Palomino - San Francisco
Palomino - San Francisco

Palomino - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://palomino.com/page/home
  • Phone: 4155127400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    WEDNESDAYS ALL DAY: Half-Price Bottled Wine! (bottles priced at $26 & above).
    Lunch DAILY: 11:00am 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm and Sunday 4:30pm-9pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm
    Bloody Mary Bar: Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Kristela Mendoza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Palomino can host 8 to 30 people with pre-selected menus for parties of 12 or more. Special accommodations can be made, please inquire.
  • Private Party Contact: Palomino San Francisco 4155127400x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Folsom
  • Public Transit: Muni N Line - Folsom Station/
    BART Embarcadero
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Hills Plaza Garage: weekdays: park in the garage between 11am and 2pm to get $2 rate for 3 hours. Park in the garage after 5pm to get 3 hours free! Weekend: 3 hours free any time. Street parking also available.
A word from Palomino - San Francisco
Palomino has a spirited and upbeat atmosphere. They offer Pacific European fare of Rotisserie grilled meats and seafood. Palomino has a STELLAR view of the bay bridge and a fantastic outdoor patio!!


***Please note the patio and lounge are all open seating after 3pm. Reservations are for the dining room only.
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Palomino - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (98)great for outdoor dining (84)good for groups (70)special occasion (52)great for lunch (50)vibrant bar scene (41)romantic (34)fit for foodies (30)great for brunch (28)neighborhood gem (26)hot spot (19)notable wine list (16)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • Great place for a birthday lunch
    DiBo
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    lots of options for lunch with a great variety. I always go with the mix and match combo with soup or salad and sandwich and pasta. and the gorgonzola fries aren't on the menu but ask for them anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience, good food
    penny
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Cocktail was excellent and I'm a hard judge because I make my own and love experimenting. Caprese salad was not a true caprese salad, but overlooking that it was tasty. party of 3, we all ordered seafood entrees, which were quite good. The beer ordered by my companions was not as cold as they liked it. One member of the party thought he would not come back because the food was not good enough by the standards of what can be found in SF. I would go back myself. Loved the parking was easy and free with validation from the restaurant. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. Only complaint, the wine we ordered to go with our entrees should have arrived slightly before or with the food, not several minutes later.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feeling tired
    SD4BrianVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Was here for bday dinner. The good--great service. The disappointment --table area-carpet-not clean and the fact that 3 of the 7 orders had to be changed as the specials ran out after spending much time making decisions. Then food arrived after an hour from arrival time--only to have two of the dishes not cooked properly. One of the redo's came back burned/over cooked and not eaten (deleted from check). Some of the group liked their mains in all fairness. The mgt was responsive and came through in the end to rescue the night. I've eaten here for many years but I left that night feeling it's tired and in need of a major refresh.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner with big group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We really enjoyed out dinner at Palominos. Great service, Carlos took great care in making sure we always had what we needed. Good food and drink. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whocares
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It looks like a good casual dining place. Waiter was great. Food was only okay. Next time, i will try more casual menu options, like pizza, etc. Otherwise a nice place
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring Out Of Town Visitors Here!
    MarionMcV
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've been to Palomino lots of times before, but not so much in the last few years, except for lunch. We came to celebrate an anniversary. The food was consistently good - my husband enjoyed his paella, my daughter liked her vegetarian options, and I liked the pork chop with the slightly smoky flavor. The African chicken soup before the main dish was my favorite part of dinner -- full of unexpected flavors and textures. We had the good fortune to sit at a window table. All was good and enjoyable -- and then the bridge lights came on. It was absolutely magical. I urge everyone to bring out of town visitors here in the early evening, if you want them to fall in love with San Francisco and good food!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating
    Libby
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As a large group we had changes in the number of people up to the last minute. Palomino was accommodating and the changes were easy to make. Once we were there the restaurant staff was great, and the wide variety of selections was great for such a diverse group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service not that great
    Scarlett
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our server was not really up to snuff. Didn't know what kind of liquor is in a seabreeze, had to be asked continuosly to refill our water glasses, didn't get out wine order to us in time to enjoy with our desert, brought us desert menus that were dirty and not in good shape .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must Do
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Palomino is our go to in San Francisco, the ever changing Chef menu always offers a great selection and gets you to try something outside of the box. The service is great and you get your food and drinks in a reasonable amount of time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easytoplease
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The mushroom soup was not as good as in previous visits; it seems they adjusted the recipe making it seem more diluted in flavor and texture. The rest of the food was very good and we had good service by Saulo. Very noisy environment and the background "music" , mostly bass droning, was totally unnecessary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • their patio is a perfect lunch spot
