Palette SF

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Palette menu is attuned with the seasons. We partner with local farms to provide exquisite freshly harvested produce, and with meat purveyors and fishermen who specialize and take pride in their craft. Join us for daily offerings prepared in our wood fire oven and rotisserie.

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Ldesign
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amid the virus, we decided to brave a night out. It was lovely and the staff was happy to see us. The food was amazing.

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t7x7
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, 5-star service, a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Covid19 experience. Empty restaurant. Hard to give you a review.

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AdaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know you are in for a great evening when you walk in and the space its self is fun and interesting. The meal follows suit. We ordered everything to share including the cinder block steak, that was perfectly cooked and with all the other food we got just the perfect amount of food. Top recommends would be the carrots, the pork belly and the halibut. The sweetest pastry chef came out to bring us the desserts and explain where the inspiration came from for each offering that really rounded the meal out. Overall this was a perfectly captured San Francisco night out, with service being spot on and the atmosphere matching the quality of the chefs preparations. Will def be back as we did not get to try any of the cocktails on the menu and could sit and talk to the chefs all night long.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were there for Valentine's day, there was a fixed menu with four courses. Food was outstanding, great ingredients and preparation. They offered a complimentary glass of wine. Nice ambiance and service

Palette SF
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank-you so much for celebrating on Valentine's Day with us. I will share your kind words with the staff. Hope to see you again soon! Thanks again, Joey Campanella | Director of Operations

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool ambiance and fantastic food. The steak was cooked to perfection. It's not very often that I get a steak that rivals home cooked, but they sure nailed it. They were able to accommodate the one item that had gluten with an excellent substitute.

Palette SF
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks so much for celebrating with us on Valentine's Day and for your comments. I will share them with the team. Come back in for another steak soon! Take Care, Joey Campanella | Director of Operations

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MikeH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The dinner was good with some nice surprises, and most of the team were really sweet and positive. Our main server brought some seriously bad vibes to the table from the beginning, and then escalated it from there. She poured a completely flat glass of sparkling wine to my friend, and it even looked like there was cork in it. My friend pointed out that it was flat and got a weird defensive response “that’s sparkling wine, it was just opened a few minutes ago”. She went ahead and replaced it and sure enough the new glass was actually sparkling. After that she just came across as pouty and passive aggressive, which is pretty lame on a holiday like that.

My friend is chinese btw and not used to pretending things are fine when they’re obviously not, so I would rank her as requiring intermediate customer service skills to serve. Not nearly so bad as to bring on that kind of unprofessional retribution.

Like I said though, everyone else was gracious and attentive if a little anxious, I wonder if the manager scared everyone somehow before dinner.

The tier-2 wine pairing was nice but the tier-1 was not a good value, probably better off just not offering that, I don’t know what I was thinking when I took the server’s word that it was good.

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Mahsa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food portion was good and tasty and loved the ambiance. The carpet floor was beautiful.

Palette SF
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank-you, Masha. We hope to have you back again soon! Joey Campanella | Director of Operations

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, food, presentation and service were better than expected.

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vipPhotofiend
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were four of us for dinner, and this was a first time for all four. All the courses are meant to share. We found that five plus dessert was just right, since the small and medium sized portions were bigger than suggested. I won't go into detail about each individual course. All were presented beautifully and were comprised of some interesting combinations of ingredients that created mouth watering results. The cost was quite reasonable in general and relatively low for such a good meal. We will definitely be back.

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vipAlexT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food.

Space a bit large to be intimate.

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MattB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the food, incredible service, and BEAUTIFUL decor, but hated the music playlist!

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Meegan
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An absolute SF gem! The space structs you with nice decor/ design. They don't just give you the food but the whole dining experience which includes the gallery right inside the restaurant with marvelous (and expensive) artworks. I also have to mention that our server for the night Alina was super nice. Palette should definitely be on your must-try list if you seek fancy fine dine but not intimidating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was great, the food was good, a little on the rich and heavily flavored side, so more high contrast than delicately balanced, and the environment is darkly artsy, warm and energetic, a great place to start an evening out on the town!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious restaurant week dinner. The 2 gifts from the kitchen were a lovely and tasty surprise- oysters and garlic focaccia. The most beautiful plating was the Game of Chess with scallops and black garlic. The better of the 2 desserts was the olive oil cake. A beautiful space with a cool art gallery in the next room.

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vipQuentinM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good desserts. The rest of the food could be better.

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SarahCharleyJ
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a fantastic restaurant week experience and everything was delicious. Our only complaint was when one of the waiters brought the incorrect drink and then argued with my partner about what he wanted/asked for. It was a little awkward. But overall the food was delicious (beet tartare was on point!) and we can't wait until we get to see the new space. Also loved several pieces on view in the gallery.

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KarthikS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The rotessirie chicken was out of this world - almost a duck-like texture.

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vipjisforJoe
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dined before a movie and to enjoy the Restaurant Week menu. Everything was well executed, artfully plated, and tasty. Service was top notch.

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vipJohnnyP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all agreed it was one of the best meals we have had in months. Inventive, expertly prepared, beautifully presented, delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great NYE meal here, really laidback atmosphere and the food was excellent (in particular the beet salad, gnocchi and carrot cake). Will be back!

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vipChristinaR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Overall I was very dissatisfied with our experience here. We had a 1:00 o'clock reservation, it was empty when we arrived and we weren't seated until 1:30. Our waitress was very slow and we ended up not being done with lunch until 3:30 after telling her multiple times we wanted our food expedited quickly. It was unfortunate as the food itself was good.

