The Village Bakery and Cafe

4.7
829 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Village Bakery is open! We are offering outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery daily. The bakery is also open, offering a selection of coffee drinks, freshly baked pastries and breads, sandwiches, and other sweet treats! We hope to see you soon.

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Daily 5:00PM - 5:15PM

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always, even in the storm!

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vipBeth
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Menu limited with breakfast items. Should have more sides like toast, croissant , mixed fruit , and other low calorie or healthy items.

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grtpixLadera
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun setting outside with light and music, lots of people. We both had the tuna and it was possibly the best grilled tuna I've ever had. On mashed potatoes with arugula and watercress salad. Really exceptional food and a great evening.

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JoeC
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good is good, ambiance and service excellent

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KarenH
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast is always consistently delicious and comes out quickly. Attentive service

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Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

food is overrated, environment is nice, service is okay with a 25% tip automatically added to your dinning, no choice there

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Kathryn
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience sll around
Your new waiter Jay was outstanding!!!
Kudos to you got hitting him

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vipGinnaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You never disappoint! Thank you for another fantastic meal. I whole heartedly recommend!

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vipCindy
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised by our lunch at Village Bakery. The food was excellent, the venue was beautiful and it was cold out but warm on the back patio where we had lunch.
Will be back to celebrate my birthday next month!

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vipJChildsWeMissYou
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Village Bakery could be so much better than it is. The setting is pleasant, especially for outdoor dining. The hostesses are unfailingly courteous. But after that, things fall apart. The wait time between from seated to be acknowledged by a server easily can reach to 20 minutes, and has on multiple times I've visited. Why? My guess is that the decision has been made not hire enough servers. Then the menu arrives and it's limited. Diners who seek a variation of the dish are in for a challenging road as the waiter attempts to input the requested change on a mobile device. It took my guest several minutes to explain to the server that she was a vegetarian and wanted a simple BLT, just without any bacon. The result she received? A standard BLT. When it was sent back, what returned several minutes later was a sandwich on inferior bread compared with the first one. My hamburger was served without any lettuce or tomato -- who does that? It just screams penny-pinching. The space occupied by this establishment used to be occupied by Woodside Bakery, which provided far superior food and better, friendlier service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very nice and helpful. Everyone was great and the food was great. Thank you.

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vipLorettaM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the back patio which has a lovely ambiance and is more quiet than the front. The food was very good, as well as the service.

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vipout2eat
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great environment. A wonderful place for brunch.

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vipMikeP
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All good. Service was excellent.

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AviZ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great, and so was the service.
Definitely coming back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our experience here was wonderful. The guests we brought loved it too. The chicken and their turkey and bacon sandwiches were all great. Carlos, our waiter was outstanding. Thank you for making lunch another wonderful experience for me and my guests!

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vipCarole
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I have been a regular at Village Bakery over many years but last night was very disappointing:
- I ordered the prime rib, & the meat was very tough & grisly, I could only eat a few bites -- not what you would expect for a $45 entree.
-The service was very slow & inattentive -- even though the restaurant was very empty -- we don't mind paying 20% automatically on the bill if the service is good, but this was not.
- My husband & I are both gluten allergic & the desert menu had 5 deserts that had gluten -- the only non gluten option was ice cream. The waitress said she continually gets requests for gluten free options but the pastry chef won't provide -- is this customer oriented? (I do always enjoy the GF cornbread -- 10 pts for that)
- I ordered a decaf latte after dinner & was up half the night -- that only happens to me if it's decaf -- that was a big error!

So all in all, a VERY off night for Village Bakery.

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SandyO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, drink and service are consistently excellent here! They have outside heaters now as it's getting chilly and lots of outside seating in the front parking lot and back inside/outside patio. We had ahi tuna & chicken paillard which were both outstanding with a shared yummy cheesecake with strawberry sauce! Love this place for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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vipHugoT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Outdoor location OK. Service OK despite a clearly inexperienced waiter. Food was terrible. Gloppy salad dressing. Tasteless fried chicken. Mediocre pizza.

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LesleyK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting for a family brunch and the food was amazing as always

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vipChristineS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Even though service was slow and the soup and main course came out all at once. It was delicious. Hopefully with time the service will match the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service ,, brought our entire family

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vipDelightful
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a string of business meetings. Nick made sure of it!

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vipFurry
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service + food. Probably can’t be helped, but families with loud children could be sectioned off together!!

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ecovet
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always great food, atmosphere. We go frequently. Only concern is service once seated lags a bit more than it should. Host staff at the desk are excellent and once service is initiated it is good but the initial guest-waiter/waitress contact takes a bit too long.

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KennethB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Limited Sun brunch menu, but prepared good. Service was great and dining experience was causal and safe. Beware of the 20% service charge, especially when ordering drinks at the bar!!!!!!

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vipGeorge
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and good ambiance/
Trisha who is the manager helped our table as they were short of waiter.
Trisha acted very selflessly and so competently.
Thank you !

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JoyP
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Marco our waiter was excellent, and our food was delicious !! We were celebrating are dear friends 91st birthday and I can’t believe that they had a card on the table for her (see picture) and they also gave us a complementary dessert which was such a surprise. I can’t say enough good things about the Village bakery…

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rosannal
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor setting was great with the lighting, music, lively environment. The restaurant was a bit understaffed so took longer than desirable but the waiter overcompensated. Great server!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our experience here is stellar!

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vipAZbites
Montana
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, lovely ambiance, generous portions. Parking is definitely an issue so allow yourself a bit of extra time

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viplarry
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable meal. Excellent service. A little to noisy and parking has always been an issue. I parked at the Woodside Library.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 🤩

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vipLmbd
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve written several reviews on the Village Bakery and Cafe. This is one of our favorite hangouts and the restaurant is always consistent Food, service, atmosphere is excellent. We love the outdoor dining.

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vipshelleyl
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Our server was very attentive and there to make our experience relaxing and rushed. We started with the tomato and burrata salad that our server kindly requested splitting onto two plates. The chicken paillard was outstanding paired with the corn fondue and vert haricots. The lasagne on the other hand did not meet expectations. It was a modest sized piece, very dry placed on top of a tomato sauce lacking flavor. When we asked our server at time of ordering he recommended the lasagne as a excellent dish. We dine at Village bakery regularly and this is the first time one of our menu selections did not meet our expectation for the high quality village bakery is known for. Suggest the chef reconsider the lasagne recipe and make adjustments to improve flavor and presentation. We will be back to village bakery given the number of great selections on the menu but will not order the lasagne again. Thanks for the opportunity to share feedback. Best, Shelley

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Stuart
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a really great spot for lunch. We were seated on the back patio and allowed to stay there long after we finished our meal.

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carolm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Lovely place and ambiance, friendly service but the food is very, very disappointing. A pity.

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BBRR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite of ours

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Melrose
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently fantastic. The service is great. The outdoor seating areas are nice. Prepare for parking shortage during peak lunch period -- I had to circle several times to luck into a spot. Noticed that 1pm or later, it started getting easier.

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vipMarcelG
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I assume it is the impact of the pandemic, but the selection of offerings has narrowed. For exampkle, there was no salmon on the menu. The NY steak was on the tougher side, the chicken paillard was not as thin and soft as a paillard should be. The fried chicken was very good. The shoestring fries remain excellent as well as the Parker rolls. Overall decent, but not as good as it used to be.

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You can order delivery directly from The Village Bakery and Cafe using the Order Online button. The Village Bakery and Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 851-5555.

The Village Bakery and Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 829 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.