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Pluto's

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American, Sandwiches
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482 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1812
(650) 853-1556
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Solid Salad Place - Gluten Aware

It was a pleasant surprise to me to be able to find a solid lunch place in downtown Palo Alto serving full size salads (with something like 10 choices of add-ons) for about $10. The service is cafeteria style at the beginning but there are traditional tables and staff to clean up. Configured for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
John K
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Palo Alto, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Palo Alto, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It was a pleasant surprise to me to be able to find a solid lunch place in downtown Palo Alto serving full size salads (with something like 10 choices of add-ons) for about $10. The service is cafeteria style at the beginning but there are traditional tables and staff to clean up. Configured for take-out (for all of you startup... More 

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San Clemente, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Salad was full of fresh organic items. It was wonderful being able to pick and choose what would be in it. The serving size was enormous! Will definitely look for this chain wherever I go!

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Benalmadena, Spain
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103 reviews 103 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Real food. Create your own salads. Get real meats for your sandwiches. Taste real homemade soup. Enthusiastic service. Efficient. Take-out or eat-in, you still get abundance of fresh and great quality. Have made this a regular stop because the food was exactly what you asked for. I had fabulous salads and a great turkey sandwich. Size - everything in America... More 

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Very good... not best ever. Great Roasted Turkey sandwich served hot. Great Salads. Desserts good, but expensive. Not a huge selection of drinks.

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Chico, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I like Pluto's because you can get a really healthy salad, using what ever ingredients you like. The only reason I didn't give it a rating of 5, is because the wait for the salad line takes a long time.

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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188 reviews 188 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Three of us stopped in for lunch a week ago -- what a fun, noisy place! Stand in line to order your wonderful salads. You can make your own or get an option from the daily menu, which we did. This did not take as long. The greens were wonderful, cheese and vegetables were unique and delightful, and the dressing... More 

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Benalmadena, Spain
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103 reviews 103 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Just like the old days when you could go to the deli and walk out with substantial and quality food. This place is fabulous. Don't waste time elsewhere if you want to be confident you're getting what you pay for!

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Select your choices to create your own salad, nice clean environment, very good place for quick and healthy food.

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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126 reviews 126 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is downtown Palo Alto on a summer's evening with people everywhere and all the restauants open to the outside. The main attraction is custom salad's. Place was really busy because they have so many different things to go on top of several types of lettuce. Low key and casual but a real good fresh salad.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

I needed someone familiar with this place for clues on how to order. We had GIANT salads and split a sandwich, all very tasty. It wasn't crowded when we went at about 4. I guess it was typical for a college town eatery, but I was confused.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 482 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1812
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 853-1556

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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