4351 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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Garden Cafe

Cuisine: Sandwiches, Pizza, Salads

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  • 12/11/2014

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/31/2013

    A dining patron from Wilmington, DE tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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 Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Combination Coffeehouse & Pizza Kitchen!

Here’s an interesting coffeehouse concept…a coffeehouse PLUS a pizza kitchen! We’re not kidding! Garden Cafe in Sherman Oaks, California is a full service restaurant and coffeehouse which offers an intimate outdoor wrap-around patio, free Wi-Fi, some of the BEST pizza we’ve ever remembered enjoying so much, and a private complimentary parking lot for customers. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Our several occasions visiting this newer haunt in the area proved that Garden Cafe will be around for a very long time in upcoming years.

Coffee, coffee drinks, Espresso, iced and hot teas…and soon to be serving alcoholic items as well, Garden Cafe has sprung forth into the bustling neighborhood community of Sherman Oaks with gusto. Inside, a soothing Mediterranean and almost Tuscan decor relaxed the mind and soothes the soul. On the patio, bright red canvased umbrellas block the sun’s rays when trying to read the latest best seller, strategically placed comfy sofas, patio tables and benches allow for a comfortable and spacious dining experience, and potted plants and fruit trees are accompanies by growing ivy that climbs up an arched trellis that greets patron into this intricate, almost romantic atmosphere.

So, what about those pizzas that we have been talking about? Well, here are three of the flaky, light doughy creations topped with vibrant colored toppings bursting with interesting flavors…

The pizza cryst at Garden Cafe truly is artisan. Hand-crafted and wood-fired, baked to perfection crusty gems are seemingly baked with a touch of magic. The Pulled Short Rib Pizza ($14) is made with a unique goat cheese sauce with grilled onions, spinach and arugula is a phenomenally beefy flavor experience. We appreciate the decor on top with the fresh baby arugula and the hand-shaved Parmesan cheese. Simple, gooey-cheese-laden, and a magnificent gentle crunch with every bite.

The Margherita Pizza ($8) is a refreshing taste of Italy with its eye-catching tomato sauce and fontina cheese base, fresh Parmesan cheese, and tomato slices. Atop all of this cheesy tomatoey goodness sits slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and bright green fragrant basil. An excellent choice for sharing or ordering for one with leftovers for later!

After some debate, and many sliced of pizza at Garden Cafe, we’ve decided that the Forest Mushroom Pizza ($12) is our favorite of the three we’ve had. Crafted with a garlic-goat cheese sauce with wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, arugula, and a signature cheese blend, a truffle essence is also added to enhance the experience. After our first time indulging in the Forest Mushroom Pizza, we’ve had a hard time going back to the others. The earthy flavor from the mushrooms really offers a sensational flavor enhancement.

On a chilly day, or any day for that matter, Garden Cafe’s soup selections will certainly hit the spot creating a cozy warmness deep within. I enjoyed the Chicken Minestrone Soup ($6), which arrived in a ceramic soup tureen atop a long presentation platter with garlicky butter graced toast points. This was a hearty soothing liquid with the bright green field peas, fresh sliced carrots, steamed broccoli and shredded white meat chicken swimming in an unforgettable tomato emulsion. Pure delight with each spoonful, this was a thoroughly satisfying selection.

My husband enjoyed the Turkey Club Sandwich ($12) on an artisan ciabatta bun. This enjoyable compilation was assembled with oven roasted turkey, jack cheese, fresh chunks of avocado, smoked bacon, tomato, pickled shallots, and a zesty pesto aioli. The ciabatta bread was excellently toasted, and held together quite well throughout the duration of the meal without crumbling or allowing its ingredients to escape. A pleasant chilled house side salad with squared of feta cheese, cucumber slices, iceberg lettuce and cherry tomato halves rounded this item with ease.

ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: A patio courtyard-style coffee shop that in inviting, welcoming, and spacious both indoors and outdoors.

FOOD / DRINK: Hand crafted artisan pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and homemade savory soups with fresh flavorful ingredients prepared by Chef Michael, refreshing iced beverages, coffee drinks, and soon to come, an alcoholic selection as well.

LOCATION: Garden Cafe is located at 4351 Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

HOURS: garden Cafe is available for service daily from 8 AM to 8 PM for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Please call ahead for any changes in times due to holiday closings or private parties.)

SERVICE / STAFF: The staff at Garden Cafe are wonderful. Friendly, informed, and happy to explain anything about the cafe or the menu, you’ll be in good hands.

PRICE / VALUE: We have never seen any issues with overpricing for the items we have enjoyed. All seems fairly priced for the quality presented.

CORKAGE FEE: $10 per 750mL bottle

CONTACT INFO: Phone: (818) 788-3700 , Website: www.gardenshermanoaks.com

PARKING: The restaurant provides a complimentary private lot in front of the establishment. If the lot fills, there is also metered street parking available.

TOTAL BILL: For parties of two and three we have been a part of on past visits, our final bills have averaged around $40 – $45 depending on what was ordered.

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