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Cafe Brioche

445 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-8640
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“cassoulet” (6 reviews)
“onion soup” (2 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
French, Cafe
$$ - $$$
445 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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Reviewed December 11, 2015

Enjoyed the filet mignon, and the first bite was mesmerizing. This is the best meal I've had in Palo Alto (my home town). Somewhat expensive, and well worth it.

Date of visit: December 2015
Thank Alice G
Reviewed November 20, 2015

Cafe Brioche is REAL. It is longstanding, not pretentious, has withstood the onslaught of many slick newcomers who didn't last. The staff are steady, the tables adequate for business or pleasure meetings; noise level is tolerable because spacing of tables is adequate; parking excellent; open...More

Date of visit: November 2015
Thank Claire B
Reviewed November 2, 2015

Eating alone on a work trip, I was enticed in by the warm, inviting appearance, and the typical French bistro menu (cassoulet, coq au vin, magnet de canard, moules frites, etc.) that appealed to me. Unfortunately, the food didn't measure up to the price at...More

Date of visit: November 2015
Thank ottawanian2014
Reviewed October 18, 2015

We're a frequent visitor to this restaurants. Many anniversaries, birthdays, special events have been spent dining here (especially for dinner). Occasionally we also drop in for brunch... Having been to France a couple of times, it was wonderful to find some of those flavors coming...More

Date of visit: June 2015
Thank FamilyTraveller44
Reviewed October 11, 2015

What a relief after the Friday night frenzy of University Avenue! Parking was easy; California Avenue was active, but mellow, people sitting outside and in, unhurried. Service here was welcoming, attentive, and prompt. We've dined in many French bistros here (US) and in France, and...More

Date of visit: October 2015
Thank babubenj
Reviewed August 31, 2015

We hit this place on the first day of a new menu. I think they have not perfected some of the items. Some previous reviews were right on. The hamburger had a very hard bun. Tough to eat. the other members of the party were...More

Date of visit: August 2015
Thank Larryv501
Reviewed August 15, 2015

Nice, casual, intimate environment where you can have a conversation and hear each other. Delicious, authentic, classic French bistro food that you can count on next time you come as well. Pleasant service. A favorite spot that we have recommended to many friends with high...More

Date of visit: August 2015
Thank travelrab
Reviewed August 10, 2015

We are regulars at this California Avenue bistro, and went again this past weekend. We can't pass up the French onion soup, although the waiter admitted the portions were a little smaller than in the past. Still excellent. One of our favorites among the classic...More

Date of visit: August 2015
Thank Brandon U
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Although you can go to Cafe Brioche for any kind of meal, this is one of my favorite breakfast places near Palo Alto. There is choice, prices are reasonable, eggs are well cooked, presentation is nice, service is efficient, and the decor is nice. What...More

Date of visit: May 2015
Thank Chantal C
Reviewed June 28, 2015

Out of the hubbub of University Avenue, this French style bistro on California Avenue takes pride in their service and selections. Had a delicious steak with frites and for dessert a wonderful seasonal fruit cobbler. Pleasant atmosphere dining inside or outdoors.

Date of visit: June 2015
Thank Steven S
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Questions & Answers
May 22, 2015|
Response from marciagabby | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Cafe a brioche has a full bar and a nice wine menu
May 22, 2015|
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Response from GabrielGos | Reviewed this property |
They have several options of wines, and some beers. I did not see mixed drinks in the menu
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 445 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-8640
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