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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 #12 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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125 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

In February, we visited the Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill on a corner in busy downtown. Good menu with lots of variety; easy for everyone in your party to find something of interest. Many breakfast foods were available, and portions were large and tasty. The comfortable booths and big windows allow for people-watching at its finest in Palo Alto.... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I've often eaten breakfast here, and it's always good food and a great environment, but this time I stopped in on a very hot day with my son and we had shakes..... real shakes, unlike anything McDonalds has ever imagined. Yes, they're expensive, but well worth it!

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San Mateo, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It's diner food. So anything from the fountain is excellent. Pies and baked goods are also fantastic. But the food, even for diner food, can definitely be better at times. It's also a bit pricey. But if you're in the mood for fries and a shake, you can't beat it.

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Seattle, WA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A group of us went for early dinner after golf and found the Creamery to meet all our needs. One of us had a great mushroom burger--large portion and tasty, I had beet salad/mixed greens and grilled salmon that was very tasty and not too over-caloric, and another had beef tips on wide noodles--also tasty and large portion size. BTW... More

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Clearwater, FL
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127 reviews 127 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Our family is in town to check our son, a freshman Stanford football player, in to summer session. He had less than an hour to eat dinner with us, so we called ahead to the creamery and they graciously reserved a table for us. When we got there, they expedited our meal when we advised of our time crunch. Everything... More

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Palo Alto
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

A clean, old fashioned diner with all the American classics. The chocolate malts are fabulous. They have great burgers and big fat french fries (sadly, no shoestring fries).

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Good taste, excellent service and such fun eating here. We came for breakfast and split the French toast because the portions are so generous. Everything at our table was delicious. Just be prepared to pay Palo Alto prices (i.e. $8 for yogurt parfait).

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Palo Alto, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Known for the award-winning burgers and super-thick shakes, the Creamery offers a full range of comfort food plus daily specials you'd only expect in a "tablecloth" restaurant. Once you're seated, service is attentive and food comes without delay. The in-house bakery makes the burger buns, dinner rolls, cornbread (with tasty turkey chili), and incredible fruit pies and whoopie pies! We... More

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Reno Nevada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Visiting Palo Alto and one in our party got on a nostalgia jag...so we had to eat here twice. It is honest and the quality seems good. The pies, cinnamon rolls and the sticky bun were very good. We had breakfast and the eggs were very sweet and fresh. Good potatoes and homemade sausage. Get there early for breakfast to... More

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Palo Alto, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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