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Joya Restaurant & Lounge



339 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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(650) 853-9800

  • Sun - Wed 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Thu - Sat 11:30am - 11:30pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Bars


4.8 of 5.0 from 122 reviews


price range:$26 to $50

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Joya Restaurant & Lounge in Palo Alto, CA
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Joya Restaurant & Lounge Reviews

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  • Ryan T.Discover credit not accepted here

    22222 by Ryan T.


  • p gThe sample platter is really good as is the caipirinha. The cocktails are strong , just the way I like them!!

    55555 by p g


  • Julian JIf its your first time try the empanadas and croquetas with a glass of sangria and finish with churros. Paella also an option if you're pretty hungry.

    55555 by Julian J


  • Lee H.Great Tapas

    55555 by Lee H.


  • Morgan LTry the new world chips with guac.

    55555 by Morgan L


  • Robert NGreat atmosphere, great food, great service

    55555 by Robert N


  • Ashley S.Loved the classic paella and chorizo corn dogs

    55555 by Ashley S.


  • Morgan LTry the caramelized brussel sprouts with pork belly.

    55555 by Morgan L


  • Nick DTried the papas bravas and the mini-burgers. Both were great and the portion size of papas was generous.

    55555 by Nick D


  • Megan Dsuper yummy mushroom tapas and bacon wrapped tenderloin. The ceviche was also my favorite

    55555 by Megan D


  • Meredith M.Go for the tapas!

    55555 by Meredith M.


  • Hai L.The calamari is way too salty. The paella is decent size but tastes awful. Sorry no next time.

    22222 by Hai L.


  • Rafi Romerogood: truffle deviled eggs with salmon caviar, taro+spinach croquette, Kobe beef burger. meh: scallop ceviche, seared scallops.

    55555 by Rafi Romero


  • Stephen D.Tapas are great, and so is the service...

    55555 by Stephen D.


  • Nirnaya L.Yes the sangria is extremely weak. But $24 seriously

    33333 by Nirnaya L.


  • ChezBlackstarPaella and wine! Get a reservation!

    55555 by ChezBlackstar


  • Nirnaya L.Sautéed gambas with chorizo, papas bravas were both really good. Cuban sandwich was alright, too much mustard for my liking. Sangria as everyone says is weak but you get a pitcher for $24

    55555 by Nirnaya L.


  • Max LMade a reservation for 8 people, but we never got our table. Pure service.

    22222 by Max L


  • Mrinabh D.Great service but the food quality has gone down a bit in the last two years. Walk in only if you like hot in any entree you might want to try.

    33333 by Mrinabh D.


  • NigelBest fried Calamari I've ever had !

    55555 by Nigel


  • Andrea S.The salmon was disappointing..

    22222 by Andrea S.


  • Tiffany ZhongScallops were the best. Empanadas were alright. Tacos were decent.

    55555 by Tiffany Zhong


  • Rian v.Good cocktail menu. The Manhattan is great, and they do a coffee cocktail thing for dessert that's pretty amazing.

    55555 by Rian v.


  • Bryan C.Patatas Bravas were our favorite tapa - and the paella is delicious, but it easily feeds 4, not 2!

    55555 by Bryan C.


  • Tanner C.Try the yuca fries! Great wine and champagne to pick from as well.

    55555 by Tanner C.


  • PoojaCan't go wrong with most of the tapas. 3 tapas good for 2. Was it down with some tasty cocktails. This place can get crowded even on weekday evenings cause its worth it.

    55555 by Pooja


  • PatDessert is awesome.

    55555 by Pat


  • Sandra RGreat place to have dinner and to meet friends for drinks.

    55555 by Sandra R


  • Felix L.Steak and yuca, get the oreos as well

    55555 by Felix L.


  • Tom BatesBottomless mimosas and Ahi Tuna Tartare were great.

    55555 by Tom Bates


  • Prashant B.Love the wine Mark West

    55555 by Prashant B.


  • Sarah A.Very cute spot...the drinks are good

    55555 by Sarah A.


  • Steve M.Love this place. Perfect Palo Alto vibe. Upscale collegiate. Just go tapas all the way. With an outstanding, local double IPA.

    55555 by Steve M.


  • Andrea FernándezLove the lounge!

    55555 by Andrea Fernández


  • Ariel Z.The Lounge is great for drinks and appetizers. From the tapas I love the Tuna Tartare, Ceviche Trio, Gambas w Chorizo. Dessert the Churros w Chocolate sauce was great.

    55555 by Ariel Z.


  • Matthew TraubTuna tartare and chicken tostadas are great. Order your drinks two at a time because they're slow coming.

    55555 by Matthew Traub


  • Igor Jnot bad. A bit pricey.

    55555 by Igor J


  • JuliaEverything was amazing!!

    55555 by Julia


  • Jeff M.Absolutely epic bacon Bloody Mary. Warning - spicy!

