From Left: Cameron Stucky and Eligio Tapia (Crepuscle) performing an acoustic arrangement of their album, Draconian Winter. Spotify
Nothing brings a neighborhood together like great food, drink, local art, and free music. So it’s no wonder why Cafe Zoë is a favorite gathering place for people within the community. Described by some as an “eclectic melting pot” with a casual and inviting atmosphere, the owners and management of Cafe Zoë would say “it’s a place for people to connect with the magic of live music - without the barriers of price.” In case you needed more reason to frequent this Bay Area gem, here are a few we can think of...
Live Music Every Friday
From mellow acoustic to rock n roll, rest assured you will find some of the best musicians in the Bay Area jamming out right in your backyard (practically)! These intimate live shows run from around 6 PM to 9 or 10 every Friday night, and there is never a cover charge...ever.
When asked about Cafe Zoë, this is what audience member, Michael Perez had to say: “Folks, if you haven't checked out the café in the evenings, you're missing out. I've not only enjoyed some of the incredible talent that has rolled on through, but I've gotten a chance to know my neighbors even better and have had some great times. We have a gem in our own neighborhood that other neighborhoods don't, so bring the kids (if you have them), have some beer and wine, and get to know your neighbors while listening to some good music!”
Open Mic Night
For any musicians who are looking for a place to express themselves creatively, Cafe Zoë is it! This is a venue for bands just getting started, to those more established, to network and cultivate a following. “Like many musicians who've been around the block for more than a few years, I've played a wide range of music venues. Playing an acoustic set, in a warm and welcoming cafe, with a cold beer sitting on an amp, is one my favorite things to do in life. Cafe Zoë hits the mark for me. The space and sound and food is always right in the pocket, and Kathleen and Zoë are some of the coolest humans I know. When I'm able to relax into a space like Cafe Zoë, with my guitar in hand, I'm a happy dude.” says musician, Scott Bell.
Big Community Spirit
If you are looking for an inexpensive night out that is packed with local flair, Cafe Zoë is a must. The atmosphere changes depending on the night, but it always keeps its wholesome feel and heartfelt charm. But don’t take our word for it: “If you don’t know Café Zoë, you should check it out. There is great coffee in the morning, a satisfying lunch menu, and in the evenings it becomes a coffeehouse music venue for local artists and aspiring musicians. The atmosphere is very casual and welcoming, and there are draft beers and wine in the evening, which add to the friendly ambiance. Treat yourself to an enjoyable evening of local flavor and flair.” - Hugh Sharkey, patron
Cafe Zoë is your community coﬀee cafe and live music venue located at the intersection of Menalto & Gilbert in Menlo Park, CA. We are proud to have become one of few local intimate live music venues between San Francisco and San Jose. Learn more about Cafe Zoë, and our live music schedule, by visiting the Cafe Zoë website or calling 650-322-1926.