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Sprout Cafe

Café, Sandwiches, Healthy
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168 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1631
650-323-7688
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Pick your ingredients or order from the menu

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2014
Susan_S_Dunwoody
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Dunwoody, Georgia
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Belmont, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 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 

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Dunwoody, Georgia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 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 

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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 

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Goodyear, Arizona
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70 reviews 70 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

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Boston, MA
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285 reviews 285 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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 

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Long Beach, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Silicon Valley, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Ordered a Kyoto salad (peppered crusted ahi tuna, mixed greens, wakame seaweed, somen noodles, firm tofu, nori, edamame, kaiware sprout, carrots, sesame seeds, miso sesame dressing) and a Davy salad (poached salmon, arugula, avocado, sweet corn, aged sharp white cheddar, candied walnuts, shaved fennel, red onions, sesame ginger dressing) on two separate visits. Both salads were ample in size, flavorful... More 

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columbia, ca
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

The cafe allows you to order item by item ingredients for your salad. Theres is a huge selection to chose from. The items are very fresh and tasty. You can watch as the staff prepare your salad and it is done in short time. The atmosphere in the cafe is comfortable, clean and inviting. The food is very healthy and... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The food is so so fresh. We went 2 times it was so good. The menu is wonderful and lots to choose from.

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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: Café, Sandwiches, Healthy
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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?