Mayfield Bakery and Cafe

If you’re looking for a high rated, upscale, and vibrant restaurant, this is the place for you. Mayfield Bakery is a beautiful restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. This restaurant includes a wide variety of dishes ranging from Rosemary Flatbread to  to Braised Short Ribs. It’s great for any special occasion, and it’s family friendly too.

Walking into Mayfield, the ambiance made me feel like it was a summer afternoon. It was very modern, delicate, and clean.

Thankfully, I was able to walk right in without making a reservation, although that’s not always the case (making a reservation may be a smart thing to do).

I was seated quickly, and the service was very friendly. I could tell that each server cared about my experience.

Looking at the menu, there were mostly Italian and American dishes including burgers, pastas, and salads. In my opinion, the prices on the menu did seem a little pricey (ranging from eight dollars to thirty-six).

The sides on the menu that immediately popped out to me were the Beer Battered Onion Rings and Aleppo French Fries. In my past experiences at Mayfield, the Onion Rings have been made to a crispy perfection, but in my recent experience, there was more onion skin than actual onion in my onion ring. That was very disappointing, especially considering how upscale the restaurant is.

The french fries were a top hit though. Sprinkled with red pepper, I thought that the fries would be super spicy, but to my surprise, there was actually a perfect balance of spice. It also came with a side sauce that added a cool bite.

For an entree, I ordered the Semolina Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts, Candied Walnuts, and Gorgonzola. The actual Gnocchi was well done. Cooked just the right amount of time, it just melted in my mouth. The Gnocchi sat in a soup-like sauce that had just the right amount of creaminess and spice, enhancing flavor to the pasta. It was topped with arugula salad, Brussels sprouts, and walnuts to add some texture as well. My suggestion would be to put all of the components of the dish in one bite, as they build off of each other well. I did find the Gnocchi filling, so I would recommend the appetizer size, as it was more than enough for me.

Although I have not actually tried it, people rave about the Mayfield Burger and Mayfield’s Savory Roasted Chicken dish. One of the waitresses noted, “ The most popular dishes here are actually the burger, probably because it’s an American classic, and everyone loves a good burger. Also our Mary’s Roasted Chicken because of the brining process that we have and it’s oven roasted in our rotisserie behind us, served over a bed of greens…as well as on top of a bed of creamy polenta.” No wonder these are the most popular dishes at Mayfield!

High end desserts are also served, if you still have enough room in your stomach. Some of the dishes include Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Spice Cake, Chocolate Bread Pudding, and Spice-Poached Farmer’s Market Strawberries.

The beautiful ambiance, the delicious food, and the friendly service are what brings people back to Mayfield. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a high end restaurant for a nice meal out.

Cool Bonus: If you come for dinner and they have extra bread from the bakery, they’ll give you a free loaf!

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More info

Hours: Monday − Friday, 8:00am − 9:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am − 9:30pm

Location: Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Cafe phone number: 650-853-9200

Website: http://www.mayfieldbakery.com/

Parking: Yes