Black Palm Restaurant

Black Palm Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackpalmrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7273605000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Black Palm Restaurant
Enjoy innovative Latin cuisine in an elegant yet casual environment. Experience a fine-dining affair or mix and match our tapas and create a culinary masterpiece of your own. Join friends in our bar and sample our handcrafted cocktails!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Black Palm Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (23)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)romantic (13)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great new find
    LindaP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This location has housed many different restaurants over the last few years with distinctly different cuisines. The interior has always been dark and noisy. It is still noisy, but much brighter than in the past. I miss the valet parking, but otherwise, The Black Palm was a delightful surprise. The food was terrific and the waitress attentive and informative. I can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting St. Pete
    pinkslipmg
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food and service were great! Decor was a little outdated, but overall a nice time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it used to be
    Florida4nowVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were sorely disappointed when we returned to Black Palm. Several food items were not available (that was also true on our last visit), multiple servers functioning as a team simply meant that no one was really in charge, and the music was so loud that we could not hear each other (there were four of us). The food that was served was okay but the carpaccio had been cooked, the sliced rib eye tasted like pot roast, the calamari were so-so, and the sides served with the corvina were not what was on the menu. The music (which sounded like wedding music) was much too loud and not culturally related to the food, like it used to be. Frankly we're very sorry the restaurant moved. It has dropped from our top 10 to maybe not again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable experience.
    DaveMary
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Upon arrival, the person who seated us said we had a choice of being close to the live music or farther away for more privacy and a more quiet table. We chose the seating near the fabulous violin virtuoso who played beautiful Spanish style music and a few standards thrown in to make you feel at home. The performer was so good we tipped him $20 bucks. He deserved it. The food was well presented and very good. I already have the another item on the menu picked out for our next visit. Service was on top of their game and we thought the total experience was worth repeating. Didn't hurt that the gorgeous sunset that was draping the entire Suncoast, as we left the place, made our night even more magic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sublime Birthday
    TLS2411
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Started with drinks at the bar, which is beautiful. Had dinner for 6, couldn't believe how tender the meat was. The whole evening ambience was enhanced by a classically trained violinist playing great bar music. Loving evening, will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different
    Lovetoeaout52
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant really needs to address the noise level. When the server can't hear your order, it is too loud!! Baffles on the ceiling, lower music, something. It is the first thing you notice when you walk in. Enjoyed the food, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food and service in the area!!
    In2theBlue
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Beautiful restaurant inside and out! Food and service is outstanding!!! We can not wait to return! Thank you for a special evening. The music was a nice touch too! Will be back for the Tapas and the Cafe Con Carne! and save some Natilla for us too!!! Owners are great! Even came to the table to check on us! Will see you again soon!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful, Tapas and Sangria!
    Mundy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had an exceptional dinner of Tapas, which were tasty and beautifully prepared, whether it was the Seafood Ceviche or the marinated Beef on skewers. We had five Tapas and a marvelous dessert, which was like a Creme Brulee, but made with Grand Marnier. Their special Sangria, was one of the best I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Latin American Cuisine
    winenut
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is by far one of the Best Latin American restaurants I have been to in SW Florida. The food was delicious, service impeccable and the wine list fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Palm Relocates
    TheGreatOne
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We loved Black Palm when it was on Pass-a-Grille Beach, but hadn't been in a number of years, so for our 17th anniversary, we decided to check out the new location in the historic Jungle Prada area. We were not disappointed. I ordered the HUGE deep sea scallops and my bride ordered the salmon. I was a little surprised to observe that the menu offered fewer sea food dishes than in the past. The musical entertainment (classical guitarist playing authentic Spanish music, for the most part) was just a tad loud, but I think our proximity to the set might have been partly responsible. The server was a bit brisk but courteous, efficient and very professional. Do yourselves a favor and check out this tastefully classy new location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the trip
