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“Always a Crowd Pleaser” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-2783
831-462-1200
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Ranked #2 of 92 Restaurants in Capitola
Cuisines: Bakery
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Carmel, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Always a Crowd Pleaser”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

So when I pass through Capitola on Highway 1, I always try to find a way to rationalize a stop at Gayle's. Could it be the hibiscus iced tea, or the decadent cakes, or the crisp salad cups, or the blue plate specials for dinner? So many reasons. My latest favorite is the wheat-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies - I don't even want to know how many calories it has - it's sinful.
The only cons are the crowds - prepare to take a number - because loads of people love Gayle's. And how quickly an order adds up - I'm always a little shocked at the total when my server reads the receipt. So you always feel like a rock star when you find a deal in the day old section!

Visited August 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Amazing!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Friendly staff with exceptional food! The carrot cake was the best I've ever had and affordable. It's close to the quaint little town of Capitola so you can take your food to go for a picnic on the beach. They have everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks to make the whole family happy. The only down fall is the there is always a line. The secret is out....Gayle's Bakery is fantastic!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sparks, Nevada, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Your mama should have baked so well.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Over the last twenty years, Gayle's has been our favorite spot. They have NEVER let us down. If you are traveling on Highway 1, you MUST stop and enjoy their baked goods and mealtime treats. Wine is available. It will be crowded with locals, as well. Check their website for online ordering to bring goodies to your door.

Visited August 2014
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Sacramento, California
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“We'll keep coming back as long as the quality remains the same.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were there last year, and our visit this year, for lunch, convinced us to keep coming back. It was VERY crowded, but within 10 minutes or so our order was in and we were soon seated in the covered outside area. If you don't mind some crowds and having to stake out a table, and have no problem picking out what you want from display cases, then this is a great place to sample some very delicious food. The bakery is itself awesome, with great breads.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Gayles desserts get an A+”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The desserts were fantastic, we also tried garlic breads and lunch items which were delectable. It was a stop locals do not like to miss, and I can understand why!

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