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All 312 Palo Alto Restaurants

Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607
(650) 323-3131
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Ranked #5 of 312 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
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
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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New York, NY
15 reviews 15 reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Tailor-made ice cream sandwiches. Fun to pick your own cookies and ice cream flavor! But a little messy to eat.

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98 reviews 98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I've eaten at the creamery more than 50 times over the last 15 years. This is a great spot for a good hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is a fresh with an upscale twist on old soda fountain favorites. And the service is attentive and efficient. As a result, you will indeed eat and get out quickly -... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Charming diner, great menu and open until 11 pm when most other places closed at 10. Hash browns were slightly greasy but everything else we had was great. Death by dessert- either try a milkshake or check out the back dessert case.

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Palo Alto, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I have been a client at the creamery for over 40 years. Great breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Classic blue plate specials including turkey dinners, meat loaf, and daily specials. Home cooked food at fair prices in Silicon Valley! Great hamburgers, fries, and shakes. Gigantic pies and cakes! It is the ygenuine article in a very plastic place.

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Edina, Minnesota
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162 reviews 162 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Loved the ambiance, feel and vibe of the place -- kind of old-fashioned diner-ish, total absence of chichi. Very popular among students and locals. Great breakfast, not necessarily for the healthy-diet conscious but lots of good food and service.

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Ashland, Oregon
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79 reviews 79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a very popular restaurant that serves all types of people from millionaires to students. It has an old fashioned atmosphere and menu that features things like milk shakes and comfort food. Food is very tasty and the service is great once you can get a table. Open for all three main meals, it is a good bet for... More

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Camarillo, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

1960's ambience, great ice cream in all its combinations, including pastries baked on the premises. this is refreshing among the "cool" places surrounding it in downtown P.A. The food and service are very good and attitude of owners and staff is welcoming and competent. We visit there whenever we visit the area and our rating is consistent over the years.

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Clovis, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This place pulls off the rare feat of being a classic diner without consciously being retro - it is what it is. Their large selection of breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, entrees and blue plate specials are always generously portioned and delicious. They have an on-site bakery so dinner rolls, cornbread and even the burger buns are fresh and delicious. The real... More

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Palo Alto
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Creamery is one of our favorites. The milk shakes are made with real ice cream, and are terrific. I tried one of my daughter's favorites -- a grilled cheese with bacon sandwich; she was right -- it was very good. As usual, there were people there she knew -- it is a neighborhood place.

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Helena, Montana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Even better than I remember it. Grew up here, and this is WAYcomfort food! I've probably eaten everything they make here and I have zero complaints--except maybe the calories--but hey, it's Palo Alto where even books and magazine taste like marzipan (at least according to Tom Wolfe) ;-)

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