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Who’s Got Take-Out or Senior Grocery Hours?

Uploaded: Mar 18, 2020

Whose got take out? Support your local restaurants. Tip well when you go.

Call to place your order (some take online orders), keep 6 feet distance from others when you pick up, and pay ahead, or consider holding onto your credit card to process, rather than handing the card to the cashier, or using cash.

BEST BET: Call beforehand - things are changing constantly.

Restaurants Open for To-Go

Portola Cafe Deli
Open till 4 PM

Parkside Grille

Lobster Shack
11 AM – 7PM

Amigos Grill
10 AM – 7PM

Rossotti's Alpine Inn
Orders must be placed online (alpineinnpv.com)
or by phone: 650-854-4004.

Koma Sushi
Tuesday - Saturday
4PM to 7PM

Alice’s Restaurant
8AM – 6PM

Flea Street Café
3:00 to 7:00PM Tuesday through Saturday with pick up by 7:30 nightly.

Left Bank
4 PM - ?

Dutch Goose
11AM - 11 PM

Back-a-yard Jamaican Restaurant
East Menlo Park

Redwood Grill
Woodside Plaza
11:30AM - 7PM

Chef Zhao
Bayshore Rd., 650-485-2221
11AM-2:30PM & 5PM-8:30PM

The Counter
Delivery or pickup
California Avenue, 650-321-3900

Palo Alto Cafe

University Ave
4 PM - 9 PM

Siam Royal
University Ave
11AM - 2PM & 5PM - 8PM

Various locations
8AM - 12PM

Everest Cuisine
E. Mountain View
11AM -1 PM & 5 PM - 1 AM
(650) 282-5958

Grocery Stores with Senior Shopping Hours
Whole Foods
8AM - 9 AM daily

Portola Valley and San Carlos
Seniors 65+ only
9AM - 10AM daily
Includes expectant mothers and disabled people

Roberts Markets
Portola Valley and Woodside
9:30AM -10 AM daily

First hour after opening

7AM - 9 AM Tuesday and Thursday only

Trader Joes
8AM - 9 AM (new time starting 3/30/20)

What is it worth to you?


Posted by chris, a resident of University South,
on Mar 18, 2020 at 2:06 pm

Whole Foods senior hour is 8-9am.

Posted by Alan, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven,
on Mar 18, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Add Back-a-yard Jamaican Restaurant in east Menlo Park

Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Mar 18, 2020 at 3:31 pm

Draegers needs to step up, too. Without the now-seniors who've supported this business since they were youngsters, would Draegers now have 4 stores?

Do seniors (or anyone) who per Draegers' new instructions must bring their own gloves & sanitizer, want to wait outside while Draegers monitors the number of shoppers allowed in the store at any one time?

Draegers looks quit tone-deaf again, as they have in the past when declining to contribute to various kids' school & sports fund-raising efforts.

Posted by pdjones , a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven,
on Mar 18, 2020 at 6:59 pm

pdjones is a registered user.

1189 Willow Road
Menlo Park

Posted by Anneke, a resident of Professorville,
on Mar 18, 2020 at 7:35 pm

Siam Royal, a delightful Thai restaurant on University Street in Palo Alto, is also open for Take Out from 11;00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. and from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

They have lovely and tasty food, and not expensive.

Posted by C, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Mar 18, 2020 at 10:53 pm


Members of the local Nextdoor.com wish to support restaurants offering take-out, and restaurants have been posting that take-out is available. I started this Nextdoor.com thread to call attention to your column. You'll also want to browse Nextdoor.com for restaurants and other threads about take-out options. Thanks!

Web Link

Posted by Bob, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Mar 19, 2020 at 1:52 am

Which Safeway are we talking about here? Anyone in particular or all local ones (ie. Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View)?

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Mar 19, 2020 at 9:19 am

I can't answer specifically Bob. Call your local Safeway for more details and get back to us with what you learn. Thanks!

Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Mar 19, 2020 at 10:40 am

Safeway doesn't appear to have company-wide policy. I went to the one @ Sequoia Station @7:30 today, Thursday, & all age groups were there. The store'd been open since 6 am.

Across the street, Whole Foods was limiting access to seniors between 8-9 am.

Trader Joe's had a big line waiting to enter because, like Draegers, they allow only a certain # of shoppers inside at a time. Yawn. Unlike some stores, Walgreen's limits the number of paper towels rolls, TP, etc., to 2 of each item. Good for them! A woman behind me had 8 rolls of paper towels & the cashier let her buy only 2.

Posted by Reader X, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Mar 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm

Note that Whole Foods senior-only access is one hour before the store's normal opening time. Some stores open earlier than others (Cupertino normally opens at 8am, many stores on the South Peninsula normally open at 9am). If you're not sure, go online to the Whole Foods website and look at the store locator. One may want to call the phone to confirm they have senior hours.

Piazza's in South Palo Alto does not have a special seniors-only time, but they are giving seniors priority at the check stand in the first hour, 7am-8am.

The point here is to CALL first. The situation is very fluid right now. Things are happening faster than the Internet can keep track of in a timely manner.

Posted by EdwardLAH, a resident of Los Altos Hills,
on Mar 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

EdwardLAH is a registered user.

Hobee's is open 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Web Link

Posted by Chris, a resident of University South,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 8:50 am

Whole Foods is not opening earlier in Palo Alto. It is deferring general access to 9am. It is closing 2 hours earlier at 8pm.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 10:34 am

I have a feeling that our grocery stores are major vectors for coronavirus. I was shopping early this morning and noted that, while the staff was all wearing gloves, they were happily transferring pathogens from one customer to another since there wAs -no- disinfecting going on between customers. The Pin pads were also not being disinfected. On top of that there were many people wearing N95 masks that do them almost no good, and take critical supplies away from health care workers. Want to bet that they reuse the mask multiple times thus re-infecting themselves?

We are NOT handling this well at all people.

Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Posted by Rick, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,

>> I have a feeling that our grocery stores are major vectors for coronavirus.


>> The Pin pads were also not being disinfected.

Wear gloves. Use your debit card in credit card mode. Avoid touch screens whenever possible. Stores should facilitate this better.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:39 pm

Thanks, great article, I've been trying to find a place to find this information out. A lot of companies have not integrated this into their web presence yet it seems.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Maybe beside every Pin-Pad or Touch-Screen should be a container of wipes and a small trash container.
Relying on trusting stores or individuals to do it right 100% of the time just put the power in the hands
or the consumer.

It's the grocery carts and baskets I worry about.

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:49 pm

I agree CPA that the responsibility has to rest with us for best protection. The folks in the grocery stores are putting themselves at risk by just being there. We have to be supportive of them and do OUR part to insure OUR safety. I think e the grocery workers are superheroes. I wish we could get them masks, but we don't even have enough masks for our health care folks.

Posted by Gloria, a resident of Los Altos,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Just called the Safeway on First Street in downtown Los Altos.

No senior hours per se, but they posted a sign to please give seniors priority on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6 AM to 9 AM.

Posted by All household in risk groups, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Mar 21, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Hi Laura,
Thanks for the lists! Can you please also include information on what age they count as a senior (it's different from place to place)?

I would love to also know about Smart and Final and any other senior hours anywhere else. DH went to the WF senior hours and said it was much less crowded (thanks everyone!) Also, please can you leave some TP, we figured we had TP when things started so we were letting everyone else stock up, but it's never let up, and we're getting close to empty.

Posted by resident, a resident of Midtown,
on Mar 23, 2020 at 10:10 am

Trader Joe's senior hour is 9-10am starting today: Web Link

Posted by Grocery Shopper, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Mar 23, 2020 at 11:48 am

Which stores and restaurants have Contactless Payment options?

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