJune 30, 2015
    The lox bagel sandwich is delicious.
  • OneTake O.
    OneTake OneTakeOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They always have interesting pizzas here.
  • Gina
    GinaJanuary 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Rotisserie chicken is one of the best.
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MortJuly 6, 2013
    The yellow chicken curry is amazing!
  • Julie F.
    Julie FMay 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Beet Salas With Dill Citrus Dressing
  • Chris K.
    Chris KantarjievOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Be sure to try what ever the Brussels sprouts side is this season.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KantarjievApril 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Brussels sprouts, especially with bacon.
  • Erin W.
    Erin WilsonDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chocolate Soy BOMB. Get it.
  • David C.
    David ChieFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Brick Chicken Salad is awesome!
  • Greg L.
    Greg LeeOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Butternut squash salad special is amazing.
  • John H.
    John HazardMarch 21, 2014
    Try the Google drumsticks (like wings).
  • Jack B.
    Jack BrownJune 17, 2016
    Softshell crab sandwich, outstanding.
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScobleJuly 1, 2011
    Try the Mahogany Salmon Salad - Yum!
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AyersOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Occupy Calafia is going off right now! Already running a wait!
  • Jonas G.
    Jonas GrankvistMarch 14, 2015
    Burger & Salmon sallad
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RichSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for some Google sauce on the side.
  • Lane S.
    Lane SwallJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chef Ayers rules!
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftNovember 22, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    the new menu looks amazing. and it's so nice to order salmon and not have to worry about sustainability.
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangSeptember 5, 2015
    Love the lamb burger and shakes
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftSeptember 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Grab a piece of gravenstein Apple pie while it's in season.
  • R41 T.
    R41 T41June 11, 2014
    Everything
  • Jacque M.
    Jacque MoxOctober 18, 2010
    Stay away from the vegetable pot pie, it's got very sharp sour flavor... Reminiscent of rotten milk.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RifkinAugust 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The specials are usually fantastic because they're made from whatever's freshest in season.
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JergensOctober 5, 2011
    The BBQ pork sandwich is pretty good. The club sandwich, not so much.
  • Andre C.
    Andre CNovember 5, 2014
    Everything is delicious
  • Vik L.
    Vik LakhwaraFebruary 27, 2012
    Try out the new menu!
  • Ron L.
    Ron LeviJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Laquered Short Ribs are amazing! Read more
  • Doug R.
    Doug RayJuly 14, 2012
    A favorite spot of the late Steve Jobs
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SchalkwykMarch 31, 2013
    Delicious quiche.
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the new Creme Brulee donut and resist the urge to mol (moan out load) .
  • Miles H.
    Miles HDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Someone's put their kid's cloud pictures in the wall. It's cute.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JungDecember 15, 2011
    The google gulp is a dream come true
  • Jérôme T.
    Jérôme TomasiniSeptember 9, 2011
    Smoothies : Facebook Freeze vs Google Gulp. Take a side!
  • liz f.
    liz fischbeckOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon is worth the $7
  • Sophia Y.
    Sophia YenAugust 4, 2012
    $4 fruit cup
  • Oleg R.
    Oleg RJanuary 21, 2015
    Healthy food!
  • Angela F.
    Angela FloresAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Blueberry buckwheat pancakes are the best!
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakOctober 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing food
  • Meghan H.
    Meghan HoweJuly 12, 2013
    Ooh! Try the sangria!
  • Yujin C.
    Yujin ChungJanuary 21, 2012
    Chiapas are amazing
  • Crunchily C.
    Crunchily CrunchilyFebruary 26, 2012
    I'd like to try this on
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftOctober 20, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The new pastry chef rocks!
  • Andalaz P.
    Andalaz PutraMarch 29, 2012
    Soo good its very good..
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftOctober 16, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    order the special. always creative and delish.
  • Tristan
    TristanJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    great bloody mary!
  • Vispi D.
    Vispi DaverSeptember 19, 2011
    Don't ask for any coke or pepsi products :).
  • John C.
    John CanningDecember 14, 2011
    The food is good, the service not so good
  • Iri T.
    Iri TrashanskiMarch 9, 2010
    Try the open face turkey meatloaf sandwich
  • June L.
    June LinMarch 14, 2011
    The wifi password is "cookmefood"
  • Riley S.
    Riley SchoebenMarch 14, 2010
    Bring a dog and they will give you water
  • Jared H.
    Jared HawkinsOctober 9, 2009
    Try a great cup of coffee from their "Clover" coffee maker.
  • Greg L.
    Greg LeeSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best breakfast burrito.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RFebruary 11, 2011
    Food is delicious!
  • Tristan
    TristanAugust 16, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    calafia has the best brunch in town. try the pancakes
  • Ellen L.
    Ellen LaiJuly 13, 2010
    Get the shaking beef salad :)
  • JFP
    JFPApril 11, 2010
    Laquered short rib is great.
  • Henrik F.
    Henrik FohnsMarch 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the local beer Hoppy Ending and The hanger steak
  • Amoy W.
    Amoy WalkerMay 31, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the fiery bottom pork bowl.
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftSeptember 3, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    sit by the cooks. it's a great show for foodies.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakJuly 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Go eat some great food at Calafia.
  • Eckart W.
    Eckart WaltherDecember 19, 2009
    Great take-out salads
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftJune 2, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the new menu.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WilsonJune 1, 2010
    Juices named after valleystrtups
  • Mark K.
    Mark KokanovichOctober 16, 2009
    Order the Arepas.
  • Abhishek K.
    Abhishek KumarMarch 22, 2010
    awesome food.
  • Garry K.
    Garry KApril 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Brunch
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChaneOctober 18, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing pancakes!
  • David M.
    David MarcusJuly 26, 2009
    Go for Lamb Burgers!
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