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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 Forero3 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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 barua2 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Heather A.
    Heather ArchulettaDecember 21, 2013
    Awesomest tables are by the front window... And the chocolate martini is DIVINE! :)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroAugust 19, 2015
    good: truffle deviled eggs with salmon caviar, taro+spinach croquette, Kobe beef burger. meh: scallop ceviche, seared scallops.
  • 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.
  • Megan K.
    Megan KainMarch 23, 2016
    super yummy mushroom tapas and bacon wrapped tenderloin. The ceviche was also my favorite
  • Edward K.
    Edward KJanuary 7, 2013
    Try sitting further inside the restaurant because there's usually always heavy and distracting traffic on university avenue
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenNovember 9, 2014
    Try the yuca fries! Great wine and champagne to pick from as well.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Leight K.
    Leight KnightAugust 30, 2012
    You MUST try the SAZARAC it's Billie rye, st George absinthe, bitters n something else.
  • 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. :)
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanSeptember 9, 2012
    Great bar menu if you just want to have tapas at the lounge
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MachlinFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely epic bacon Bloody Mary. Warning - spicy!
  • Gina
    GinaMay 26, 2013
    Best Pisco Sour in PA and it's off the menu!
  • Felix L.
    Felix LOctober 2, 2014
    Steak and yuca, get the oreos as well
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangNovember 9, 2016
    Try the caramelized brussel sprouts with pork belly.
  • Arletis G.
    Arletis GarciaApril 27, 2012
    Pork shoulder, kobe beef sliders and caipirinhas = excellent.
  • Nigel
    NigelMarch 23, 2015
    Best fried Calamari I've ever had !
  • Rick K.
    Rick KApril 21, 2011
    Service was outstanding and the jerk marinated fulton valley chicken was excellent.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The ceviche sampler is great and pretty huge.
  • Abi J.
    Abi JonesAugust 22, 2010
    AVOID THE SANGRIA. Seriously, who makes Sangria with canned fruit, in the summer, in California? Go with a nice Rioja instead.
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • Deekay
    DeekayMay 16, 2011
    Go familia style! Kobe beef sliders, calamari, other small bites and pitchers of sangria ftw!
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongMarch 11, 2015
    Scallops were the best. Empanadas were alright. Tacos were decent.
  • ChezBlackstar
    ChezBlackstarJune 10, 2015
    Paella and wine! Get a reservation!
  • Tom B.
    Tom BatesAugust 20, 2014
    Bottomless mimosas and Ahi Tuna Tartare were great.
  • Esther A.
    Esther AssaadMarch 5, 2010
    Loved this place. So cute. Get the Short Rib Tacos, Sauteed Gambas, and the Scallop Ceviche. Delish.
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SimmonsOctober 3, 2014
    Great place to have dinner and to meet friends for drinks.
  • Stephen D.
    Stephen DebruynJuly 23, 2015
    Tapas are great, and so is the service...
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsFebruary 13
    Loved the classic paella and chorizo corn dogs
  • Matthew Riley M.
    Argentinian-style hanger steak paired with a Malbec is a killer meal.
  • ESV Limo
    ESV LimoJune 26, 2012
    Great place to have a business lunch or dinner.
  • Vivian J.
    Vivian JohnstonApril 13, 2013
    Kobe sliders and Passion Fruit mojitos are ze bezt!
  • Julia
    JuliaFebruary 16, 2014
    Everything was amazing!!
  • Susan L.
    Susan LeeAugust 10, 2010
    Gotta have the scallop tapas and ask for sandra bullock " our waitress looks just like her! )
  • jaime s.
    jaime senaJuly 25, 2010
    When ordering the short rib tacos, get a lime wedge on the side. A little squeeze and it's perfection on a tortilla!
  • Kathleen P.
    Kathleen PoulosAugust 4, 2011
    Try the catena malbec from Argentina - way good!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grear ambiance, wine and fare
  • evelyn
    evelynJuly 9, 2013
    such tasty food. loved it!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 12, 2010
    Try the Seared Spanish Sausages with Garlic Aioli
  • Kristie S.
    Kristie SarkarAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The paella is definitely worth the 45 minutes
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne ShiltonMay 26, 2012
    the deviled eggs are a-mazing. :)
  • Nana
    NanaJune 13, 2015
    Yes the sangria is extremely weak. But $24 seriously
  • Foodkitten
    FoodkittenJuly 4, 2012
    Thursday evenings are best scene.
  • Pat
    PatOctober 14, 2014
    Dessert is awesome.
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AJuly 15, 2014
    Very cute spot...the drinks are good
  • Perri G.
    Perri GormanJune 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Custest bartenders in Palo Alto...
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangMarch 18
    Try the new world chips with guac.
  • Robert K.
    Robert KaymanFebruary 18
    Great atmosphere, great food, great service
  • Tatyana F.
    Tatyana FisherMarch 10, 2012
    Mexican empanadas are to die for!
  • Dan N.
    Dan NguyenAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Great tapas, great ambiance.
  • Roxy C.
    Roxy CorbuAugust 14, 2013
    Awesome sangria! But I had the worst service on friends bday. :(
  • Debby M.
    Debby MeredithJune 7, 2012
    Scallops with sweet corn is yummy!
  • Alana
    AlanaAugust 24, 2013
    Really awesome peach sangria!
  • Sid V.
    Sid ViswanathanJune 11, 2012
    My favorite restaurant in Palo Alto!
  • Doug G.
    Doug GarlandSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The ahi tuna tartare is great!
  • Amy C.
    Amy CagleMarch 12, 2011
    The white peach sangria is the best!
  • Max T.
    Max TsarikMay 16, 2015
    Made a reservation for 8 people, but we never got our table. Pure service.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanDecember 19, 2012
    The scallops are the bomb.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MachlinApril 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Truffles eggs will change your life
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith MateerDecember 24, 2015
    Go for the tapas!
  • Prashant B.
    Prashant BharambeAugust 9, 2014
    Love the wine Mark West
  • Susan L.
    Susan LeeAugust 10, 2010
    Have the scallops!! And sandra bullock " our waitress. Looks just like her!!
  • Anneke J.
    Anneke JongSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    also, the tuna tartare is tops.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 12, 2010
    Try the Tequila Basil Melons
  • Lee S.
    Lee ShepJune 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ashton behind the bar is terrific.
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie McHaleMay 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Papas Bravas! Do it...
  • Cathy V.
    Cathy VigrassAugust 17, 2011
    White peach sangria = delicious!
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith MateerSeptember 23, 2012
    Mac n cheese was tasty!
  • Harpreet S.
    Harpreet SethiJanuary 18, 2013
    long wait...frndly staff...fried oreos :)
  • Erroin M.
    Erroin MartinMay 17, 2012
    Place is packed an takes forever to get served. Although the scenery is... Interesting.
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander JohnsonSeptember 6, 2010
    Best calamari ever. Esp. With red sangria
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FernándezMay 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the lounge!
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