Palette

4.7
112 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.

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 112 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NingkunW
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic! The plates and glasses were gorgeous, so was the decor! Service was a bit slow though, so don't plan on doing a quick in and out here. Worth the wait though!

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Gfoody
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wouldn’t be able to tell from the outside and where it’s situated, but Palette was an amazing foodie experience. From the service to the dishes, our dining was perfect. They even offered a couple dishes to celebrate a birthday which were so delicious. Definitely recommend the polenta for starters and the black cod as an entree. But everything was so good. Thanks Palette

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vipBAHolt
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

First time at Palette with reservation in the Gallery. Arrived and told male (suit) receptionist that we had reservation in the Gallery. I wanted to say it was our first time at Palette but there was no chance. We were wisked to the black interior of the Gallery. There was one other table of four people, the rest of the room was empty. The suit brought us to a table and immediately left. We waited about 10 minutes before a waiter appeared and took our drink and snack order. About 15 minutes later the drinks and food arrived....both were very good. So, we waited ~25 minutes from the time we arrived until being served.
No one ever returned to ask if everything was OK, in spite of the fact that our waiter and two suits walked past our table occasionally. I requested the check and we left....again, without any conversation.
I won't be back.

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YoshikoS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm personal greeting by owner Chef, gorgeous hand crafted wine glasses, fresh flavors, delightful textures and full seasonal sparkles from land and sea delivered in every bite. Always a beautiful experience to treasure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really incredible start to finish. I realize how incredibly difficult it is to run any kind of restaurant during these times but to run one with near perfect food and service was pretty amazing. Great job to the FOH & BOH-you guys killed it tonight! Cant wait to come back.

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Yums
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the escargoysters! These are the smoked oysters cooked in a butter strongly reminiscent of escargot garlic dip

Absolutely amazing meal from start to finish.

Perfectly attentive staff

Music was low, conversations at neighboring tables were hushed - very romantic (even though outside!). The outdoor seating is well heated and decorated with taste

Highly recommend their cocktail menu. Moped - refreshing, quintessential summer drink

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ArmanN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible attentive staff, outstanding food, and amazing drinks. A really memorable spot.

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vipMikey
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious ! Lamb was amazing. Great service.

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vipOuttodinner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

There is no real ambiance because you have to eat outside. The food was great looking forward to being able to enjoy it inside with a nice setting.

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Nanoux
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience! The food is as tasty as it is beautifully presented ans served. Very fresh and interesting blend of flavors.

Lost one star on the desserts that were not at the levels of the meals (and we tried 3). Too bad in that one - I am a big dessert fan. They don’t need to be big, just beautiful with a touch of sweet.

The service was great! We were sitting outside and when the sun set the heaters where turned on and arranged to our benefit. All in all, a great experience.

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vipandyw
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wine list is more than reasonable . Can't wait to repeat.

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EvanB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please use a different reservation platform, the current one seems old-fashioned for such a modern restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The longest service I experienced. More than an hour from the time of reservation to the food brought to the table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I visited on their second Saturday of reopening for outdoor service (April ‘21). The restaurant and staff have adapted to the pandemic circumstance very well. The food and experience was exquisite, and equal or better than the times I had visited pre-pandemic. A better experience has not been had since well before the pandemic. I look forward to returning, as well as trying the Gallery.

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vipVivekG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the wine selection and recommendation. The fried chicken starter and the black cod were outstanding.

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LindaV
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inspite of the inordinate situation brought by the pandemic Palette came like a true winner.

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vipAndrewSoMa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We booked Easter brunch as soon as we heard about their special four-course menu. It was creative (edible egg shells!) and well-executed. Delicious, too! We sat outdoors on their lovely terrace, barely noticing the traffic noise or light pedestrian foot traffic. The weather was a bit cool, so I wish they had set up heat lamps or offered us blankets (only found out about the latter after we were already back home). The meal was wonderful, but the first three courses arrived almost simultaneously. Dessert was perfection! We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good. Not GREAT. I was expecting more. Nothing was wrong with our food but there was nothing that stood out to me that made me want to go back.

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vipDavidLandis
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal cuisine, design and art make for an unforgettable experience at Palette on Folsom St.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was not open

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BrandonJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'd been wanting to try Palette since it opened, and decided to experience their beautiful outdoor parklet before outdoor dining shut down again in December. The food was meticulous and thoughtful, and I had one of the best halibut dishes in recent memory, served with an inventive pepper stew. Definitely recommend.

