Palacio
Palacio

Palacio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palaciorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4084023811x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday / 4pm - Close

    Sunday Brunch / 10:00am - 4pm

    Dinner Menu begins daily at 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, South American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Lee Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Palacio has a full catering menu for any type of event, no party is too big or too small.
  • Private Party Facilities: Palacio Restaurant offers several private and semi-private dining rooms. We will work with you to create a custom menu and ensure you and your guests have an unforgettable dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Banquet Coordinator 8887429634
  • Special Events: Private rooms available for corporate and personal events.
    Baja room holds up to 68 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grays Ln.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: - 2hr Street Parking
    - Underground parking in Lot #4 on Railroad Way between Elm and Gray’s, Unlimited
A word from Palacio
Palacio offers an upscale Latin Cuisine that meets the highest standards of quality and freshness. Executive Chef Lee Hernandez draws inspiration from both contemporary and traditional styles of Latin American cooking to create unique, distinctive dishes that stand out.



Enjoy a cocktail at the full bar, featuring extensive tequila and specialty cocktail selections, Our knowledgeable staff will help you select the perfect wine pairing to compliment your dining experience. Located in the historic Coggeshall Victorian Mansion in Downtown Los Gatos, Palacio truly is an unrivaled sensory experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Palacio reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (65)romantic (45)special occasion (44)neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (32)good for groups (26)scenic view (10)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (9)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (7)Show More
  • 4th time was a disappointment :(
    MRSJ
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tapas and wine are amazing. Disappointed that the entrees not that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant!
    rcookerly
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I went to dinner here for the first time with my girlfriend and a friend of mine. As soon as we walked up we were in awe. The restaurant is absolutely stunning. Unfortunately it was cold so we couldn't sit outside (they have a beautiful outside sitting area). We ordered some cocktails, which were amazing, along with some appetizers and entrees. Although one of the fish dishes was slightly under-cooked, we had a great experience and the service was great. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palacio review - Sat night
    satnight
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I really enjoyed Palacio. Our party of 4 was very happy with the experience, our food and the outdoor dining was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food and service. Excellent value. Fantastic variety of tapas. Will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Latin fusion
    albertVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Dinner at Palacio was great. It offers well prepared Latin American dishes. I went on a business dinner during a weekday. Service was great, food was well prepared, good variety of very interesting and creative cocktails. A great place for either small or large group settings with outdoor seating and good food. I would definitely recommend as a place to try a variety of Latin American food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We've been there a few times and the food has always been outstanding. This was our first time to sit on the patio and it was great. The only disappointment was that I told them it was our 30th anniversary when making the reservation and they did not acknowledge it while we were there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordinary
    Christine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was acceptable but nothing special. We ordered anejo tequila, expecting to sip it, but was offered a shot or on the rocks. A more upscale restaurant such as Reposado in Palo Alto would serve that in a cordial or sherry glass which is of course more appropriate. The interior is old, run down Victorian, and as soon as I saw it I realized I was in the wrong place. The crowd was also not what I consider typical Los Gatos crowd and I don't mean to be derogatory or disrespectful only noting that I realized I was not in a restaurant that was going to be the most pleasant experience for me. Having heard about it from a friend, I didn't read reviews so it was my error that I ended up there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great setting, poor service
    lovetapas
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outside seating is lovely and the tapas are tasty. The service was very slow and not particularly friendly. The bar was really backed up so it took 20 minutes to get drinks once someone eventually appeared to take our order. I think this restaurant needs a really good manager to train the staff and tighten things up, so it doesn't end up going the way of other restaurants that failed to make this perfect location a success.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so
    isupk10
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Well the Margo's were good, thought the dishes were over priced. Both my wife and I did not feel real good after we left. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back .
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  • Very good latin food
    WinedaddysrVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love the ambiance on the patio and the quality of the food is good though over priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • expensive and food is terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food at this restaurant is not good, and it is expensive, we won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice outdoor patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner, tapas plates on the outdoor patio, with a nice bottle of wine (brought from home, $20 corkage)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great atmosphere - especially if you can get an outside table. Food is a mixed bag - beautifully presented but not always as tasty as it looked. Lots of gluten free offerings which is amazing for a local restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gas leak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Unfortunately, the prime location was cordoned off because of a gas leak. We were offered a table inside which looked old and sad. Or the second outdoor area next to the walkway by the noisy air conditioner motor. We decided it wouldn't br enjoyable and walked to another restaurant. The hostess was very nice about it and understanding since other patrons felt the same way.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Interior space is sparse, cold, dark, uncomfortable, Not well thought out. My husband at 6ft looked like a child sitting in his chair. Too low for most adults. I'm short they work for me. Table for 2 small, and I mean small. Just enough for your plate and cutlery. The waiter was great, no issues here. Food good but not as good as the hype. May come back, sit outside only and try the tapas, but this is a big maybe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Los Gatos Gem
    Griotman
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Palacio is a dreamy diner's delight in the heart of Los Gatos: great food, great service, great ambiance. The Paella is off-the-chart good, and all meals are prepared and presented with a connoisseur's care. Highly recommend; you won't be disappointed. The restaurant has no attitude and is great for occasions from colossal to casual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kelly G
    sxmwatersports
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The waiter could not provide any information about the numerous sipping tequilas and tequila flights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emma
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was a bit disappointing, would not recommend for connoisseur, but an overall experience is very positive
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious dining experience
    eeglilac
