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Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
  • Address:
    855 El Camino Real, Ste. 110
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Palo Alto
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mayfieldbakery.com
  • Phone: (650) 853-9200
  • Hours of Operation: THE CAFE

    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

    Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    Nightly, 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

    Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


    Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Soule
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embarcadero Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available at our location in The Town & Country Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA
A word from Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
Rustic; Wood-fired; Sustainable and seasonal. These are the hallmarks of the dishes that can be enjoyed during breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Many of the dishes draw inspiration from the wonderful fresh-baked breads produced right next door at our Bakery. And all of our meals feature organic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, many of which are prepared in the kitchen's wood-fired oven and rotisserie, which allow for long-cooked flavors, and for the simple, fresh ingredients to shine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food! Wonderful wait staff! We made reservations for the Sunday Brunch and I would recommend both the brunch and the reservations. Even though the place was quite busy, the wait staff was professional and attentive. Our party had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the creative menu."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We are fans of the Mayfield Cafe, having been there for lunch and dinner. I was disappointed, however, with the brunch. The menu, as described in print and by our helpful and friendly waitress sounded innovative but was rather ordinary. For example, the much-touted cottage potatoes were tasty but nothing special. My poached eggs arrived cold. The server managed to mix up every one of our plates (quite a feat!) but we ended up with what we had ordered. I think it was just a bad day and we will return."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great lunch menu and enjoyable "happening" kind of place - casual but with a upscale feel. The service was excellent and the restaurant was extremely busy on a Thursday at 1:00 PM. We thoroughly enjoyed our "Mafield Experience"."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Good food but a little "pricey" for lunch. Had the "pulled chicken" sandwich which was very "tasty". Also had their pizza equally as tasty. Had a sisde of fries whih was excellent, i.e., crispy and stayed crispy."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I enjoy meeting people here because it is close to Stanford, but visitors don't have to deal with parking on campus. The outdoor seating, while somewhat loud, is nice and there are usually tables available indoors for lunch even without a reservation. Normally, the food is quite good, but I did have a bad experience last time around."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great dog friendly place plus great food! Service can be slow, make sure you let management know they will make right!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Corn soup delicious; creamy and full of crunchy corn n other bits of veggies. Green salad beautiful color, very generous portion, lovely but Un remarkable taste. Tout was farmed. It was pan seared but too salty. When I removed the skin the fish was perfectlycookedbut not very tasty. The bed of veggies was deliciously flavored. And saved the dish presentation was lovely. My dates stake, the special the day was perfectly cooked n served on a very generous mound of mashed potatoes. The hot gravy served from a small pitcher was a nice touch it prevented everything from being over sauced and Mushie. The room was noisy which made it difficult to talk. The waitress in training did an excellent job and her trainer was right there beside her."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Mayfield Bakery was a perfect segue to a Bing Concert at Stanford. The menu reflects a bounty of seasonal ingredients, prepared and presented in thoughtful deliciousness. We ate outside on a summer night, it was devine."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Mayfield B & C has become one of our reliable eateries for a good meal before an evening concert at Stanford. The staff are careful to get us served and on our way. The shortribs continue to be a personal favorite, and other dishes which are quite good are the trout and the chicken pot pie, a Sunday special. The wine list is made notable by inclusion of 4 Turley zinfandels and other fine red and white selections. The desserts are exceptional, and we enjoyed a slice of fresh peach-blueberry pie. In the summer the pleasant weather often makes outdoor dining very comfortable."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The restaurant has great food for breakfast and lunch. The service is sometimes slow and it can be noisy. We sat on the patio for lunch and it was really nice. Everyone enjoyed their meals!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great place. Staff is always very conscious of customer requests such as a window table. It is our favorite place in Palo Alto. Mayfield has the best champagne list in the area."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Promptly seated, but left alone for almost 30 mins, when we approached two different servers at the tables on either side of us, they both claimed that they were not our server and someone would eventually see to us. Had to get management involved. Had a great meal and we were even given loaves of bread we assumed to compensate for the service. Bill arrived, we paid cash and even left a 20% tip, handed the cash to the server and said that we did not need change. As we sat chatting another person tossed what we thought was a receipt and walked away, we continued to chat, no one approached us, and we said goodnight and left. Upon my return home, the restaurant called to say that we didn’t pay! The story goes on, but I am out of characters..."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "five of us had lunch here yesterday. We had 3 adults one teenager and one preteen. the ingredients were fresh. The food was delicious. we decided we have to go back for dessert someday. The service was great. It was friendly, attentive and efficient. The outside dining area would have been perfect. trouble is it fronts an extremely busy parking lot. It didn't seem to bother the people who opted to sit outside. I plan to go back someday."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "better for breakfast or brunch than dinner soup good though"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Had an OK dinner. As always, the service is fine, the full bar is a nice addition. The bavette steak was really only OK. Deep fried fingerling potatoes? That's just wrong. And they're gross. Excellent pizzas."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food, service & ambiance are always a plus but for the noise level, which is LOUD to the extent that it is difficult to hold a conversation without practically shouting. I think it is misguided that Open Table would label high noise level as "Energetic," particularly if a potential diner is expecting to be able to converse normally. Let me add that I think there may have been a birthday gathering while we were dining, which may explain the noise level. Enjoyed the French omelette and the pizza, however, the country fries in another dish were more more like "tator tots on steroids," as described by the person who ordered that dish. Either the menu was misinterpreted or perhaps there was a substitution."