Palette

4.7
181 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Nestled in the Soma neighborhood of San Francisco, Peter J. Hemsley’s Palette feeds innate desires of creative fine dining. Palette’s dishes are centered upon the dynamic relationship between food and art.

Hemsley created Palette to showcase his lifelong interest in art through a dining experience. Palette's creative cuisine centers Hemsley's "Cal Coastal" cooking style rooted in fresh, seasonal produce driven by talented and diverse seafood purveyors along the California Coast.

At this time we are offering outdoor dining on our terrace only. Indoor dining is expected to reopen when COVID restrictions are lifted.

Due to new Covid restrictions our last seating will be at 8pm and all guests must be done with their experience no later then 10pm. Thank you for understanding.
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Experiences

  • Terrace

    Multiple dates available

    The Terrace at Palette is well-appointed outdoor dining accommodation, with a channeled heavy gage steel construction, lush landscaping, and overhead covered trellis. Guests can expect a large menu based on Chef Pete Hemsley's "Cal Coastal" cooking philosophy, which is based on seasonality and purveyor relationships in the Bay Area. With outstanding cocktails, and a stellar wine offering, the Terrace experience has a wide range of appeal for guests. Gas heaters and blankets are offered.
  • Gallery

    Multiple dates available

    The Gallery at Palette is a cocktail forward lounge space, with a low-lit moody ambiance, well-appointed seating accommodations for groups up to 12. With a large menu of cocktails, driven by bar manager Trevin Hutchins' personal touch on classically conceived cocktails, guests are encouraged to enjoy liquid curations with a deluxe offering from Chef Pete Hemsley's menu of small and large bites. Highlights on vintage champagne and caviar service. The art curations change frequently, with an emphasis on local talent, providing visual interest for guests to enjoy.
  • Dining Room

    $120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    The Main Dining Room at Palette is a seasonal prix fixe menu, based on Chef Peter Hemsley's "Cal Coastal" cuisine philosophy. Situated in the open kitchen dining room in front of the hearth and wood-fired oven, diners will enjoy a special 4 course menu personalized by Chef Hemsley, with an abundant range of supplementary special courses. With a focus primarily on fish and local vegetables, diners can enjoy this seasonal curation with wine pairings stylized by MS Jeremiah Morehouse.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 181 people are saying
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chateauneuf
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really unusually good.

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Blake
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always… AMAZING! TERRIFIC! Avery has easily become our favorite bartender! He’s so knowledgeable and easy going! We’ll be back…next week haha!

Excited to have dinner in the main dining room!

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CherryC
New England
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experienced was superb. It was what our group needed. Terrence was our server and he’s excellent along with Victor. Food was phenomenal. Place is very chic and trendy. Highly recommended.

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vipRichardR
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I always enjoy Palette. They feature imaginative food in an interesting setting. This time we needed to eat in their outdoor facility, which is not as attractive as the main restaurant. And their art gallery was closed for a private party. This removed some of the great things about dining at this restaurant. Still, the food and service was at fine as always.

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vipElaine
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out

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MicheleD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was attentive and well timed. The roasted oysters were great and the black cod was excellent. We enjoyed a cheese plate and chocolate gelato for dessert. We will be back. Beautiful space too!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has reimerged as a significantly better restaurant than was there before. The prior restaurant was fabulous, but this one is next level. They have excellent nutritional and flavorful selections regardless of whether you are a vegetarian or a flexetarian like me. (Just means I eat whatever I want but I focus on nutrition first).

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NehaK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food's absolutely amazing, the service attentive. I understand that it's a fine dining place but the entree portion sizes could be a tad larger.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I decided to try the Gallery dining experience this time, as we thoroughly enjoyed the Terrace dining experience last time we ate at Palette. Each experience has its own drink and food menu to choose from. It’s a cocktail forward experience. I got the Slap & Tickle, and it was amazing! We ordered the vegetable tempura, bone marrow dish, lamb sliders, and a few other items. All were fantastic, and I recommend that anyone who has tried the Terrace dining experience most definitely try the Gallery dining experience too! The ambiance was very accommodating as well—upbeat music, and beautiful art and floral arrangements to look at. There was never a dull moment

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing exceptional that would justify 4 or 5 starts.

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vipNabira
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Amazing service, dishes were inconsistent quality. Avoid turnip dish at all cost, duck tacos, miso cod were delicious. Bean salad was good too. Peach galette was very mediocre, excessively candied.

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marenc
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food, service and overall vibe! cant wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the beet tartare, summer bean salad, and squid ink pasta from the Terrace menu. All were beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. Great ambiance, dim light and lots of blue. We sat at the bar and enjoyed chatting about the history of Palette with the bar tender. Don’t forget to check out the exhibit in the gallery before you go. Small, but interesting pieces. Wonderful wildflower flower arrangements.

