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339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (Florence Street)
+1 650-853-9800
11:30 - 00:00
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Sun - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Plymouth, Michigan
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 empanadas were decent. Service was outstanding!

Thank JL T
Palo Alto, California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Stanford, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Fremont, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 corndogs.They also have an outstanding paella but be warned, it feeds two and takes about... More 

Thank Manny510
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483 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 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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104 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

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 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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 25 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 

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
    (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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?