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
70 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)great for outdoor dining (38)great for lunch (32)kid-friendly (16)great for brunch (16)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (5)special occasion (5)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Great bread and so much more
    mbeachyVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We enjoyed lunch at the Woodside Bakery and Cafe for lunch. They were able to accommodate our party of six easily. I would advise reservations with a party of five or more, especially if the weather will not allow eating on the patio. The food was excellent and plentiful, the service attentive. We enjoyed quiche, sandwich and soup, hamburger and a pizza-all of which was very tasty. The homemade bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar was a wonderful start. Come enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing
    Laura
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had eaten there before and thought it would be a good place to meet some visiting friends. Service was extremely slow. Food wasn't great. Quiche wasn't warm, and was mostly dense egg with very few promised veggies. Everything was simply ok and not the caliber of past visits.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our go to place
    lauraVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We love Woodside bakery. Nice choices on the menu, fair prices and great tasting food. I particularly like the spinach/chicken salad and my grandson loves the spinach mushroom soup. The bread is amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The staff was very accommodating, particularly since there were seven of us. We eat here often and find the food is always good. Our waitress this time was very friendly and obviously trying hard, but it was difficult to get her attention. Lunch is a very busy time for this restaurant, so, perhaps that is to be expected.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I asked for soft scrambled eggs; they were overcooked & fresh fruit not up to the standards we had previously experienced. We waited over 40 min for the order & according to the waiter, it was too late to have another plate of eggs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good local choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Freshly prepared foods, delicious bread and a good wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Neighborhood Find
    Edgewood
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My friends and family have enjoyed Woodside Bakery for many years, and this gem has consistently maintained its high-quality food and service. It is a friendly, low-key retreat with both indoor and outdoor seating. The Bakery is outstanding, and we often stop in for coffee cakes, fruit tarts, cookies, and coffee. The salads are scrumptious, and the oven-baked pizza is just as great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Woodside Bakery is a good choice for a varied menu and very good food. The service is also very good, but make sure the host checks you in as the restaurant is not good at validating one's OpenTable reservation. My party particularly enjoyed the bread served before our "daily special quiche," tuna melt panini, and lamb panini entrees. Each was very good, as were the salad and french fire sides. We will return to Woodside Bakery some day soon when in Woodside.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peggy
    Kitty
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food and service excellent. We were seated inside and the noise level was pretty high with both talking and banging of dishes etc. hard to talk. Have eaten outside before and much prefer that to eating that to inside seating. Parking is a problem at noon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little local find!
    haitchtee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was even more of a surprise to discover a large heated patio area out back. Busy and buzzing, very nice atmosphere (it was Saturday night). Friendly and attentive service, great food. I had very generous starter of the cranberry and apple salad; rack of lamb and accompanying sides cooked to perfection, and the chocolate mousse was heavenly. Husband had the mussels to start, beef hotpot as entree. Unfortunately this was far too salty - he was thirsty all night after that - but this was our only complaint. The double chocolate mousse cake also delicious. only 4 stars for the salty beef hotpot, but otherwise couldn't fault this place. Can't believe we've lived nearby for nearly 18 months and only just tried this place - we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    jay64rwcVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were there for a Friday evening dinner. Service was great and all the food we ordered were excellent. Little pricy but worth it. Seating is very cramped. No privacy. Outdoor has lots of heaters, so very comfortable in the evening. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!!
    Niceinwoodside
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went to Bakery Cafe for lunch on a Friday night! It was great! Food was just right, and service excellent. I will definitely will come back to enjoy more food, and why not, some of the bake good sold in the front of the Bakery!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit-will be back
    Sonnyj
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Restaurant is next door to better known Restaurant so is often ovwr looked. The Bakery & Cafe name does not do it justice nor the view of front room from outside. It look like a nice coffee-tea room. However, the rest of the facility is a wonderful whote cloth restaurant with indoor and patio seating. We were seated immediately, took a while for someone to take our order but after that service was efficient. Wife had pot roast- excellent. I tried the garden plate, a mix of quinoa, kale, home grown root vegetables, served warm. It was delicious and filling.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy bread & pizza. Lovely place.
