Unexpected & Scrumptious!
Palacio bills its fare as "Latin", which didn't mean much to me going in, but the menu is terrific, a collection of authentic & expertly created dishes from the "Latin" diaspora - from Iberia to Latin America. My wife had a tasty paella (chicken, shrimp, mussels & chorizo) and I had the Yucatan pork which features a delicious dark, smoky/savory sauce. The Gran Palacio margaritas were perfect for washing it all down, though they have an excellent wine list, too.
This was our 25th Anniversary dinner date and were not disappointed. We sat on the deck, warmed by one of the heaters on a cool evening. Our server was fun, knowledgeable and very gracious, helping my wife customize her choices to accomodate her gluten & dairy allergies. Thank you!!
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Both the food and service was good. Liked the old mansion vibe.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Florida girl becomes a fan!!!
Palacio is a gem that reminds me of south FL's Latin influence on cuisine! The duck tostadas are a new addition to the menu and an appetizer I highly recommend! Like the appetizer, the pistachio crusted sea bass was to die for..... Imagine a quaint outdoor patio setting with ambience! The staff were extremely friendly which was the icing in the cake!!! Must GO!!!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Class and comfort
While the restaurant, grounds, and food are upscale, the ambiance is relaxed and non pretentious.Service was great, Scott, our Waiter, checked on us frequently, and water was kept topped off, important during warm evenings. Eating outside in the evening during the spring or summer is wonderful. Noise levels from others is low, and the view of the grounds and foot traffic of Los Gatos is a plus. All in all a nice escape for a Friday night dinner with someone special.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great atmosphere and Service
We often stop by Palacio bar to socialize with friends, new and old. Sean and the bar staff keep the energy high and we always have a great time. This time we had dinner in the main dining room as we were entertaining friends and wanted a little more opportunity for conversation with dinner. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was all good. The drinks, as usual, were excellent. We all had a great time and will keep Palacio on our favorites list for the Los Gatos area for entertaining ourselves and our friends.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful restaurant in the heart of Los Gatos. Delicious food (try the stuffed poblano pepper!), great house margarita, and wonderful service. Sitting outside makes it perfect.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid addition to Los Gatos Dining
We booked this last minute for a Sunday night and got a reservation without any issues. As others have commented, the seafood is very good; I had the bass which was outstanding. Great presentation and perfectly cooked. My partner had scallops, which were also perfectly cooked.
Our waiter was great - attentive to the right level. Sartre might object that he had over-indexed on his facticity as a waiter, but I thought he was great.
Ambiance inside is a bit unexpected considering the victorian building this restaurant is housed in, but it set a nice, slightly casual tone. Fellow diners consisted of a mix of families, a couple of groups of boisterous groups on a night out, and several couples on date nights.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I will Definitely will be back!
The food, atmosphere, and staff was great!! However, I prefer the waiter to be more available..it took an hour just to order, then food took time, and to get the check was really long..I like not to be rushed but I don't like waiting.
However, I will be back...soon :) Just next time, maybe not when I need to get home to send the babysitter to bed.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our anniversary dinner at Palacio and enjoyed it very much. It was a warm evening so we sat outside on the front deck. Even though the tables are relatively close together we didn't hear other conversations, which was nice. There was a lot of auto traffic on the street but it was not intrusive. We shared the empanaditas appetizer and spinach salad, and had paella and scallops, respectively. All were excellent with elegant presentation. For dessert we ordered the Torta de Nieve and churros, which were fantastic. Service was excellent with attentive but not hovering waitstaff. All in all it was a wonderful dining experience and we look forward to returning.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are in Los Gatos for a week and had heard of Palacio from the hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and in our opinion, the value of the overall experience was quite reasonable.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
There is a nice variety of items on the menu. I had the seafood paella and it was just ok. Not much seafood and the rice was not very flavorful. My companion had the seared scallops which she said were excellent and ate them all. I wished I had ordered that instead. Very pricey for all items and wine, and all is a-la-carte.
They have a romantic spot upstairs and a nice patio area, but it was too cold that night to eat out. I would probably try it again for their appetizers out on the patio.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Group Event!
