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Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant & Bar

236 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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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
Noise · Moderate
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.