Palomino - Seattle
Palomino - Seattle

Palomino - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palomino.com/
  • Phone: 2066231300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    WEDNESDAYS ALL DAY: Half-Price Bottled Wine! (bottles priced at $26 & above).
    DINING ROOM:
    Lunch: Daily: 11am-4pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 4pm-11pm
    LOUNGE:
    Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Randy Barkhurst
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th & Union - 5th & Pike
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary 2-hour parking with validation weekdays from 11am-2pm, and evenings when entering the parking garage after 5pm. Complimentary validated parking all day Saturday and Sunday. City Centre Parking garage only, entrance on Union between 5th and 6th Avenues.
A word from Palomino - Seattle
New American cuisine influenced by Southern Europe. Located 1 block from the 5th Avenue Theatre and 3 blocks from the Convention Center.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Palomino - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)great for lunch (79)fit for foodies (70)good for groups (63)vibrant bar scene (32)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (30)hot spot (24)notable wine list (22)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (12)great for brunch (10)scenic view (5)Show More
  • EMCap
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Wonderful food, loved the seafood salad and shrimp with pasta dish. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Service
    orangefrappe
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The wait staff was excellent. We had a play to go to and they did their best to get us served within the time frame we had. Food was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slightly above average
    joyze
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have been going to the Palomino for years. The prices are not inexpensive for dinner and you would expect to get a well cooked and quantity meal. I ordered a simple grilled salmon and asparagus dinner. Piece of salmon was not that big and since i did not include any other items from the dinner, i would have expected a decent serving of veggies. Slightly disappointing. Salmon could have been slightly less cooked as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Above the clouds
    Thetaste
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great place for a bite or drink. Very knowledgeable staff. Food was splendid. I will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The last two times I was here I have noticed the service is slipping. Both times we told them we were going to a show and both times I thought I was going to be late! Service starts out great but as the restaurant fills up, you get ignored. I am assuming they are severely understaffed.
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  • Love Palominos
    Lynn
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Each time we come to Seattle, we love coming to Palominos. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is good and the service is great. Many come there before going to a musical and they try to get you out in good time. Their salads are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I think the Paella did not have Saffron ? I could not taste it I actually make better Paella. I do not think you guys are using the right type of rice the taste of the Paella was bland needs to look more yellow and tasty
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointing
    OpenTableMyGoTo
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We tried the restaurant based on the positive reviews; restaurant is in a mall, but appearance is upscale (do have to ask for the combination to use the restrooms). Server was young, enthusiastic, eager to please. Noticed paella on the menu and asked how much extra time that took, he said not really any, portions are precooked and just put together. That should have tipped us off, but the reviews were positive, so we both ordered with a bottle of wine. It came quickly, and looked good but quite small. The taste of the mussels was off, very fishy, tasted like they were not fresh. Kept trying, but honestly, we just couldn't finish, very bland and disappointing. Pricey at $29, for a barely acceptable Red Lobster dish..wouldn't go back.
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  • Another great meal!
    foodladyVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food is always good to great. Room is pleasing to the eye. Noise levels can make conversion a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    2FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was dining alone for lunch while attending a convention in Seattle. From the hostess to the server, everyone was pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. The manager was busing tables herself and I commented to her that it was clear she was good at her job. The food was well-seasoned, the fish cooked perfectly, though the pasta was a bit too al dente for my taste. The bread was a soft foccacia and the dip was an olive oil-based chunky tomato and basil dip that was delicious. The Ginger and Pear martini was perfect- not too sweet and not too subtle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PEknowitall
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was great, cocktails were pedestrian. Looking for that perfect combo of food and drinks! Didn't go for seconds on my lemon drop. Sad face. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misticretreat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We like going here before going to the 5th Ave Theatre. It did not disappoint us in anyway. Good atmosphere, good food, good service. We never go wrong by dining at the Palomino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exceptional staff
    Beachsmores
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were seated promptly upon arrival at Palomino but could not carry on a conversation due to the screaming of a child at the table next to us. We asked to be moved away from this disruption and were promptly give seating far away from this child and her unconcerned parents. the staff went out of their way to accommodate us in every way and constantly checked in to make sure all was well. the food as usual was excellent! We spent another enjoyable meal at this fabulous restaurant!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    Finner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    More and more I look for excellent service from restaurants. Palomino has that. Staff is friendly, attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch
    loveSeattledining
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I met a friend here for lunch whom I hadn't seen in a couple years. We had a delightful experience. The food was excellent--they were very accommodating of my special requests, and attentive but not hovering. The price is decent for Seattle, and it is a comfortable place to sit and talk. I have been here many times in the past and it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay
    FrequentFeederVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Palomino-Seattle is located in the City Center, a conglomeration of boutiques and services. Whereas the "mall" itself was pretty quiet and uncroded, the restaurant filled up rapidly, bec as me pretty noisy. We lunched there two days in a row. A good variety of selections. There were a number of artisan pizzas, of which I had the Greek. Unfortunately, I opted in for anchovies when our friends requested them for their Caesar salsds. The salty anchovies detracted from the Greek flavorings. I also had kale soup, which was excellent. Probably didnt even need the pizza, The second time, I had "chicken under a brick". Roasted just right, well-flavored.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    skibumdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We ate at Palomino on Wednesday night because they offer half off bottles of wine on Wednesday. We did not have high expectations for the food but everything we ate was excellent. We had the paella and the scallops and both were good and portions were generous. The atmosphere is pleasant and casual and the glass fixtures are a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theatre Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We enjoyed our meal very much. The service was very good and the drinks excellent! Very convenient to the theatre. We had excellent seating.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anticipation
    LauraJo
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My cousin's wife was in town for business and I suggested we meet at The Palomino for dinner. It was right across the street from her hotel. for the whole day, I kept thinking about my favorite dish. The 4-cheese penne pasta dish is to die for! I was not disappointed that night! Our waiter was very pleasant and helpful. I definitely recommend this restaurant. Because they have an open kitchen it tends to be a little noisy, but it wasn't too bad that night. The prices are mid-range, but you get your money's worth.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I personally have been coming to Palomino for over ten years and my wife has joined me over these last eight. We most often eat in the bar, but we chose to eat in the restaurant for our anniversary and it was perfect, from my wife's special preparation requests, to our cocktails. I will continue to rave about our service and menu selections. Thank you
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater date
    Jhhandjnh
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Goes great with 5th Avenue Theater. Excellent wine. Excellent food Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a gem
    endoexpert
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Palomino is wonderful. We had the crabmeat and artichoke apetizer which was just delicious. The waiter recommended the pork loin for me and brought extra peach dipping sauce which was wonderful. I had the berry sorbet for dessert which was delicious. One of my friends had the pistachio ice cream again another winner. If I come back to Seattle I definitely will return. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch!
    MAKdiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great place for a business lunch! Food is exceptional...and service also. The Tuna pasta dish was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to theaters and shopping
    Skipperjoni
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We always enjoy Palomino whether we are taking a midday break from shopping or grabbing a pre-theater dinner. The Mediterranean-style food is excellent, and the ambience is busy. The wait-staff members are knowledgable and friendly and able to suggest dishes with short prep times when you are looking for something quick. Reservations are recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I wish they had been quicker!
    Ceegee2go
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    When I called and changed the reservation to 5:45 I specifically stated we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to dine because we were going to the Fifth Avenue for a show at 7:30 and the hostess said that was enough time. The only trouble is, they didn't serve our entrees until 7:00, or 1 1/4 hours after we got there, leaving us 15 minutes to eat and then pay the bill. So we all had our dinners boxed to take with, which wasn't what we wanted at all! On the plus side, it was half price bottled wine night, and we had a lovely Petite Syrah.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Um, preferences anyone?
