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“Good food, great location, friendly staff”

Shoreline Lake American Bistro
Ranked #59 of 366 Restaurants in Mountain View
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout
Description: A civilized respite in Silicon Valley. Casual lakeside restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating and stunning views. Breakfast, lunch & weekend brunch. Pre-prepared picnic baskets. House-made real French, and classic American, pastries. Informal fundamentals of wine seminar series ("From Grape Juice to Vintners Reserve"). Corporate & special events. Meeting facilities & on-site catering.
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We enjoy the Lakeside for breakfast, lunch or brunch about every month or so. This review will include (at the end) some points that others have not covered.

As most reviewers say, the wind-protected, on-the-water view is awesome. The location next to the watercraft rentals (all human or wind powered), and trails, and the historic Rengstorff House make the Lakeside Cafe a no-brainer choice for food and beverage!

Note: place your order and collect your beverage at the counter; take your order number and park it on your table. Meals are delivered and tables bussed, but there's not really any wait staff. Because staff do bring your meal and condiments, and they do bus your dirty dishes and keep the table clean, we do leave a small tip, although many folks do not.

There are specials on the daily menus along with a moderate range of fixed choices. The food is good - not outstanding, but tasty and satisfying - actually the desserts are awesome; portions are on the adequate-not-large side; service is fast and friendly, so you food is fresh and/or hot.

If you like Geocaching, you'll find some good caches along the hiking trails in Shoreline park.

If you have youngsters along, check out the boat-shaped play area near the Lakeside.

If you enjoy kite flying, you'll find parking on your right, just as you pass through the gate (free) for Shoreline Park.

Driving to the cafe is recommended, as It's a bit of a hike from the park entrance to the Lakeside Cafe, which is at the very end of the road in the park. Don't confuse this with Michael's restaurant which is on the golf course before you reach the lake!

Have a great time - I'll bet you'll want to go back and visit!

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

I don't know what took me so long to discover this wonderful nature spot that's right next to a wonderful cafe. But once I stumbled upon it it has become one of my favorite places to take a nature walk and then sip a cup of coffee and nosh on a tasty meal with friends.

Shoreline Park is the result of a vision the City of Mountain View laid out and after many years of daunting effort the beautiful Shoreline Regional Park came to fruition. The Lakeside Cafe or American Bistro has a wonderful weekend brunch menu ranging from the savory Eggs Benedict, Croque Madame, Huevos Rancheros to the sweet Belgian waffles, French toast and buttermilk pancakes. Burgers and salads rounds out the menu. On weekdays you can order breakfast, pastries, coffee, tea and more and there's also a wonderful lunch menu.

Nosh on your selection and sit outside on the umbrella covered patio while viewing the lakeside activities.

After (or before) dining, try the paddle boats, kayaks, standup paddleboards and more or bike or walk around the lake and trails. For families or friends, it's the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, in just minutes.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Thank PlanItPlanet
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

Come off the I-85, past Googleplex on N Shoreline Boulevard all the way to the end of the track and there is the Shoreline Park Lakeside Cafe. Good for water sports but also a pleasant spot to relax over a bit of lunch.
There is a wide selection on the menu and everything we had was tasty. It was possible to find a table in mid July during the week. I expect it is busier during the weekend. Service was friendly albeit not that well organised but it did not matter.
And afterwards a quiet walk around the lake to enjoy the natural environment.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Thank BathNick
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Lakeside Cafe in Mountain View is a great place to go for great views of the man made lake and good food. You can sit outdoors in a wind-protected seating area and watch all the boating activities at the lake. Wine and beer are served along with breakfast and lunch meals. Desserts and coffee drinks are also available including espresso. Overall this is a great getaway place if you want to escape the surrounding city atmosphere and enjoy a good simple meal and a great view of water activities and people enjoying themselves at the lake.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Thank donna_d173
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

You go for the view but the food is ok too.
Not a recommendation for the food but the setting more than makes up for the mediocre food

Date of visit: October 2015
Thank Chico0720
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