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Palm House

4.6
324 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. 

We are open for outdoor dining, 50% indoor dining, take-out, and delivery only. We accept parties up to eight guests for outside dining and six guests for inside dining. 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
What 324 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGregoryF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this place. My wife and kids had already been but I was a first timer. Fries, fajitas, burgers, etc were all great. Cocktails were excellent as well. We had very attentive service. They hit the Caribbean vibe they advertise but without over doing it. Will go back.

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vipElleR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a vibey spot with really good food and even better drinks.

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ReginaO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Waiters were phenomenal. Table that was chosen for us was okay. You got 3 big people occupying a small table but it’s okay. Drinks were really good balance of alcohol and sweetness. Food was great. Definitely would recommend to come again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catching up with friends

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Savannah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got our food so quick after ordering and it was so good. Such a cute place too!

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JoannaD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & drinks were great. They had indoor & outdoor dining with outdoor heaters but still cold feel a bit cold. The music playlist they had was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. My shrimp and polenta was a little too saucy and salty . And where we were sat inside was the dingiest part of the restaurant. Also, the music was way too loud and it was all 80s music vs Caribbean .

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vipLRinMarin
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We celebrated a birthday by having lunch at Palm House. Our meal was at 1pm and we sat outside. There was some daytime construction noise at first but then it quieted. We had the SF Restaurant Week menu which was delicious, especially the rum cake for dessert.
The staff was very friendly and attentive.

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KateB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Refreshing cocktails and delicious dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Yummy food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun + cute. Definitely get the sweet potato fries!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor dining just be sure to make a reservation in advance.

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vipCheryle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoors experience was great! The happy hour menu and drink specials were fabulous. Such a great place to go!

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Badison
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really delicious food and great service. I arrived when it was sunny out at the end of the day and it was so nice ambiance-wise. I highly recommend the avocado Katsu, but need to try basically every dish. Since what I had drink and appetizer and food wise was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tropical influenced menu and vibe here is very fun. They have a great brunch menu and some delish cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good overall - needed some outdoor heaters

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vipshoefly
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Great cocktails and happy hour cocktails menu. For us, the food was lacking any WOW factor. Our table ordered off the happy hour and regular menu lots of food. Such as the poke tostadas, coconut shrimp, Mahi-mahi, cauliflower chorizo tacos, and the surf and turf fajitas. We only ate our appetizers and nibbled on the main courses to eventually pack them up to try and recycle them up to be edible at home.

Nothing was particularly stellar. Service was a bit lackluster as our appetizers arrived at our table and we had no silverware, plates, water, or hand sanitizer.

Hostess booth is wide open missing the plexiglass barrier.

The only reason for us to come back would be to eat/drink from the happy hour menu.

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HaliL
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Vegan options at brunch and dinner. Staff was very helpful and nice.

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vipDlite97
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The scene at Palm House couldn’t have been better. Beautiful day, lovely seating, tasty meal. It was tough to pick from such an extensive menu of choices. Everything we had was delicious. Highly recommend!

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TaylorW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Food was very bland. Looks great in pictures, but fails the taste test.

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bubblesz123
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Great location and drinks. Service felt a bit rushed as they cleared off the table without asking if we were done, same with clearing the drinks that we had not finished. Rushed to give us the bill but didn't come back to take it for over 25 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Sunday brunch here. Highly recommend the Palmonde for a light refreshing drink and the pineapple fried rice was huge but great my friends and I loved it! Would definitely go back in a heart beat!

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LauraF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, unique and fresh food, super friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CNt wait to go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Horrible service

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vipjodis
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good outdoor eating area! Great food! Good service!

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Shallowthenhalo
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant for a long time, finally booked a reservation on Valentine’s! We ate a little earlier than I normally like to (5:30 was the last and only reservation available that day) but it turned out perfect actually. We had time for appetizers and drinks, by the time we ate it was around 6:30.

One thing to note is there are no heat lamps—well there is on the patio but not the extended seating towards the street (where we sat). It was fine though. The booths are pretty well insulated, and they were covered so we didn’t get rained on. My boyfriend and I started dating 2 months before covid hit, so we really didn’t have much of a chance to “date”. It was so nice to go out to dinner together!

I wasn’t sold on the menu at first, but once I tried it I was pleasantly surprised. Delicious combos, creative and festive dishes/drinks. Fun atmosphere, sang along to the music with folks from other tables. It felt almost like normal again. Loved the food, coconut Brussel sprouts were DIVINE, they even honored my dietary restrictions and took out the jalapeño’s—which was thoughtful of them.

The main dish I ordered was the tofu, and it was delicious. One thing is the dishes were pricey for the amount of food they gave, my boyfriend ordered the mahi magi, but it wasn’t enough food, so definitely add coconut rice if you want to leave feeling “full”.

The service staff was very friendly and sweet, service was good overall. Loved the bathrooms (mermaids/pirates) cute nautical theme inside. Will definitely be back again soon! They have punch bowls for larger groups, want to try that next time.

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Patricia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Great service, great food and location. Very friendly and polite waitress and hostess. Cool menu and drinks....But I was freezing, you guys need a heating lamp:)

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michelleO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor ambience and cocktails. Felt like we were on a tropical vacation!

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vipdionysus
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

well it was great to eat out again, and kudos to Palm House for being quick to reopen and organized with their reservations. Food / value / service were all fine but not more than fine, although in fairness you do lose a fair amount of the ambience when you're eating on the sidewalk

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Maikenk
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

they charged extra for tofu in a salad where we took away the chicken. Like we had to pay for both tofu AND chicken, that we didn't even get. Keep in mind that we only took the salad bc the other vegan options were out.

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vipCarmelitaB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch before our Xmas tree shopping at the Guardsmen Ft Mason Tree Lot

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htmel
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Palm House is such a fun spot for a date or a get together with friends! They have build the cutest outdoor eating area that extends the fun tiki-like decor complete with hanging plants and bamboo. The shrimp was super tasty, and better than expected and the service staff was really sweet and accommodating. We'll be back!

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JacobM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating area with great food and good service. Will absolutely go again.

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AnnaH
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was nervous to go out to eat for the first time since SIP but the Palm House is only offering outdoor seating, wait staff are all wearing masks, and tables seemed spaced apart nicely. Besides the safety, the food and drinks were amazing, environment was quiet even while seated partially on sidewalk, and staff were all very friendly and helpful! Recommend having a phone on you as this is how you have to view the menu now.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch for Father’s Day was perfect and my husbands first sit down outdoor restaurant meal since SIP began in our area.

Thank you for delicious food, great service and what appeared to be a well thought out sanitized outdoor eating experience during this time of transition .

Well done!

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AlexandreC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Staff and Amazing Food In a Beautiful Location

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KenT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for two but had last minute change and they were flexible enough to make it work for three. Food is interesting and drink is great!

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vipCarmelitaB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sooo loud in the bar area but at least everyone was having fun and the service was really good

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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 4.6 stars by 324 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.