Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mayfieldbakery.com/
  • Phone: 6508539200
  • Hours of Operation:
    THE CAFE

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

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

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

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

    THE BAKERY

    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: American, Contemporary 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (97)neighborhood gem (83)great for lunch (82)great for brunch (75)fit for foodies (64)kid-friendly (40)hot spot (17)notable wine list (16)special occasion (14)good for groups (13)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • We Love This Place!
    MAJTim
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is our "Go To" spot whenever we want to go out for brunch. The food is relatively healthy and delicious and the service is always great. I love to get the burger every time, it never disappoints even though I've tried the chicken and other dishes. My wife and I bring our toddler and the place is kid friendly with crayons and a child menu. We always happen to see friends and "tech celebrities" who also enjoy dining at this establishment. If you are in the Palo Alto area, you need to stop by and try it out but don't forget to book your reservation on Open Table otherwise you'll have to wait.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mayfield Bakery
    GiGi5
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    It was my first time eating at Mayfield Bakery, and I was a little disappointed in the food and noise level. The food is pricey for what you get. I realize it must be a favorite to many as it was very busy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious With Exceptional Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We celebrated our 7-year anniversary last night (which I noted on our Open Table online reservation) and the service was impeccable! We received a complimentary appetizer, dessert, and even a loaf of bread to take home. The waitress was very kind and was especially attentive to my needs as a pregnant woman -- asking whether or not I wanted my trout entree to be cooked all the way through (because sometimes it's not). The meal was very tasty and we were especially grateful for the exceptional service, which made our anniversary very enjoyable. THANK YOU!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great spot
    anniebanannie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I go to Mayfiled at least once a week. The food is fresh and consistent and i love the staff. Last weekend our service was slow (it was dinner and they were busy) but I am willing to overlook that!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    JohnB
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was delicious, although we found the portion sizes to be a bit small for a $33 three-course brunch.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter lunch
    JAZARK
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We were visiting from Boston and found this place to be wonderful. Great food, great service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    FoodReviewer
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Ate her for Easter Brunch. The food was wonderful, as was the service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Mayfield has become one of our "Go to" spots for date night. As always we enjoyed the food. My husband always orders the same dish (Farotto), he loves it so much. I got the trout, which was excellent, and we shared an asparagus and orange salad. We were so full we had to share dessert. Also their bread is WAY too good! We did not want to wait for our reservation, so we ate at the bar. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and if they make a mistake, they make it right. They forgot my husband's onion rings (which actually turned out for the best as we had so much food), so they gave us a free cocktail.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for Saturday dinner
    MangiaBene
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our soups and salads were good, but my husband was somewhat disappointed in the Saturday night roast beef special. The service was good, as usual; and they're reliable about honoring reservation times - not always the case in Palo Alto, and greatly appreciated.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Establishment has regressed
    EdoErgoSumVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Arrived early with reservations. Got cut in front of by rude woman with baby. Waited 7 mins to get to hostess. 15 mins from arrival to getting seated. A couple arriving after us was seated next to us. We waited and waited. A waiter then brought Madeleines on a plate to the couple that arrived after us. Finally, another 5 mins and I flagged down the petite hostess. She was apologetic and said she will send someone to take our order. I been there when it had been busier and did not experience the poor service so am a bit perplexed and surprised. To top it off, the corned beef dish I ordered only had eight tiny cubes of corned beef. They should have called it Pearled Barley with a sprinkle of corned beef. I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food; still bistro noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The only thing I've ever had against this place is the noise level: loud! Seemed a little better this time, maybe because we were seated next to an exterior window about half-way back in the restaurant, and it was a Thursday night. On the other hand, the warmed chocolate chip cookie dessert was worth "shouting" over!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Wine Snob
    foodieandwinesnobVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in Palo Alto hands down. It is unassuming yet elegant, great menu with excellent choices and a terrific team of waiters and waitresses. Unfortunately I didn't get the name of our waiter, a very tall (the tallest) and pleasant gentleman. He took care of us that we felt like "spoiled brats". He is great. The food.... delicious as always, got the meatballs (meatball Tuesday), the trout, and the penne. Everything was just delicious. Congratulations to the chef, staff, and management.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Room for improvement
    doodaa
