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Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila
Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila
  • Address:
    39 Pier Ave.
    Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
    Neighborhood:
    Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican
    Price: $30 and under

Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palmillarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 503-7722
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 12pm-4pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Christina Cipres
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hermosa Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila
For birthdays, anniversaries or large parties, please call the Events Manager, Jessie, 310 977 7939 or jessie@palmillahb.com


Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila, an upscale chef driven restaurant, delivers regionally influenced gourmet Mexican food, engaging service, hand-crafted cocktails, and the best selection of premium tequilas in the South Bay. Located steps away from the Pacific ocean on the Hermosa Beach promenade, guests will enjoy an elegant market-fresh menu. The innovative space, designed by G+ Gulla Jonsdottir Designs, transports guests to a Mexican resort complete with a cozy heated patio, unique white stone walls surrounding an intimate dining room, and a stunning marble counter-top at the full service bar.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "It is a definite go to whenever we are in the area. Servers change frequently. They've had many great servers and some that are so so. The Pepino Diablo is a must!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is the best spot to get margaritas and relax with good food and good friends !"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a great time with great service, food and drinks! One of our favorite local restarantsl"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "by far one of the worst service I have ever received from a restaurant.."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It's impossible to be unhappy sitting near the ocean in Hermosa Beach. This place has a great vibe and the people are really nice. Unfortunately we found the food was only so-so. It isn't bad, and the place is fun, so by all means go if you're in the area, but set your expectations accordingly."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I was there with a friend for drinks and appetizers - we didn't try any of the entrees - just two of the appetizers - both were quite tasty and too filling - we took most of the nachos home with us. Home made tortillas were fantastic especially with honey butter. Sat out on the very pleasant patio and lingered for three hours. I'm not much of a margarita fan so I enjoyed two different good white wines and my friend loved her mango margaritas. Would be nice to see happy hour offerings if possible but I do plan to go back for dinner sometime. Always looking for a good restaurant to take my brother when he's in the area, and he is vegetarian (fish okay) and it looked like plenty of choices for him."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I love this place! Always delicious, always fun, great atmosphere and great service!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Palmilla is a great find; the menu doesn't overwhelm one with choices - instead, a list of good choices. The wait-staff was outstanding, very attentive without being overbearing. Truly worth the visit"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary here and the food was great. Always have the fresh tortilla and salsas. Margaritas are spicy and tasty. Service is very attentive , warm, and friendly. We were first seated in too tight of a booth for our foursome but the staff quickly accommodated us to a larger table. The restaurant honored our special night with a complimentary entree and dessert. Just a big bonus for a great restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "made a reservation to celebrate my anniversary w/my boyfriend after a girlfriend took me here for my bday. my reservation indicated i was there for a celebration and requested outdoor seating. upon arrival we were escorted to the last booth in the back. we reminded the hostess of the request, we and were "accommodated" in the cramped window seat. if you aren't part of the "sexy beach crowd" expect to be treated as less than if you decide to eat here. i ordered an appetizer that was to be accompanied by plantain chips. by the time i received the chips i was almost done with the appetizer and they tasted like cardboard. our waiter gave us our check without asking us if we wanted anything else, much less dessert. i regret the decision."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The menu has intriguing choices and the food in general was pretty good with items you don't always see on Mexican menus. Nice choice of dips came with good flour tortillas. Corn tortillas though took ages to arrive, however, they were good and hot when they finally came. Very noisy. We were seated next to a service table and the Bar, which added to the noise level. A light under our table kept going out, then back on. Would like to try them when the weather is warmer and we can eat outside. Nice service staff. The fried ice cream was yummy."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The shrimp in the Mariscos Veracruzana was over cooked - chewy. IThe sauce was very good. I didn't care for the texture of the pureed black beans no seasonings, no salt. The lime cilantro rice initially had some flavor but the citrus over powered and no salt. My husband got a burrito especial. The chicken in the burrito was very dry and the chicken itself had no seasoning, not even salt. I don't know if they are thinking that with the sauces on these plates it would somehow provide taste but even sauces need salt to bring and enhance the flavors. Meats should always be seasoned regardless of any pending sauces. Unfortunately the homemade tortillas were undercooked, both orders of tortillas that came with dinner were undercooked."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Love the pepino diablos paired with the short ribs taquitos and enchiladas! Yum!!!!!! Highly recommend "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and beverages. Definitely the best Mexican restaurant in the Beach Cities."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Our group had the 3 Cerviche, Guacamole, Carne Asada, Fish tacos and the Grilled Chicken along with a pitcher of the house margaritas. Of these the Guac was good but nothing special. Everything else that we tried was spectacular. I especially liked the build your own taco with the fish tacos. Instead of serving a basket of chips with salsa, 3 warm tortillas with salsa and honey butter are served when you sit down. Nice change from other mex restaurants. It is noisy inside so if you are looking for a quiet place, this isnt it. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Palmilla offers exceptional food, service and ambience! We frequent this restaurant often and it is always consistent on all levels. John, Bianca, Rick and Shane as well as the rest of the team always make us feel special! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Excellent food and amazing service. We went there for our anniversary and they made the evening very special"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A must do dinner for out of towners! Great tasting food for discerning tastes with nice presentation. The ambience was a pleasant surprise. I really liked the decor, as it was unique. Our waiter was knowledgeable, very helpful, and the staff is eye candy for the ladies. I will definitely visit again when I'm in the LA area."