Happy Donuts in Palo Alto (Photos, Menu, Reviews & Ratings)

Happy Donuts

Address: 3916 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Phone: (650) 272-6571

Price: $

Menu: View Online

Rating: 4.5

Website: https://happydonutspaloalto.tripod.com/

What Time Does Happy Donuts Open?

Saturday,: 5AM to 10PM

Sunday,: 5AM to 10PM

Monday,: 5AM to 10PM

Tuesday,: 5AM to 10PM

Wednesday,: 5AM to 10PM

Thursday,: 5AM to 10PM

Friday,: 5AM to 10PM

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Happy Donuts Reviews

Robert Lin

A great establishment! Friendly staff.  Donuts are large, freshly baked, and super-fluffy.  Prices, especially by Bay Area standards, are eminently reasonable too!  I was able to buy a medium black coffee (16oz) with cream and two donuts (glazed and crumb) for $5.75.  The only “gotcha” I would note is that there is a $5 minimum charge if you plan to use a credit card.  Will definitely visit again! 


On the ‘rare’ occasion I crave sweet fried dough and I can’t make it to Portland, OR for a Blue Star donut, or New Orleans for some beignets, I end up at Happy Donuts.
Better than Safeway, and I would say on par with Krispy Kreme. (KK wins if you want to see the donuts being made in front of you)
If you want a puffy airy soft pillow, always go with the plain glazed classic circle.
I usually just get one of those, but their twists looked so pretty in the display case today I got one too. (The twists due to the braided shape are a tad denser than aforementioned circle pillows, but still pretty soft and just as good in their own way.) Then I realized I didn’t have enough cash for their $5 minimum (this never happens at Blue Star bc one donut is about $5 ), so I had to get a third donut. It’s a hard knock life .
I was done eating before I thought to take a pic, I like that the donuts here are not greasy, as you can see the undersides are nice and clean. Some donut shops you get debris from dirty trays and some oiliness squishes through, but not at this Happy Donuts. We always go in the morning, and the oil is never rancid. This has happened at some other donut shops on the peninsula, where a decent donut was spoiled by bad grease, but not here. Staff is always pretty jolly too.
This particular location is easy to miss, due to their location but it’s got a good turnover. We drive past regularly, and often see young kids in Stanford shirts walking away with boxes of donuts (to power them thru their studies/late nite munchies). This location has parking as well.

Ariel Jensen

Love Happy Donuts! So soft, not too sweet, and a great variety. The sour cream & the sprinkle are my favorite so far. Great store hours, sufficient parking, friendly service, & reasonable prices. Will continue to be a customer.

B g

Went on Mother’s Day. Good selection. Cinnamon rolls not very flavorful but dough is good. Jelly filled Raspbery not much flavor gooey no texture. Dough was good.
Just not what I expected based on reviews. Disappointed. Friendly staff. Dark and dingy shop.

Kasey Cheydleur

We stayed at the Nest Hotel nearby and ended up eating the majority of our breakfasts here. So glad we found this instead of settling for Starbucks. The coffee here is tasty- though nothing to write home about. What were the real standouts were the pastries. The cronuts, cronut holes, and apple fritter were all top-notch and the prices were really reasonable. I also tried a bagel which was pretty good. On the whole this place is a gem and if I am ever back in Palo Alto I would definitely make a point to revisit.

Talha Baqar

Love Happy Donuts! Unfortunately they’re not open 24 hours anymore but the donuts are still fresh and delicious. It is definitely our go-to donut spot in Palo Alto.

Karin Hensley

This place is AWESOME! My husband loves cruellers & loved theirs, but The cronuts are AMAZING! And they have cronut holes! My personal favorite was the sugared…it reminded me of a croissant churro…delicious! If you don’t get one, you are missing out! Go here immediately & get a cronut!


My kids told me that if I bring a donut looking box home and it doesn’t have actual donuts inside then they will disown me: Happy Donuts never disappoints

Sandra Verboom

A very large selection of donuts, even cronuts 🙂 The donuts are fresh and not greasy. We bought several dozen to share at work. Everyone loved them.

Norcal Bob

Always consistently good with great service support local

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