Woodside Bakery & Cafe
Woodside Bakery & Cafe

Woodside Bakery & Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://woodsidebakery.com/#/HOME-01-00/
  • Phone: (650) 851-0812
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We design a menu with the client, prepare and pack up for pick up by the client. We can also deliver, but do not offer full-service catering at this time.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our beautiful outdoor patio dining area seats up to 60 guests, with a fireplace and heaters. This area can be reserved in its entirety or a portion reserved to accommodate a smaller party of guests. The entire restaurant, with a capacity of 95, can also be reserved, depending on the date required.
  • Private Party Contact: Jan Sweyer 6508517247
  • Entertainment: Occasional live music offered in the summer months. Announcements made in advance.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canada Road
  • Public Transit: The Town of Woodside does not have public transportation available outside of taxi cab service.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Public parking lots surround our restaurant both front and back.
A word from Woodside Bakery & Cafe
We are located in the beautiful Town of Woodside, offering upscale casual dining featuring outdoor patio with fireplace and heaters.
We feature Italian-American Cuisine of fresh seafood, natural meats from Niman Ranch, abundant salads and an array of homemade pasta and vegetarian dishes. Our famous thin-crust pizzas, mussels and other dishes are baked in our wood-burning oven. We use local, natural, sustainable ingredients and our first crop of heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs and beans is on its way from our own gardens.
We are the proud recipients of 2008, 2009, 2010 Wine Spectator Awards for our excellent wine selections and are the Peninsula's People's Choice for "Best Bakery" and "Best Desserts", as well as the Regional Taster's Choice "Best Pizza".
Our full-service European Bakery offers an full array of pastries, cookies, pies, cakes, wedding and other custom cakes and desserts.
We're the perfect venue for booking your next special event!
WELCOME!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Woodside Bakery & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)great for outdoor dining (36)great for lunch (31)great for brunch (16)kid-friendly (15)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (5)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Seeing the cloud-covered sky
    lulugato
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Seeing the cloud-covered sky and the black birds waiting on the roof plus wonderful warm mushroom spinach soup made lunch so special. The heaters were just right . The salad dressing on the cranberry apple choice was perfect. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best service
    Dubs
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I will preface this by saying we were not the best diners. It was hard to find parking so I was waiting for my friend for about 10 minutes. But the server didn't check on us at all during the meal. I also think my egg dish was supposed to come with toast and potatoes, but he never brought them. He came to pick up the bill and I hadn't signed yet, he looked irritated and sulked off never to be seen again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A warm place on a rainy morning
    kaaaliiVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We really enjoyed our brunch here. The place is a bit cramped, but the staff was warm and welcoming. We made reservations for 9:30 and didn't really need them, but if you come at 10am or after, there could be a long line. The bakery has walk up seating, but it appears that large groups (there was a running group and cycling group when we were there) that took up most of the communal tables. The menu offers a nice variety of breakfast options and the complimentary 'bread' is wonderful. It's more like a Yorkshire pudding, so with the melting butter and homemade jam, it's delightful! I very much enjoyed my omelet and my husband liked his frittata. It was a bit 'flatter' than what he's used to, but it was fresh and tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In the future, would request
    Maddie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    In the future, would request indoor seating for dinner, especially during the winter. The heat lamps were not working properly and it was very uncomfortable to enjoy what turned out to be a delicious dinner. Someone did try to work on them but were not fully successful. This was our first time for dinner, having had lunch here many times. The service was very slow although it did appear that they were short staffed but with the cold air, heaters not working properly and slow service it was rather disappointing. We did request to come inside to have our dessert as this was a birthday celebration. We were immediately seated inside and dessert was exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a very enjoyable brunch/lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had a very enjoyable brunch/lunch with friends. The patio is great - we could hear each other. Food very good. We took our time as it was a special occasion, but were not rushed. Waitress very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Momof2VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Second time here. Another great dinner. Pizza is EXCELLENT! Awesome homemade bread to die for. Had the special Skirt Steak was fantastic!! Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is good overall.
