The Cardinal Hotel - Palo Alto, California, 94301, United States

Local Dining

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Downtown Palo Alto, California Restaurants - Bistro Maxine

Excellent dining is right next door to our Palo Alto, California hotel at Bistro Maxine, a creperie/café that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Full Breakfast, which is available Monday - Friday 7am-11am, Saturday 8am-11am and Sunday 9am-11am. for $15.00 consists of coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, small fruit salad, and choice of eggs, omelettes, scrambles, "crepe short stack", breakfast croissant sandwich or pastry, yogurt and granola.

Guests who prefer something lighter can opt for our $10.00 The Cardinal Breakfast that features House coffee or tea + 2 items or Espresso drink + 1 item.

Choose from:

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Yogurt parfait
  • Fresh baked pastry
  • Baguette tartines with butter & jam

The lunch and dinner menu encompasses salads and savory dessert crepes. Bistro Maxine also offers coffee drinks, beer, wine, and cider. Their coffee and espresso beans are from Barefoot Coffee Roasters, artisan roasters of organic, shade grown, and fair trade coffees in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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See our Location page for more Downtown Palo Alto Restaurants

La Strada Ristorante

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The Giovannotto family and Chef Augustus Remo welcome you to La Strada Ristorante Italiano in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. Chef Remo's seasonal menus meld the finest of Italian ingredients with the freshest local produce. In addition, a daily "La Cenetta," a 3-course dinner, offers the savvy palate with items a bit above and beyond the seasonal menu. Each and every dish from the traditional homemade pastas and pizzas to the most contemporary dishes exhibit the expertise and precision of Chef Remo's training and passion.

Thaiphoon Restaurant

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Thaiphoon's menu focuses mostly on Thai dishes, their wide-ranging menu also offers a medley of soups, appetizers, Salads, and Entrees featuring Seafoods, Poultry, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Noodles, Curries, and vegetarian dishes.

Thaiphoon's Attactive Awning-covered Outdoor Patio seating features a beautiful Southeast Asian Buddha Fountain, with Tropical setting and heat lamps for a year round relaxing dining experience.

Gordon Biersche

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Dan Gordon and Dean Biersch opened the original Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in downtown Palo Alto in 1988 at the site of the once historic Bijou Theatre. Gordon Biersch Palo Alto was an integral part of what has become one of the Bay Area's premier restaurant destinations.


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Inflienced by China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and France, the cuisine of Vietnam is a treasure trove of contrasting textures and exotic flavors that continually beg for gastronomic exploration on the part of the chefs as well as savvy diners.  Tamarine Restaurant & Gallery represents the cutting edge of this sophisticated and ever-evolving cuisine, and the innovative menu is equaled only by the stunning design and stylish decor.  The restaurant offers a menu based on shared plates, promoting the Vietnamese tradition of the "family style" meal in which food is shared and enjoyed with those close.  Tamarine's entree course has been designed to be enjoyed with the pairing of a variety of aromatic flavors.


Prepare to experience some Cajun ‘con’ Fusion - a fun and eclectic mix of cajun, creole, “southern contemporary” cuisine. Try our seafood gumbo or alligator and crawfish dumplings--it takes you right back to N’awlins.

Evvia Estiatorio

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Evvia Estiatorio brings the warmth and charm of Greece to the Silicon Valley. Hellenic cuisine is served in an environment where hospitality is the focus. At Evvia, the staff will make you feel instantly welcome as if you were arriving at an old friend’s home for dinner; an age-old Greek tradition.

Evvia's food is prepared using the freshest, seasonal ingredients found here in California and in the Mediterranean. On the menu, signature Greek dishes are found alongside local interpretations of many traditional Hellenic favorites. The food is simple, yet flavorful, allowing the ingredients to take center stage. Horiatiki, the classic Greek salad is bursting with fresh local tomatoes and crisp cucumbers, as well as the best Kalamata olives and feta cheese we can find. Fresh whole roasted fish and tender grilled lamb chops need only a touch of lemon, olive oil and oregano to make them memorable and Moussaka, a traditional Greek casserole is rich with eggplant, ground lamb and a creamy béchamel sauce.