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“Great Breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joanie's Cafe

Joanie's Cafe
405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
650-326-6505
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Ranked #5 of 273 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Santa Clara, California
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264 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I love to go out for breakfast and Joanie's Cafe was no exception for a nice leasurly breakfast.
The homefries were great and I liked my Moccha!
The staff is very attentive and we never ran out of coffee, that is the first!
:-)

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Russian first
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English first
Palo Alto, California
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110 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wonderful breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I love eating breakfast at Joanie's Cafe! It is always fresh and hearty! The lunch is wonderful too. Their sandwiches are very tasty and the soups are delicious. I have never had a bad meal at Joanie's!

Visited August 2012
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Toronto
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583 reviews
365 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Fabulous breakfast!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

I met a friend here this morning on her suggestion. There was a wait - about 30 minutes - but totally worth it. We had a lovely table outsidfe. Extensive menu,eveything so fresh and yummy. Good service. Reasonable enough prices. Would come back in a heartbeat!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Palo Alto, California
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230 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Palo Alto Institution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We have been eating at Joanie's for 20 years (both at its present location and the old spot down the street). Our kids have grown up on their pancakes and French toast, and it is often their choice for dinner (in part, because you can get breakfast for dinner!) We tend to come more now in the evening as the wait isn't as long as it is in the mornings and you can satisfy your craving for an omelette and hashbrowns just as well. The restaurant does not take reservations. If it is busy, you simply sign the waitlist when you arrive, but they WILL NOT seat you if you are missing anyone from your group. It may seem a bit arbitrary, but it does ultimately improve the wait times for everyone in line. They have all the basic diner food, eggs, pancakes, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and everyone in our family tends to have a favorite that they order each time. In the evening, they offer about 4-5 dinner specials (flank steak, beef bourguignon, seafood crepes). The staff is friendly and quick. The portions are large. It isn't fancy, but there is a reason why it is so busy. You get consistently good food, and they are very welcoming to families - you will see lots of kids from high chairs on up.

Visited July 2012
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Saratoga, CA
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82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A Great Menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Nice to enjoy a restaurant with a full menu that allows breakfast items in the evening.

Good food, good service, enjoyable.

Visited May 2012
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