Come toast and try Joya's special Cinco de Mayo Tapas and Drink specials. Specialty Tapas and cocktails will be offered all day!
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Come celebrate Mother's Day at Joya and enjoy some of Chef Judith's special Tapas for a special lady! Reserve your table today.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Very classy restaurant. Loved the ambiance and the food was great.
Joya is awesome. The atmosphere is great. The short rib tacos, in particular, are outstanding too. And the Estrella lager was Damm good!
Joya is consistently great tapas and larger plates. Service is as good an the fiare.
Had the best dinner with my family here! Loved the atmosphere, great sangria, amazing food and awesome service!! Even had lots of options for my picky dad :) I loved everything- the dates, the chicken tostadas, the ahi, everything was sooo good!!
Food was alright and a bit pricey but loved the aesthetic and vibe.
The restaurant is cozy and elegant. The service was perfect. All the waiters were kind. Food was delicious. We had the cheese selection for appetizers, and the Argentinean steak as entree. The meat was delicious, tender, perfect. Because it was our anniversary, they gave us the dessert. Perfect place for a nice dinner.
Paella was slightly watery and salty (no strong flavors).
They did a very nice job honoring a special occasion.
The waitress was very nice. Our request to sit at an empty window table was honored. The food was quite good and plentiful. Not a bad price for what you get.
Food was so bland! I dislike using salt but this was one of the rare times I wished there was a salt shaker on the table.
We were stashed at the back of the restaurant as a private party occupied the restaurant. They should have put that party back where we were crammed
My business associates and I shared a lively dinner at Joya. Ordering tapas allowed for a wide range of food preferences to be met. The food itself was excellent. Service was brisk and attentive, with no problem in adjusting the size of the order to the number of people who wanted each of the items. The location, on a corner with University Avenue is lively and since some people come only for a small meal, there was lots of activity in the room as people came and left.
Consistently good. I happened upon Joya during their soft opening many years ago and they are as good now as they were then. Great selection of both vegetarian and vegan-friendly food options and a great wine list. Service was great, we were never in need to anything but never felt that there was a hovering presence either - well done.
Food was good. Have been here before with better experience. Maybe they were short staffed?
Decent food, good ambience
My husband, adult daughter and I were in Palo Alto for our daughter’s Admit day at Stanford. We were looking forward to a tapas meal at Joya. We were pretty disappointed. First, we ordered drinks. My cocktail was delicious, but my daughter’s sangria was watered down. The first thing we got were the tacos tapas, which were delicious. After that, we got the chickpeas/corn/manchego cheese fritters, crab cakes, empanadas and calamari. I didn’t try the calamari, but my husband liked it. My daughter liked the meat empanadas, but I thought they were mediocre at best. The veggie empanadas were definitely lacking flavor. However, the two sauces that came with the empanadas were very tasty. The fritters and crab cakes were awful, and almost indistinguishable one from the other. The fritters were, I guess, chickpeas, corn and cheese ground together, then battered and deep fried. They were crunchy on the outside, but when you bit into them, they were flavorless mush. You could not taste the cheese at all. The crab cakes, similarly, crunchy on the outside, flavor-less mush inside. The salad was average. We got churros with chocolate sauce and the ice cream desserts. I didn’t like the churros; they were somewhat raw inside. The ice cream was pretty good. Overall, I found most of the food to be lacking in flavor, masked with deep frying. The prices were way too high for what the food was. I wouldn’t return. We also at at Flea street,which was very expensive, but the food was delicious and therefore worth it.
Thank you to Uriel for his excellent service. Mimosas kept on coming without me asking for it. He was very knowledgeable with the menu and food.
I've been wanting to go there and finally made it, to celebrate my birthday and my son's and JOYA you did not disappoint. The food was delish!!! The paella was excellent!!!
Went here for the 1st time, for a birthday celebration, based on the reviews. Our experience was mixed. We ordered the croquetas appetizer (filled with corn and garbanzo beans - exceptionally good!), the mango & beet salad (the mangos were hard and the rest was just ok - wouldn't order again) and the classic paella, which was overcooked...seafood was tough and chicken was dry.
The waitress said the white sangria was really sweet, so we ordered the red. Not bad, but not great, and not worth $30 for a carafe.
The restaurant is beautiful, with a great ambiance, and the service was excellent.
We moved to the bar after dinner to discover they don't have a full bar, just the cocktails on the menu. However, the waiter went 'next door' to get what we wanted, as it is the same owner, so it was nice that he went out of the way to that, even though we offered to go next door ourselves.
Would only come here for the bar in the future, and maybe the tapas.
Great food and busy for Wednesday night. Service was patchy at best.This place - sometimes the service is great but this past time- strictly average!
Only thing good about this place is it’s location!
Our server was not friendly and a terrible customer service. She looked unhappy, however the busser was great! The food was good!
We were a bit disappointed because food was simply ok. It was much better the first time we came in 2 month ago. Probably will not go back.
The service we experienced at Joya was very disappointing. Our server came to take our order, brought our food once it was ready, and then we never saw him again. Our drinks went dry and no one asked if wanted another; if so, we probably would have ordered more drinks. Our water glasses went empty. I flagged down a busboy to ask for more water. Once we finished eating, I tried several times to get the attention of our server who was flying by us, clearly busy with other tables. Eventually I got his attention to ask for the bill. He dropped it off and said "thank you" and that was it. It was clearly inconvenient for him to continue to have our table on his plate that night. Otherwise, the food was tasty, and Joya has nice atmosphere.
We were very shocked at how bad the food was - it was bland and starchy - and down right bad
A very good combination of tapas...............all were tasty and interesting.
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 😊