    Msabdala
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was delicious and fresh. Ambiance was a little mixed, the seating is pretty tightly packed. Our waitress seemed rushed but it was a busy night. The service was satisfactory overall. I think that locals who come in more often definitely get preferential treatment at this place, but that's fine because nobody was particularly snobby. Hands down some of the best salads, wood-fired pizza, and baked goods in the area. Will come back for more pizza, house-made bread, and pie :-)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most diverse menue in Woodside
    WoodsideGrinchVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great local hang out. Excellent local produce makes for interesting diversity in terms of the daily specials. I tend to get the fish entree which is always well done and have it with the garden vegetables. The desert options are unparalleled in the area, as the bakery knows how to manufacture miracles!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Showmepat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Be sure you plan to pick up some treats from their bakery!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio Sitting
    BergieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We love sitting on the patio. We have been going less often as the patio seems to be increasingly dirty and the flies are getting out of control. We do love this place and hope a little more attention is paid to cleaning it up.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed for the first time
    debbierm
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Really wanted an outside table and made a reservation to support that. Was told upon arrival outside was full. Would have gone elsewhere if I had known I'd be sitting inside. Also, salad plate was hot out of the dishwasher, which wouldn't have mattered if I was sitting outside!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Dinner was very good, my out-of-town friends enjoyed. Our server was very charming and helpful. So were "abuses". I am a local, been there many times.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Woodside Bakery Brunch
    DebsterVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Have eaten at Woodside Bakery many times, but this was the 1st visit for Sunday brunch. Broad menu with lots of choices and well-executed on the ones we tried. All of the little special touches like the homemade apricot spread for the toast... The hard part was selecting! Definitely make reservations for brunch because it is very crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 50/50 on the food & service
    Joyce
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our first visit-went for brunch with friends. Half of us were very happy with our food - so 3 stars. Shrimp frittata & veggie scramble were good. However, one person had to send back an eggs Benedict-overdone egg, muffin not toasted so it was soggy. Another person specifically ordered a scramble w/o mushrooms & the order came full of them. Asked for Earl Grey tea & of the 4 kinds brought to the table - no Earl Grey but made due. Had to wave down waiters to get coffee, hot water & eventually the check. The tables were not full so not sure what why service was slow. We were charged for the dish that was sent back but not re-ordered. The waiter seemed to try hard & was apologetic so they may have been understaffed. May try again another time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    seekingjoy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a lunch on Saturday at Woodside Bakery. Took 20 minutes to get a table that was reserved. Initial table squeezed in between two tables and uncomfortable for all parties to the left and right. We requested a change and it was dealt with very reluctantly even though there were several tables for two that were empty. We sat next to the window that was filthy. And then there was a bee in the restaurant that hovered on our food and did not seem to be an issue for the servers. Although my French omelet was delicious, I would not return to Woodside Cafe for a meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We sat in the patio area for lunch. It is a little crowded making it difficult for the servers to maneuver between the table making serving ackward at times. Service was a little slow. Food was good and staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New meaning to slow cooking
    AngelaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food at the bakery is very good but unless you have plenty of time and don't mind waiting for your order until you've almost lost your appetite, this isn't the place to go. The servers are not only slow, they are inattentive, water glasses go unfilled, bread baskets are empty and nothing is replenished without a request,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 273 reviews are from the Woodside Bakery & Cafe reviews archive.