    mc41
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The food is good overall. However, we had a table very close to the cooking area which was loud. I'd like to try the outdoor dining next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girl's Night Favorite
    AmySFO
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Perfect meeting spot when you are coming from the North to meet friends from Siilicon Valley. The host was very accommodating to changing my reservation time and group size. We had freshly baked bread upon arrival that was the best! Then we each ordered a unique dish an everyone was more than satisfied with their fresh pasta, fish and risotto. A bottle of Rombauer and too many desserts to chose from made for a perfect evening for our party of six.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shabby Treatment and Openly Rude
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Had heard of WB and reserved to meet an elderly cousin I had not seen in more than 40 years. She was visiting her daughter who suggested it as nice & convenient for all of us. We were shown to a table on the patio with no time to peruse the menu before being asked to order. Waiter returned very disgruntled at the delay. After a little over an hour during which dishes were removed brusquely before others finished, the waiter moved a table right next to us - making it hard to get out and we "got the clue" to leave! Our feeling was:that because we didn't order wine, or specialty coffee drinks, and maybe because two of us were elderly and not glamorous Woodside, affluent matrons, we weren't welcome. True restaurant of class, do not do this!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best experience
    pickyeater
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Our waiter was not attentive and I never got my food to eat with my 2 other guests. I blame the waiter. I have been here before and it was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    We have been going to the Woodside Bakery & Cafe forever and have always found the meals satiating and enjoyable. The restaurant is small - there is an outside area that is nice in the spring and summer - so it can get very noisy. Despite the frequency of happy diners we find that it is an enjoyable choice for dinner with our children, friends or just ourselves. The soups are savory and the salads fresh and tasty. The pastas are delicious and they have a wonderful pizza oven. For a casual but satisfying meal I highly recommend the Woodside Bakery & Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!!!
    Ilovemymur
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Great good and great back patio especially in the summertime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Woodside Bakery
    Foodlover
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I love the lovely informal atmosphere at this upbeat bistro in beautiful Woodside. Service and food are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful! Warm and
    etlrVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Always wonderful! Warm and cosy inside during the winter, delightful outside in the warmer weather. If the evening cools quickly, the heat lamps will take care of you. My husband and I have never had a disappointing meal, neither have any of the friends who sometimes join us. Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff was helpful in moving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Staff was helpful in moving outdoor heaters closer to patrons who wanted more warmth on a cool winter day and large umbrellas to provide shade from bright sun. Outdoor seating was the better option. Indoor tables were too close together.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Weekend treat!
    EatandConfessVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    The baked goods is absolutely delicious, my favorites are the elephant ears and the macaron cookies. The dining experience is just as good, food is quick and home style. The service is always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre Christmas at Filoli
    Valleygirl59
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We came for lunch. It was great service nice. We were going to Filoli after. I will try the restaurant again. I don't know why I haven't frequented it sooner
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable and convenient.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Service and cuisine are variable depending upon who is managing the place, both in terms of service and food. It's a reliable local place. Never "bad" -- always a convenient alternative to cooking at home or bringing in take-out food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small cafe, but large on charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    We booked reservation on Open Table and since I did not know one had to specify inside or outside table, we were seated seated in the outside portion of the cafe. Too cold & the heaters were not working, so we requested an inside table. The hostess stated that I had not specified inside, there was not one table available so we were seated in the crowded bakery area. One half hour later, we asked for the manager, who did quickly find a inside table for us. Two suggestions, first the hostess should have been able to do the same thing that the manager did customer happy and Open Table web site should note that if one needs to specify inside or outside reservations for this restuarant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not-so-special dinner
    packard
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    An interesting menu, not so well executed. Service was generally friendly and prompt. Brie appetizer was terrific. Asian chicken salad was mostly cabbage and without any flavor. Spinach salad was overdressed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Yummy
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    I've been here before, made reservations, but was not seating out in the patio, I did not request it, but that is where everyone wants to sit. Inside was HOT, NOISY, and was hard to hold a conversation. They also did not have some items available on their menu, like a Cabrese salad?. The waiter didn't even advise an alternative so one guest was stuck trying to come up with something else. The quiche is wonderful!!!highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We sat outside and it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We sat outside and it was freezing. I thought the heaters would cover all of us. There were 6 of us and we sat under the red awning. NO heat and all of us left frozen including the men. Seating outside does not work in the winter. One more thing, what is with the TV? Seems so odd during dinner and out doors. A Good thing at the bar but dinner is a time to spend together not watch TV. Nice place during the summer months but winter needs to be indoors or get a lot more heaters.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoy
    kg6dpl
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    A favorite for years. Busy, especially on weekends. Reservations highly recommended. Food is always good. Nice patio dining. Fireplace. Cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy place, ok food.
