Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights

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Located near downtown Arlington Heights IL, and just minutes from the Metra station, Palm Court brings a timeless classic ambiance alongside a tantalizing menu that combines American cuisine with European influences.

Palm Court has received rave reviews since the restaurant opened its doors over 40 years ago for its elegant ambiance, friendly service, and relaxed atmosphere.

A highlight of the restaurant is the piano lounge, a comfortable place to unwind, relax, meet up with friends as you listen to the live piano music that swathes the dinner crowd Monday through Saturday.

Chef Michael has been creating alluring dishes for Palm Court since its inception in 1979, and our chef-driven menu includes timeless favorites like Tournedos of Filet Mignon, crisp Long Island Duckling, Veal Oscar and Provimi Calf’s liver. No dinner is complete with Palm Court’s own dessert, Brandy

The Bar offers a wide array of wines, cocktails, specialty Martinis and imported and domestic beers.
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TL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, wonderful food, delightful server!

WB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and service!

CS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish I could have played the piano for my friends, but was told not to by front counter woman.

TM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant - a classic menu, not overpriced. Elegant surroundings and quiet enough to enjoy conversing with friends while dining. And the food is excellent, never disappoints.

a
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was very good but not a great waiter soup was cold and were told they can’t make it any warmer

MP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This place is super convenient for me. We went here for dinner over the weekend with some friends on a double date and we all had a great time. Really liked the specials that were offered and the service was excellent.

JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a birthday celebration! Our server was superior in friendliness and professionalism! Great management!

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food as always was good. Service at both the bar and table not good

R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very cute place. Food and service was great!

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

New owners overbooked the night and reservations ran 1 hour behind for many guest . Not a good start for new ownership

S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For NYE the restaurant was considerably understaffed. With a reservation we waited over an hour for our table and the waiting area was jammed. I didn’t see one busboy our entire dinner so our server did all of the work; David was awesome considering the lack of help.

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Definitely busy NYE but our waitress was amazing and the food was worth the wait!!

P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on New Years Eve and it was packed. We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation. The service was great and the food was great as it usually is. Given it was New Years Eve this was a plus. Kudos to the staff for making this a truely enjoyable experience.

AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good but wait was 50 minutes past reservation. We were finally sat at a table where everyone else waiting for a table was gathered around.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Despite reservation, there was a 30 minute seating delay. No place to sit for the wait. Crowded and noisy. Wait staff overtaxed.

PC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We had a 6PM reservation and did not get seated until 7PM. The restaurant was obviously overbooked. The waiting area was standing room only with at least 80 people waiting in the foyer and out the front door The bar area was 5 people deep and could not accommodate any more people. When finally seated, our waitress was very good. But, I had to send my food back 3 times. Ordered a Filet Mignon medium. First came out raw and cold in the middle, next came out raw and warm in the middle, next came out like a burnt hockey puck. By 815 PM, while having dessert and an after dinner drink, the manager came to us table and told us that we had to leave because he needed our table for another group. When leaving, we informed the Manager that we would never visit this restaurant again. He seemed to not care less. We also observed 3 other groups saying the same thing to the manager on their way out.

RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dining at Palm Court. The service was excellent and our waitress did a great job considering the volume of guests on New Year’s Eve. Food was excellent.

L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Palm Court for the second time and the food continues to be excellent. The staff is very attentive and polite. We went on New Year's Eve and despite the large number of guests, the restaurant worked smoothly. Our waitress came right away to assist us, was attentive throughout our meal and the food also arrived promptly. We highly recommend!

MH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been there in quite awhile as we have moved but it is my go to place for steak and lobster.

This time the experience was once again excellent. Food, service and overall experience were exceptional.

n
Chicago
175 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very busy New Year's Eve and we got wonderful food and service. Piano playing made us very relaxed.

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have been going to the Palm Court Restaurant for about 30+ years for special occasions including New Year's Eve. We have always enjoyed the entire experience. This time, the food was great except the 12 oz. filet mignon. In the past, we have always asked for medium well filet mignons and have beautifully browned and extremely tender meat (melts in your mouth as the saying goes). This time, the interior of the meat was done correctly, but the outside of the meat was charred so bad that we had to trim of the blackened exterior meat. For the high price of this meal, this should have never happened. The grill was either too hot or the flames were too high, or whatever. I wished my husband would have complained, but he did not. I would still go back to the Palm Court and next time order a medium steak in hopes the outside meat is not charred and the interior is not too red. Anyway, Happy New Year!

SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would have given 5 stars for food and service but there was an administrative problem. The person who checked us in couldn’t find our Open Table reservation even though it was confirmed. I also told her we had a Birthday and would like to have a dessert delivered. She said we would have to talk to our server about that. We never had to do that before.
So, on the way out, I talked to the Manager and he apologized and said that should not have happened. We have dined at Palm Court many times without incident. We will continue to do so because the food and service is excellent.

F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Avoid the dry duck! Also, out of Southern Comfort on a Sunday afternoon.

XK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointed in our dinner. Rib eye was chewy and whitefish wasnt very flaky or tasty.
Stuffed mushrooms were good - but you only get 2. French onion soup comes in a very small bowl, not ooozing with cheese.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you for your comments. Please know that we appreciate you letting us know as we are always looking for ways to improve. We offer 2 types of French onion soup, one is baked with the melted cheese on top and the other has Parmesan cheese sprinkled on it. We will make sure to let our staff know to please share this with our guests.

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JC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived for our 7:30 reservation only to find the restaurant packed with people waiting for tables.
They just started seating those with 6:30 reservation. Left.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

JeffC, thank you so much for your review. Your comments help us work to make the experience better for all our guests as we always strive to provide the best experience for all our guests. Please know that this matter is being addressed.

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M
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Severely overbooked yet again on a holiday!! 45 min to 1 hour to wait for a table WITH a reservation!! Front entry area was packed with people waiting including many elderly with no chairs. Do NOT recommend this restaurant for this reason alone. They mistreat their customers and are greedy to overbook themselves on holidays. Just read other reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Thanksgiving, Mother’s etc. So many families special day ruined by this place. This restaurant doesn’t deserve anyone’s business until they learn that grossly overbooking on holidays is totally unacceptable especially for an upscale restaurant. It takes a lot for me to give a business a negative review but I hope someone reads this and chooses another restaurant that deserves their hard earned cash.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

Matthew, Thank you for your comment. As we responded to you on Yelp and Tripadvisor we want to let you know that we always strive to provide the best experience for our guests all the time. Holidays are busy with all restaurants but we will not rush our guests through their dinner. We take all comments seriously and will continue to work to provide the best food and customer experience for all of our guests.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

Debbief, thank you for your review.

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DC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The food was absolutely delicious!
However, we had. 7:00pm reservation and DID NOT get seated until about 8:15pm. That was ridiculous! What is the point in reservations when the establishment cannot/does not honor them? We were not the only affected persons. Per the individual checking folks in, they were running a minimum of 45 minutes behind on reservations. Further, the restaurant did nothing to compensate folks for running so late on the reservations...not even a complimentary beverage or appetizer. Yes, it was Christmas Eve but shame on Palm Court for over-booking and making everyone wait really long. I will not go back again any time soon.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

DawnC, thank you for your comments. We always strive to provide the best experience for all of our guests and we understand wait times were longer than expected due to the holidays. We sincerely apologize for your wait and would like to provide a GC for your poor experience as we truly appreciate your patronage. Please call us at (847) 870-7770

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PB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!!
It was Christmas Eve and we had reservations for two of us. My husband is in a wheelchair and our experience there was beyond horrible. There were so many people in the foyer that I could not move the wheelchair to get to the hostess desk without inconveniencing many of the angry people who were waiting. We were yelled at and taunted by the crowd on Christmas Eve!!!!! I couldn't believe the rude behavior!!! By the time we got to the desk, I was nearly in tears and afraid that one of the angry crowd would hit us if we dared to move again. After being ignored by the staff , we never really got to check in so we decided that we had to leave that horrible place with those disgusting people. I was under no illusion that we would be immediately given a table, despite our reservations. We were perfectly willing to wait in the bar (if only I could find it in the crowd) for our seats, but I was actually afraid of the angry crowd and their negative attitude. So I told the hostess our name and our reservation time and told them we were leaving. It would have ruined our Christmas Eve, but we found that Uncle Julios was open and they seated us with a smile and served us a great dinner. You know, handicapped people don't go out often. We really appreciate restaurants that don't treat us as an inconvenience. The people who work at and go to this restaurant were the most handicapped unfriendly people I've ever experienced in a restaurant. SHAME ON YOU1111

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

Pamela, thank you so much for your review. I would hope that guests would not avoid us at all costs as we always strive to provide the best experience for all of our guests and achieve this most of the time. You are correct about wait times as Guests sitting time is longer than normal on holidays and we do not want to rush anyone's meal, but we will address this matter. We apologize for the delay and would like to offer you a GC to return to our establishment. Please call us at (847) 870-7770

