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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

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American, Diner, Ice Cream
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566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607 (University Ave)
VTA 35, Caltrain
(650) 323-3131
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night, Street Food
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pies and pies

I haven't had anything else here but pies. Their pies are fantastic. I have had Apple and banana cream. Hefty portions and the atmosphere is retro.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Jen G
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
  • Street Food
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I haven't had anything else here but pies. Their pies are fantastic. I have had Apple and banana cream. Hefty portions and the atmosphere is retro.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Where can one get a real milkshake using real ice cream served in its metal container anymore? Well , here! A 50s type atmosphere that is such a treat to go to.......I took some of my European friends here and we had a great time in this Americana time warp of a restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Terrific food, great service! My son had a delicious pulled pork sandwich with onion rings-- cooked to perfection and the sauce was amazing. I enjoyed a fabulous BLT w/avocado on the homemade bread. Unfortunately no room for dessert. I would go back in a flash.

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Palo Alto, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

True Diner experience, food for any meal is incredibly delicious. Breakfast (served all day) is more expensive than a usual diner, but the food is well worth it. Great ice cream as well. I have been going here for 20 plus years, and the consistently exceptional service, food and experience has passed the test of time.

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Booths…and good food. A definite step back in time. Was there for lunch so food was basic and good. There is a bakery in the back should you want a sweet treat.

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San Jose, California
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22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went for dinner and had breakfast, which is served all day. I love scrambled eggs and these were light, fluffy and flavorful. I had them with a sort of hashbrown mix - hashbrowns, bacon, cheese and tomatoes. Mmmmm mmmm. The toasted bread was thick and delicious. Finished it off with mint Oreo cookie ice cream. Decor is fun retro with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Comfort food dining doesn't get any better than this. A true throwback diner experience. BLT, Rueben, Hot Roast Beef, Turkey & Dressing plus all the Great Breakfast Choices highlighted by their own fresh baked goods. Wow, the cinnamon rolls, pastries & pies!!! Malts & milk shakes made the good old fashioned way. If you're in town for a short time... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I prefer the breakfasts/brunch here over the lunches/dinners but it's a good standby place for fast casual comfort food on a budget (budget relative to other Palo Alto establishments).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The vintage soda fountain atmosphere is appealing. The milkshakes are delish and the burgers are special. We generally come for lunch while we are in the city . Portions are quite large.

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Palo Alto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Consistently good food -- friendly and responsive service -- world-class onion rings and milk shakes. What more could you want?

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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, Diner, Ice Cream

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?