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Palacio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palaciorestaurant.com
  • Email: palaciobanquets@gmail.com
  • Phone: (408) 402-3811
  • 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, Latin / Spanish, South American
  • 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 (888) 742-9634
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I always say, it's not that problems happen ... because they do, it's how you deal with them. And we had a rare issue when dinning at Palacio this past weekend. My girlfriend's fillet came rather rare when she orders her well done. So they graciously took it back and cooked an all new fillet for her. The second it was cooke perfectly. Unfortunately, this meant that she was watching me eat my medium well fillet and then later I watched her eat hers. The staff dealt as well as possible with this including comping our dessert. So, not a perfect experience but a great recovery."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I loved the food and the venue. The menu is creative and scrumptious. The Flan is to die for. The staff was friendly."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We ladies went here for a retirement dinner on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant was very accommodating, quiet enough to hold conversations across the table, food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. Everyone commented that they would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "we had our anniversary dinner with my wife and the food was very good we order several items tapa style and all were really good and I'm looking forward to try brunch on Sunday."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Modern, lovely decor. Patio dining was great with heaters and you get the feel of being part of the town's activity. Pollo Sopecitos was a delicious appetizer. Sea bass was done perfectly. Purple mashed potatoes needed more seasoning. Flavored margaritas were disappointing. No watermelon flavor or pomegranate flavor in either of those. I would go back but order wine or beer with my meal."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We have been to Palacio several times, but not since last summer. We were disappointed this time. Our waiter, although very friendly, was overworked, unable to adequately tend to our table of l0. No-one at our table was happy with their meal. It's very overpriced. Chips an guacamale were good."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ropa Vieja was outstanding! Made the entire meal a hit. Will be coming back here very soon."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed our second visit to Palacio. Our seating was much better and really, so was the food. The waiter was a bit stiff but that is better than the phony overdone service one gets in some restaurants. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Second visit and was even better this time. Service was "just right"! Minor glitch of little consequence and everyone was very gracious to correct it. Good mgt, great wait staff, and hostess was on top of everything. No problem with the reservation as they were expecting us. Very impressive overall."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Palacio's outside facade is the draw to this place. The staff was friendly, but, not too informative on their menu items. Nothing special about the decor nor the ambience. The food was mediocre. The dessert was a total disappointment. I noted on the reservation that this was a birthday celebration and nothing was offered in terms of a customary "candle- blowing" and birthday song. Total disappointment for such a pricey expense !!! Would not return there nor recommend it to anyone !"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This is a great spot! The food is really good, high quality and very tasty. Some of my favorite dishes are the duck confit tostadas, the seared sea scallops, the bacon-wrapped lamb tenderloin, and the seafood enchiladas. They have a great margarita selection, my favorite is one with muddled cucumbers and jalapeños. The service has always been spot-on, and I was very impressed at how they handled our group of 9 for dinner. We were a rowdy bunch, and they set us in a semi-private room upstairs. There were lots of margaritas, lots of people ordering at different times, and the staff never skipped a beat. They were friendly, efficient, and made sure that everyone at the table always had what they needed. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food are very good, the place are kind of dark (maybe too dark). The server was ok, maybe my server would pay attention more with our request, because we asked for another chips and salsa but we've already finished our desert & still didn't get the chips and salsa. I feel like he was in a hurry or something."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a great time celebrating a friends bday! We had a minior hic-up but the Manger and Waiter made sure we were taking care of, excellent experince and service.... Looking forward to another "night out"."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Palacio is a wonderful place to dine with outstanding food, excellent service, and wonderful ambiance in a classic building! The old building was what drew us in the first time, but the quality of food & service is what keeps us coming back for more!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Looks great from the curb, interior completely out of character with the exterior. Ask bar tender for margarita recommendation and without warning paid $84 for 6 OK margaritas. Food took forever to be served and waiter offer little but a chance to purchase more $13 margaritas. Food was really just average; no one in my group was thrilled. Not likely to return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I made reservations for Valentine's Day dinner here after looking at their appetizing menu. Their tapas selection is quite delicious, I would suggest their empanaditas and ceviche [they use popcorn it =)]. My date ordered the duck entree and she enjoyed every it. I went with the filet mignon dish and it was tasty. If you like churros, we highly suggest to try that for your dessert there. We will definitely be returning for their great tasting food and their churro dessert."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I made reservations for this place last minute for Saturday 2.15. I got a baby sitter and my man and I were celebrating a late V day. We sat at the bar and had guacamole and margaritas. I asked for the Pom and got the P-O-G something, didn't matter to me as it was still good. My hubby got the spicy margarita and it was nasty, not for us! Our table was upstairs which was nice, it gave us that real intimate setting. At the table we got chicken sopas or something. They were yummy. I got the scallops with asparagus and my husband got the filet. Both were awesome. I would get either again. We skipped dessert as nothing looked good, but the experience was great. I would easily go back next time we have a baby sitter, not a place for a baby!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have eaten here before so were comfortable making it our Valentine's Day destination. We were not disappointed. Their paella is hands down the best we've ever had...delicious. We split that and shared a couple of appetizers for a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "One week to Valentines Day. NICE restaurant options closing quickly. Open table comes thru with Palacio in Los Gatos. It was the Prex Fixe menu that peeked my interest. But it was the Tapas options that nailed it as my choice for Valentines Date Night with my Wife. I highly suggest the Duck Confit Tostadas, Quesadilla (So Good!), and the stuffed Piquillo Peppers. An AWESOME Tapas Sampler ($32). The Tequila menu is A rated, and the margaritas "Wow!" We Will Return!