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vipEricK
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the ambiance and the overall vibe. Food was good all around with the Chefs Board being the top of the heap. My overall impression was positive without quite hitting it out of the park.

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vipSGBNy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and we liked that we could share dishes. We tried a bunch of diffecrent items on the menu and the quality was pretty high. We especially liked the flatbread, the gnocchi and the duck. They have a spacious dining room and a large bar area. Would consider going there for drinks too.

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JohnF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stunning food. The smoked beet tartare was a revelation. So was the duck entree. Neat wine list with lots of good choices. We will return here, no question.

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vipRichardR
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palette combines a nice art gallery with a fine restaurant. We got glasses of wine and viewed the gallery before dinner. There were several items I liked. All were imaginative. Dinner has well prepared food served on ceramic dishes with hand blown glassware. It all made for z fun evening.

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TheFrenchies
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A MUST go-to place! beautiful space, delicious and original cuisine, elegant and refined. Don't miss that place. We were a party of 5, with children and grand parents and the cuisine pleased all of us. We recommend to share a bit of everything. Fish, meat, vegetarian, many options, all tasteful. We fell for the Chicken and egg situation, Tony's tartare, Ducks Fly together, People's Papas... Finish your evening by exploring the attached art gallery. this place is a gem.

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Thom
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PaletteSF was an awesome experience. We were able to see their art gallery during the opening night while our table was set up. They did a superb job congratulating my partner as we celebrated her recent job promote. Great food - fun atmosphere - highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was superb, unique, surprising and delightful. Beginning with the Beet tartare, the gnocchi, and the sweet potatoes (they have names I just don't remember them) and finishing with the Mission Fig desert. I will certainly return.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here on a business lunch, fantastic ambience, food and service. Carter and Howie took the best of care with my guests and I. Palette has easily won a spot on my "go-to" list for lunch and client entertainment.
Prix Fix and a glass of wine here will bump any good day up to a great one.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We dine out frequently and we’re very disappointed in this restaurant. We had four people and all of us rated it a five or below(scale 1-10). The food was extremely overpriced. The portions were small. The steak was overcooked. The other dishes failed to meet their interesting descriptions.

The art studio and dining room are very cute. But if people are expecting anything near the level of Lulu they are going to be very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in SF

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not great for business /conference meetings. Shared plates and seating was a bit awkward.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Appetizers were amazing. Kitchen is so cool. Love the space. The main courses were not good, and wait staff did not respond to being asked if the chicken dish was normally rubbery. Meat came almost raw and when sent back was over cooked.

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LindsayP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I'm incredibly disappointed with this experience from start to finish. I chose this restaurant for my birthday because one of my friends helped open the art gallery and I liked the concept of the space. Unfortunately, it became quite obvious that the emphasis had been put into the art gallery and the decor of the space and completely neglected the service/cuisine. The host was the most friendly and helpful person of the night, as he greeted my guest and I with a smile and enthusiasm, as I would hope for when dining out anywhere, not to mention on my BIRTHDAY with the intent on spending good money. Our server seemed like it was her first night working in a restaurant, as she was very spacey and awkward. She didn't seem to know what they had on the menu and had to read the menu to talk about it, which was pointless because all she did was read exactly what the menu said without providing any other insight or detail.... almost as though she thought we were incapable of reading. She was awful. We ordered the beet tartare, the gnocchi, the trout roe squash (inedible) and the duck (also hugely disappointing, and unforgivable for $50, as it was basically fried duck fat). We sent back the trout roe with squash because one bite of this nearly ruined my appetite. The squash was hardly cooked and very hard. Trout roe, on SQUASH?!?! Never have I ever heard of such a thing, nor would I ever want to. It seemed as though the chef had no idea what they were doing or how to put together a dish. I cook a lot, especially squash and vegetables and this entire presentation was just terrible, it was almost laughable. We told our oblivious server that the dish was terrible and she apologized before sending over the manager. He backhandedly asked us if we disliked the gnocchi as well, to which we replied "actually no, the gnocchi has been the best dish by far" as well as the only one we actually finished. He then assured us that he would remove the dish from our bill and DID NOT DO SO!!!!!

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vipMarienne
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Michelin Star quality food.
Creative decor, plates & glasses

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible sophisticated dining experience in a beautiful unique setting. The steak is perfectly cooked, the veggies and side are artfully prepared. All the food is accessible but different, a twist on every presentation. And make sure you save room for dessert! I loved this place and will return.

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EdieK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food I have eaten in SF. Fabulous wait staff, delicious food. Can't wait to try the rest of the menu. Would recommend this restaurant to all my friends. Very reasonably priced.

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Clarence
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had wonderful meals with Palette SF .. the food is one my best epicurean rendezvous ..Staff are friendly The owner and Chef Peter & Sous Chef Alex Was so .. talented in his food presentation the Artistry is pretty impressive .. taste so scrumptious...the ambiance is very appealing to the diners including myself .. overall my dining experience is above & beyond my expectations I highly recommended it ..

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AmyR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was dining alone. My table setting was far enough away from the next couple that I did not feel like part of their conversation; thank you for the spaciousness! The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. I enjoyed the opportunity to just be in the surroundings and appreciate the exceptional choreography of food and drink orders taken and fulfilled. I look forward to my next meal at Palette!

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Palette SF does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Palette SF also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 865-0529.

Palette SF is rated 4.4 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.