Joya Restaurant & Lounge
Joya Restaurant & Lounge

Joya Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.joyarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6508539800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily from 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Open until Midnight on Thursday - Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Fabrice Roux
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: From initial design inception, Joya was envisioned to beautifully accomodate private parties. As such, Joya is a collection of unique, yet flowing separate spaces capable of hosting private parties from 8 to over 200 people in comfortable, modern style.
  • Private Party Contact: Jane Zakharchuk 6508539800x3
  • Entertainment: During the spring and summer seasons, Joya often hosts live Latin musical performances on its open air patio. The lastest event information is announced on our website: www.joyarestaurant.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florence Street
  • Public Transit: Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Abundant free parking adjacent to Joya in the multi-level Florence Street parking garage.
A word from Joya Restaurant & Lounge
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Joya Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (84)great for outdoor dining (48)good for groups (47)hot spot (45)vibrant bar scene (38)neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (36)great for lunch (30)romantic (28)notable wine list (21)late-night find (15)great for brunch (11)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Good food
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Argentinian stake was really tasty and customer service was excellent. Great work.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good wine, so so food
    winedine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a very nice looking restaurant -- we eat inside. We both ordered wine, I ordered the Argentinean Malbec, my friend ordered a sonoma sparkling rose -- both were great. Service was fast, polite, and attentive. The food presentation was appealing, but the food was somewhat underwhelming & lacked flavor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My family enjoyed our tapas lunch at Joya, as the Latin chopped salad, chicken tortillas, crab cakes, kobe slider burgers, chips & guacamole, and chicken sandwich were all very tasty. The service was attentive and dining at a street-side table made for a most enjoyable meal. Prices are reasonable and Joya is centrally located in downtown Palo Atlo. We will return one day in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    ellen
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We sat outside on a very nice night. Our waiter was very attentive (on the side of being too attentive) but the food was fabulous. We had cocktails, a couple of small plates and the polenta (which was excellent), a bottle of wine and dessert. All was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kikelinVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was OK but I was expecting a better quality. Portions are big and great appearance. It needs to improve in the taste, in the way its cook.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's the place to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The tapas was all delicious! Was there with a few friends and we tried most of the tapas --Good size portions, reasonable prices, good quality ingredients The restaurant has a high end feel without being snooty. The service was impeccable. Our server, Melissa was so nice and made sure all the tapas could be split evenly amongst the group. I will definitely be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You've got to be kidding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went here by chance and have been back 3 more times. Love the tapas food and sitting inside with the big windows open. Food prices add up fast and most dishes are very filling so don't over do your order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Delight!
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Looking for a lunch spot we had not tried in Palo Alto before and came across Joya. We were surprised and delighted with the wonderful Tapas we shared and would not hesitate to go again (in fact my friend loved it so much that she is going to have her weekly lunch group try it on their next outing). We'll be seeing you again Joya! ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Had a great time!
    FremontMandL
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It is a very popular lunch place. Our group of six tried and enjoyed many tapa dishes and the paella! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grizzlecat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    superb food, friendly staff and great for people watching
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Open Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a great time at Joya. I love that the doors are open. Food was very good too, especially the ceviche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistent
    KyraEVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We've been dining here since they opened and still a great restaurnt! The food are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all the way around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We enjoyed quite a few tapa's, cocktails, and one dessert. The food was fresh, well prepared, and tasted fantastic. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt without being bothersome. The Desert Heat cocktail was a flavor explosion in my mouth... AMAZING flavor combinations!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    such a great brunch! food and drinks were awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palo Alto Vibe
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Server was friendly and knowledgable. I had time to kill before my friend arrived and observed two big parties of business men/women sharing tapas and using their smart phones to take pictures, send emails . . . even egads . . . talk . Very entertaining. Hope to return when I'm in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • at at the bar
    SVnative
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We ate dinner at the bar and really enjoyed ourselves. The food and wine were great. Our bartenders gave us great service and the atmosphere was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun with a group
    BusinesslunchesVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoy ordering tapas to share and a paella for the table. This past time, the service was terribly spotty, I hope it was just an off night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Night at Joya
    bobbies75thVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have been to Joya many times. It is a great place for a light bite They have a nice selection of Tapas. Our only complaint is the service. It could be a bit more efficient and warm. Waiters need to be more interactive with their customers, as well as the hostess. What does it take to be friendly?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    In years of dining at Joya, I’ve never had a meal that was less than excellent. The tapas menu is superb, with a wide selection of dishes and ingredients, and each is well thought-out. Great preparation methods, perfect sauce accompaniments when appropriate, and just the right mix of flavors. The main dishes are equally great, with a shorter menu but enough choices to satisfy most people. The wine list is also selective, with some interesting by-the-glass and bottle options that complement the food very well. The service has been attentive and efficient every time I’ve been there: new silverware with each new plate of food (even after many tapas small plates), and patience in letting us order just a couple of small plates at a time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Both the tapas (and there are many interesting selections) and main entrees are wonderful. I've been coming here for years and have always had an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food is great. My only suggestion is that if you are ordering the Tapas, you should specify that you want the dishes to come out one at a time (if that is what you want) otherwise they bring them all at once which is very annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovejoya
