Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine
Hidden GemWe are serious restaurant foodies and can't understand why Paloma isn't packed every night. Excellent food - creative without being precious. Great flavors throughout the meal. Charming, comfortable space and excellent service.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMYum!!Everything was perfect here, from the housemade jabanero sauce tableside to the perfectly poached shrimp. The desserts are beautifully presented and taste even better.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWell worth the visitOften, people want to keep their favorite spots a secret so they don't get too mobbed. I want to make sure everyone knows about this lovely restaurant with excellent food and very accommodating service. We were there at 7:00 on a Saturday night and there were only about 5 tables occupied. We were a party of 5 and we ordered many different menu items among us, and everything was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. It is not inexpensive, but seemed worth the price for the quality of the ingredients and preparation. I want to spread the word and make sure that Paloma stays open so that we can look forward to return visits.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is a gem.This restaurant is a gem. They serve wonderfully creative and tasty food. The wait staff is attentive without hovering intrusively. They are friendly and seem genuinely happy to have you there. The reasonably-priced valet parking is great to have available in a crowded neighborhood.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMUsual Fine dining experienceWe Love Paloma and have been back many times. Food ALWAYS excellent. Everything was interesting and excellent. The DESSERTS ARE TO DIE FOR!!! I actually do not usually order dessert but Paloma"s all HOMEMADE desserts are an exception. Recommend all of them. My favorite, though is the Mexican Chocolate gelato. It is a flaor unlike any other I have ever tasted. SUPERB.
One off note was service BUT NOT indicative of the usual service. New waiter, forgot one order, got wife's order wrong, but a nice guy just inexperienced. All other times, service has been excellent.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMPaloma is a real South PhillyPaloma is a real South Philly gem. My wife was sure we'd been here before, and I was sure we hadn't. Well, we were both right. We'd been to Paloma at its Castor Avenue location several times and really enjoyed it. But, we hadn't visited its new location until last night which is even better. My wife and I, together with my 95-year old uncle, were thrilled with our meal. We had the chilled seafood soup and the mushroom flan to start; tilapia, crab and veal as entrees and bread pudding for dessert. Each was wonderful and beautifully presented; a real bargain for the $30 prix fixe (available Tuesday thru Thursday). If you try it, please keep it a secret because we'd like to be able to get a table when we return very soon.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food flavors with mexicangreat food flavors with mexican spices to amp up the tastes. Soups are all great and do not miss desserts as they are all homemade. Most unusual selections of gelato and sorbet that you will ever see. Valet is past the restaurant in front of the mildred as they share it right now. Would love to see a special tapas night there as with the chef's flavors that would also bring in some younger people and be something different to go to. It was our anniversary and they went out of the way to decorate our dessert plates which was a nice touch. Definitely would rec anyone to try as they will not be disappointed.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMBYOB Too!! Outstanding food,BYOB Too!! Outstanding food, don't go in expecting traditional Mexican, food is unbelievable and cannot be categorized. Check out the menu. Save room for dessert!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThree course Prix fixe menuThree course Prix fixe menu an outstanding value with adequate selections all for $30!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFoodie's findI found Paloma from Zagat. I was looking for a good restaurant for a busy Friday night. Paloma was great. The service was excellent. The pastry chef herself told us about the desserts! The coffee was amazing. The food was fit for a foodie. Excellent presentation, delicious, and unique. This is not the place to go for tacos and burritos. If you're looking for generic Mexican food, then this is not the place for you. Nevertheless, the food is full of flavor. It's definitely for the finer diner.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA real gem...creative cuisine,A real gem...creative cuisine, not dishes you find all over. Terrific seasonings. High quality ingredients. Quiet, good for conversation and reasonable, fair pricing.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was delightful. WeThe food was delightful. We enjoyed the cold soup special, a wonderful fettuccine. Our fish entrees were delicious and cooked to perfection (shrimp and branzino). The only disappointment was the steak. The desserts are AMAZING. I wish we could have ordered all of them. After cleaning our dinner plates, we only had room for homemade sorbets and gelato. What a wonderful ending. The service was impeccable and we could actually hear our own conversation. We will definitely return.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat PlaceWe are a group of 8 girlfriends and went to celebrate 3 of our members' birthdays. We went on a Tuesday night and enjoyed the prixe fixe menu...great selection and great value! Everyone loved the food.--especially the crab cake entrée. For dessert the three birthday girls received theirs on plates decorated in chocolate with Happy Birthday Wishes. There was great attention to detail devoted to each one.
I think people think this will be tex-mex type food and it certainly isn't..it is much more like fine French cuisine with touches of Mexican flavors......nothing is too spicy or hot. We thoroughly recommend it and are certain to return.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was outstanding and excellentFood was outstanding and excellent presentation ! The asparagus ceasar salad and deserts were to die for! Server was right on the mark with helping us with our selections.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMDon't pass this one upThe restaurant was on the list of nearby places to eat for the Walnut Street Theatre. My husband wanted 'Mexican' and this was the one that came the closest. I went to the website and read through the fascinating history and explained that we will be eating Mexican with a 'Twist of French!'We were also celebrating a wedding anniversary and the atmosphere, wonderful serving staff, and of course the food far exceeded anything we could imagine. The presentations were colorful and unique.We ended the evening with the toasted pecan biscotti and a trio of sorbet including cinnamon-vanilla. Amazing!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFood ArtThe food was outstanding, the crabcake wrapped in filo dough was not only delicious but a work of art. The presentation of all the food was wonderful, we celebrated a birthday and the birthday message was personalized on the dessert plate. Service was excellent and I highly recommend this restaurant.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWent back for a second timeWent back for a second time within a week because it was so exceptional the first time, and we wanted to sample additional offerings. While our choices this time weren't as out-of-this-world incredible as on the first visit, that's because they were merely as good as anything you'll find anywhere else. The shrimp en croute in a chardonay cream sauce had a very subtle undercurrent of spicy poblano that snuck up on you slowly and then hit you over the head -- truly masterful, and consistent with the restaurant's theme that it would make you think about Mexican food in a whole new way. It paled in comparison only to Pablano's own food -- the such rillette I'd had the time before. Can't recommend this place highly enough.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is a find.This restaurant is a find. The presentations were unlike anything I've ever seen (we were even taking photos of our dishes!) and the food itself was unique and high quality.
