Top 11 Restaurants In Palo Alto, California - Updated 2021

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Adrian Chew
Adrian Chew

This holiday season explore different types of cuisines instead of visiting the points of interest. Consider Palo Alto as your destination and you will be amazed by what you can eat, drink and see. The city is located about 56 kilometers (32 miles) south of San Francisco. It is well known for its parks, arts center and historical landmarks. Besides that, it is also the main focal point of Silicon Valley as various technology companies are based here. There are many eateries located in the city that are worth checking out. Start your adventure now!

1. Evvia Estiatorio

Start your food hunt by checking out this Greek restaurant in Palo Alto. Since it is a popular restaurant in Palo Alto, you need to book your reservation online. There are various menus to choose from, so you can dine at Evvia Estiatorio anytime of the day be it for lunch, dinner or supper. You should also check out the wine and desert menus as there is something to eat or drink for everyone.

The highly recommended dishes are roasted chicken, salads, branzino and seafood. The aroma of the spices and olive oil will whet up your appetite. If you do not know what to order for your kids, you can always ask the staff for a recommendation. This Michelin-listed restaurant is the best place to try Greek food.

Evvia Estiatorio

Address: 420 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm), Saturday (5pm-11pm), Sunday (5pm-9pm)

Website: Evvia Estiatorio

2. The Fish Market

Craving for delicious seafood? Then you should dine in at the well-known Fish Market in the city. If you ask any locals where to enjoy fresh and mouth-watering seafood, they will recommended you this restaurant. The prawn and crab cocktails are a must when eating here. They are a favorite among diners.

Service and quality are excellent and you will enjoy eating at The Fish Market. Besides, you can also buy some fish to cook at home. Do not forget to order the wines, they are great too. The menus might change on a daily basis, so you need to check the website or refer to the staff at the restaurant for details. Kids will like the food here too.

The Fish Market

Address: 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday (11am-9pm), Friday-Saturday (11am-9.30pm), Sunday (12noon-9pm)

Website: The Fish Market

3. Tamarine Restaurant

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Looking for Asian food while in Palo Alto? The place you should consider is Tamarine Restaurant. You will get to savor Vietnamese cuisine and it will be a unique dining experience. Due to its popularity, you need to book your reservation before you come here. Among the popular dishes are claypot fish, lamb with hoisin sauce, empress rice and many others. Besides that, you can book the dining room according to your preference.

Tamarine Restaurant

Address: 546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday (11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm), Friday (11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10pm), Saturday (5pm-10pm), Sunday (5pm-9pm)

Website: Tamarine Restaurant

4. Terun

If your kids prefer pizzas, bring them to Terun. Choose from the various pastas and pizzas while at Terun. Indulge in high quality wines while having your pizzas. The Napoletana pizza is a must while dining at this restaurant. If you want to order dessert, Eggplant Polpette is one of the favorites and you should go for it.

Italian pastas and pizzas are indeed delicious and there are many to choose from. Kindly refer to the menu and you will know what to order. Look at the picture above and the food will make you hungry.


Address: 448 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday (11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10pm), Sunday (11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm)

Website: Terun

5. Joanie’s Café

Joanie's Cafe
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No visit to Palo Alto is complete without enjoying its local food. Do you know that this café was voted “Best Breakfast” for four consecutive years? It is definitely worth your money and everyone should dine here for breakfast and lunch. This is the place to go if you are looking for American food and you will come back for more after eating at Joanie’s Café.

You get to eat in large portions as it is standard American size. The smoked salmon omelette, cobb salad and hash browns are among the popular foods at the café. Make sure you order them. Imagine yourself having a hearty breakfast - you will leave the café with your stomach full.

Joanie’s Café

Address: 405 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (7.30am-2.15pm)

Website: Joanie’s Café

6. Rangoon Ruby

Among all the Asian cuisines, you might not have heard of Burmese food. It is time to give it a try and you might be surprised with the uniqueness of the food. Head over to Rangoon Ruby for your meal. Even if you are a first-timer, this restaurant will indeed surprise you with its authentic Burmese cuisines.

