Palette at Phoenix Art Museum

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184 reviews
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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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DR
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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.

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SS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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GG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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M
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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.

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C
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Attending theater it was very convenient

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SK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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TK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MK
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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DL
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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JW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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GP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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DM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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LR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, lovely outside dining, good food.

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M
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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JO
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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.

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R
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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

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w
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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BR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow but the meal was excellent. I'd recommend getting there more than an hour before any event that begins at a fixed time.

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M
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent meal, well prepared. Fresh ingredients. We will be back.

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MC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good times

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e
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The reservation process was seamless and very welcoming. The space on Mother's Day was crowded yet manageable for a party of three. The menu selections were well prepared and tasty. There was a haste for the second course to be served without the first course completely finished. Toward the end of the meal and end of the service time, the dessert table was not refurbished. Overall great experience!!!

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SR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

our service was not as good as usual. no refilling of bev. glass; no how is everything.

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DR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We met up with friends for a show at the Phoenix Theatre and it was great parking once and doing both! Food and service were terrific and a good option for all theatre goers in downtown Phoenix.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience

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MD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had reservations at Palette prior to a show in the Gallery at 7pm and were with a family member from out of town. We arrived just prior to 6pm, only to be told that it would be 30 minutes before they could seat any reservations and that it was unlikely that food could be ordered because their kitchen was so backed up. There was great confusion at the check-in desk, angry customers and several empty tables. We were starving and asked if we could order a glass of wine and purchase some potato chips that were in a basket at the check-in desk. They allowed us to do that, but it took about 15 minutes as the cash register was slow or broken, and getting a couple of glasses of wine seemed to take 2 people and 2 different cash registers. We finally seated ourselves at an outside table, and even though there was a server helping tables next to us, not once did they acknowledge us. We ate our chips and drank our wine, and left without any dinner. It was a terrible experience. We have never seen such poor service and disorganization at ANY restaurant.

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E
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow

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TZ
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Palette is among the top tier of museum restaurants that we have experienced: Fresh and creative food, pleasant surroundings, and attentive but not intrusive service. We enjoyed the prix fixe special offerings for St. Valentine,s Day.

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K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

I ate at the Palette before & it was absolutely amazing. However, my Valentine’s Day experience was not. I did not realize how pricey their V-Day special would be & when I asked if my date & I could split, the manager said no. We drove over two hours to come and were expected to pay 100+ dollars for a meal (a beautiful meal) but unfortunately not a meal within my price range. So instead of finding a way to accommodate us, we were forced to leave. I was really disappointed. The restaurant looked beautiful, our waitress was very sweet, but the manager did not seem to be. Maybe if I had put up a fuss I could have changed the outcome but I am not that person. I just wish they would have been much more understanding. So instead we had to walk humiliatingly out of the restaurant.

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IL
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. We will come back again for pre-theatre dinner when seeing a show at the adjacent Phoenix Theatre.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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ST
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

as usual, great service and food. dined before phoenix theatre.

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