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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716 (Florence Street)
+1 650-853-9800
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Loveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed dinner as a large group on a business trip. The selection of tapas was unique and every dish was delicious. All seafood selections were incredible. The service was a tad slow. The lounge area was nice for an after dinner drink

Thank Gina R
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very fresh seafood for the seafood lovers out there but there are good traditional protein meals and vegetarian meals as well. If you come during the lunch hour, they have a power lunch menu that allows you to pick and choose from a variety of options. For those who are into wine, they do have a pretty good wine selection.... More 

Thank Immortalist
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Celebrated daughter's birthday dinner at Joya. highly recommend reservations especially on a friday night. Enjoyed the trio sampler of ceviche. Ordered 5 different tapas and was more than enough food for 2 people.

Thank Elle R
Plymouth, Michigan
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went here after a long day at the office. It was very busy...but they have a very comfortable lounge area where you can order drinks and tapas...perfect for a group! Good selection of cocktails. Recommend the short rib tacos. The ahi, crab cakes, and empanadas were decent. Service was outstanding!

Thank JL T
Palo Alto, California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Beautiful restaurant, really terrific food. Sit at the large open windows, not easy to get in and they are open all day so plan a late lunch or early dinner for easy seating.

Thank bnadine
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Easy to find in the middle of Palo Alto (immediately opposite the Apple store) super efficient and friendly service and great pan Latin food. Lots of space for big parties. Very much recommended.

Thank NickB67
Stanford, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

What a terrific selection of tapas! Excellent for a group dinner -- lots of variety, plenty for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores. Not too noisy, and good service.

Thank Shelley F
Fremont, California
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I've been to Joya several times over the past several years. They have yet to disappoint me. They have a good range of tapas to choose from - including delicious Dungeness crab cakes, Ahi tuna tartar, Kobe sliders, Chipotle Tostadas, and my absolute favorite, Chorizo corndogs.They also have an outstanding paella but be warned, it feeds two and takes about... More 

Thank Manny510
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348 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We were walking down the street looking for a spot to have lunch and I saw Joya. What a pleasant spot. The restaurant was not crowded because we were early. My Cuban sandwich was great and the yucca fries were really yummy. Everyone in our group commented on how delicious three food was. This was a great lunch choice!

Thank ADolores
San Francisco, California
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115 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The restaurant delivers a modern Mexican fusion menu extremely well. The tapas are of particular interest and can provide a culinary journey. The service was quick and expedient. The atmosphere swings from laid back at lunch to energetic in the evening. The restaurant has a modern decor, however, it can be a bit loud when crowded. The window seating provides... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$83
Spanish, Latin, South American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?