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“Lovely warm cafe in the lap of nature”

Shoreline Lake American Bistro
Ranked #59 of 367 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 5 January 2018

One of my favourite breakfast places to go to in the Bay Area. I awlays ride my bike ~10 miles from my house to earn the breakfast and coffee/tea. The breakfast is nothing extraordinary but the setting is gorgeous, right next to the lake. One change I have noticed is they have switched their wheat bread- it used to be from Mayfair bakery in PA very very tasty, now it's a very regular wheat toast. Their pastries look great too but I just watch them never tried. The freshly squeezed orange juice that they serve is extremely popular with all. if you are looking for a relaxing morning, try to get there super early they open at 8:30 , by 9:30 it starts to get crowded depending on the season.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

I eat here once or twice a week--I'm fortunate to live about 2 miles from it. The Lakeside Cafe is the one place in Mountain View where you can sit at an umbrella-shaded table next to a lake (OK, it's artificial, but large), practically on San Francisco Bay, and eat a tasty meal on the patio of a friendly, service-oriented cafe. Really, it's like being at a resort.
The menu is varied enough that almost anyone can find something appealing, and they make the full range of coffee drinks. They serve brunch all day Sundays, as well as lunch fare. You order inside, and are given a number to put on your table, and the food is brought to you.
One special feature is you can put in an advance order for a picnic box at very reasonable prices, in fact I think they are lower than if you order and eat at the cafe itself. The picnic boxes you can eat in Shoreline Park, on the lakeshore beach, or take on one of the rental paddle boats.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

We enjoyed a great breakfast outside with a lovely view of the lake. It is a walk up. My husband ordered Croque Madame (ham, swiss cheese, over bread topped with a poached egg)...he is still talking about how wonderful it was. Afterwords we rented a tandum bike for an hour and rode around the wetlands. Nice!

Date of visit: November 2016
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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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