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Joanie's Cafe

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405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-6505
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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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

Food was delicious but table service was quite rough - coffee poured and overflowed onto table and then walked away. Plate dropped on table and waiters just a bit run off their feet. All that said, breakfast was very good.

Thank Mark B
Richardson, Texas
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250 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2017

Really fast and friendly service. The place is quite small and fills up quickly. We got here about 11:40 and were glad we did because there wasn't any seating by noon. Nice breakfast and lunch options. My husband had the chorizo omelet and hasbrowns. I had the Croque Monsieu with fries. I barely made it through 1/3 of what was... More 

Thank Kay K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

Delectable omelette. Fun specials. Tasty coffee. I like that a bowl of fruit (so fresh) is served with most all breakfasts

Thank Amanda V
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

Having been in Palo Alto for 5 months I discovered this gem early on. The omelettes are great, coffee bottomless and service spot on. Be warned you usually have to wait...but worth it very popular with the locals. Menu is varied, highly recommend the breakfasts. As my time here comes to an end, one thing for sure when back (usually... More 

1 Thank looby1971
Rescue, California
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 11, 2017

We've visited this cafe twice during our visits to the Stanford area and both times, the food has been wonderful and the service is welcoming.

Thank cardiokidz2000
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2016

The bacon, brie scarmble was fantastic, the raspberry muffin very good. I loved the breakfast, the place is kind if crowded so they try to hustle you out quick but the food is delicious. Highly recommend for a brucnh.

1 Thank Anurag A
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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634 reviews
375 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 847 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2016

Arrived on Sunday morning to a full restaurant and got a table within 30 minutes. Once seated service was prompt and cordial. Fresh squeezed orange juice was great. Food was served fast. My combo omelette was almost perfect except the egg was over cooked to brown. Hash browns were crispy and brown on the outside but undercooked and white inside.... More 

Thank Malice6
Carmel, California
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2016

This cafe is busy on the weekends - tables for 2 are much easier to acquire than family or large group tables. The food is generous in portion size and fairly predictable with flavor combinations. The menu prices have increased compared to the prices on their online menu listed on their website - website menu needs to be refreshed. The... More 

Thank Kris S
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Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

I happened across joanies on a Saturday morning on my last day before flying home. An amazing breakfast omelette, nice size and good hash browns and muffin , friendly staff with frequent refills, the couple next to me ordered a special of pumpkin pancakes which looked incredible with fresh fruit! I arrived about 830am and by 9ama significant queue for... More 

Thank Sal R
Harpswell, Maine
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336 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2016

This place was very popular with locals, but it didn't wow me for lunch. Ate at the counter, which was quicker than waiting for a table for two. Sandwiches were all fine.

1 Thank Peter B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: +1 650-326-6505

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