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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
+1 650-853-9800
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good49%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (88 reviews)
“paella” (20 reviews)
“guacamole” (19 reviews)
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Spanish, Latin, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is your spot if you're in search for a lovely ambiance and good food to match. I appreciate good tapas and feel as if I'm dining in Spain or Argentina when I arrive. I'd recommend their ceviche and steak the most and it's worth...More

Thank Ameera8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While in town for business, we went to Joya on recommendation of locals. Overall, we found it to be a nice restaurant, with lots of wonderful menu choices and great service. I had the Argentinean-style hanger steak which was very tasty. The side fries were...More

Thank BruceR_2832
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Was very pleased with the service from Uriel. The red sangria was good. Enjoyed the Empanada Combo and the Empanada vegetable. The chickenpea/corn croquetas were very tasty. The crab cakes were outstanding. The suggested tip amounts listed on the check was appreciated. Our group was...More

Thank 1GiantsMS
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Palo Alto. The paella ( there are seafood or vegetarian paellas, both of them are great) and white sangrias are my favorites. Most of the time we have to wait for the paella because they make it...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We visited as a family group and were shown to our 'window' table quite quickly. A variety of tapas was ordered including Dungeness crab cakes, cheese board, Kobe beef mini burgers, - they were amazing and only the second time in my longish life so...More

Thank Maria E
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Very nice deco. Food is good and well presented. Prices are correct. Large variety of tapas to share (that's the option we took). Waiters are attentive to you needs. Located on the main strip across from the Apple Store.

Thank Anne E
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Joya is a mid-range to upscale restaurant offering South American and Spanish cuisine specializing in Tapas. Perfect place to chill after work or on the weekend. Overall, good service and a variety of delicious food. I would recommend. We had reservations and were seated within...More

Thank Qualitypro3336
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

In classic downtown Palo Alto, I sat alone on the sidewalk seating. Food was great. Had to wait a little for a 2nd beer. Overall great experience.

Thank Roy S
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I'm not an expert in all South American cuisine, but the dishes here were very reminiscent of what we tasted at the best restaurant in Peru. The gazpacho was the best and presentation was beautiful. Both pulled pork and vegetarian empanadas. The pork was spicy...More

Thank CalifTravelerOne
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Bit of a mixed review here. The location is great, super people watching and the world going by, the service was very good also couldn't be faulted and the wine was also excellent. Unfortunately the food wasn't to match. We had the bravas to start...More

Thank barrogers
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3 January 2015|
Response from Karen W | Reviewed this property |
This is a restaurant, not a resort.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$83
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
    (Florence Street)
  • Public Transportation: Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-853-9800
From tapas to entradas, Joya Restaurant and Lounge provides a modern interpretation of the rich culinary lineage of Spain and Latin America. Joya is proud to have teamed with Shopworks (designers of W-Hotels in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego) to create a natural-hued, contemporary restaurant and lounge that imparts guests with a feeling of comfortable exclusivity. So if you are looking to enjoy a refined Latin-influenced dining experience, new age cocktails and festive live music, we invite you to join us at Joya Restaurant & Lounge.
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