Palette at Phoenix Art Museum

Palette at Phoenix Art Museum

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.phxart.org/palette
  • Phone: 6022572191
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch
    Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Lunch
    Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Dinner
    Wednesday: 3:30pm - 8:00pm; Friday: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McDowell
  • Public Transit: Light Rail Access.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Palette at Phoenix Art Museum
Palette is an exciting casual American restaurant offering a seasonally focused menu featuring organic vegetables, handcrafted cheeses, local meats, olives and Arizona boutique beers and wines. The menu showcases local farmers and producers, providing guests an artfully delicious experience!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Palette at Phoenix Art Museum reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (14)fit for foodies (7)great for brunch (5)special occasion (4)neighborhood gem (4)scenic view (4)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (2)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Terrific server (service). friendly atmosphere, great place for friends to get together after Church, for lunch, not too noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local food and drinks
    STLLAPHX
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We stopped by for a quick lunch before going into the museum, and the food was fantastic. We loved the fresh ingredients and flavors of our crab cake sandwich and seasonal tart. We were especially impressed that the wine and beer are all from Arizona. Supporting our local brewers and winemakers!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • carryonVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very RUDE attitude from a waiter who obviously wished to be elsewhere. The quality of the food remains high and the tables with a view to the sculpture garden provide a soothing view.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhilJ
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The atmosphere and service were great, and the food was great, too. Would definitely return and have already recommend the cafe to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reprieve From Heat
    Tastebuds
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Meander through the museum and eat lunch here. Convenient, nice views and tasty salads. No need to venture out into the heat while this little gem awaits. Service always with a smile and fresh ingredients delight the taste buds!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu incorrect
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Restaurant menu does NOT provide the options shown in the Open Table app.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice experience
    Cheers
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Very nice experience. The setting at the museum is definitely a plus. Would dine there again and take friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    For an empty nester like me, it was a great elegant stress free 4 th of July celebration, will all the fixens! Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for dinner and walk in muesum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Went there for a First Friday and they had a band playing. Food was buffet but excellent. The problem was that the band was SO LOUD as it was a multi piece band you couldn't talk across the table so it ruined the whole thought of it being a good date night. So it turned out to make us want to leave and go to the museum to actually have a conversation. For as many older people there I am very surprised the management didn't have the band tone it down.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice experience
    Pandaman
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    If going to the Phoenix Art Museum consider beginning or ending you experience at Pallette. Overall a very good experience for an affordable price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great food
    Stormy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Palette was a great place to not only get food that tasted and and was presented well but also as organic and local as possible. Service was impeccable and made us both want to come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient, Creative, but Pricey
    dle313
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    While this is a convenient place to eat if you are visiting the Phoenix Art Museum, it can be pricey and noisy. We had an 11:30 reservation and it was close to empty, but by 12:30, there was a wait. We each spent $20 to get into the museum's special exhibit, then another $25 each for lunch (salad or wrap entree, non-alcoholic drink, tax, tip) And the food was tasty, but nothing extraordinary. Veggie wrap was just yellow and green summer squash with minimal seasoning in a large tomato-y wrap. Quinoa salad was very good, though. Friend enjoyed a small slab of salmon on greens although it was a bit dry. Service felt rushed and inattentive. Had to ask for refills of beverage.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much in the way of ambiance...
    friendlyfood
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    ...very bright and noisy. We almost didn't stay because it smelled very sour walking in and just felt uncomfortable--kind of a "cafeteria-feel." Fortunately the food was very good (kale salad with salmon was wonderful and the shrimp tacos pretty good) and the server did a great job considering how busy it was (with no host/hostess) and how understaffed they were. The bathroom was not very clean and out of soap (ugh!). And they only offer Arizona wines (sorry, but again, ugh!). Take out - yes. Eat in - not so much. My rating of "fair" is for the management, ambiance, and cleanliness factors, not for the quality of the food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • butterfly
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food was good, service was not. Very noisy at lunchtime.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Palette at Phoenix Art Museum reviews archive.
  • Great Brunch at the Museum
    bb333
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a Sunday brunch prior to seeing the Hollywood exhibit at the museum. The service was friendly and prompt and the food was very fresh and tasty. They also offered several Arizona wines which is a rarity. Ask for a seat by the window or out doors in the sculpture garden in winter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You will enjoy this restaurant.
