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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607 (University Ave)
+1 650-323-3131
07:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 08:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 07:00 - 22:00
Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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San Francisco
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

The art deco decor is attractive. But. The food - especially the breakfasts and hamburgers - are so so at best. Where do they find such thin, unsatisfying eggs? Costco? In a time when really good hamburgers are all over the place this one might have been served at a lunch counter in 1960. And the prices are way too... More 

1 Thank Mike42SanFrancisco
Pisa, Italy
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

I was here many time during my stay at Stamford. It is a really nice diners type restaurant. For any age. I never took anything else than a hamburger and friends and I was never disappointed.

Thank lucavercelli_72
Palo Alto, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

Peninsula Creamery is everybody's favorite for just good old American food. Had my first BLT on toast and thick strawberry shake at what we then called PenCry back in 1946. Now 69 years later that's still a great menu option for lunch there. Of course now they have added lots of "real food" to their menu, especially at dinner time.... More 

1 Thank Bob1936
Palo Alto, California
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

We've only had the pies (ordered two for our Thanksgiving celebrations) and man were they good! Sat at the counter and tried the cherry crumble and apple, and decided to go with the apple and pumpkin. Both were delicious and a big hit - plus they come in a glass pie plate so you can even pass them off as... More 

Seattle, Washington
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

We stayed at the Epiphany Hotel across the street and we ate breakfast here twice during our 4 day stay. It was very convenient to the hotel and the breakfasts were good. We walked by several times during the dinner hour and it was full every time, every day. We took that as a good sign. American food and the... More 

Thank Susan A
Palo Alto, California, United States
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99 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Large portions of bland food. Good for families. It is a little pricey for what you get. Mediocre breakfast, but the banana cream pie is the best!

Thank Karen W
Bicester, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

We ate initially as a family group of five but then returned later in the week as a couple. We enjoyed the American Diner atmosphere and decor. The food was also good diner style selection. There is a bakery which produces fruit pies which look very good (but the main was too satisfying to allow me room to try a... More 

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Ribeirao Preto, SP
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308 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

It is an american restaurant, with all the common options, but tasting very well. Breakfast, burgers, milk shakes, an option of wine and beers, the place is busy, not romantic, good for a fast dinner.

1 Thank raferria
Marlow, United Kingdom
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497 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

This has the look and feel of a NY diner. The service was excellent and the food delicious. It's a special treat and surprised the local Bay Area folks who are so health conscious eat here, but the food is great. I had the hash brown baked pie with two eggs! Yes two eggs! Delicious. Highly recommended but be prepared... More 

Thank tanagogo1
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Everything looks delicious, but we just come here for the creamery part. They have great shakes and great ice cream. Everything is very old fashioned and malt shop looking. My only complaint is that I always order hot fudge and ask them to go heavy on it. This is the only place I have ever been to that charged you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607
    (University Ave)
  • Public Transportation: VTA 35, Caltrain
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-323-3131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?