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Joya Restaurant & Lounge

1318 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
Top Tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Joya Restaurant and Lounge provides a modern interpretation of the rich culinary lineage of Spain and Latin America. If you wish to experience a refined Latin-influenced dining experience, new age cocktails and festive live music in a comfortable, contemporary atmosphere, we invite you to join us at Joya Restaurant & Lounge.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday 11:30 am - Midnight
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(650) 853-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Judith Lopez
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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.
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Private party contact
Nancy Morita: (650) 440-4798
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Cross street
Florence Street
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Parking details
Abundant free parking adjacent to Joya in the multi-level Florence Street parking garage.
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Public transit
Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
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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:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1318 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Frenchyalex (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The Tapas were good. We had Charcuterie and Octopus.
Paella was far from being the best I had. Wouldn't recommend it.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great experience, would definitely return for another meal. Ordered paella and chicken mole, both of which were well made. The best part, however, was the tapas. Next time, I'll probably just order several of those. I would recommend the bacon-wrapped dates in particular; they were delicious.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food great ambience

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Our waiter was very personable and the food was excellent.

Spence (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

I have not been to Joya for quite awhile. I have to say the food is not as good as it used to be. Sad. I really did like this place. I guess I will not be going back.

Sudip (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Good experience
Need more veg dishes
Margaritas could be better

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Benito was great! He took great care of us, he was very attentive to all of our needs.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was great. We had the Paella ad it was really good. We also tried the red sangria, it was also really good. I can't wait until I go back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

It was a good experience, Food was tasty and plentiful.

MariC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Tapas were great, service was great! I enjoyed the nice relaxing seating by the window. We are planning to return soon to try out more tapas!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

If you are vegetarian, you will be very disappointed. Dined here for the second time with another vegetarian, hoping that the menu options would have improved since the previous dining experience in 2017, but we were again disappointed.

The only vegetarian option was the "guacamole and new world chips". The "vegetarian paella" was rather meh, having an odd smoky flavor (not quite mesquite, but something close). The only other vegetarian options are oily, deep-fried appetizers: "chickpea & corn croquetas", veggie "latin empanadas". These were very very unhealthy and not especially tasty.

Also, the mixed drinks were unremarkable. I ordered the "Dessert Heat" which was described as a "hot" or "spicy" drink (jalapeno) but couldn't have been more tame. I sent it back due to lack of "heat" and received a slightly more spicy drink, but still disappointing and not worth my money.

Overall ambience, service and location is good, but the lack of vegetarian options and average drinks will keep me away.

vipMaurice (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Joya is truly a gem right in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. Although a bit pricey, the food is great, the service was spot-on and all the window seating is special. Ask for Gary. He is my favorite Waiter. Tell him Mo said so!!!!!

BarronParklocale (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

It was my wife's birthday and she loves Joya, and she (and me) was not disappointed. We had some of her favorite Tapas, very well prepared, and a delicious Sangria. Joya gave her a complimentary desert - churros with hot chocolate sauce with a birthday candle (photo). We came early, around 4:30, and the restaurant was not crowded - it's a good time to come and relax. Service was great.

vip2Picky (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

Having eaten here a few times, I have noticed the quality has gone down over time. It's a popular place and food is good, but not the best place I would recommend for Tapas.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and lovely decor. I booked through open table and mentioned that it was our anniversary in the special occasion box. We decided we wouldn’t get dessert but they brought us out a free dessert for our anniversary. It was a nice touch 😊