About Palomino - Indianapolis

Palomino is a vibrant restaurant, bar and rotisserie famous for its style, hardwood fired Mediterranean cooking and versatile, imaginative menu. Guests appreciate Palomino’s gracious hospitality and talented staff for their unsurpassed enthusiasm, friendliness and skill. Palomino offers an experience that makes guests feel great at a pleasing value.

49 West Maryland Street
Circle Center Mall #189
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean, European

Hours of Operation:
WEDNESDAYS ALL DAY: Half-Price Bottled Wine! (bottles priced at $30 & above).
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 974-0400

Website:
http://palomino.com/page/home

Catering:
Catering is available for groups of 20 guests or more. Complimentary Delivery within a two mile radius of the Circle Monument. Please contact Mariah Bennett, Marketing Specialist for details. 317.974.0400

Parking Details:
Street parking also available.

Executive Chef:
Kevin Burris

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Manager: (317) 974-0400

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
All Day, Every Day Happy Hour from 11am-6pm and from 9pm-close.
Wine-Down Wednesday- All bottles of wine are 1/2 price all day.
Indianapolis Colt's Home Game Brunch

Palomino - Indianapolis Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Good for a Date (44)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
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Romantic (35)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Business Meals (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Good for Groups (22)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Casual (16)
Cozy (15)
Fun (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (10)
People Watching (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Authentic (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Scenic View (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Spicy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

I thought I had chosen a birthday occasion but that was not recognized.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

I have been a long-time fan of palomino used to go pretty much on a weekly basis when I lived downtown. I was so excited to get a chance to be there again. Our server was nice enough I think it was her first day or she was really knew I also think she might have had a hearing problem. Many things are brought out incorrectly. Also our food just wasn't that good. It started with the salads we told him that they were way overdressed I couldn't even eat mine. And it went kind of downhill from there. Made me sad. I hope they get it back together.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent experience at Palomino's. The perfect place on a cold winter night. Easy to park, great service, and delicious food. We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Have been here several times, with groups or just 2 of us. Always a good menu and good service. If you like Sazarac cocktails, I can recommend the one here.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was great! They were able to accommodate our large group of 21 with ease. Kid’s menu is incredible!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very cold within walking distance of our hotel. Were pleasantly surprised. Service friendly, not pushy. Food very good . Will plan on returning next time we are in town.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant was clean, the service was good, and the atmosphere was pleasant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had reservations for New Year’s. They had a special holiday menu which was delicious. Three of us ordered fillet which was cooked to perfection and one of us ordered lamb. We all raved about our dinner. We had a gluten free person in our party and they were very accommodating to this dietary need. Service was excellent as always and I would highly recommend the Palamino!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went on New Year’s Eve. Didn’t realise (there was no notice in their website) they had a “special NYE menu”. It was just a limited version of their regular menu. Would have preferred the full menu and/true specials for the evening. Our waitress was top notch.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Location and ambiance - amazing. Hostess and servers very friendly and fun even though they were very busy. Limited menu because it was New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, neither of us enjoyed our food. The filet was very "fatty" for what is typically a lean cut of beef. The crab-artichoke dip was good but didn't seem to contain much or any crab? With only 6 entrees to choose from, we also ordered a baked rotini pasta dish with cheeses but it was oily and the pasta was swimming in the sauce from the melted cheese. We do not live in Indy. We dined at Palomino a couple of years ago and I remember a better experience. Maybe because it was New Year's Eve??? But if you are in the business of fine dining that shouldn't matter. We enjoyed the evening but extremely disappointed in the food.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have always loved Palomino, as much for its decor as for its food. The service is usually good, and the bar area is one of the best around.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

A great place for a very special occasion. It was a perfect fit to begin our NYE festivities. The scallops were to die for and everything else didn’t not disappoint. Would recommend 10/10

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was NYE and we chose Palomino given it's more diverse menu vs a steakhouse as one of our guests doesn't eat steak. We were not informed until arrival that it was a limited NYE menu which provided very few options with no substitutions. Our server was wonderful and they did make an exception on one of our side items; however, this meant we weren't able to order what we had intended to order when we made a reservation. As always, the chop chop salad and portobello mushroom soup were delicious. My prime rib was good but nothing spectacular.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

When we arrived we were one of the first tables to be seated. They sat us next to the door which was very cold. Our waiter noticed us but did not greet us for 20 minutes. Service was terrible. Before the meal was served I had to get up and get water for our table because they weren’t waiting on us. This was our first time to this establishment and will be our last. There are far to many nice places to eat in downtown Indianapolis to wate your time with this one.👎