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to Palacio on Valentine's Day. Both first timers at the restaurant. With one word, everything was "amazing". From the portion sizes (did not disappoint one bit) and deliciousness (our taste buds had a party) of the food to the great servers/hostess (attentive on a busy night) we had an incredible experience. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The filet mignon tacos, paella and ropa vieja was sooooo delicious! Great service too on A busy Valenitnes day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "There were six of us in our group and each of us ordered a different entree. All of us really liked our food. Our small plates appetizers were also very good. We requested to be upstairs and were the only ones there so it was very private. Downstairs was noisy. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This restaurant was a refreshing mix of casual elegance, delicious food but not overpriced, and a respectably representative wine list. Look forward to visiting again!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I had an old client in town and chose Palacio to have dinner with him. Bar was good although not much of a selection of California reds. food and service were outstanding. Price for two with two glasses of wine was $125 before tip. expensive but worth it"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Made a reservation through OpenTable. After driving to downtown LG and finding a parking spot the restaurant turned out to be closed! Can't get much worse than that. Granted that it was Superbowl Sunday, but there wasn't even a sign on the door saying it was closed."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Very nice food - excellent service. Jordan was the nicest, efficient waiter."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I came here to celebrate with a friend on a friday night. It was just the two of us and I'm glad I had made a reservation because it was packed! We ordered two margaritas and they were tremendous! But the waiter did not write down our order and had to come back around a second time to confirm our order. We got our guacamole appetizer, which was phenomenal. Later, our waiter noticed that it had been a while and then got us another round of margaritas on the house (which was a very nice gesture). Once we got our food we were very pleased, the scallops and sea bass were both amazing. It's a shame the service was seriously lacking."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Excellent food. The service and ambiance could enhanced, but the food makes up for the short coming."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Before you even get inside the restaurant you know to you will have a great time. The menu is fabulous. The food itself is delicious and the service is above and beyond"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We've talked about trying this restaurant for a while and had heard mixed reviews. We were very pleasantly surprised. The menu is interesting, everything we ordered was presented well and tasty. We were seated promptly, service was good and the restaurant is very attractive for a fairly large dining area. We will definitely go back and will recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Good food, well presented with an interesting variety but.....Excellent service! The Duck was cooked perfect, MR and beautifully presented and matched. Desert was incredible, had the Panna Cotta....Wow!!! Very beautiful old Historic location. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Palacio really nails all of the food items. Their chips and salsa are terrific. Two of our four party had the filet and that was excellent. The duck conceit went over well with a good friend of mine and his wife had the chicken breast dish. All were very well prepared. We ended the evening with two orders of churros and those are always the best way to end a meal there. Where I think Palacio could grow is in their wait staff. They should visit some high rated Michelin restaurants and get an understand of the team work they employee ... not just your only waiter. Also, a "latin" restaurant should have some non-alcoholic beverage options. Juices freshly prepared, aqua-fresca, or fancier bar items like Bunderberg Ginerger beer."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "If you like tapas with a Latin American flair--for a quick bite or an extended dinner--Palacio's is the place in the south bay. The restaurant building is its own story--a lovely Victorian Era house with a full patio directly on N. Santa Cruz. It's a delight on a nice evening. While original layout of the house is changed, the contemporary design of the dinning area and bar makes a perfect compliment to original beauty."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I planned a nice evening out with my wife. We have 4 kids and look format to our date nights. We have always talked about going to Palacio's because it looked amazing from the outside. All I can say is that is all that was amazing. I made an 8pm reservation on Saturday the 25th and walked in a few minutes early. I was told that it would take 10-15 minutes as they were waiting for a few tables to close our their tabs. I was completely ok with this and sat down at the table by the bar to wait. I am going to make a long story short and just that I walked out of the restaurant at 8:50 without eating a single thing. First time I ever walked out of a restaurant. I was prepared to spend some money but I felt like my money wasn't good enough."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We haven't had dinner here lately as the food on our last couple of visits was a bit uninspired especially for the $$, so we were pleasantly surprised when we saw that the menu had changed and heard that there was a new chef. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The service was pretty good except that our waitress went MIA a few times and we were late being seated for our reservation. They could dim the lights a bit more to improve the ambiance."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Came here with five ladies. We were seated upstairs which felt like a big room with tables. Minimal atmosphere. And all couples and dates. We felt like we were in the wrong room. Our waiter was responsible for tables downstiars and he forgot about us or was too busy to come upstIrs very often. So our service was very spotty."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Our meals and appetizer were excellent. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, impressive flavors and great service. Very fitting for the beautiful Victorian house, and quaint downtown Los Gatos location. We are looking forward to returning, high recommendations."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Tried this restaurant for New Years Eve dinner, expecting a limited menu and a somewhat rushed experience, similar to most past experiences for this event. We found just the opposite......a special menu offering plus the full standard menu, excellent service that was not at all rushed, and excellent food that was well presented. All in all a deightful evening and an experience we look forward to enjoying throughout the year."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food is very good and unique and the patio is the best in Los Gatos."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "If you like great service and good food you must try this place."
    Dined on 12/31/2013