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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Diner
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566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607 (University Ave)
+1 650-323-3131
07:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 08:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 07:00 - 22:00
Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I really don't understand how other people gave such rave reviews for this place. We had a terrible experience. The fish &chips platter only came with 3 tiny strips of fish, the sandwich was soggy and the ginger cookie which looked amazing in the case was undercooked in the middle. Plus it was expensive and the service was pretty terrible.... More 

Thank travelfoodiedc
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent years going up and down the Bay Area Peninsula looking for new places to have weekend Breakfast/Brunch and found that the best one happened to be closest to home, the Palo Alto Creamery. We do mostly breakfast there but I know the whole menu of dinner style food is excellent with a broad array of excellent dinner style... More 

Thank Pablo G
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

All growing up, this was the goto place Saturday mornings after soccer games. Honestly the best thing on the menu is the milkshakes. Our family favorite has always been peppermint chocolate. Peppermint ice cream with chocolate syrup. Spectacular!

Thank Dennis P
San Jose, California
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414 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A popular eatery that is a not a very good value. The breakfasts are smaller than Dennys though, it must be said that the ingredients are fairly good. The prices are on the high side and the service is average. The tables are small and cramped and you seat close enough to other diners to hear their conversations. Overall a... More 

Thank Rob C
Palo Alto, California
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Comfort food, great breakfasts, amazing fountain drinks, and cheerful wait staff. We love their apple pie so much that we served it at our wedding reception!

Thank bensmom59
Palo Alto, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun decor, good service, great snacks . . . go there a lot! I give it a great review! I take my grandchildren there, they love it.

Thank PlaneLar
Palo Alto, California
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386 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with my BFF for lunch. Looks like a diner cause it is. We split two sandwiches with fries. Had a milk shake which was delicious. Apple pie for dessert was so so. Most dishes in the $10-14 range.

Thank Marcia K
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I saw this on the menu and made a point to stop for breakfast while in town. Oh my!!!! So good: a mound of home fries covered with green onion, tomato, bacon and melted cheese. Yum! The homemade toasted bread and well cooked eggs were good, but this dish stole the show. And did I mention the side of crispy... More 

Thank Maureen M
Copenhagen, Denmark
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Great place for breakfast and lunch, have visited this place 5 times since 2006, with customers, friends, family and alone. always a great experience - great food and good atmosphere.

Thank Ertels
Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

My first Creamery milkshake was a half century ago, when I was a teenager. Their shakes were the best in town then, and still are. Cheeseburger (with fries) and a Chocolate Shake! Or, may choices from a classic coffee shop menu, even including a respectable wine list. Classic, timeless and very tasty.

Thank Mark M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 566 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1607
    (University Ave)
  • Public Transportation: VTA 35, Caltrain
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-323-3131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?