    Jackson
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    When we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by a noisy group of kids. We listened to the screams throughout the dinner. We wondered what "naturally raised" salmon in the menu meant. Aren't "Naturally" and "raised" oxymorons? My friend could not eat his meal because it was cooked in a lot of butter with grease accumulating on his plate. I ordered garden vegetables that was braised in so much oil, I forced myself to finish half of the plate. The waiter was nice. Service was fine. Food was expensive for what it was but in a Town where majority of the population is millionaires, no one probably cares. In some place else, this restaurant would close the doors but in a Town where there is no competition, it will stay around for years to come.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch experience!!!
    Birthdatplace
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Perfect place for a mom to bring two daughters for a perfect lunch experience. Food was very good...Nest time I hope we have room for the fabulous looking desserts!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening with friend
    DandC
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    I'd requested a table on the patio and they accommodated, plus it was near the great fireplace. The food was excellent and the portions just right. It made it a terrific evening with a good friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always over delivers
    WoodsideGrinchVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    The Mahi Mahi was incredibly well done. The garden vegetable platter was fresh and organic. We had a great time sitting at the bar and enjoying the company of the interesting locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Your Back Room/Patio
    Burke
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Didn't enjoy the experience this time. Wasn't intimate, stuffed in a corner and unfriendly, bad service. Used to enjoy the rustic feel and great smells but so many other places to try. Not sure if I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    pickyeater
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Our table was ready on time and the waiter very attentive and friendly. Substitutions no problem. We all had something different and each was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grandmother and Granddaughter lunch
    mmoche
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    When you want food and fun at the same time, the Bakery is a great place to go. My granddaughter had been there with us before and asked to have lunch with me. We had great salads, our server was really a nice person and sitting in the "garden" area on a beautiful day was ideal. Reservations are really necessary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful entrees and desserts!
    Mikki
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    I have gone to this restaurant many times and the food and staff are always exceptional. Wine list is excellent, and the bakery is terrific, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food always consistently excellent.
    JJ123VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Food always consistently excellent. Bread is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Management Manners
    WiseviewVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    The owner told the receptionist not to give us the table she had for us because he wanted someone else to have it. This was said right in front of us. He is rude and arrogant.
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  • I’ve been coming here for
    valli
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    I’ve been coming here for lunch with friends for years. This place has a friendly & warm feel. I normally eat outside. The food is consistently good, as well the staff (well trained) is always friendly. I find the menu varied, and everything I try is good. The rolls they serve are the best I’ve tasted! I drive 30 miles to eat here. One of my favorite lunch places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good 3 times
    Partyof4VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Great burger, a cab and a seat near the fireplace will be the highlight of a casual Friday night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a fabulous birthday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Had a fabulous birthday brunch here! Waffle was amazingly delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and pleasant atmosphere
    JLFergVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    A friend and I were there Sunday morning for brunch and the restaurant seemed to be very short staffed on that particular morning. We had been seated for 10-15 minutes and had been given water but no one had come by to ask about beverages or food. The brunch was absolutely delicious: the garden skillet and cafe americano. The pace was leisurely which was fine for us. But if you are looking for a quick brunch, maybe this isn't that place. Sitting on the back patio is a lovely way to pass the morning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is normally pretty
    JonGVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    This place is normally pretty decent. I like the risotto when not dieting. They obviously burned my wife's apple crisp though which isn't a crime in and of itself, but they tried to pass it off anyway with a disclaimer. Needless to say after tasting, this was sent back. I actually prefer the old menu and the old management better. For a better dining experience, try Bucks next door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Weekend Breakfast Spot
    LALakerFan
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We went for a Saturday brunch for my birthday and were surprised with a very nice outdoor seating area. Even though there is a hardware store next door, the atmosphere was nice and the weather was great! We enjoyed crab cakes benedict, a garden omelette au gratin and a pancake for our daughter. The food was great tasting, fresh and hot! This is a great little place for a small group of friends to hang out for a bit and have some great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little too self-satisfied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    Even with reservations, we got a table next to the kitchen and got hit in the head or side when anyone walked by. We were then pushed further into the walkway so the people at the next table could have more room. The hostess was just unpleasant as if she was doing us a favor by letting us eat there. I've been there more than a dozen times, but won't be rushing back for overpriced, mediocre food with surly service. Go to Bucks instead. They're always happy to see you.
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