Alkymists
Alkymists

Alkymists

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://alkymists.com/
  • Phone: (650) 321-3514
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving nightly dinner and weekend brunch.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Jared Combs
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Bryn Carmassi 8773329689

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Street
  • Public Transit: One block from the Palo Alto Caltrain stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking on the surrounding streets. On our block on High Street (one-way at our location), there is a public parking lot to the left, and a multi-story parking structure to the right.
A word from Alkymists
alkymists melds world fusion street food bar/lounge menu with herb-infused liquor & cocktails. We will hold monthly culinary classes geared towards low income/single parents, childhood malnutrition, and other philanthropic topics. alkymists will sell house-branded wine, jarred goods, and be available for catering and special events.
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Alkymists reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
55% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (7)neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)romantic (3)special occasion (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The feeble wine list doesn't do justice to the over-the-top food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service But Great Food
    food4me
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    1st time at here and we won't be back (although the food was great) Service needs a LOT of work. Started when the bartender wouldn't transfer our tab to our table. The server was MIA server all night, we asked for wine of the day (had at bar) the server instead asks bartender to pick a wine which was different (FYI DO NOT have CA wines?!). OK we get passed all that, the bustboy knocks over an empty martini glass, it shatters, takes a good 5+ min before someone comes to clean it. No manager ever came by, nor did anyone check on us. We ordered almost every street food item, all delicious, but the server didn't describe what was what, never came back to take a dinner order, so we did not order any :( VERY disappointed with customer service
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Noisy but Interesting menu
    NaeemVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food was good and menu interesting but low ceiling with no sound absorption made it almost impossible to enjoy. we were next to a group that was having too many drinks and were loud and the low hard ceiling made this too painful
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    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu Needs Refining
    BayAreaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This place has only been open 4-5 weeks, so I'm taking that into consideration. They have a good thing going, but the menu needs refining. The cocktails are too fragrant and sweet, and the food needs editing. Some great ideas going food and beverage wise, but everything is just missing the mark. We did enjoy the atmosphere, and our waitress was very attentive and professional. Need to give this some more time to settle in.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice addition to PA
    efstoffel
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I find it hard to fathom how so many of the 'popular' spots in Palo Alto have built such a following on mediocre, overpriced and trendy food. We went to Alchymists with fairly moderate expectations knowing that many of the hot spots in PA are more about the scene than the food and were so pleasantly surprised. The flavor of every dish we tried (we had the lamb dumplings, the burrata crostini, the hummus-y tapas platter, the short ribs and the mussels) was well developed and distinct, save for an extra kick of salt in the mussels that may have come from the soyrizo in the broth. Cocktails, including the homemade infusions, were original and not too sweet. And considering the food and the atmosphere, the value was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    SCresident
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I wanted to take my girlfriend to a new restaurant for her birthday. We are foodies and it's hard to find places where the menu tries new flavors together in simple ways. The service was great and our waiter was helpful and attentive. We started with fantastic cocktails and tried a couple of appetizers. We always split our food so decided on a brussel sprouts and bacon salad and had the braised ribs for an entree. We finished up with the tres leches bread pudding with homemade chocolate ice cream. Decadent and well worth it. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great appetizer plate
    smorr
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great service! Ambiance: Dimly lit (which I would think of as more romantic), but the acoustics are lively which makes it on the noisy side. Hard to hear conversation across the table. Food: The appetizer plate is fantastic (but you have to like garlic!) 5 different delicious spreads with bread for dipping. Entrees & desserts were disappointing. Charred brussel sprout salad: delicious except for the over-abundance of "dijon vinaigrette" dressing. Couldn't taste the mustard for all the oil in it. Smoked chicken salad: not enough variety on the plate. Lamb burger: ok, not great. Pizza: overloaded with cheese. Signature cocktails: very unusual! I'd return for appetizer plate and try one of the cocktails which would be enough food for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hard to read menu
    foodie324VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Inexperienced servers. Menu was hard to read and confusing. French fries were soggy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still working out Kinks, but Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    New places need a few weeks to work out service kinks, which made for a highly entertaining comedy of errors for our dinner. Overall, it really just made for a funny experience. Food still turned up in a decent amount of time (they kept trying to give us someone else's meal, which was why, when ours finally did show up, it was in a reasonable amount of time). Food was really quite good. Beers very reasonable. Cocktails (the one i tried, the Neighbor) was reaaaaallly good! We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World Cuisine/Creative Cocktails
    maven88
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall, Alkymists was an enjoyable stop and I can see it being popular for both drinks as well as large groups looking for a different kind of cuisine than the rest of uniform University Avenue. As another plus and worthy of an extra star is their idea of Foodanthropy you see on their menu and receipts. We chatted with the manager for an extended time and learned that it is their goal of philanthropy as part of the restaurant's identity. They hope (and are currently recruiting) to throw workshops for low income and domestic violence women to show them both opportunity and life skills. It's a lofty goal and one that we see rarely in the restaurant world (East Palo Alto's Four Seasons Quattro another) but should clearly be applauded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • inadequate attention to food
    happynmad2
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We were very disappointed with this restaurant: Inattention to food and wine and over attention to ambience. My dinner was barely lukewarm and when I told the waitress, she brought it back to at the kitchen, returning after a brief wait, with a new plate which also was only somewhat warm, not hot. The meat and puree would have been delicious if hot. My partner's dinner , a shrimp and mussel dish was undercooked, about a third of the mussels unopened (and therefore inedible). The wine list was ridiculous….a sampling from many countries but not of the better wines of the types. It is hard to select when the wines are so completely unknown. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting menu, friendly service