    55555 by Jeff M.


  • Heather A.Awesomest tables are by the front window... And the chocolate martini is DIVINE! :)

    55555 by Heather A.


  • Alex B.Grear ambiance, wine and fare

    55555 by Alex B.


  • Luke Lukash M.Bougie places like this usually have weak crab cakes, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Sangria & bottomless mimosas are a good deal as well.

    55555 by Luke Lukash M.


  • AlanaReally awesome peach sangria!

    55555 by Alana


  • Ben K.Shrimp ceviche & gazpacho are both excellent, papas bravas are meh

    55555 by Ben K.


  • Roxy C.Awesome sangria! But I had the worst service on friends bday. :(

    22222 by Roxy C.


  • evelynsuch tasty food. loved it!

    55555 by evelyn


  • Priya S.No matter what you order, don't forget to include the Kobe Beef Sliders. It's the best item on the menu! Oh and the yuca fries.

    55555 by Priya S.


  • Stan v.They get gluten-free. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Great staff. Try the ceviche.

    55555 by Stan v.


  • Rod G.Love this place

    55555 by Rod G.


  • Alice O.Great tapas and sangria with red wine was very food too. Fancy.

    55555 by Alice O.


  • Gina G.Best Pisco Sour in PA and it's off the menu!

    55555 by Gina G.


  • Vivian J.Kobe sliders and Passion Fruit mojitos are ze bezt!

    55555 by Vivian J.


  • Jeff M.Sangria is weak, service is great, mixed drinks are great, and good is great. Order short rib tacos with lettuce instead of tortillas for a healthier delicious version

    55555 by Jeff M.


  • Harpreet S.long wait...frndly staff...fried oreos :)

    55555 by Harpreet S.


  • Shirley L.Great tapas and drinks-- I recommend the Kobe sliders, braised short rib tacos, red snapper ceviche, and yucca fries!

    55555 by Shirley L.


  • Edward K.Try sitting further inside the restaurant because there's usually always heavy and distracting traffic on university avenue

    55555 by Edward K.


  • Josh C.The scallops are the bomb.

    55555 by Josh C.


  • Leonora B.Great food and service. Try the tapas and desserts! Some food might be a little spicy (be careful if you are sensitive) but everything is delicious.

    55555 by Leonora B.


  • Raj S.Ahi tuna is incredible. Bacon wrapped pork was perfectly portioned. I got the cucumber cooler for a drink; if you don't like cilantro don't worry since you can't taste it anyway. Great meal.

    55555 by Raj S.


  • Meredith M.Mac n cheese was tasty!

    33333 by Meredith M.


  • Joseph M.The tapas sampler is *outstanding*, as is the classic paella. Good, quick service. I'll definitely go back.

    55555 by Joseph M.


  • Jessica C.Great bar menu if you just want to have tapas at the lounge

    55555 by Jessica C.


  • Leight K.You MUST try the SAZARAC it's Billie rye, st George absinthe, bitters n something else.

    55555 by Leight K.


  • K S.The paella is definitely worth the 45 minutes

    33333 by K S.


  • Bri N.Beautiful venue. Very tastefully decorated with a modern vibe. Food was also good. Lots of cute guys... Good eye candy and its located right by Stanford University

    55555 by Bri N.


  • Omer Z.The ceviche sampler is great and pretty huge.

    55555 by Omer Z.


  • FoodkittenThursday evenings are best scene.

    55555 by Foodkitten


  • ESV LimoGreat place to have a business lunch or dinner.

    55555 by ESV Limo


  • Perri G.Custest bartenders in Palo Alto...

    55555 by Perri G.


  • Sid V.My favorite restaurant in Palo Alto!

    55555 by Sid V.


  • Stephen T.best paella

    55555 by Stephen T.


  • Debby M.Scallops with sweet corn is yummy!

    55555 by Debby M.


  • Lee S.Ashton behind the bar is terrific.

    55555 by Lee S.


  • TristanTry the ahi tuna salad. It comes with a fried hard boiled egg (read that one more time: "it comes with a fried hard boiled egg"). Nice and light lunch on university ave. Sit outside!

    55555 by Tristan


  • Adrienne S.the deviled eggs are a-mazing. :)

    55555 by Adrienne S.


  • Erroin M.Place is packed an takes forever to get served. Although the scenery is... Interesting.

    33333 by Erroin M.


  • Ellie M.Ashton is lovely. Very professional. Also, the girl with the glasses is very knowledgeable. Awesome staff.

    55555 by Ellie M.


  • Ellie M.Papas Bravas! Do it...

    55555 by Ellie M.


  • Arletis G.Pork shoulder, kobe beef sliders and caipirinhas = excellent.

    55555 by Arletis G.


  • Jeff M.Truffles eggs will change your life

    55555 by Jeff M.


