Joya Restaurant & Lounge

Tapas Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Latin American Restaurant · Downtown North
339 University Ave (at Waverley St.), Palo Alto, CA 94301, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 265 votes

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    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)
    Arletis G.
    "Pork shoulder, kobe beef sliders and caipirinhas = excellent."(5 Tips)
    Ashley S.
    "guac + new world chips and ahi tuna tartare are excellent."(6 Tips)
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  • tapas
  • sangria
  • short rib tacos
  • good for dates
  • cocktails
  • paella
  • papas bravas
  • wine
  • scallops
  • yucca fries
  • empanadas
  • desserts
  • fried oreos
  • happy hour
  • caviar
  • romantic
  • churros
  • trendy
  • crab cakes
  • chicken tostadas
  • jek

    Try the beer test. Get a $500 beer card! Read more

    jek · 1 week ago
  • Hai L.

    The calamari is way too salty. The paella is decent size but tastes awful. Sorry no next time.

    Hai Li · October 1
  • Rafi R.

    good: truffle deviled eggs with salmon caviar, taro+spinach croquette, Kobe beef burger. meh: scallop ceviche, seared scallops.

    Rafi Romero · August 19
  • Stephen D.

    Tapas are great, and so is the service...

    Stephen Debruyn · July 23
  • Nirnaya L.

    Yes the sangria is extremely weak. But $24 seriously

    Nirnaya Lohani · June 13
  • ChezBlackstar

    Paella and wine! Get a reservation!

    ChezBlackstar · June 10
  • Nirnaya L.

    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

    Nirnaya Lohani · June 8
  • Max T.

    Made a reservation for 8 people, but we never got our table. Pure service.

    Max Tsarik · May 16
  • Mrinabh D.

    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.

    Mrinabh Dutta · May 5
  • Nigel

    Best fried Calamari I've ever had !

    Nigel · March 23
  • Andrea S.

    The salmon was disappointing..

    Andrea S. · March 15
  • Tiffany Z.

    Scallops were the best. Empanadas were alright. Tacos were decent.

    Tiffany Zhong · March 11
  • Rian v.

    Good cocktail menu. The Manhattan is great, and they do a coffee cocktail thing for dessert that's pretty amazing.

    Rian van der Merwe · January 29
  • Bryan C.

    Patatas Bravas were our favorite tapa - and the paella is delicious, but it easily feeds 4, not 2!

    Bryan Clark · January 5
  • Tanner C.

    Try the yuca fries! Great wine and champagne to pick from as well.

    Tanner Christensen · November 9, 2014
  • Pooja

    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.

    Pooja · October 17, 2014
  • Pat

    Dessert is awesome.

    Pat · October 14, 2014
  • Sandra S.

    Great place to have dinner and to meet friends for drinks.

    Sandra Simmons · October 3, 2014
  • Felix L.

    Steak and yuca, get the oreos as well

    Felix L · October 2, 2014
  • Tom B.

    Bottomless mimosas and Ahi Tuna Tartare were great.

    Tom Bates · August 20, 2014
  • Prashant B.

    Love the wine Mark West

    Prashant Bharambe · August 9, 2014
  • Sarah A.

    Very cute spot...the drinks are good

    Sarah A · July 15, 2014
  • Steve M.

    Love this place. Perfect Palo Alto vibe. Upscale collegiate. Just go tapas all the way. With an outstanding, local double IPA.

    Steve Moroski · June 26, 2014
  • Andrea F.

    Love the lounge!

    Andrea Fernández · May 19, 2014
  • Ariel Z.

    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.

    Ariel Zach · May 8, 2014
  • Matthew T.

    Tuna tartare and chicken tostadas are great. Order your drinks two at a time because they're slow coming.

    Matthew Traub · April 24, 2014
  • Igor B.

    not bad. A bit pricey.

    Igor Bilis · March 30, 2014
  • Julia

    Everything was amazing!!

    Julia · February 16, 2014
  • Jeff M.

    Absolutely epic bacon Bloody Mary. Warning - spicy!

    Jeff Machlin · February 9, 2014
  • Heather A.

    Awesomest tables are by the front window... And the chocolate martini is DIVINE! :)

    Heather Archuletta · December 21, 2013
  • Alex B.

    Grear ambiance, wine and fare

    Alex B · November 27, 2013
  • Luke Kash Y.

    Bougie places like this usually have weak crab cakes, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Sangria & bottomless mimosas are a good deal as well.

    Luke Kash Yun · November 10, 2013
  • Alana

    Really awesome peach sangria!

    Alana · August 24, 2013
  • Ben K.

    Shrimp ceviche & gazpacho are both excellent, papas bravas are meh

    Ben Krasnow · August 15, 2013
  • Roxy C.

    Awesome sangria! But I had the worst service on friends bday. :(

    Roxy Corbu · August 14, 2013
  • evelyn

    such tasty food. loved it!

    evelyn · July 9, 2013
  • Priya S.

    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.

    Priya Saiprasad · July 8, 2013
  • Stan v.

    They get gluten-free. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Great staff. Try the ceviche.

    Stan van de Burgt · June 30, 2013
  • Rod G.

    Love this place

    Rod Green · June 29, 2013
  • Alice

    Great tapas and sangria with red wine was very food too. Fancy.

    Alice · June 6, 2013
  • Gina

    Best Pisco Sour in PA and it's off the menu!

    Gina · May 26, 2013
  • Vivian J.

    Kobe sliders and Passion Fruit mojitos are ze bezt!

    Vivian Johnston · April 13, 2013
  • Jeff M.

    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

    Jeff Machlin · February 28, 2013
  • Harpreet S.

    long wait...frndly staff...fried oreos :)

    Harpreet Sethi · January 18, 2013
  • Shirley L.

    Great tapas and drinks-- I recommend the Kobe sliders, braised short rib tacos, red snapper ceviche, and yucca fries!

    Shirley Liu · January 16, 2013
  • Edward K.

    Try sitting further inside the restaurant because there's usually always heavy and distracting traffic on university avenue

    Edward K · January 7, 2013
  • Josh C.

    The scallops are the bomb.

    Josh Chan · December 19, 2012
  • Leonora B.

    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.

    Leonora Bustamante · November 6, 2012
  • Raj S.

    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.

    Raj S. · September 26, 2012
  • Meredith M.

    Mac n cheese was tasty!

    Meredith Mateer · September 23, 2012

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