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Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

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504 Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-2783
831-462-1200
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6:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 185
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Relaxed atmosphere, great food

Excellent range of choices, from hot food to sinful pastries. The staff is very helpful. Gayles can get quite crowded, although they serve people very rapidly. This is a good place to meet friends.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
la901
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Chicago, Illinois
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Excellent range of choices, from hot food to sinful pastries. The staff is very helpful. Gayles can get quite crowded, although they serve people very rapidly. This is a good place to meet friends.

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Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had lunch twice here. They make a wonderful turkey Gouda sandwich. The bread was delious. We also bought many delicious pastries to bring home. Go early as they sell out of the pastries fast. Also there are big crowds around noon.

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San Jose, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I'll be short: It's worth a visit. The counter provides various main-meal options on one side (sandwiches, maybe more, as I recall). Turn the corner niear the registers and you're in cake-cookie paradise. Many choices - breads available, too. It's best to go and see for yourself. Tasty options. No wonder this place is so popular. And remember to grab... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Wow! So hard to choose! We just took a few things from the bakery to go, rolls and Garlic twist were delicious! Would definitely go back to for a meal!

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Cedar Park, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have been coming here for years, and it has only gotten better with age. Delicious pastries, great coffee, adorable cozy atmosphere. I didn't bring my dog, but their "outdoor" patio area is pet friendly (I saw several dogs out there). There is no way I could ever visit Capitola without visiting Gayles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Loved the decor. Parking is a bit difficult, but well worth the effort. At first glance, inside seems like a madhouse, but the wait is negligible and it is very well organized. Our first visit was for dinner, definitely try the Blue Plate Special, which changes daily. Second visit was for coffee and a snack. Line for the coffee bar... More 

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Portland, OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

On my annual visits to California, Gayle's Bakery is always a must-do stop. Judging from the enormous crowds that seem to be there every time I am, this is an opinion shared by many! I have rarely seen such an appealing array of items to choose from, whether it's a delicious sandwich or wrap, fresh salads of every conceivable variety,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We love this place. For eat-in or take-out. It has fantastic baked goods, deli items and coffee drinks. Yes, it sometimes has big lines, but that is because it is the best in the area. We went for lunch, dinner and breakfast on a recent trip to Capitola

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Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My mom brought us here to grab lunch to eat on the beach. It was worth every dollar. You have to pull a number and keep your ears open to be called upon because they move quick. I would suggest you know what you want to order before pulling a ticket. The staff will help with your order on the... More 

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Oswego, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

There is always a wait but it is worth it. Great lunches, espresso drinks (esp the mochas and I'm extremely picky!), and backery items. The two things that didn't impress were the huevos rancheros and the breakfast sandwiches which had too much bread-stuff and not enough filling it. We remedied this when we got just eggs and potatoes and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 504 Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-2783
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: 831-462-1200

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?