Palette at Phoenix Art Museum

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$30 and under
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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!
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CO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Good food. VERY slow service. Went on Valentines Day and it wasn’t busy enough to justify to long wait for food and drinks.

K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience1

No host to greet guests, very unorganized, bright lights, tables set up like a cheap diner, food was good; never recommended for a special event

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us had lunch before the wonderful performance I Americana. All four of us were very happy with our lunch experience, good food and great setting. Very happy overall and will happily return.

PL
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend from out of town at Palette for lunch before visiting the art museum. It was perfect, the modern ambiance, attentive servers and nice varied menu choices.

SR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I enjoy palette on a regular basis. the food is good and the service is ok if not better. I have been dining here before a show for at least 5 years. the grilled salmon is outstanding.

j
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch at Palette at the Phoenix Art Museum. We were seated promptly at a lovely table in the corner with window views all around. Our server, Teresa, was outstanding from start to finish! I had a cup of the butternut squash as an appetizer. It is delicious and rich and I could have had it as my meal. My husband had the Diablo deviled eggs. They had southwest seasoning offering a splendid start to his meal. I ordered the chicken tacos. The soft tacos were well stuffed and I had to take one home since they were so filling. They were delicious! My husband had the grilled salmon with asparagus and fingerling potatoes. His meal was a nice size portion and was seasoned and cooked to perfection. Since we are art museum members, we got a discount on lunch too! Teresa was so customer focused and timed our meal perfectly! We will be back!

SR
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

our server was totally disinterested. never asked if food was ok. never filled water glasses. unusual for palette.

G
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Recommend this primarily as an outdoor venue. Its in the beautiful and calming courtyard of the Phoenix Art Museum, The food is also excellent and reasonably priced. The Kale and Bean Soup was especially tasty.

LK
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

At first it didn't seem like we needed reservations but I'm glad we made them. After 12:00 people started to come in on this Saturday. My husband loved loved his burger and I the mission fig salad. Valerie? was a great waitperson.

RW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice ☺️

RF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Enjoyed have a dinner near the theatre. ambiance is a little sterile and cafeteria looking. Outside looked really inviting but it was very hot day. MY one complaint and what will keep me from returning is a charge on my bill. It was a surcharge for Prop 206 and reflects the 5.5% increase that the employer pays to benefit employees. to reflect this on my bill isn't consumer friendly and this just tells me what this employer thinks of their employees. These employees probably need even more. Im also surprised that the restaurant isn't open after the theatre lets folks out. It would have been great to have coffee and dessert.

SP
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time at Palette. The high quality food was delicious and reasonably priced. The service was wonderful and the ambiance couldn't be better.

MC
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place food and atmosphere are great. Recommend this place to anyone looking for done good food and great art.

KB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Teresa was a fabulous server. The wine she recommended was outstanding. Thank you....we will return again

JJ
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The Mediterranean salad with grilled chicken, sliced figs, and blue cheese crumbles was outstanding! Service was slow but it did not matter to us.

DR
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

You really can’t complain too much when dining in the beautiful setting of the Phoenix art museum. I always remember the years we dined in Chicago art museums and their other fine museums. Hard to match those. Mother’s Day was beautiful and the outdoor patio was very busy. Staff had a hard time keeping up with the rush. Food was decent. Not great. Value was good though. As far as the museum goes. This place is a gem and a phoenix treasure. Great Art displays. A beautiful building combined with a year round performing art center, which has it own restaurant and classy bar. We should be proud of this museum and accompanying restaurant. Palette is really a great lunch place.

SS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our reservation did start off negatively when we were told they could not seat us outside even though we had confirmed days ahead that we would certainly be seated outside (there were several empty tables outside so this was frustrating). The hostess was not particularly nice about it but the manager did end up pulling through and we were seated outside in a back corner. No view of the beautiful grounds (like the other tables had) but we were outside. Service was very slow but I'm hoping this was just because it was Mother's Day. The food was good, wine pours were tiny for the price but overall we enjoyed ourselves.

K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have already written a very positive review about Palette for TripAdvisor.
Service, food, and convenience to Phoenix Theater Company.....all very good.

PF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Average meals. Slow inattentive service. Perhaps the restaurant was short handed?

Going forward when our group comes downtown we’ll go elsewhere. This restaurant’s location doesn’t confer a captive audience.

GG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect way to start a theater matinee at The Phoenix Theater or a visit to the attached Phoenix Museum of Art. Pleasant setting with views of beautiful grounds, and patio seating if a nice day. Not a lot of menu options but enough. Food is wonderfully fresh. Highly recommended.

