Palo Santo

4.5
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142 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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South American

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About

For reservations or any inquiries please contact the restaurant directly. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
South American, Caribbean, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(718) 636-6311
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jacques Gautier
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 559-6768
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave.
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Public transit
Take the R train to Union Street. The restaurant is located on Union Street between 4th and 5th Av.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.4
service
4.4
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CV
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little venue on a quiet street, good food and very kind waitress. A bit pricy though

AR
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Four people in my group had four different things they each loved. Pleasant and attentive waitstaff, and a lovely cozy atmosphere. A little chilly inside on a winter night, but that's the only fault I could find and the food more than made up for that. What a gem.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food, ambiance, & service was great.... my only complain was that the food took to long to arrive!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Always comfortable.

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent food, great location, wonderful service, be advised Wine and Beer only.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely go back more!

AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot in the neighborhood hands down. Brunch and dinner are amazing.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the NYE Pre-Fix menu and it was amazing. So well-priced and the food was DELICIOUS! We were with a group of 5 people and every single person liked every single one of their three courses! Our waiter, Zack, was the best part about the experience. He was bubbly, legitimately excited that we had chosen that restaurant, and got every order and request correct. We will be back very soon!

EM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best local find in Park Slope. Always welcoming, always delicious.

SH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is incredibly friendly! Recommend sitting at the bar and watching the chefs work.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A phenomenal neighborhood gem. Great food, fantastic ambiance, an all-around must try.

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their tacos are the very best. Had braised duck last time and it was incredible. The micheladas are awesome. Good with kids too, and the service is friendly and attentive. Love coming here every time.

AC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Waitress was slow. Not the food, food came out quickly, tasted medicore though the tuna was decent.

Took a while to get our drink order. By the time she got to us i had our full order decided and ready. Had she come earlier took our drink order first my gf would have likely had two or three glasses of wine instead of one. That is if she had showed up during dinner to refill anything. Too busy chatting to see me staring at her waiting to be noticed. Same with the check.

I came here wanting a nice candle lit romantic dinner but it was noisy, cold, the service sucked, and the food was meh.

RG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cauliflower salad was AMAZING, I would go back just for that. The fried chicken was crispy and well executed, but nothing special - not worth going out for.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Had to drop this rating to a 1 after deciding to give them a second chance. We made reservations here for Thanksgiving and they literally gave us a table that's right next to a door on a 20 degree day. There was a table open that was tucked away in a cozy corner, but they refused to give it to us because it was "reserved", which would be fine if weren't for the fact that it was unoccupied through our entire meal, with the people arriving as we were paying for our check. The galls . . .

The food itself was alright, our entrees were a little oversalted and a more than a little overcooked; not worth the $160 bill in the least bit. Quick frankly, the entrees wouldn't be out of place in a diner. Despite this, we would have left contempt if it wasn't for the terrible service. I get it, you upcharge for Thanksgiving, it's fine. But coupled with the terrible service, no, not worth price.

M
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Palo Santo...great food and service.
The staff always have great suggestions and is able to support any request I may have. The space is relaxing and feels inviting!

ML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Palo Santo had some of the best food I've tasted in ages. REALLY really good: Creative, fresh, original - and delicious - take on Latin American cuisine. The roasted cauliflower salad with bacon, chiles, pistachios and herbs along with the hearts of palm, beets and peanut salad were two of the best salads I've ever tasted. Pork tacos were yum. Sadly, the decor is ye olde Mexican restaurant of my 1970s youth with ungainly wooden tables and chairs and dark as in too dark to read the menu. A friend and I stumbled in on our way to a comedy show and were the only ones in there. If their decor and lighting were as innovative as their cuisine I think they would be wildly popular.

AP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freindly, Laid back atmosphere and the food was really good.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really good and authentic. Prices were a bit high for food and drinks but very delicious. Would go back again and recommend trying the steak!

E
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I found the food very bland and uninteresting. We were seated in
The back room between a party of 5 and a party of 9. It was unbearable

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great food, great service.

PP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were in town for business. My wife and i like small quaint restaurants. We were so happy to have found this place it is just like a little spanish restuarant that was in the Florida Keys where we live. Its a beautiful restaurant with great food and wine.

NW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, serioudly won’t disappoint. Would do anything for more fresh tortillas

LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat in the neighborhood. Don't miss their chayote salad.

k
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Something as simple as avocado and tortillas is made to perfection here. Everything was so tasty, I will definitely be back!!

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Palo Santo always delivers a lovely, high-quality experience. Taco Tuesdays (with delicious free empanadas) made for a fun addition to my 30th birthday celebration with friends, and the restaurant was super accommodating of last minute additions to our party. The coconut plantain stew is amazing and it's perfectly located near fun Gowanus bars if you want a nice dinner before a night of casual drinks. Thank you!

BF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, wonderful service and wonderful
Food!

OR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing meal! Can not wait until the next time we are there.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They were incredibly accommodating to my large group and children! I would definitely dine there again!

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a special occasion! A bit pricier, but great for a birthday dinner or anniversary. All of the food and drinks were great

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

genuinely nice people serving excellent original food at very fair prices

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've been a fan for many years. Not just for the attractive setting with an imaginative use
of brick and tile in a relatively small space, but also a chance to try some unusual Latin dishes.
It was a busy Sat. night but we ate in the back patio, alone, so it was wonderfully quiet.
The waiter was wonderful, very attentive. Sometimes in a busy restaurant when
you're in the patio, they forget about you, but he was on top of everything.
He also lit a citronella candle to keep bugs away. My only warning: porgy is a small fish with not much meat on the bones so if you're hungry, order something else, but I was happy.
I recommend: the tres leche cake for dessert: an unusual and delicious dish.

V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation time and were told that we cannot be seated even though they had tables available. There was no proper waiting area. When it was finally our time to be seated, we were told that kitchen is backed up and we cannot place order for food yet. What?! We asked if there is something on the menu that can be prepared quicker. The answer was a no. We had no choice but to leave. Very disappointing experience. Never had this happen to me before and definitely won't be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The service was ok. Food was great but the place feels dirty, the prices are really high and half the options on the already limited menu weren’t available so I wouldn’t recommend the place. I took my in laws who were visiting from out of town, one waiter was lovely the other had a terrible attitude. They charged $11 for a glass of mediocre rosè, when the glass arrived it was a quarter of the way full so I asked the waiter to please fill it a little more. So he filled the glass to a third. It’s very dark inside there, the music is loud and we had to ask them to turn the AC on, on what was a really hot day. On a positive not the mushroom quesadilla was really good.

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a beautiful spot with quiet outdoor dining. I very much recommend this restaurant.

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Was excited to try but long wait times for food and small portions left me unsatisfied. Won’t be returning.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great date place

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

It took us an hour and 20 minutes to get a very basic brunch order. No one offered us any food in the meantime. We were offered no discount, either. Just a lot of excuses that were lame. A large party was seated after we ordered and got their food first. Extremely disappointing.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff! They were so catering and friendly. We celebrated my mother’s birhtday and she loved it. Not to mention the food was delectable. Definitely coming back.

P
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Decent food but terrible service. Server was incredibly unfriendly. Won’t rush back.

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