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Permanently Closed - Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine

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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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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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.
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJimbo (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Best restaurant in the city!!!!!

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

OpenTable Diner (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!

OpenTable Diner (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.

vipEllenO (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!

vipamiandai (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

FamilyfromPhilly (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.

viplieb923 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

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

viproberthamill (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.

OpenTable Diner (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.