The Tiki cocktails are refreshing and are a must when you dine in at the restaurant. Order the shrimp curry, samosa soup and tea salad - among the well-known dishes. Whether it is noodles, salads, soups or desserts, this is a unique dining experience so book your reservation to avoid disappointment.

Rangoon Ruby

Address: 445 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday (11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10pm), Friday-Saturday (11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm)

Website: Rangoon Ruby

7. Pampas

Looking for more options when dining out? There is one restaurant to dine in. Choose from various meats and cuts from the menu. Brazilian cuisine is of world class standard. Linguica, lamb chops and salad prawns are among the dishes to try while you are at Pampas.

If you like meat and steak, this is the perfect place for you. Always order moderately as you might not be able to finish it all. Go experience something new while in Palo Alto.


Address: 529 Alma St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday (5pm-9.30pm), Friday-Saturday (5pm-10pm), Sunday (5pm-9pm)

Website: Pampas

8. Zola Restaurant

Fine dining is popular around the world. The first thing that comes across your mind when mentioning fine dining is French cuisine. It is among the best and most popular cuisines in the world. Enjoy a mix of Californian and French cuisines at Zola Restaurant. Take a look at the picture above and you will want to grab hold of the food.

Salmon rillettes, beef Bourguinion and grilled pork chop are some of the dishes to order as they are the favorites among diners. Fine dining is not complete without the wines. Do remember to order those too.

Zola Restaurant

Address: 565 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Thursday (5pm-9pm), Friday-Saturday (5pm-10pm), Closed on Sunday-Monday

Website: Zola Restaurant

9. Vino Locale

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Hanging out with your friends or looking for a bar to just have a drink? Vino Locale is the wine bar for you to enjoy premium wines and to hang out with your friends. Apart from wines, you can order beers and some light snacks. This is the place to celebrate your birthday, hang out with the locals and have a glass of wine. Choose from the various white, red, sparkling and rose wines available. Try the fillet mignon and caprese salad as they are super delicious.

Vino Locale

Address: 431 Kipling St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Opening Hours: Monday (5pm-9pm), Tuesday-Sunday (11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm)

Website: Vino Locale

10. Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels

Fancy eating some bagels? There are two well-known eateries in Palo Alto. One is located on California Avenue and the other in University Avenue. The shops also share the same name. It is up to you which shops you want to go to but the bagels are indeed awesome and huge too. So creamy and freshly made.

Look at the picture of the bagels and kids will get excited too. You can either take away or have your bagels at the shop. Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels is the place to go for bagels. Apart from bagels, you can also order sandwiches and coffee. The bagels are so colorful and there are so many to choose from. Definitely a must if you’re at Palo Alto.

Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels

Address: 477 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday (6am-5pm), Friday (6am-4pm), Saturday-Sunday (7am-3pm)

Website: Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels

11. Joya Restaurant & Lounge

While walking around the downtown area, drop by at Joya Restaurant & Lounge and order the tapas. You can opt to have lunch, brunch or dinner but you must remember to book your reservation. Among the popular dishes are roasted pig, Kobe beef mini-burgers and chipotle chicken tostadas. Of course, there are many others and you need to refer to the menus for details.

Apart from that, you will have a chance to enjoy wines from countries like Chile, Spain and Argentina. Eating at Joya Restaurant & Lounge is not for everyone as it is very expensive. Ensure that you have enough cash.

Joya Restaurant & Lounge

Address: 339 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday (11.30am-10pm), Thursday-Saturday (11.30am-12am), Sunday (11.30am-9pm)

Website: Joya Restaurant & Lounge

A mix of Asian and Western cuisines

Delicious bagels
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Whether it is a local delicacy or Asian food, you can eat and drink almost anything when in Palo Alto. The city is not just a holiday destination but also a foodie heaven as you get to indulge in its food as well as experience the culture and heritage of Palo Alto.

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