    gogirl1213VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Alkymists definitely has a great concept for their menu, including inventive well drinks and unusual food combinations, including small plates, that work. There seemed to be some execution issues on some of the plates, but it's a brand-new restaurant - hopefully with time the food is more even. Our server was outstandingly friendly with great timing!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new addition to downtown
    KMgee
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I met up with friends for drinks and appetizers here. We can't wait to come back. Dumplings, pork belly tacos, bacon pizza and crepes were all stellar. And I enjoyed the infused tequila as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but Service Lacking
    VivaBulldozer
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food at Alkymists was great. Their street food menu and salads were excellent. The drinks made with their infused spirits were very interesting and certainly something you don't find at other restaurants. The service was a bit slow. We waited for things we wouldn't normally wait for at other restaurants. I'm sure that will be worked out as they get more time to work out the kinks. They are very new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, work on the service
    Simbrady
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was their first weekend in business, so I expected that some things needed to be worked out. First of all, the food was really good, a fusion of styles that was interesting and delicious. The staff need some training – while the principal person who served our table was ok, though not really knowledgable on the details of the selections, the other staff were not very good at all – the person who gave us our meals just put them in the center of the table and after we asked is this family style or individual we were told 'your choice' and walked away; the person who takes the plates away took them (twice) while we were still eating and wiped down the table. As a new restaurant, I thought this feedback would be appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alkymists
    2foodies
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Arrived 9 minutes before our res and were sent to the bar tho there were several open tables. Cocktails were interesting and good. We had to flag down the host to finally get a table. Waitress was very nice and eager to please, but the food was mediocre. Did not taste truffle in the burrata and consistency and taste were not appealing. Pork belly tacos were ok. Brussels sprouts in the salad were hard and rubbery. Lamb tasted ok, but the risotto was very soupy. Broth for the mussel and shrimp rouille was tasty. Beignets were the dessert special and they were hard and cakey, not light and fluffy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • needs improvement
    WatermelonVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    food was clearly not cooked to order but was pre-cooked and reheated and plated. Food came out EXTREMELY fast after placing the order but was cold although the plate was very hot. weird. Food wasn't all that tasty some okay some not so good. Drink menu was confusing with infusions and elixirs with wait staff adding to the confusion of how they all match up and how it all works. drinks weren't very good at their price point. wait staff seemed out of step with what was going on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alkymists
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Pricey. Very slow service. Been twice- had the "special" both times...those were excellent. The appetizers (tried 3) were average at best. VERY loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good addition to the neighborhood
    gastropod
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Exciting decor, modest prices, hefty portions and an interesting array of options. Some kinks in service still to be worked out (e.g. I got an email the next day mistakenly saying I hadn't shown up for the OpenTable reservation) but that's not surprising for a place that's just opened.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting New Spot
    Kyle
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall we had a very well conceptualized and executed dinner. So often "street food" in a restaurant is simply stripped down entrees plated differently, but the folks at Alkymists did an amazing job of capturing the essence of street food from all over the world. The food itself was super well prepared, the brisket in the crepes was flavorful and tender, and the crepes themselves were practically perfect. We were wishing we could try more plates, always the mark of an exciting menu. The bar and wine lists are very well done, the list short but thoughtful and well priced, the house made infusions are fantastic. A few hiccups in the service, but that is to be expected the first week being open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new restaurant
    PBHATVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Terrific drinks, good (but not outstanding) food, nice ambiance. Good vegetarian options. Slightly overpriced. Definitely worth checking out, especially for a special occassion. Great mission, contribution to the community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is OK
    NoComingBack
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I find the interior design the most interesting part of this place. Also, the concept of the restaurant is very appealing - healthy choice and science-geeky. However, since we are vegetarians, the choice is very limited and the taste is rather blend. The cocktails were not brought over until we were almost done with our dinner, and we had to ask for water three times until we finally got some. So most of the time, we were eating our dinner without cocktails or water - not very nice. The cocktails were not very good. I had one with lime but I can only taste lime, nothing else. Overall, I don't think we will come back to this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New on the block
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    New spot on University in Palo Alto. Alkymists has a nice initial vibe to it and the menu looks appealing but the food falls down in execution. The Lamb Gouda dumplings were bland and did not seem to have lots of lamb (or gouda). Asian slaw salad also kind of ordinary. Short ribs were OK. Our waiter was terrible. But they are very new and I guess that they need to get the kinks out. And we were a bit disconcerted that they allowed a group with a dog and a barefoot patron in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing new place!
    momo73
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had dinner here on Saturday with family + guests. We were a big party that got bigger and they were very accommodating. The food was awesome--the Chef's special platter and the Ahi Tuna tacos were a favorite across the table. Their street food menu makes for great small plates set for a group. From the plates, the Pork Belly stood out. The special infused coctails are *very* cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative dining experience
    heathstreetVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a welcome new addition to the University avenue restaurant scene. The food is carefully prepared, diverse in style, and artfully presented. Prices are reasonable for the portion size and service is wonderful (even on their first night in business!). The vegetarian options here are excellent - and the drink menu is quite enticing. Clearly, the folks at Alkymists are committed to providing their diners with an unforgettable experience. Note that this place is a bit on the loud side, so not a place for a quiet night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1 reviews are from the Alkymists reviews archive.
  • Great place for food and drinks
    Krisstir
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. They even brought us an appetizer to try compliments of the chef! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate