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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

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.

Thank Anurag A
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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622 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 826 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Peter B
San Jose, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Good-quality omelettes and scrambles, served with toast/muffins, jam, hash browns, orange juice. All cooked very nicely and served quickly. Sit inside or out on a nice day.

Thank Bob R
La Canada Flintridge, California
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78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We were in Palo Alto for a Stanford reunion and had wonderful meals the entire weekend and this one was right up there. I had the chorizo omelette and it was so great that my husband embarrassed me by commenting on how quickly I finished it. He had the Santa Fe burrito and didn't really finish but a moment after... More 

1 Thank chillynv
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

While visiting family in Palo Alto, we went to Joanie's for breakfast one morning. What a treat. The menu was very creative--I had the Hawaiian French Toast that include lightly grilled Pineapple and Bananas. The cafe is airy, well lighted, and the tables are far enough apart to carry on a conversation. Luckily, we got there early--right after 9 a.m.... More 

1 Thank looking4birds
Oakland, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

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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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

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 

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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, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids, 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?