    etingood
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    On my Open Table reservation I requested a booth if possible. Imagine my surprise when the hostess walked me past all of the vacant booths to a table up 2 steps (I am quite obviously a disabled walker). I expressed a request for a booth and was asked to walk to the front while new seating was arranged. Due to my unstable walk, I asked to just wait where I was. A booth was arranged and we had a delightful waitress and delicious food. Too bad the host didn't read and honor the request from the beginning. Still, I will return as I love the ambience and the exuberance of the staff. Oh, the restaurant was not very busy or full that day, either.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    BelltowngirlVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The space is loud in the top of a shopping center. The bathrooms stunk and you had to use a code to get in that you had to ask for. The food was just ok. The server barely noticed us and getting a salt and pepper shaker was the craziest thing I ever had to ask for in a restaurant. They did give my brother a father's day gift card which is nice. The desserts were great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was a Father's day dinner with our kids. Food was tasty, atmosphere friendly and energetic. That camouflaged our "group noise" nicely. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants an elegant-to- comfortable place to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlexVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Bread arrived late. We needed to reorder the bread topping. We were seated at 6:30 but did not have time for dessert due to 8PM theater tickets.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Odd Dishes
    LJayP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had a pork tenderloin that was cut into odd pieces and layed in a sweet tomatoey sauce that was slightly spicy, served with luke warm grey mashed potatos and an ok corn and sweet red pepper side. My friend had scampi served on garlic toast and a side of limp spagatini. Both dishes lacked flavor were frankly very disapointing. I am not sure who would have let these culinary disaster's leave their kitchen, certainly not a trained chef!
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  • Disisappointed Sat. enjoyed in past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Two of three entrees were disappointing. Copper River salmon over pasta was bland - little salmon and broth tasted like just pasta water. Pork tenderloin dinner order but was served a pork loin which was tough. We have enjoyed many wonderful dining experiences in this restaurant, but this was not one of them. The service and staff were fine it was the quality of food served.
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  • Always a Seattle Favorite
    jordanscards2002VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The best salad. The Chop Chop Salad has a great dressing and a great combo of cheese, meat, veggies and romaine. Their mushroom soup is wonderful and the soup of the day will never disappoint. Our family always eats at Palomino when we are in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spacious, Open Dining
    LoveToEatVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the open design. It is located in an office tower, and the restaurant is open to the lobby and interior spaces. It's not like eating "in" a restaurant. I prefer eating at the edge, overlooking the office lobby atrium which is 3 levels below. The food is very good and the prices are average for a large restaurant ($20 - $30 entrees) and include meat, fish, chicken and pizza. I love the atmosphere, food and service. I definitely recommend this place if you want a different kind of restaurant for a meal.
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  • convenient and delish
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This venerable restaurant is always good, and smack dab in the middle of downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service!
    coquine
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I made a reservation to meet three other women for a ladies' dinner, and we all had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We didn't have to ask for a thing. In fact, I think we were probably really slow to order and probably drove our server crazy, but he was so nice and did a great job. I love coming here to eat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad for upper level mall dining
    YellowjacketVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Good selection (seafood, pasta, steaks) of well prepared food. Great server, knew when to interrupt conversation and when to leave our group of five alone to talk business. A little loud but very nice when crowd cleared out. Overall a good choice for downtown dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to usual standard
    Nordic
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This was a disappointment. I'm a semi-regular - have been here many times - and usually would give high marks to Palomino. We must have caught them on a bad day. They took a while to find my online reservation - some confusion. The service was slow and not as friendly as usual. My white wine was long in arriving and not cold. I like it chilled. Next time I'll ask if it's chilled. I tried an entree I had not tried before, tuna puttanesca. It was overcooked and much too spicy. Can't say I wasn't warned - the menu states that it's in a spicy tomato sauce, but the spices overwhelmed the tuna. The chop salad was excellent. I tasted my partner's chicken under a brick and it was tasty. I like Palomino. I'll be back but more cautious in ordering.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 117 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1742 reviews are from the Palomino - Seattle reviews archive.
  • Good food & price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was good food at a good price, and nice central location with easy access.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food in Seattle
    kpno97VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    had the Cooper River salmon on pasta dish and it was super! The paella was also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jkmsmith
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This was a great venue for a lunch with friends. The staff was friendly and the service was prompt!
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