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482 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1812
(650) 853-1556
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11:00 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

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 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:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Choose from 50 items to build a salad! It was a little overwhelming because there is no list of all the items so you have to think quick. But it was healthy, they had low fat dressing and added a decent amount of chicken

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were visiting the area and heard about this place from the locals. We decided to venture out and give it a try. We strive to eat the freshest foods as we have a huge garden and grow our own beef, chicken, eggs, etc. on our hobby ranch. The ingredients are all purchased within the area, they have a radius... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

While the salads were good and healthy, two of the same kind were made differently. There was a communication issue with the workers that translated into an odd experience. This really could be rated a 3.5, but we could not give the place a 4.

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Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

You can't go wrong at Pluto's. The salads are fresh and the prices are right. There may be a long line, but it moves fairly quickly except during the lunch crunch from noon to 1pm.

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Liberty, Missouri
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124 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Want a good salad while you're out? Head to Pluto's where you can build a salad with the ingredients you love and crave the most. A wide variety of meats and veggies are offered and mixed together for you by ladies with smiling faces. Takes just a minute and then you're ready to dig into your greens and things. Upbeat... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 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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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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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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Additional Information about Pluto's

Address: 482 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1812
Phone Number: (650) 853-1556
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
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

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