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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
+1 650-853-9800
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good51%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (96 reviews)
“paella” (22 reviews)
“guacamole” (19 reviews)
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Bar, Spanish, Latin, South American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Joya is a very good restaurant but not a good value. The tapas are excellent but portions are very small, even recoginzing that tapas by their very nature are meant to be small plates.

Thank Calistoga Grower
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were first timers here for tapas/early dinner. We got seated at an open window area overlooking the pedestrian sidewalk. We enjoyed the different selections presented: kobe beef mini-burgers, latin empanadas, braised short rib tacos, calamari, and the delicious caramelized brussel sprouts. The 2 Manhattan...More

Thank Bill F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We only tried three things, and I expect that my rating would be higher if we had been able to order more widely. But there were just two of us, so three things were plenty. All of the meals come in a tall tiered tray...More

Thank Holly R
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We were a multi-generational party of six. Two of us had not been to Joya before and really liked it. We ordered a wide variety of Tapas, including octopus, shrimp and mussels, brussel sprouts. The mini hamburgers were outstanding and not to be missed. Lovely...More

Thank SLA37
Reviewed 4 July 2018

My wife and I ordered tapas sampler, yuca fries and caramelized brussels sprouts to start. We could have stopped there as portions were good but we also wanted to try the paella clasica which the food did not disappoint. The service was attentive and friendly;...More

Thank dyung991
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Good Tapas selection. The tacos were great as were the salads. Do not miss the brussel sprouts. Shrimp and mussels also good. Nice quiet venue. Good service. Makes a good martini. A nice evening out.

Thank gorlinjay
Reviewed 25 April 2018

I booked the private room for a customer meeting in April. The food minimum for the room was $900, which I agreed to. I thought $90 a head for ten people was reasonable w wine and apps. We ordered 10 appetizers and 10 entrees. also...More

Thank chris o
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

We were four friends and we found a lot of choices, so that everyone was satisfied. We ranged from cheviche to tapas. Good choices of cocktails and drinks. Service was quick. Price reasonable for the area.

Thank Ermanno C
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Joya’s in Palo Alto is a great place to have Spanish cuisine. They have a decent collection of wines, cocktails and 5 beers on tap besides a variety of bottled beers. The ambiance was good but a bit loud. Our server got us an octopus...More

Thank Qualitypro3336
Reviewed 18 April 2018

I went there on a Sunday, which can still easily get table around 6pm. I ordered 2 tapas and a vegetarian main dish, i.e. yuca arepres! i tried the coconut bread pudding for the first time, which was great! Of course not to mention the...More

Thank Karen K
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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
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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