Permanently Closed - Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine

4.5
518 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - This highly-acclaimed fine dining BYOB will forever change the way you think of Mexican food. Paloma serves superb French-Mexican cuisine. There are no nachos, burritos or sauces covered in melted cheese.

Chef-owner Adán Saavedra combines Mexican ingredients with French cooking techniques to produce dishes that are refined, elegant, beautiful and full of flavor without the heat of spice. We will gladly accommodate those who prefer more chile heat! Vegetarian and gluten-free options abound. Please tell us of any dietary restrictions in advance!

Desserts are unique and wholly house-made, including items for more adventurous diners, such as an incendiary mango-habanero sorbet. Please do NOT bring purchased cakes to the restaurant.

Come see why Paloma has been called "Le Bec Mex," why Chef Saavedra was a 2011 semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation award, and why the Zagat Guide ranks Paloma in the top ten restaurants in the r
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, French
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Hours of operation
Tues-Thurs: 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Fri-Sat 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Closed Sun and Mon except for private parties.
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Phone number
(215) 928-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adán Saavedra
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fulton Street
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Parking details
There is a free public lot on the north side of Christian Street between 7th and 8th. Some on-street parking is time-limited; the 700 block of Catharine has 4-hour parking on the north side; parts of 8th are unrestricted. In a pinch, you can park on South Street and either walk down or hop in a cab. Ralph's Restaurant on 9th Street has valet service and will often park for our guests.
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Public transit
The southbound 47 bus stops right across the street, at 8th and Catharine/Fulton.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Wine
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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2016

Best restaurant in the city!!!!!

Too bad they're closing it. It will be missed greatly.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on November 26, 2016

Four of us had dinner on Saturday evening. The whole experience was 5 stars! We were blown away by the cuisine!
We cannot wait to go back!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on November 19, 2016

This wonderful restaurant continues to wow! While the menu has now gone to smaller plates, the high quality ingredients, beautiful presentations and creative food preparations remain the same. The food is absolutely delicious and the service is top notch -- attentive, pleasant and helpful. The dining room is pretty with tables laid out well. This is my go-to when friends come in from out of town -- particularly sophisticated foodies.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on November 19, 2016

The food is amazingly good and inventive! The staff is wonderful! You MUST put Paloma on the top of your "to do" list!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on November 19, 2016

We had been at this restaurant before and had guest here from Madison, Wisconsin and they were intrigued by the French/Mexican cuisine. We knew what to expect, and knew we were not going to be disappointed. The meal was an amazing experience. the food, the service the owners explanation of the fusion. Highly recommend this restaurant for a high end culinary experience. The fact that they are a BYO makes it even better, we even brought after dinner liquor

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FP
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on November 12, 2016

Excellent food, great atmosphere (quiet enough to hold a conversation), knowledgeable and helpful service, BYOB, top notch chef. Save room for the desserts made by the chef's wife - another great talent in the house! Menu consists of about 15-20 "small plates" that can be combined to form a meal or there are 4 entrees (priced in the $30's) that range from fish to steak to lamb.

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Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on November 5, 2016

Interesting blend of Mexican & French (Mexifren?)
Very fresh with nice presentation.
NOT inexpensive.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on October 28, 2016

Best kept secret in Philadelphia. Delicious flavors, creative presentation. Top 5-star restaurant.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on October 22, 2016

I have been to this restaurant close to 20 times and always the best food in the city. Got the new Gnocchi appetizer... a must try if you go. You can not go wrong with ANY of the menu options.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on October 8, 2016

There were 3 in our dining party. We all had small bites to start in addition to main entrees. The food was delicious, Mexican cuisine with a French twist. The service was perfect, staff attending to our needs without intrusion. The ambiance was quiet, a welcome surprise after experiencing the usual loud noise when dining out.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on October 8, 2016

Three couples that meet about every six weeks to have good quality food, pleasant and quiet atmosphere.
This is one of our favorite places.
Excellent choices, we all try to order something different then share . Everyone was delighted with their choices .
Something new, more small plates choices.
Quality and original dishes.
They gave us a quiet table in the back, we loved our dinners and will continue to return to Paloma!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on October 7, 2016

Paloma has the perfect combination between innovation and traditional flavors. You feel the love and passion the chef puts into these dishes! They have small plates and entrees, we went for four small plates, and the saffron rice (my husband and I) it was delicious!!! You cannot leave without trying the mushroom flan (exquisite!) and dessert is a must!!! (We usually never have dessert, but after trying the perfect combination of flavors during dinner, dessert is a decision without second thoughts) if you love spicy, you have to try the mango habanero sorbet.

Besides the amazing food, service was exceptional!!! Barb is the owner with her husband and she makes the desserts, she even came to our table and talked to us about how they bring their ingredients from Mexico and the Caribbean, about how she came up with the ideas for dessert, and about her experience with Mexican salsas!!! She was just lovely, you could totally see her passion and love for the restaurant and dishes.

I Totally totally recommend this place, for special occasions, dates, birthdays, or even just for dessert... it is amazing!!! Oh and they're BYOB ❤️

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on October 1, 2016

This restaurant is NEVER a disappointment !
The food is fantastic.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on September 29, 2016

This restaurant consistently turns out some of the most flavorful, creative, well-balanced, and unique dishes available anywhere. Being a byob makes it a bargain. The tables are set well-apart; the service is personal with as much or as little interaction as you invite; the portions, albeit they have adopted a smaller plate format, are generous but not overwhelming. During the week, it is never crowded -- quite the opposite -- and on weekends the ambiance is still conducive to conversation. We have taken first time diners there on several occasions and all proclaimed themselves very happy and very impressed and refer to their meal as memorable.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on September 24, 2016

The food was absolutely amazingly !! There was 4 of us for dinner and we all agreed this is a gem of a restaurant!!! I can not wait to go back. Also, it's a byob which is so great.

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Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on September 24, 2016

We looked at Paloma's posted Fall menu during a walk in our neighborhood. It was interesting and unusual. We had not read any reviews or heard word of mouth about the restauarant.
We're so glad that we made the decision to have dinner there.
The service was lovely. Attentive and informative without being invasive. The decor is subtle yet artistic. Unlike so many places, the noise level allowed easy conversation.
and the food! It was fabulous! We shared the incredible corn chowder and 3 "small" plates- crab cake , branzino and wild boar. That was more than adequate leaving room for coffee and dessert. Lime tequila cake with coconut icing and a chocolate orange layer cake. Both choices were plate scraping good!
We plan to return once the Winter selections are available. And probably then the Spring and Summer!

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DK
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on September 17, 2016

Service, food and atmosphere were all fantastic! Highly recommend Paloma!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on September 17, 2016

Barb is an outstanding hostess and creates the most extraordinary desserts! Wedge is a fantastic server although that does not describe her role adequately!

All the food is wonderful but the desserts are out of this world!

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Chicago
5.0
Dined on September 10, 2016

I visited Paloma with my boyfriend after reading generally excellent reviews on OpenTable. The menu, was new that week, and contained a couple of dishes not on the online menu, but fortunately, all those we had looked forward to sampling were present, as were a couple of exciting sounding additions. The staff were very attentive, and we went along with their recommendation of 3 small plates per person and shared all 6 dishes. Each dish was magnificent and none disappointed. The cuisine is a French-Mexican hybrid and of very high standard. We thoroughly enjoyed each course and were well-satisfied with the portions received. I would certainly recommend Paloma to Philadelphians and those visiting the city. As a side note, there is no alcohol list but BYOB is welcomed.

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MG
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on September 9, 2016

Wonderful new menu that started this week. Many new small plates added. Great service and upscale white table cloth experience without being stuffy. Chef is genius with combining European style cooking with unique Mexican ingredients. Think Mexico City, not Tiajuana.

