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Joya Restaurant & Lounge

4.3
4.3
1540 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish

Joya Restaurant and Lounge features the cuisine of Spain and Latin America in a lively, sophisticated atmosphere. Joya has received multiple Michelin Guide recommendations and media recognition, including having been the downtown Palo Alto scene for an episode of "Silicon Valley" on HBO Television.

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Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 853-9800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Florence Street

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Additional

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

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What 1,540 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. c

    claudiac

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Please refund me you guys charged me for a chicken mole I did not order

  2. LE

    LyssE

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We didn't realize Stanford has graduation on the day we went, so it was pretty crowded, luckily we had a reservation so we only waited a couple minutes while our table was set up. As for the food, it was delicious! We started with the croquets and the empanadas. The croquets were outstanding and I would definitely have them again. The empanadas were fine, but I didn't really like their take on them. Since this is a latin place, I expected them to be amazing. We also had the paella and it was delicious. Next time, I think we'd definitely stick with ordering the tapas.

  3. NL

    NancyL

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation . Fun restaurant and great food to share

  4. H

    Hools

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food and drinks were very good and the service was attentive. Our table ordered a number of tapas to share and they ALL were delivered to the table within a very short window of time. We prefer to enjoy a few tapas at a time, and the table got crowded with plates very quickly, so it was a bit overwhelming. But overall we enjoyed our experience. And we appreciated that on a warm evening, the walls facing the street largely retracted, so indoor dining was like outdoors with lots of fresh air.

  5. OB

    OceanBeach24

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good is not good value. Presentation is 4.5.

  6. MW

    MayuriW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Ambience and service is good. The food was flavorless and not worth the price. Chicken Empanadas had more cheese than chicken. Seafood Paella rice didn't have any seafood flavor.

  7. PA

    PaloAltoResident

    Singapore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    For a Tapas place, there were more misses than hits. The food needs to improve in flavor for me to go back.

  8. m

    monicak

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the ambience, the food presentation and their service. Was a bonus to go as a family of four cause we got a chance to order and taste a lot of different small plates on their menu, everything was yum! And the warm churros with chocolate sauce on the side are a must order in the end.

  9. MS

    MSF415

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    I enjoyed the ambiance, the vibe, and the service, but the food was lackluster for me.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Joya has a beautiful atmosphere with a very eclectic vibe.

  11. S

    Sabina

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time after re-opening post pandemic. Good food. We menu - better one ! Good food more healthier choices. Good ambiance. Fun times. Recommend

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    I have to say we were really disappointed with the food, and frankly, the service wasn’t that great either.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice vegetarian tapas

  14. a

    arnout

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place, great food

  15. AP

    ArtP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated my birthday there with 10 people and really enjoyed the food and the service.

  16. T

    Talush

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3

    The food is just plain bad… not tasty at all, It used to be a great restaurant - it was closed for couple of years and now reopened … Very disappointing, not coming back .

  17. y

    yummy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    We did not even receive water at our table for over 20 minutes after being seated. And then once we finally ordered drinks and food, it still took quite a while. We were happy to see that this place had re-opened but we’re extremely disappointed by the food. It was highly unimaginative, lacked any unique flavor, and yet we were paying a pretty penny for all of it.

  18. MS

    MikeS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our first time back at Joya was so much fun and memorable. We were so happy it opened up again and we didn’t hesitate to come back after more than a few years. Probably a little too harsh with 4 stars for food, but selfishly, the paella was so good, it could’ve used more of that wonderful, flavorful rice. Yes, I’m actually complaining they had overloaded the dish with too much of the good stuff, go figure. ANYWAY, come back to Joya, you won’t be disappointed. Service was unequivocally impeccable!!

  19. K

    Kenneth127

    San Francisco

    140 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a very nice and light dinner last night. The wine was great, the Tapas were great and this was topped off by great service by Elsa, our waitress.

  20. O

    Outandabout

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Very nice tapas restaurant. Excellent drinks, very well made food, friendly and professional service! Good portions. Good flavors

  21. l

    liliana

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I really enjoy the food and the service. We were very excited to find out the restaurant reopened recently and booked our Friday night dinner. Perfect food as always. Can't wait to go back again!

  22. TR

    TRTus

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Very frustrating...they sold the reservation at 9:30, but compained that the kitchen was closing that we needed to order everything at once--apitizers, second, main--we agreed, but asked that they bring each course out one at a time...they did not, they delivered everything all at once (hardly any room on the table, but they did't see to care. Then the server reappeared 3 min later wanting to take our dessert. The crab cakes were dry, the steak served well done after I specifically ordered it Medium Rare! UGH!

  23. t

    tastygirl

    San Francisco

    116 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We had a nice time.. So happy to be back after two years plus?? I wondered about the 'covered patio' as we wanted to sit outside. In reality it is just the sidewalk with a small cover and a heater high up. We ended up sitting inside, which we really are hesitant these days to do. I did find the tables for two were very close together. I had a young woman facing me about 12 inches away. So we might wait until summer to go back. Short rib tacos always great.

  24. H

    Humphrey

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So happy Joya has reopened! Food and service even better than I remember. Great night out with delicious small plates. A Joy.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Really like the service. Very friendly. The empanadas are the best!! I highly recommend them!! Bravo al chef! I had the mole… traditionally the mole is serve with chicken breast, not drumstick and thigh. Great flavor, anyways. The Yuca is very good too. It was overpriced in my opinion. I see myself coming back only in special occasions.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, good atmosphere

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    The food and ambiance were amazing. The hostess, who was also the manager, was very rude and wouldn’t seat us even though we had a reservation. We ended up going to the full-service bar and then a table “magically” opened up for us. The waitress was very nice and made the experience better.

  28. D

    Daniella

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was really delicious and not your standard fare. The vibe was young and cool. Service was fabulous!

  29. GR

    GaryR

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It is good to see Joya re-open. The short rib tacos were very good, the crab cakes were a bit disappointing. I though the bar really lacked energy, it doesn’t seem that the restaurant wants to make that attractive.

  30. RM

    RohiniM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything. Elsa helped us and she was fantastic!!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The waitress was extremely nice and kind. She was the most best waitress ever. The Paella was was amazing and very worth it with the price. But I wish they have more variety of menues to choose.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    So sorry to give Joya a three star rating- we were so excited they reopened, but it was very disappointing. The service was above average but the food was not good. Unseasoned guacamole with stale plantain chips, dry inedible chicken, rubbery octopus with a very unsatisfactory, limp side - so sad because we loved Joya in the past. We honestly discussed not returning after last night.

  33. AM

    AlinMTV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat on the lounge side and ordered dinner there— liked it better than a table in the main dining area. Quieter and more romantic than when you’re on a date. Focused on seafood… everything was incredible especially the salmon with lobster sauce.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best… we always love it!

  35. D

    Doug

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice experience, back to normal times, nice menu, decently priced for the area. Not my favorite tapas bar in the area but at least they still had availabilities 24 hours ahead of our reservation on a busy Saturday evening.

  36. DC

    DeanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The vegetarian paella is to die for. The quacamole dip is outstanding.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    Service was good but the food was disappointing.

  38. JM

    JalalM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    This visit the entrees were salty. The cheese and chartuerrie boards were skimpy for the price. We had wonderful service.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    So glad to have Jaya back! Food was possibly even better than we remembered.

  40. FD

    FamilyDining

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very attentive service, price was right and food was excellent! We’ll come back 💖

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

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Joya Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.3 stars by 1540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Joya Restaurant & Lounge

339 University Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Florence Street

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Judith Lopez

  • 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

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (650) 853-9800

  • 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

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