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“Excellent Tapas, great service” 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.
Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Excellent Tapas, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This restaurant was great for a business lunch. Tapas perfect size for sharing lots of little plates which will fill you up. Laquered short rib tacos were delicious, as were very crispy fried calimari, roasted brussel sprouts, and crab cakes--lots of spice/heat. No need for main course with all of these appetizers. Very reasonably priced for the quality and amount of food.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Pflugerville, Tx
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Food & Service..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Service was great. Staff was friendly and very accommodating. A special place to go for dinner with friends & family.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
55 helpful votes 55 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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