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Joanie's Cafe

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405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
650-326-6505
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7:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 40
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  • 43
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good breakfast, with choice of outdoor, counter, table seating.

Have now stopped at Joanie's a couple times for breakfast. Today's breakfast was on a Saturday around 9am. They had a short wait, so we grabbed counter seats for two. Was great that the busboy came by quickly to see about drinks, and the coffee was there moments later. Thank you!! Was then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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San Francisco Bay Area
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San Francisco Bay Area
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Have now stopped at Joanie's a couple times for breakfast. Today's breakfast was on a Saturday around 9am. They had a short wait, so we grabbed counter seats for two. Was great that the busboy came by quickly to see about drinks, and the coffee was there moments later. Thank you!! Was then quite a bit of time before our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Good for b'fast, lunch, dinner. Sandwiches, etc.. Wait staff friendly and efficient. Pleasant atmosphere.

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

5 chatty folks at a table who were very hungry enjoyed quick service and delicious salads with all the right kinds of ingredients. No funny looks when we made special requests. We all ate way too much of the good bread. Glasses were constantly refilled. Price was easy on the wallet. It's the perfect diner!

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Santa Clara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Great breakfast. I had whole wheat pancakes and they had that golden brown color with taste to match. Also had the Veggie Scramble, which was scrumptious. No gluten toast. Very good!

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

If you can get one of the few tables outside you can have a leisurely breakfast with lots of choices. The goat cheese and artichoke omelet was heavenly along with a plate fresh fruit that was perfect. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We found Joanie's on a Sunday morning for breakfast. We had googled a few other Palo Alto breakfast spots but they didn't open till 9:00am on Sunday's!!! Joanie's was a great surprise!!!! Wonderful spot on the corner of California Avenue. We watched the Sunday morning Farmers Market set up. The food was perfect!!!! I ordered the Huevous Rancheros and my... More 

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Palo Alto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Best Breakfast in town. There's often a wait, but it's worth it. Pancakes with fresh fruit…a winner. Great coffee, great service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Food was OK. Staff was OK. Nothing really fancy, nothing special. A place like thousands others when it comes to aforementioned things. The pricing though, it's too high for what you get. And there's no WiFi.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was a very convenient location and the high rating and local reputation is well deserved. Service was exemplary (especially Luis), the menu had plenty of variety and the food was well-prepared and attractively presented.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Eggs Benedict and Crepes Bretonne were the best and large portions. Fresh mushrooms and delicious fruit. Coffee could be better. It was more "diner" coffee than specialty coffee.

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Additional Information about Joanie's Cafe

Address: 405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
Phone Number: 650-326-6505
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-326-6505
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?