Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila
Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palmillarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3105037722x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (34)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (27)special occasion (18)romantic (14)great for lunch (11)scenic view (11)great for brunch (10)late-night find (6)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • South Bay Top Notch Mexican
    FoodieLA
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    If you love the style of Javier's in Newport and Flavor of Mercado LA, then you will definitely love South Bay's own top notch quality of Mexican cuisine at Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila. I've been here about 20 times and each time its with a new person just so they spread the word about Palmilla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Food
    Tortillalove
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food here is great but the last few times the service was really bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Booked for anniversary dinner
    Sas90254
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We always enjoy the food, drinks and ambiance at Palmilla. So, we booked a reservation looking forward to celebrating our anniversary and unfortunately power went out at the restaurant during the afternoon. The hostess called us to suggest we make other plans since they weren't having any luck getting it to work. While disappointed on having to change dinner plans I appreciate that the hostess called us to let us know instead of arriving and getting the bad news.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated tequileria on beach
    Out2dinnerVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Absolute delicious food with an interesting drink menu. Tight squeeze,but romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Beach
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food is always great! Service is great! It's one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmet Mexican Food~
    MollyKamp
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We reserved a table on the patio on a lovely warm evening..but they do have heat lamps! Very noisy inside restaurant. Excellent service and loved the ceviche appetizer he recommended. The chipotle chicken was also a new presentation. Right on the Hermosa pier so probably best suited for younger diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Eat here all the time and never disappoints. A little bit of heaven in Hermosa.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We've been here twice and both times it was really good and the best Mexican I've ever had. Had crab enchiladas the first time which were so good I nearly had them again but I was drawn to the slow cooked pork carnitas which was so good. The pork had a smokey crunch external and melt in the mouth middle. It is a little pricey though, 2 cocktails, 2 mains and a guacamole was $120 and we had a cheaper main. But it's really very good :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • DELICIOUS
    Mychaela
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I can't believe I didn't know of this restaurant until just recently! Four of us dine frequently (once a week), locally , but sometimes into L.A. Which I love! We will definitely be back here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is awesome!
    LogillespieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great service! Great food. The homemade warm tortillas are out if this world. And the margaritas... Definitely too small but so so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Gadadine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    From the moment we sat down we were taken back by the ambiance and decor... So nice to get away from the gross bars next door and step into a quiet, clean, and beautiful space. The food was delicious every item we ordered had so much flavor and now we know why our friends LOVE this place. We can't wait to go back! Whatever they're doing there is right, keep it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More flavor
    PierPlazaYummy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was really great, not awesome. Both my husband and I felt the meat could be seasoned just a tad more. He had carnitas and I had asada. However, the fresh tortillas, salsa and honey butter were a nice touch to the traditional chips and salsa opener. The best part of the meal was the Don Julio Blanco margaritas, and the dessert they brought out for our anniversary. I would definitely go back here just to try something different next time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kbgonzalezVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Overall it was a very pleasant evening - we had a reservation and asked for patio seating but it was too crowded at the table reserved for us so we went inside instead. Food was quite good. Decor is lovely. Service very attentive - did have a problem with a misunderstanding when the server thought one of our party wasn't eating so her food didn't arrive with ours. But they rushed her order out and all was fine. I had crispy chicken tacos and a fabulous green salad. My two guests had shrimp and were very happy with the entire experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN!
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great place! Yummy food, good drinks. Best tortillas ever! Fun young servers, yet all very professional and attentive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as Always
    redskinsareterribleVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was wonderful so much sometimes I think I am in Mexico. Not to mention the best margaritas in South Bay hands down!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot!!!
    foodiem0mVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great lunch spot! Great mexican food and people watching! My daughter had the chile rellenos and salad combo - healthy rellenos - not deep fried so a healthier option with the salad. I had the rellenos (fried on the combo plate) with the chicken taco, rice and beans - it was delicious! Not to mention the yummy fresh tortillas with honey butter and fresh salsas! Topped if off with a delicious Paloma Fizz for a very enjoyable and relaxing lunch. This is my new "go to" lunch place for mexican food!! I always thought it was more expensive then what I would normally spend for lunch - but it's not! Only downside - always (dinner too) not enough wait staff - they try hard but have too much to do especially delivering all the drinks too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Palmilla
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best margaritas
    FoodieAtHeart
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is the best spot to get margaritas and relax with good food and good friends !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great time with great service, food and drinks! One of our favorite local restarantsl
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    by far one of the worst service I have ever received from a restaurant..
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute, great location, OK food
    JSF22VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kbgonzalezVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 161 reviews are from the Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila reviews archive.
  • Yummy
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I love this place! Always delicious, always fun, great atmosphere and great service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wait-staff that actually cares
    DTFSaracen
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    Finerdiner
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all flash. no substance
    TitiLala
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot near Hermosa Beach Pier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seasonings Please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Margaritas around!
    Lovemexican
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love the pepino diablos paired with the short ribs taquitos and enchiladas! Yum!!!!!! Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A cut above the usual Mexican food
    MichaelMVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and beverages. Definitely the best Mexican restaurant in the Beach Cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good Mexican food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and amazing
    JSjs
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Excellent food and amazing service. We went there for our anniversary and they made the evening very special
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find near the beach!
    Andrea
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unscale Trendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The drinks were amazing and the menu lots to choose from all sounding amazing! The décor is awesome! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorites
    4Lifedoner
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great food. Love the staff. One of the best places in Hermosa. I am a regular for a reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took my cousin for her birthday
    Bonny
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Took my cousin for her birthday brunch! Great food! Great drinks! Great view. Great service. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant! Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Excellent Restaurant! Food is amazing and service is the best!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite places
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    One of my favorite places in HB. Fun atmosphere, yummy food and great service...love all the boys ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican Contemporary Deliciousness!
    GUICHO
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.