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Sprout Cafe

Sprout Cafe

Salad Place and Sandwich Place$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
  • Ranked #2 for salad places in Palo Alto
  • Kat .
    "Kyoto salad is very delicious and healthy!"(5 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)
118 Tips and reviews
  • salads
  • sandwiches
  • orderahead app
  • ahi tuna
  • steak
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  • Daisy Z.
    Daisy ZookAugust 29
    Had the Porca grilled cheese sandwich. Was delicious and just the perfect size for lunch.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FlegelMarch 10
    Food is okay
  • Alex B.
    Alex BuccieriFebruary 24
    Harvest salad with chicken!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BosworthOctober 31, 2016
    The pulled pork sandwich is a good bet
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱June 7, 2016
    Kyoto salad is very delicious and healthy!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KantarjievMay 2, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're thinking of getting here early to beat the lunch rush, don't bother - the place is filled with DoorDash and other delivery folks picking up for local offices, and you're behind them.
  • Charlotte V.
    Charlotte VApril 9, 2016
    Great vegetarian options
  • Allen C.
    Allen CaiMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    This is a great place for a lighter meal option (just hold the dressing on the side!).
  • Lexy
    LexyFebruary 13, 2016
    Tofu salad
  • David X.
    David XuDecember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    tomato bisque and ham and brie
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachJune 6, 2015
    The Kyoto salad was packed with amazing super-peppery seared ahi tuna.
  • Charlotte V.
    Charlotte VJune 5, 2015
    Great food
  • Ariel S.
    Ariel SeidmanJune 4, 2015
    Best Nicoise Salad not from France
  • Tabris C.
    Tabris ChenMarch 26, 2015
    Red pomegranate sangria
  • Tim J.
    Tim JohnsenMarch 17, 2015
    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.
  • Pooja
    PoojaNovember 8, 2014
    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.
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine CohenAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ahi tuna. The Osaka salad is my go to
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YanAugust 16, 2014
    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.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WeissAugust 7, 2014
    Great salads
  • Veronica d.
    Veronica de la MoraApril 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 7, 2014
    Did you know Sprout sources 90% of their produce from California? Read more
  • Justin F.
    Justin FosterJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a sangria for while you wait for take away
  • M
    MNovember 17, 2013
    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.
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SOctober 10, 2013
    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!
  • Jean-Charles G.
    Jean-Charles GiomiSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Closed today.
  • Belinda J.
    Belinda JansenAugust 8, 2013
    Warning to Vegans and the lactose-intolerant: they put yogurt in their hummus. Weirdos.
  • Ian H.
    Ian HuangAugust 6, 2013
    Garlic sweet potato fries are super good!
  • Juca
    JucaJuly 18, 2013
    Sprout's Cafe Delivers! Order now at Read more
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniJuly 16, 2013
    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.
  • Rob O.
    Rob OwenJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They frequently forget ingredients, so Be careful and double check your order before you walk out.
  • Rob O.
    Rob OwenJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order ahead, for gods sake... Or you'll spend your entire lunch waiting for lunch.
  • Meghan H.
    Meghan HoweJuly 11, 2013
    Order ahead!! It's wonderful to go food!! Especially the pulled pork sandwich or salmon club!
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie McHaleJune 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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 M.
    Ellie McHaleMay 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Brenna M.
    Brenna MillerApril 18, 2013
    Osaka salad is bomb! Sub brown rice for avocado!!
  • Mia C.
    Mia CheesemanMarch 31, 2013
    MUCH better than Plutos
  • OrderAhead
    OrderAheadMarch 5, 2013
    Sprout Cafe now lets you order and pay ahead with your phone. Download the OrderAhead App. Read more
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The pulled pork sandwich is awesome
  • *iVy
    *iVyFebruary 23, 2013
    Strawberry lemonade is delicious and homemade!
  • Brandi K.
    Brandi KolmerFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Carlie
    CarlieJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make your own salad! They have roasted brussel sprouts
  • Mark H.