M
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! First a morning visit to the Phoenix Art Museum's latest exhibits, then a delightful lunch at Palette. The food is delicious and moderately priced with lots of menu choices, the ambiance is lovely and the staff is friendly yet unobtrusive. They don't rush you through, so you feel comfortable with lingering and just enjoying a chat with a friend. Then, to top everything off, there is the Phoenix Theatre right across the sculpture garden to take in their latest play. Could there be a better way to spend a Saturday with a friend? Not in my book.

M
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent as well as the service. The lights were very bright and it certainly would have been better if they were dimmed for the evening. The patio looked great.

C
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great for a pre-shoe dinner at the Phoenix Theater. Miss the Brie appetizer and wish the menu had a charcuterie plate.

MB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and listened to the water fountain.Very calm
Music inside slightly loud, but I am one who prefers little to no music in a dining room.

JH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Palette for lunch at noon after viewing the amazing Agnes Pelton exhibit. We were seated immediately outside which we requested. The view was gorgeous and table located in dappled shade. Our server Jason was very pleasant, had superior attention to detail and made great suggestions from the menu. The bacon lettuce tomato and chicken sandwich was beautiful . The butternut squash soup creamy with just the right amount of seasoning . The kale and white bean soup was also quite tasty. The little wedge salad featuring romaine, bacon, blue cheese and avocado was delectable and quite perfect for splitting.

S
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Attending theater it was very convenient

SK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good but not great. Food was very good, a little pricey. Sitting outside was a definite 5 star with the exception of the metal chairs which were not very comfortable. None of the above would not stop us from returning. Overall a pleasant experience.

TK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely experience! Our server Ari was great. Food was delicious and ambiance was perfect for the evening! Thank you!

MK
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and fresh. Seemed a bit noisy but there was a really large group on one side.

DL
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful to be able to eat comfortably outside on the patio at the end of January and enjoy a pleasant courtyard and good food!

JW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Adjacent to the Phoenix Art Museum and a couple of steps to Phoenix Little Theater, Pallette had a nice selection. Warning - salads are huge. Wild caught salmon and asparagus great for low carb diet. Table service person seemed really really new but she was sincere and there were no missteps or delays in food. Actually one misstep. The confirmation I received from Open Table for 2 was spot on. But when we got there, they only had a table for 18 for a John Westlake. hmmmm We were there when they first opened so no problem getting a prime table.

GP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for happy hour, glass wines for 5 dollars. Very good food if you are visiting the museum I definitely recommend

DM
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We asked for adjustments to our orders and it came out without the requests. The server was very nice and took the 2 lunches back. The replaced lunches were perfect and they provided a discount for the error. Great service by our server in e try respect.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely, relaxing setting, very good food, and our server, Teresa, was gracious and friendly, and accurate. Nice to be able to hear each other! A fine experience.

LR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, lovely outside dining, good food.

M
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Two of us ordered the grilled cheese sandwich which was touted as the "Best in Phoenix". Don't order it! It was very, very skimpy on the cheddar and goat cheeses. The chef just put a small dab in the center of the bread and melting didn't help spread it. A slice of tomato was added just making it soggy. Not good taste or value. Three others in the party were pleased with their choices. The hamburger with avocado looked good. The quinoa salad and fries were excellent. The desserts were outstanding. I'd recommended Palette again to friends but would order differently, for sure.

JO
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Dined there recently before a performance at the adjacent theater. Reservation was at 12;45, performance at 2. Seated promptly outdoors - very nice setting. Four people. Two waters brought. And then no service. Our table apparently was not assigned to any waiter. We had to wave to any one coming near us to order drinks, get two more waters, order food. We explained we had theater at 2 so a little bit of a rush. It is now 1:25 and no food has arrived - tables next to us seated later than us have already been served food. After going to some random waiter the food is brought out, now 1:35 - lukewarm and showing signs of being under a heat lamp for some period. The eggs in my eggs benedict are overcooked hard boiled eggs. And no one has brought us napkins and silverware - I have to find a manager to ask for these, twice. Was one of my favorite restaurants but needs some cooking and service adjustments.

R
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We came 90 minutes before a play and ended up walking away after we did not receive any service for 30 minutes

w
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It feels like coffee shop and it is...the museum coffee shop but the food is good and the service is attentive and it is a great quiet place to meet before heading downtown for a game or a show

BR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there prior to a matinee at the theater. Service was quick and efficient while the food was delicious.