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Joanie's Cafe

405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
650-326-6505
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Ranked #19 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Logan, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

One of the best breakfasts I had on my trip to the Bay Area. Palo Alto is a fun little town and the ambiance of this cafe fits right in with the surrounding area.

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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The food is delicious and the service is very fast. We got the create your own scramble which was very satisfying and one buttermilk pancake. One of the top breakfast places in Palo Alto!

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Palo Alto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Not world-class cuisine. But very good to excellent fare; excellent, attentive, friendly service; and just a comfortable place to be. Entirely welcoming.

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Palo Alto, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Good service, good omelettes. A Portuguese friend recommended this place to us and it is great for lunch and brunch. It gets really crowded on weekends.

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Clearwater, FL
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139 reviews 139 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My girls and I were looking for a great place for breakfast in Palo Alto, and after reading the reviews, headed to Joanie's. So glad we did! Our server, Flaminio, was quick and efficient. We literally had steaming plates in front of us in 10 minutes! I had the veggie scramble with feta and it was delish! They obviously cut... More 

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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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