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“Great atmosphere. Decent food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joya

Joya
339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-9800
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Ranked #17 of 273 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $83
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, South American
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Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere. Decent food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We were in Palo Alto for business and stopped by for a late lunch after a business meeting. We were thrilled we were able to get a table right away and the had someone taking our orders almost as soon as we sat down. Great!

We opted for the Joya salad and soup, which were both delicious. For our mains, we got the tacos on special - and while they were decent, the tacos lacked the flavour I normally would expect for a Latin restaurant: a touch on the bland side. Dessert was amazing, on the other hand... churro with dark chocolate sauce. To die for.

We'd go back again the next time we visit - we just might try something else for our mains.

  • Visited November 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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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Food, Lovely Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This place is always packed so it was that our reservation offered us a lovely table inside. Intimate setting but no overcrowding of tables. The wait staff was fabulous---we didn't have to wait for our water to be refilled, etc. They came without us noticing that our table was cleared for the next course, etc. The Spanish food was authentic and elevated. Everything looked really good and tasted delicious, from the appetizers to dessert. Great ambience also! Can't wait to make this a regular dining place for us!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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“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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