Cafe Borrone

★★★★☆
  • 1010 El Camino Real

    Menlo Park, CA 94025

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  • 650-327-0830

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Mon-Thu 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Fri 7:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Sat 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Sun 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m

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Great outside seating, perfect place to be on a sunny day. The frosted mochas are their signature, but their coffee beverages definitely will meet your caffeine fix. Food is tasty, too- like their quiches, soups, tortas, and their enchilada dish. They are always busy and can attract a crowd- expect to see someone you know :-)

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★★★★☆

Great outside seating, perfect place to be on a sunny day. The frosted mochas are their signature, but their coffee beverages definitely will meet your caffeine fix. Food is tasty, too- like their quiches, soups, tortas, and their enchilada dish. They are always busy and can attract a crowd- expect to see someone you know :-)

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We have always liked Cafe Borrone. But since they have no e-mail address on their website (consider this a demotion in stars, too!) I am posting publicly how disappointed we were with the affogatos last night.

Affogatos should be a fun, festive drink. In the style to which we're accostomed--from It's Italia in Half Moon Bay--this lively dessert dish should be served as follows: big scoop of well-frozen, high-quality vanilla ice cream in a large martini-shaped glass with whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate. A little maple syrup-type pitcher with 3 oz of espresso is served on the side. The guest pours the espresso over the ice cream in several installations and eats w/ a spoon.

The CB version was in a coffee mug with about a milliliter of coffee and no shaved chocolate (despite asking if I could have a chunk of chcoclate to shave w/ their nutmeg grinder--felt like the tuna sandwich scene in Five Easy Pieces). I was horrified to see the counter guy scoop half-melted Dreyer's into my cup when the menu board had promised Haagen Dasz! He said they ran out of HD. Hmmm. Do I believe that? So we had a drab, minimally-coffee'd, mushy, melted mess in a mundane mug.

SO disappointing. Please learn how to make a proper affogato!!

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★★☆☆☆

We have always liked Cafe Borrone. But since they have no e-mail address on their website (consider this a demotion in stars, too!) I am posting publicly how disappointed we were with the affogatos last night.

Affogatos should be a fun, festive drink. In the style to which we're accostomed--from It's Italia in Half Moon Bay--this lively dessert dish should be served as follows: big scoop of well-frozen, high-quality vanilla ice cream in a large martini-shaped glass with whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate. A little maple syrup-type pitcher with 3 oz of espresso is served on the side. The guest pours the espresso over the ice cream in several installations and eats w/ a spoon.

The CB version was in a coffee mug with about a milliliter of coffee and no shaved chocolate (despite asking if I could have a chunk of chcoclate to shave w/ their nutmeg grinder--felt like the tuna sandwich scene in Five Easy Pieces). I was horrified to see the counter guy scoop half-melted Dreyer's into my cup when the menu board had promised Haagen Dasz! He said they ran out of HD. Hmmm. Do I believe that? So we had a drab, minimally-coffee'd, mushy, melted mess in a mundane mug.

SO disappointing. Please learn how to make a proper affogato!!

Pros: good food, good wine, great desserts, outdoor seating, next to book store, easy to park

Cons: bad affogatos

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Cafe Borrones is a great coffee shop and restaurant. It has a great seating arrangement inside and out. I would highly recommend.

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★★★★★

Cafe Borrones is a great coffee shop and restaurant. It has a great seating arrangement inside and out. I would highly recommend.

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Great cafe. Definitely my most favorite cafe on the peninsula. Try their chicken salad or chicken salad sandwich. In fact, all their salads are yummy. And don't forget to finish the meal with an apple pie and ice cream.

4
★★★★☆

Great cafe. Definitely my most favorite cafe on the peninsula. Try their chicken salad or chicken salad sandwich. In fact, all their salads are yummy. And don't forget to finish the meal with an apple pie and ice cream.

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Care Borrone offers a European style cafe setting with casual outdoor seating available. It's a great place to sit and have breakfast while reading the paper. The lunch and dinner menus are excellent as well. Even if you're just in the mood for an evening coffee and some good people watching, this is the place to be.

4
★★★★☆

Care Borrone offers a European style cafe setting with casual outdoor seating available. It's a great place to sit and have breakfast while reading the paper. The lunch and dinner menus are excellent as well. Even if you're just in the mood for an evening coffee and some good people watching, this is the place to be.

