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About Palo Santo

Palo Santo offers a seasonally-based, locally-sourced Pan-Latin menu. A fifty seat, chef-owned establishment since opening in 2006, Palo Santo is a neighborhood favorite among Park Slope’s community of food savvy, yet down-to-earth restaurants.

652 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
South American, Caribbean, Mexican

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm

Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 636-6311

Website:
http://palosantorestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Take the R train to Union Street. The restaurant is located on Union Street between 4th and 5th Av.

Executive Chef:
Jacques Gautier

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Palo Santo will be open on Christmas Eve. Enjoy our regular menu as well as seasonally inspired specials.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Palo Santo is the perfect place to ring in the new year! Enjoy an early three course dinner before a night out or reserve a table at 9:00 pm for the special New Year's Eve Chef's Tasting Menu.

Private Dining

Palo Santo provides an ideal venue for private events such as dinners, brunches, birthday parties, showers, and weddings. Choose from a variety of options and party packages with the flexibility to fit your needs and budget.

Palo Santo Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.6

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4.5

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100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Creative Cuisine (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
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Tapas (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
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Spicy (2)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My friends and I meet up for a monthly brunch or dinner date just to catch up and I chose this spot since I always have a great time here with my date. And it continues to not disappoint. Our waiter Zachariah was AMAZING! He was very knowledgeable of the menu and he gave us great recommendations, very attentive and energetic. You can tell he really enjoys his job and is so personable.He was everything and more I look for in a great waiter. We will definitely come back here for another get together. The desserts were on point. The papaya sorbert was a little spicy which was a nice surprise, the tres leches was so moist, the chocolate torte was deliciously chocolatey and if you love pumpkin, I would definitely recommend the pumpkin roll, not overpowering at all and not overly sweet. I also highly recommend the Michelada and the Sangria.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tapas, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had dinner at Palo Santo 2 weeks ago on a Saturday night. I loved the entrance of the restaurant, it looks like a brownstone that was turned into an apartment. The ambiance was exactly what I was going for - a good setting for a romantic dinner. The back of the restaurant was pretty empty, but I was fine with that. The waitress and the other servers were very attentive. The food was great - no complaints with that. All in all, it was an excellent experience and I'd highly recommend Palo Santo to others.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Prior to making reservations for a friend's Birthday dinner, I didn't realize I ate at Palo Santo last year for my Birthday. It was great last year, and great for my recent visit!

Marley was our server and had a pleasant personality. The entire staff was patient and kind. I arrived on time for the reservations, but my friends didn't lol. I didn't feel rushed, I ordered some apps (avocado + tortillas) and really got a good look at the spot. We were seated in the back area, which I wasn't aware they had. Really cozy and chill spot.

The menu was great...there is a pre-fix menu...and everyone was able to choose something to their liking. Sangria was awesome too! Really, just an overall amazing night.

I had the fish w/ plantain + red cabbage for my entree. Pretty tasty although the fish was a tad bit salty, otherwise a pretty good meal. I wasn't overstuffed and felt satisfied!

I'd def return to try other items.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This is a great place. Very nicely done with excellent food. The prix-fixe is a good deal also.

Whenever we come here the really outstanding thing is the service. I’m not sure how it happens, but they have the friendliest, nicest most helpful waiting staff anywhere in Brooklyn and pretty much always have had despite changes in personnel. Something for other places to learn from.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Everything we ordered at this cozy neighborhood bistro in a brownstone was tasty, from the Caldo verde and shaved chayote salad and empanadas to the pistachio sundae. Unfortunately we were not hungry enough to order an entree, so we will have to go back. The server and other staff were very friendly and the dining area attractive. Reasonably priced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The ambiance is sweet and charming. The waiter was very attentive and accommodating. We also enjoyed the food dishes which were fresh, flavorful, and delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I love Palo Santo! This was my second visit, and the food was outstanding. The waitstaff was the perfect level of attentive without hovering - we always had what we needed, but never felt rushed. I've been here both to celebrate my sister's engagement, and more recently to catch up with an old friend. It's both a perfect spot for celebrations and quieter meals, and a true Park Slope gem.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Palo Santo is a unique gem of a restaurant. An island of relaxed time in a hectic city. The food is superb, and the ambiance is warm and inviting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Spicy, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Tacos were fantastic! Great food all around.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Their happy hour drink with a free taco might be the best... but the entrees killed it as well. Great flavors and choice of ingredients!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This is a hidden gem in Park Slope. Comfortable atmosphere, very creative and beautifully executed spin on South American cuisine. Everything, appetizers to desert, were stunning. As long time Park Slope foodies, my bride and I find this to be one the most consistently rewarding and innovative restaurants in the area.

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I was meeting with my friend who is vegetarian.
She had her birthday and we wanted to meet
For a pleasant and relaxing dinner. She lives in the area but never heart about this restaurant. The food was good with nice presentation. The place was quite and cozy, comfy for relaxation and conversation. Overall experience was pleasant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Casual, Vegan
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The staff was extremely courteous, and the food was very tasty. One of their great perks, on Tuesday is that you get a taco for every drink you order. Moreover, the restaurant has a quiet table outside where you can go and sit by a quiet stream and talk. It made for a wonderful scenic and intimate date.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The fish and the squash salad was delicious. I really enjoyed the food - I really like this place.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

My favorite restaurant! Always fresh and always new things to try! Love introducing to all my friends and family!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

What a treat! I was really impressed by this place that I've passed by for about 7 years - I just wasn't sure it was a restaurant! A coworker recommended it and I had always been curious. It's so warm and cozy inside and the back window view with the small fountain was lovely. The food was so fresh and had obviously been prepared with a loving touch. I'm bringing everyone I know here!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in a long time! There was a nice mix or new and old on the menu, all done exceptionally well. We will be back