  • book club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had excellent service, followed up by Manager checking same at end of meal. Tasty sandwich. Foccacia (really pizza dough) offered as appetizer really tough.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Standard Faire
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food and menu are not very adventurous. It is mainly the same selection that you get anywhere. it is pleasant sitting outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not sure what all the hype is about
    JimmyJamVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The outside patio is full of flies. When asked to go inside to escape you are subjected to a environment of heat (not sure the a/c is turned high enough) and the clanking of dishes in the near the open kitchen. The salmon was not very fresh and had no flavor. It was drenched in a river of watery sauce with onions and potatoes. The only virtue was the good service. Being so close to the great Village Pub I am not sure how this place stays in business.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    MurphyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Waitress was clueless and service was too slow. We were charged for an item we ordered but was never served to us. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Eat Dinner Here- Bad Ambiance
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We buy pastries at the Woodside Bakery often which are great, although the coffee is average. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant for dinner. The back dining area is OK for dining, but pretty rustic. We made reservations through Open Table and requested a table in the back and were given a table between the bakery and bar area near the reception area which was noisy with lots of traffic. When we complained about the table the receptionist was rude. Don't waste your money eating dinner at this place. The ambiance in my opinion is terrible. McDonalds is better. It's a bakery, a breakfast place and possibly a lunch place. No ambiance and very noisy. We won't go back for dinner again! Try the Parkside Grille in Portola Valley
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  • If you have 65 minutes to wait
    SF415VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our 1st mistake was to drive to Woodside on a Saturday from Atherton. Our 2nd mistake was to eat here. Even though the waiter seemed responsive, we waited over 65 minutes to get our food & had to ASK where it was--especially after seeing the table next to us who sat down 15 minutes ago receive their food. Also, why are there so many flies in this restaurant? Its not in the horse paddock is it? For that wait, the manager, who NEVER came over to apologize did not take off the one meal that had to be redone. Save yourself & go to Buck's.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but overpriced
    dlbsbh
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've been to this restaurant 3 times in the last month and enjoyed my meals - their bread is amazing. Recently though I ordered the Asian salad substituting prawns instead of the chicken and they charged me $6 extra for just 4 medium size prawns on my salad. I would think 4 prawns an even trade for the chicken so I was disappointed in what I feel was an excessive surcharge.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skimpy portions
    goodfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is the second time that I have ordered an item on the menu and have been disappointed with the portion size. The first time I ordered the salad with grilled salmon on top and the piece of salmon was super small. This last time I ordered the tuna melt, it was not open faced but a sandwich with sourdough bread. There was barely any tuna between the two pieces of bread! Very skimpy. It would have been a much better sandwich with the right amount of tuna salad.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • charlesVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The young woman serving us was outstanding with service. She was always aware we were there and we were two women...... Checking on us, asking if we needed more tea, etc. She seem professional unlike some of the male servers that don't know the first thing about "service"
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely lunch
    Mlary
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was my first visit to Woodside Bakery for a meal, and it was a lot of fun. The service was excellent, and, even though one of our group of 3 was rather late in arriving, there was no pressure or stress to order or to leave once lunch was finished. The ambience was very pleasant in the outdoor setting. My salad was delicious, and as I saw other plates being served, it appeared that the presentation of food was very well done. Will definitely return for lunch and will hope to sit outdoors again. The interior seems to be rather dark and a bit crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as great as it used to be
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were here April and had a bad experience re: the service, which had never happened before. I hate to say this but : the Woodside white-going to college waiters were gone. Service was severely lacking. This time service was a bit better; we did not have to wait 30 mins for our order to be taken. However the friendliness of the wait staff was not there. The food was good but the staff was not. Not sure we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is good but...
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We sat outside and couldn't bear the flys. And the yellow jackets. And when I asked if they had a candle or something to help with them, they had nothing. We moved inside, and I have to say the waiter was helpful. Too bad though it was a nice warm evening. Overall the food here is quite good, but the atmosphere isn't my favorite.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our kids love the great pizza!
    Opentable23VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Perfectly fine place for a quick meal. Nothing glamorous, even if they do feature Brunello's on their wine list. Service was better than noted on other reviews. Pizza & bread were excellent & baked goods looked very appealing. Spinach salad was ok, as was their risotto. Enclosed outdoor patio in back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for gluten free
    hope
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    No gluten free menu or noting of items that are gluten free. This is unusual for that caliber of restaurant in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner
    flyingfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went to the Woodside Bakery & Cafe for dinner. I have been there for lunch and breakfast a few times. Our dinner taste good and was a good value for the money The home made bread was great. The wines are a bit expensive. Corking fees if you bring your own wine is $20. The service was a but slow and the waiter never really checked on us after we were served to see how we were doing. The restaurant was pretty full, we had seating towards back, which was a bit cramped with other couples right up next to us, so not very private or intimate. Overall a good meal, would probably stick with it as a lunch or breakfast place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Handle Crowds?
    anoj
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    They were running over an hour late on reservations and then my daughter's food was not cooked and that was delivered 45 minutes after ordering! We asked the waitress if there was a kid's menu and she said no but then kids at other tables seemed to have kid meals cooked from off the menu. She was not helpful. I have been here before and loved it and this experience was horrible in contrast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate