Paloma

3.9
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330 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish

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About

Paloma is a lively, Latin-inspired grill featuring a range of offerings, from whole roasted meats from the restaurant's wood grill to ceviche, grilled seafood, and a variety of shareable plates. Paloma also offers a wide range of classic and contemporary cocktails that represent a wide selection of handcrafted spirits from Central and South America, including tequila, mezcal, pisco, cachaca, and rum. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating, along with a private dining room and bar dining options for larger parties.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00 pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday: 4:00pm-7:00pm & 9:00pm-Close
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm-9:00pm // Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(203) 998-7500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Rosado
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Boulevard
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Parking details
Indoor Parking Garage (entrance located at 2200 Atlantic St.) and elevator access to Paloma also available.
Please call for detailed directions.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.4
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The establishment is closed! I should have done more research on it before reserving through OpenTable but it linked directly from their website. It made it for a funny start to my wedding anniversary dinner, though.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very friendly and attentive

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very cool place to have a nice dinner. The meal was delishious, the wait staff was helpful and nice, I especially liked that they keep it authentic and have Spanish speaking waiters and waitresses. The only thing that was annoying is very loud crowd. I wish the management did something about it. One of the customers, 2 tables from us, was shouting on the top of his lungs. He almost spoiled the entire experience for us....

H
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was there for brunch with a friend - could not get a table for brunch in the summer and finally did this Sunday on nov 6 - nothing to shout about

s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been here several times and the service is great. Some dishes better than others. Scallops-fantastic. Brunch omelette-meh. Sangria - delicious. The music tends to be a bit loud, hard to converse at time, but overall, a nice place, especially in warm weather. Outside seating is great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was here when it first opened and the food was good. I guess they have a new fall menu and everything we had was great. Started out with the ribs and they were good. The best was the main course, as the paella was to die for; not many places around here when you can find paella, and I'll be back for it. We also had the lamb shank tacos, something different and very good. The place itself is cool, modern with all glass and some wood tones. We'll be back to try some more of the food that they gets cooked on the wood burning grill.

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As we have had on multiple occasions, we had a wonderful dinner. The food and drinks were amazing and the service was excellent. Even though it is on the water, it is a great place to eat and drink all year round. The views are amazing and can't be beat. Whether we are on the patio, in the dining room or hosting a private event, we are always impressed. I would strongly recommend dining at Paloma and will continue going back for more memorable dining experiences.

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

There were not a lot of people eating in the restaurant, yet it took a very long time to get our drinks and food. that said -- the food was excellent and the staff was very friendly.

NO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, only wish service was as good.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The terrace is really nice and the octopus tostadas with margaritas were great

K
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was once connected with chef Aaron Sanchez, and while the service was slow back then, the food was at least inventive and pretty delicious. We had heard that the restaurant had recently severed ties with Chef Sanchez and decided to give it a look. What a disappointment. First of all, this is not a tapas restaurant anymore (and it is still being billed as one). Some things that we ordered never arrived (drinks), even after the food arrived. Guacamole (small) was I believe $11.00, and exceptionally spicy, accompanied by an entire bag of tortilla chips. Queso fundito was watery and flavorless (again with an absolute mountain of tortilla chips). Chicken meatballs were set aside after one bite, being underdone and not as expected. Fish tacos were expensive and contained very little yet overspiced filling. I was comparing these in my head to a far superior $3.00 bar taco version and really, really sorry I couldn't just get up and walk out. The waitress was sweet, but at the end our busboy dropped used flatware in my husband's lap. I think the restaurant is trying to make up for the lack of quality with a giant serving of quantity (and definitely a carb fest) rather than what we expected==a fresh tapas selection of small, flavorful plates. This space has so much potential because it is right on the water. Unfortunately it seems now to be targeting the very lowest common denominator of client. With Harbor Point opening many new restaurants in the vicinity, there is too much competition with higher quality food at better prices than Paloma, and I don't think it is going to survive unless some changes are made. Lighter and fresher options please. They seem to be confusing Catalon/Spanish tapas with really bad Mexican. If I wanted a bag of chips from the supermarket, I could do that on my own. I didn't need to make a reservation for it. I miss the old Paloma.

s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Try the diver scallops and branzino. Look forward to another visit.

k
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We have been going to Paloma since they opened and can remember when there was a line to get in and four deep at the bar. I Think it was because there was little competition in this fairly new development and because the food was better. The big change is that the food was so salty and over spiced we were sick from it. I love any food with a Mexican flare and was so disappointed. The restaurant was not as busy as it should have been for a beautiful Saturday night on the water. Inside was empty and outside half full. I hope they get their act together I used to like the food here.

CG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Aaron Sanchez should be ashamed to have his name associated with this restaurant. The food was nowhere near the calibre of one of New York and the Food Network's top celebrity chefs. Not going to get into the details, but for example, I ordered the Heirloom Tomato salad. I was looking forward to a beautiful slice of an in-season heirloom tomato but what I got were halved cherry tomatoes. Not to mention the salad was LACED with an overload of sliced jalapeño .

