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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
  • Email: info@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 WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Ate her for Easter Brunch. The food was wonderful, as was the service."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Very nice morning....food and service were excelleny"
    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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "20 mins to get Tap water resturant wasn't even full"
    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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We were looking for a good, but casual, brunch place near Stanford and found Mayfield on OpenTable. Great find!! Basically a very upscale version of a diner. Menu has a lot of choices and while even the basics have a twist, they are not weird like so many trendy new places in the Bay Area. This is a place to which I will definitely return. BTW, our waitress was great!!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had 5 people for brunch/lunch and the server was wonderfully responsive and friendly. thank you again. the food was great too."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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:)."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Pricey but nicely prepared food, lots of choices and great parking. Really nice staff"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This is a fast-paced, moving, loud restaurant. Even the booths are loud; the place is not for quiet conversation. The food is very good, not to die for. Service, after two visits, was stellar on visit one and brusque on visit two. Worth a try if going in with eyes open and expectations managed."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This was my third time at Mayfield. First time I sat alone at the bar, during Stanford Student Admit Weekend, alone while my son was on campus. Very comfortable place to eat alone. Friendly bartender. The next time I was with my husband and two friends. Another great meal. This time I was with a group of 5. Great service. HAd the kale salad. Amazing even for non-kale likers. Had another version of the farroto (rissoto made with farro). The food is reliably great. Local, creatinve dishes. I expect to eat here every time I visit Palo Alto. It's just a comfortable, nice place."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We kicked off my daughter's 22nd birthday celebration by having breakfast here. It worked out great. The service was great and the meal was delicious. The restaurant offers a diversified menu where everyone in our group found something they really enjoyed. We definitely plan to go back to enjoy what is offered for lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This was a perfect spot for dinner with a group of friends -- the food was delicious, service good and nice at atmosphere. They even gave us bread to take home at the end of the night!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This was my second time coming here for brunch. The first time we sat at the bar. I think that's why I loved it last time ... This time, we sat at a booth and the service was not good and most of our food (two egg dishes) were cold. The food tasted okay, but nothing special. We ordered coffee and that was served in a very small cup and took forever to come. When it finally came, the waitress didn't bring us any type of milk for it and by the time she came back with it, 5 minutes later, the coffee was cold. She never offered to refill it - showed little to no interest in her job. Prices are too high considering the execution of the meals and the service. Wouldn't come back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014