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Furniture / Home Store
East Palo Alto
  • jennifer lei c.
    "their affordable Swedish meatballs dish"(7 Tips)
    Courtney E.
    "Free coffee everytime with the free ikea family reward card."(3 Tips)
    Yesh S.
    "The hot dogs and cin/roll is great here."(10 Tips)
    Kelly .
    "$4 for 6 cinnamon buns"(4 Tips)
146 Tips and reviews
  • meatballs
  • hot dogs
  • ikea family
  • breakfast food
  • cinnamon rolls
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  • jennifer lei c.
    jennifer lei chanMay 11, 2013
    love their affordable Swedish meatballs dish and yummy cinnamon rolls and ice cream for $1.00. Can be hectic on weekends but you always manage to buy something you think you need.
  • Miss Courtney G.
    Miss Courtney GNovember 19, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    On Tuesdays, kids eat free. Coupled with the free play room for kids for up to 90 minutes, and it's like a mini parental vacation!
  • Venkatesh H.
    Venkatesh HodavdekarAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you get here early in the morning on weekends if you want to shop peacefully. Weekdays are a good time to go visit too.
  • Joey B.
    Joey BakerMarch 3, 2012
    Go in through the entrance, follow the signs for returns, grab a cart from the semi-hidden hallway as you turn the corner. Just walk in past the cash registers and you can do Ikea in 1/10 the time.
  • Stefania P.
    Stefania PomponiMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Since you're at IKEA, skip the meatballs and head over to Mi Pueblo Market across the street and hit up their amazing deli for a plate of carnitas or bowl of caldo de pollo.
  • Liam M.
    Liam MayMarch 7, 2015
    Friendly and helpful staff, be sure to try a hotdog as you walk around. They're great for a quick fix if you're hungry.
  • Jon G.
    Jon GluckJuly 7, 2011
    World famous ice cream & hot dogs located on 1st floor near checkout, not at 2nd floor food court. Oh, and they sell furniture & stuff here too :)
  • Rob L.
    Rob LojekDecember 15, 2013
    If you're not going to browse (only do this at odd hours), look up item locations within the store from home, then crush your visit to the store.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰November 28, 2011
    $1 nonfat vanilla yogurt cone, $2 two hotdogs, drink, chips, $1 cinnamon bun, $4 for 6 cinnamon buns, $1.75 pizza slice... Free refills
  • vincent h.
    vincent huangJuly 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They have cookies a d coffee at Exchanges and Returns. It may take a bit, but might as well keep caffeinated and sugared up! 🍪☕️
  • Yun X.
    Yun XiaMay 19, 2013
    On certain dates you could eat for free, where they will deduct the price of your restaurant purchase from the total if you spend more than $150.
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EvansFebruary 23, 2015
    Why do parents bring their children to this store? I swear every child in there was screaming. But the meatballs are delicious!
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CamposantoOctober 8, 2015
    Even if you're not buying anything, browsing and walking through Ikea is always fun - because then you'll eventually walk out buy something anyway...
  • Markus N.
    Markus NeuertSeptember 1, 2015
    I like the cafeteria. Tasty, cheap options. Sizes are small if you're used to American portions.
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanDecember 30, 2010
    Instead of getting Swedish meatballs from the cafe, buy a jar of lindenberry sauce and make some *homemeade* meatballs and mash to go with it. Yum!
  • Carolyn K.
    Carolyn KorchikMay 4, 2014
    The $1 nonfat frozen yogurt cones are surprisingly delicious!
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainMay 1
    Been here 5+ times
    Got fam? Park on the other side of the main entrance. Plenty of spaces. Easy access to the store. Parking for hybrids too.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CampiNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a giant one! Tip: get there a few minutes before 10am. Doing an IKEA run without the crowd makes for an experience
  • Flynn R.
    Flynn RowanOctober 30, 2011
    Check out the fjlurgen and the gortbyt. The lente-wurrl is really comfortable and the galm are really delicious.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneOctober 29, 2012
    Arrive at 10:00 am on weekends for the optimal ratio of furniture to humans.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AchetaJanuary 22, 2011
    After eating the delicious swedish meatballs here, you'll notice that IKEA also sells furniture at reasonable prices... what are the odds!?!? Enjoy!!!
  • Justin K.
    Justin KamimotoJanuary 3, 2013
    They have a special now for the Swedish meatballs: salad, drink and 15 meatballs ($1 for 5 more) all for $5.99! A deal for sure!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LeeJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There is hybrid vehicle parking right outside the entrance! Non-hybrid vehicles should not take these spots!
