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University Cafe

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant, Café, and Coffee Shop$$$$
Downtown North, Palo Alto
105 Tips and reviews
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  • Dominik L.
    Dominik L.October 15, 2014
    Great location. Great food. Great staff. :)
  • Graham M.
    Graham MacpheeAugust 23, 2014
    Good, cheap coffee. Perfect for a meeting or relaxing at non-peak times.
  • Markus L.
    Markus LAugust 16, 2014
    The smoothies are amazing! Nice atmosphere as well
  • Joshua R.
    Joshua RoweJuly 25, 2014
    Possibly one of the worst coffees I've ever had. On the surface it looks promising but don't be fooled.
  • Tom
    TomJune 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask them not to cut up your burger... Otherwise they cut it into quarters which makes it impossible to eat.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneMay 25, 2014
    The service perfectly mixes the essences of the DMV and a firing squad — they're so horrible you'll believe you're on Punk'd. The food's pretty good, though. You'll leave satiated and furious.
  • Marios A.
    Marios AssiotisApril 4, 2014
    Internet here is slooooow
  • Xina L.
    Xina LoJanuary 8, 2014
    Try their pistachio crossant, very good.
  • Priya J.
    Priya JosephDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Sicilian good#
  • Sunil G.
    Sunil GargDecember 19, 2013
    Excellent food. Order something to share – the portions are sized for giants.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MederosDecember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Corn beef hash is fantastic. If you get an extra egg (total of 3) it's easily a meal you can split with two.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KedNovember 28, 2013
    Get the Palo Alto club to share. It's massive.
  • Artem V.
    Artem VysotskyOctober 27, 2013
    Tasty sandwiches. Try Tuscan one!
  • Brad D.
    Brad DOctober 13, 2013
    The bacon & egg croissant sandwich is great - but man, it's made with like a dozen eggs. You can get away with splitting this with a friend.
  • David S.
    David SmithOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great smoothies
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakSeptember 12, 2013
    Great place to meet for coffee on University Avenue. Have a business meeting here.
  • Tran H.
    Tran HaSeptember 10, 2013
    The veggie curry is a must.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MartensAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Palo Alto's Club sandwich and thank me later.
  • Sanat R.
    Sanat RaoJuly 11, 2013
    Huevos rancheros with spicy sausage: absolutely fabulous !
  • Illia P.
    Illia PolosukhinJuly 7, 2013
    WiFi password: iloveucafe. Great smoothies here.
  • Shaina E.
    Shaina EpsteinJune 22, 2013
    They don't accept service dogs. #illegal
  • Priya J.
    Priya JosephMay 30, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Do not order mocha once the girls leave! The men just dont know 2 make a mocha!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KristofferMay 17, 2013
    The Monte Cristo on the brunch menu is awesome, $10, and can feed a small army.
  • Steffen J.
    Steffen JussiApril 4, 2013
    Raisin bran muffin is sweet!
  • Andrea K.
    Andrea KuszewskiMarch 24, 2013
    Took 20 min to get a smoothie. But it was worth it.
  • Carl F.
    Carl FritjofssonFebruary 1, 2013
    Beautiful falafel salad wraps.
  • Yvonne C.
    Yvonne ChachereJanuary 31, 2013
    If you order the adult Mac & Cheese, it has bacon even though it's not listed on the menu. Awesome for a vegetarian. =)
  • Kyle
    KyleJanuary 22, 2013
    Crab Cake Club. Yep.
  • Mukund B.
    Mukund BalasubramanianJanuary 20, 2013
    The Huevos Rancheros is to die for. Strongly recommend!
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Surprisingly good spaghetti and meatballs.
  • reece p.
    reece pachecoNovember 25, 2012
    come here to eavesdrop on startup pitches to angels. free wifi. giant iced coffee.
  • Kenan A.
    Kenan AtalayOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    nice spot.
  • Harpreet S.
    Harpreet SethiOctober 8, 2012
    try thai chicken salad...
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaSeptember 30, 2012
    Try the Penne Chipotle Pasta
  • Carlyn L.
    Carlyn LamiaSeptember 29, 2012
    Chai right
  • Rick T.
    Rick ThomchickSeptember 20, 2012
    Great food lame staff.
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NiewczasSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hungry? Grab the madhouse platter! French toast, pancake, eggs, sausage, what more do you need?
  • Don H.
    Don HoangJuly 2, 2012
    Free wifi - cant beat that! Bfast here is pretty good
  • Tristan
    TristanMay 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Freshest croissant in the Bay Area
  • Horbah T.
    Horbah ToffMay 11, 2012
    nyc lunch reali njoyd it
  • Rob T.
    Rob TaylorMay 10, 2012
    Double Soy Smoothie. It works!
  • Rajagopal N.
    Rajagopal NMay 6, 2012
    Try the Ravioli in the vegetarian menu
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WareMay 3, 2012
    Banana Split Smoothie...aaaaaamazing
  • Edmond L.
    Edmond LauApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite place for Cobb salad in Palo Alto.
  • Karla
    KarlaMarch 1, 2012
    Ask for extra bacon with your BLT... It's awesome!
  • Jon R.
    Jon RomeroFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place, beautiful people
  • Rauno R.
    Rauno RüngasNovember 28, 2011
    Cobb salad was one of the biggest I've ever had.
  • Petra S.
    Petra SöderlingNovember 28, 2011
    Food is good, but service less so. The moved us to the back in the middle of dessert because some of us we were using laptops.
  • Kamil B.
    Kamil BargielNovember 27, 2011
    To all coffee lovers - Choose double espresso macchiato - it's super awesome!
  • Tuhin K.
    Tuhin KumarNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken Fajita Wrap is amazing and wholesome.
  • Gayle L. M.
    Gayle L. McDowellNovember 15, 2011
    The steak salad would be great... except that the meat is terrible. Obv you're not expecting amazing meat, but it was so dried out you couldn't even cut through it. I returned it, and I NEVER do that.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SweatNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The crab and prawn salad is amazing!
  • Emre E.
    Emre ErsahinOctober 6, 2011
    You won't regret the Madhouse platter!
  • Stephany
    StephanyOctober 4, 2011
    Get the BLT on brioche. Stacked high with avocado and perfectly prepared thick-cut bacon. mmm..... bacon.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SSeptember 29, 2011
    Get their peaches and cream smoothie. Mmmmm!!
  • Sean N.
    Sean NarvasaSeptember 29, 2011
    Don't sit at the Mayor's Table unless you're #mayortristan
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KahlerSeptember 28, 2011
    Try the huge-ass blueberry scones with tons of fresh blueberries.
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DiazAugust 30, 2011
    getting some free wi-fi and coffee
  • Nitin
    NitinAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you're not taking up mayor Tristan's fav morning spot!!
  • Maithreyi R.
    Maithreyi RamanJuly 26, 2011
    So nice when they open they all the doors on a sunny day!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DohertyJuly 20, 2011
    Mocha berry smoothie is awesome!
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GrinerJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MinorJuly 4, 2011
    Lively and equipped with WiFi, this downtown PA spot is THE place to see and be seen. Try the steak salad. Read more
  • Deepak J.
    Deepak JeyaramanJune 22, 2011
    Banana nut bread is worth the 2 bucks ..... And protien shakes here ... Nowadays cafes do have something different to offer !!!
  • Kristo O.
    Kristo OvaskaJune 8, 2011
    No laptops inside during the dinner time... Noot good...
  • Lance J.
    Lance JoeMay 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best French Toast in town!
  • Timo H.
    Timo HerttuaMay 19, 2011
    Try the soy protein smoothies, Power Berry is refreshing!
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CollisonMay 14, 2011
    University Cafe is a themed cafe, where the theme is hating your customers. Once you grok that, it all makes sense.
  • Andre C.
    Andre CharooMay 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Croissant is very fresh!
