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Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant & Bar

236 reviews
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$30 and under
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Striving to bring the Caribbean to each diner, Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA opened in 2008 and has become a staple of the restaurant scene ever since. With the sound of calypso or reggae and a charmingly colorful setting, a visit to this restaurant is like a quick tropical holiday.

The whimsical menu at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant is divided into "di small tings" as well as "di big tings", meaning starters and entr�es. There are also "di sweet tings" and a full bar menu with all kinds of craft cocktails and beer. Authenticity reigns at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant and dishes include jerk specialties, lots of seafood, fresh fruits and classic items like a sweet potato pudding for dessert.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 12pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 329-9533
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Coconuts also will host on private function at our restaurant. Cocktail reception or sit down dinner
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Coconuts is also the Peninsula's leading Caribbean Caterer. We cater for almost all type of functions, lunch for corporate clients, birthday parties, on site full service catering, we also provide bartenders, servers, musicians. No group too small.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Ramona Street Parking Garage is conveniently located across from the restaurant's entrance.
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Public transit
Coconuts Caribbean is located Three blocks south east of the Cal Trains University Avenue Train Stop.
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Live Caribbean Music on weekends. Listen to the sound of Calypso, Reggae, Steel Pan Music. On warmer months, music is performed on the out door patio.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCalW (Little Rock)
4.0  Dined on June 26, 2016

This is a personality plus place in the sea of faceless restaurants n Palo Alto. The music was great and the staff was friendly and warm-- no chip on their shoulders like so many restaurants in the area. We started with one of the specialty cocktails then moved on to perfectly- cooked coconut shrimp and delicious jerk chicken (white meat) with beans and rice. I wish I could have ordered more but portions are so generous nothing more was needed.
The outdoor dining is actually an alley painted in vibrant colors with focal point being a plastic palm tree. This place is very fun.

Zed42 (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Great restaurant! The food is really excellent. I go as often as I can!

Plum (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

I've been going to Coconuts almost since it opened. I'm not sure if the ownership changed lately, but the food has definitely gone downhill. The menu has changed and some of my favorite dishes are no longer on it. The ones they have seem a little limited. I had a special - a fish curry - which I'd had before and loved, but this time I could barely eat it; it just wasn't the same. It was sloppy and slimy, and had almost more okra than fish - and okra is something many people dislike so I feel it was an odd choice to combine with the fish, even in a Caribbean restaurant. At least without warning people when telling them of the dish (it was a special so not on the menu). The starter was also not as good as it had been and the amazing guacamole they used to do didn't appear to be on the menu. The service was mostly good, and there's a pretty outdoor section in an alleyway between buildings. It's just a shame about the food, as I used to really look forward to having a meal here.

Paulamalu (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

Always pleasantly surprised at the flavors (and quality) of the meals. Wish I had a bigger stomach!

anonymous (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

The restaurant was hopping on a Friday night. Despite a reservation we had to wait as diners were lingering. The atmosphere is very lively and vibrant so be prepared for that. The service was a bit uneven due to so many customers. The food was good and we enjoyed it a great deal.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Our waiter was great - attentive, friendly and efficient. The food at Coconuts is always fantastic, especially the pork bites!

rtclik (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

I suspect due to road construction on the street out front, there were fewer patrons than I would have expected...even for an early lunch. The music was a tad loud for how empty it was, but the food was outstanding. Try the Mango Lemonade!

vipReyn (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Food: excellent
Service: excellent
Noise: excruciating

There was definitely a party atmosphere during lunch hour this last Saturday. A large table was a roar in the same room as we were in. The noise was about 110 decibles by iPhone measurement. It hurt our ears. Otherwise, everything was very nice.


vipLovesfopera (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

We love the hour at the restaurant. On this visit food took quite a bit longer to be served but still delicious.

You must get a side of the collard greens.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

I would have given 5 stars to service but we told our waiter that we were attending a play. Our reservation was for 6:30 but we weren't served our food until 7:20 and we had to leave by 7:45 latest. Probably not the waiter's fault but it was a shame to have to rush eating our dinners. As soon as our food came we asked for our check and boxes. But it was so good we will go there again. This was our 2nd time there.

Natangus (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

The service is abysmal, the kitchen either doesn't read the tickets or the waiter didn't ask for something I specifically mentioned. I asked them to bring my 2 apps along with the dinner of my family. When my food came first, they made no apologies, no attempts to discount our food, and the entrees came out a good 15 minutes after my food came. REALLY?

They take forever to refill your drink, the vibe is not Caribbean. I wish the original Jamaican owners were still running the place. Disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

MUCH too noisy. We were with friends visiting from South Africa, and found conversation very difficult. Food was wonderful, but it was not at all conducive to talking.

vipdsfnsf (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

We were a group of 4 and shared several different plates. Most dishes were good.....oxtail, jerked chicken, coconut shrimp---well seasoned and tasty. Portions were large and we actually shared the main courses between two people. However, the goat was dry and not well seasoned. Don't go if you want to talk with each other! The noise level was very, very high. We actually left and went somewhere else for dessert so we could relax and enjoy a quiet end to our evening.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

My husband and I joined 2 friends who are new to the area for dinner here. We went early on a Sunday 5:30 pm and the restaurant was still relatively quiet so we got seated by the window. Each of us ordered a different drink, and each one was delicious (although service would have been 5 stars if our drink came out a little sooner ). Food portions were plenty and delicious! Our friend had lived in Costa Rica for a year and he said the food reminded him of when he was there - the mixed rice with beans, plantains etc. By the time we were leaving (around 8pm) every seat at the restaurant was filled - bustling with conversations and laughter. Food value also is great! It was my second time there and I will definitely go back again.

jdlocal (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

This is a new discovery for me. We enjoyed the oxtail stew, much recommended on Yelp. Roasted vegetables good. Plantains so-so. Key lime pie very good.
Inside too noisy to consider; hard surfaces; ambiance OK. Outside comfortable, off street, very pleasant; tables not crowded together; ambiance good to very good.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

They took very long to seat us

Ltodine38 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

Nice place, friendly staff, but vegetarian options were so so, under spiced, bland.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

Wanted to taste good Caribbean dishes. Upon the suggestions of my daughter

I chose Coconuts Caribbean restaurant. The food was to my expectations

spicy, but not just hot, but with depth. Server suggested the habanero pepper

sauce for additional heat. Hot but not overboard. Hotter than most would enjoy.

Stanfordgroup (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

I made a reservation at Coconuts as I had a party of five for Thursday night and they had some availability. As well, I had no been here prior, but I know it is a frequent choice for Stanford student social gatherings. The noise level in here is atrocious. It is extremely difficult to hear the people at your own table speak. Part of this is because they squish everyone into one section of the restaurant instead of spreading people throughout the space. To that end, the tables are placed way too close together so that even the staff cannot make their way to tables easily. This makes no sense, because there are entire sections where they have not sat anyone. The other thing is, they probably need to hire more wait staff. The servers are very friendly and are clearly trying their best, but they just seem overwhelmed. Similarly, we ordered our drinks and food at the same time, one person ordered two appetizers instead of an entree for their meal. First that person's appetizers came a good 10 minutes before anything else. Then the entrees. And then the drinks. This is not acceptable for drinks to take that long, to the point that they arrive after our food. From the time we ordered to the time they arrived, at least 20 minutes had passed. In terms of the food, I think it's just ok. The portions are HUGE but the food is a bit bland, not particularly exciting. The last point I would make is that I had made a reservation ahead of time for our table and yet when we arrived, they placed us at a table that fit 4, not 5. For that reason alone, I would not return because we were squished together.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Food is always delicious!