The Tapas were good. We had Charcuterie and Octopus.
Paella was far from being the best I had. Wouldn't recommend it.
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.
Delicious food great ambience
Our waiter was very personable and the food was excellent.
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.
Need more veg dishes
Margaritas could be better
Benito was great! He took great care of us, he was very attentive to all of our needs.
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.
It was a good experience, Food was tasty and plentiful.
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!
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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 😊