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Cafe Main

Original post made by Joanna on Jul 9, 2009

This restaurant, which used to be Coffee Beans and Bistro, has high-quality food and coffee. I am impressed, my expectations were exceeded on my first two visits. I'm always looking for a casual place to eat out that has healthy, great food. Cafe Main is on our list now.

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Posted by Karen, a resident of Rosewood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

I haven't eaten there yet but I remember last year when they opened and they were serving free pizza. It was a night that downtown was throwing some suare and this place was one of the few that was serving food for free.

Posted by Tom, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

I waited patiently while the remodel was underway and was excited to see their emphasis on pizza with the special oven. We ate here once and were very disappointed with the pizza. The crust was not thin enough and the ingredients were just marginal. I think they are missing the boat with their pizza. New York Pizza makes a better pie as does Pastas next door. Also, I stop in here for coffee on Saturday mornings and the place just seems crowded - a good thing I suppose (for their business) but there is hardly room to move around. I keep grabbing my coffee here to support small, local businesses but the experience is not one that is unique or memorable. I haven't had the pizza in a while - does anyone have a different pizza experience here of late?

Posted by lifelong buddy, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

I have to make a comment about New York Pizza. This happened a couple of months ago. We stopped in there for what they advertised as "Dreyers" ice cream cones. Got the cones, and realized that the ice cream was not very good. I went back in there, looked in the freezer, and saw that the ice cream container was from "Thrifty's" - not Dreyers at all. I complained to the manager that they should not be advertising Dreyers ice cream, and charging a high price for it as well. He just shrugged and smiled at me. I will not be going back there for anything at all.

Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

They make a great Chinese chicken salad which is served with a tasty hot flatbread!

Posted by 32 Year P'town Res., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

Cafe Main's Chinese Chicken salad is the best and freshest around!! The people who work there are always friendly and courteous. The lates are the best in town. They don't burn the coffee and milk like so many other places do. Cafe Main is one of my favorite places to grab a delicious meal at a reasonable price in the perfect location!!

Posted by james family, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:26 am

We are always pleased to see our comunity suporting small shops. For instance our family has suported a localy owned. Coffee shop for the past 12 years dr. Beans and they are great it drives us crazy to listen to people talk about suporting our community and thay goto starbucks everyday. (Are you kidding me)If your going to talk the talk then walk the walk suport our community by suporting our small businesses it may take some for-thought and effort but it is worth it

Posted by P-Towner, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:33 am

Starbucks hires local people - they are a member of our community. Competition is healthy and I support both locally owned/operated and national chains - it's my choice. ;)

Posted by linz, a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

Yep, we like Cafe Main. Pizza is the best on Main St. Service is good and friendly. I don't like NY Pizza anymore....and now that I hear the ice cream story, and I believe it, I won't go there (not even for cheap babysitting pizzas) anymore. Not that they are cheap; they aren't at all. Great job, Cafe Main. The gal with the funky red hair is a sweety! :)

Posted by james family, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:49 am

Starbucks corp. They couldn't find pleasanton on a map. (Part of our community)come on please

Posted by June, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

We love the Scratch Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich! WOW!! We would like more breakfast/lunch places in downtown. As a side-bar to above treads, the busiest, relatively small places are Tully's and High Tech Burrito - yep, franchises folks. People love to hate franchises (like Starbucks). Id have no problem if a Starbucks went downtown. I'ts called competition and attracting more variety AND choice of business in downtown.

Posted by james family, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:05 pm

JANE I couldn't agree with you more.i also think we should have a wall-mart and a mc donalds downtown imagine the competition!!! And if we are really lucky soon we could be antioch!!!!

Posted by Can't have it both ways, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm

If you want a vibrant downtown, you kinda gotta give up your dream of all locally owned businesses.

Listen, I don't like the idea of a fast food nation down there (I'd prefer they stay in the areas more developed closer to the freeways...I hate the sight of the one on Stanley at Bernal and the one on Bernal at Valley) but if you want a job, and tax revenue for the City you gotta take the businesses - even if it looks like "Antioch". You can't live in an ivory tower and keep things to yourself. If I could keep the influx of certain businesses I don't like, I would, but then I can't complain if we don't have a tax base.

I was in another downtown business last night and was impressed with the traffic (traffic jam at some points). Good to see things looking up.

Posted by Maggie, a resident of Avila
on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I am not impressed at all with Cafe Main. Very slow service and coffee not as good as previous establishment. I liked Coffee Bean but now that they are gone I prefer Peets and wish one would open up downtown as Tully's coffee is just as bad as Starbucks.

