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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 38
    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
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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Chicago, Illinois
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147 reviews 147 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Joanie's is great for breakfast, brunch or lunch with good service and consistently good food. However, there is often such a long line that we don't get to eat here as much as we'd like to.

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Union City, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I work near this restaurant and there is nothing I have tried that is not excellent. There is always a crowd at lunch or breakfast, this is why I mostly order to-go and take back to office. They have been on California Ave for a long time, before it became restaurant row. You can't go wrong at Joanie's.

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Beachwood, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
52 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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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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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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91 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?