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Have been to Mayfield several times. Food is consistently made from high quality ingredients, but is most often bland. This time, service was very ragged. Whole table was picked up after appetizer and server was several times wandering around with dishes, not knowing what table they belonged to. It's nice to have the option to sit outside, but Mayfield really needs to be better than it is."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Early dinner. Service was OK. My wife ordered a drink from the menu that the bar no longer makes (server said they did not have pineapple juice?), the alternative suggested by the server did not work. We felt like eating simply, which meant hamburgers. They were fine. Took a bit of asking to get more water at the table."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant with two friends I haven't seen in a long time. The noise level was low so we could talk which was important. The food came before the wine and the wine had gone sour so we got another wine. The food was somewhat exotic but not special and the ingredients were difficult to eat on a pizza. Artichokes sometimes need outer leaves removed if you know what I mean. It was ok but I wouldn't make a habit of eating there."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We frequent Mayfield's pretty often as the food r pretty consistent. However, this time round, our server was hard to locate when we needed help. We were disappointed that the Saturday's special "prime rib" was not on the menu. Would be nice if they change up on the desserts a little or have special desserts for weekends?"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nice dinner before music event at Stanford. We each started with a bowl of the green pea soup which was excellent -- cold and fresh. My husband had the special strip steak, which was perfectly prepared and he enjoyed. I had the harissa-spiced yellowtail. That was excellent, imaginative and tasty. Two glasses of a lovely sancerre rose completed the meal. Oh, and a very large slice of blueberry pie -- stuffed with berries, but a little dry to my taste."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This restaurant was one of the few places around Palo Alto and Menlo Park that was open for lunch on July 4th . Our waitress was prompt and attentive and the food came out quickly even though the place was busy. The soft scrambled eggs and burger that my mother and friend ordered looked fine. Onion rings were crisp but greasy. Overall our orders were satisfactory though seemed overpriced, such as the $16 rotisserie chicken salad. It was a sizable portion, but a bit skimpy on the green goddess dressing . I could see the chicken cooking on spits from our booth seating. Dishes and other kitchen noise was very loud and in retrospect wish we had asked to sit outside."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Hostess was rude; manager overheard and comped our meal. Kudos to him"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Had brunch for the first time at Mayfield. We have dined there before,and this experience was consistent with lunch and dinner. Attentive staff without hovering, tasty and fresh food and the "bread" aka Madeline cookies where an extra special touch. The french toast is more like a hybrid with bread pudding, but still very good. We recommend asking for the strawberry sauce on the side as it is very sweet and a little goes a long way."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Waited 20 minutes before they even brought water to the table."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We liked the menu and presentations of the dishes, but everything was quite salty for our tastes, except perhaps the salad. Bread is quite good. Service a bit thin."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We came here for lunch mid-week. Excellent food, to be sure, and a lovely setting. However, the service was terrible. I arrived 10 min early and was seated - then sat for a full 8 min without being acknowledged by the staff. No greeting, no water - even though I was trying to make eye contact with every employee that walked by. Instead, they chatted behind the server station or stared out the window ignoring all the tables in the restaurant. A poor experience. We waited an extra 5 min to order once ready as the server again disappeared. And then when done - empty plates sat, waiting to be cleared. They dropped the check without checking if we'd like dessert or coffee. The food here is truly excellent, but the staff needs training."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is always one of my top choices for the Town and Country Village Shopping Center. It has one of the best hamburgers around plus a selection of fresh, innovative dishes. It is usually quite crowded so always good to have a reservation. The indoor part can be quite noisy."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We've been to Mayfield Bakery 2-3 times before and have always enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service. Compared to the other visits, this recent one was rather disappointing. The servers seemed to be overwhelmed, and was unhelpful to us. The food came quickly but the taste was uninspiring. This was not an enjoyable dining experience overall."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "we have been waitin 30mn to get water and bread,and 55mn to get our main course very bad service"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our appetizer (warm olives), dinner (the steak and a burger) and drinks (sparkling lemonade and the Bijou) were all really good. The olive bread was AMAZING! Our server was friendly and helpful. The noise level was on the higher side, making it a little hard to hear both our server and each other, but we managed. :) Definitely a place to try again, maybe for brunch or lunch next time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Definitely the best salad anywhere!!!! I go for the wonderful food!!!!! This time, I enjoyed incredible trout. Service is outstanding. One time, after dinner, the waiter seeing how much the person I was with enjoyed the bread, gave him a whole loaf to take home. The staff really cares about the diner's experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The bread was good; the chicken was pretty awful and a couple of times I wondered if it was actually fully cooked."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food remains pretty good, although the menu should vary more. The prices are ridiculously high though. $200 (with tip) for 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 glasses of wine is not acceptable for this level of food and service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband loved the burger there. We always get the cottage potatoes & all the egg dishes are good too! Excellent service!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good ambience but poor food. The noise level is high but the service is very good. The main problem is the low quality of the food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a must in Palo Alto. I have visited the city many times in the last few years and Mayfield is always a stop on the agenda. The brunch is great and lunch is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "i have eaten at mayfield several times and have never been disappointed. great food, nice wine list, and very nice service. the only down side is the noise level"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Much too loud. Really distracted from my and my guests experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is my first visit for dinner. I have made Mayfield a must stop for brunch/lunch but this is my first dinner. The food was great and I recommend dinner. If you cannot make dinner, don't miss brunch of lunch."
    Dined on 6/12/2014