    Mark HeynenJanuary 22, 2013
    Somen salad is awesome!
  • Chris A.
    Chris AstonJanuary 21, 2013
    They have clipboards at the entrance for you to check what you want in your salad. My avocado was rotten though...
  • Karla
    KarlaJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Carlie
    CarlieJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Custom salads!
  • Nisheeth R.
    Nisheeth RanjanNovember 29, 2012
    The tuna Niçoise salad is amazing!
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    wifi available through Facebook checkin
  • Shireesh
    ShireeshNovember 7, 2012
    Very nice cafe
  • Priya S.
    Priya SankerNovember 7, 2012
    Test again one more time
  • Priya S.
    Priya SankerOctober 24, 2012
  • AJ
    AJAugust 25, 2012
    Try the salad.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Encrusted Tofu is awesome!
  • Kylie
    KylieAugust 6, 2012
    Great lunch spot - delicious salads.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CornwellJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order from the app!!! Will save you time and stress!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DemersJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the Southwestern salad & add the grilled chicken to it
  • Christine B.
    Christine BJuly 12, 2012
    Delicious salads with make-your-own option too
  • Petko M.
    Petko MinkovJuly 11, 2012
    Tokyo salad is good.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KatzMay 11, 2012
    Order ahead app
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KatzApril 30, 2012
    Order ahead using Order Ahead's app. Long lines
  • Tristan
    TristanMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    sprout makes a meeeeeean chocolate chip cookie. Do it. You can find them under the kettle chips by the register
  • Kavita K.
    Kavita KarodeMarch 13, 2012
    The steak sandwich is absolutely amazing
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid lunch rush with OrderAhead app.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CornwellMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The red lentil soup can cure any cold
  • Chris K.
    Chris KantarjievMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Does the wifi ever work here?
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CornwellFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Call at 9 with your order to pick up at 11. They are swamped with catering orders and you can still wait awhile when you show up at 11
  • Ann M.
    Ann MacagbaJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    OrderAhead app = timesaver
  • Ari F.
    Ari FriedlandJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    the chipotle chicken sandwich is unreal. great flavor, filling and a nice kick! such a hidden gem on this stacked menu.
  • Ari F.
    Ari FriedlandJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    for a guilty indulgence: grab one of the chocolate brownies with nuts for desert. always fresh, soft and irresistible! maybe the best in palo alto!
  • Ari F.
    Ari FriedlandJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    get the harvest salad and substitute grilled chicken for the potatoes. fresh, healthy and delicious!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CornwellJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    They have an iOS app so you can order before you arrive
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie McHaleJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    They still "forget" to put your extra $1 toppings. I tried tipping more, that didn't work. I tried not tipping at all. Didn't work either. Either skip the $1 toppings or make sure they're there.
  • Vikas V.
    Vikas VadlapatlaNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get here before 11:15pm to beat the weekday lunch rush
  • Jason H.
    Jason HitchcockNovember 21, 2011
    Amazing dumplings!!
  • Vikas V.
    Vikas VadlapatlaNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The eggplant sandwich is surprisingly good!
  • H
    HNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Order ahead with orderahead app to skip the line and 20 min wait for food!
  • Shauna H.
    Shauna HarrisonNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Add some pepper crusted seared ahi tuna to your custom salad --delish!
  • Vikas V.
    Vikas VadlapatlaNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Cucumber water is yum!
  • Julie L.
    Julie LoganOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their salads, try the "order ahead" app to make take-out super quick
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie McHaleOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Always check your orders. Four times they've messed up mine and not given me things I've paid for...
  • Tyler J.
    Tyler JacobOctober 5, 2011
    Hey NYers, it's PA's version of 'wichcraft
  • Mary G.
    Mary GelberOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The soups are amazing!
  • Mia M.
    Mia MabantaAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    show your Stanford ID for a student discount
  • Monique Z.
