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168 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1631
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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San Francisco, California
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

I finally lunched here a few days ago and had their pastrami sandwich - very tasty, accompanied with a side salad. The atmosphere was the usual mid-day lunch bustle; despite that, my order was prepared very promptly. I would certainly lunch here again.

Thank Rajan M
Los Altos, California
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142 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We've been here a handful of times and I think I've figured out what to order. I enjoyed the Osaka salad - the ahi tuna was perfectly seared and seasoned but was confused why there's brown rice in my salad. My boyfriend loved his Southwestern salad. Another time, I tried the pistachio rack of lamb and loved it, especially with... More 

Thank Monkeyed
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Great food! Made a salad with everything I love. A little expensive but everything was fresh and it was worth it! You can sit in or outside or take food to go. I believe you can order online as well as when you get there. Cheaper options are on the menu and I didn't realize that was an option until... More 

Thank Alexandra S
Vail, Colorado
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68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Sprout offers a lot of great salad options that are all really interesting and all are delicious. They have a ton of ingredients to make your own as well, and everything is pretty reasonably priced.

Thank lcoconut
Level Contributor
51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I love this place! I love that I can build my own salad and that it has fresh ingredients! I went for date night and it was a great find. It came as a recommendation by another vegetarian coworker. I enjoy the options in toppings and the fact that they focus on salads--yes they are different from Plutos. I think... More 

Thank Samantha C
Palo Alto
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81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I eat at Sprout Cafe more than any other place downtown -- at least once a month. There is a complex build-it-yourself salad menu which I find quite stressful -- I pass it up and order from the house menu up on the wall. Every single salad is good. Minuses: sometimes they can go a bit heavy on the dressing,... More 

Thank Katie B
Palo Alto, California
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Sprout is a classic standby for a quick, casual weeknight bite in PA. When they get it right, they nail it. Favorites are the tomato soup, grilled cheese (amazing!) and make-your-own salads (I always get sesame ginger dressing or balsamic vinaigrette). In general, the service can be a bit spotty, as its not a traditional "restaurant" setup and it can... More 

Thank Chloe R
Belmont, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 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 

Thank Lizz S
Dunwoody, Georgia
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180 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

Thank Susan_S_Dunwoody
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 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 

Thank adrijanak

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Vegetarian Friendly, American, Cafe, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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