The owner, Barb, is delightful, interesting and a perfect hostess.
They have an excellent prix fixe deal Tues to Thurs with a beautiful selection to choose from. I had a steak that melted in my mouth. My girlfriend had their award-winning crabcake that was wrapped in a beggar's purse. It was so gorgeous and so delicious.
And Barb makes all of the many varieties of sorbet. I had mole naranja and it was amazing as I'm told they all are. But watch out for the habanjero ones....they are beyond spicey!
The waiter Dan was excellent.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food, great service.Outstanding experience. The food was unbelievable. Service was very good. Highly recommended. Can be loud when full.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place has some of theThis place has some of the most wonderful; food in Philly. The decor could be a little more upscale (although the paintings of Mexican scenes are quite charming) and a little less musty-smelling, and the service, while friendly and efficient, also is not up to the levels of the finest restaurants. But if all you care about is the food, this may be the single best restaurant in the city. We'll go back as soon as we can.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPaloma - don't miss it!A wonderfull and inventive blend of Mexican ingredients and traditional French cooking techniques. The asparagus Caesar salad was outstanding. The sauces for the main courses were so good I dredged up every bit. The curry sauce with the crab in Phyllo dough was rich and sweet. The champagne habanero source on the shrimp was perfect. Finally, the Mexican chocolate brownie was rich, dense, and had lovely notes of cinnamon and cardamon and was served with a home made coffee ice cream. This is a can't miss restaurant in Philadelphia. It is a BYOB which is really nice and keeps the prices very affordable.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing place! I've been threeAmazing place! I've been three times and continue to be impressed. Corn Chowder is so flavorful, all the main course proteins are perfect, specials always deliver. Leave room for dessert. The sorbets and cakes are great, and that cranberry orange bread pudding with the vanilla-cinnamon gelato on top, one of the best things I have ever eaten! I will be dining there again soon.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFound the restaurant onlineFound the restaurant online while visitng philadelphia and think it was some of the best food we ever had. Amazing flavor combinations and beautiful presentation. Would return on our next viist.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMA new favorite has been found!A new favorite has been found! What a gem... the crab ceviche is crave-worthy! Cannot recommend the strawberry habanero sorbet enough...if you like hot! Just a wonderful evening and we can't wait to go back and take our friends!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect food unequalled hospitalitySecond time here, and I'd been waiting for an occasion to repeat because first time was so good. This meal was even better! Appetizers were delicious (tri-color pasta as an appetizer, tower-o-crab [my name, heh heh] ceviche) were fantastic. However, the fish special (barramundi[?] with encased in two sauces) was phenomenal: succulent, flavorful, unique, delicious to the last bite. I had a scare when time for dessert came when the server told me they were out of the chocolate cake; Barbara (chef's wife and pastry chef) overheard my lamentations and promised (and delivered!) that if I could wait 15 minutes, she'd get back in the kitchen and finish the cake. A perfect evening!3/5/2013 12:00:00 AMVery interesting menu. IVery interesting menu. I was expecting something more traditionally Mexican, and the menu threw me at first, but the bronzino was absolutely delicious, melted in my mouth. The special salad appetizer was very inventive and delicious, with tiny scallops. It's BYOB, which helps the budget, and actually we found the prices very reasonable, especially with the high quality of the ingredients and preparation. A nice time.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a wonderful dining experience.What a wonderful dining experience. I chose this restaurant based oh high Zagat rating.Paloma was everything Zagats and diners said it was. Tables are not close together which is important to my husband & me. Food was outstanding..crab appetizer was awesome. I had the shrimp entree and my husband had branzino..both were best. We've been to most all top restaurants in Philly and this is the best we've been to.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restuarnt is a gem! MyThis restuarnt is a gem! My husband and I have eaten at Paloma on several occasions and have always been pleased. This time we went with another couple who had not eaten there before...All four of us agreed we had a great evening ...the food, the service and ambiance were terrific! You can actually hear your dinner partners talk across the table without screaming! What a relief! Our friends thanked us profusely for introducing them to this restaurant. We'll all go back.....2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMgive this a try - wonderful foodwe tried this restaurant a couple of weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised by the menu, food preparation and the wonderful desserts. Highly recommend it!2/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Secret is OutI can't believe I forgot to write my review of Paloma. I took my wife here for her birthday, and the result was a stunning cavalcade of fusions based upon classical French and Mexican traditions. Do not expect anything approaching tacos and burritos. This is seriously well thought out use of fresh ingredients.
I love the duck and the crab cake purse. The desserts, which we usually skip, are made by the chef's wife who also serves as front of the house manager. She in the entire staff were a delight: open and friendly, very helpful with suggestions, yet very unobtrusive. It's a welcome relief to enjoy good food without the Starr-like pretensions of snobbish service.
All in all, this is a can't miss dining experience, enjoy!12/29/2012 12:00:00 AM