Posted by james family, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Its the mind set that is sad. (All competition is good)the playing field is not level big corperations have a disperportionate amount of power and resourced it is at the end of the day the cosumer who can help balance the playing field. Also the amount of taxes a city realizes a mc donalds or a starbucks is negligable.

Posted by toodles, a resident of Ponderosa
on Jul 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm

If you want to support a local business AND have a great meal, try "Me and My Friends" Deli at 4715 First, just off Abbie, downtown. Owner Vince roasts a turkey each day and his turkey sandwiches are legendary----no factory-processed mystery meat here! But his soups and sides are great, too--all freshly homemade.

Love using this forum for tips like this!

Posted by Karen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Tom, I didn't get the pizza either time I went. I got the veggie burger, and it was the best veggie burger I've had anywhere.

Posted by Jill, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I love the coffee at Cafe Main. It's not harsh like Starbucks. It's extremely hot, the foam is great and it comes in a solid, comfortable mug. Best coffee I've had in a while. The bitter brew Starbucks serves actually turned me off coffee for a while.

Posted by Joanna, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm

The service isn't slow for coffee and other drinks, but they need to work on getting the food out more quickly. However, the quality of the food is excellent.

Posted by pizzalover, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Gay nineties Pizza has the best Pizza in town

Posted by Mary Osbourne, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Yes, We like the coffee there better than the rest, But Gay 90s is also the best Pizza

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jul 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm

What if Dreyer's makes Thrifty's ice cream??


Posted by bobart, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

Re: James Family comment....I have also enjoyed Dr. Beanz (corner of Valley and Santa Rita next to Jack-in-the-Box) drive through coffee for years. Taylor is always so friendly.

Posted by Karen, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:09 am

I support what the people are saying about NY pizza! They (Word removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) me off. On special functions that happen on Main st, NY pizza won't give you the free soda that it gives out on regualr days along with a slice of pizza. They make you pay for it seperately! Come on now, just because there are more people, they take advantage of you. That's just wrong in my opinion. I wont eat their pizza anymore either. Also they have a shop in the rosewood shopping center. hubby and i went there when it first opened and ordered some pasta to go. it was dry and terrible. hubby went back and complained and they did nothing to compensate us for it!!! the food we got was $30.00!
Ok, I am done.....

Posted by A Local, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:10 am

I agree about New York pizza - not very friendly or helpful and as a business, you should at least listen. If you don't agree with your patrons, you can politley say so. Even if Thrify's and Dryer's are the same, do you treat customers like that? It's unfortunate, they're in a perfect location and decent food.

Posted by June, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jul 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm

To James: There are many successful examples of franchises being located in historic downtowns and more importantly vibrant shopping areas that are adjuncts to locally owned businesses. Regulations on use and floor area/size per zoning can ensure that. Your automatic interpretation of big-box and evil corporations evading and dominating downtown eludes me. The fact is local downtown examples like Livermore and Danville are thriving while Pleasanton is struggling and P-Town has the location and brand-name advantage. I think its time to re-think the strategy

Posted by nate reilly, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm

this place sucks for food.. get some real bread for their sandwiches and what the hell is that pizza? Heard they just open cans for their soup. You could do that yourself

Posted by Su, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Good Peet's coffee is available downtown in Bibiane's bakery, next to the Coldstone Creamery, almost right next to Tully's.

Posted by Mike, a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm

To all posters, I'm Mike Hughes, owner of C

Posted by Georgia, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I would like to make a suggestion to Cafe Main, which I think has great food and coffee. Try to speed it up with the food. It takes too long. Offer the breakfast food all the time. Train the guy at night. He needs to ask what size coffee you want. He doesn't ask, I don't realize he didn't ask, and then I get the large coffee which I didn't want.
Excellent, excellent salad. Thank you for not overdoing the vinegar, which every restaurant does nowadays. The flatbread that comes with it is delicious. The veggie burger absolutely rocks. Your greens are so fresh and of excellent quality. The coffee is consistently amazing. It's really nice to have Cafe Main.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Sorry mike hughes again. Thank you for all the comments. We try very hard to deliver high quality service (fun) and food and value our relationship in the pleasanton community. Everything we make is from scratch. Fresh produce and high quality breads delivered daily. Dough, sauces, dressings from scratch. Coffee tripple certified organic. Yes sometimes we get a bit busy and yes our cooking method and fresh preparation methods take a little longer. By the way NATE our soups are 100% scratch. And maybe you don't have a taste for high end bread. Our supplyer is Metropolis baking in Berkley. Thanks for supporting our business and hope to meet you personally at the Cafe!

