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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 #8 of 316 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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night, Street Food
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University Ave
Transit: VTA 35, Caltrain
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Ashland, Oregon
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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Sacramento, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had a awesome breakfast here. Their specials really are special! They bake their own breads, and we had divine almond-encrusted brioche French toast served with fresh peaches. WOW. The atmosphere is authentic diner (dating back to the roaring 20's), the service is friendly and speedy, and still the food is fresh, verging on gourmet. This is a really nice... More

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San Francisco, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

The onion rings and desserts are to die for! This is a great informal place for a group that can't decide where to go. Breakfast all day, mac and cheese, full dinners, sandwiches, seafood all looked yummy. If you want a glass of wine, they have that too. The baked goods are fresh. Had a steak sandwich (I know, boring!)... More

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Mid Atlantic
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Best milkshakes ever and a fun local favorite. We started going here decades ago; glad to say we loved its retro-greatness then and still do. Super fresh food cooked to order. Great selection of standards as well as newer entrees. It is refreshing to find a classic diner-style restaurant in Palo Alto. Traditional favorites reign--try a club sandwich. Breakfast all... More

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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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