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants so it’s hard for me to write this. The server’s ability to speak English made it difficult to converse. I ordered the salt encrusted prime rib as usual. It was blue rare instead of medium rare as I ordered. The potato’s were so raw they were not edible. The wine was amazing and so was the dessert. i felt the food/service was no where near the value that they charge for it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. Palomino complained that we did not show up, when in fact we did, and on a very slow Friday night - not sure how they missed noting we attended. Most of the staff was standing at the entrance when we entered, 5 min before the reservation time. The restaurant was literally empty. There was confusion in the hand off about who was seating us. Our server was, the only bright light in an otherwise dim dining experience. Our cocktail coffee starters were served in dirty coffee cups, without saucers. This was rectified after complaining. The rock music playing over the sound system was fit for the bar scene, not a dining experience, at this price. The starter balsamic vinaigrette for the salads was too acidic; one of the meals came with undisclosed ingredients (we requested that the menu be altered to reflect this - people with food allergies need to know what they are eating); the linguine was rubbery and hardened in parts; the asparagus was burnt/smoked - as if by a cigarette smoker; and one serving of the "mashed potatoes" was more of "mush/goop" potatoes. The organic chicken was very good as was the braised short rib. Overall, this was a poor experience. This was not our first visit to Palomino, but it will be our last.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was a quiet evening during the week, but the atmosphere was fun and the food was excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Walked into an empty place and it took 10 minutes for them to seat us. The food was pricey for the quality received. Food left stomach aching from all the grease. Waitress was slow and could not answer what sides were offered. Overall experience and food was much less than desired. We will not be returning.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We choose the restaurant based on online menu for a varied menu for our party of 11. When we arrived we found a very limited Holiday menu and our server told us that the chef has said “no modifications would be made”. Slow service. The “bar printer broke” so it took 30 minutes to get our drinks and then they forgot 2 drinks. The food was very slow to come out and as they were bringing out 3 plates one of the cooks, carrying her open personal drink, collided with the server and spilled the cup contents onto the plates so they had to take them back. When I asked the server about it, she said “it was just water” and laughed. We had to send one kid pasta meal back as it was cold. The salmon and prime rib meals were very good.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Did not know we were restricted to a specific holiday menu until we got there. Very disappointing. Chose it after looking at menu online and wanted some pastas. Menu only offered a mac & cheese as pasta. Waiter said chef specified no substitutions. Had to send steak back two more times for correct temperature but server saw what we were getting each time and he helped us. Waiter was good but food wasn't so much. Blue cheese salad was not good . Scallops were awesome.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

One of my favorite places for a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Portions much smaller than past visits. New York strip was marginal at best. Had better steaks at much less expensive eateries. Waiter spoke broken english and was not very attentive Will not go back

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Was greatly surprised. Service was wonderful.... we had a great waiter. He made us feel we were important to him. Kept our glasses filled, brought us things as we needed them...recommended items to try... excellent server....
All food was good.. We tried several different appetizers to start and then had our meal... all was good except my steak was not done as much as I would have liked (medium well...was more like medium rare). Then we tried desserts....great....

Overall, totally enjoyed our evening... would recommend and will go back again!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always great! Ate at the bar - but have also before, always great food and service!

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Annual tradition to take the family to Yuletide at the Hilbert Circle Theater and have dinner at Palomino's following - appetizers are wonderful and the main courses weren't half bad either! Place was hopping but the service was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Overall very good experience. Great food and reasonable prices. I did have to ask for our waitress twice during our meal and there were a couple other times that we had to wait a long time to place drink or food orders.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our server, Rachael, was outstanding. The food was delicious. We loved it for our pre theater meal. Highly recommend. Adjacent $3 parking a plus

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My fish was a bit dry and I thought the portion was small. other than that it was very good. We love coming to the Palomino. Enjoy the variety of items on the menu.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very Good !

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food is pretty good, but seems overpriced for the smaller portion sizes that the restaurant seems to have shifted to. Generally the smaller portions are fine for healthier eating habits but the prices need to reflect that as well. Service was okay, not the best we've had there. Had to ask for bread plate, servers had to ask who had which plate, which for a restaurant of this caliber I expected there to be a system in place (as in other places that can pull this off) for knowing "position #1" and placing meals accordingly.

This was a family dinner, with children from high school to grade school, which we enjoy doing as a special holiday occasion that exposes the kids to finer dining establishments and sophisticated eating experiences. The above comments may seem slightly picky but only because of the familiarity we have with having dined there many times before. But cost could certainly become an issue if we continue to have a disconnection between the price and the value of the food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Family Christmas

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Restaurant was not busy, can't tell you how loud it might be. Food was good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Awesome cocktails, food, and service. Classy and contemporary, you can always rely on The Palomino to impress with a great menu and fantastic service. I wouldn't take my co-workers anywhere else for Christmas lunch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

All good I nice prices, great service. I don't want to write more.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Put it was our anniversary on the reservation and was not acknowledged

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I am a long-time patron but have noticed a decline recently, particularly in service. I would still recommend it, but I am on the fence and may become a detractor if I have one more poor experience. Steak was really tough and service was just awful this last time. I'm hoping for a turnaround.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The 7oz filets were just a little pricey, but they were delicious. If a small side salad was included, the price would have been just right.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a staple when we are in town and where we go for our big group dinner. I made 2 separate reservations and they didn’t put us all together even though I asked when I confirmed. Our server wasn’t the greatest. She was slow. We weren’t really in a hurry, but she really ruined our experience when she messed up the check. We had a lot of newbies with us and I don’t think they were impressed. It’s still the best cream of mushroom soup and chicken Marsala ever so I will keep going. The food never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was very good. The only issue we had was not getting seated until around 25 minutes after our reservation time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wit staff was best of the week in downtown Indy

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