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Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on August 20, 2016

A hidden treasure.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on August 20, 2016

Our favorite restaurant in Philly! Delicious food and the best waitstaff in the country!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on August 13, 2016

We use to enjoy Paloma when they were located in N E Philadelphia. This is our first time to their downtown location. What a treat. Barbara, the hostess, Chiefs wife and pastry chief greeted us like old friends and regulars. Their new location looks nice inside and out, comfortable with space around your table. Parking is difficult so consider taking a train or parking in a garage on Walnut St and taking Uber. Now to the reason to try Paloma. The food is great. In the past they were considered one of the few five star restaurants in Phila and nothing has changed. Subtle flavors, unique spices and beautiful presentation is what to expect. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the meal. And don't forget to try desert. Again unique selections, flavors and sorbet that rocks. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on August 5, 2016

Everything was excellent from all the appetizers we ordered to the beautiful tasty entrees and of course everyone knew to save room for the delicious made on premises desserts.

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Philadelphia
1.0
Dined on August 4, 2016

Favorite dish was my sorbet. Mushroom flan had great flavor but undercooked, shrimp appetizer just tasted like plain shrimp, stripe bass had zero flair, and stuffed veal chop was over cooked.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on August 2, 2016

Service and food always the best. This week was particularly delicious.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 30, 2016

This place should be the hottest ticket in-town--more than Zahav & Vetri. Adan is a genius! Every dish is a Mondrian painting- a work of art!! Where else can you have French-Mexican cuisine?! His wife, Barb, makes all of the sorbets, cakes, & gelatos herself. Another genius!! Everything is cooked to perfection and if you have ANY food allergies of any kind, menu items are adjusted!

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BG
Sacramento
5.0
Dined on July 27, 2016

Always a great meal. Husband owner is extremely creative chef. Wife does all desserts. Never had anything but great food there.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 23, 2016

Excellent food and service. My favorite Philly Resturant.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2016

Restaurant came highly recommended and exceeded expectations! Imaginative menu, exceptional attentive service, good value, romantic ambiance and more. The only mystery is why the place was not crowded!! Let's spread the word--this place deserves to be on everyone's "go-to" list.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2016

The food at Paloma is inventive and excellent. I describe it to friends as high French with chilies. There's no reason to worry about spice there are dishes at every level from mild to hot and they're all wonderful! Every dish was both beautifully presented and flat-out extraordinary. The desserts are excellent as well. Come visit this hidden gem!

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VD
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2016

Nothing much has changed except it remains an outstanding place to eat at!
Hope to see all very soon!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2016

Paloma is a favorite! Barb, Paloma's hostess and dessert creator is wonderful! Her desserts are my favorites in Philly and her house made sorbets are out of this world. A warm. welcoming atmosphere envelops you; I never want to leave.

Paloma is also a BYOB...can you ask for anything more?!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2016

Great food! Great service! I couldn't ask for a better birthday dinner!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2016

The food and personal attention was among the best I have ever received. The fact that they love food came through in every dish we tried.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2016

Everything we ate was unique and excellent! Great also that it's a BYO.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on May 21, 2016

This is a very special dining experience with attentive service and excellent food.
The lamb and steak were tender. The risotto was creamy with the perfect amount of chewiness.
All of the desserts were divine. We will return.

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on May 7, 2016

Paloma never fails to please.
The husband wife team are perfect together.
She makes the desserts and he cooks sumptuous meals.
Try the mushroom flan and the Tequila cake (when available).
Remember to bring your own bottle.

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Philadelphia
2.0
Dined on April 29, 2016

Service was bad, one server in a fracture boot for Friday night. Decor was old. Food was excellent and loved the Mexican/French fusion. A shame but won't go back due to service and ambiance .

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Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on April 28, 2016

Don't get fooled by the exterior of the building. BYOB with pleasant dining area and Mexican inspired menu with French twist. Monday through Thursday give the Prix Fix a look.

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