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About Joya Restaurant & Lounge

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.

339 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday 11:30 am - Midnight
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Florence Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 853-9800

Website:
http://www.joya.com/

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

Parking Details:
Abundant free parking adjacent to Joya in the multi-level Florence Street parking garage.

Public Transit:
Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Judith Lopez

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:
Nancy Morita: (650) 440-4798

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us Christmas Eve for our Chef's Special Holiday Tapas list and Seasonal cocktails. Pre-fixed menu selection available for guests as well as general menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Let us help you kick off your NYE celebration with a special selection of Tapas and treats before you ring in the New Year! Special NYE menu to be released in December

Joya Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was mediocre, one order (1 out of 5) failed to arrive. We waited for five minutes and then asked about our missing order, and was told it needed up at another table. Place was not busy, so I’m not sure what happened. Food was just so-so.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Perfect family celebration; great atmosphere and staff service

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have been going to La Joya for special occasions for several years. Saturday night was the best it's ever been! Love the take on guacamole and chips, the churros were to die for.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We ordered the vegetable paella @ $30., the presentation was at best sloppy and should have never left the kitchen. There were large chunks of various vegetables that could and should have been bite sized. Worst of all were the large wedge cut pieces of red onion laid on top that were unpeeled and still had the root end with roots still attached.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food was great but wait staff preferred to chat among themselves rather than wait on tables. Our server was 10 feet away and never looked over or came to check on how we liked our food choices. IT was pretty irritating.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Celebrated our anniversary and had some wonderful food and a pitcher of some amazing red pineapple Sangria!!! Would definitely come again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and service highly recommended!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was great. Food was great. Cocktails were great. We will definitely be back 😊

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Tasty Croquettes!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

After hearing good reviews about the food, we decided to go for our date night, which is very special since we have kids and always hard to get away. We arrived 10 mins early and was seated right away with the menu. We proceeded to sit for 10 mins without anyone greeting us or offering us water. Finally, a waiter passed our table and asked if we had been helped. He said he's not our waiter but was able to take our orders. Then for the next 60 mins, we got 3 tapas. The staff who clears the plates or refills our water did a great job. But no one ever inquired if everything came out well or if we needed anything else since that's a waiter's job. We didn't even try to order more food, fearing how much longer the wait will be.
We had to flag the guy who took our order after waiting 10 mins in order to pay . And he was not the first staff we tried to get attention. We left the restaurant still hungry and truly disappointed that we spent our date night here. I would never recommend this place unless you are willing to wait a long time for food or go with a larger group so not easily ignored. And of course, the table of 5 next to us were getting plates after plates delivered while we were waiting for our food :(

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was awful and food average, been here many times before and may only come back to sit at bar...sangria and yuca fries were the only stand out items of the night...server had another server bring out bday dessert without a candle but we weren't even ready for it, wanted to order more food, then when we were ready for it they brought out with no candle and I saw our server singing "happy bday" to another table...worst experience ever!!!!thank god the company was great and we enjoyed ourselves despite the awful service.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

The restaurant called me the day before to confirm. I requested a change in the name of the person the table was booked for. They confirmed the name. But when the person went there, there was no booking. It was done for the CTO of my company and I ended up looking like a fool !

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Server did not gather dishes before bringing more drinks or tapas.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Horrible service. And very poor cocktails --everything was watered down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great service. However, the foods are below average...

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful mixture of tastes and textures at Joya--ceviche, croquetas, empanadas. All delicious. The lighting is lovely and the ambience restful and fun. Service was okay, seemed a little distracted but nice. Highly recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was delicious, definitely worth the price. Our service was taking a bit longer and had to wait to get the waiter to come to the table. Overall, very good.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The last time we were here, the empanadas were delicious. This time they were not so good. The calamari were undercooked. The mojitos were good, and so was the service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I am writing this review because I love the restaurant and have many happy memories. I want to give feedback because that is probably more important than just getting stars.

The service was excellent. However, the tapas sampler was only okay. The items did not complement each other. I was making an exception by eating meat since the quantities were small. We also ordered the new world chips with guacamole but the guacamole had no salt.
The braised short-rib tacos were really tasteless.

You now have 2 dissatisfied customers. My date and I discussed it the next time we met and we both agreed that the food was a disaster but the walk afterwards was good.

The previous visit: I walked out because the waitress said that there was no way we could get a vegetarian version of the Tapas sampler, something the chef has been making for us for 4 years. Very rude and snobbish. Sigh.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The service was extremely slow and the staff spent a lot of time chatting with each other standing by the bar versus serving customers. I had the sliders with chorizo. The sliders were extremely dry and one had to slather them in the aioli that I requested on the side to get any level of moisture into the food.

Overall, the facility is very good.

One more item, they failed to sign me in as using my OpenTable reservations and did not award me points. I viewed this to be very much consistent with the level of attention to detail of the overall service my girlfriend and I received.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Came for my birthday. The food was outstanding! The sangria was just ok.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I was at this restaurant A year ago and it was fabulous! This time every single dish we ordered was deeply mediocre. It was such a disappointment! The service and the ambience are still very good

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always a good experience. Enjoy the Tappan and drinks. A bit noisy, but generally nice ambiance.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Joya has long been a regular for us. But no more.
Our favorite dish, jerk chicken with luscious pineapple etc is no longer on the menu, and they won't make it. The hanger steak, was done to our medium rare request, but was tasteless.
Service was spotty - one of our ordered appetizers never arrived (we had them take it off the bill) and the other came after our dinners.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I've eaten here several times for special occasions and date night, but this was the first time to hangout at the bar lounge after my meal. During dinner we sat at the front of the restaurant so we can people watch through the oversize open windows. The bar lounge is a cozy place where you can talk and still be heard, no loud music. In the lounge you can still order appetizers with your cocktails.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared and presented. Healthy eating at its finest!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Joya never ceases to amaze. The food and beverages are so amazing and delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Nice selection of tapas. Food is consistently good. Service was off during our recent visit. We learned that the original server was "in-training". Fortunately, the trainer stepped in and corrected a few mishaps such as my husband's gin and tonic arriving in 2 separate glasses after he specifically told the server that he prefers his drink half tonic and half gin.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, People Watching, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent food, good service. A bit on the noisy side for old codgers like me, but otherwise outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

I wanted this place to be special. I really did. But the food wasn't that great, the service was OK, and the food was appropriately expensive as it's on University Avenue in Palo Alto, and the place has to make a profit. I prefer other choices for Tapas in the area, and doubt I will return.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great place to taste Spanish food fusion - for first time foodies.
The Paella was moist and the combination of shell fish and chicken was OK and interesting.
I have had Paella in Spain and in Peru. Joya came very close to being genuine to their Paella
recipe. We would have it again!

The dates wrapped in bacon was superb! The gazpacho soup was incredible!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

It didn't turn out to be a great spot for a birthday date. Appetizers were lack luster and so we're the drink. We were given a cramped up two pax table between two other big ones. No birthday fanciness - just the server wishing my wife happy birthday (honestly I expected more). We bolted from there to the next restaurant for better drinks and dinner. Not going back to Joya again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

First time sat outside and second time sat inside. Both different experience, prefer inside because can talk and concentrate on the food experience! Next time I will try paella and the date tapas!

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Very good food and service as always. the lounge area was cold tho... they should bring down the temperature.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Joya does small plates extremely well. Excellent choice, good food, great service. One of our favorites in Palo Alto.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The service was sub par, not because they were too busy, but because A waiter did not know what B waiter was doing. Communication is key, and there is much room for customer service and leadership training at this restaurant.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Went for late lunch, food took a long time other than that we loved the place and would give it another shot.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Everything (vegetarian paella, scallop ceviche, and fried oreos) was delicious. The paella took longer than expected to come out, so they comp'd us dessert, which was nice.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

service was very good. wine list was very good. the food was absolutely bland - no taste whatsoever - from the tapas appetizers to the main dishes. absolutely bland. Unfortunately, the food recipes have nothing to do with authentic spanish tapas I had in Madrid.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Great tapas and wine list. Probably the best atmosphere of any place on University Ave

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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