    floridatravellers2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We enjoyed our anniversary dinner from the tapas menu. Each and every dish was excellent. These servers work on a team approach, which gives everyone excellent service. We will be back on our next trip to the greater St Petersburg area. Thanks for the great memories.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    CaptainMorgan
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We met another couple for dinner. It was fantastic! The presentation of the food was terrific. We went on a Tuesday night which was advertised as $5 wine and $5 tapas. Our friends had the tapas which looked great. I had the filet which were delicious and my wife had the scallops which she really enjoyed. The servers were attentive and gave us the history of the restaurant. We had such a good time that we will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Palm dining review
    DivineDining
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant reasonably accommodated 6 friends saying goodbye to one without feeling rushed though we were there for hours. The location was convenient and the atmosphere was perfect. The menu items were a little pricy and that would preclude me from dining here as often as I'd like. However, the specials offered were terrific and moderately priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black palm
    Thdining
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Very nice meal. Attentive service. Good menu including tapas. Especially enjoyed coffee encrusted filet
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Enjoyed our meal. Their address is wrong on Tripadvisor, so we almost went to the wrong location. They are now located on Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After theatre birthday celebration
    Jess
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our group of 6 had a lovely birthday celebration at 10pm. Service was outstanding, as was the light meal and appetizers that we enjoyed. We were the only ones in the restaurant and never did we feel rushed or that we were intruding on the staff's personal time. We would highly recommend The Black Palm and every member of our group will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    Fldawg
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First time to this restaurant. Food was outstanding. Service was first class. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Michele
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Enjoyed another great meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a good gourmet meal. Excellent customer service!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service Mediocre food
    Katt
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Walking in I was impressed wirh the building and decor. The wait staff was pleasant and very professional. However the food was mediocre at best. For the price I was expecting a higher level. What a disappointment as this could be a hidden jewel, but they must kick up their game in the kitchen if they are to succeed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Black Palm Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Did not meet expectations
    HPS58VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by friends on several occasions. So we expected a good experience. The restaurant has recently relocated and the new venue is lovely. Our service was great! The wine list was lean and could certainly be revisited to improve selections to better suit the menu. I ordered steak medium rare, I received about the worst over cooked tenderloin I have ever had. It was coffee crusted but it seems the coffee grounds must have been rubbed on after it was cooked. I felt I was eating mouthfuls of sand. Just awful. I also ordered calamari which had a wonderful twist which included yellow chili peppers, great add, however also over cooked.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A new St. Pete favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The place is beautiful. Service was very good; food was excellent; the servers did not hover, but were attentive to how our our meal was progressing. It was a Sunday night and pretty empty. but that was just fine with me, as it was quieter and, since tis was a special occasion for my brand-new significant other, it was that much more romantic. The music was perfect for the place as well.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    For starters, Most restaurants in St Pete that would be in the same category as Black Palm (Salt Rock, Middle Grounds, Beach Dr. DT) that have limited parking offer complementary Valet. Here they take all the parking and require you to pay for Valet. The environment seemed old and not really impressive. So both of these things can be easily overcome with a good experience, however that didn't happen. We ordered the Chipotle Deviled Eggs and my Fiancé asked to make sure they were vegetarian since they also have a lobster deviled egg on the menu. They confirmed for us that they were. When we got them we each took a bit and they were NOT Vegetarian. The only response we got was that we were wrong they were and don't worry they took off
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I went there for our anniversary. The food was excellent as well as the service. Our waitress was very helpful in suggesting a great meal that we both enjoyed. The only complaint I have is the noise, it's very loud. And the seating. We like booths and there aren't any, the seating is close to other people/tales. But overall we really like it. We will most likely be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Presentation was very good. Wait staff was also very good, and knowledgeable. The Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir suggested by staff was a hit with wife, who often isn't a fan of red wines, but when the staff listened to her likes and dislikes and suggested it, they nailed it. Definitely are looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, very noisy.
