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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607 (University Ave)
+1 650-323-3131
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 07:00 - 22:00
Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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Sollentuna, Sweden
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401 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of these classic old diners. Very good and fast service. Great atmosphere (that perfect noise level creating a bit of a buzz). I had a bacon and cheese burger and it was ok - could have been juicier. The other food served looked great though

Thank LG4KL
New York
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131 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went looking for Palo Alto Creamery and saw no signs for it. Looked up the address again and walked back and there it was , but no sign on the outside (at least none I saw) and what looked like a new name on stickers in the windows - What's Shaken'. Inside the menu had in bold SAME MENU -... More 

Thank John N
Ogden UT
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We came he at the recommendation of a Stanford student. I had the French Dip, the meat was cut right and moist, the au jus was full of flavor, wife got a burger that was cooked just right and made with quality flavorful meat. The homemade potato salad and Cole slaw was very good. The atmosphere was very old fashion... More 

Thank tm-utah
San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This place used to be called the Penisula Creamery when it was part of a Palo Alto-based dairy decades ago. It was taken over perhaps 20+ years ago by the current owner (Rob Fisher), who improved both the ambience and food by leaps and bounds. The Fountain and Grill features a more-or-less diner faire but with the emphasis on quality.... More 

Thank Harry W
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I really don't understand how other people gave such rave reviews for this place. We had a terrible experience. The fish &chips platter only came with 3 tiny strips of fish, the sandwich was soggy and the ginger cookie which looked amazing in the case was undercooked in the middle. Plus it was expensive and the service was pretty terrible.... More 

Thank travelfoodiedc
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We spent years going up and down the Bay Area Peninsula looking for new places to have weekend Breakfast/Brunch and found that the best one happened to be closest to home, the Palo Alto Creamery. We do mostly breakfast there but I know the whole menu of dinner style food is excellent with a broad array of excellent dinner style... More 

Thank Pablo G
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

All growing up, this was the goto place Saturday mornings after soccer games. Honestly the best thing on the menu is the milkshakes. Our family favorite has always been peppermint chocolate. Peppermint ice cream with chocolate syrup. Spectacular!

Thank Dennis P
San Jose, California
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417 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

A popular eatery that is a not a very good value. The breakfasts are smaller than Dennys though, it must be said that the ingredients are fairly good. The prices are on the high side and the service is average. The tables are small and cramped and you seat close enough to other diners to hear their conversations. Overall a... More 

Thank Rob C
Palo Alto, California
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Comfort food, great breakfasts, amazing fountain drinks, and cheerful wait staff. We love their apple pie so much that we served it at our wedding reception!

Thank bensmom59
Palo Alto, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Fun decor, good service, great snacks . . . go there a lot! I give it a great review! I take my grandchildren there, they love it.

Thank PlaneLar

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607
    (University Ave)
  • Public Transportation: VTA 35, Caltrain
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-323-3131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?