  • Clifton C.
    Clifton CraigAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sign up for a family membership card. You get a free frozen yogurt!
  • Barbara M.
    Barbara MatthewsAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sign up for an Ikea family card. You get extra discounts and notifications of specials :) and it's free!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerJune 10, 2016
    It's Ikea. Huge, busy, with great prices on good furniture. Mattresses come vacuum packed and rolled for easier transport.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Friends, if you need me to put together your furniture, I'll do it in the payment of Swedish meat balls! :)
  • Gabriel D.
    Gabriel DeVineJanuary 25, 2011
    Bring a map, flashlight, blanket, hiking boots, a compass, and food to distract the Minotaur.
  • Ian D.
    Ian DionisioOctober 20, 2010
    Much to my amazement. Besides cheap hot dogs & tasty meatballs, this place also has furniture. Cool!
  • Rodney L.
    Rodney LeongFebruary 21, 2011
    EPA location closes later than Emeryville. 9 PM instead of 8 PM! Also no extortionate toll to cross the bridge. Win!
  • m d.
    m dMay 29, 2016
    Try some beds and grab hotdogs and coffee. Yes, get back home.
  • Pip B.
    Pip BlaberJune 29, 2013
    If your significant other is taking too long there are lots of beds where you can take a nap!
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher ChanMarch 5
    Been here 10+ times
    The returns line is extremely slow even at opening. Plan more time than you think you'll need here and make sure you take a number.
  • Julie R.
    Julie RibeiroDecember 26, 2010
    Pizza and soda for $2.50. Is the ish! The only thing is that they don't have plates... Served in paper.
  • eileen b.
    eileen bApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you already built your item and want to return it, you only get store credit.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CornwellMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ikea restaurant on a Saturday - best birth control ever.
  • Phil M.
    Phil MarshallFebruary 15, 2014
    Estimate how long you think you will need here. Now double it :-)
  • Meow
    MeowAugust 28, 2014
    Really like going here for their displays!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FangJune 22, 2015
    Meatballs in the middle, ice cream & hotdogs at the end.
  • Anzonette P.
    Anzonette PDecember 8, 2013
    Always parking close to entrance in family parking!
  • Carmen L.
    Carmen LewNovember 20, 2011
    I love the creativity here :D (The food ain't too bad either)
  • Chris W.
    Chris WilliamsNovember 20, 2012
    FINALLY getting a radio desk!! Their self checkout is the best.
  • Youngjae P.
    Youngjae ParkAugust 19, 2012
    You won't find any parking spaces during the weekends..
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsJanuary 27, 2015
    Come Sunday mornings there is a smaller crowd
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenOctober 20, 2014
    For best parking, come mid-day during Monday.
  • Karolina 🦄
    Karolina 🦄July 18, 2015
    I like Ikea brand, but Ikeas in the US are so much worse than in Europe... Much smaller choice, it feels empty.
  • Courtney E.
    Courtney ElliottMarch 10, 2012
    Free coffee everytime with the free ikea family reward card. Score.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WienerNovember 27, 2011
    Kids under 12 apparently eat free today. Not sure if that's every Sunday tho.
  • Alice D.
    Alice D.February 18, 2013
    It's President's Day and they're remodeling inside. It's a madhouse in there and parking is slim.
  • Anzonette P.
    Anzonette PDecember 8, 2013
    45 minutes of playtime in Smaland for kids while you shop!
  • Guilherme S.
    Guilherme SprintJanuary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid going on weekends as much as you can
  • jansen c.
    jansen cMay 13, 2015
    Find parking at the pickup zone if you're buying something big
  • Margaret R.
    Margaret RicklingMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Kids eat free Tuesdays! No purchase necessary. Awesome if you have multiple kids.
  • Al B.
    Al B.January 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to try some meatballs!
  • Yesh S.
    Yesh SriramJuly 12, 2011
    The hot dogs and cin/roll is great here.
  • Alexandria H.
    Alexandria HernandezMarch 10, 2015
    Do NOT go on the weekends unless you have all day to spend
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SwindallApril 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Looks like every other IKEA in the world right down to the hot dogs.
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OtaAugust 9, 2014
    Go midweek before 5. Way less crowded then.
  • Maribea B.