  • kaleb a.
    kaleb askewApril 26, 2011
    try the Palo Alto's Club sandwich. You won't regret it.
  • Leigh G.
    Leigh GilbertApril 25, 2011
    Decaf is so so
  • Jeremy
    JeremyApril 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a chocolate chip cookie warmed up. Orgasmic.
  • Nafis Z.
    Nafis ZebarjadiApril 12, 2011
    Doesn't take AmEx....
  • Brian W.
    Brian WitlinApril 6, 2011
    If you are in the mood for a salad, try the citrus mixed greens with chicken. Delish!
  • Jeremy
    JeremyMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Combo omelet!
  • Valto L.
    Valto LoikkanenMarch 17, 2011
    Enjoying the original, while virtually extending the Valley come join us
  • Tristan
    TristanFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Salad person? Get the steak salad. Best in palo alto. You won't regret it. #mayortristan
  • David H.
    David HuffakerFebruary 14, 2011
    Madhatters vetch plate: eggs,bacon, pancakes AND French toast. Wha wha wha?!
  • UrbanTurban G.
    UrbanTurban GuyJanuary 9, 2011
    Fastest wifi on university ave. Cheaper mochas and lattes than any other place. What else can a job hunting grad. Student want!
  • Jeremy
    JeremyDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    University Club: best sandwhich on university ave.
  • vandy M.
    vandy MearesDecember 3, 2010
    Green eggs Benedict !
  • Marcus O.
    Marcus OgawaNovember 24, 2010
    Vegetarian curry with chicken is fantastic! Great brownie cheesecake too.
  • Jeremiah A.
    Jeremiah AndrickNovember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the pot pie it is excellent
  • Kim T.
    Kim TOctober 25, 2010
    Crab club- such a deeeeeeaaaaal!
  • Tristan
    TristanOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    peppermint hot chocolate. please. awesome.
  • Sukhjit G.
    Sukhjit GhagSeptember 16, 2010
    Love this place and this brownie
  • Tristan
    TristanSeptember 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    white chocolate mocha. Yup, that's right! Get involved!
  • Sharon N.
    Sharon NguyenSeptember 9, 2010
    Apparently, you can't use a laptop in the main dining area--only in the very front outside the cafe or very back.
  • Tristan
    TristanAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Mac and cheese (with bacon!) is pretty amazing here. Try it
  • Chris W.
    Chris WakeAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Cartoon super villains have the turkey & swiss. Solid.
  • Leo C.
    Leo CapseoAugust 10, 2010
    University BLT.... Hummmm
  • Alex A.
    Alex AlgardJuly 31, 2010
    California scramble is yummy
  • reece p.
    reece pachecoJuly 14, 2010
    turkey and Swiss "sandwich" is awesome. good free wifi.
  • Edwin G.
    Edwin GoeiJune 12, 2010
    Green eggs Benedict
  • Josh E.
    Josh EvninMarch 28, 2010
    The huevos rancheros were yum. I'd recommend.
  • Axel S.
    Axel SchultzeMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a city break in the morning - and listen to what's up in town
  • Eva H.
    Eva HungMarch 17, 2010
    Chicken Nicoise salad is excellent
  • Lylan M.
    Lylan MastermanFebruary 18, 2010
    Verify they bring you what you ordered. They brought me the wrong plate and then disagreed with me about my order.
  • Salim M.
    Salim MithaJanuary 28, 2010
    Banana coffeecake is great
  • Guillaume D.
    Guillaume DumortierJanuary 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Palo Alto's Club is the best sandwich ever
  • Vyacheslav D.
    Vyacheslav DMarch 24, 2014
    Открывается раньше других заведений в округе - завтра для тех, кого мучает джет-лэг.)
  • Advizzer
    AdvizzerOctober 26, 2012
    Стейк Нью-йорк :веусно
  • Svetlana F.
    Svetlana FominykhJanuary 15, 2012
    Быстрый вайфай и вкуснейший вегетарианский карри!
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