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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
5:00 pm - 9:00 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/Brunch, Reservations

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 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
A simple, relaxing place

Simple, fresh food in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. I had a nice house salad and a very good salmon provençal. Service was friendly and extremely fast.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Beachwood, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Ate breakfast with daughter and two granddaughters. Cups with crayons and coloring placemats are by the front door. High chairs available. Service fantastic. Waiter immediately brought the two girls a lidded water cup with a straw. Variety of customers - couples, business groups, families. We had french toast, fresh fruit, pancakes, eggs, corned beef hash - all superb. There is... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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114 reviews 114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Joanie's wasn't the cutest place or the most fun atmosphere, but damn that omelette was great (I had the combination, substituting bacon for the ham), as were the pancakes. The service was also especially efficient, our waiter was a pro. The restaurant itself is like what you'd see if you looked up the word 'cafe' in the dictionary. There wasn't... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I have been going to Joanie's for over 20 years and have had many wonderful meals. The staff is friendly, the ambiance casual, and he food is great! The filet of sole is one of my dinner standbys. It is extremely well done here and the portion size is immense. I also enjoy many of the other entrees including beef... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Simple, fresh food in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. I had a nice house salad and a very good salmon provençal. Service was friendly and extremely fast.

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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Good coffee, fast and friendlty service, and interesting stuff on the menu (like omelets with brie cheese)

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Had breakfast with business associates, this place has good food, efficient staff and pleasant. I would go there again and sort of spice up the food with condemned. Prices are reasonable and the menu is just right, its a place to have good food and feel comfortable.

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Pacific Grove, California
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83 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Came here on a rec from hotel when seeking a good breakfast while waiting for spouse to get out of surgery. Boy, was it just right -- perfectly cooked omelet and toast, good service. Highly recommended.

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Palo Alto, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Excellent food, always well-prepared. Nice portions, very reasonable cost, delicious, with friendly service. Not too noisy, so you can have a real conversation. A popular spot for breakfast and lunch-- often requires waiting. We love it for dinner, when it's less crowded and the food is good enough to bring guests. Our favorite spot in town!

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Albany, NY
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114 reviews 114 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Joanie's Café was recommended to us by the staff at the Coronet Motel when we were looking for a place to have breakfast. The menu is extensive, the food is very good and the service was fast and friendly.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Joanie's is a solid, old-fashioned style breakfast cafe, at which we've eaten several times. The menu is good and the service is friendly and efficient. On weekdays, it is a very enjoyable venue. Weekends, however, are another matter. The lines are invariably long -- and the food is not so good that it's worth the wait. Most distressingly, the waiting... More 

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Restaurant Details

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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