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Joanie's Cafe

405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-6505
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good43%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (13 reviews)
“hash browns” (20 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
405 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for a sunny, well appointed little place for breakfast with good coffee, very good food, and attentive staff? This is it.

Thank MadisonMatt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very small restaurant with no space to wait, food was okay. I asked to have additions(veggies) to my plate of potatoes but the waiter said they could not do it yet all these veggies they could put in an omelette?? Not a return eating place...More

Thank 1968Travelbug
Reviewed 9 April 2018

My notes on food and service still apply, but unfortunately Joanie's management decided to end dinner service when the owner opened another restaurant just two doors down the street. Very sad for those of us who loved Joanie's for dinner. But I still highly recommend...More

Thank Jeanie S
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

When traveling we really enjoy eating at a local place and this one did NOT disappoint. With the hostess calling out names in a calming and lyrical manner to the attentive staff down to the FULL portions...take a stop here to enjoy the food and...More

Thank Princess_Sondra
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

A lot of interesting options on the menu. Smoked salmon omlette and Mexican scramble were both great meals. Every bit was eaten. My kids both got French toast. The Hawian French toast with grilled bananas and pineapple was wonderful, however the cherries and berries French...More

Thank belindam
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

I am giving 2 stars because it seemed clean and staff was friendly. The sausage and bacon were burnt. The feta omlette was super bland, I added salsa which helped a bit. Only decent thing was fruit which came with the meal.

Thank Annie H
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Be prepared for long lines, especially during sunny weekends, but the truth is you won't find better place to eat tasty breakfast in the neighbourhood. There is a waiting list you should sign right after coming here. Crepes and Benedicts are exceptional, always fresh, warm...More

Thank Acidov
Reviewed 3 January 2018

We came here every day for a week while visiting Palo Alto recently: the meals are very well prepared and the service is great. While some may complain about the prices, being from New York means that we are not put off at all. I...More

Thank Stuart R
Reviewed 10 November 2017

It's good but typical. But I the lines are due to the small number of tables, rather than the food, IMO.

Thank suraimcfly
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Wonderful place - great food and service. Food it prepared carefully, and with excellent sides. Hashbrowns are wonderful. Omelets are done to perfection. Lunches have large portions.

Thank paulbeirne
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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