I needed to put on a presentation for a
large group. Palacio was so accommodating of my needs. The food was fantastic as well. I can't wait to have a big event here again.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Overall Dining Experience
Palacio is an excellent place to have dinner especially with a date or group. The service is incredible and the food is always great.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my mom here as a special occasion and requested to sit outside in my reservation. Upon arriving I was told we would have to wait 30-40 minutes for an outside table. I wasn't too pleased and I didn't feel the hostess cared at all about it. Being in customer service I understand policies, but her manner was a little off putting. HOWEVER, the man who stepped in and offered a fabulous solution totally made up for it and I will be going back because of how he handled the situation. I believe his name was Kurt and I apologize if I got it wrong, but I have nothing but the nicest things to say about him.
Food was good, atmosphere was perfect and it was an enjoyable evening. Can't wait to go back.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night tapas
Palacio has a great outdoor setting for dining. It's a great date spot or just a fun place to get together for tapas and drinks with your friends. The entrees are not that great but the the tapas are delicious.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Outdoor Patio
There was a great outdoor patio area with lots of seating. The menu had innovative items that you do not see everywhere. The cocktails tasted good but did seem to be a bit watered down. We'd probably order a glass of wine instead next time. The service was excellent.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brilliant Latin food
From the people who delight us with Forbes Mill across the street is this wonderful Latin cuisine. Be sure to have the churros at the end of the meal. They are the best I've had.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleased with Palacio
My dad and stepmom visited me all the way from Florida and had a fabulous meal at Palacio. I have lived in the area for 4 months and driven by this restaurant many times and was glad to have a reason to try it out! Portion sizes were perfect, all of our food was exceptional, and our service was impeccable. I would highly recommend Palacio to anyone looking for a casual evening with friends, or to celebrate a special occasion or romantic evening.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu has been revised since the last time we were there and now there are even better choices than before. For was great and eating outside on a warm Los Gatos night is perfect and all of the meals are reasonably priced so it won't put you in the poor house!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elevated Mexican Food
Chips and salsa are really good
Entries are very well portioned and have complex flavors and sauces which elevate the food.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great filet and churros
The food is very high quality from appetizers to dessert.
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved the sea bass
The food and drinks are wonderful. The presentation was beautiful. The sauces that accompany the dishes were to die for. I can't wait to go back!
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were seated right away.
We were seated right away. We both had the Pumpkin crusted Sea Bass. It was amazing. The service was ok she was new so still learning it took forever to get our wine. Overall nice dinner our anniversary. We would definitely go again. We also had the spinach salad the combinations of flavors were exceptional.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great latin food
Beyond the fact that this is one of the few high end latin restaurants it's also terrific. Please please end your meal with an order of their Churros.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for brunch too
Ever since I saw Chilaquiles on the brunch menu on the website I swore the next time I went to Palacio it would be for brunch. I recently did that and tried the dish. While not the best incarnation of that dish I've ever had ... it's definably the best in the Bay Area.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service have a lot of potential. Both need a little polish to make it excellent. Enjoyed dinner a lot but needs focus on the details.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday! And we both loved the restaurant!! The food was great! Everything! from appetizers to main course to dessert! We had a wonderful time! Fantastic service!
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were a group of 10 and
We were a group of 10 and they took very good care of us. Palacio changed some things, which I wish they hadn't: they no longer have the green salsa, which was the mildest, so several people at our table found their salsa inedible as it was way too spicy. Also previously they served the churros with a chocolate dipping sauce, which now they replaced with ice cream; not as good. Overall still a very good experience.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the "Happy Hour"
We loved the "Happy Hour" specials.
Will go again!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great view from the patio, excellent service.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a Great Night Out but I was disappointed that the waiter assistants kept trying to take plates away while we were still eating.
They also gave each of us the wrong dish, so we had to swap plates around.
Food was great, ambiance was great and our waitress was very good.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice evening with great service
Jordan was fantastic.
We had a very nice evening. Food was not to bad . I have had better muscles but I had a great sasl and the Paella is very good
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Palacio, as always, was great.
Palacio, as always, was great. I brought two friends who had not been there before and they were very impressed with the food. We ate outdoors in the evening. It was comfortable but they had their heaters ready to go. Our waiter was professional and friendly. The Latin cuisine was outstanding and Palacio is one of only two that has a dish involving "corn truffles" on the menu.
Their Margaritas are killer.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is consistently excellent. We've never been there for dinner, but this was our fourth time for Sunday brunch. You can't beat the atmosphere - dining al fresco. You can't beat the food - high quality with layers of complex flavor. You can't beat the service - attentive and knowledgeable. Palacio is delicio, (not sure if that's a word).
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Palacio's in Los Gatos is wonderful
We love Palacio's in Los Gatos. They have an amazing menu, wonderful service and it is a beautiful location.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
So glad we went back!
