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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
  • "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
  • "Hostess was rude; manager overheard and comped our meal. Kudos to him"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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.)"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 have been waitin 30mn to get water and bread,and 55mn to get our main course very bad service"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Much too loud. Really distracted from my and my guests experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Unfortunately the outdoor dining area sits on the side of a busy parking lot. The oak trees provide shade but little break from the cars driving in and out. Service was spotty, the waiter had too many tables - ALL of them for most of our lunch! The Farmers Lunch menu was very good."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I enjoyed a lovely late-afternoon lunch here with my godmother. The chilled green tomato soup, roasted chicken, and hamburger were all scrumptious. What made our experience truly 5-star was our truly kind, warm and professional server, John. I sincerely appreciated John's attentiveness, especially toward my godmother who is an absolutely lovely, refined lady recovering from a stroke. He was gentle with her requests, even anticipating her needs before she made a request. And, the hostess was so thoughtful to hold open the door for us as we were slowly departing. Such a nice respite from the impersonal rush-about environments one finds in our other local establishments!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Delicious aroma as you enter the restaurant, healthy amazing food, great presentation- parking is difficult and noise level is loud."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This spot is accidental find after discovering the delicious bakery. One evening we drove to bakery as they were closing and The BARTENDER who was taking my 'to go' order managed to wrangle my desserts of choice from the staff. We have subsequently had dinner and weekend brunch with great results. The hostesses are warm and gracious and the service consistently attentive. The other evening we dined at the bar and albeit there was a new employee being trained. We even met a lovely diner with whom we enjoyed conversations about food and literature. Elaina(?)The BARTENDER was apologetic yet she delivered our cocktails and food promptly. Jose, the GM is so kind and professional making our experiences warm and enjoyable. We'll return..."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have come to this restaurant several times in the past few weeks. The food is outstanding. I particularly like the chicken with butter beans. The Porkchop was fabulous. A friend of mine had fried chicken and thought it was superb. They have a great wine list. The mixed drinks are good. Highly recommended. Service is superb. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I have the same thing almost every time. Roast Chicken or the burger. Chicken pot pie is delicious too. The manager and servers are wonderful and very helpful. No complaints. High praise."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Menu has many offerings for the foodies. We ate outdoors late morning. Seems to be a bit of a challenge for the wait staff to handle a full to nearly full house, as we had to flag them down for water or coffee for the long wait from a slow kitchen. Overall, worth voting again."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Would have been nice to have some larger salads on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service, even the view would have been great if we were able to get an outside table. The noise level was between moderate and excessive, we had difficulty in hearing the person across the table."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were visiting from Boston and found this place to be wonderful. Great food, great service. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Welcoming staff. The food was good. The ambiance very pleasant. All in all a good eating experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "While the food was good the menu options for lunch were very limited. They focus on brunch (mostly breakfast items) on the weekend which really limits true lunch options if that is what you want Dinner is good. Noise level too high despite requesting to turn music volume down several times Service was spotty "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I like to become a regular places and this was one of my first "regular" spots at college. It's not inexpensive but it's good. The Camino Breakfast and the Pulled Chicken sandwhich are the best, while things like the French Omelet and Beef Hash are more acquired tastes."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Consistently great quality - best bread in the world! My daughter won't buy bread from anywhere else. Also accommodating to our special requests. "
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a great meal and we will go back. It was not our first visit. They have one dish (Farroto?) that my husband can't get enough of. That is where he always wants to go. Great bread that they make at their own bakery. Interesting salads (the one with asparagus is really good)."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This was a special occasion lunch. I've eaten here before and liked it, so thought it would be a good place to go. Got there after the lunch rush, but the service was initially indifferent and unfriendly; had to ask for water and bread after a long wait. Service got better as the meal went on. Food was a mix of hits and misses. The restaurant was noisy, even though not full."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The food here is very good, but the outdoor patio is wonderful for lunch on a hot day. The bread is also wonderful. My only complaint is that I wish they had more selections for lunch, and it's a little pricey."
    Dined on 4/30/2014