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Joya Restaurant & Lounge

Tapas Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown North, Palo Alto
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  • Ben K.
    "Shrimp ceviche & gazpacho are both excellent, papas bravas are meh"(4 Tips)
    Esther A.
    "Get the Short Rib Tacos, Sauteed Gambas, and the Scallop Ceviche."(5 Tips)
    Amy C.
    "The white peach sangria is the best!"(3 Tips)
    Ashley S.
    "guac + new world chips and ahi tuna tartare are excellent."(6 Tips)
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  • Julian F.
    Julian ForeroJune 27, 2017
    If 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.
  • Luke Kash Y.
    Luke Kash YunNovember 10, 2013
    Bougie places like this usually have weak crab cakes, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Sangria & bottomless mimosas are a good deal as well.
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.September 26, 2012
    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.
  • Ariel Z.
    Ariel ZachMay 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Pooja
    PoojaOctober 17, 2014
    Can'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.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MachlinFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Tristan
    TristanMay 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try 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!
  • p b.
    p baruaJuly 5, 2017
    The sample platter is really good as is the caipirinha. The cocktails are strong , just the way I like them!!
  • Bri N.
    Bri NguyenAugust 2, 2012
    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
  • Leonora B.
    Leonora BustamanteNovember 6, 2012
    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.
  • Steve M.
    Steve MoroskiJune 26, 2014
    Love this place. Perfect Palo Alto vibe. Upscale collegiate. Just go tapas all the way. With an outstanding, local double IPA.
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenNovember 9, 2014
    Try the yuca fries! Great wine and champagne to pick from as well.
  • Rian v.
    Rian van der MerweJanuary 29, 2015
    Good cocktail menu. The Manhattan is great, and they do a coffee cocktail thing for dessert that's pretty amazing.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuJanuary 16, 2013
    Great tapas and drinks-- I recommend the Kobe sliders, braised short rib tacos, red snapper ceviche, and yucca fries!
  • Heather A.
    Heather ArchulettaDecember 21, 2013
    Awesomest tables are by the front window... And the chocolate martini is DIVINE! :)
  • Nana
    NanaJune 8, 2015
    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
  • Tristan
    TristanAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if 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
  • Nick J.
    Nick JouannemSeptember 30, 2016
    Tried the papas bravas and the mini-burgers. Both were great and the portion size of papas was generous.
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan ClarkJanuary 5, 2015
    Patatas Bravas were our favorite tapa - and the paella is delicious, but it easily feeds 4, not 2!
  • v f.
    v fApril 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TraubApril 24, 2014
    Tuna tartare and chicken tostadas are great. Order your drinks two at a time because they're slow coming.
  • Yuan D.
    Yuan DuanOctober 8, 2011
    The white peach sangria is great!! Coloma is alright. All tapas are yummy yummy! Love the crab cake, mini burger
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MathewsSeptember 22, 2012
    The tapas sampler is *outstanding*, as is the classic paella. Good, quick service. I'll definitely go back.
  • Mrinabh D.
    Mrinabh DuttaMay 5, 2015
    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.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroAugust 19, 2015
    good: truffle deviled eggs with salmon caviar, taro+spinach croquette, Kobe beef burger. meh: scallop ceviche, seared scallops.
  • Megan K.
    Megan KainMarch 23, 2016
    super yummy mushroom tapas and bacon wrapped tenderloin. The ceviche was also my favorite
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie McHaleMay 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ashton is lovely. Very professional. Also, the girl with the glasses is very knowledgeable. Awesome staff.
  • Sheeva N.
    Sheeva NazhandJuly 23, 2011
    Try the deep fried oreos, I promise you they are to die for!! Tons of yummy tapas too, I'll definitely be back :)
  • Stan v.
    Stan van de BurgtJune 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They get gluten-free. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Great staff. Try the ceviche.
  • Edward K.
    Edward KJanuary 7, 2013
    Try sitting further inside the restaurant because there's usually always heavy and distracting traffic on university avenue
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The ceviche sampler is great and pretty huge.
  • Marcela R.
    Marcela RodriguezMarch 15, 2012
    Get here early, great food and have to have the platanos, tacos and tuna! Nom nom nom!
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadJuly 8, 2013
    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.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SungApril 11, 2011
    guac + new world chips and ahi tuna tartare are excellent. also a big fan of their wine list
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhJune 6, 2013
    Great tapas and sangria with red wine was very food too. Fancy.
  • Susan R.
    Susan RathbunFebruary 20, 2012
    If your a ceviche fan, you must try the ceviche trio..cucumber really brightens the mix!
  • Leight K.
    Leight KnightAugust 30, 2012
    You MUST try the SAZARAC it's Billie rye, st George absinthe, bitters n something else.
  • Rich W.
    Rich WongOctober 25, 2009
    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
  • Ben K.
    Ben KrasnowAugust 15, 2013
    Shrimp ceviche & gazpacho are both excellent, papas bravas are meh
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 19, 2011
    Awesome sangria and one of the best happy hours spots in the Bay Area. :)
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MachlinFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely epic bacon Bloody Mary. Warning - spicy!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanSeptember 9, 2012
    Great bar menu if you just want to have tapas at the lounge
  • Gina
    GinaMay 26, 2013
    Best Pisco Sour in PA and it's off the menu!
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangNovember 9, 2016
    Try the caramelized brussel sprouts with pork belly.
  • Felix L.
    Felix LOctober 2, 2014
    Steak and yuca, get the oreos as well
  • Nigel
    NigelMarch 23, 2015
    Best fried Calamari I've ever had !
  • Arletis G.
    Arletis GarciaApril 27, 2012
    Pork shoulder, kobe beef sliders and caipirinhas = excellent.
  • Rick K.
    Rick KApril 21, 2011
    Service was outstanding and the jerk marinated fulton valley chicken was excellent.
  • ChezBlackstar
    ChezBlackstarJune 10, 2015
    Paella and wine! Get a reservation!
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SimmonsOctober 3, 2014
    Great place to have dinner and to meet friends for drinks.
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