    DiBo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    A great spot to sit outdoors on a beautiful day to enjoy the view, a nice glass of wine and a delicious lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    rajackson6
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Despite only being able to get a reservation 90 minutes out, we showed up early, and they were able to move us up 30 minutes. Our waitress...Lucy...was great, and took care of us very well. The seafood special worked out perfectly, and everything was as anticipated...except for the deviled truffle eggs...they were lacking a bit from the last experience. All in all, highly recommend Palomino...oh--half-price wine bottles on Wednesdays, all day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise central
    neighbor
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A huge cocktail party was going on within 10 feet of our table and it was not the place to celebrate our 30th anniversary! We like high energy but this was ridiculous. We could barely speak to one another and the service was incredibly bad. It took over 30 minutes to get our wine. It was as if our waiter totally forgot we were there. Maybe a new name of "Palominitto" would reflect that if you're over 40, another place would be more suitable. We'd been there twice before and it had been fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal - Inconsistyent Service
    ArtOVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our meal was very nice at Palomino. I had the Scallops and my date had the pork loin. Both were well prepared and very tasty. The server at our table was great, and the food arrived quickly. The real problem was orders from the bar. It took an extraordinary amount of time to receive simple cocktail orders. The last one we just cancelled because we were on our way to a concert. I saw earlier reviews that criticized the service and food, but I must say I disagree except on this one point. But Palomino management should not rest easy! Bar service is a part of the dining experience and yours was well below expectations.Waiting almost 30 minutes for a vodka martini is not reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Dependable
    KatyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've been going to Palomino off and on for close to 20 years, and it is always a good spot. The restaurant (not the bar) is great because you can actually hear what your dining partners have to say. Two of us had the shrimp, and it was good -- buttery and tangy. The other friend had a pizza, and Palomino always makes great thin crust pizzas. Our server was especially good -- very warm and welcoming. I'm glad Palomino is still here in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • soso
    soso
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Brought my 86 year old mom here for lunch. It was a great place to take her for lunch. Our waiter was very attentive, giving us 5 star service. The menu has many options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment :(
    SCRAWLES
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our last dinner visit with a group of 6 a month ago was fantastic! Food and service could not have been better. Last Saturday was terrible :( The waiter was terrible, had to flag him down to take our order, remind him once he took our orders what we wanted. Food was almost cold, beer was warm, just a really really disappointing experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Palomino revisited!
    DianeG
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have dined at Palomino many times, but in the last year, the food and service has been disappointing, that is, until last Sunday evening. I had written a letter about 6 months ago after we had experienced a most unsatisfactory evening. The management immediately contacted me, and offered a token gift certificate which we hadn't used until Sunday night. There were four of us, the same four as 6 months ago, and we were quite wary of returning to a possible disappointing evening. This was definitely NOT the case. The food was wonderful, the service (thank you, Jesse) was superb, and the evening was a complete success! I'm not sure what has changed for the good, but congratulations, Palomino.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible Slow Service
    RobbieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Please do not go to this restaurant if you want good service. I have been 3 times, and each and every visit has been horrible service. Slow servers, waiting for 10 minutes once seated just to get a glass of water, practically begging for your check, and constantly having to hunt down your server. I've complained to the management on previous visits, but nothing gets done. Don't waste your money, as this is an easy problem to fix with the right management.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    judybug
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a post theatre dinner with friends at Palomino. Everyone enjoyed their choices for dinner, and the waiter, was most accomodating. The dining room decir lovely. It wasn't overly noisy. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Pecan crusted salmon was very tasty! The pizza had a good flavor, but the crust was very dark around the edges and a little too thin, the cheese needed to be cut into smaller pieces and distributed more evenly around the pizza because the pieces were so large they were unmelted blobs. Great service and nice place for dinner and/or drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bizlunchqueen
    bizlunchqueen
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is my "go to" restaurant for larger groups. They have staff and tables that can handle the larger groups and they never treat like it is an imposition. Food is very good as is the service. Thanks for being there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gourmetgalVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I usually go to Happy Hour and enjoyed the relative quiet of lunch. My impression is the entree prices have come down a bit. Certainly it's good bang for the buck especially when you consider the splendid location. I loved my wood oven baked fish. Toss in some of those warm donuts and I'm ready for anything!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    While the service remains stellar, the food continues to decline.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening with friends...
