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“Good food and friendly service” 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 #19 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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578 reviews 578 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 123 cities Reviews in 123 cities
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
“Good food and friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Joanies is a good place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It opens early for breakfasts and one can sit indoors or outside on pavement tables. The atmosphere is casual. You are greeted with a smile and service continues to be efficient. The prawns in lobster sauce on top of cheese ravioli were extremely rich but good and the garden burger was also fine. Mains are accompanied by fries, salad or fruit. The café is licensed and is good on wine but has a very limited range of beers.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Menlo Park, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Solid”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

If your looking for a nice comfortable place to get a descent meal Joanie's is fine. I liked it better before the move and remodel. Have been going for years.

Visited January 2013
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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Went a couple of times for breakfast in late July. Consistent. Pancakes good. Omelettes good. Hard to beat for breakfast.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“What a pleasure! Solid food and service, every time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

My son and I recently visited Palo Alto. We were rather hungry and tired after an exhausting 33 hour trip from our home in South Africa. A Palo Alto local recommended we go to Joanie's as it was within walking distance of where we stayed, and we promptly took the short walk for a late lunch. Wow! We were blown away by the efficient service and overall value offering, and subsequently went back again a few more times for breakfasts and lunches over the course of the next two weeks. We were really very satisfied with the following:
* Portion sizes are rather large (is this the USA standard?), and certainly take care of any hunger pangs;
* The speed of service (time taken from ordering to receiving our meals) is amazingly quick - every time!;
* The food is really fresh and wholesome;
* The waiting staff are very friendly and efficient;
* We specifically enjoyed the fact that both our chilled water glasses and coffee mugs were continuously refilled (until we could drink no more).

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Deservedly popular with the locals for brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

I lived in Palo Alto for years and we went to Joanie's nearly every weekend for a nice late breakfast. New location in 2012, but the same generous portions and yummy omelets. There will be a wait on weekends, but service is efficient and the waiting list moves pretty quickly. Good menu, nice people.

  • Visited July 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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