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OpenTable Diner
Querétaro
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dining experience at Palette! The food was delicious, and the service was stellar. Can’t wait to go again. Perfect date night spot!

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vipTheLL
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit here, this time in the main dining room for a tasting menu experience.

Once again the cocktails (inventiveness, taste and presentation) were superb and interesting

Likewise the food was excellent- from the oysters two ways, to the black cod, rare seared beef to the modern take on cheesecake for dessert

The wine list is not overwhelmingly large, but highly focused and excellent

I look forward to retaining

BT
vipBarryT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very creative cocktail program sets the stage in the Gallery. The "Foraged" Old Fashioned was a hit! Dinner on the Terrace did not disappoint - a creative menu presented by a knowledgable server who was totally attentive without being intrusive. We'll definitely be back!

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MayaT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Disappointed there was only the late night bites available—came for oysters, left after not great drinks and no oysters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Every item they served was unique and delicious. And every interaction with the staff was wonderful too. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and services too

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AllysonA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fabulous time here! I had some concerns about a gluten allergy so I emailed the restaurant and the chef emailed me back about his menu. The drinks were fantastic, I recommend the Athena and the Palette vesper. Food was superb, we had the shisito peppers, lamb and the duck tacos. Wait staff made me feel like a princess and the timing of the dishes coming out could not have been more perfect.

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JeffT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was spectacular, can't wait for more indoor dining and full open.

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CharlesA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A worthy successor to Lulus legacy.

The ambience was chill, after hours lounge…. a bit odd at 10pm on a Friday nite but we are emerging from Covid.

Service was very pleasant, efficient, and strangely formal. More suited to a dance club in NYC meat packing district than SF. Maybe ‘Club’ is Palettes destination.

Well worth the visit.

GS
vipGirlSaysDo
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pretty disappointing experience given the reviews where some people said it's Michelin star worthy..

The waiter seemed new or less experienced about the menu because he didn't recommend that many dishes, just said what was popular. He was nice but not very present after receiving our food. Also he said to order everything at once for better pacing. The entrees took about 15-20 minutes to come out so I don't think the pacing is accurate. He also said to order 3-4 bites/appetizers for 2 people.. 2 was definitely enough and the entrees are pretty big. I appreciated the sommelier who served a drink that wasn't wine and the gentleman that brought our food. After entrees it took another 15 minutes to be asked about dessert.. He didn't even bring the menu so we passed. He also said something was coming but it was 2 small sugary candies, nothing for the boyfriend's birthday though I was told he would get an eclair. I guess telling them in advance and marking on OpenTable it's a birthday doesn't matter and the waiter didn't ask if we were celebrating anything. I understand this may be asking a lot but for this calibur of restaurant, it should be better.

About the food.. the oven fired oysters were just lukewarm. The waiter said that was to melt the compound butter but we didn't experience low temperature of oven oysters at places like Hog Island. Flavor was great otherwise.

The polenta was delicious and our favorite. Very flavorful and a great portion size.

The duck and pork andouille entree was okay. It didn't look like a dish for the calibur of the restaurant or what they are trying to be.

The halibut had great flavors but it was too dry. Pretty sad.

Wouldn't come back nor recommend for a birthday/dinner. The bar inside was very bustling so maybe you should check that out instead if you're inclined.

Appetizers are around $15-20, entrees $30~each. Cocktails $15~. Corkage is $40.. Not worth it.

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vipPatrickS
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best restaurant in San Francisco

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gengstrand
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It turns out that terrace seating means tables on the busy sidewalk. The indoor menu was just bar bites fare or really expensive caviar. Even the specialty drinks were not all that good. Like the cocktails, the decor was kind of amateur.

RS
vipRohS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were amazing. Really loved their Absinthe creations. Would definitely recommend the bone marrow burger, it was simply delicious..
We tried their gallery experience. The ambiance was really cozy with low lighting and perfect for a cocktail lounge.

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vipThierry
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great evening at Palettde (at the Gallery / lounge) , awesome drinks tasty food and to top if off super nice Bartender.
We are going back very soon

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daz1205
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, focused service; we were well taken care of.

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vipROOHlala
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Love love everything about it. Peter always makes me feel special. Just a fabulous restaurant. The meatballs are outstanding; rabbit agnolotti melts in your mouth; duck confit tacos are over the moon; and of course their famous miso cod! Hope you guys are around for a long time.

JK
JustinK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Bait and switch. Wasn’t clear when we booked our table that we’d be in the bar without a real seat for everyone. Also limited menu that wasn’t the best. Ignored by server for 45 mins. Food and drinks were tasty though

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SashaQ
Chicago
1 review