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our meal was delicious! From the appetizers to main course and dessert, the presentation was amazing and the food was delicious. The Latin flavors were cooked to perfection. Not too spicy but bursting with flavor! I would highly recommend Palacio. It is a bit pricey but wonderful for a special evening out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    Donatdinner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was exceptional. We booked for 9pm on a weekday and it was beginning to slow down. However the service was very good. The Lobster Crepes were incredible and the quality of the Sea bass was perhaps only outdone by the creative and colourful presentation. We enjoyed really good Pisco Sours with our meal. Excellent dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • frug
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We took our friends there to celebrate their 49th anniversary and had a lovely time. The service was excellent and our waiter's preferences from the menu were spot on. He also brought out a free dessert for our friends. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new birthday place for us!
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We took advantage of the good weather and dined outside on the deck. I requested patio seating and was pleased that not only did they honor that request, they noticed that I mentioned that it was a birthday celebration. After dinner, out comes a fabulous dessert with ice cream, berries, and churros filled with caramel. A real treat and now this is one of our new family birthday places!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disastrous
    laverite
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Service? waited 40 minutes for initial server contact. the foolish server embarrassed my date by commenting on seeing her at the restaurant before with another man Food? not close to fresh, at very fresh prices. obviously reheated, meat was starting to spoil
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary day xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Ourtime
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We came on our 26th wedding anniversary and we both felt the dinner was pushed along WAY too fast. We drove from Morgan Hill and wanted to have a relaxing dinner at our pace. The food was excellent and the service was good just moved to fast for us. Thank you for recognizing our special day. J&G
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    luvoceanviews
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The weather was perfect for enjoying their outdoor seating area. Palacio presents their food beautifully. We loved the lobster bisque and the fresh halibut this particular evening. Great restaurant for any occasion..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Latin Cusine
    dvnoneVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A little Peruvian, a little Mexican...you can't go wrong with Palacios! They make a killer margarita that spicy muddled with cucumber. The ceviche was both delicious and beautiful. The broth on the mussels were fantastic. The only minus was the paella. It was a little dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An LG winner
    veggiequeen
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was our first time at Palacio and my friend and I would definitely come back. Nice selections on menu to fit just about all tastes. Food very well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, lousy service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had dinner there this past Sunday night and found the food to be excellent. However, the service was what I would rate very poor. Don't think either of the two waiters or the two helpers really wanted to be there or cared about showing us a great time. We had to ask for things more than once several times and felt that they just didn't care if we were there or not. We overheard two other tables also commenting on how bad the service was. Needless to say, next time we are in Los Gatos, even though the food was very good, we will not return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first time and delighted
    GemmaVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    this was our first time dining at this restaurant and we were very happily surprised at the wide range of menu items and quality of the food. Setting is very pretty on the patio, servers attentive. Will definitely go back and try other items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hint of spice
    wonderfulglutenfree
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Palacio. We had reservations, so there was no waiting to be seated. The staff all worked together well and our waitress was friendly and competent. The food had some spice, but just a kick at the end. We all left very full, I don't think any of us ate the very last bit as we just couldn't stuff any more in.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A date night spot
    Anasampy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I are always looking for a fun spot to have good food and a fun atmosphere. This is the spot to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    TinaM
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had the most amazing dining experience at Palacio. Each dish was stunningly delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and pet friendly
    Dinningwdogs
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had my little dog with me and they were very accommodating. We had to eat outside and for some reason it was windy and cold on a summer night. They set up a heather for us to make us feel as comfortable as possible. Food and margaritas are excellent!
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  • Neighborhood Gem
    LGlocal
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I would recommend Palacio to friends/neighbors but we ordered mussels that were not fresh!!!!! I really don't mine the spin on the traditional or classic dishes. But, you have to do a better job.We ordered the shrimp ceviche with the added popcorn and mandarin orange slices NOT good. Our entrees were great but I will be skipping the tapas the next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    nice2dine
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food is always good, the outdoor dining wonderful and the service is pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outdoor dining
    AndyCVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I've been here twice and the Mexican/latin american selection has been good. Sitting outside has been very nice and the historic building itself it very pretty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Outdoor Restaurant
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have been to this place several times and the food has always been great. So is the service. But you must sit outdoors only. Inside seating is not so fun - feels too dark. Wish the table that we got outside had been bigger though as it got a little too overcrowded with items and my husband and I always felt like we were going to knock down our water or wine glass! We had the chips and the guacamole and salsa - yum! The Paella is fantastic and the scallops were also delicious. But the Flan, which we shared, was not good. It was dense and harder than what we have had in other restaurants. Will try something different next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey!
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Had dinner with 3 other girlfriends. Nice setting both indoors and out. Entree sizes were OK but the tapas were overpriced. Not sure I'll return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 386 reviews are from the Palacio reviews archive.
  • Great, again!
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I really like that every time we go the menu is slightly different....new and delicious things to try. Our food was fresh, flavorful and plentiful. We ended up ordering too much but it made for some nice leftovers. Hostess was charming and friendly but our waiter this time was a newbie and a bit under par. He brought us the wrong drink, didn't know what was in one of the dishes and didn't check on us for almost 20 minutes. Overall though the food and ambiance more than made up for his inexperience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • long wait for food
    SlowService
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    if you value your privacy and don't mind the wait, this place is nice. don't go if you want to catch a movie in an hour and a half... just not enough time. This was our 2nd time going here and though the staff was polite and professional we rarely saw our waiter both experiences. it was our anniversary. Our drinks ran empty a number of times, love the guacamole appetizer however this time the bus boy removed our half eaten chips. (without asking, and before we were done...) This would not have been an issue if our food wad ready but sadly we ended up waiting another hour for the main course... with no explanation or apology for the wait. the food is great but you have to wait a while and the service is just not as it should be.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic