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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” (89 reviews)
“paella” (19 reviews)
“guacamole” (19 reviews)
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Spanish, Latin, Pub, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
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11 - 20 of 191 reviews

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
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

I sat at the bar, not having reserved and bring a single- had the hanger steak and yucca fries. Steak was ok and well cooked but heavy chimichurri sauce - yucca fries were tasteless. Wine ok also but at $16 a glass on the high...More

Thank AnabelleRome
Reviewed 12 March 2017 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
Reviewed 10 March 2017

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...More

Thank Immortalist
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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
Reviewed 22 February 2017 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...More

Thank JL T
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
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
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
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...More

Thank Manny510
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2 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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