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About Palette at Phoenix Art Museum

Palette is an exciting casual American restaurant offering a seasonally focused menu featuring organic vegetables, handcrafted cheeses, local meats, olives and Arizona boutique beers and wines.

The menu showcases local farmers and producers, providing guests an artfully delicious experience!

1625 North Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch

Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Lunch

Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:30pm

Dinner

Wednesday: 3:30pm - 8:00pm; First Friday of each month: 3:30pm - 8:00pm

Cross Street:
McDowell

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(602) 257-2191

Website:
http://www.phxart.org/palette

Public Transit:
Light Rail Access.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Palette at Phoenix Art Museum Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (226)
Fit for Foodies (100)
Great for Brunch (89)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (87)
Neighborhood Gem (74)
Good for Groups (62)
Scenic View (60)
Special Occasion (48)
Kid-friendly (29)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Local Ingredients (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Romantic (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Casual (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Healthy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fun (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Outstanding Value (4)
Tapas (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Vegan (3)
Cozy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was a birthday and get together celebration. It was my girlfriends first time dinning at Palette. We had a fantastic time and the brie appetizer was delicious. Not to forget the local wine Chardonnay from Stronghold was superb. And what a perfect addition to end our dinning experience with your delectable gelato espresso + just the right amount of cappuccino. Will definitely, be coming back. Thank you!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Disappointed in changed menu, miss the curry chicken sandwich. The replacement Brazilian sandwich a disappointment.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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food4
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 17, 2017

My husband had the fish tacos with pineapple and he said they were the best he'd ever had.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Some of the best food I have ever had! Worth the trip!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Our Sunday Brunch, pre theatre was wonderful. The food was quite tasty and fresh. I had the Spinach Benedict and it was delicious. The ham was local and tender, the eggs very fresh, the spinach cooked just right and the sauce was wonderful. And no skimping here! I usually ask for extra sauce, but everything was quite adequate, even the ham. My friend ordered the Chicken Salad Sandwich with a side of greens, and a side order of Parmesan Fries. She had the Fries once before and loved them, but this time she said they were lacking in the parmesan department. We did mention that to our server and hope he passed it on to the chef. After enjoying her fries, such as they were, and the greens, she was too full for the sandwich so took it to go. It did look wonderful however. Plenty of chicken salad between some great looking seeded bread. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience, and I look forward to returning again.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 11, 2017

The previous incarnation of this restaurant was an upscale restaurant with outstanding service and great food worthy of being associated with the Phoenix Art Museum. The current version, while still a good restaurant, has a weaker menu and an ordinary atmosphere. Service is still good , but the menu has been significantly downgraded although I still consider it worthy. The price for the value received is a bit high but not so high as to keep one from coming. The overall aura of this restaurant is worth eating here when attending the museum or the Phoenix theater next door, but I would not make a special; trip to eat here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great food and super service. We had the beet salad, "best" sandwich and salted caramel gelato with a bottle of Arizona wine. Will go back for sure.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This was a great spot for dinner before the show at Phoenix Theatre. The menu was short but varied and the prices very reasonable. Service was impeccable. It was a nice alternative to all the pricey restaurants that are in the area. We would definitely go again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Four of us had dinner here before going to the Phoenix Theater. It couldn't be more convenient as you park at the theater and walk about 20 steps from the restaurant to the theater. The restaurant is a nice place to go if you're at the museum and want to have a meal. The décor is very much like a cafeteria, though there is waiter service. Pork tacos, fish and chips and fish tacos were all good, just not great. The service was very good and the food came out of the kitchen quickly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food3
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 14, 2017

What a wonderful experience for Mother's Day – couldn't of asked for something better so many choices on the menu, such good fresh food. Really, really enjoyed every part of it. The basil syrup with the shortcake on the dessert bar was an amazing touch. Thank you for making Mother's Day special

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 11, 2017

I eat lunch here whenever I bring guests to a the museum. Food was as great as usual, but service was not as good as in past visits. Perhaps they were understaffed that day.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 10, 2017

The Pallette Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat and have a drink before your theatre performance. Beat the crowd, park just once, and enjoy your evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

I always enjoy dining at the Palette Restaurant. The service is quick and friendly. The food is so fresh. I get the same thing every time I go. That would be the Farmer's Market sandwich with grilled chicken, dates, apple, bacon, lettuce, and pesto Mayo on Prarie bread. They have a choice of fresh fruit, green salad, or quinoa. Great quinoa salad with fresh mangoes. Their mango ice tea is delicious. Had their Gelato for the first time and loved it. Great place before touring the Phx Museum or attending a performance next door at the Phx Theater. Try it, you will like it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We made reservations for dinner at the Palette prior to attending a play at Phoenix Theatre. Initially, we were a little put off by being seated away from the window near the bar. The hostess did move us when we requested a table near the window (note to self, add a note to the next reservation requesting a window table). We enjoyed the warm vegetable plate with a nice spicy sauce and a great kale salad prior. It would have been nice to have had a large spoon to take portions from the salad bowl. Overall, the service was good, although a little slow in delivering and collecting the bill. We also found the noise level to be a little loud which bothered us a bit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We ate at Palette before a museum lecture - really glad we made that choice. Service was excellent and prompt; food was great, and atmosphere is perfect.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 5, 2017

It is fine if you are going to the Phoenix Theatre or for lunch. The dinner menu is really a lunch menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food3
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Pallette consistently delivers quality food, excellent service and beautiful ambiance!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Vegan, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Service good, but a bit slow. No tableware until asked for. Food tasty, but a bit pricey.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Daniel (the server) adds so much to the experience. Charity makes u feel welcome & that she wants your lunch to be perfect. Convenient & quality food & excellent tea.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great place to eat before or after visiting Phoenix Art Museum.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Everything was very well prepared. All was fresh and local and very tasty.Service was excellent. We will go back. Reservations are necessary. Place was packed with people. We will definitely go back. They change menu frequently. So always interesting to dine there. 👌

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2017

I had lunch here with two friends, the youngest one having her 70th birthday. One was from California and other from Montana, so we were glad It was quiet. (I've known them for 70 years) The food was great, especially the soup and coconut cake! I am a Phoenix resident and would recommend this to anyone.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Not worth to go there just for dinning. It is actually a museum food court kind of place. Won't go back.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 24, 2017

This is a great option for a nice brunch or lunch, whether you are visiting the museum or not. The food is fresh and delicious, and the restaurant has a relaxing, mellow vibe.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Stopped for lunch before visiting an exhibit. We arrived at 11:30 and there was plenty of room; however, a half hour later most tables were full. Come early
We each had soup and split the tacos. Plenty for two people for lunch and the food was delicious. Very pleasant server and able to share the check with no hassle. Can get busy, so some patience is helpful.
Definitely a "do again."

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2016

The service at Palette is always attentive but not intrusive. The freshness of the ingredients is excellent. The iced tea is the best! Never bitter. I appreciate the carafes of water and iced tea left at the table. Every order in our party of 5 was served exactly as requested (i.e., dressing on the side, no bacon on a sandwich). I highly recommend the grilled salmon with fresh, locally sourced roasted vegetables. Since I have a museum membership I receive 10% off the total bill and the servers at Palette are always cheerful in giving that discount.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2016

The salmon with veggies was fabulous. All their food is outstanding, great patio and such a cultured environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Lovely and so convenient for all who patronize the museum. Both a friendly staff and a delicious aroma met us as we entered. Although the restaurant was nearly full (it was 12 noon), and we had just 40 minutes before the Kehinde Wiley docent tour - the timing was perfect and the food was fresh and fantastic.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2016

The food is consistently incredible. Service was professional and attentive and server Daniel is awesome make sure you ask for him!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Palette was perfect for meeting friends pre-theater. Busy. Two events at the same time at the museum. That accounts for the reduced ratings in service and noise. But the food made up for it!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2016

We took advantage of Palette's Wednesday late hours to dine prior to the Phoenix Theatre show The restaurant followed a special request for window seating and the waiter extremely gracious with the delayed arrival of one of the guests.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Palette overall was a lovely Sunday brunch dining experience. The ambiance was welcoming, and the food was excellent, with more than ample portions. However, the service was slow.....slow in being welcomed, slow to take the order, and slow to bring the food. I noted that the restaurant was quite busy, but the slow overall service was a distraction.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2016

It is a pleasure to go to the theater or the Phoenix Museum and be able to have lunch next door. The restaurant is lovely and the food is very good.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2016

My friends and I had a lunch before going to a play. We enjoyed the ambiance of Palette so nice
and relaxing. Service was great. It was a enjoyable experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 11, 2016

as usual, the service was attentive without being annoying. the food is always tasty. it's the best place to eat before the Phx theatre.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2016

It was a nice surprise to have lunch before a play at the PHX theatre ---the Cuban sandwich is large and delicious and we topped it off with a basket of sweet potato fries and wine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 7, 2016

We've dined at Palette on several occasions and it is consistently good - very nice friendly staff!
Great local wine selections and we loved the Wild Mushroom Tart! Perfect for an early meal before heading to the Phoenix Theater!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2016

There's not a better place to dine before seeing theatre at any of the Phoenix Theatre venues. Parking is very hectic and it's nice to arrive several hours early, get a nice parking place and then enjoy a light bite to eat and a glass of wine!

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2016

With great food and excellent customer service you are treated to a meal that compliments the ambiance of the wonderful Phoenix Art museum. Our server Sunny made us feel like true guests and not just customers. She was extremely professional but still warm and friendly. Please make sure the chef stays on!! The meal tasted uniquely flavorful yet also healthy, an often difficult task. We can't wait to return again and again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 13, 2016

The Palette reflects a culture of art. It is a separate room within the Phoenix Art Museum, but the ambiance flows. The corner table at which my friend and I sat was charming. There are ceiling to floor windows that offer views of the courtyard area. I cannot think of what might improve this lovely restaurant except cooler weather and the opportunity to sit outside. It was slightly pricey, but worth it for the many other positive features.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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