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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
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Today
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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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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  • 70
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  • 74
    Very good
  • 23
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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
Nice Breakfast

A nice place for breakfast, not sure about other meals, I only had the opportunity for breakfast and enjoyed it very much

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A nice place for breakfast, not sure about other meals, I only had the opportunity for breakfast and enjoyed it very much

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Came here twice while in Palo Alto for some meetings. First for lunch and the second time for a piece of pie. Had a late lunch on a weekday so it wasn't crowded. Great service, attentive and servers listened to the details. Had a burger and fries. Burger was good, cooked to order and the plate was filled with fries.... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

great hamburgers and milkshakes...your kids will love it. but don't expect anything other than an old fashioned ice cream counter type place. very busy especially on weekends and in the summer when icecream sodas and milkshakes are flying out the door.

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cork,ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This little retro diner is straight out of the movies in decor and their extensive choice of sodas from the fountain. The red leather clad booths and 1950,s tubular steel rimmed tables set the tone for an all out indulgence in American grub. Enormous thick creamy milkshakes, 1/ 3 pond burgers topped with multiples from bacon, cheese, avocados etc, plates... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We have eaten here for breakfast and with the kids many times through the years. This is a great spot to get a quick bite of comfort food. We bring the pies home all the time (return pie plate for your $7.00!) The food and service is always good. Have a malt with a burger, it's Americana at it's best.

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

Address: 566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607
Phone Number: (650) 323-3131
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: American, Ice Cream, Diner

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?