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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 #11 of 336 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $83
Cuisines: Spanish, South American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Lompoc, California
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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199 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Bigpenny34
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San Francisco, California
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174 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank vorsoni
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Southampton
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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