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“Good place to lounge”
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Ranked #15 of 361 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $83
Cuisines: South American, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Florence Street
Transit: Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
Description: From tapas to entradas, Joya Restaurant and Lounge provides a modern interpretation of the rich culinary lineage of Spain and Latin America. Joya is proud to have teamed with Shopworks (designers of W-Hotels in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego) to create a natural-hued, contemporary restaurant and lounge that imparts guests with a feeling of comfortable exclusivity. So if you are looking to enjoy a refined Latin-influenced dining experience, new age cocktails and festive live music, we invite you to join us at Joya Restaurant & Lounge.
Menlo Park, California
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good place to lounge”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Joya has a very nice lounge area, great sangria, good tapas- although some are not as authentic spanish as you may expect, but tasty nevertheless. The restaurant is also really neat, their paella is quite good. Overall, a trendy place in Palo Alto to go to if you cannot make it all the way to San Francisco.

  • Visited September 2011
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“nice setting, food and service”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

I have been going to Joya for at least a year. The cuisine, while it does not change very often (no specials or seasonal menus), is very tasteful and enjoyable. The restaurant itself is airy and with many windows and, if you're lucky enough, a couple of outside seats right on top of University Avenue itself. Service is pleasant enough, and it's a nice place to go out to lunch to on a nice day.

  • Visited August 2011
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Palo Alto, California
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great place to share tapas with friends.”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

First of all, Joya is NOT in East Palo Alto, it is in the center of downtown Palo Alto. East Palo is an entirely different city in another county!
My husband and I live within walking distance of Joya and go there often, usually with visiting friends. We always order from the tapas menu and share everything. My favorites are the chili salted calamari, the guacamole with New World chips, the gazpacho (which is the best anywhere). Actually, it is difficult to name all our favorites because there are so many to choose from. There is a very stylish full bar if you only want to go for drinks.
When the weather is warm the dining room is opened up to the outside, which is lovely.

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Thank plaidbeagle
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Menlo Park, California
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“wrong name, better tapas elsewhere”
Reviewed January 1, 2011

the name is joya, not la joya.

Authentic spanish tapas can be had two miles away at iberia in menlo park. otherwise, enjoy the slick room and good service. food is average, which is a problem at this price level.

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Thank bbulkow
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Hamburg, New York
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Most Expensive Tapas I've ever had”
Reviewed September 2, 2010

Joya has a great atmosphere and we had a great time. Good thing we had appetizers and drinks at our Hotel before coming because we spent almost $180 on Tapas, Sangria and Dessert and had we not eaten first would be starved...now yes, I aggree that tapas portions are small but for the price it was ridiculous...skip Tapas and go for the main entrees...that's what we'll do next time :)

We loved what we had:
papas bravas yukon gold potatoes, pimenton, with garlic 4
mushrooms al ajillo sautéed with fresh shallots and thyme 8
croquetas potatoes, pasilla peppers, english peas, smoked mozzarella cheese 6.5
dungeness crab cakes two crab cakes, pequillo peppers, corn, ginger chipotle aïoli 13
ceviche raw seafood cured in citrus, choice of: mango chili red snapper, coconut rock shrimp & bass, or halibut with roasted tomatillos 9.5 ea / 21 sampling of all three
scallops 9
churros with hot chocolate argentinean doughnuts alongside an ibarra chocolate dipping sauce 8
ice cream cookie ‘sliders’ trio of ice cream sandwiches with house-made ice creams of colombian coffee, ibarra chocolate & dulce de leche 8
joya tres leches flan traditional cream flan atop rich chocolate cake 8
caramelized pineapple butter cake served alongside house-made coconut ice cream 8
drinks: sangria, soda, coffee etc.

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Thank rbrown333
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