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    i wasn't able to give Mayfield the highest rating because of 1) excessive noise level and 2) uncomfortable seating for anyone not sitting in a booth. I think this would be easily dealt with; just invest in some better seating! The kitchen is creative, and the atmosphere is lively, but the noise level makes it next to impossible to talk with a person seated across from you. Having said that, I would gladly go again and it would become my go-to restaurant if I could know that these issues had been addressed. The bakery run by the same establishment, next door, is first rate, and the issues of seating and noise aren't material.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and busy
    StanfordFanVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The cauliflower soup and kale salad were outstanding. It was hard to get service. I finally had to ask the hostess to send a waiter to take our order. It was also so noisy it was a bit hard to hear my lunch companion at times. If there had been a table outside, it might have been easier to hear.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch for 3
    Larry
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My guests and I had lunch at 2:45 the other day, so the restaurant was very quiet. Our lunches included the burger, which was juicy and outstanding in taste and presentation. Likewise, the kale salad was delicious and a large portion. The avocado bacon club sandwich was tasty but a bit too greasy, as the rye bread was fried and too much oil (I assume) remained in the saturated bread. Overall, we were very pleased and will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food always reliably good
    MangiaBene
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Mayfield Bakery always has good food. I go often for both lunch and dinner, and here is my only quibble: while the dinner servers are excellent, the lunch servers just aren't. Not only the three of us, but also people around us had to practically jump up to get attention to ask for more water, more coffee, a spoon for the soup (why didn't it come with the soup?), etc.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great location, appropriate menu, fairly reasonable prices. Service was very slow and our waiter was not very responsive. Kind of made the meal less than memorable. We had been once before for breakfast. This was our first time for dinner. Service is affecting the overall score.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    midpendiner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I've been to Mayfield several times for brunch, lunch and now dinner. The food is always good and the service is exceptional. During this dinner the soup of the day that my wife ordered wasn't fantastic. The server sensing that she wasn't completely happy insisted that she take away that bowl and bring out a different soup that my wife enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, ok food for price
    Sain
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was pretty good, but we had higher expectations for the price. Everything was good, but the taste just lacked a certain wow factor. We ordered the french toast, chicken sandwich, and kid's pancake. The pancake was the most impressive. The ambiance was great. It was lively and noisy, but the booth also retained sense of privacy. Our 2 year old was able to somewhat crawl and sprawl in the booth. The mirrors were a nice touch so that the booth was private without being claustrophobic. Service was a little on the slow side, but they are very busy. Reservations are definitely recommended. Parking can be a bit difficult, but there are some nice walking about to do. We also got the free Madeleine cookies after asking for them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty food but had a bad server
    1082
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I really like Mayfield Cafe and have been frequenting it from its opening. I've also had them cater a birthday party for me. This most recent visit was no exception; my Pizza Bianca was just right, with tangy cheese, loads of fresh arugula and a to-die-for sourdough crust baked to chewy perfection. The problem was our server, who pretty much ignored us and only came to the table after we placed our order with the Manager. Our food was delivered promptly, but he vanished again until I flagged down another server to run our bill (after watching our server roam around leisurely for 8 mins). At lunch, you need prompt service which we didn't receive from this server. I won't let this keep me away but I was disappointed he wasn't better trained.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a friend
    Rocketgirl
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I really enjoy the Mayfield, I have never been disappointed with anything ordered. On our last visit, it stayed true to form providing us with excellent apps, entree and dessert. The shaved fennel salad was amazing, the burger was very tasty and was cooked just right, the beignets got dessert were sweet light and yummy! This visit we sat on the window side of the restaurant and although the view was nice the restaurant was do loud we could hardly have a conversation without yelling it. It was a busy Wednesday night but a good time. The service staff was great and very attentive. I recommend Mayfield Bakery Cafe for great food, and a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not disappointed
    Bachan
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Mayfield Café has wonderful and beautifully presented meals. It seems this is a very popular restaurants and it is busy any day of the week. I have tried different entrees and have not been disappointed; the food is delicious. The crowds can be rather lively, so it can be a challenge to hear when having a conversation with your guest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing brunch
    Diner
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Hot apple fritters, oatmeal with currants, cauliflower soup, scrambled eggs with leeks in a mushroom broth, and eggs with thick cuts of bacon and hash brown potato fries. Home made ketchup. Bowl of latte. Amazing brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice morning....food
    Lynneat
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Very nice morning....food and service were excelleny
