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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
+1 650-853-9800
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good51%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (93 reviews)
“paella” (22 reviews)
“guacamole” (19 reviews)
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Spanish, Latin, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Very nice deco. Food is good and well presented. Prices are correct. Large variety of tapas to share (that's the option we took). Waiters are attentive to you needs. Located on the main strip across from the Apple Store.

Thank Anne E
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Joya is a mid-range to upscale restaurant offering South American and Spanish cuisine specializing in Tapas. Perfect place to chill after work or on the weekend. Overall, good service and a variety of delicious food. I would recommend. We had reservations and were seated within...More

Thank Qualitypro3336
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

In classic downtown Palo Alto, I sat alone on the sidewalk seating. Food was great. Had to wait a little for a 2nd beer. Overall great experience.

Thank Roy S
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I'm not an expert in all South American cuisine, but the dishes here were very reminiscent of what we tasted at the best restaurant in Peru. The gazpacho was the best and presentation was beautiful. Both pulled pork and vegetarian empanadas. The pork was spicy...More

Thank CalifTravelerOne
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Bit of a mixed review here. The location is great, super people watching and the world going by, the service was very good also couldn't be faulted and the wine was also excellent. Unfortunately the food wasn't to match. We had the bravas to start...More

Thank barrogers
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The "Tapas" formula is really original with a long list of pretty delicious food. From the Kobe beef burger to the plate of cheese or the chorizo/shrimp one. Two big comments : table are quite small for four people when all your plates of tapas...More

Thank Chm-ontheroad
Reviewed 7 July 2017

A friend recommended Joya for tapas, and we were very pleased with the location and the food. It was a busy night, but beautiful weather, so we opted to sit outside. Not sure if being outside may have accounted for the slow service, but if...More

1  Thank GraceMarieGMC
Reviewed 18 June 2017

All of the food was very good, but expensive. Case in point, a pitcher of white sangria was $30. The empanadas were very tasty and they had a large selection. Each cost anywhere between $7 and $15 (the scallops). We also got a few deserts,...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We went to joya for a Saturday night meal. We had a Reservation and were seated immediately. The sangria hit the spot after a long day. We got a mixture of dishes including the ceviche three ways, sliders-these were especially good-quest fundido, and guacamole..the dessert...More

Thank pbmsmith
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We had lunch a few days ago. Food was very good and service excellent. Since we ordered both sampler plates, we asked if the ceviche from one could be substituted with another choice, so we didn't have 2 of the same ceviches. The chef agreed...More

Thank ei442
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3 January 2015|
Response from Karen W | Reviewed this property |
This is a restaurant, not a resort.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 83
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
    (Florence Street)
  • Public Transportation: Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-853-9800
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.
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