Palette Bar and Grill

4.3
143 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Palette provides a colorful dining experience with an American inspired menu featuring in-house cut steaks and 21-day aged 100% black Angus beef.

As we inherited a space as historical as the former Mautz Paint Company warehouse, we had to do it justice. We kept our building’s architectural features intact while updating the space with contemporary design elements and nostalgic touches. We wanted to keep the space faithful to its roots; filled with hues of colors and textures reminiscing of times when the East Washington corridor was a booming industrial area in the city.

Our menu features steak cuts made in-house, chef’s masterpieces, artisan salads and soups, along with a unique beer and hand-crafted cocktail selection.

Support Palette Bar and Grill during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 143 people are saying
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4.3
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Sat outdoor, road noise was off/on but a nice night

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MadisonEater
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was very slow and inattentive.
Food was too salty across many dishes, steak was not cooked to order.
Drinks took forever, food arrived 90 minutes after we sat down.

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JeffreyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The only issue was the mis-pricing of the wine on our bill, but that was corrected immediately. Thoroughly enjoyed dinner.

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kendras
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The space is really nice. The food was good for certain, just not a very interesting menu. The drinks while tasty were more ice than drink. Beautifully presented. The waiter didn't know the full menu but he was very attentive. We'll go back but we're not rushing out to do so.

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Gabby
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was amazing start to finish! The nachos are some of the best in Madison!

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RachelH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the cocktail menu- very fun and themed around the converted paint factory that the restaurant is located inside. The food was good, our server was great. We would definitely eat here again if we are traveling in Madison in the future.

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CourtneyH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overall, not a bad place to eat but definitely a bit more pricey than what it's worth. The free valet parking was a bonus, but the drinks don't have much alcohol in them and the food is just average.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really, really impressed with the food and drinks here. This was our first time and we didn’t know what to expect! Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us great drink recommendations. I would highly recommend this place and will definitely be back.

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james
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent service was great, prices a little high, but fair value.

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ErinB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was a little loud and made it hard to hear our waiter with his mask on. Other than that, it was a fabulous experience!!!

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caspergirl26
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-time visitors, but we will be back! This is such a cute restaurant with the paint theme. We enjoyed seating on the patio. Wait staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. We started with cheese curds and were pleased with the variety of dipping sauces. We had the berry spinach salad and gouda burgers and fries for the main course. My partner said it was the best burger he's ever had. We were very sad that we did not have room for dessert but will make sure we get it next time.

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JasonL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great updates to accommodate the changes needed for Covid-19 safety protocols.

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vippatB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

E Washington is very load with motorcycles and load car mufflers!

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vipSadie
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We have had 2 really nice meals at Palette. The last one unfortunately not so. Food was not good, onion soup very salty and was sent back. No apologies.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food at a good value!

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vipSadie
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, very good food and service. Ate inside this time. Always feel badly when it’s slow but it was a Monday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING cocktails! The waitress was very attentive and they are taking all precautions against COVID.

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DavidH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and precautions taken during the pandemic. Bring an appetite- the burgers are huge and worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just heard about the Palette Bar and Grill. This was literally my first time back in a bar and restaurant since the 2nd week in March. I could not be happier with the experience. As it was a Wednesday, early evening (6:30pm) and Covid-19 was on the upswing nationwide there were a few patrons at the bar, in the inside seating area of the restaurant and at the outside seating area on East Washington. The employees made sure everyone was well separated. The service, drinks and food could not have been better. The bartenders and wait staff were professional, attentive but not overbearing. Perfect for my taste. The bar has a nice vibe. The prices were very reasonable for the excellent quality and service. We’ll definitely be back. Hopefully in the near future.

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vipLaurie
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent observation of social distancing and other COVID-19 related recommendations from Public Health Services. Fantastic service from several wait staff. Great food. Nothing they can do about location, but annoying noise from speeding traffic on E Wash interrupted our conversation several times. Also, limited wine selection — may be driven by current economic situation. Overall, fantastic first experience. Will be back!

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BrianV
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a great time and the staff were very professional.

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JenniferZ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! The cocktails and wine are great. My filet was perfect and my sister liked her salmon! Like the outside patio, however the only downside was the noise from the traffic.