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Love the Paella!! Should place the order ahead because it takes 30-40 minutes. Good place for special occasions. Love it when there's a special treat for birthday: I got fresh fired churro with dark chocolate dip, not to mention a candle with it!! My girlfriends and I really enjoyed our lunch there. Love the ambiance and the place is not noisy at all so we can actually have conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    In town on business and selected Joya. Perfect choice for five of us- great food and pretty diverse wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Perfect place for a business lunch. Delicious food and fun outdoor space.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as Always
    DaveV
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great small plates and tapas. Fun atmosphere in heart of Palo Alto's downtown "scene".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • albertVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Tapas are really good. It is a fun place to go on a date or group of 4 to six friends and share tapas. Very good service and nice ambience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas for dinner
    FamilyFirst
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    There is enough variety on the tapas menu, that we ordered several and that was what we had for dinner. It's a pricey way to go though, ended up being around $40 per person for the table. The wine by the glass menu lacks diversity. Food was great, spicy, tasty, and came quickly. Wait staff is a bit condescending to kids for a Palo Alto restaurant. It's our second time there, and found this to be true both times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great--as usual
    Somethingood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We order tapas and share them for a great meal. The chipotle chicken and rib tacos are favs, but so is everything. We like to request an outside table, so it is not noisy. We are not sure about noise inside. We come here when friends are visiting, because everyone can find something to eat, and all of it is well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the flavor?
    Toddy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food prep was good, the ingredients were great, but it lacked flavor or kick. Our server was just outstanding and recognized immediately that we didn't care too much for the food. He brought us various sauces to augment the flavor, but it wasn't for us. The ambiance is good and there was an eclectic mix of people there. From young professionals to families as well as office parties. Then there was one group that was trying to eat tapas like rice out of bowl with chopsticks. It was rather amusing to watch them. The wine selection was average, but it was presented rather well. I must confess that I'm more educated than the average wine aficionado about wine, so it does take a lot to impress me with wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Joya
    Cinda
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was very good and service was great. We would return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Paella
    PCatUC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Must order the paella. The menu said serving 2 but it is really large. It can definitely fill up 4 people. Cocktail is pretty good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Paella is amazing. Order it in advance as it takes 45min to make. Ceviche, Taco's etc. were all great. Service was slow, and although we had an 8PM reservation, we were finally seated at 8.30. It then took at least 10min for the waiter to greet us and take our order. The tapas came quickly, food is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an average fusion restaurant
    beriozzaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Good service, but one would expect more from sshef's estaurant
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rude and incompetent hostesses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were treated rudely by 2 female hostesses who seemed to have difficulty understanding the reservation system at their desk. They could not locate our reservation and required us to produce our confirmation. Once that was done they did finally see our reservation on their system. No apologies for this and refused to seat us at one of the empty tables for two in the section we requested stating that they were reserved. Very unpleasant experience. Waitress was fine but did not warn us that we had greatly over ordered and we ended up taking a lot of food home. Have eaten here before but probably would not bother with this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vibrant location in PA
    FoodierachVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This is one of my go to spots for date nights in PA. The price and food is reasonable and good. It is located on the Main Street of university ave, so it's easy to find especially to use as a landmark. The service and food are average, I use this place mainly for the convenience of locating it. The interiors are better than most restaurants in Palo Alto. Def recommend this place for HH, brunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, watered down drinks
    wateredDownMojitos
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I normally make a meal of the tapas selection (which is great. Must try the tostados), this time ordering a couple of Mojitos. I don't normally order an alcoholic beverage from this place as they specialize in wine (and that's not my thing) but I got the Mojitos and they tasted like water with a slight flavoring. Even the mint or lime wasn't coming through in them at all, and definitely not any alcohol.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summertime Tapas
    JMSTravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – the front wall opens up for an outside feel from the inside, very pleasant. We shared tapas. The pink taro and spinach croquetas were delicious and the sautéed gambas deserve a return visit. Everyone liked the dungeness crab cakes and ceviche. The chipotle chicken tostadas finished things off quite nicely. Their white peach sangria - house-made with fresh fruit and sauvignon blanc wine - was very refreshing. The atmosphere is very casual and lively and the service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rainbow
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Kobe beef mini-burgers were fabulous. Everything else was also great: ceviche, crab cakes, paella, short rib tacos, deviled eggs, scallops, churros, etc. Waitress was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • entre
    diningdelightsVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The seabass entre was very very average, too dry, no flavor, not done well. It needed a light sauce of some kind. Their appetizer of cheese and charcuterie was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food vibrant ambient
    latino
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was very good, prices were reasonable and the ambient was very friendly and casual. I'm planning to come back with my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic