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Joya Restaurant & Lounge

Tapas Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown North, Palo Alto
  • 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)
    Arletis G.
    "Pork shoulder, kobe beef sliders and caipirinhas = excellent."(5 Tips)
110 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • sangria
  • good for dates
  • short rib tacos
  • paella
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  • 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.
  • v f.
    v fApril 1, 2010
    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ariel Z.
    Ariel ZachMay 8, 2014
    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.
  • Tristan
    TristanMay 30, 2012
    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!
  • 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.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MachlinFebruary 28, 2013
    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
  • 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
  • Tristan
    TristanAugust 13, 2011
    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
    Upvoted May 6
  • 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.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroAugust 19, 2015
    good: truffle deviled eggs with salmon caviar, taro+spinach croquette, Kobe beef burger. meh: scallop ceviche, seared scallops.
  • 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! :)
  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan ClarkJanuary 5, 2015
    Patatas Bravas were our favorite tapa - and the paella is delicious, but it easily feeds 4, not 2!
  • Edward K.
    Edward KJanuary 7, 2013
    Try sitting further inside the restaurant because there's usually always heavy and distracting traffic on university avenue
  • 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.
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MathewsSeptember 22, 2012
    The tapas sampler is *outstanding*, as is the classic paella. Good, quick service. I'll definitely go back.
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie McHaleMay 12, 2012
    Ashton is lovely. Very professional. Also, the girl with the glasses is very knowledgeable. Awesome staff.
  • Megan K.
    Megan KainMarch 23
    super yummy mushroom tapas and bacon wrapped tenderloin. The ceviche was also my favorite
  • Esther A.
    Esther AssaadMarch 5, 2010
    Loved this place. So cute. Get the Short Rib Tacos, Sauteed Gambas, and the Scallop Ceviche. Delish.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SungApril 11, 2011
    guac + new world chips and ahi tuna tartare are excellent. also a big fan of their wine list
  • Marcela R.
    Marcela RodriguezMarch 15, 2012
    Get here early, great food and have to have the platanos, tacos and tuna! Nom nom nom!
  • Stan v.
    Stan van de BurgtJune 30, 2013
    They get gluten-free. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Great staff. Try the ceviche.
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenNovember 9, 2014
    Try the yuca fries! Great wine and champagne to pick from as well.
  • 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.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LeeAugust 10, 2010
    Gotta have the scallop tapas and ask for sandra bullock " our waitress looks just like her! )
  • Hai L.
    Hai LiOctober 1, 2015
    The calamari is way too salty. The paella is decent size but tastes awful. Sorry no next time.
  • Rick K.
    Rick KApril 21, 2011
    Service was outstanding and the jerk marinated fulton valley chicken was excellent.
  • Susan R.
    Susan RathbunFebruary 20, 2012
    If your a ceviche fan, you must try the ceviche trio..cucumber really brightens the mix!
  • Ben K.
    Ben KrasnowAugust 15, 2013
    Shrimp ceviche & gazpacho are both excellent, papas bravas are meh
  • 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!
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhJune 6, 2013
    Great tapas and sangria with red wine was very food too. Fancy.
  • Leight K.
    Leight KnightAugust 30, 2012
    You MUST try the SAZARAC it's Billie rye, st George absinthe, bitters n something else.
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 19, 2011
    Awesome sangria and one of the best happy hours spots in the Bay Area. :)
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongMarch 11, 2015
    Scallops were the best. Empanadas were alright. Tacos were decent.
  • 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
    Absolutely epic bacon Bloody Mary. Warning - spicy!
  • Deekay
    DeekayMay 16, 2011
    Go familia style! Kobe beef sliders, calamari, other small bites and pitchers of sangria ftw!
  • Arletis G.
    Arletis GarciaApril 27, 2012
    Pork shoulder, kobe beef sliders and caipirinhas = excellent.
  • Aditya V.
    Aditya VempatyOctober 10, 2009
    You gotta Try the Sangira. Just amazing for a pitch its $26, which isnt bad at all!!!
  • Nigel
    NigelMarch 23, 2015
    Best fried Calamari I've ever had !
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 12, 2010
    Try the Seared Spanish Sausages with Garlic Aioli
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