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Original Pancake House

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420 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022-3631
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We were nine people on a Tuesday morning. Having been there before, I knew that the portions were extremely generous, so we decided to get only five pancake orders for the seven adults to split. There was some discussion as to whether the Dutch baby or the apple pancake was better. The Dutch baby was my favorite - be warned,... More 

Thank Kira K
Los Altos, California
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

When it first opened, service, food, and quality were all top notch. Though the crowds have not diminished, service definitely had. It's not uncommon to wait 10 minutes for coffee on a mid-week morning. Slow on refills too. Several times, ingredients in omelettes have been incorrect, food served cold, or not as directed, I.e., wrong sides, eggs not done to... More 

Thank Ready2Go935
Los Altos, California
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164 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

It's like walking into 1959. Bare bones basic ambiance with 1950 service and dining selection. Forget about counting calories or watching gluten and sugar. Tip: leave the food guilt at the door and just enjoy it for what it is. This is how our parents ate when they were kids. Take. Your kids or grandkids and watch the smiles.

Thank Carol S
Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Again I went there, this time I had two co-workers with me and was the best breakfast from San Jose to Palo Alto. Try the omelet with bacon!

1 Thank Mar F
Menlo Park, California
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253 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

Bacon waffles are wonderful (especially with a side of peanut butter), and the bacon in general is great. Everything else is standard American breakfast food.

Thank rzsandoval
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

While out in Mountain View, CA for work, I had a hankering for blueberry pancakes and headed out to the Original Pancake House. The staff was very friendly and served up a great plate of pancakes. The coffee was good but the pancakes were very good. They have a sourdough starter for their pancakes that gives them a unique flavor... More 

Thank Charles M
Portland, Oregon
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140 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

I like a good breakfast place that offer efficient service good food. This place offered all. My bf and I both ordered bacon and eggs which come with pancakes. I was surprised when we ordered and the server said which pancakes would you like. We had the option of selecting from most of the specialty pancakes. Yay! I had the... More 

Thank WanderlustSal
Mountain View, California
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I live within a couple of miles and knew of this place but had never eaten there until today, when I took house guests there for breakfast. The service was way under par--The waiter handed me two menus, instead of handing a menu to each of us. Cups were on the table but he did not ask if we wanted... More 

Thank Googleland
Dayton, Nevada, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Great place to eat!!! Wide variety on the menu and lots of pancake choices! Lots of seating, so the wait was minimal. We stumbled in by searching the internet, but it was obvously popular with the locals.

Thank Wes F
Santa Clara
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Decided to take the kids to Original Pancake House in Los Altos. We've got to say, we won’t be going back soon. Upon arrival we were greeted by the hostess (I mean NOT greeted) probably the owner manager, she was more engrossed in her catalogs or other mail then the customer. Never spoke never said welcome. The 3 of us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 420 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022-3631
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Altos
  • Phone Number: 650-559-9197

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