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“Pretty good food”
Review of Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes
Ranked #141 of 326 Restaurants in Mountain View
Cuisines: American, Soups
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 650-961-2500 opened May, 2012
Carmel Valley, California
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385 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Pretty good food”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

All tthe salad you сan put on a salad plate, and unlimited soup, backed goods, Focatta and dessert. The big problem is its popularity -- as others have noted, the ti me to grt through the line and seated can be lengthy during rush hour. At 1:30, the line goes away and there's plenty of open seating.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Andrew A
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El Paso, Texas
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497 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Family friendly is fantastically fine!”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

One of the highlights when visiting anyplace is sharing it with family, and the Bay area is an especially attractive location. While I personally enjoyed pedaling throughout the region, not only recently, but also in 1979 (the City was terminus for my Coastline '79 pedal) and again when I returned in late 1982 to continue research for my elementary school pamphlet, "BICYCLE SAFETY WITH BIKERJOHN", that was solo activity. Eating at this exceptionally fine restaurant was family oriented--all of us (offspring/parents/siblings) arrived by motor car (CA is a World-leader when it comes to multi-modal roads/sharing the road/safe bike/pedways & ensuring that we follow the rules--San Diego's finest sent me to traffic court for not stopping when making a legal right-on-red turn off El Cajon Blvd!) to enjoy each other's company along with GREAT food! I was especially pleased to have the chance to once again visit with my two favorite chicken-wingers, especially Joseph. I remember well when my family had been introduced to these unbelievably wonderful restaurants by KJ in TusconAZ in the '90s; these eateries have since become a regular place for meals whenever in a location privileged enough to have such a high quality establishment. Of course, my current location, El PasoTX, has yet to be so honored....! Anyway, the food is always fresh & tasty, and, if pedaling, you can always eat & eat & eat...; the same holds true when dining with family, but it's extra special then. And it's always a pleasure to be in such a clean space, including the bathrooms. That's because the super staff take care of everything, especially us customers!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Juanito_Hayburg
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New Delhi, India
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Real treat for Salad and Soup lovers”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Real treat for Salad and Soup lovers. It is around 10 dollars. Plenty of veggie stuff to eat. But thats not all, the buffet also has good icecreams and muffins.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Ankit_Kakkar
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Mountain View, California
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422 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Assembly line salad bar”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Decent value, good quality salad bar, with soup and minor pasta/bread option. Can be crowded (can be REALLY crowded at times). Go during off hours to enjoy the value, don't go at rush hour if you're in a hurry.
Shortage of protein items. Look for hardboiled eggs on the salad line, beans and garbanzos, and possible meat in the soups - the pasta options are all carbs.
No GF to speak of.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank David P
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Sunnyvale, CA
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376 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
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“crowded, noisy,screaming toddlers, roaming kids,$2 cheaper before 4pm, line stoppages & closures, always use coupons”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

We stopped by the Sweet Tomatoes in Mountain View. I stopped going to this place in the past, as it was crowded, with noisy, screaming toddlers and roaming kids. I came back for the chicken stew soup, this month's special soup.

This sweet tomatoes is located in a shopping center near the corner of Grant and El Camino. During rush hour this place is impossible to get to, due to the dumping of cars from 237 onto
Grant road at El Camino, making this a gridlock along the 4 lane Grant road leading to the shopping center.

The web sites don't mention price, as the price varies depending on the location in the state. Here in Mountain View, dinners are $10.99 for customers 12 years and older, $4.99 for kids 5 to 11, and $2.99 for kids 3 to 4. Kids 2 and under eat free. So if you don't like noisy screaming toddlers, or roaming kids, this is not your place to eat. Lunches are $8.99 for customers 12 and older. Prices do not include drinks, which are $2.49 -hey, they have to make money somehow!

Dinner starts at 4pm, so if you can to the cash register at the head of the line before 4pm, you can save a few bucks. Also seniors age 60+ get a 10% discount, and a $5.99 price 2pm to 5pm on weekdays. I'm 60+ but I got to work on weekdays. I guess they figure that if you have to work that time that you can afford the full price.

We get there at 615pm on a Saturday, and already the place is packed, as both dual lines around the salad bar are at a standstill. They stop the line to wait for table vacancies to occur with guests leaving. I try to get a utensil from the head of the line, so that I can eat while I wait. We wait about 5 minutes, and are directed to a small 2 person table, past a more desirable vacant 4 person booth. The 2 person tables are small, not enough room for the trays and drinks. We have been here before on a Saturday night where they actually close the lines for about 15 minutes, to not only wait for table vacancies, but for the staff to replenish and clean the salad bar. The people behind us, an 8 person party, end up waiting about 25 minutes, for an 8 person party table to clear.

We belong to the Sweet Tomatoes e-mail list, and regularly receive discount coupons by e-mail. Tonight we have an $18.99 coupon for two adults, with drinks included, better than the regular $27 price. Also coupons very common in the Sunday edition of the San Jose Mercury News.

As with all salad bars, the more expensive items are at the very end of the line near the cash register, including mushrooms, and eggs. They hope you will fill up your dish with the less expensive items including salad, and run out of room on the plate for the more expensive stuff. Also they don't give you utensils until the end of the line, so you can't eat and sample food in line.

Their salads selections are good and their soups even better. I like the Yankee Clipper cream of potato soup, along with the chili with meat. The highlight of the meal is the chicken pot stew, with chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas in a creamy soup. Got to get there early however, as customers will cherry pick the soup for the chicken, leaving later customers with a meatless soup.

Like their strawberry lemonade, and their blueberry muffins. I pass on the chicken soup -too watery, and their marinara pasta - no meat. No chocolate lava cake this month. If you are there when they do have the chocolate lava cake, get it as soon as possible. The kids love it and will strip it bare in no time, and it can take 20 minutes for them to bake another cake.

Not too many salad bars to compete with Sweet Tomatoes. The Fresh Choice on Grape and El Camino went bankrupt. The Cupertino branch is now called California Fresh, and can match the Sweet tomatoes prices, and about the same quality and selection of salads and toppings. They also have pepperoni pizza, but a smaller selection and lower quality of soups and dessert. However that California Fresh is much larger, with no waiting, and fewer toddlers, as Cupertino is a much more expensive place than Mountain View.

As we leave the place, i hear in the background a toddler screaming at the height of its lungs, while the parents desperately try to sooth the critter. I thank my lucky stars that I wasn't seated next to them.

  • Visited November 2013
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