Permanently Closed - Palomino - Indianapolis

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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vipBobby
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday lunch. Also, to visit Palomino one more time before it’s closing later today. Been going to Palomino for 23 years. Sorry to see it go. Employees did a great job as usual, even under such adverse conditions (two days notice that their jobs were gone).

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vipJanM
Indiana
41 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I loved Palomino! Great food and great atmosphere. I'm sorry it closed.

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vipMediamom
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The six of us were from out of town - Michigan and Ohio. Our hotel recommended your restaurant. We all enjoyed our meals, our server was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was perfect. Clean establishment. Hot food!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

One special was sold out but food was good.

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DavidL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we walked in till we were having dessert, we felt like welcomed guests! The service was excellent! The food was wonderful and at a reasonable price. Our server Evan was very attentive and even helped us with suggestions for things to do in Indy! I highly recommend the rotisserie chicken...delicious! This is a must try restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Slow one meal came out 15 minutes after the first
Person finished before the other was served

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Foodie1
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The shrimp Scampi - way too much garlic- butter - sauce. I had to ask for a plate to drain the liquid. The garlic bread that came with the meal was soaked in this sauce. The waitress was wonderful. I cannot describe how wonderful she was. I like spicy food, however the soup special was spicy but lacked taste. It did not leave an impression ( I only had a sample of it). Palomino use to be the place to go! So??????? The Brussels sprouts - no comment.

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vipalpinestar13
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a yearly favorite. Huge fan of their food and options!

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williaml
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

WORST SERVICE I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. AFTER 10 YEARS OF BEING A CUSTOMER NEVER AGAIN. SURLY WAITER, HOST AND OTHERS IT TOOK ONE HOUR FROM ORDER UNTIL DELIEVERY OF FOOD. NO ONE SEEMED TO CARE.

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vipLisaD
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Prior to dining at Palomino I had looked at reviews and the menu online. Most reviews looked pretty good and the menu had quite a few options for meals.
The restaurant decor was very nice and the waitress we had was very good. She was very nice and attentive. The quality of the food was mediocre at best. I was really disappointed. We had other guests that were joining us and no one liked their food. The quality, taste and presentation were not good. I will not go back if I’m ever in Indianapolis again.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were excellent and the Asiago almond crusted scallops were amazing! Our waiter was great too! Hubs had the swordfish it was good but not as great as my scallops!

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vipLarryM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The quality of the food was good. While the restaurant did not have many people dining for lunch, the service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

food was very good, service was very slow. server never checked to see if meals prepared properly, only checked on drinks one time. Never offered bread, had to ask for it ourselves. Getting a drink took a very long time. Food was excellent. Dessert menu was lacking any of the normal staples. Our group declined and went to another restaurant for dessert

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RickG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

We had reservations at 1:30 web site said was was over at 3:00 when we were seated at 1:30 waited for drink ordered was about 1:45 went to food lines food was very picked over some all gone no prime rib when we guestion why was told that it was over at 2:00 then was told they could. Not help it Did not offer to do anything on the bill we had 6 guests with me bad experience

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vipDisappointed
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Apparently restaurant management scheduled reservations beyond its capacity to handle those numbers. The Mother's Day brunch was a buffet. Traffic flow was poor along with its inability to accommodate that many diners. At our reservation time, we were seated at a table in the bar that had not been sent. No staff gave us further attention until we pointed out our lack of service. The menu offered good variety but they claimed to be out of its feature, prime rib, with more than an hour left in the brunch time. Unless they opt to serve fewer diners on special occasion buffets, I cannot recommend this restaurant.

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RubyCou
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I enjoy having Brunch out and Palomino has one of the best around!

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JenniG
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch was excellent! Looking forward to dining here again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Not good. About the experience you’d expect at a medium grade chain restaurant like an Olive Garden but with a higher price. Although we had 9:30 reservations and they’re open until 11:00 on Saturday, we felt rushed by our server and some of the food was old. The portion of my wife’s $24 Mahi was tiny and I had to add salt to my $23 pasta. Not impressed and certainly not the Palomino from years back when Palomino used to be fine dining.

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jpsouthbend
Indiana
38 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very busy but we were able to find a last minute reservation. We had a great meal and great service!!