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

As frequent visitors to Mexico and having experienced the finest Mexican cuisine, in just over 60 mins Palo Santo transported us 3000 miles and served up some of the most authentic and extraordinary Mexican fare we've had this side of the border. Try the Plantain Relleno, Mushroom Quesadilla and the unmatched Mole Duck Breast. Bread pudding and Tapioca sorbet for dessert.
5 stars.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Very fresh Latin food. Loved my shrimp ceviche. My friend had the tuna and that was quite delicious too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Paulo Santo is a great place. The food is fresh, well prepared and unusual.
We especially liked the (free--with a happy hour drink) taco; the sea bass with hot slaw and a whole baked plantain was exceptional.
We shared one $33 three-course prix fixe and added a couple of appetizers. This was enough food for two of us.

My only complaint is that no bottle of wine was less than $38.00; and much of it was way more. The price for food was $48 and for wine $38.
I know it's the price of admission for lots of places, but this is a deterrent. I will more frequently go to a place that has good food and makes the wine a reasonable price. Our favorite places are one that have good food and are also inviting--and reasonable wine is a good way to get us in more often. Wine prices like this make any restaurant one for only special occasions. So why not a nightly special? Some bottles starting at $25? You'd see me here much more frequently!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Love Palo Santo! Chef Gautier's homemade tortillas are delicious Excellent, inventive menu. Friendly, knowledgeable wait staff. Great dining!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Really cute and cozy place, perfect for a date night. Although the menu isn't huge, there is definitely something for everyone, and everything is delicious! The staff was really helpful and attentive as well.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Fantastic food! I had a fish stew and my husband had a pork dish. Both cooked to perfection. Our server was super cheerful and friendly. Cosy atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Very nice place to grab lunch. A little tight with the space in the front. Waiter was great and attentive. Had the Brunch menu and it was nice to have the Duck option.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Palo Santo. All of the food was fresh, carefully prepared, with high quality ingredients. The salsas and sauces seemed very authentic, flavorful, and light. The duck mole and the seafood stew were absolutely delicious.

However, they only serve wine or beer, which would be okay but the wine list as shown on Open Table is outdated. The list on Open Table shows some reasonably priced bottles in the $29-$35 range, but the current list had no bottles (or maybe one) under the low $40's. So we were relegated to drinking beer, which isn't really our first choice.

We also felt the desserts were overpriced at $14 per dessert, so we passed.

There is a prix fix $33 menu which would be a good value--but we weren't keen on any of the limited entree selections.

So while the food we had was excellent, the overall experience fell somewhat short.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We had a beautiful dinner at Palo Santo. The food was creative and delicious, everyone enjoyed their dishes. I had the mackerel, which was cooked perfectly - the skin was crispy and inside it was light and flaky. Another highlight was the duck breast. Everyone we interacted with was incredibly friendly and the atmosphere is warm and cozy, almost like a ski lodge. We would definitely recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Palo Santo is by far our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is creative and delicious and definitely a bargain, especially their three course meals.The decor is quaint and cozy in the front and in the rear they can accommodate larger groups. The wait staff is attentive but not overly so. We go there for special occasions and also just for no reason at all except to have a fun night out. Bravo!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Outstanding Value, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Palo Santo is consistently excellent. Jacques and his team create delicious food from South America using local ingredients.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Making an advanced booking from overseas for NYE in an unfamiliar place was so easy. The food and venue were better than I could have hoped for. There was a good variety of food on offer in our fixed price special occasion menu. It was warm, homely and inviting with delicious food. My family all enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went for the NYE prix fixe recently but have gone a few times in the past, including a large 15-person birthday brunch. The experience is always stellar. The space is warm and cozy (as long as you don't sit right by the door in winter), the staff is friendly, and the food and drinks are delicious. The braised boar shank and beef tenderloin dishes are fantastic in particular, if available. Can't go wrong here - definitely try it out if you're in Park Slope.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The staff were superb! Food was cooked with so much love & the wine pairings were so complimentary to the food.
Fabulous way to bring in the New Year!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Great weekday special--free taco with drink. Rabbit taco was certainly different. Sangria was nice. Fish entrees were pretty good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

We enjoyed our meal & the service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Been here a couple of times and it is always of high quality. The staff makes the dishes right where you are on the spot, can't be fresher! Friendly staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Exceptional service !

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2016

I have eaten here twice before and the food is amazing every time. Service was a little slow this time (typically it has been better). But overall the experience was awesome!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Though the white sangria was disappointing, everything else I ordered was delicious. And the three course prix fixe was a great value. In addition, the service was exceptional - all of the staff was very friendly and attentive but especially our waitress who offered my husband the opportunity to sample all three beers on tap.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2016

Great service and ambiance. So glad you guys were able to accommodate my family and I for my sister's birthday. I look forward to brunch!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2016

For the portion size, the food was way overpriced. $60 (this includes tip) for two appetizers (ceviche and fish tacos), one beer and one glass of wine. The portions were small and not worth $16 a piece. The alcohol selection is limited because they are only licensed to carry beer and wine, and when I asked for a straw, the waiter said they ran out. I asked for a mimosa but there was no orange juice available. I asked for another drink, but they didn't have all the ingredients. The server was nice, so was the host, and the place itself is set up nicely, but you don't get any bang for your buck.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2016

It took forever for everything
apps came late
took over 1.5 hrs to get our main courses
we have young kids so they were bouncing off the wall
and the waiter who was very nice forgot to put our order in
we had been once before for brunch and was great but dinner was a disaster.

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