But worse than the food was the service from our particular waiter. He was stoned and 100% ineffectual. We had to remind his of every drink and food order. When I went inside to track him down to look for our food, he was standing by the bar doing absolutely nothing.

Again, I blame Aaron for using his celebrity name to draw in food aficionados, but not delivering the goods in either food or service.

AR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant is closed until Sep. 7th. You may want to update your schedules so people don't spend money going there to find the place closed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Took my girlfriend here for a nice Friday night dinner and it was great. We had an excellent waiter and the food was delicious. Will deffinitly be coming back

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great find-- wish I discovered this earlier in the summer!

RM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The stuff was very friendly. Tapas was OK but nothing exciting.

k
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great atmosphere , awesome food, great waitstaff!

p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Use to be good food. Now its terrible... it's a shame it went under...
I will not return.

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a miss with the crab empanadas and the sauce dip that came with it. Even experienced a stomach ache that night. Was definitely expecting far better.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Absolutely awful food. Tapas are about basic cooking and everything that we ordered was ridiculously bad (other than the meatballs). Everything tastes like grease and plainly bad. Red Sangria tasted like cough medicine (e.g. masking flavor with sugar). Views are nice but cannot compensate for the food. Save your time and money.

KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks, ambiance and service were all spot on. I'm amazed it took me so long to try this place!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love almost everything about this restaurant: food, drinks and ambiance- and as far as I'm concerned – that's what a restaurant experience is all about !

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious appetizers, everything was very tasty but a bit spicy for our daughter so it was hard to find things her to eat. The waiter brought us pain avocado just for her, which was very nice.

MH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been there twice now. Not sure what all the bad reviews are about. Food runs from Good to Very good to Terrific. Last month, some entrees were better than others and service was bit slow. We heard that the main chef was out for the night and the restaurant was super busy, so maybe that was the problem. Last Saturday night, service was efficient and all the tapas we ordered was delicious (although the restaurant was very empty for a Saturday night which is a real shame because it's great). Beautiful views. Lots of atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service in all departments. It was almost as if they were providing a bad service on purpose. Big difference with my previous visit last year. What s pitty!

SS
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was lackluster eventhough the restaurant was very quiet. One lunch item that was ordered arrived incorrect so there was a delay. The tomato and mozzarella salad had the tiniest amount of cheese. One of my friends ordered the same salad but with shrimp on top. I t came with the shrimp on the side of the plate in some sort of sauce so you really couldn't enjoy the salad the way it was advertised. Have to say it was disappointing but the view is spectacular.

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Ate from the Tapas menu and each was great. The brisket was nice and smoky, the plantains wonderful and the chicken meatballs tender and well spiced. The only issue I had was the AC, or lack of AC. It was beastly hot out and the management didn't turn it on until shortly after I got there. The first part of the evening was, to say the least, uncomfortable. However, the staff made up for the discomfort by their attentiveness.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for dating or if you like tasty food or paella as well

K
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful! Just awful ... They filed chapter 11 they should just close and not steal people's money.
I'd be concerned as to the cleanliness of the kitchen and the staff now. Should report to the health department.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Way too loud due to horrible acoustics. Went with friends we were catching up with but conversation was so hard.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The waiter was terrible but the bus staff extremely attentive. They almost made up for the bad waitservice.

CT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

For the second time in a row, the hostess was more than annoyed that we wanted to be seated on the main floor with a water view rather than at an upstairs table with blaring music from a DJ.
The food lacked taste and flavor. The server was wonderful but Paloma certainty has lost its appeal from its early days.
We will not return.

AG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic, the seating wasn't great. There is no cover outside & while they very nicely put out an umbrella it kept moving & I noticed there was only spots for a couple umbrella's. Probably much nicer to sit outdoors & night.

NC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall my husband and I had a great experience here. It was a beautiful night and eating outdoors was superb! Our server let us know she was two days new, which may have reflected in the service a bit. I liked that we were not rushed, but she also went missing at times, and at one point when our main entrees were out, we had to wait for our wine, which is disappointing as they go hand in hand. Also once it got dark we had to request a candle, as it wasn't very well lit where we were sitting, so the tables should come equipped with those and someone should go around and light them at the appropriate time. But GREAT food, fun atmosphere and great outdoor view.

c
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Average guacamole and chips...don't waste your time. So many better things on the menu to choose. Cocktails were good as well. On the water so a nice view. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

CM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tasty brunch menu. Outdoor dining at this time of year is delightful. Stamford prices.

AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've been there several other times and it seems that the menu has been paired down. The food was OK but not worth the prices.

CA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. The only part that was bad was when we first went there. We asked for a table and I asked about outdoor sitting and the hostess said it would be a 45 minute wait. However, she never mentioned they had the inside available. It wasn't until we saw on opentable they had slots open.

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