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, But Busy
    CooknFreshFoodLover
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Went here in the hopes of a relaxing brunch. The food was delicious, but the place was busy (Sunday morning) and we felt pressured by the waiter to eat and leave. So, it was not the relaxing brunch we had hoped for. If you're looking for a quick, delicious meal ... then, this is the place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite after Stanford events!
    Etsilva47VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    One of our favorites after attending nearby Stanford U. events since it serves later in eve. Whether seeking a light or full meal, we always find something that delights our taste buds. The salads & soups are creative and delicious. The beer & wine choices are exceptional. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worst experience ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    20 mins to get Tap water resturant wasn't even full
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not great
    PeepsVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    There is a sameness about Mayfield -- never poor and never great. Menu never seems to change. I go there for business meals and would never think to go there for personal reasons.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable good food
    Lovechowder
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We go here often, usually for brunch or lunch. Menu uses fresh farmers' market ingredients and many of the dishes are very tasty. Try the enormous pancake with pecan butter -- delicious! The soft scramble is a nice lighter alternative. The chicken salad sandwich is excellent. Can be noisy inside. Outside chairs give no back support -- wish they were more upright. Sometimes service is slow. But overall almost always a nice experience! (Not particularly good for a gluten-free diet though -- they can do a sandwich without the bread, but it's a shame to miss out on their breads.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hosted a couple small group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I hosted a couple small group meetings at Mayfield, one in the am, one in the pm. The food at Mayfield is always fantastic and the ambiance is charming. Our numbers were fluid (ie changing at the last minute), but the hostess handled it very nicely. We weren't the most difficult group, but some of the guests were ... picky. Waiters handled the needs/demands well. In the pm, I ordered two orders of cookies for the table, 2 large cookies each. It would be nice to have a "group" option of sweets for the pm. I was imagining (and thought they used to offer?) a plate of *small* cookies (or other dessert-y things). Also, the waiter brought three orders of cookies (huge). If I had asked I'm sure they would have changed the bill. A favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Consistently great quality - best bread in the world! My daughter won't buy bread from anywhere else. Also accommodating to our special requests.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and Delicious
    FoodieFamily
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I'm vegan but have a carnivore family. This restaurant delights all of our tastes. We are from Oklahoma and visit the Bay Area several times a year. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple yet Yummy
    Vicster
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I always enjoy this restaurant and sometimes enjoy it more when I dine outside. The inside tends to be loud...and not in an energetic way. It's a reliable and can be special too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, difficult to chat
    AngelaC
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I LOVE the menu and food, but if you want to have a conversation, sit outside. When the restaurant is full, you can barely hear the person who sits across from you. Be sure to make a reservation, even for lunch, as this is a very popular spot. I would definitely go again, but ask to sit outside. Oh, and fabulous bread. Take home a loaf from the bakery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing 2nd visit
    JavaOzVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Minimal food portions, chicken and brie sandwich had too much mayo and too little chicken, too much bread, hardly any salad. Disappointing esp. as I had recommended this restaurant to my lunch companion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mayfield Cafe
    TMcKVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    There may be more expensive restaurants in Palo Alto, but there are no better than the Mayfield Cafe. Food and service are excellent in a relaxed setting. You can have an informal or fancy dinner. Food ranges from bar food to creative, with a great selection of wine or beer. Very friendly people. Worth making a regular stop in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks
    Rose
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had 5 people for brunch/lunch and the server was wonderfully responsive and friendly. thank you again. the food was great too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sat outside and loved it!
    Joan88
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Inside is a bit noisy, but sitting outside in the shade was heavenly! Friendly hostess, fine server, excellent food! Perfect lunch and truly outstanding sourdough bread:).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mayfield needs more selections
    TesuquwVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The menu was limited and pricey in my opinion. I would like to see them add more items. When you pay $15 for a sandwich you expect something pretty spectacular. I ordered a smoked Salmon club that came with 2 pieces of bread not 3 as customary for a club. That said - I felt that the sandwich which was good should have had a small salad or something other than a heap if pickles. The largest issue was noise and the fact that the menu offered very few choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a gem in Palo Alto
    gato
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Mayfield Cafe had bland food when they first opened, but my group was pleasantly surprised at the creative choices, taste and presentation of the items we ordered. We'll certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.