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BernardoM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great vibe.... excellent service..!!!!!
The staff is very professional and friendly

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vipSophieB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with outside dining, very comfortable and accommodating. Meal delicious. Service was top shelf. Will be a definite place to return to.

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vipHeavyE
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Disappointing seasoning on the whole rock cod that cost $60!

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Lawyerjohn
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING FIND ON FOLSOM. Had dinner during COVID at Palette's outdoor tables (which thankfully come with plexiglass and very warm heaters). Service - outstanding on every level, and food quality and presentation also outstanding. Wine list could be a bit more expansive, including more reds by the glass, but truly, this is a first world problem, so no points off for that. The art gallery next door is a nice bonus. Can't wait to return!

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AriannaL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely excellent! Food, Service, Outdoor dining setup and facilities.

LV
vipLeahV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! The black cod was my favourite :) The ambience and service were amazing. The food is delicious and beautifully plated. Love all the artsy touches with plating and ceramics used. The gallery was fun to browse! Definitely recommend!

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Angie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were asked whether we wanted Still, Sparkling, or San Francisco's Finest for water. We chose Still, thinking that meant tap water but were then charged $6 for it. Thought that was sneaky and not very nice of them to take advantage of people who don't know their lingo. The food was just okay. The desserts were the highlight. Will not be returning.

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foodlifeBailey
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even with Covid- this place shines for its food and ambiance. We came here to celebrate our anniversary and were not disappointed. From the beginning ‘gift’ from the chef, to expertly shucked oysters, this high-end dining experience did not disappoint.

The agnolotti and black miso cod were stand out dishes. In a city where most of the best restaurants haven’t yet reopened, the outdoor dining experience here at Palette was over and above what we could have imagined. We will return again soon for another magical evening.

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MarieAnne
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food!

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Palette paid attention to every little detail. The experience was fantastic and I think they handled COVID protocols well.

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winelover24
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palette was the most fun I’ve had dining out in I don’t know how long. The outdoor experience was superb, the menu is presented beautifully and the ingredients are approachable. One of my favorite restaurants in SF.

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vipArunaM
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Veggie tartar was still the highlight (second trip)...tried drinks this time. Also delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Hemsley and his team went above and beyond for us to have a great experience. The food was a culinary tour with flavors that reminded us Mexico, France, east Mediterranean.
With the current restrictions, the tables are on the sidewalk but somehow it makes you feel more like an extension of the restaurant.
The whole team talked to us and very proudly explained us how they came up with those flavors.
The wine selection is another opportunity to have different flavors and pairings.

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vipOceanE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palette has returned to the San Francisco dining scene better than ever, and with Chef Peter J. Hemsley's extensive "Cal-Coastal" menu, there is something for everyone. It's quite apparent the Palette team has used the pandemic down time wisely by completely renovating its location at 816 Folsom, constructing a comfortable state of the art terrace, and crafting a deliciously creative menu curated from local food purveyors.

The staff operate above and beyond current SF Dept. of Health protocols so we felt safe dining on the Terrace. As an example, upon being seated, our server presented us with a "welcome box" that contained our silverware, indigo blue napkin, and a credit card sized hand sanitizer with the Palette logo. The staff are mindful of every detail. If you've been sitting on the "dining out" sidelines during the prolonged pandemic, we highly recommend treating yourself to a night out and give Palette a try.

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Charles
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Went this week for my birthday and would definitely go again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

They ran out of the dishes we really wanted to try. That’s understandable but the response what not so pleasing. At least offer a comp drink or dessert. Instead it was SOL and get something else.

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Mikaela
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I ate here recently to check out the new patio. The service was impeccable and we felt that all of the staff went above and beyond to make sure guests felt safe. We each received flatware, napkins, and personal sanitizers in individual boxes, and menus are accessed via QR codes. All of the food was beautiful and delicious, my favorites were the seafood linguini and ricotta cheese cake. The cocktails were also very inventive and super tasty! All around great covid dining experience, I’m so grateful that we were able to have such a nice meal out!

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MGTC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! It might be a little confusing when you first walk up, look for the water station/ipad area, someone will help you. We made a reservation, and got seated right away. They also give you a cute hand sanitizer bottle about the size of a credit card to start the meal (super handy for fitting into your pockets). Favorite dish was probably the vegetarian tartare: it looks like meat, and taste likes beets. Miso cod was super soft and flakey. Every dish was beautifully presented!

FAQs

Palette offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 865-0529.

Palette is rated 4.7 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Palette does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://palette-sf.com/pages/gift-card.

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.