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Palette on 816 Folsom St - Palette, San Francisco, CA

Palette

4.7
4.7
329 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood

Nestled in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, Chef Peter Hemsley’s Palette feeds the innate desire for creative fine dining. Our offerings are centered upon the dynamic relationship between sea and city.

Hemsley created Palette in 2019 to share his lifelong devotion to his craft. This "Cal Coastal" cooking ethos is rooted in a deep respect for the ocean and articulated through fresh, seasonal produce and seafood. By fostering meaningful relationships with dedicated regional purveyors, guests can experience this passion on the plate.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 865-0529

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter J. Hemsley

  • Private party facilities

    Palette's private dining offers an array of venue and menu options for business meetings, happy hours, wedding receptions, private dinners, birthdays, book signings, and other celebrations.

  • Private party contact

    Peter J Hemsley: (866) 726-5821

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    4th

  • Parking details

    Metered, Garages

  • Public transit

    MUNI + Bart: Powell Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • À la Carte Menu - $50 deposit

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    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 À La Carte experience has a wide range of appeal for guests. Table and eat-in bar top seating is reservable. A $50 per person deposit will be collected at time of booking, which will be deducted from the final bill on site.

Popular dishes

Menu

Tasting Menu $185; Wine Pairings $150

1-Course

  • Smoked Sturgeon

    eggs mimosa, Tsar Nicoulai classic white sturgeon caviar, chive

    2-Course

    • Big Eye Tuna Carpaccio

      citrus, radish, pickled shallot, baguette

      3-Course

      • Monterey Bay Abalone

        black sesame, king trumpet, celery, scallion

        4-Course

        • Marin Miyagi Oyster

          wood fired with salt cured meyer lemon, bottarga, seaweeds

          5-Course

          • Spot Prawn Risotto

            smoked fish consommé, romanesco, english peas, parsley

            6-Course

            • Chino Valley Farm Egg

              chanterelle, black trumpet, swordfish bacon, mushroom essence

              7-Course

              • California Sheepshead

                asparagus, beggar's purse, garlic, morel, mustard nage

                8-Course

                • Bagel and Lox

                  grapefruit, dill cream, salmon roe

                  Last updated: May 8, 2022

                  What 329 people are saying

                  Overall ratings and reviews

                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                  4.7
                  4.7 based on recent ratings
                  • 4.8Food
                  • 4.8Service
                  • 4.8Ambience
                  • 4.3Value

                  NoiseModerate

                  Loved For

                  • San Francisco Bay Area

                    Romantic

                  • San Francisco

                    Notable Wine List

                  • San Francisco

                    Romantic

                  • San Francisco

                    Special Occasion

                  • San Francisco

                    Seafood

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                  1. DA

                    DennyA

                    San Francisco

                    13 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    13 reviews

                    Dined 5 days ago

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Excellent, imaginative seafood served in a luxurious setting. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion. Miso steamed cod was amazing!

                  2. RA

                    RaffaelA

                    San Francisco

                    8 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on March 26, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Outstanding food location and service. From the ambiance to the food and cocktails. It was all a work of art.

                  3. PW

                    PnWN

                    San Francisco

                    7 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                    overall5food5service3ambience5

                    The space is amazing and complimented the entire experience. Food was wonderful, the chef was able to accommodate dietary restrictions without any issues. The wine list is extensive and the bar is equipped to meet everyone’s request. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and had a great vibe. Would recommend to friends and family.

                  4. AW

                    AnwellW

                    New England

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The experience and quality of each dish was wonderful!

                  5. C

                    Castellian

                    Los Angeles

                    8 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on March 12, 2022

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    The service was a touch too slow, but our server and the food were excellent.

                  6. c

                    coolin113

                    San Francisco

                    24 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    24 reviews

                    Dined on March 11, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great ambiance. Very well curated menu. Everything was delicious. The cocktails and wine are outstanding too. Great vibe overall

                  7. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    vip
                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 5, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Beautiful renovation of the previous restaurant. Slightly dark ambiance, so good for romantic or quiet dining. Lovely cocktails & wine, great food. Amazing service.

                  8. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    5 reviews

                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on February 27, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My first time here and this place is definitely deserve a return dining! I ordered the a la cart option but next time definitely will try the prefix menu!

                  9. D

                    Dayoon

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 26, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    One of the best dining experiences we had in a long time. Highly recommended. Will be back soon!

                  10. PF

                    PeninsulaFoodie

                    San Francisco

                    13 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    13 reviews

                    Dined on February 23, 2022

                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                    Great ambiance, service. Food was fine, but not impressive. Now we only had appetizers (we ordered almost one of each), but the flavors were over complicated and somehow didn’t really work that well together (for us). I would recommend they simplify some of the dishes. Very cool place and people.

