We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607 (University Ave)
+1 650-323-3131
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

266 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 250: English reviews
Level Contributor
37 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for breakfast based on reviews -I was sure happy. So much of the food here is homemade-bread, sausage etc. So it follows that the food is terrific. I had the Sausage Skillet breakfast & others had the Belgian Waffle & Pancakes-all terrific. No room for trying the homemade pie so we took one home-it was awesome. This is... More 

Thank Ki P
Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here everyday for brunch and each time the food was good and the service was great. I've never been to a diner and this is my first - what a nice diner experience for a first timer. It was. Ice that their Reuben was freshly made corned beef from their kitchen. They had excellent eggs, mushrooms and toast... More 

Thank TuttieG
Level Contributor
45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went there for breakfast. Very busy. Waited maybe 5 minutes. The food was excellent! The menu looked great for lunch & dinner too!Looked like an old diner or soda shop inside. Staff very polite, serve great! Make sure you stop in there if your every in Palo Alto.

Level Contributor
36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to go to for breakfast. Their corned beef is the best I have had in a long time. The Cajun scramble is very flavorful.

Thank pittman
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since I moved to the bay area beginning of the year, the Creamery has been a constant "go to place" when I have visitors and show them around Palo Alto. The breakfast menu is just what you expect (pancakes, waffles, muesli, fruits, ...) and the burgers are just as good - I can recommend all. The staff is pretty... More 

Thank Chris M
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a tasty, filling meal that is a great value and a trip to the simpler days, this is the PA spot for you. Extensive menu (breakfast, lunch, dinner), including daily specials, as well as a reasonable selection of beers and wines, but maybe better to try one of the many varieties of milk shakes instead. Fast but... More 

Thank stevefh
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very cute diner-style restaurant! The wait was no more than 15 minutes (Sunday at about 11:00am), the food was amazing (we had the Caribbean style french toast and a "custom" 3 egg scramble), and the service was fast and courteous. The had an excellent selection for all sorts of diets (particularly my pork-free diet) and taste palettes, and the prices... More 

Thank sultaana1981
Renton, Washington
Level Contributor
34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fun diner with super comfy booths. I enjoyed the turkey dinner, hubby had a burger and kiddos had spaghetti. Food was good, so was the service and we didn't have to wait for a table on a Friday night. Great pick for families!

Thank MP425
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Had a small family meal on a Sunday morning. Mostly sandwiches but my husband had breakfast including one of the best croissants ever. Sandwiches are OK+ but nothing really special. The staff and atmosphere is nice albeit loud and a bit crowded. The desserts - cherry crumble pie and brownie cheesecake -- are excellent!

Thank K H
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Oh this is a step back to a time when you ate naughty food...lots of it, sit in a 60's diner and listen to music. But enjoy great food, super service, and an ambience that will tajke you back a few decades. I love this place and will be going back soon, Our waiter Juvenil was so attentie and helpful,... More 

Thank TeresaTeaLady

Travelers who viewed Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill also viewed


Been to Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 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: +1 650-323-3131

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?