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The drinks were amazing and the menu lots to choose from all sounding amazing! The décor is awesome! Loved it!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great food. Love the staff. One of the best places in Hermosa. I am a regular for a reason."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Took my cousin for her birthday brunch! Great food! Great drinks! Great view. Great service. :)"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent Restaurant! Food is amazing and service is the best!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "One of my favorite places in HB. Fun atmosphere, yummy food and great service...love all the boys ;)"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I brought my GF for Valentines dinner the day after and it was busy. Made reservation and was seated soon after we arrived. It is very crowded for dinner which made it uncomfortable. We were seated in middle tables with people walking back and forth on both our sides. My GF loved the appetizers the entrees. I would recommend this place for a nice (not the usual) Mexican dinner. She Loved it and would go back as well."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Split one order of fajitas on a Friday at lunch around 2pm and it took 45 minutes to get the food. Just went there again a week later, for Saturday night dinner at 9:30....same experience. Had 2 different waiters, and the buss boy brought me my food and drinks. They were definitely NOT that busy. Same experience-2x in one week. Food is great, the kitchen is just EXTREMELY slow. And...how am I supposed to give my waiter a tip when I don't even know who my waiter is?"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I loved the food, the costa del sol sangria was delicious and although we sat in the sun it didn't dampen the experience as I was sitting in a comfy bench like seating next to my love and we had an amazing meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love Palmillia ! And could probably live off the tortillas !! Probably my favorite spot !"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The atmosphere is so beautiful I almost just wanted to sit there and stare at the walls - in a good way! I love the energy, feel and vibe of this place - really great. The pitchers of margaritas were amazing, food - completely yummy, service - very good. Although I don't think I've ever seen as much bare-chests on men, besides at the beach, as I did this past weekend. Not that I'm complaining, something for the ladies out there finally, but it was a bit comical. Great place for dinner without the drive, loved it."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "When we arrived they told us they had no table for us. Offered us a seat at the bar. If my friend wasn't in a time-crunch I would've left. The hostess offered us a free drink for the inconvenience but we weren't drinking that night. I feel she should've offered a free app. Instead of a booth or table in the back, we were crammed in the bar area.. A totally different experience than I had hoped for. The waiter redeemed my experience with his prompt and sweet demeanor. However, not sure I'll be back when I need a dinner Rez. Not cool."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We ordered drinks and were served home made flour and corn tortillas. They were both excellent and the salsa was fresh and tasty. We tried the 'Civiche Tres Maneras' as an appetizer. Our order of swordfish fajitas was served hot and accompanied by beans and rice. I would not order this again as I thought it overpriced and not a good value. 'Mole Blanco Enchiladas' ere flavorful but not very hardy. The drinks were OK. My wife said she didn't feel her drink. Overall, the food was good but not spectacular. The drinks were hit and miss. I might go back, but 'El Cholo' serves a better drink and their food is better too."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went to Palmilla specifically to try their fish tacos which I had been told were "the best anywhere". We agreed they are exceptional. Tortillas are made on site daily and served hot with salsas and honey butter. Tacos come deconstructed with grilled mahi mahi and accompaniments such as chipotle crema, garlic mojo, more fresh tortillas, black beans, and tomatillo rice. We also had Palmilla's queso fundido. It, too, was delicious. I cannot eat wheat, and our waiter took care I always had corn tortillas, which it appears are on request only. The restaurant includes a popular bar; it becomes very noisy once the bar crowd moves in, making conversation difficult."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Unique presentation and flavorful food-great energetic atmosphere, delicious drinks and very good service Request outside otherwise it can get noisy inside and very busy"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Excellent all around. Food presentation is a work of art and tastes as good as it looks. Drinks are masterpieces and each one so tasteful and utilizing unique flavored that work so well together."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "The food is outstanding but the service is horrible. They asked us to leave because they had a reservation coming in after us when their was four tables open in the restaurant. When we asked to see the manager it took him a long time to come over. He blamed everything on the hostess and even laughed at us while we were explaining what happened. We have been here numerous times before but will never come back and hopefully other patrons will learn from our experience."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "First time at the restaurant and they have the most uncomfortable tables inside. The cushions and too big for the bench and the table is so close to your body and I am a skinny person. The food was great but I was so uncomfortable the whole time in my seat along with the rest of the group in the table. This is not a kid friendly restaurant. They do not have a kids menu and they should since there were several kids eating there that night."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "This establishment can't decide if its a restaurant or a bar. The food is good, but the dining experience is degraded by the typical loud bar scene that is so typical of the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The food - as always - was excellent. But this time I just felt the noise was TOO MUCH. Also, I had made a reservation way ahead of time and they still put us at the back table right in the path of the wait-staff and of the kitchen window area and that added to the noise and took away from any possible romantic ambiance. It was a birthday celebration and I can't complain too much since the birthday person's dinner was free and we received a lovely desert. But we had brought along a friend and conversation was really quite impossible."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The food was ok but not outstanding, overpriced for what it is The waiter did not tell us how long my mole chicken was going to take when I ordered it, when we asked how long before our food would come out he said the mole chicken takes 30 minutes to cook. If I had known this I would have ordered something else. We waited almost an hour for our dinner."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Palmilla for his birthday. Their lovely events Manager, Jessie, sets you up with a free entree and desert if you call ahead of time. The have very comfortable romantic booths and the staff is very energetic and friendly. My husband enjoyed what he called "the best steak ever" while I was very happy with my sea bass. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "The spicy cocktails are excellent. I recommend the spicy mango margarita. Also try the seafood chimichanga or enchiladas. Both are delicious. It's pricy for Mexican food, but this is no ordinary Mexican food."
    Dined on 11/15/2013