                  11. VA

                    VaniaA

                    San Francisco

                    14 reviews

                    vip
                    3.0

                    14 reviews

                    Dined on February 20, 2022

                    overall3food5service3ambience5

                    Food was AMAZING and cocktails were sublime. However we were barely visited by our server jared? He showed up so little to the table that I had to flag him down for drinks (second round ) for lemon wedges, and when the entrees touched the table We weren’t even set up for our next course (we had to ask the food runner to take the appetizer plates as well as silverware and to please reset our table with entrée silverware and plates ) the tables right next to us were set up accordingly for each course. But once we got our appetizers the server showed up only 3 more times in a space of 20-25 minutes in between. We all Noticed it. Don’t get me wrong I loved the ambiance,The food, the cocktails but for a $700 bill service was definitely not up to par and we were all honestly a little disappointed as of why the busser would be more present at our table than our server. We finished eating and we still waited for about 20 minutes to get the table cleared and dessert which was delicious. I originally made the reservation for the gallery, and received a message from the managing team saying that due to short staff gallery was short but we were welcomed to go to palette so we did . Loved the food, the ambiance, cocktails, wine selection and dessert.

                  12. d

                    datenight

                    Chicago

                    6 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on February 20, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Phenomenal service and food; friendly and amazing staff , five stars all around will definitely be back

                  13. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    14 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    14 reviews

                    Dined on February 20, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great tasting menu. Tasty, innovative and simply delicious. The smoked sturgeon was fantastic.

                  14. CB

                    CiaoBella

                    Los Angeles

                    3 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on February 17, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Amazing amazing experience. Chef Parker did an incredible job! Each dish was delicious and beautifully presented. The entire staff was attentive, friendly. A true fine dining experience.

                  15. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    vip
                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 17, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My husband and I love this place, exquisite food, beautiful presentation and touch of art in everything.

                  16. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 13, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Was more then a night out getting food and drinks…it was an experience. The execution and details put in each handcrafted cocktail and dish was fantastic! The Cod and Black ink pasta where special. Would definitely come back for more and looking forward to trying some of their dinning course experiences.

                  17. J

                    James

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 13, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    great experience. the food and service were terrific. only complaint: street level dining, no windows , yet priced like as if they had panoramic views.

                  18. BC

                    BobC

                    San Francisco

                    6 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on February 13, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    One of the best newer places (post-pandemic) places we have been. Exceedingly helpful and friendly staff complements creative dishes in a very attractive setting. Also good value for the meal. First time there and will for sure be back.

                  19. C

                    Claire

                    San Francisco

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on February 12, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Fantastic ambiance, fine dining but fun and interesting. Superb experience, especially for wine-lovers.

                  20. FA

                    FerideA

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 9, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    We had an outstanding experience at Palette, with 8 courses seasonal menu

                  21. CJ

                    CristinaJ

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 6, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Best cod I have ever had in the US. The sunchokes were a fantasy and the Ferrero eclair delicious! Staff was very friendly and we loved the ambience in the bar.

                  22. VD

                    VicDC

                    Washington DC

                    14 reviews

                    5.0

                    14 reviews

                    Dined on February 5, 2022

                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                    Just amazing, prix fixe menu offered a variety of options. Everything about the experience was stunning…I am still excited about it two months later. Highly recommended.

                  23. KD

                    KatD

                    London

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 4, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Brilliant atmosphere and service. Great food too! Went here for our anniversary and it was well worth it!

                  24. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Palm Springs

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 4, 2022

                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                    Food very great I am very surprise We are enjoy the birthday dinner.

                  25. L

                    Lisa

                    San Francisco

                    7 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on January 30, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Really great farm to table restaurant and lounge. The food and service was fantastic. Good portions, great presentation and delicious. Nice that they serve late as well. We will definitely return.

                  26. W

                    Wonderful

                    San Francisco

                    68 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    68 reviews

                    Dined on January 30, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My group of 8 friends with varying tastes (and quite the foodies) all enjoyed our experience at Palette. We had a show to get to and the staff made sure to stay ahead of us and reminded us about our cadence and timing very gracefully. I appreciate that a lot. I can't wait to come back when I can kick back and do the 4-course meal!

                  27. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New England

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on January 29, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    We had the tasting menu and the experience was exquisite — everything from the food to the service to the ambiance. Food was incredible — very flavorful, quality ingredients prepared very well to bring out the natural taste. Every course was unique and has unexpected elements that enhanced the flavors and brought it all together in a balanced way. Service was super attentive — our waiter would show up during breaks in the conversation just when our drinks were running low to help us with refills. Would definitely come back again as the seasonal menu evolves.

                  28. DC

                    DeanC

                    San Francisco

                    3 reviews

                    4.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on January 29, 2022

                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                    It is a place with great vibe. Cocktails are pretty good!

