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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607
(650) 323-3131
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Ranked #16 of 313 restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Diner, Ice Cream
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night, Street Food
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University Ave
Transit: VTA 35, Caltrain
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116 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
Palo Alto, CA
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Good old-fashioned diner, (at Palo Alto prices), with wonderful rolls, bread and pies. All of these are made in the tiny kitchen in the back. My favorite is the Chinese chicken salad. (But maybe that's cause it comes with one of their great rolls!)

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Warfield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Palo Alto Creamery is an authentic All American Diner, the kind that you see in a movie but never find in real life. It was the perfect place for brunch, a chilli burger with fries and milkshake. The milkshakes here are absolutely delicious, smooth and creamy with a variety of ice cream flavors and mix-in options. The food was really... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I took my 15 year old son here for lunch on a Friday afternoon around 1:00. It was packed, but we secured a table right away. I don't know what was going on with the smell of the place - if it's always like that, or just that day, or some seafood cooking, or just the age of the place,... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This place was right across from our hotel, so we gave it a try one night. It looked like a cute, retro soda fountain and grill - so the atmosphere was great. The food is just what you would expect from a diner, and it was good, but not outstanding. I had a chili dog, which was quite decent, but... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Sure, the place looks like a throwback to the 50's or 60's, but that is where it ends. Nothing on the menu really has that feel, nor do the menus, or the staff. Really it is just a diner with an old location. The food was ok, I had a steak sandwich, but it was average at best. The salad... More

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New York, New York, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Ate here when in Palo Alto touring Stanford. We were staying at the nearby Cardinal Hotel, which has a similar 1950s vibe, and chose the Creamery to stay in the period. Food is basic but ambiance and service were great. There were many shake options. We went with vanilla with hot fudge which turned out to be a great choice.

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Northern California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Large portions. Excellent service. The chicken sausage was excellent, the cajun scramble was excellent, the hash browns were poor. Pies, pies, pies. Lots of them and they looked great; the couple we sampled were yummy.

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Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I enjoy going to this place for brunch. It can be a bit crowded so definitely prepare to be patient. And you must get the Caribbean french toast! I only do the half order because it is just too much goodness but get it anyway!

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Palo Alto, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great local place, best diner around. Tuna melt andmilk shakes can't be beat...also good pies and just about everything else basic good food

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Palo Alto, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is my long standing favorite restaurant in Palo Alto for breakfast and brunch. Excellent food and service at reasonable prices. Wonderful muffins and pies; great milkshakes and ice cream.

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