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Joanie's Cafe

405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-6505
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good41%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“hash browns” (22 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly service and best breakfast in Palo Alto. Can be a long wait on weekends, so come early!

Thank NH G
Reviewed August 28, 2018

We were not alone in wanting to go for lunch at Joanie's on a weekend. But, it was worth the wait. The food is excellent. The service was very good, not excellent because it was so busy. We ending up sitting at the counter &...More

Thank MarcieBCA
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Joanie's has been around a long, long time and serves very good food. Burgers, salads, sandwiches, pancakes, you name it _ they have it. Well prepared, fresh ingredients. Not earthshaking but good.

Thank Susie B
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday morning. There was a brief wait at 8 am. The place was full and the seating is cozy( tight) but the service was prompt. The menu has lots of healthy and vegetarian options. We tried a sample of items( pancakes,...More

Thank jellico1024
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Everyone in my family enjoyed our breakfast at Joanie’s. We got there around 9 and waited about 20 minutes for our table. Your entire party must be present to be seated and there is no call ahead. If you want to sit outside they have...More

Thank Jenna D
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

Found this place the night before looking for a Sunday brunch stop on our trip from San Fran to Carmel with stops at Stanford and Silicon Valley for our teenagers. Being from the East Coast I appreciated this place’s laidback vibe...the neighborhood’s as well. By...More

Thank Chris W
Reviewed July 9, 2018

I've been eating breakfast at Joanie's for over 25 years now; the quality and service have been consistently excellent. The hash browns really are the best in the area; crisp but not too fatty, done through but still a little soft. People like the various...More

Thank kantarjiev
Reviewed July 3, 2018

Good food and great energy. Excellent service. Be prepared to wait for seating, but enjoy coffee as you do.

Thank Donald G
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

This place is solid. Great food and prepared with care. Be prepared for a long wait on weekends. Extremely fresh fruit and veggies. Love the staff. Sunday is great because of the farmers’ market.

Thank mdh95070
Reviewed June 19, 2018

We loved this place! By popular demand, we ate here three times. Portions are generous and you can have fruit (super fresh and fragrant) and a muffin or hash browns (perfect) and toast (the sour dough is excellent). The restaurant was crowded each time we...More

Thank PRSnorkeler
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-6505
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