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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

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American, 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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8:00 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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Street Food

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  • 80
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  • 23
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  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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There are many old time diners and I am usually disappointed! My sister-in-law suggested we all meet here because we would be a group of 10. 6 of the 10 were children ranging in age from 3-13. My sister in law suggested Palo Alto Creamery because she knew it would have the space and a variety of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Lynette A
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San Francisco, California
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I wasn't all that hungry, but I'd had ice cream on my mind for days. And when I found myself in Palo Alto, I decided to search out the Creamery. As luck would have it, a parking space opened up just across the street and I headed in. I ordered a cup of delicious chili (which carried a nice little... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

There are many old time diners and I am usually disappointed! My sister-in-law suggested we all meet here because we would be a group of 10. 6 of the 10 were children ranging in age from 3-13. My sister in law suggested Palo Alto Creamery because she knew it would have the space and a variety of food. Our waiter... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A wonderful location set back in the 1950's. Palo Alto Creamery offers a wide selections of dishes that many of us remember from our childhood. But if you are interested in more modern choices check out their special of the day. Their milkshakes are thick and a real treat. Desserts are a perfect delight. I look forward to eating here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Typical grill fare, in a retro-stylish restaurant. All the traditional choices were there, with a surprisingly large selection of bottled beers. I liked the steak and eggs, and breakfast there was also fine. Clean, good service, friendly staff. If you feel like celebrating the "Bubbly Burger" is a standard burger that comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon... for $200... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Looking for that soda shop ambiance? Looking for great food, moderate prices, yummy pie, and ice cream? Here's where you get it. A friend and I stopped in for lunch just yesterday. I had white turkey chili. He had a hot pastrami on rye. Nothing was left when we were done. It was 2pm on a Saturday and the place... More 

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Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

good friendly service and great food from brunch savouries to ice creams - it became a regular visit for me

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

One of the best burgers in the Bay, great selection. Really good shakes too. The cake was a but disappointing as was one of the dishes we took. Stick to the burgers.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I can't visit Palo Alto without going to the Creamery. The complete diner experience with booths, jukebox, milk shakes with extra in the steel mixing cup, staff that shows up exactly when your coffee cup needs refills. Americana at its best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a great place for a superb hamburger and a Malt or Shake. Staff is good as well. It can get very crowded for Lunch on the weekend so come early.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Classic 40's-50's diner ambiance and fantastic food. I usually order a 3-ingredient scramble -- with chicken, spinach and cheddar (they have real chicken breast, not sliced or chicken sausage). Their wheat toast is thick, flavorful and homemade. Their coffee is full, rich, diner-style coffee, fresh and perfect at any time of day, every day of the year. I've been coming... More 

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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, 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?