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Palm House

4.5
377 Reviews
$30 and under
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. 

Now open at 100% capacity! We encourage reservations, but also welcome walk-up diners.
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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 377 people are saying
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krcarrot
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Welcoming staff; outdoor dining in SF! Nice
happy hour specials, great seafood options

We sat outside but checked out the inside space which looked pretty swell, too.

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Sarina
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a party of 7 and enjoyed our experience overall at Palm House.

Pros:
Great drinks
Good music/vibe
Food was tasty
Team was accommodating when it came to last minute rsvp changes

Cons:
Loud af
Small, cramped, and humid/hot and no air flow
Really long time to get food
Appetizers were v small portions
Bill was bigger than expected $$$$
Server was not clearing empty drink cups or plates on the very small table, I had to flag down and ask multiple times throughout evening

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Eliza
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday slushy shots were delicious!!!

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saucy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Server took a minute to greet us - service was slow

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Hector
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Our star ratings are accurate. We enjoyed 1 of 5 things we ordered. The food was bland - flavorless! The service was poor. We waited 15 minutes before being offered a drink after flagging someone down to take our order…which we had to do each time we wanted to order (apps, meal, drinks). We were disappointed our experience did not match was we read on Yelp or here. We enjoyed the ambiance the most. Not returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Happy Hour with friends was fun here! The chipotle margarita was so delicious!!

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AllyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the food here! it's a fun tropical getaway :)

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SHARONC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent a week in San Francisco, and this was one of the better meals we had. We especially appreciated the wholesomeness--lots of well-prepared grilled veggies, no grease, and not too much heat. For us, the only negative was that the main courses were a trifle bland. We expected a little more spice and flavor in the jerk sauce, but that is a minor quibble with what was otherwise a delicious dinner.

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vipRajashreeD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe is beautiful. the servers were really sweet. The food is really good and try to get a place outside.

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Techexec
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely 16th birthday dinner for my son, with my parents and the extended family. Low key, mellow vibe over all and it was so great to have a large table outside. We were 10 including a toddler, at dusk. The kids ate early and spent half the time playing on the steps of the office next door. Really scrumptious evening. And great cocktails!

I love the menu (keep in mind, it's Cow Hollow pricing). There are so many options! Easy to have a tapas table or go for entrees, there's something for everyone. They even have less spicy options for anyone who can't take a lot of pepper. Overall it's just a welcoming, warm experience and one worth coming back to! Thank you Palm House!!

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vipsfbayeater624
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This place is so cute. Service was really good and the food for all 9 of us came out promptly!

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Missy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great happy hour. Friendly service. The outside tables were sticky and dirty which surprised us since everyone is trying to be careful due to COVID. The food is good.

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KidH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Made reservations for family of 4 for outdoor seating on Thursday night, 7:45pm for husband's birthday. It was a very pleasant and fun dinner. Drinks and food were good. Music was fun and not too loud (we were sitting in parklet). Our server, Ariel was excellent: super friendly, delightful and attentive! Festive atmosphere and good for a special occasion. Entrees are a little pricey but are big portions and creative. My husband is vegetarian and there were lots of veggie options. Coconut rice is very tasty!

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Sylbot
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Cute place and the first time I was there, had great service. Second time around was a bit different. Our server waited 30 minutes to ask us for our drink order and overall seemed annoyed at us. He warmed up by the end. Buser (Fernando i think?) was great! He was friendly, fast and attentive.
Food portions a bit small but tasty. Salad was a bit boring.

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AllisonS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for dinner with a girlfriend and we had a blast! The waitstaff was kind and helpful, the menu looked so good we ended up ordering at least a third of the items and everything was delicious, and the ambiance was fun. Would definitely love to go again soon.

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NatalieH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loud but very fun! Great cocktails in an energetic atmosphere.

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MiaC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolutely wonderful experience but our servers made it great! Specifically the girl with glasses and short curly hair- she was incredibly patient with our group and kind. Thank you for the experience!

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Nomnomnom
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Salmon was good. It didn't come with anything like rice or veggies. It was just sat on top of some bean sprouts, which seemed lame for something labeled an entree. The "mashed avocado" was delicious and so much avocado.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food at this establishment is excellent. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of the lemongrass prawns. The jerk chicken was delicious too. The seating is outdoors soo it gets chilly sitting outside so dress appropriately.

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PeterE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, pleasant staff and easy booking. Great spot for the 8 of us

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

They took off the crispy shrimp tacos from the menu. Ahi poke was very bland. The chicken sandwich was okay. They did not get our order correct. Very disappointed in the service and food quality this time.

