Palm House

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$30 and under
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Caribbean
The staycation destination of San Francisco serving tropical food and vacation drinks

Housed under the second oldest palm tree in San Francisco, Palm House invites you to experience its bold flavors, tropical eats, quixotic drinks and humble service in the spirit of the old adage, "It's happy hour somewhere”.

Our menus tap the spice trail, heat and vibe of the tropics while maintaining a California point of view. Anywhere there’s a palm tree is fair sights for our culinary adventures. Our beverage program is a playful exploration of vacation inspired cocktails designed to transport you to the beach. 

We reserve 50% of reservations for walk-in customers, so if you can't get a reservation feel free to come in!
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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great spot to bring friends, family or guests. The food is incredible.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 2

She gave us ducks

OT
Galway
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Noise was horrific

a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dan and Collin were absolutely great hosts. I brought a friend here for a birthday with a group and she had a wonderful time!

BW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

A very festive warm place. The staff is wonderful! The service is well done. The drinks are very well presented and good. The food is not impressive but adequate.

C
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! We loved our chipotle mango margaritas and appreciated the happy hour price point!

FM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The ambiance, food, and service is delicious.

OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service & Staff was exceptional & accommodating. Brunch items were unique & tastes with fresh products. String cocktails. Outside brunch dining with pet dog was very comfortable.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Came here on a Saturday night to catch up with a friend. We could barely hear each other even though we were seated away from the bar area. The place was packed with college kids, and the bathroom line (and its cleanliness) was reminiscent of my clubbing days. Food was okay, our server was nice, but I wouldn’t recommend coming here for a chill and quiet dinner. I’d consider coming back but during the day or early dinner.

CV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing! They were so accommodating! 100% recommend for special dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and setting, I think our server was new as she was very slow with everything. She was super sweet but it took her 20 minutes to get 1 latte and then another 20 to close us out. Again, very sweet just new. Over all it was a great brunch with tasty food and great drinks!

AL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner actually started out rather worryingly, but it ended great! We gave our entree-only order to the waitress, and we literally sat for ~40 minutes waiting. The waitress was attentive though, and noticed that we were waiting a long time and gave us complimentary guac and chips. Really sweet. We appreciated this gesture because this literally never happens. Thank you for the consideration.

When the order finally came (60 minute in), however, we received the wrong plate. Service was still wonderful however, and the manager came out himself to apologize for the mishaps and comp us for our dinner. Very friendly, responsive, and the food was AMAZING. Try the Jerk Chicken plate. Its worth it.

AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The place on a Saturday night is like a fraternity party. If you’re looking to have dinner, go elsewhere.

k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A "go to" once a week for sure! Been coming here since it was another restaurant and Palm House doesn't disappoint.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was truly a mess for lunch service. Not sure if they were short staffed or something, but it was frankly unprofessional

A
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was fine. Service was ok. The vibe is a lot of fun.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and overall experience. Service was a bit slow even though it was not busy.

LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Don't go unless you don't want the be able to hear the person across from you. Food was not good. Interior space is charming but it's ruined by the noise levels and belligerently drunk people at 12pm.

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Service the last few times have been extremely slow.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Typically - not a great spot for an evening date. But we made it work:-) great atmosphere for dancing, partying

OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Nothing really special. More of a place for drinks than food. Food was nothing special at all and for the price... eek.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely day in San Francisco out on the patio

LT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great brunch sitting outside in the warm sun. Enjoyed a tropical punch bowl with our meal. We thought we were in Hawaii :) The service and food were great.

SW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess, wait staff and Manger were very friendly, inviting and helpful. The food was really good, but be sure the prices are within your budget. The cocktails were liked by my whole group

OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was alright, they were out of spam musubi which was a let down. All the other food was pretty mediocre given the price. Go there for the cocktails, those are greay

HK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I was extremely excited to try Palm House because the vibe seemed really cool and the the concept was fun. My boyfriend and I made a reservation for brunch on Sunday, March 24th. The restaurant was not too busy (a reservation was not really needed) and we were seated right away. We were seated in the back - which was very dark compared to the vibrant atmosphere in the front of the house (which had a two-top available) and way too cold (we tried to close the windows; however, they would not close). The menus and water bottle were sticky and there was a lemon seed on one of the preset plates. However, we decided to have an open mind. 20 minutes passed and the only acknowledgement we got was from the host at the time we were seated. 5 employees had looked at our table and had ignored us. Finally, when we were acknowledged it was a rushed, "Hi, has anyone been to your table yet?" When we had said no, she said "okay, I will find your server. Can I get you something to drink?" I was done at the point and was ready to leave; however, we (my boyfriend) decided to give our server a chance. When our server finally came to our table, I noticed she had been waiting on the one other table next to us for the last 20 minutes. I laughed at this. We left and my boyfriend explained to the host what had occurred. A few minutes later, I received an email notification from Open Table stating that we had missed our reservation, which (obviously) was not the case. As one who is in the hospitality industry, I have a high expectation for servers; however, this simply blew my mind. We ended up at Cow Marlowe for brunch and were greeted by 3 different servers within 2 minutes of being seated. Now, that is what I call good service.

I am sure Palm House has great food; however, I was not given the opportunity to order and therefore do not know for myself. I will not be back.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere. Mediocre everything else. Slow service and meh food.

FF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and ambiance. Great place for a night out.

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been to the Palm House both in the evening with a group and for a Saturday brunch. The atmosphere was relaxed during the day but at night it was a bit clubby, which is totally fine if that's your expectation.

KD
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

If you like House music club vibes with rum bowls on a Saturday at 11 am - then this place is definitely for you. Good luck getting a drink in under 20 minutes. Food is great, service staff are stellar. But if you have kids or don’t like frat parties, then maybe go during Monday through Friday.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at palm house and loved the music , the ambience , food was 👌🏼 And service amazing! Will def be back

JM
Baja California
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great selection and service

SF
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good place for bar food. Food was very expensive for what we got. So loud we could barely hear one another. Would go back for a snack and drink, but not for dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 4 during SF Restaurant Week. Upon arrival, we were given our SFRW menus, taken to a table at the back (the main area is extremely loud, so we were grateful for that, at least). When our server came over, she told us that they had unfortunately “sold out” of food for the SFRW menu, took them away from us, and put down their “usual menu.”

We told her that the only reason we had come was for Restaurant Week and the special prix fixe menu that had been developed. I’m not sure how it was possible to be “sold out” for Restaurant Week, but it’s something the management and kitchen should really look into. Although our server tried a half hearted apology, she told us we could just get food for my their menu. We decided to leave and go to a different restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing! servers did a great job making my 21st one to remember!

SB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We loved the food and atmosphere. It's a great brunch spot, but definitely get noisy and crowded with lots of people having fun. Service was a bit slow, but they were really busy when we were there. I definitely recommend making a reservation and requesting to sit on the indoor patio, away from bar if you want to be able to talk.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caitlin was our server and we had the best experience ever!! Great customer service and the food was amazing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kitchen ran out of cod for fish taco, pleasant waitress forgot a couple of our tacos. Tacos were tasty though. Bad was playing, not overwhelming. If fact, enjoyable background music

DB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fresh, delicious and creative food in a relaxing and stylish environment. Loved it!

PH
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic!
Pleasantly surprised... first time stopping in.

House music selections were a bit puzzling.

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