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Joanie's Cafe

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405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Oakland, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We checked the "Yelp" reviews for a good breakfast place on a Saturday in Palo Alto (we're from the East Bay - Oakland). The restaurant and outdoor seating are both very attractive. Our server and bus person were very attentive and super friendly. That said, our food was very average. We both ordered the omelette special: prosciutto, salsa, cheese on... More 

Thank duffylarson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You know when you wake up in the morning and you KNOW exactly what you want to eat for breakfast? Well for me on this particular Friday, it was pancakes. More specifically, blueberry pancakes. My husband and I were meeting family for breakfast at Joanie's. I haven't been here in years and they moved to a new location since my... More 

Thank Sheree G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent lovely morning there and had great food. Fresh ingredients. The location is nearby google office which makes a nice stop after visiting Google campus.

Thank Kevin C
Palo Alto
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Our daughter and her husband recommended Joanie's, and despite misgivings (they spend so much time rock climbing and extreme hiking in Yosemite when not engaged in studying/lab work, one wonders what they usually eat for breakfast), I met them there for breakfast. We ate outside (I had our border collie with me), and it was delicious, and the service was... More 

Thank Timothy R
Nome, Alaska
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177 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

They charged me 50 cents (no notice given) for low sugar syrup for my pancakes (which tasted like sawdust). their prices are absurd...they engineer the dishes to cost more by adding cheese and other things. Ever since they discontinued dinner the place has gone downhill. Joanies acts frantic to charge too much...cant even get a tuna sandwich.. just pick a... More 

Thank Magellan008
Stanford, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

We have been going to Joanie's for many years. The omelets are super and the service is very good. We love that they welcome us as old friends and that the food is so fresh and well presented. There can be long lines on weekends. So getting there early is suggested.

Thank HenryandNancy
Izmir, Turkey
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194 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

I like very traditional breakfast done to perfection. I ordered Joanie's medley with bacon, poached eggs, hash browns and pancakes. Everything was cooked perfectly! It was waaaaay too much food: 2 eggs, 4-5 pieces of bacon, 2 huge pancakes and like 6-8oz of hash browns. But no matter how many hashbrowns, eggs and pancakes you throw on a plate, at... More 

Thank Funkus1
Warminster, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

We were in Palo Alto to visit Stanford University with my daughter. Found Joanie's Cafe to be a wonderful location for breakfast! Coffee was hot & tasty. Pancakes were fluffy & my husband's sourdough toast was delightful...it came with homemade jam. Delicious! Opted for outside seating and was not disappointed with service! Would certainly return to location the next time... More 

Thank Luv2Travel8500
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

We landed in San Francisco in the early morning and went to Joanie's with our son's family. The food was yummy. I had lunch while the others had breakfast and we all loved our meals. My tuna melt was great and the coffee was perfect. A refreshing break after a long flight.

Thank ADolores
Los Altos, California
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Visited Joanie's on several occasions, breakfast is best, lunch is very good for burgers, OK for salads. It can be noisy, but its a popular place especially on Weekends.

Thank tennisplayer35

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-326-6505

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