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“different food, excellent & fresh” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joya

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Ranked #14 of 355 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$83
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Florence Street
Transit: Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
Description: From tapas to entradas, Joya Restaurant and Lounge provides a modern interpretation of the rich culinary lineage of Spain and Latin America. Joya is proud to have teamed with Shopworks (designers of W-Hotels in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego) to create a natural-hued, contemporary restaurant and lounge that imparts guests with a feeling of comfortable exclusivity. So if you are looking to enjoy a refined Latin-influenced dining experience, new age cocktails and festive live music, we invite you to join us at Joya Restaurant & Lounge.
Fremont, California
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“different food, excellent & fresh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

Four of us ordered, shared several dishes and at least tasted all at this South American restaurant. Began with the yucca fries which were bland in themselves but just right with the chipotle aioli. Also ordered the guacamole which was good in itself and even more fun with the unusual variety of chips. Then we moved to crab cakes, kobe beef sliders, and empanadas off the starter section. The empanadas were surprisingly rich with a large filling. Again the sauces were the best part of the crab cakes and empanadas. From the entrees the sea bass and pork loin were very generous portions and very fresh. Dessert was the shared churros with chocolate dipping sauce. The chocoholic in the group spooned out every bit of the sauce. My favorite part of the meal was actually my drink, the Effen Son of a Cucumber, tasty and refreshing. Service was not speedy but our server was quite professional and helpful.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Danville, California
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240 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Good tapas!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

Went with a big group (about 13 people) and had a long table. We had the server choose the tapas appetizers and since it was a rectangular table it was difficult to share (a round or square table would have been better). We shared a few paellas for entree and it was overcooked (the mussels were terribly dry). I was too full then to care that much. There were lots of choices on the menu. The service was excellent - and given that we were a group this might have been a challenge - but no complaints here. Very loud and noisy restaurant. Parking can be a challenge as there are a lot of stores and restaurants in the area. There is public parking around the corner but it fills up quickly.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SandraBaja
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USA
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great scene, chic decor and outdoor open-air seating, avg food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Well designed space with open air seating and some sidewalk seating. We had a group of 10 so had our own table tucked away - attentive service, but food was mediocre. Average tapas, kobe sliders were dry, cheese board was boring. Great for entertaining, drinks were solid.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

We stopped for lunch in Palo Alto and went to Joya. Wat a great surprise! Excellent Latin/American food. And so was the service and the atmosphere. We loved the Fried Yuccas the Calamari and te Brussels Sprouts! I would definitely like to try he restaurant for a full dinner. The restaurant is conveniently located downtown on University Street, across fron the Apple Store and 25 meters from a multi-story parking that offers 3 hour free parking.

Visited July 2013
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Wyoming
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197 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“One of my best dining experiences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

We sampled 4 different small plates and they were delicious and inventive. The chorizo corndogs, crab cakes (best I've had since Seattle) and even the juicy sliders were amazing. The short rib tacos were just ok. Very busy place with a server that was not very connected to us other than taking order. Don't let iffy service keep you away - and I never say that!

Visited June 2013
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