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vipSadie
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun dining on the patio. Our server is adorable. Enjoyed the 2 dogs across from us as well as chatting with the owners. Fun spot. Looking forward to your new outdoor area!

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KathleenR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Outside eating can be difficult on East Washington Ave

Noisy motors

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Mewsmom
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. The food was all superb. Tasty and well-portioned. I had the tenderloin which was exceedingly tender and tasty. The tomato soup was great. My key lime dessert tasted a little stale (the crumbs).
My only issue with the evening was this: One of our party ordered a soft drink. $3. Given that we were there during happy hour, I thought that was high. But when he had to pay for every refill (3) that was obnoxious. A restaurant of this class ought to be able to cough up free refills--especially when the first one is $3.

Palette Bar and Grill
Responded on June 25, 2020

Firstly, thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy you enjoyed everything and do hope you come back again. I do want to apologize for the soft drink issue. It is not our policy to charge guests for refills, there was an obvious miscommunication between management and staff which has already been addressed. We do appreciate your feedback and agree that we need to reevaluate our soft drink prices and we will be lowering the price. Thank you and hope to see you again!

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vipDaytonboy
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Revised menu was very good. Tried the mushroom appetizer along with the crab sliders. Salmon entree was also very good.

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CoryF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and very relaxing cool atmosphere! We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Great atmosphere and food. Fun drinks and nice wait staff. Beautiful decor in and out.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Best Brussels sprouts ever and the scallops were perfect! The steak was outstanding and the dessert was the perfect close to the meal. Amazing cocktails and excellent wine and beer selection!

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AngelM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

After 2.5 months of shut down due to corona virus, this was our first dining out experience. We had been to Palette before, however, this was the first time sitting in the outdoor seating area. The traffic off the street was loud. The food was excellent. We had the Espetada and BBQ ribs, both were great. We noticed that our waitress didn't bring us any bread. We were told for outdoor seating, we had to ask for bread. They don't bring it to us automatically. That was odd. How would anyone know to ask? Shouldn't the wait staff ask if we would like bread? When I made the reservation, I specifically stated that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The waitress didn't mention anything until we brought it up. Then she offered a dessert on the house.

Last time when we were at Palette, the waiter was wonderful. This time our waitress was subpar.

But as far as the food went, it was done very well. Will definitely go back.

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HeatherO
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first post-quarantine meal, and I'm so glad we chose Palette. We were seated outside, and were served with care- sealed silver and appetizer plates, masked waitstaff, appropriate distancing. But- the food and drinks were what will bring us back! We loved the Lawn Flamingos drink and enjoyed our steaks, which were cooked perfectly. The fries we had as an appetizer were served with both beer cheese and a smoked tomato aioli, as well. Yes, dining outside on East Wash has its challenges, but the food and service more than made up for it.

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JaniceH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fabulous cocktails, lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun location and good food! Love the theme of the building.

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foodskop
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time going here and happened to be a work dinner during a snow storm> So no one was there. IT was all over great experience. The food was well prepared and eclectic. Love the heavy ceramic plates. I loved that the drink menu was a palette and the drinks were the same colors on the palette. The fact that this was the old Mautz paint building and was refurbished and used in the design was excellent idea and very well done. The service was excellent.

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eugkario
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The server we had, Daniel, was wonderful, very friendly, our drinks took a little time to get to us, but to be fair, it was extremely busy. I ordered a tenderloin medium rare and he gave it to the gentleman that was with us, and I got his sirloin, which was medium. To me it was obvious he was given my tenderloin, due to what the cut looked like, he had already started eating it before anyone realized, I didn’t say anything (my fault). I just thought that as a waiter he would know what the cuts of meat should look like, but again, my fault for not saying anything. Overall, a nice meal and I would come again, the bar atmosphere was very nice. Daniel was running his butt off all night, and was always very calm and pleasant each time he interacted with us. Good job!

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BobS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks were cooked to perfection! Service was perfect!

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vipKayG
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was amazing, food was very good. We had the estpadas or something a d it was out of the world delish.

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JosephM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was presented well and tasted so great. The orange sauce with the salmon was amazing. The wine sommelier gave us great recommendations and we enjoyed the bottle we got.

The only issue was the bathroom location, it was very out of the way.

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner! Excellent service and atmosphere

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Palette Bar and Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

Palette Bar and Grill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://palettegrill.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.