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What a gem. Cafe Barrone has excellent food. The sandwiches are yummy, quite different - Chicken Salad sandwich on raisin toast! Grilled Vegatable sandwiches, great salad, good coffee drinks and the best desserts!

I love their chocolate chip cookies, one of my favorite treats when I was pregnant.

PROS: outside dining, quick service
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5
★★★★★

What a gem. Cafe Barrone has excellent food. The sandwiches are yummy, quite different - Chicken Salad sandwich on raisin toast! Grilled Vegatable sandwiches, great salad, good coffee drinks and the best desserts!

I love their chocolate chip cookies, one of my favorite treats when I was pregnant.

PROS: outside dining, quick service
CONS:

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I really enjoy the coffee, desserts and food at this cafe and the atmosphere is wonderful. I enjoy the outdoor seating especially since allows the kids to have wiggle room and they love the fountain. There are many dessert items for the kids to choose, but are limited with the main item selections. The location is wonderful being next door to Keplers - yet another activity for the kids and adults! It's family run and familiar faces are often there working.

5
★★★★★

I really enjoy the coffee, desserts and food at this cafe and the atmosphere is wonderful. I enjoy the outdoor seating especially since allows the kids to have wiggle room and they love the fountain. There are many dessert items for the kids to choose, but are limited with the main item selections. The location is wonderful being next door to Keplers - yet another activity for the kids and adults! It's family run and familiar faces are often there working.

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We used to hang out here all the time. They have a variety of coffee drinks and great snacks to go with them. If you're a student, this is a great place to hang out as there are often many Stanford students around.

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★★★★★

We used to hang out here all the time. They have a variety of coffee drinks and great snacks to go with them. If you're a student, this is a great place to hang out as there are often many Stanford students around.

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Bring a book, a friend or an appetite. This restaurant/bar/scene fills up with local Stanford students and professors discussing educational pursuits, while nightly musical strains sift from whatever band has set up there. Excellent desserts and Mexican hot chocolate.

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★★★★★

Bring a book, a friend or an appetite. This restaurant/bar/scene fills up with local Stanford students and professors discussing educational pursuits, while nightly musical strains sift from whatever band has set up there. Excellent desserts and Mexican hot chocolate.

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I love to take my son here. The coffee is great, the breakfeasts are cheap and good, and the pastries are fresh. We also love the cold meat plate! The best part is the atmosphere. If only Menlo Park could figure out that their downtown sucks and needs more of this sort of place. There is a little fountain for the kids to make wishes while the parents enjoy a little break. Fabulous outdoor setting. Indoors is ok, but you leave smelling like the kitchen. They often have live music, and Keplers is right there to grab a paper or a magazine, or browse for books with the little ones.

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★★★★★

I love to take my son here. The coffee is great, the breakfeasts are cheap and good, and the pastries are fresh. We also love the cold meat plate! The best part is the atmosphere. If only Menlo Park could figure out that their downtown sucks and needs more of this sort of place. There is a little fountain for the kids to make wishes while the parents enjoy a little break. Fabulous outdoor setting. Indoors is ok, but you leave smelling like the kitchen. They often have live music, and Keplers is right there to grab a paper or a magazine, or browse for books with the little ones.

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I bought a car that ended up being a lemon. The president of Cadillac of Menlo Park handled the situation personally. I thought that the sales guy was a straight shooter and the service deparment returned my car in a timely manner.

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★★★★☆

I bought a car that ended up being a lemon. The president of Cadillac of Menlo Park handled the situation personally. I thought that the sales guy was a straight shooter and the service deparment returned my car in a timely manner.

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This is a great cafe and is located right next to Kepler's--one of the best bookstores in the area. Although very crowded at times, it's a great place to catch up with friends.

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★★★★★

This is a great cafe and is located right next to Kepler's--one of the best bookstores in the area. Although very crowded at times, it's a great place to catch up with friends.

Pros: good food, great location, near great bookstore

Cons: , hard to get table at

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Great location, great patio, cheerful cashiers and (usually) friendly waitstaff. But that doesn't justify the overpriced food ($6.50 for a green salad? $0.50 to add whipped cream to your drink?). But there isn't a better place in Menlo Park for meeting friends

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★★★★☆

Great location, great patio, cheerful cashiers and (usually) friendly waitstaff. But that doesn't justify the overpriced food ($6.50 for a green salad? $0.50 to add whipped cream to your drink?). But there isn't a better place in Menlo Park for meeting friends

Pros: Great patio, Friendly cashiers, Good location

Cons: Overpriced, OK food, Lack of seating

 

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