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The Prolific Oven Bakery & Cafe

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550 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1720
07:00 - 22:00
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All hours
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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Alexandria, Virginia
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277 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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
3 of 5 bubbles 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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839 reviews
647 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank wackyseester
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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
Palo Alto, California
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

My family has had the Prolific Oven's chocolate on chocolate cake as a standby for birthdays and special occasions for 20 years. We haven't tried much else on offer, but the chocolate on chocolate is addictively good--a moist dark chocolate cake with the most incredible dark chocolate fudge frosting. Definitely the best call for chocolate lovers in the Palo Alto... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

I love this cafe for its great pastry of all kinds. PO has been in Palo Alto since 1980s. You get the sense of unique and friendly place, not a big chain coffee shop. I love the chocolate filled eclair made by PO.

Thank JamshidV
Watertown, Massachusetts
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318 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth walking around the corner to get something other than Petes or sbux. Plenty of seating inside and out and good friends service. Coffee was great and it's a good Place for a quieter Conversation.

Thank SMR_2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?