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The Prolific Oven Bakery & Cafe

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550 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1720
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun 08:00 - 19:00
Mon 07:00 - 19:00
Tue - Thu 07:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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SF Bay Area
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147 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Somehow, this place has survived the assault on downtown Palo Alto of trendy, pricey, up-scale places (and greedy landlords!) nearby, to continue a quiet atmosphere with good bakery items and coffee, newspapers and magazines available, where one can just sit and read. It was one of our go-to places when we lived in the area, and is still a favorite... More 

1 Thank babubenj
Woodside, California
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146 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I love this place. It's great for meetings, when you want to have a serious conversation without a crowd. The salads are exceptional and generous, and they kindly offer a little dessert on the side. I have also purchased full sheet cakes for large parties. I love the mocha. There's nothing on earth like that frosting!

1 Thank american_foxhound
Medford, Oregon
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94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I rarely eat sugar and don't enjoy most cakes and pastries, but when it comes to the utterly ravishing cakes and other baked goods created by Prolific Oven, I am weak. They are irresistible and worth every dang bit of extra exercise I have to do to make up for the indulgence. If I am responsible for bringing dessert to... More 

Thank blissfulliving
Alexandria, Virginia
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341 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is the bakery's most popular cake! This rich American-Style sour cream chocolate cake is filled and frosted with rich, dark semi-sweet chocolate icing. I ordered a six inch for my husband's birthday. There wasn't one crumb left?!?!!?

Thank dcr1837
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Nice central place. Avg machiatto. Not strong enough. Good croissant. Relaxed atmosphere. Feeling of old times in a positive way

Thank Gabriela E
Mountain View, California
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

We got the Princess Cake - the Marzipan was really good but the cake and cream filling was so-so. Also ordered the Grand Marnier Ball - it was a bit too sweet I think but it had the right amount of Grand Marnier. Overall a pretty good place to get dessert.

Thank travelbuzz2015
Bay Area
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841 reviews
650 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2015

3½* Prolific Oven Palo Alto Funky atmosphere Great place to order cakes Pastries with a coffee drink make for a good breakfast Friendly staff

Thank Rosquete
DC Metro
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

Dropped in because I needed a dinner to take on the plane home. Never been before. Place was clean but quiet - I came in early afternoon after the lunch rush was well over. Service was quick and friendly. But imagine my surprise when, wedged into the window seat on a crowded plane, I opened my box to discover that... More 

1 Thank wackyseester
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Simply put - they serve great pastries and coffee and its an easy place to have a business meeting when in town.

Thank Nigel_Goodwin
Hermosa Beach, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Good cakes, decent coffee, updated outlet access. Not a bad place to chill, study, meet. But it looks a bit dirty to be honest, and the toilets are not so updated.

Thank AshAnderson

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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
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Open Hours
08:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1720
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
One of four locations, you have two others listed on the site.

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