We hadn't been back since they first opened and we've been missing out. Outstanding flavors and variety on the menu, prompt, friendly service and dining outdoors on a warm fall evening made for a wonderful dinner.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent latin food
Palacio is probably the highest end latin restaurant we have in the Bay Area. Overall it is excellent. The food is fabulous. This evening I had the Filet, which is cooked perfectly. My girlfriend had the tacos appetizer and loved them. While it is very odd to have to purchase chips and salsa at a latin restaurant ... as they are normally just provide like bread at other restaurants. However, I can say that everyone should order the chips and salsa. The chips are made fresh constantly and are well salted ... just on their own the chips set the stage for a great meal. Oh and finish with the churros!
One thing ... a nice restaurant like this should have non-alocohlic beverage options beyond soda. It's embarrassing that I have to order Sprite.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have dined here many times and have always had a delicious meal and excellent service. The new fixed price menu is a nice addition.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff went out of their
The staff went out of their way to make our anniversary extra special. It was our first visit and we all want to go back again and bring more friends!
Both thumbs up!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Palacio was a great choice for our anniversary. The specialty cocktails were lovely. We really enjoyed the scallop ceviche. We also tried the Crudo de Atun, which was good, but a bit outside the traditional ceviche. Our entrees were very good, and the churros made a great dessert.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant staff informed us that not many people know that Palacio's is open for Sunday brunch. We enjoyed that very few people were there at noon on Sunday but it is a shame for the staff as the food and service were great.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Palacio was a perfect fit for my dinner-meeting.
Service was very good, would have been outstanding if the drinks all arrived at the same time!
The ambiance was quiet, allowing us to have a conversation without disturbing the other tables. a great plus for us.
And the food was excellent. great choices of cevice, authentic latin flavors, fresh guacamole, and the entrees had reasonable size perfect cooking and fresh vegetables.
We all truly enjoyed our dinner, even me not liking cilantro, they managed to adapt the dishes to avoid my devil!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first time at Palacio.
Our first time at Palacio. We found it to be a nice place and we agreed that we would return.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took our group here for 2 dinner events with 40+ and 10+ guests. Everyone loved the place, the food and the Excellent service. They take great care of you so well and very attentive. Thank you! We can't wait to come back!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed our experience
Guacamole to start was delicious, tasty selection of appetizers, great variety of mains (Had the shredded short ribs on polenta. It was delicious and my wife thought it was some of the best polenta she ever had.), we wanted to lick the plate on our dessert. What really put this experience over the top was our server Jordan. He was friendly, informative and respectful.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful meal
I've been going to Palacio since it opened. It continues to be a great dining experience. I had a filet this evening that was cooked perfectly and my GF had a couple of steak tacos ... and of course we started the meal with their terrific chips and salsa (best anywhere). Finally we ended the meal with their amazing churros, everyone should have these.
The only complain I continue to have is ... there are no fancy beverages for people who don't want alcohol. Every other fine restaurant I go to has at least a ginger bear, house made aqua fresco, or some other type of lovely beverages. Palacio has none ... I frankly think it's embarrassing that I have to drink a Sprite at such a fine establishment.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Salty food but great wait staff
Pretty, young greeter smiled and was nice but don't escort me to my table where my friends were already seated. Wait staff was exemplary. Timing for food was great. The plating was gorgeous and I love Paella and expected a perfect dish but it was really salty. Otherwise it would've been a home run!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome for all Food types
This is an awesome place for anyone with dietary restrictions. I am gluten free and vegetarian so it's not exactly easy for me to eat out but Palacio has all items on it's menu noted with any restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, GF) and ALL the entrees are gluten free (and wonderfully delicious).
The waitstaff is super attentive and accommodating, the service is quick and efficient, and the wine list is comprehensive (and the prices are reasonable even if the ambiance is that of a super exclusive place).
This is a neighborhood favorite for a reason!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice experinece but they have
Nice experinece but they have a habbit of offering you chips and guacanmole and charging you for it. They imply it comes with the meal, so be prepared to get tagged for an extra 9 bucks without your approval
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful, historic restaurant!
Great Latin American cuisine in an historic restaurant in Los Gatos! Food can be a little spicy but delicious. We dined outdoors where we could watch shoppers passing on the beautiful streets of the city! Wonderful atmosphere for couples or families!! Would recommend highly!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM