Palomino - Seattle

4.4
3492 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
New American cuisine influenced by Southern Europe. Located 1 block from the 5th Avenue Theatre and 3 blocks from the Convention Center.
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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our appetizers were good. The mahi mahi was over cooked and steelheads sauce was not tasty.

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h
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good downtown Seattle location. Our dinners and drinks were decent and we enjoyed our evening out.

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OA
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent food, not as great as I expected from the reviews. Was in the bar area and the employees there chatted too loudly with each other about customers and other immature topics. Would have been a nicer experience if they were a bit more professional.

Don’t know that I’d return.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Let me preface with the statement that I am an optimistic person. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt whenever something seems off, but this experience warrants noting, and is not in any way someone who is jaded and just leaving a poor review.

The occasion was New Years Eve, as well as a friend’s birthday. My wife and I took our friend to dinner to celebrate. It appears as though a limited menu was provided due to NYE, but no worries. I do enjoy a limited menu; they’re generally full of things that the chef specializes in. I order prime rib, my wife ordered scallops with lemon orzo, and our friend ordered the salmon. No complaints on the salmon. That was fantastic. My prime rib was the saltiest piece of meat I’ve ever had the displeasure of eating. Not just the outer seasoning, mind you, but the entire cut of meat was so so salty. Lots of gristle and silver, which is inedible. My wife’s scallops were perfect, but the orzo was undercooked.

Our waiter was a space case. Twice he offered a wine pairing to a person who stated they do not drink and is not interested. He put the water pitcher into our friend’s food while filling glasses, he didn’t know what an “end cut” is on prime rib, he asked us how our food was, but immediately walked away without giving us the opportunity to answer.

For a $200 bill, I felt like the quality of the food was lacking and the service was abysmal. The ambiance/setting was good, and it was quiet so that we didn’t need to raise our voices to speak across the table, which I appreciated. It’s no Daniel’s Broiler, but they charged like it was.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a nice setting.

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JG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The food was good. However since it was New Years Eve the bar was not open. The menu was limited due to the holiday. I was disappointed due to the fact that the bar was closed it took away from the feel of the restaurant and made it less fun. The menu was limited as well which was annoying. Food was good. However, my husband did not like his options and really wanted Italian (it is an Italian rest) and there was NOTHING ITALIAN on the menu. I wish I would have picked somewhere else. The ambiance and the food menu was seriously lacking and honestly ruined the experience I was hoping to achieve for my husband. Will not go back on a HOLIDAY.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great NYE dinner. They did have a special holiday menu which was smaller than the regular menu but there was still a nice selection

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Our main issue was the price of the entrees. I feel like we were misled because we specifically picked this restaurant for the reasonable prices ($30 and under). The prices were hiked up for NYE and were exorbitant for what we got. The ambience was pretty mediocre, especially with those prices. Wish we had gone elsewhere.

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NP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was exceptional! Our waitress was awesome even though she had some difficult tables around us. The manager even came out and checked on each of the tables! Definitely plan on eating here again.

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is fantastic and the food is superb. We went for dinner before a show at the 5th Avenue.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was maybe 1/2 ful (not busy). The waiter arrived at the table; I ordered a glass of wine; he then asked immediately "do you know what you want for dinner" - strange phrasing and the wrong place to start. I looked at my guest and I asked "what would you like to drink"; the waiter took the other drink order and then immediately asked my guest about ordering dinner. I could go on but instead I will say that I felt the wait staff was unnecessarily pushy - like a busy diner with customers lined up waiting for tables. The initial drinks did not arrive until after the appetizer and the staff attempted to remove the appetizer three times before it was finished. The food was good and the setting was nice - but I won't be back.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The general manager, Paul and the lead hostess, Ari went above and beyond managing our group on short notice. I've gone to Palomino for more than 20 years, and while it had been awhile since since my last visit this experience as well as the food reminded me why you can always count on them. Consistent great service and food!

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JF
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service, awesome dining experience!

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MN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was a huge disappointment. The food quality was poor and the service was subpar. This restaurant used to be good and has gone downhill.

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LE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We found a hair in our salad and once the manager addressed the incident she completely blow us off and said the it must have came from outside. Because of how she dealt with this I don’t think we’ll be coming back.

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H
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The staff was very friendly, especially the hostess and the manager. The food was very good but the service was a disappointment.

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GQ
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was very average....absolutely nothing stood out.
Our server CJ was top notch though and made the evening enjoyable

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SA
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

A disappointing experience. Everything average except for the service, which was good.

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VH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific post-theater place with very good food. Done it more than a dozen times and will do more.

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A
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent as is almost always the case. The only drawbacks were a few boisterous groups and the entrees arriving a bit sooner than we expected.

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FG
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was terrific and the ambiance, lovely. The food was mediocre. I am hoping that we just ordered the wrong items and that if we return different items will be better. The bruschetta is still fabulous!

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Came for a family dinner to Seattle to see some Christmas lights and have some dinner. Would have been a nice evening, but unfortunately

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, good food for crowds, fantastic pre- theatre dining very accommodating for splitting the bill.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was very good. Only wish they had more desert options and some basic entrees that kids might be more happy with

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent and the prices very reasonable. On can actually have a conversation while at Palomino's as the noise level is controlled. The service over the years has always been excellent and that level of service is one of many reasons I come often for business luncheons and other gatherings.

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P
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good. Good for before or after theater dining.

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LD
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations and were seated quickly. The service was very good and food was quite good as well. We told them we had a show so they got everything to us quickly (except the bill). I would just ask for the check sooner next time while we have the waiter during busy times.

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R
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good place to eat before going to 5th Avenue Theater

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RL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father-daughter lunch and play

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LL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter really took care of my Granddaughters. I really appreciated him!! Great waiter!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I go to Palomino every time I go to 5th Avenue Theatre, which is multiple times per year. I always enjoy the food and the restaurant in general, however, this is one of the few times that I can say that the service was poor. The week before last when we went, the service started late, but after that it was top notch as usual. This time the waitress just did not connect with us at the table. Long periods of waiting. Few checkbacks to ask if we needed anything. The appetizer came after the meal was served. My grandniece and her friend are both 10, but the waitress just assumed they would make a mess and served their drinks in plastic cups with lids. Last week, their drinks were served in glasses and had lemon slices and looked pretty. My great niece was disappointed, and she was the one who asked to return to Palomino this week. I was so disappointed this time after so many times dining at this restaurant and getting the best and most courteous service.

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SF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went before our viewing of "Annie". We had a wonderful, enthusiastic, knowledgeable server. She was cheerful and helpful with our dietary allergies. The food was delicious and we all were happy with what we ordered. I was amazed to be served 7 large scallops.

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SB
Seattle
64 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Pretty place and nice to get a theater discount. Food was mediocre but service was good.

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j
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love their bread and tomato topping to start off the meal. Scallops were excellent--cooked to perfection and served while still hot. Their Chopped Salad is always a big favorite. They have done a good job of updating their menu and keeping the favorites.

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J
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite “go to” restaurant on date night. Excellent food and service, free parking, half-price wine on Wednesday, what’s there not to like. I honestly do not have one negative comment to make. ‘Love this restaurant.

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h
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Over the last several years the food quality at Palomino has declined steadily. It is near my office so I am there regularly anyway.

This visit the kitchen was slow, and while my salmon was properly (lightly) cooked, it was served in a bowl which was odd, and then it was swimming in a tomato puree which was again, odd and incongruous. As is often the case now, the menu seems to be really uninspired.

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SE
Seattle
135 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great variety of standard menu items and seasonal specials. A good choice to please all.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We weren’t taken care of by anyone until one of the experienced waiters saw us after sitting for some time. He immediately Shang into action and everything was fine after that

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My 10 year old granddaughter recommended your restaurant....lol! She obviously has great taste. I will be back for sure!!! I was impressed with the food, ambiance, service AND for us seniors, it was quiet enough to have a conversation. THANKS!!!!

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