    Monique ZiesenhenneAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    What a great salad bar! Read more
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love their salads that you can make yourself. Also try their egg rolls. Good lemonade too.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LoitzAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't look the hippies straight in the eye or they may interpret it as a sign of aggression!
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas ShulmanJuly 26, 2011
    Terrible soundtrack. Be warned.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WJune 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The deep fried tofu is delicious!
  • Amy W.
    Amy WJune 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Southwestern or Pomona no onion. Delicious!
  • Ben L.
    Ben LeeJune 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be fooled. The "crispy potatoes" in the steak sandwich are fancy potato chips. And that is awesome.
  • Gunnar H.
    Gunnar HolmsteinnApril 14, 2011
    #4HB approved.
  • Melanie D.
    Melanie DewBerryApril 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything but the Calamari
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly McGrathMarch 28, 2011
    Steakhouse Salad with extra side of dressing. So good! Filling!
  • Tristan
    TristanMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    the kyoto salad here is crazy good: peppered crusted ahi tuna, mixed greens, seaweed, somen noodles, tofu, edamame, sprout, carrots, sesame seeds, miso sesame dressing, and a hint of awesome
  • Jeremy
    JeremyMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the steakhouse!
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SungMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    yum kyoto salad!
  • Shelly R.
    Shelly RobinsonJanuary 31, 2011
    Line gets long around lunch time. Be prepared to wait 15+ minutes for your salad.
  • Tristan
    TristanNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're getting take out pls pls pls call and order in advance. Great food but soooooooo slow
  • Jeremy
    JeremyOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Fruity salad. and the brownies. Better than ***.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SmithiesSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Rocky salad add shitake. Life changed.
  • Jason K.
    Jason K.June 8, 2010
    Too easy!
  • Tristan
    TristanJune 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    don't be the idiot (like me) who buys HINT cucumber water when they have cucumber water for free! Ha!
  • JJ H.
    JJ HonesJune 1, 2010
    Use your student ID card for a discount!
  • Lindy K.
    Lindy KMay 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best salads in the whole world. I want a Sprout in Burlingame
  • Glennia C.
    Glennia CampbellMay 27, 2010
    We didn't find this particularly slow at all. Try the corn chowder & the spring rolls, but skip the calamari.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BluesteinMay 21, 2010
    Order ahead. This place is beyond slow
  • Tristan
    TristanMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The shrimp sandwich is the best sandwich I've had. Definitely the best tasting dish on university ave
  • Jason S.
    Jason ShugarsFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Pineapple pulled pork sammie ftw!
  • Danna
    DannaJanuary 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Call your order in and skip to the front of the line for pickup.
  • Danna
    DannaJanuary 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink the cucumber water. Hey, it's free.
  • linda h.
    linda hongJanuary 19, 2010
    hands down my favorite salad place ever! get spinach and mixed greens, add applewood bacon, corn, peas, sprouts, mango, carrots, french beans, half passionfruit dressing mixed in, half on side. perf!
  • Ash
    AshJanuary 14, 2010
    ry Somen noodle salad ($8.45) — a happy jumble of Japanese somen noodles, mixed greens, kaiware sprouts, carrots, bean sprouts, crispy wonton strips and roasted chopped peanuts all dressed with a ligh
  • Nathan J.
    Nathan JohnsDecember 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Nicoise is awesome
  • Jason S.
    Jason ShugarsOctober 28, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Every salad is a winner here. Can't go wrong!
  • Tristan
    TristanSeptember 11, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    tri tip sandwich is incredible
  • Erika NJ A.
    Erika NJ AlperinSeptember 2, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    give Kirsten a big tip (she's my sister)
  • Dave E.
    Dave EangAugust 13, 2009
    try the tri tip sandwich
  • June L.
    June LinJuly 14, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The cucumber water is amazing! and so is the eggplant sandwich (but it takes a while to make)
  • MRjavin B.
    MRjavin BurApril 12, 2012
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