University Cafe

While University Cafe in Palo Alto looks more like a coffee shop than a restaurant, the cafe boasts a menu filled with flavorful and exciting New American dishes. Our interior is charming and a bit rustic while the constantly buzzing atmosphere makes University Cafe an ideal spot for a quick cup of coffee or full-service lunch.

As a coffeehouse, University Cafe opens its doors early to serve a loyal crowd of customers who come to get a cup of coffee or specialty espresso drink to start the morning off right. The cafe also serves a variety of homemade lemonades, perfect for those who don't drink coffee or for the hot summer days when the cafe opens up its doors to their outdoor seating area. Free WiFi also makes the spot popular with students and techies alike looking for a place to work and grab a quick bite to eat.

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The menu at University Cafe is rather extensive featuring sandwiches, large salads with protein options, and even a vegetarian menu. While there are several menu staples that are nearly always available, such as a classic caesar salad, the University BLT and vegetarian curry, the chef's specials change seasonally as the restaurant strives to offer local and in-season ingredients whenever possible. Spring favorites include a salmon risotto and a steak stir fry. The restaurant is family friendly, too, as evident by the kids menu featuring miniature pancakes and spaghetti with a meatball. In addition to coffee, tea and specialty sodas and juices, the cafe also offers a selection of beer and wine.

Open early enough to get a morning caffeine fix and late enough to grab a late night snack, University Cafe has a loyal customer base who enjoy the bustling coffeehouse atmosphere as much as the gourmet dishes served all day.