About Blue Stove – Nordstrom The Village at Corte Madera
Unique, sharable small plates and delicious desserts are featured. Blue Stove offers globally inspired cuisine against a dramatically designed exhibition kitchen and a wine bar with extensive selections by the glass or bottle.
Located on the 2nd floor of Nordstrom at the Village in Corte Madera next to Kidswear, with spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais, Blue Stove is Marin’s best kept secret. With Chef driven, globally inspired small plates, our menu features something unique for every taste that can be expertly paired with wines from every corner of the world. The Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos and House-Ground Sliders with Bacon Jam are a must have for every guest. Our relaxing ambiance offers the perfect place to meet friends and family, celebrate, or just escape for a few moments with an experience you won’t forget.
Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 7:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Blue Stove – Nordstrom The Village at Corte Madera Ratings and Reviews
Blue Stove is my "go to" restaurant when ...
Blue Stove is my "go to" restaurant when I am out shopping or want to meet a friend for lunch. It has an excellent selection of "small plates" to share -- a wide variety of dishes to suit every taste. I always order the szechuan chicken lettuce cups, my favorite, and if I am with a friend I have them choose one or two other dishes to share. This time we had the crab cakes. I've had better crab cakes, but these were good. I go there fairly often and have tried nearly everything on the menu, and I don't think you can go far wrong. It isn't a "special occasion" restaurant, but for something casual it is about as good as it gets. A decent atmosphere given the location.
The Nordstrom Cafe is convenient & has s ...
The Nordstrom Cafe is convenient & has some positive attributes but most dishes lack cohesiveness & more importantly - flavor. They come across as if someone created the dishes & then left & the people hired to execute them don't really care how they come out, both in taste & presentation.
I forget that small plates is the only c ...
I forget that small plates is the only choice here and I find it boring and unfulfilling. Perhaps, the dark and dated decor doesn't help. The views of Mt Tam could be inspiring but the dark shades might as well be a dark hued wall with bad art.
The wait staff is pleasant.
Energetic is way too understated for noi ...
Energetic is way too understated for noise level!
I arrived at 12:50 for a 1 pm reservation. I was seated and told the hostess that my guest was named "Marty", that she would ask for a reservation under the name "Barbara", she would have a walker and that she was due at 1 pm. I was assured she would be directed to my table.
By 1 pm I was getting up and looking for her. My waitress told me she would look for my guest so I gave her the same description. I got up and walked to the hostess stand and around the tables and asked about my guest at 1:05. 1:10 and 1:15.
When I got up at 1:20 I noticed my guest at a nice table; but it was behind behind the screen and behind the hostess station; not easily visible to the open seating area. My guest told me she had been there since 1 pm. She said she was told I was not there. She moved to my table so we could begin our planned lunch.
Within 5 minutes a group of young women (appeared to be 18 -20 years old) were seated at the booth behind us. They proceeded to laugh and screech non-stop. (best description I can come up with; high pitched, SCREECHY sounds).
The 2 tables behind ours kept looking back and I was amused that 2 girls (10 - 13 years of age) seemed to be the most disturbed (looking back over their shoulders constantly) because the women they were with couldn't hear them.
A miserable experience. When I asked the staff to ask the women behind us to be more quiet I was told that they are not allowed to ask customers to be more quiet. I understand that. However, i believe you should have some policy to address excessive noise when at least 3 tables of patrons can not hear each other.
The smoked salmon appetizer was inventive without straining to be so. It was delicious,
as was the filet mignon, perfectly cooked.
My only criticism of this place is that the piped-in music from the store works against
the atmosphere that would otherwise pervade the restaurant. The music is designed
to rev people up for sales; the lighting in the Blue Stove is designed to create
a very different vibe.
I always have a hard time finding decent ...
I always have a hard time finding decent food in Corte Madera. It seems that it's either World Wrapps or Il Fornaio - nothing in between. I like Blue Stove a lot, despite its somewhat antiseptic ambience. The food is quite delicious: I had the grilled wild salmon nicoise and my friend had the crab cakes. Beware the plates are quite small; I think you are expected to order some kind of starter. The service is gracious and it was quite fast too. I will definitely go back for the food and the comfortable seats.