                  29. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on January 26, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    A must place to go

                  30. AK

                    AntonioK

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on January 22, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Palette is such an amazing experience. All of the food tasted amazing and the atmosphere was very cozy. We were a bit intimidated going to a fancy type restaurant with a four course tasting, but we were taken care of and it went smoothly. Highly recommend for any occasion or celebration, make sure to let them know what the occasion is by the way for some sweet surprises.

                  31. KW

                    KevinW

                    San Francisco

                    5 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on January 21, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Excellent staff and service. From the caviar service to the deserts every dish was beautifully prepared and delicious !!!

                  32. JH

                    JustinH

                    San Francisco

                    5 reviews

                    4.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on January 16, 2022

                    overall4food4service3ambience5

                    Service was slow and mediocre. Food was good, but not great. Cocktails were fancy and fun. Seated us right next to the door, and right next to another party even though the dining room was empty. That was really annoying. Paying through the QR code was cool and easy.

                  33. AD

                    ArmelleD

                    San Francisco

                    6 reviews

                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on January 15, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    nice place to discover in Downtown SF, great ambiance , nice decoration, amazing food , large wine selection, great service. I had the eggplant and it was great but a bit too small. Desserts were amazing !

                  34. M

                    Michael4diners

                    San Francisco

                    25 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    25 reviews

                    Dined on January 12, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    This restaurant is beyond fabulous. I can't remember any meal being more delicious or more satisfying. The restaurant ambiance, the service, every dish was amazing and and a total delight to my palette

                  35. GN

                    GregN

                    Savannah

                    10 reviews

                    5.0

                    10 reviews

                    Dined on January 12, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    I eat at Palette every trip to SFO. The Cal Costal Cuisine is always excellent! Service is beyond compare. I hope to be back soon.

                  36. OE

                    OceanE

                    San Francisco

                    7 reviews

                    5.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on January 1, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The best NYE dinner I've ever had. The Beef Wellington was outstanding and cooked to perfection. Every course was delicious.

                  37. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on January 1, 2022

                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                    New year eve

                  38. RW

                    RoyW

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    1.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on January 1, 2022

                    overall1food1service5ambience5

                    We went to Luce the night before, and we spend about $150/person there for an excellent 6 course meal with expensive ingredients (caviar, a5 wagyu etc) and just general a very good experience. So we were expecting similar with Palette, but what we got was utter disappointment for the price $165/person. While the wait staff and the environment are excellent, the food was not. The ingredients are much cheaper (eggs and some salad in one dish, a tiny shrimp, beans and a small bit of crab in another) and doesn't leave you feel its a $165 well spent. The food felt like someone went to safeway, picked out some ingredients and tried their hands at fine dining. Oh, also, the sparkling water? that will be $8/bottle extra. Overall it just feels like the owner is doing everything to reel in revenue while lowering the cost The problem? we won't be coming back and we won't recommend this place to others, either. Fine dining, this is not. For the same price, you are better off enjoying a significantly better meal in Luce across the block or spend it for a house party than Palette.

                  39. J

                    Jigg

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on December 31, 2021

                    overall3food2service4ambience1

                    It's dark and cold. I assume it is cold due to covid. Food was good but not great. Service was on point. Pricier than it is worth but it is an experience. We did the four course tasting. Drinks were amazing. If you do go, maybe just do drinks and a la cart menu. 1. Dungeness crab was good 2. pork belly and octopus - Pork belly was great but the octopus was over cooked, rubbery 3. Roasted duck was yummy 4. Creme Caramel - was the best course

                  40. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on December 31, 2021

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Outstanding from start to finish! Best anniversary dinner hands down. The art, excuse me, the food was so beautiful and the fresh flavors were out of this world! Sommelier Jeremiah does an exquisite job on the wine pairings and our wonderful server Avery really made our experience unforgettable. Love this place! Will be back soon. Palette exceeded our expectations completely! Thank you to Executive Chef and Sous Chef for your art and elegant creations!

                  Safety precautions

                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                    • Contactless payment available
                  • Screening

                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                    • Staff is vaccinated

                  FAQs

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

                  Palette is rated 4.7 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                  Google Map for Palette

                  816 Folsom St San Francisco, CA 94107-1123

                  Additional information

                  • Cross street

                    4th

                  • Neighborhood

                    SOMA

                  • Hours of operation

                    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                  • Cuisines

                    Seafood, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

                  • Dining style

                    Fine Dining

                  • Dress code

                    Smart Casual

                  • Parking details

                    Metered, Garages

                  • Public transit

                    MUNI + Bart: Powell Station

                  • Payment options

                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                  • Executive chef

                    Peter J. Hemsley

                  • Additional

                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                  • Phone number

                    (415) 865-0529

                  • Private party facilities

                    Palette's private dining offers an array of venue and menu options for business meetings, happy hours, wedding receptions, private dinners, birthdays, book signings, and other celebrations.

                  • Private party contact

                    Peter J Hemsley: (866) 726-5821

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