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During the Shelter in Place Directive, the Jackson Café will serve freshly prepared take-out meals for $6 Monday-Friday from 11:30am – 1:00pm.

Click the Menu tab for up-to-date takeout menu.

Whistlestop’s Jackson Café, across from the bus depot in central San Rafael, is open to the public and offers a wonderful place to relax and enjoy lunch with friends. The meals are fresh, affordable, and delicious- made in our kitchen by amazing chefs and served by our Whistlestop volunteers. The daily menu includes a hot main entrée, vegetarian entrée, soup du jour and a variety of other favorite lunch dishes.

Jackson Café is open to the public, MondayFriday, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Prices for entrées for Whistlestop members are $6.00, and for non-members $10.00.

The dining room is available for rental and catering. The central San Rafael location is ideal for club breakfast meetings, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties and corporate events.  For more information, please contact us.


Jackson CaféYou may have seen the rave reviews about the Jackson Cafe’s delicious, fresh food. We are happy to custom cater breakfast, lunch, or receptions on-site at Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center for your group. Each group has special needs, so menus and pricing are determined specifically for you. Off-site catering is not available at this time.

Typical catered menus:

Breakfast – Eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes, yogurt, fresh fruit, homemade scones, cereals, oatmeal, orange and cranberry juices, coffee and hot tea. Lunch – Special entrees, deli sandwiches, salads, soup, burgers, iced tea, sodas, and desserts. Receptions – Platters of fresh vegetables and dips, green or pasta salads, lavosh wraps, fruit platter, brownies and cookies. Please call to discuss your needs with our staff: 415-456-9062.


Jackson Café

How can I find the menu specials for next week?

Weekly entrée specials are posted on our website. Click on the “Menu” tab above.

Do you publish a monthly menu?

In order to offer seasonal specialties, we think it is best to remain flexible and take advantage of what is fresh and looking good on a weekly basis.

Is Jackson Café only for seniors?

Not at all!  Everyone is welcome to enjoy our very affordable meals.

What are your hours?

The Jackson Café is open weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 11:30am – 2:00 pm. (Please place order by 1:45 pm.)

Can I order take-out?  

Yes, no problem. Unfortunately, we do not have the capability to take phone or web orders at this time, but when you order take-out at our cafe, it is prepared and ready to go just as quickly as if you were dining in the restaurant. Please bring your own reusable bag.

Do people with developmental disabilities qualify for the discounted price?

Yes, if they are 60 or better and sign-up for membership. Our price break is based on Whistlestar membership.

How do I ensure a seat at the monthly Special Luncheons?

Please drop by the front office to purchase a ticket. These popular monthly events, from Oktoberfest to Thanksgiving dinner, fill up quickly because of the great meals and wonderful entertainment.

Do you rent the Jackson Café for private events?

Yes. The facility is available for morning, evening and weekend rentals for both the dining room and the commercial kitchen. Please contact us for details.


Due to our concern for the safety and well-being of our community and membership with regard to the Coronavirus, there will not be table service available in the Jackson Cafe’ dining room until further notice. We are however, making some delicious entrees available for you to take home and reheat at your convenience.  These meals are prepared by our In-House culinary team, Stacy and Chuck, so rest assured you are getting a top quality meal at the usual membership price of just $6.00. There will be a larger than normal selection of meals so you can minimize your trips to Whistlestop and purchase more than one.


Lunch entreé specials – July 6th – July 10th

We are closed Friday July 3rd in Observance of Independence Day.

Take Home , Reheat , Enjoy!

Please Note: We do not have on-line ordering. We cannot accept phone orders or email orders. All orders must be placed in person at the door during lunch hours 11:30 -1:00

  • By Request! Sloppy Joes / Bun on the side with Potato & Coleslaw

  • BBQ Chicken with homemade cream corn and summer veggies

  • Tex Mex shredded chicken tamale pie with black beans

  • Grilled Salmon over lemon couscous with tomato-cucumber bruschetta

  • Vegetarian Tex Mex tamale pie with black beans

New Weekly Expanded Dessert Selections!

This week we have –

  • Homemade Lemon Bars

  • Homemade Apple Strudel

  • Brownies (Not Home Made, but still awesome)



Open Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m

Community Breakfast the 1st Friday of the month 9-10am (June 2020 Breakfast has been cancelled)

The Jackson Café features daily specials and a regular menu of delicious delicacies.

Especiales de entrada de esta semana

Abrimos 11:30-1:00.

El Café Jackson estrena especiales del día y un menú habitual de comidas sabrosas.