Food was good, service ok. Half our order came out in a timely way but the other 3 items didn't. Server apologized for the wait and said it would be coming. A manager showed up and apologized and said we wouldn't be charged for the late items, which was appreciated. At this point we hadn't complained, so this resolution was unsolicited. Nice. It finally did come and was delicious.
Small plate dishes. Everything was caref ...
Small plate dishes. Everything was carefully prepared and balanced in flavor. Three dishes was about right for two people for dinner. Four if you are really hungry. Service was friendly. They offered great recommendations on the best dishes.
The servers and chefs were very personab ...
The servers and chefs were very personable! But, they were out of the filet and sliders, so our group was very disappointed. Many of the small dishes were okay--calamari was really dry, lacking seasoning and sauce.
Nice lunch at the mall
It is nice to have the addition of Blue Stove at The Village in Corte Madera. The tapa sized plates were fun to share and tasty. Service was fine. I would definitely go back, especially if I were shopping but I would also consider as a destination.
For such an elegant yet simple setting ...
For such an elegant yet simple setting - I would have preferred not to see so many young children for an evening meal- we had to move tables as the 3 kids next to us were loud and clear with oblivious moms in tow...
Then more children arrived later.
Perhaps lunch when children are at school is best-
Kudos to the chef on an another note- just delicious!
The staff, both managerial and service, ...
The staff, both managerial and service, need lessons in customer service. They are 1000's of miles away from the Nordstrom standard. Until they fix their service and kitchen issues, I highly recommend that they only have self service.
As with prior times, we had a delicious ...
As with prior times, we had a delicious lunch! Everything was just right: the carmelized brussel sprouts, the crab cakes (although it wasn't fresh crab due to the problems we've had here in our ocean water...boo hoo), the chicken tacos and the spicy Asian beef. We will definitely be back!!
Not so good
This is my third and last time to this restaurant. I brought my family here just after christmas during a day of after christmas shopping. The service was awful. We could not place our order, get water or coffee. We asked our waiter twice then asked another waiter and then the hostess. Nothing. I finally got up and poured it myself. The food was okay but the portions were ridiculously small and after the long 45 minute wait, it was not worth it. It has been this way all three times I have been here. To make matters worse, our waiter had a bad attitude. Don't bother eating here, there are other options in this center.
Not a quick lunch
Second time having lunch here w/friends. Food is good, decent selection and average pricing. Service was awful this last time around, awful. We had to ask three times for a refill on water. What we really wanted was another round of mimosas but couldn't seem to get anyone to come around. At the end we ordered hot tea and dessert. By the time the dessert came to the table, all of our hot teas were cold teas... Such a bummer. Good thing I was there in good company!
The food was fantastic and the service w ...
The food was fantastic and the service was great! The changes to the menu are much appreciated. The sliders were out of this world, the shrimp tempura were some of the best (and largest!) ever and were paired with an exceptionally tasty cucumber and carrot salad, and the scallop risotto with great green beans was good. The scallops were incredible as were the beans and the risotto was okay but a bit heavy on the lemon and butter. Excellent lemonade and ice tea. No room for dessert. Wonderful attention to detail. Will be back!
Lunch with the "Girls"
We had a delightful lunch. It was fun trying the brussel sprouts, heirloom salad, Asian spicy beef and chicken tacos. There were only 3 of us - wish we had more people so we could try more. The food was delicious!! Our waiter was very accommodating and funny as well........
Will be back for more!
Hard to believe
I find it hard to believe that Nordstrom's won't invest in an expresso machine for this restaurant. Mananger on duty squad it was because they had an espresso bar downstairs. One is supposed to finish lunch, pay up, and go downstairs for coffee??? I don't think so.
It is so surprising how this restaurant continues to create the most wonderful dishes, including desert. Couple the menu with the wine list and this continues to be a winner. Add to the above the service including the host and you have a great evening .
Great food and service
Took my husband here for a birthday dinner and we were both very happy with the food and service. The chef recommended 2 dishes per person. My hubby is a big eater so 3 for him was best. Get the chicken taco dish and kale salad dish- sooo good!
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