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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716 (Florence Street)
+1 650-853-9800
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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98 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank capriskman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Joya is a great place to eat if you are planning to go to Palo Alto. It's not very expensive for the quality of food and service.

Thank Pedro G
Kfar Saba, Israel
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Was visiting Joya with my friend, the other day. We ate half of the plates on the menu, mostly seafood and vegetarian and enjoyed every part of it! Drank the most awesome Sangria and loved it! Actually, I think it was the best one I ever had!! The atmosphere is rich, the design of the place is luxurious and the... More 

Thank Bella K
Malmo, Sweden
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We had a management team dinner here in their private dining room, but while we all felt that the entrance through the backdoor in a dark alley almost made us shy away, the absolutely amazing food and top notch service made up for that, and during dinner we forgot that detail. We had three allergies which unfortunately weren't notified in... More 

Thank J H
Sunnyvale, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Below mediocre restaurant. I'll start with the pros: ambiance was great, very lively on Friday night. location is very central, right on university avenue. The restaurant has big front windows which they keep wide open when it's warm so you can sit inside but feel the buzz of the street, very pleasant. Service was ok, we were seated immediately with... More 

Thank Naomi2586
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

It was my first time in Palo Alto my cousin took me to all the beautiful places around this area then we decided to have an early dinner and my eyes took me here at Joya . We wanted to sit outside so they seated us where we wanted to be seated;) . The paella was divine & the soft... More 

Thank Melanie E
San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Generally the food is delicious and combinations of flavors are interesting. Once in awhile something goes awry in the kitchen. However that's so rare that we eat here often. The steak sandwich is fabulous. I have never had a bad soup. Today's gazpacho was the best one I've ever had. Server's are always friendly and helpful.

Thank thedofca
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

A great evening with friends and great staff - knowledgeable about the menu, friendly, quick to fix and replenish a spilled glass. The albondigas stood out for their savory comfort and the calamari was light and enjoyable as were the cocktails but some of the dishes were bland (the sauce for the sea bass in particular though the fish itself... More 

Thank A S
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101 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Having just been to Spain last week, I walked into Joya thinking I would relive joy of eating so much phenomenal tapas in and around Madrid. Joya over promises and under delivers. It is a good bar and hangout but don't go hear for its tapas. Everything I ordered was over salted, greasy, and cooked in the same oil. They... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?