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Monday, May 20, 2013

Nordstrom Cafe Bistro

Nordstrom is retailer that has over 200 stores in the U.S. (Nordstrom). They opened a location in Naples, FL in the fall of 2008 at Waterside shops. It's a smaller venue, about 1/2 the size of a typical Nordstrom store.

If you've ever been to the Nordstrom in Union Square in San Francisco it's very cool. Mostly so because of it's iconic walkway.


They have a restaurant on the second floor of the store. If you go there, go up to the 3rd level of the parking garage at Waterside. You can then access the second floor of the store by directly walking across the sky way. You will also have covered parking should you take this route.

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As you enter the store, the restaurant is on the East side of the building, and is called Cafe Bistro. 
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They have a very nice dining space.

and dining area

and a very interesting menu (Cafe Bistro). I would not have dined here if I realized it was part of a chain of potentially over 200 restaurants as I am not really into chains. However Dining Companion (DC) recommended it. I was not disappointed but read on.

When you order, you order from the greeter in the front of the restaurant and prepay, which is different from most restaurants.

DC got a glass of Acrobat pino gris from Oregon (Acrobat).

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I opted this day for a glass of Naples tap.

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What is interesting about this glass of water is the diameter of the straws they give you. I think it's about a 7 gauge (Needle Gauge Chart) if you really like to slurp your water.

They have a very nice menu here (Bistro Cafe Naples).

DC opted for the Nicoise salad with salmon.

I ordered the steak and arugula salad. Not bad. Arugula, steak (of course), roasted zucchini and tomatoes, and a Dijon balsamic vinaigrette.


The presentations of the salads were excellent. DC thought the Nicoise salad was great, even better than Baleen (vide infra).

My meal was o.k. and would give it a 7/10. Not great but good. There are many other things on the menu to try, perhaps better than my order.

There you have it. Perhaps worth another look.

Nordstrom Cafe Bistro
5489 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34108
Nordstrom Cafe Bistro on Urbanspoon

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