Posted by Georgia, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Well, Mike, I thought of that, that the fact that the food is so good might be why it takes longer to prepare. But I'm a baby, and I get cranky waiting so long for my great food at Cafe Main. I'll try to be more patient.

Posted by mary, a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 14, 2009 at 1:10 am

"Sorry mike hughes again."
Case in point, you made us WAIT!
"Everything we make is from scratch"
Now that's an outright lie!
"Fresh produce and high quality breads delivered daily"
Delivered some days, but not used up daily.
" dressings from scratch"
oh really?
"Coffee triple certified organic"
Another lie, not all organic!
I heard you pay some of your workers under the table? Go figure.
Your wife is kind of rude to the customers as well.
"Yes sometimes we get a bit busy and yes our cooking method and fresh preparation methods take a little longer."
We have eaten there several times and the service was SLOW and orders were fouled up!
"our cooking method and fresh preparation methods take a little longer" Um, like the cooks taking out the garbage and scratching themselves, then making pizza and sandwiches without gloves? GROSS!
Perhaps service is a bit slow, because the guys are too busy looking at the girls?
"By the way NATE our soups are 100% scratch. And maybe you don't have a taste for high end bread." Sounds defensive and like you're close minded towards customers feedback! Perhaps NATE has never had the pleasure of eating at your other restaurant (Baci's) and he doesn't have that taste for "high end" bread from Berkeley, another place where the staff is dirty.
Better luck next time.

Posted by Ken, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Mary, you sound more like a male than a female, and what's going on between you and the owner of Cafe Main? Are you a disgruntled former employee or what? Something is going on here.

Posted by derek l, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Cafe Main is real nice. I walk with my 22 year old girlfriend every saturday down town and we like to go to Cafe Main.
2 thumps up everytime.
Best place around

Posted by mary, a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm


How funny! last time I looked I was a female!

I have never worked there, or at any restaurant in my life.

I made my own observations and I later heard about the "under the table" from my sons friend.

The owner owns Baci's as well and I found out (Comment removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)
I posted an honest review from my own experience. I saw the kid scratching his arm and then making my sandwich, after I went to ask where it was 20 minutes after I ordered.

Also, whats with the homeless man that lives behind the restaurant in his car? John or something like that? Thants when another young man came up with an empty garbage can, set it down and started mixing hamburger! Why are they mixing hamburger anyways?

Posted by not a "mary" fan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I read many of your posts and there is really something wrong with you. You are just so full of HATE and ANGER! About everything!

I read with amusement about your political posts but you really hit my hot spot when you are just downright rude to someone who is trying to make a living with a small business.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Were you abused as a child? Are you abused now? Is that why you feel the need to abuse EVERYONE esle?

I feel sorry for you and your children if you have any...

Posted by Ken, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Mary, adjust your medication. Seriously. Make an appointment.

Posted by mary, a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm

not a "mary" fan And Ken,

Whatever! My experience, and you don't like it! Are you the owners perhaps?

Posted by Tony, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:24 am

I always wonder why food service workers don't where gloves. The hamburger at Cafe Main is pretty good and the pesto chicken sandwich is good. I went on off hours and service was a tad slow.

Posted by LoveCafeMain, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I love Cafe Main. Great place to score a killer hot dog and a joint!

Posted by Angela, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I wrote a post about that a while ago, I was surprised that at El Balazo the guy dug his bare hands (no tongs) into the cheese, etc. to put on my burrito. Stacey (I think, probably) quoted some health regulations and it seems the bare hands are allowed. Strange but true.

Posted by Jessica, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jul 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Like the cook wiping his forehead, dripping with sweat on a hot day, then wiping his hands on the same towel, then using the same towel to wipe off the food prep surfaces! Yikes! My friend pointed that out one day, the air conditioner was not working I guess? That's just plain gross! maybe it's worse because you can see the cooks. God only knows what's going on in places where you can't see the cooks?

Posted by Debbie, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 22, 2009 at 10:01 am

Yuck! Really?

Posted by Michael Leonard, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:27 am

Michael Leonard is a registered user.

I've eaten at Cafe Main a few times and I thought the food was decent. The sandwiches I had looked and tasted like fresh made. I'm not in a big hurry when I go downtown for lunch. It's nice to hang out. I do miss the loose leaf teas that were there before and the baked goods.

As far as what types of business we should have, the attraction of downtown is that it has the old time look and feel. People come to visit from other areas for the unique eateries and shops. Can you imagine people inviting their friends to downtown because we have a yet another franchise outlet?

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