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RahnaB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A San Francisco gem! Happy and fun staff, great food and good drinks!

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NizaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow. The food was delicious but it took a long time to order/receive food. We ordered an alcoholic bowl to share with the table but it did not taste like anything.

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vipChloe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

A very interesting experience. Was surprised to find myself dining inside a club atmosphere, with a lot of shouting and servers and other guests hanging off each other and kissing. When we arrived, the host advised that she had to 'kick some people out' of our table, which she did. The Yacht Rock cocktail was refreshing. The spam musubi was pretty flavorful, as was the smashed avocado (loved the taro chips). Our server recommended the jerk chicken plate which included flavorful, deliciously spiced chicken as well as some fresh charred tomatoes and broccolini - definitely recommend this dish. The fried chicken sandwich was just okay. Decor was great, a very tropical whimsical vibe.
Would have loved to try the food outside of the nightclub environment... now I know and would request an outside table next time, weather permitting!

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Zach
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Would come back again.

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Hodgevich
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time to the Palm House and absolutely loved it. The food was so good, service was awesome and the ambiance was fun and relaxing. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely birthday dinner with my fav people!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

If you go here request to eat inside. Outside was obnoxious and a bad atmosphere

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KevinT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service were stellar! The menu is very creative, kudos to the chefs. Looking forward to many return visits.

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Jeffrey
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great to say the least! Enjoyed the food and the vibe.
Definitely coming back

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vipElena
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, decent food. Service slow. Never saw our waiter again after ordering. Maybe short staffed?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

They were really nice in letting us combine tables! However, the service was fairly slow after that. They also forgot one person’s order completely and it took them 20+ minutes to get it to her.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The host gentleman and the hostess are awesome. There were so many customers, lots of reservations… They were on top of everything and getting things moving. They got us the best table for our need.

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MeganS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Overall we enjoyed our time at the Palm House. Atmosphere was vibrant and fun. We were a party of 8 and requested to sit outside in the parklet so that we could spread out. The parklet does not have much ambiance - just chairs and old tables. Regardless, we were outside and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine. Our reservation was for 2pm, so we could only order off the brunch menu which is very limited and doesn't provide some of the basic Caribbean options you might expect, such as jerk chicken. Overall the food and drinks were good. Next time I will go during dinner for more expansive menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NEVER a bad time at Palm House. They literally have one of the best Happy Hours in the city!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Checked in with the host maybe 4 minutes late, asked for an outside table, he said just a few minutes so we went to the bar to grab a drink while we waited. Checked in with him twice, 45 minutes later asked him for an update. He then tells me I checked in 15 minutes late, complete lie. Asked to speak the manager, he was nice and gave us a complimentary drink. Worst host ever!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, generous shots, cute outdoors. Very sticky floor inside though…

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MissAlLeigh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Pros: Service & Ambience
- Service: Excellent, very friendly & prompt. They brought out an adorable birthday treat as I had mentioned in the reservation that we were celebrating my birthday.
- Ambience: Awesome! We sat outside in the boat, very "selfie-friendly". I meant to go look inside to see what that looked like but forgot - whoops! We arrived just after opening on a Friday & there were a few groups already there. It was a bit awkward when they sat another party of 2 at the table right next to us because our conversation & their conversation was overlapping & easily heard. A bit of music on the patio might be a good idea. Dogs are allowed on the patio.

Just Okay: Food & Pricing
- Food: We had Brussels Sprouts, the Tradewind Burger (I think was the name) & the fried chicken sandwich. All were good, but not special, nothing to shout out to the rooftops. We mistakenly thought Brunch was being served, so we weren't really looking for Lunch, kind of had our hearts set more on their Breakfast-type items, so some of the disappointment was our own doing. The menu seemed somewhat limited in terms of protein. I believe we ordered the only 2 non-fish options on the menu.
- Pricing: Obviously was more expensive than I would've liked but it's a trendy SF restaurant so I expected nothing else.

Cons: None

Overall: Service & Ambiance are great! I would recommend with the condition that guests look at the online menu first to be sure there is something they want to eat during the time they're planning on going. Kind of common sense, yet somehow I messed this up, haha!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and drinks and great service! We had a great time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The alcohol in the punch bowl was weak but the food, service, and atmosphere were great.

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You can order delivery directly from Palm House using the Order Online button. Palm House also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Palm House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 400-4355.

Palm House is rated 4.5 stars by 377 OpenTable diners.

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.