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vipTexanFMF
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good location and reasonable price. I would recommend for family events and friends.

MB
vipMichelleB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner. Nice ambiance, delicious food and cocktails and attentive staff

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ctmmd
Indiana
35 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer was a wonderful waitress!!

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ToddH
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice spot for a business meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience5

The scallops meat was delicious. My husband and I came here for the steak. He ordered a prime rib and it was a tough steak. First time we had ever had a tough prime rib 😳

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GlenS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were in town for a conference. Unfortunately they were so busy they moved us to the bar area to eat. They were really setup to only serve drinks. Next time in town might try again but would want to eat in formal restaurant area.

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vipLauraS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the special attention. It was so nice having staff tell us happy anniversary. It was a little difficult to talk without feeling like you were shouting.

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jpsouthbend
Indiana
38 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. We really enjoy the variety of item on the menu.

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DavidL
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the he special, Seafood Paella. Fresh clams, mussels, shrimp , fish and scallops. Best ever. My wife had delicious salmon. Started with our favorite appetizer, artichoke crab dip with wood fired oven crackers. Nothing better. Service was perfect. Will keep coming back.

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Natascha
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, meal & server... definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

expensive to a minimum wage worker, but still very good

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food, reasonable prices, get the meat balls

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vipInoj
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not seen my points

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CarolineT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

My mom worked here for years and I considered this place the best in Indy. I was so disappointed that their standards have fallen so low but their prices are still so high! I really liked our server who tried to make our experience great, even if he didn't bring out the bread until after the appetizer (bread lover here) even the bread was just disappointing in its presentation. Our appetizer was overcooked. Calamari, seafood in general, is easy to screw up, but when you are paying as much as you are i.e. not eating at Olive Garden, you have certain expectations. This was, thankfully, taken off of our bill. I decided to try the Paella $27. I hoped since it was on their featured menu, that I would love this dish. All of the seafood and meat, aside from the rotisserie chicken, was overcooked. The rice was not very appetizing either. The portion was pretty sad as well. I am so upset I asked my in-laws to have Easter dinner there, and that they paid. I think his parents were happy with their food thank goodness but I cannot express just how sad I was. I am used to everything at Palomino being fresh. It seems like they have tried to cut costs by using frozen ingredients. The atmosphere has also changed, no longer will you hear jazz or big band music, more like pop playlists. I hope they get better. I don't want them to leave because they are a part of my history but things need to change.

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vipMarcoFoodie
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This was our first visit to the dining room in several years (since the remodel). We frequently enjoy a glass of wine and lite food in the Bar before downtown events and find it of great value. However, the dinner we had recently, the service was outstanding but the food was average to below average at best. I ordered the Prime Rib medium rare and it was served cool and was medium to medium well cooked. The PRIME RIB was the toughest Prime Rib I had ever eaten. The sharp knife they provided could barely cut through the meat. My wife had the RIGATONI BOLOGNESE which was well prepared and tasty. We enjoyed a bottle of Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir which was excellent. Overall, after spending north of $250 with tip, at this price point, there are much better places to enjoy dinner in downtown Indianapolis.

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Walterk
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our grandchildren love the bunny who handed out the Easter eggs I'm thrilled I have a brunch to come back to since I receive that in my little egg the kids loved the food I love the Mimosa bar my husband love the Bloody Mary bar the only negativity of this was the flow of the people around the food Buffet. Maybe they need an arrow as I felt we were the salmon going Upstream!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious!

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TimT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Palomino Easter Brunch was quite good, I will return there for brunch. All the food stations were good and well stocked. The prime rib was cooked properly and a good portion (I didn’t even get to the ham). The only point off the ambiance is that the tables were pretty tightly packed, though the traffic through the buffet areas was well managed. We also had problem distinguishing the different flavors of creme brûlée when choosing, so it would be a nice improvement if that was marked and policed a bit better. Overall 5 star.

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Matt
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was awesome! Would do it again!

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BethM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for Easter Sunday brunch and it was fabulous. Way more than what I expected for the price. I like that the Bloody Mary bar and Mimosa bar were separate from the buffet because we don't drink. The food was amazing, there was nothing that was bad or dry. Highly recommend.

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