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“Great Tapas!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joya

Joya
339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-9800
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Ranked #36 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $25 - $83
Cuisines: South American, Spanish, Tapas
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Florence Street
Transit: Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
Description: From tapas to entradas, Joya Restaurant and Lounge provides a modern interpretation of the rich culinary lineage of Spain and Latin America. Joya is proud to have teamed with Shopworks (designers of W-Hotels in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego) to create a natural-hued, contemporary restaurant and lounge that imparts guests with a feeling of comfortable exclusivity. So if you are looking to enjoy a refined Latin-influenced dining experience, new age cocktails and festive live music, we invite you to join us at Joya Restaurant & Lounge.
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Tapas!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Tried out Joya for the first time for my birthday luncheon. Nice restaurant, hostess not so great or friendly, but the wait staff was very good. We shared the Joya salad (just ok), shortrib tacos (the meat alittle dry), excellent brussel sprouts (anything with bacon is good), chorizo corn dogs (sausage was dry and hard), shrimp w/ sausage was very good, gacamole w/veg chips (excellent chips & gacamole), and finished off with the chocolate cake w/bananas and coconut ice cream & the churros w/chocolate sauce (excellent!) light and very crispy! We all decide we would definitely go back to try more dishes. A definite place to go to on University Ave in Palo Alto.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lompoc, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Awesome Paella”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My son and I shared the Classic Paella which included saffron rice, mussels, clams, chicken, chorizo, calimarI, scallops, and English peas. A nice upscale decor provided us a great environment to enjoy a classic meal with family.

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calif
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146 reviews 146 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've eaten at Joya twice and had a good experience both times. Service is very friendly and helpful and food is very good. Fun to go with a group so you can try lots of different tapas. Scallops were so tasty.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
“Trendy, hip place for tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

High ceilings and a New York style decor lend this place a cool vibe for after-hours mojitos and dinner.
I highly recommend to go for tapas to share with your friends.

Their empanadas are to die for as are their seared sea scallops.

Check out their menu often as they regularly offer special menus: Argentina week, Mexico etc....

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Southampton
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Nice place for tapas.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Joya is a very popular restaurant and you can see why as soon as you arrive. Very stylish, and delicious food. A highlight for me was the seared bay scallops with sweetcorn, but everythign we had was delicious.

Visited October 2012
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