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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.

 Jackson Café is currently closed to the public but is offering takeout Monday–Friday, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Price for entrées is $6.00. Breakfast to go is offered Thursdays, 9:00 am-10:00 am, $5.00. 

In normal times 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.

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 – Friday August 7th

Take Home , Reheat , Enjoy!

Please Note: We do not have on-line ordering. Orders must be placed in person at the door.

Reheating our dishes: If you use a microwave please do not heat them on high. Use a much lower setting, be patient and heat for a longer period of time. If you reheat in your oven, remove from packaging, place in an oven safe container and heat at 350 until hot.

  • Spanish Chicken with Rice

  • Grilled Salmon with Spinach Basmati Rice Pilaf, Zucchini and Lime Butter

  • House-Made Manicotti (Very Limited Supply)

  • Turkey & Vegetable Stroganoff

  • House-Made Quiche with Spinach & Ricotta Cheese. Served with Fruit Salad and Roasted Potatoes


    Life is better with Dessert

  • Brownies

  • Lemon Bars

Something New!!!

Thursday Morning Breakfast

Served from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

Pull up to the door in your car and we’ll provide a homemade breakfast for just $5.00

Menu for August 13th:

Potato Pancetta Frittata Served with Cut Fruit