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Lou and Herbert’s


Designed for day and night, Lou and Herbert’s café and bar is the place for coffee, cocktails and shareable fare in stylish Spanish-colonial surroundings.

Sip on specialty roasts from San Francisco-based Saint Frank Coffee by day. And in the evening, gorgeous cocktails that pack a punch, curated by California mixologist Bad Birdy.

When it comes to food, seasonality and local influences are at the forefront — in everything from artisan breads and pastries to the freshest West Coast oysters.



We’re suckers for a classic meet-cute.

The gem formerly known as Hotel President opened its doors in 1929, way before Graduate Palo Alto was even a glimmer in our eyes. The hotel’s name was a nod to 31st U.S. President and Stanford alum, Herbert Hoover – but we couldn’t let ol’ Herb be the only namesake this time around.

In addition to running the country from 1929–1933, Hoover was also part of quite the love story, along with his better half, Lou Henry. It goes like this: boy sees girl in geology class, they fall in love, get married, visit their alma mater often (even as White House residents) and live happily ever after.

As the first Stanford woman to graduate with a geology degree, we thought Mrs. Lou Henry Hoover, class of 1898, deserved her moment in the California sun too. And so, Lou and Herbert’s, our eclectic café and bar, was born.

For more as the Lou and Herbert’s story unfolds, follow us on Instagram.

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Restaurant Hours



6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee + Pastries


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.



11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.



3 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10 p.m.)