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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

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American, Ice Cream, Diner
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566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607 (University Ave)
VTA 35, Caltrain
(650) 323-3131
Website
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Street Food

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    Very good
  • 20
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  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun Typical Diner

Nice dinner with everything you would expect and more. Solid burgers for lunch and dinner and great breakfast/brunch place for eggs and bacon. They also make their own cookies and buns: you have to try the cinnamon bun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Nice dinner with everything you would expect and more. Solid burgers for lunch and dinner and great breakfast/brunch place for eggs and bacon. They also make their own cookies and buns: you have to try the cinnamon bun.

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Milpitas, California
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a great diner-type place, but is far from the traditional diner fare. The relaxed atmosphere of Peninsula Creamery is great, and the food is better than the average Diner. I felt like breakfast for lunch, and ordered the egg sandwich. All I can say is yum! It was far better than any I've ever had! The milkshakes which... More 

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Healdsburg
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13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We take our kids here for a treat. Good Grub food, burgers, shakes and food. Not the best but good old fashion food

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San Jose, California
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

If you only traverse University Ave and that's all you know about downtown Palo Alto, then you will miss one of the hidden restaurant gems: Palo Alto Creamery (formerly the Peninsula Creamery and that's what the sign above the door says). Breakfast all day, a varied entree menu, burgers, ice cream, pies, and the ambiance of a 1950s soda fountain.... More 

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Towson
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Very innovative diner menu, much better than average diner food, very innovative. Don't miss the homemade pies. Fabulous service.

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Palo Alto, California
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Remember when you were a little kid and went with your Mom to a fountain - if you're over 40 the fountain may well have been in an actual drug store. No, not CVS, but a 'corner drugstore' with a soda fountain with little stools with naugahyde seats. And they spun around! It had a certain smell - kinda like... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Even if you've never been here before, the Palo Alto Creamery will remind you of the fountain and grill you once knew. Yes, you can get a fruit bowl or yogurt at breakfast, but choices tend toward tried-and-true hash browns and scrambles. The on-site bakery provides excellent pies and cakes to go with your hamburger or grilled-cheese sandwich or salad... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

this is a downtown gem and often crowded at breakfast or after a stanford game. Old fashion breakfast with the best potatoes ever. Nice people, booths, gorgeous pies just a terrific place for families, solo and couples. Want a malt after the movies? this is your spot.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Palo Alto Cremey is one of those places you can always come back to. The vintage interior is a joy and the perfect setting for out of town guests. The regular hustle bustle of the place makes it fun, and the food is reliably decent if a tad overpriced. Every time we have a family visit us from out of... More 

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Wellington, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Have been eating at Creamery since elementary school. Best milkshakes. Very busy!! It was a great spot during high school and when family is in town it is a must.

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Restaurant Details

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: (650) 323-3131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Ice Cream, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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