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Sprout Cafe

Cafe, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Healthy
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168 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1631
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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Often Great

Sprout is a classic standby for a quick, casual weeknight bite in PA. When they get it right, they nail it. Favorites are the tomato soup, grilled cheese (amazing!) and make-your-own salads (I always get sesame ginger dressing or balsamic vinaigrette). In general, the service can be a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
Chloe R
Palo Alto, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I love this place! I love that I can build my own salad and that it has fresh ingredients! I went for date night and it was a great find. It came as a recommendation by another vegetarian coworker. I enjoy the options in toppings and the fact that they focus on salads--yes they are different from Plutos. I think... More 

Thank Samantha C
Palo Alto
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I eat at Sprout Cafe more than any other place downtown -- at least once a month. There is a complex build-it-yourself salad menu which I find quite stressful -- I pass it up and order from the house menu up on the wall. Every single salad is good. Minuses: sometimes they can go a bit heavy on the dressing,... More 

Thank Katie B
Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Sprout is a classic standby for a quick, casual weeknight bite in PA. When they get it right, they nail it. Favorites are the tomato soup, grilled cheese (amazing!) and make-your-own salads (I always get sesame ginger dressing or balsamic vinaigrette). In general, the service can be a bit spotty, as its not a traditional "restaurant" setup and it can... More 

Thank Chloe R
Belmont, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When I complained about the service at this restaurant the very thin blond woman with the excessive eye make up and knit cap behind the counter told me "If you don't like the service, don't come back!" then she walked away (Yes, she did!). Frankly, never mind her lack of professionalism, no way would I eat here again after what... More 

Thank Lizz S
Dunwoody, Georgia
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139 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

At first it seemed like too much work. When you walk in you see a pile of clipboards from which you pick the ingredients for your salad. But sometimes you just don't want to think that hard. Luckily they have some salads on the menu already so you can make a choice from one of those. I ordered from the... More 

Thank Susan_S_Dunwoody
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The idea behind sprout is great - you make a salad by selecting the ingredients you want from a fairly large list. Some items are included in a general price (e.g., small or large salad), some additions cost extra. The food tasted great and the large salad is pretty large (a good meal!). The only thing is that this place... More 

Thank adrijanak
Goodyear, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

You are supposed to order food from the counter, pay, then find a table and wait for your food to be served. Their system doesn't work so well. The place was busy, and tables where in high demand. They only had one person working the floor. He was supposed to deliver the food and bus the tables. Patrons wound up... More 

Thank Tom P
Boston, Massachusetts
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314 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Definitely pop in here if you need to get your salad fix on. Everything is customizable by filling out a form with your selection of items for the salad. Lots to choose from and both times I've been here the salads have been delicious. It gets SUPER busy for lunch time so think about getting there early or doing your... More 

Thank SMR_2
Long Beach, California
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101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This was our second visit to Sprout, and we found it just as tasty as we did last time. This is the ultimate for personalized salads, and even people who aren't crazy about salads would likely find something here that they'd enjoy eating. You fill out a slip of paper to check off what you want in your salad, and... More 

Thank KrissyR3
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Right in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, this cafe offers a huge variety of salads and salad fixings. You can either choose one of their standard salads or create your own from a mind-boggling array of ingredients. It is obviously a popular place with long lines at standard mealtimes .

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 168 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1631
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-323-7688

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Healthy


Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?