  • Marcela R.Get here early, great food and have to have the platanos, tacos and tuna! Nom nom nom!

    55555 by Marcela R.


  • Tatyana F.Mexican empanadas are to die for!

    55555 by Tatyana F.


  • Matthew Riley M.Argentinian-style hanger steak paired with a Malbec is a killer meal.

    55555 by Matthew Riley M.


  • Vanderlei P.Comida da CA e uma delicia....

    55555 by Vanderlei P.


  • Susan R.If your a ceviche fan, you must try the ceviche trio..cucumber really brightens the mix!

    55555 by Susan R.


  • Lovebian D.The churro dessert is delish! While you enjoy them check out LovebianDesigns.com and save $5 on any purchase using promo code JOYA

    55555 by Lovebian D.


  • Lupita M.Must try their short rib tacos!

    55555 by Lupita M.


  • JennAwesome sangria and one of the best happy hours spots in the Bay Area. :)

    55555 by Jenn


  • Brittany N.braised short rib tacos are delicious, especially when sitting in the luxe lounge area to the left of the entrance

    55555 by Brittany N.


  • Yuan D.The white peach sangria is great!! Coloma is alright. All tapas are yummy yummy! Love the crab cake, mini burger

    55555 by Yuan D.


  • Anneke J.also, the tuna tartare is tops.

    55555 by Anneke J.


  • Colin J.deep fried oreos with mint ice cream - who knew?

    55555 by Colin J.


  • Doug G.The ahi tuna tartare is great!

    55555 by Doug G.


  • Cathy BWhite peach sangria = delicious!

    55555 by Cathy B


  • Dan N.Great tapas, great ambiance.

    55555 by Dan N.


  • Tristanif you're looking for a quick meetup with friends / colleagues, check out the happy hour and sit towards the back room on the left side. Good lounge area

    55555 by Tristan


  • Anneke J.deep. fried. oreos.

    55555 by Anneke J.


  • Kathleen P.Try the catena malbec from Argentina - way good!

    55555 by Kathleen P.


  • Sheeva STry the deep fried oreos, I promise you they are to die for!! Tons of yummy tapas too, I'll definitely be back :)

    55555 by Sheeva S


  • DeekayGo familia style! Kobe beef sliders, calamari, other small bites and pitchers of sangria ftw!

    55555 by Deekay


  • Anthony S.Skewers = bombness

    55555 by Anthony S.


  • Alex Z.Sea bass is fantastic

    55555 by Alex Z.


  • Rick EService was outstanding and the jerk marinated fulton valley chicken was excellent.

    55555 by Rick E


  • Ashley S.guac + new world chips and ahi tuna tartare are excellent. also a big fan of their wine list

    55555 by Ashley S.


  • Amy C.The white peach sangria is the best!

    55555 by Amy C.


  • Kayte B.The waitresses have no pants!

    22222 by Kayte B.


  • FoodspottingTry the Seared Spanish Sausages with Garlic Aioli

    55555 by Foodspotting


  • FoodspottingTry the Spicy Chicken Empanadas

    55555 by Foodspotting


  • FoodspottingTry the Tequila Basil Melons

    55555 by Foodspotting


  • FoodspottingTry the Churros

    55555 by Foodspotting


  • Alexander DBest calamari ever. Esp. With red sangria

    55555 by Alexander D


  • Abi J.AVOID THE SANGRIA. Seriously, who makes Sangria with canned fruit, in the summer, in California? Go with a nice Rioja instead.

    33333 by Abi J.


  • Susan L.Gotta have the scallop tapas and ask for sandra bullock " our waitress looks just like her! )

    55555 by Susan L.


  • Susan L.Have the scallops!! And sandra bullock " our waitress. Looks just like her!!

    55555 by Susan L.


  • jaime CWhen ordering the short rib tacos, get a lime wedge on the side. A little squeeze and it's perfection on a tortilla!

    55555 by jaime C


  • Valerie F.I love Joya!! Probably the best Latin American restaurant that blends the different types of foods in Mexico, Central America, South America & Spain. I highly recommend the ceviche, gambas & sangria!

    55555 by Valerie F.


  • Esther A.Loved this place. So cute. Get the Short Rib Tacos, Sauteed Gambas, and the Scallop Ceviche. Delish.

    55555 by Esther A.


  • Andrew V.Get the short rib tacos. So good.

    55555 by Andrew V.


  • Dannagood wine list. have a glass of wine. uh, why not.

    55555 by Danna


  • I.P. tTry their Kobe beef mini burgers

    55555 by I.P. t


  • Rich W.Great setting, and tables that look out on University enjoyable for hanging out and seeing who's walking around. Sangria was irritatingly weak - no buzz after 3 pitchers ... but the food was quite g

    55555 by Rich W.


  • Aditya V.You gotta Try the Sangira. Just amazing for a pitch its $26, which isnt bad at all!!!

    55555 by Aditya V.


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