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Sprout Cafe

Sprout Cafe

Salad Place and Sandwich Place · University South
168 University Ave (at Emerson St), Palo Alto, CA 94301, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Our goal: to break the stereotype that fast and affordable food is neither healthy nor tasty. We push ourselves to bring great ideas and good food to you.


Based on 190 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Ashley S.
    "yum kyoto salad!"(4 Tips)
    Brandi K.
    "Always use orderahead app during busy times."(5 Tips)
    Catherine C.
    "The Osaka salad is my go to"(3 Tips)
    Ariel S.
    "Best Nicoise Salad not from France"(3 Tips)
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  • salads
  • sandwiches
  • orderahead app
  • steak
  • café
  • hidden gem
  • strawberry lemonade
  • wontons
  • wifi
  • tofu
  • calamari
  • good for a quick meal
  • casual
  • dumplings
  • soup
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  • spinach
  • salmon
  • homemade food
  • David X.

    tomato bisque and ham and brie

    David Xu · December 7, 2015
  • Omer Z.

    The Kyoto salad was packed with amazing super-peppery seared ahi tuna.

    Omer Zach · June 6, 2015
  • Charlotte V.

    Great food

    Charlotte V · June 5, 2015
  • Ariel S.

    Best Nicoise Salad not from France

    Ariel Seidman · June 4, 2015
  • Tabris C.

    Red pomegranate sangria

    Tabris Chen · March 26, 2015
  • Tim J.

    Place is way too busy for its own good. Expect to fight for a table and wait in a huge line if you go for lunch.

    Tim Johnsen · March 17, 2015
  • Pooja

    Pomona salad: good but less quantity. Didn't fill me up as much as the salads at La Boulange. Also very pricy for the quantity and taste.

    Pooja · November 8, 2014
  • Catherine C.

    Ahi tuna. The Osaka salad is my go to

    Catherine Cohen · August 20, 2014
  • Jonathan Y.

    The chipotle chicken sandwich is super tasty, great for a small/medium lunch. If you're looking for something larger, maybe go for a large salad with chicken or fish.

    Jonathan Yan · August 16, 2014
  • Ben W.

    Great salads

    Ben Weiss · August 7, 2014
  • Veronica d.

    Kyoto salad is da bomb. Don't go here in a hurry...pretty much EVER. Pad 15 minutes to their estimated time and you'll be happy - this includes order ahead app. Darn good salads!

    Veronica de la Mora · April 29, 2014
  • Joycott

    Did you know Sprout sources 90% of their produce from California? Read more

    Joycott · April 7, 2014
  • Justin F.

    Order a sangria for while you wait for take away

    Justin Foster · January 10, 2014
  • M

    they forgot one of my toppings (realized after I left :/). the service of the person at the register was not friendly at all and very off-putting. the salad was still delicious though.

    M · November 17, 2013
  • Kimberly S.

    The Osaka salad is my go-to... Sometimes they skimp on the ahi tuna but overall it is filling. Love that it has brussel sprouts, too!

    Kimberly S · October 10, 2013
  • Jean-Charles G.

    Closed today.

    Jean-Charles Giomi · September 1, 2013
  • Belinda J.

    Warning to Vegans and the lactose-intolerant: they put yogurt in their hummus. Weirdos.

    Belinda Jansen · August 8, 2013
  • Ian H.

    Garlic sweet potato fries are super good!

    Ian Huang · August 6, 2013
  • Juca

    Sprout's Cafe Delivers! Order now at Read more

    Juca · July 18, 2013
  • Ariana F.

    My new favorite salad place. I made my own special salad with all the vegan goodness. Note that they can take a while so don't go when you are in a rush. Also, the soup is spectacular.

    Ariana Faustini · July 16, 2013
  • Rob O.

    They frequently forget ingredients, so Be careful and double check your order before you walk out.

    Rob Owen · July 15, 2013
  • Rob O.

    Order ahead, for gods sake... Or you'll spend your entire lunch waiting for lunch.

    Rob Owen · July 15, 2013
  • Meghan H.

    Order ahead!! It's wonderful to go food!! Especially the pulled pork sandwich or salmon club!

    Meghan Howe · July 11, 2013
  • Ellie M.

    Be diligent that they don't mess up your order. This is the 19th time they've messed up mine. It's unfortunate when you find out they did when you finally get home an hour later. So pathetic.

    Ellie McHale · June 7, 2013
  • Ellie M.

    Apparently Friday evenings are when they are epically careless with 75% of the orders, therefore holding everything up. I can't believe they still keep shorting people on their orders.

    Ellie McHale · May 11, 2013
  • Brenna M.

    Osaka salad is bomb! Sub brown rice for avocado!!

    Brenna Miller · April 18, 2013
  • Mia C.

    MUCH better than Plutos

    Mia Cheeseman · March 31, 2013
  • OrderAhead

    Sprout Cafe now lets you order and pay ahead with your phone. Download the OrderAhead App. Read more

    OrderAhead · March 5, 2013
  • Josh C.

    The pulled pork sandwich is awesome

    Josh Chan · March 3, 2013
  • *iVy

    Strawberry lemonade is delicious and homemade!

    *iVy · February 23, 2013
  • Brandi K.

    Always use orderahead app during busy times. Skip the line and go to the cashier to pick up your order. They get very busy and chaotic during lunch in there.

    Brandi Kolmer · February 7, 2013
  • Carlie C.

    Make your own salad! They have roasted brussel sprouts

    Carlie C · January 26, 2013
  • Mark H.

    Somen salad is awesome!

    Mark Heynen · January 22, 2013
  • Chris A.

    They have clipboards at the entrance for you to check what you want in your salad. My avocado was rotten though...

    Chris Aston · January 21, 2013
  • Karla

    Even if you order take-out with OrderAhead, be prepared to wait an extra 10-15 minutes at lunch time if you order anything other than salads. time of ordering to time of getting food = 60 minutes

    Karla · January 15, 2013
  • Carlie C.

    Custom salads!

    Carlie C · January 5, 2013
  • Nisheeth R.

    The tuna Niçoise salad is amazing!

    Nisheeth Ranjan · November 29, 2012
  • Lenny

    wifi available through Facebook checkin

    Lenny · November 27, 2012
  • Shireesh

    Very nice cafe

    Shireesh · November 7, 2012
  • Priya S.

    Test again one more time

    Priya Sanker · November 7, 2012
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    Priya Sanker · October 24, 2012
  • AJ

    Try the salad.

    AJ · August 25, 2012
  • Lenny

    Encrusted Tofu is awesome!

    Lenny · August 15, 2012
  • Kylie

    Great lunch spot - delicious salads.

    Kylie · August 6, 2012
  • Sarah C.

    Order from the app!!! Will save you time and stress!

    Sarah Cornwell · July 23, 2012
  • Mike D.

    Get the Southwestern salad & add the grilled chicken to it

    Mike Demers · July 13, 2012
  • Christine B.

    Delicious salads with make-your-own option too

    Christine B · July 12, 2012
  • Petko M.

    Tokyo salad is good.

    Petko Minkov · July 11, 2012
  • Jordan K.

    Order ahead app

    Jordan Katz · May 11, 2012

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