    Jloalso
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I was a frequent visitor to the restaurant when it was in Passe Grille Beach. The new restaurant ambiance is fabulous, but the noise level is too high for intimate dining. It would behoove them to put down carpeting in the main dining area, to absorb some of the sound. (I know, it is a shame to cover that great terrazzo...) They do need some kind of sound barrier.. Don't know if they will ever get this opinion...Just a suggestion. Regardless, I will definitely return to the restaurant. Judy
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit was Much Better
    KaseyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our first meal at the Black Palm a few weeks ago was just so so. We had some friends who wanted to try it so we reluctantly made a reservation. It was like dining at a different restaurant! The food was much better and the service a lot less hovery. Even the drinks were stronger. We will return!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey
    XripperX
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Good food but too pricey in my opinion. The tapas selection is good and if I returned I would stick to that and the dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland
    dinetime
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The location and atmosphere are nice, staff friendly. The problem is no one at the helm in the kitchen. The food was no less than horrible. Bland dishes with no seasoning whatsoever. The pork chop was like a warmed hockey puck served with rice that was most certainly Uncle Bens instant straight out of the box (not even salted). Try hiring a real chef and preparing food with fresh ingredients and some seasoning.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT HAPPY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The minute you walk it, it is so so loud. The music was also loud. We had one good server Lee Ann (I think) and the rest were not great. We waited over 1 1/2 hours for our food and were just told 4 times when we ask where our food was that they had a wedding party there and so they seem to be putting their attention to the wedding party. When the food did arrive, my pork chop (25.00) was dried out. Our friends food lacked flavor. My husband had a steak (35.00) and it was very good. We will not go back. We did ask for a manager and it took quite a while but he finally came over. Also, they charge for valet and with the price of meals we were not happy about that either. Not a good experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took over 2 hours-Won't go back
    LaurieMarie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were seated at 7pm, the time of our reservation. Our food didn't arrive until about 9:15pm. Apparently the kitchen was overwhelmed by a wedding reception. It was so loud, we had a hard time carrying on a conversation at our table. We were given an appetizer and a round of drinks at no charge (this was only offered AFTER we had to ask how much longer it would be before our food was served as we were about to leave and go elsewhere) but that really wasn't enough to make up for the excruciatingly long wait time. At the very least, we should have been given a significant discount on our bill. While the food was good, it wasn't good enough to offset the long wait and lack of concern by the staff/management about the wait time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service!
    Honeymooners
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My new wife and our three kids went for dinner after our beach wedding. We need to move up our reservation by almost an hour, they found a way to accommodate us. Once we arrived the staff was friendly and very helpful, management surprised us with complimentary champagne. The food was wonderful, the chocolate lava cake is a must! If you are anywhere near the Black Palm do yourself a favour and join them for dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Up and Down
    KaseyVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Drinks were very wak, calamari was excellent, entrees were goof, but not great. Service was a bit overbearing. We will try it again because they seem to be trying to improve.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sangria & Tapas good, Service great
    Chr15VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    While we really enjoyed our food and Sangria, the real gem was the service we received from Lorelai. She is a fantastic server, extremely attentive and personable. Her service made the food better, the night a joy and place we will remember to return to as long as she is there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    Alex
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were a group. The restaurant was not full and the service slow for the amount of people in the restaurant the food was ok. The servers were all very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT Resturant
    Michele
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Enjoyed dining at the Black Palm. Food and service was impeccable. It is a place that I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great treasure of Tampa Bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Still the great restaurant it was before with a fabulous new location and decor. Same wonderful food with the owner's eye for making each meal special. The owner made a point of walking the tables to personally check on his patrons. We were past patrons And can honestly say we LOVE IT even more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Black Palm is outstanding
    Humarock
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We have been going to Black Palm every spring for years and at first were disappointed to find out they moved. This year we were in St Pete for 2 weeks in March and went to the new Black Palm three times. My wife and I went on a week-night for dinner and our meals were outstanding, she ordered her favorite dish the Chilean Sea Bass and said it even better at the new location. I had the marinated tenderloin tips they were great. We went back another night for happy hour drinks and small plates. Our last night in St Pete we brought my wife’s sister and her husband with us. They live locally and will be returning soon. The staff was outstanding Lee and Eric were our waiters on our multiple visits and couldn’t have been move helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas and History
    Jacappa
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The Black Palm was celebrating its one month anniversary in this new and historic location. A former prohibition speak easy with visitors such as Marylin Monroe and Babe Ruth. Recently renovated to still hold the original charm, the menu is fantasist and delicious. We tried several choices from the tapas menu and enjoyed a few of the signature coctails. Everything was very good. My only suggestion is to re-think the team service approach. One wait person and one food runner would have been enough. We had a team of two wait staff who didn't seem to communicate well and it became a bit repetitive. Overall, a great find and we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great South American Cuisine
    Canda
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Excellent and Original Paella highlights a menu of South American dishes that the Black Palm excels at. It's in a neighborhood of high end and historic homes, so the ride there is fun, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place
    LiberaVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Black Palm is in a lovely new building on Park St. The staff is very welcoming. We started with empanadas and rollito de carne, both excellent. For our entree we split a paella; loaded with fresh calamari, shrimp, scallops, salmon, mussels, peas; we added chorizo, which spiced it up nicely. Could have used a bit more saffron orzo due to the large amount of seafood (orzo used in lieu of rice per the chef's preference). The wines were also very good; an Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc, and the house sangria, made with cinnamon and fresh fruit. We will definitely return, perhaps on a night with music. Kudos to all staff and the chef...it's a warm, inviting, tasty place, better than ANY of the Latin restaurants we've been to in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.