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservations were for 6:30 when we arrived there were 50 people waiting most complaining that they’ve been waiting over an hour and they had reservations as well. The poor girl at the hostess stand was getting yelled at by many customers it was a very frustrating experience we went elsewhere which wasn’t easy on Christmas Eve Extremely disappointing

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

CathyM, thank you so much for your review. Please know that we take all comments very seriously and we will continue to work to address this matter. Guests sitting time are longer than normal on holidays and we do not want to rush anyone's meal. We apologize for the delay and would like to offer you a GC to return to our establishment. Please call us at (847) 870-7770

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AB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Waited more than 40 past reservation time..
prime rib was awful, all fat
Way over crowed probably was in violations

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

AnnB, thank you for your comments. We always strive to provide the best experience for all of our guests and we understand wait times were longer than expected due to the holidays. We sincerely apologize for your wait and would like to provide a GC for your poor experience as we truly appreciate your patronage. Please call us at (847) 870-7770

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

DO NOT go to this restaurant!!! ... We went there on Xmas Eve; arrived early and ordered a drink at the bar; the wine was served in a dirty glass. When we asked for a new glass, the older male bartender grabbed it, dumped it and acted like we were a big inconvenience and never apologized. Re dinner ... walleye pike was good however, the rice was cold; scampi was rich, so I ate only two out of the four; twice baked potato was cold and dry. We asked what was in the vegetable medeley and waitress said broccoli & carrots (which we both like). We were served cold fried zucchini slices (the waitress said that it was one of the the appetizers on the menu ... BIG DEAL, it was NOT what we were told (broccoli & carrots) and it was cold ... we would have ordered a separate vegetable (for an addt'l fee). When we asked the maitre d' to come over and shared the above issues , he commented "OKAY" ... really??? NO apology ... again, acted like we were an inconvenience. The icing on the cake was when the waitress returned to the table and asked "Is there anything else?" ... she never asked if we wanted coffee or dessert.
Most of the staff should have retired a longggg time ago ... stodgy minded, appear angry and lacked any kind of customer service practices ... TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE and food was mediocre. We would never go back to this this restaurant

r
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I’ll never understand that when you have a reservation that you still have to wait 40 min for your table. No place to sit and with a back problem it was very uncomfortable. Lucky our daughter (who has knee issues) found a chair that we could use. We were just about to leave when our beeper went off. Then everything changed! Our server couldn’t have been nicer and the food was amazing! We even said....it was worth the wait!

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

Restaurantnut, thank you so much for your review. We appreciate your understanding as during holidays, guests tend to sit longer and we do want to rush them. Your comments help us work to make the experience better for all our guests as we always strive to provide the best experience for all our guests.

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

What a shame. This once-proud restaurant, now under new ownership, is a shell of its old self. The menu is not what it used to be and the service, once a hallmark, is rude and hostile. We were treated very poorly by our server, callously upon our arrival by the hostess, and, forgotten by the bus and service staff.
We've been coming here for special occasions for approximately 25+ years and this was our first-ever disappointment. Some confidential "insider" chats revealed the restaurant consistently overbooks (the waiting area was literally, without exaggeration, so packed you could not move) and reservations were running one hour behind. We have spent thousands of dollars here over the years but will likely not be risking another expensive disappointment again. Very sad.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

Paul, thank you so much for your review. We appreciate your comments as we always strive to provide the best service for all our guests and are always looking for ways to improve. While Palm Court is under new ownership, the menu has remained the same with new items that have been added but no favorites have been removed. Our chef has been with Palm Court since its inception in 1979 and we take pride in providing the consistent favorites our guests have grown to love. We would not change this.

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WK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never disappointed with service, food and ambiance at Palm Court.
Keep up the good service.
Will see you again.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

WilliamK, thank you so much for your review. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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d
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Excellent Restaurant!

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

debbieh, thank you so much for your review. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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LW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed Palm Court for years and as of last year made it our Christmas Eve dinner location. Last year we enjoyed it but were in the back room near a chilly door. This year we had a 3 PM reservation and were seated in the front of the restaurant in a booth. Everything about our experience was wonderful.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

Lucille, thank you so much for your review! We look forward to serving your again soon.

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TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and the food was excellent my family said they would love to go back again

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

TonyS, thank you so much for your review. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner altho I had asked to be seated in the lounge and we were told there was a private party going on. That was disappointing as I am sure that was written down somewhere when I made the reservation. The lounge did not look busy at all. I had made the reservation a few days before.

Palm Court Restaurant - Arlington Heights
Responded on December 29, 2019

JamesK, thank you so much for your review. Please know that this is being addressed with our staff so that it does not happen again.

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