Coco Palm

4.5
1493 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
Havana meets Madrid at Coco Palm, the beautiful hilltop restaurant overlooking the San Gabriel Valley. Begin your evening with a Mojito or Sangria in the lounge, and then enjoy dinner while listening to our house music in the elegant restaurant, specializing in traditional Spanish and Cuban cuisine. Don't miss the Paelia Valencia or the House Steak, a 56oz bone-in rib chop for sharing. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily - from lobster and shrimp to fresh salmon in Albarino wine sauce or loin of Sea Bass in a Mango-miso sauce. Afterwards, show your moves in the Coco Room where every Friday we offer free salsa lessons, followed by a live twelve-piece salsa band. On Sundays we offer a spectacular all-you-can-eat Champagne Brunch, and an all-you-can-eat lunch is served daily. Valet Parking is mandatory on most nights, $5/vehicle.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was good and the food was good but it was missing that something special for me.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hope I will be there shortly again. Thanks to manager Garibay, the receptionist, and server Randi for their continous generousity.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall the restaurant was good. Was a bit disappointed, when it was never mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday. This was included in my reservation request. Everything else went well.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Our waiter had an attitude at first and started to warm up towards the end. The coffee was cold and bland, the food was over cooked. I would like to try give it a second chance and go again to see if perhaps I can be left with a different experience and a better impression.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was great as usual but this was the worst service I have experienced there and it was not very busy when we went. We had to ask at the front for our check. Our water and soda glasses we empty for most of the evening. Fix it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server -Michelle was excellent. She was very attentive and pleasant. We will be back

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. The ambience is beautiful. I love this place. Have visited many times and will continue to do so.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

def would go back , food is awesome and prices very reasonable

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside and it was not noisy. Good food though drink service was slow. Very attractive decor.

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JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. My wife and I went to celebrate Valentines Day early. We were very pleased with the food and service we received from Abraham. The bread and beans as a starter are such a great treat to start.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Took my wife to an early Valentine Dinner. Had been awhile since my last visit that really was fantastic. Had high expectations for this round again but just fell abit short on our expectations. Service was ok but nothing special. Food tasted good but not great. The ambiance is still there so still made for a nice night. Just expected a bit more.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed, will not recommend to any of my friends.

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h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food is mediocre! I had the New York Steak and my friend had the palomilla. We also shared a seafood tapa which might as well be called seafood GUM, so chewy! Staff is friendly, however, the lack of training is evident " including the bartender" worst martini I've ever had!

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was polite and accurate with orders. Nice dining view

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner for Four

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my girlfriend there for her birthday and we had a great time and our waiter was very helpful with the menu and he recommended some fabulous dinners to try and we loved them verde much and I’m looking to going back in the near future

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a bad experience 3 years ago... dive then, it’s all been perfect. I love their attentiveness!

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I've been to the Coco Palm before but this time found the experience to be not so great. Although the room had a nice view from the hills, it was VERY noisy. So much so that the music playing over the speakers was barely audible. The only feel of Cuba was when I visited the restroom where I could actually hear Cuban music over the speakers.
As for the food: The ropa vieja meat was flavorful BUT very tough to chew. Traditional ham crockets were not on the menu so we had the chicken crockets: soft and mushy. When I asked for picadillo....a traditional Cuban dish, I was told it was not on the menu. On the positive side, the black beans WERE delicious and the white rice was good as well. The service was also excellent.
Actually being from Cuba, I've had Cuban food all my life. For the prices charged here, the food in general was not up to par. Overall, very disappointing. There are much better Cuban restaurants out there.
One last comment: I found tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole on the menu. Really?! I thought I was in a Cuban restaurant NOT a Mexican one.

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l
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coco Palms offers incredible views, great food, and authentic food!

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SB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love coming here. Great food, great atmosphere, and an awesome view!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food at a good price!

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IV
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, comfortable and very romantic for the both. An unforgettable experience.

