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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607 (University Ave)
(650) 323-3131
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Palo Alto Creamery is an old school diner / soda fountain in every sense of the word. The atmosphere and staff are incredible and the food is nothing short of amazing !!! This is an absolute "must do" in beautiful downtown Palo Alto!

Thank Mick K
Land O Lakes, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had lunch and the food was so so. The milk shakes are fabulous but they are really expensive and you have to pay extra for whip cream, cherry, etc. The waiter was nice but prices were too high.

Thank 13betty
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are tired of upscale, hipster type places, this is a good place to go to feel "back to the future". It's fun, has red booths, basic breakfasts, hamburgers, shakes. i took some out of town guests there and they loved it. Definitely a change from mainstream restaurants on University Avenue. It's been a staple for years, tried and... More 

Thank Joan R
Cambridge, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had breakfast here, and it's a very popular choice, with a wait line building up even quite early. Service was a little scattered, missing getting us toast for most of the meal. But other than that, friendly and reasonably professional. It ends up being a bit expensive for traditional breakfast food, but it is downtown Palo Alto, never a... More 

Thank richard_cambridge
Basildon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good breakfast place; busy and bustling but great service despite this. Lots of menu choices and great quality food. Expect a little wait for a table especially on a weekend but this is testament to how good it is.

Thank Paul M
Vancouver, Washington
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Remember the old, classic Palo Alto, in the days before the Masters of the Universe overwhelmed it? Well neither do I, but this is what we all envision as being the authentic diner from that era. Fact or fantasy, the historic signs, giant servings, pies, white clothed motherly servers and classic building make it all very real. Mid morning on... More 

Thank David P
atlanta, ga
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came in for a quick lunch when I arrived in town on business. Lots of people inside taking pictures with their food :) I had a patty melt cooked medium (it was perfectly cooked!) and fries. All very good!

Thank hopetoelope
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Service was great and food was good. A bit pricey for eggs & bacon, but worth it. Not a lot of old time diners in Palo Alto. This place est 1923...

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Winnie, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

We started off with the onion rings as an appetizer - very good old fashioned rings (served with Ranch). Then we had the banana shake (so good), vanilla shake & Oreo chocolate shake - love how they serve them in the chilled silver cups & a glass just like the old days!! I had the California burger with bacon and... More 

Thank Bretmcbunch
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

I was staying at the Epiphany just across the street. Went to PAC for breakfast once, then went back every day. First day I had the special, which was a crab omelette. Very good. Great if you're there to read the paper, or if you're in a hurry grab a seat at the counter. And, don't miss the selection of... More 

Thank FABourdain

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607
    (University Ave)
  • Public Transportation: VTA 35, Caltrain
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 323-3131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?