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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
+1 650-853-9800
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good50%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (98 reviews)
“paella” (22 reviews)
“yucca fries” (9 reviews)
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Bar, Spanish, Latin, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great quality tapas in a cool modern restaurant accompanied by an extensive wine list. A perfect place to go for a relaxed evening with friends or a business dinner.

Thank Cloud_Matt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Joya is a fun place to have Tapas. They have a large variety which is good for everyone's mood and palate and each item is excellent. If you haven't had yucca fries, you really need to try them. I had all my staff addicted to...More

1  Thank Terrie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was good, but not exceptional. The blend of tapa recipes from Spain, South America and Mexico resulted in an indiscernible cuisine. The wine list featured varietals from Spain, Chile, Argentina, California and Oregon. It is rather expensive for what is provided.

Thank FoodandWineTonight
Reviewed September 26, 2018

The perfect family meal after watching Carmen at West BayOpera. Attentive servers, good drinks and delicious food - so many choices, it's a good thing they serve small plates!

Thank Peggy W
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Joya is a very good restaurant but not a good value. The tapas are excellent but portions are very small, even recoginzing that tapas by their very nature are meant to be small plates.

Thank CalistogaGrower
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

We were first timers here for tapas/early dinner. We got seated at an open window area overlooking the pedestrian sidewalk. We enjoyed the different selections presented: kobe beef mini-burgers, latin empanadas, braised short rib tacos, calamari, and the delicious caramelized brussel sprouts. The 2 Manhattan...More

Thank BillF698
Reviewed July 11, 2018

We only tried three things, and I expect that my rating would be higher if we had been able to order more widely. But there were just two of us, so three things were plenty. All of the meals come in a tall tiered tray...More

Thank HollyR56
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We were a multi-generational party of six. Two of us had not been to Joya before and really liked it. We ordered a wide variety of Tapas, including octopus, shrimp and mussels, brussel sprouts. The mini hamburgers were outstanding and not to be missed. Lovely...More

Thank SLA37
Reviewed July 3, 2018

My wife and I ordered tapas sampler, yuca fries and caramelized brussels sprouts to start. We could have stopped there as portions were good but we also wanted to try the paella clasica which the food did not disappoint. The service was attentive and friendly;...More

Thank dyung991
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Good Tapas selection. The tacos were great as were the salads. Do not miss the brussel sprouts. Shrimp and mussels also good. Nice quiet venue. Good service. Makes a good martini. A nice evening out.

Thank gorlinjay
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January 2, 2015|
Response from KarenW710 | 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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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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