    foodfinder
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We met friends we hadn't seen for a long time at Palomino's in SF on a Wednesday evening and it was delightful. We had the hummus appetizer and then two of is split the Maple Chicken salad and it was wonderful and just the right size for both of us. One of the guys had the Chopped Salad and the other had the Rigatoni and both were very pleased with dinner. To top it off, the wine was half price which was an added bonus. The parking in the garage was a bit expensive but definitively worth the convenience. A great evening and worth a return trip!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Hosts
    earlydiner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great restaurant and one of our favorites in San Francisco. Only complaint is the frequent change of hosts at the front desk who have on two occasions neglected to note we were waiting at a table for friends to join us, and keep them waiting in the lobby while we waited 20 minutes seated at our table, for our guest to arrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Bay view from the deck
    Roxy24k
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Friends and I enjoyed the parade, then walked down to Palomino to sit outside and enjoy a good cocktail and sun. It was very pleasant being outside. There were several dogs, which was pleasant. Nice way to wrap up the Parade festivities.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Experience
    CalcougarVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Once a favorite of mine, the bland, tasteless ribs convinced me that the chef has no taste buds.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Reservation for 6:00 on Monday night - relaxed atmosphere, waiters attentive and friendly, outdoor seating filled, validated parking, good for couples, friends, and group dining or meeting for drinks. Great hamburgers, flatbread appetizers and desserts!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been going to Palomino's for years and always had good meals until now. My wife had a chicken dish which she said tasted like canned tomato sauce and my daughter ordered pan seared scallops which said tasted like chicken Mc nuggets.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Bit Too Spicy
    InExileVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Palomino tends to be a bit heavy-handed with their spices, sometimes to the point of making dishes inedible. In fairness most of the food is good, if not particularly imaginative. Service is highly variable, but is generally attentive and quick. The dining room is adjacent to a very crowded bar area which gets very loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    FoOdIsGood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    When I read the reviews I was excited about coming here for date night. When we walked up I was very surprised to see people in hoodies and flip flops. Although, the bar area was madness, thankfully the dinning room was not as chaotic and we had a beautiful view of the bridge! Their menu selections were a little disappointing, nothing spectacular about it. When the food came out it was more disappointing then their menu choices. I had the Paella and my boyfriend had the steak. Both of our meals appeared to have been sitting under a heat lamp for a long while and it tasted it like it. It was crusty and lukewarm. I don't mind spending money on a meal at a nice restaurant but only if it's worth it and this place was not worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lunch time
    jdnoVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great views and atmosphere if you can get an outside seat. A few more umbrellas outside would make it ideal when it is really warm outside. Good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This is my top favorite restaurant!! It's not a complete dinner without the Potatos Gorgonzola appy and their signature Tiramisu!! Love, love, love this place!! The best outdoor dining with gorgeous clear views of the Bay Bridge and oh boy when it's lit up at night...........amazing!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip dinner - go for happy hour
    saffafoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The views of the Bay Bridge and to the water, are spectacular. The dining experience less so. The menu looks impressive, but the food is average. Service was inattentive to just OK. I remember having the same experience when I visited the dining room for dinner three years ago and thinking at that time that I would only ever return for the 'Happy Hour' where one can sit outside (there are outside heat-lamps if the weather is chilly) and order good happy hour snacks and drinks. The restaurant should expand their happy hour type service, or step it up as it pertains to fine dining. Don't just rely on the great views.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Got it wrong again.
    Poutybutloyal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is the fourth time (this time it was Father's Day 2014 at about 12:30 PM) in 3 years we've dined at this restaurant where the server failed to bring us our full order, i.e. leaving something out. We've had to get their attention and sort of "wake them up" to the discrepancy. I feel taking a table's order is one thing but delivering it without a hitch is absolutely essential. I'm hoping management figures out a way to "foolproof" what ought to be a simple and basic function of ANY server.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening out
    eatsRus
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We had a group of six - overall food was great. Everyone at the table enjoyed everything, except the person that ordered the crusted salmon from the special menu - they anticipated that the crusting on the salmon would be, well ... crusty. It was soggy. The rest of the food was outstanding. Service was excellent, our server was very attentive. The view of the bridge was very good from our table. The noise level was quite high. All in all, a wonderful night out and everyone had a good time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    An excellent experience, the staff was friendly and accommodating. They checked in often and the food was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came for the view, loved the food!
    MosieSaysVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Really a terrific spot! We specifically asked to be near a window so we could see the light show on the bridge, and we were thrilled with our seats! The food was amazing, delivered at proper temp and with proper timing. Nice wine list. Nice wait staff. No complaints at all!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dirty, over cooked and disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    #1 Clean the front door, years of finger prints #2 All of the food was over cooked #3 I don't think you could get a bad meal in SF, I was wrong!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet