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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

Joya Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
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Casual (7)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Good experience
Need more veg dishes
Margaritas could be better

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on February 4, 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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·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.

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·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!!!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Tapas, Casual
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·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·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 😊

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wait staff was not in sync. We were not offered water until I had to get up and ask. Water was never refilled during the entire dinner. Waiter was less than attentive perhaps due to restaurant being short-staffed.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The octopus tapas is definitely a must-have - perfectly grilled. The tentacles are a bit on the large side so it's not for those who are squeamish.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were dining at Joya to celebrate a birthday and the ambiance and food were exceptional!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I used to love the food here, but the last time I went about half of the dishes we ordered were bland and uninspired.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great! Great! Good! Good!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food is okay but the service is not. I am kind of disappointed. The location is ideal at Pslo Alto.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

The wait for paella for two was worth every minute.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

One word... AMAZING

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Holiday get together

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Visiting friends and our original restaurant choice was closed for a private party. Lucky us! Jumped on OT and was able to book Joya, no problem. It was an odd time time, maybe 3-4 so we were told Tapas Only, thank goodness because they were fantastic! We can't recall the waiter's name but he is the good looking , part Japanese fellow. Super service, friendly, knowledgeable, engaging. He suggested upping the count on everything to 4 so we could all share. We had the cheese plate, charcuterie platter, dates, croquettes, ahi tartar, short rib tacos. All tasty and plentiful. All 4 of us really liked this place, you should go!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

An excellent culinary experience in every way.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Perfect family celebration; great atmosphere and staff service

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

I'm going to be honest here, Joya is all about the ambience. The food quality isn't that great and the paella that they make you wait 1 hour for is extremely bland. Ceviche is mediocre. Overpriced items, you will have better food at Reposado which provides a similar ambience.

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·Dined on November 4, 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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·Dined on November 4, 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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·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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·Dined on October 25, 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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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We met our friends who had traveled from NM for the weekend and had 2 toddlers with us on a Sunday afternoon. Relatively quiet and it was not crowded. We had several vegetarians in our party and the selection was quite decent. Food was yummy and the kids even had freshly squeezed juice as opposed to something from a can. Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and service highly recommended!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

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

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Tasty Croquettes!

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·Dined on October 14, 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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·Dined on October 13, 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 11, 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 September 30, 2017

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

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 15, 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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