    diner256
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food and service. Great restaurant to have lunch or dinner either before or after plays or museum, or any occasion. Kent Shelton
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food at The Palette is amazing
    Diane
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our group of 6 diners each had different dishes. Everyone raved about their dishes except for one. He thought the Kale salad was good but a little chewey. I personally had a delicious salmon salad. We also enjoyed the hummus. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Lunch was very good. I liked the menu choices; however, the server was very rushed. It was obvious he wanted the order taken and seemed bothered at times when you asked for water etc. He moved so fast around the table . Granted we were a group of 15 but SLOW DOWN. We weren't in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Treat
    CHPH
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great for all ages. Not too noisy, bright and fun atmospher.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PAM venue
    PAMfriend
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The restaurant is convenient, the staff excellent and the food choices varied and interesting. They make a visit to the Art Museum a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More wait staff needed
    Warhols15minutes
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I timed our arrival, precisely at 12:30. Our menus arrived promptly with a polite server who introduced himself. He returned 20 full minutes later, and only after I used my "outside voice" to inform him, "We are ready when you are!" This restaurant is understaffed. As members of the Phoenix Art Museum we attend the exhibitions and films. This is the second time eating Sunday brunch at Palette when we have observed how incredibly busy the place is and how two waiters are simply not enough to get the job done in a timely fashion. Waiting 20 minutes for a waiter's return is unacceptable, I think. I want to emphasize that this is not the waiters' fault. They are consistently friendly and helpful, but there are just not enough of them!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Art of Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I took my mom to the Hollywood Costume exhibit here and lunch for her birthday. Loved it! The menu tie-in with the exhibit was clever. We took our server's recommendation for the shrimp tacos and the salmon. It was all very well prepared, flavors were balanced and everything was delicious! I highly recommend a visit to both the museum and Palette.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Nice to have this lovely cafe inside the art museum! Food was delicious! It was crowded and very noisy...there was a table of very energetic children close by! That could account for two small mix-ups on our order. Nothing major, it did not change the fact that we had a wonderful lunch. The chicken salad and spinach salad were great! We were in/out within an hour....a great way to start our visit to the museum!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • msy1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I did not know what to expect as I had never been to this restaurant. The food, overall experience and service was excellent. My friends all had the same experience. I would absolutely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Our waiter was very accommodating. Even gave us separate checks, when he was so very busy. Our food was delicious! The room was very noisy with 18 of us yacking at the same time, but we had a very good time. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fitness Buff
    Bosox
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The service was excellent as was the food. Serving size was very adequate and the fruit was really fresh. I highly recommend the PALETTE at the Phoenix Art Museum. The servers were friendly and efficient. Great place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Busy!
    Pattywat
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We made a reservation since it was recommended during the Hollywood Costume Exhibit, but I don't think it got us any special treatment. Two walk-in couples ahead of us, were seated quickly and we had to wait a bit until they got back for us. They were a bit understaffed and the person who greeted us, was also our waiter and he was literally running around trying to do everything and he did do pretty well. The food was very good. I had a delicious quiche/tart. My friend had a wrap, which she liked, and they salads were fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot!
    julesVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Could eat that wonderful, zingy kale salad every day! Great lime/ginger vinaigrette. And the iced tea is a perfect compliment on a hot summer day. Daniel is always friendly and very helpful. And you can always grab a brownie, cookie or brittle on your way out. And free, plentiful parking!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Find Food & Fine Art
    EnjoyLife
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Small varied menu with good food. Very limited wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful!
    Camelot
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The ambience for Mother's Day Brunch 2014 was bustling yet personal. The staff was top notch in intuition, service and awareness, as usual. The menu included a few extra items. Our table found the crab benedict and spinach benedict dishes scrumptious and ate every bite. I found myself wanting a couple of asparagus slices with the dish in addition to the potatoes, but, the veggies were not part of the dish. The Mimosas were a nice touch and the ice tea a delightful flavor. Overall, Pallette at Phoenix Art Musuem is a delightful treat any day and this was the second time we celebrated Mother's Day at Pallette with success. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good finish to our tour
    djlreview
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were pleased to see that our reservation was all set and waiting for us. It was a family outing to see the spectacular costumes and then on to the Pallette for a great lunch. The Iron Lady fish & chips was very excellent and my wife was amazed by the size of her chicken curry but the ingredients were not as advertised. The children enjoyed the chicken tenders.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Weekday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    There were two in our party. We enjoyed the Shrimp Tacos and a Curry sandwich. Both were Very Good. The service was Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Art museum lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Fresh local produce, nice variety of menu items, great service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of a Kind
    jplesa1
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food at Palette is consistently excellent, and of a creative variety consistent with the artistic setting. Service is polite and friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed, in a beautiful setting with a view that evokes warmth, imagination and pleasant conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    normafromaz
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Having such a great place for lunch with wonderful food extended the Museum experience. Made the whole day special.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • To Noisy!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Four of us came for lunch prior to seeing the Hollywood Costume exibit. We each ordered something different. I had the curry chicken salad sandwich. I was disappointed as there was a thin layer of the chicken salad on a very thick large roll with lettuce and tomato. I think there should have been more chicken salad and less bun. It was very busy, and very difficult to talk to one another at the table. I do find that is a problem at many restaurants. It would be nice if there was outdoor seating with misters to enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food ih a pictutesque setting
    James
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food was far better than expected. Salads were beautifully presented and prepared. Sumptous fish and chips were perfection. Waiter was attentive and not intrusive. A great experience for the beginning of an afternoon at the museum.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE PALETTE RESTAURANT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    MY HUSBAND HAD A REUBEN AND I HAD THE SHRIMP TACOS. WE BOTH AGREED THAT THE FOOD WAS EXCEPTIONAL. WE WILL DEFINITELY EAT THERE AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    PeggyG
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Stopped in for lunch. Food was great and service was great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    denisedines
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Overall good central place for lunch. Most of the time the restaurant does not fill up at lunch - but with Hollywood Exhibition it gets packed and noise level escalates. Needs some padding or acoustical material on ceiling and walls.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.