    Maribea Berry2 weeks ago
    Can't beat their PAX wardrobe systems for configuration options.
  • Violeta M.
    Violeta MCNovember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ikea should offer free wi-fi for the costumers! ;)
  • Ben G.
    Ben GuildJune 21, 2013
    #SF Sit in traffic on the 101, or eat meatballs? The obvious choice
  • Toby M.
    Toby MorningMarch 18, 2012
    Come before noon and avoid lines!
  • Colin S.
    Colin SparksOctober 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    IKEA family gets you free coffee!
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PonderSeptember 6, 2013
    Before you shop, drink. Drink a lot. You'll need it.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShiJuly 1, 2012
    Free big breakfast on Mondays before 11AM.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Do returns earlier in the week. The wait is only a few minutes.
  • Jackie Y.
    Jackie YangDecember 31, 2016
    The mobile phone signal is poor here.
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph WMarch 12, 2011
    Special today, salmon lunch buy 1 get 1 free
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew L.January 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The return line is ridiculous! Only do your returns in the morning.
  • David G.
    David GamboaAugust 23, 2014
    Swedish meatballs is where it's at.
  • E S.
    E SongDecember 28, 2013
    Meatballs are not really bad. Get the combo for 6.99 it's a bargain!
  • Enrout
    EnroutAugust 21, 2011
    Fun kids playground on first floor.
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy S.August 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid this place like the plague on Saturday nights. It's a combination of the Star Wars cantina, DMV, and Mumbai.
  • Eric J.
    Eric JamesApril 6, 2014
    An assault on the senses and humanity, ILOVE IT ELSKA DETTE
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)November 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    2 hot dogs for a buck. Good snack for cheap. Not crap, either.
  • Davin C.
    Davin ChuaSeptember 12, 2015
    Really crowded here
  • Lauren
    LaurenDecember 23, 2010
    Always leave with a six pack of cinnamon rolls.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BaldwinAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the 99 cent breakfast
  • Beth J.
    Beth JohnsonSeptember 21, 2012
    Reserved parking for hybrids at store entrance/exit!
  • Hazel S.
    Hazel SANovember 8, 2011
    Tuesday's kids eat free!! What a deal :D
  • Esther J.
    Esther JamesFebruary 23, 2013
    the shopping carts are hard to control haha
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 20, 2011
    Try the Moroccan Prawns
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly ByrneDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Furniture is mostly junk. But love the lighting, organizational items etc.
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't really beat the 99c breakfast!
  • Rupert H.
    Rupert HarwoodSeptember 15, 2013
    Trying to return something? Take a number and wait. And wait. And wait...
  • Gopal V.
    Gopal VenkatesanOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    50c for unlimited coffee :)
  • Inigo A.
    Inigo AseronNovember 11, 2014
    Ikea is great
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PloysophonSeptember 5, 2011
    Exiting the parking structure is taking a lifetime. Maybe because it's labor day...
  • Todd G.
    Todd G.November 18, 2013
    They seriously need to get some new toilet paper in their restrooms. The current "ASZVIPEN" is basically scratchy wax paper.
  • Kul W.
    Kul WadhwaJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay away from this place on the weekends b/c it's a freakin' zoo. Try a weeknight instead.
  • Peter d.
    Peter dSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Surprisingly quiet for 8pm on a Friday.
  • Khyber C.
    Khyber CatcottMarch 31, 2010
    going to go shopping with friends... but 1/2 way through going to get some meat balls... MMMMMM
  • Don B.
    Don BautistaMarch 4, 2013
    Wala pang twenty petot 
  • Shorti S.
    Shorti SteffiJune 6, 2012
    Don't come here where you need to do furniture pickup. They take forever! !
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LippmanAugust 8, 2010
    Vegetarians, just eat the fries.
  • Jeziel M.
    Jeziel MaeJuly 22, 2015
    So crowded and huge! 😅
  • Tanya H.
    Tanya HardinJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wish they had an express return line for people who don't have a crap load of furniture to return... :(
  • Frank C.
    Frank ChenSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Free coffee until 10 am in the restaurant
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni DiGiacomoJune 15, 2013
    Always to busy and not enough cashiers
  • Behlül U.
    Behlül UçarAugust 9, 2015
    This place is swarming on weekends. Veryyyy long waiting times at checkout.
  • Ksenia S.
    Ksenia SlavnikovaMay 24, 2015
    Все, чтобы обустроить свой дом в европейском стиле
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