If you’re looking for a bit of swagger, head over to Joya in Palo Alto. The restaurant features a wide range of modern Spanish and Latin dishes. You’ll find traditional tapas like papas bravas and queso fundido along with more robust entrees like paella.
Heartier fare like the paella takes time to prepare, so order it as soon as you get seated a your table. Joya’s version of the dish features saffron rice, mussels, chicken, clams, scallops, gambas (prawns), calamari, pork chorizo and english peas.
In Spanish Joya means jewel. On the drinks menu you’ll spy an extensive wine list featuring varietals from Spain, Argentina and Chile as well as a selection of gem-hued sangria options.
If the paella doesn’t fill you up, there are seven hefty dessert option ranging from churros with hot chocolate to caramelized pineapple butter cake. The restaurant has a dark clubby feel and a buzzy atmosphere making it suitable for a date night out. The shareability of Joya’s menu items also makes its a nice option for groups of friends who enjoy bold flavorful food.
339 University Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94301
Hours: Monday Through Wednesday 11:30am to 10:00pm, Thursday Through Saturday 11:30am to Midnight, Sunday 11:30am to 9:00pm
Phone: (650) 853-9800
Pricing (All in USD): Tapas Items $6.00 to $24.00, Soups and Salads $9.00 to $12.50, Entrees $18.00 to $48.00, Desserts $8.00 to $9.00