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W
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our 10th wedding anniversary dinner on the 26 of December 2018 and the food was excellent. My daughter got married there five years ago and everything was exceptional. We will come back again and again.

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I
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinning experience. Great service and food in wonderful setting.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great service. Food was amazing overall great experience. Will be back

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t
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy my visit to Coco Palm. Outstanding food consistently served here.

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Las Vegas
163 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Michelle is superb. Her recommendation is spot on. The view and the glass of wine go hand in hand

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RK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The Coco Palm has delicious food, however I was am bit disappointed with the customer service. In my reservation I indicated we were celebrating our 5th anniversary in which we got married at the Coco Palm, as well as my husband is battling cancer so this anniversary is extra special to us. When we arrived there was so indication of the note I made about our anniversary nor did the waiter ask if we were celebrating anything special. When we ordered our drinks with the appetizer, the drinks took a long time to arrive and our appetizer arrived with the main course. Plus the waiter asked me 3 times the dish I ordered. I could understand if it were busy, but our reservation was 2pm and it was not busy, with many open tables. The waiter was just not attentive and simply did not look happy to be there. Again the food was great, but the staff need to work on their customer service skills.

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d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary with a window seat. Great service, food, and views as the sun set. We'll be back!

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KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks werea bit pricey but the ambiance and service was great. Our steak was just a little over cooked but we would gladly go back for a special occasion.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was fantastic until the server left our food on the serving table next to us, before serving us, and walked over to sing happy birthday to the table behind us.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with top quality food. The dishes were beautifully plated and nice sized portions for lunch. They serve lunch and dinner menu all day.

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was poor, food not good with dated menu items. Nice view.

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CD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Great views of the Pomona/Chino Valley. Cuban food with a nice presentation. I had the sea bass which was beautifully served atop a bed of pureed cassava with carrots, green beans and zucchini. The fish was perfectly cooked, but the sauce was a bit too sweet for my palate. My husband had a seafood medley which was a bit hard to eat (lots of shells to crack) but tasty. The bean dip they serve with the bread is yummy. We also had an ahi appetizer that was delicious--very light and refreshing. Unfortunately, they had several large parties and the servers were quite busy and distracted. We felt a bit ignored at times. We sat for 30 minutes waiting for bread and for someone to cork the bottle of wine we brought ($10 corkage fee). It was our anniversary and that was noted on our reservation, but they did nothing to help us celebrate. Most restaurants will usually offer a complimentary dessert or champagne. Our bill came to $120 including tax and tip...and we brought our own wine. It's a bit on the pricey side and excellent service is expected at a restaurant such as this.

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food and service was great!! Definitely I’ll come back

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CA
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Sunday brunch! The food and music were awesome as usual. I just love that braised oxtail, the paella and the lechon. I should come here more often...

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I
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu options. I had the oxtails which is not common at most restaurants in the area and they were amazing! I really appreciate the menu options at this restaurant. The wait staff was extremely professional and seem very well trained to provide exceptional customer service.

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BM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm Cuban and a good cook, so I'm very picky about eating Cuban food out. We went to the Coco Palms for my husband's birthday and we had a great time. The service was friendly and attentive. We were seated quickly (we had a reservation but it was a Wednesday night so not super busy). My husband is pescatarian; the rest of us eat meat on special occasions. I've read the reviews about this place not being "authentic" Cuban. I have to say, I ordered traditional Cuban dishes "Rabo Encendido" and "Ropa Vieja" and these were prepared authentically, traditionally, and deliciously. There are dishes that are fusions of other cultures, but I think that is great. Every cuisine in the world continues to develop, but Cubans often demand that their cuisine be frozen to what they were eating in the 1950s. I love the influences of Mexican and Asian cuisines on the menu. Smart for a California restaurant where all these cultures contribute to our vibrant culinary scene. The space was comfortable and we had a lovely view. I will definitely be back.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I stopped in last minute and we're treated very well. Food and service were great, and so is the property. Beautiful views. Can't wait to go back.

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