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Palm House

4.6
347 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
What 347 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jeffrey
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
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
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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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FranciscoQ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks! Only issue is that it was very loud. Good for groups but not for intimate conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and drinks where amazing ! My guests and i where seated fast and served quickly too but when it came to ordering more food and drinks they took a while to come and see if we needed anything else

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff was so accommodating and nice! Food and drinks were amazing. Shrimp tacos were life changing. So much fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Poor service to start, even though we had a reservation. Took 20 minutes before they even acknowledged us and even bring us water us that was after telling the host no one had greeted us. Food and drink were pretty good but service really was not great considering there are many other places we could spend our money and support other local businesses.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails and Food are always great. Great spot in a great location.

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PeggyG
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting long time friends. Delicious food
A bit loud. Service a bit slow but understaffed so understandable. We were not in a schedule. Very friendly and informative waiter

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Ariella
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service by both our waiters, yummy food and amazing drinks! Would definitely love recommend and go again. Fajita plates were on point!!

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vipHannahM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The atmosphere, music, and liveliness made for a fun brunch out! Would recommend

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vipYummy
San Francisco
207 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun place for a late night dinner to catch up with friends.

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Mads
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was a bit surprised by the lack of good service at Palm House. At first when we came to check in for our reservation the hostess said she wouldn’t be able to seat us all at the same table which is not what the woman I spoke with on the phone said. Then they didn’t have a table ready and it took another 20 minutes of us waiting after showing up on time for our reservation. What’s the point of having a reservation if they don’t set a table aside for you? It was my birthday brunch celebration, and granted I don’t expect the red carpet rolled out but the fact that I was the only person at the table that our waitress didn’t bring a glass of water to, the last to get my food by 10 minutes, and the drinks were not much of a bang for your buck was a bit dissapointing.

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Knotvedt
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Palm house is always a fan favorite in our group - the food is wildly underrated and the vibe is always fun and exciting. I love stopping by this restaurant on a weekend because it is so fun! The staff were super accommodating with our larger group for our last minute change in number of people. Thank you Palm House, keep the punch bowls flowing!

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StephanieA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Palm House is a delicious tropical treat in the heart of cow hallow. We love to come here for well made drinks and delicious bites to eat. Highly recommend the fajitas and spicy mango margarita. Yum!

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Alexander3
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was sooo good! Will be back in the near future!

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vipGregoryF
San Francisco
16 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
4 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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vipOpenTable Diner
7 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
San Francisco
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
10 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
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good overall - needed some outdoor heaters

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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 347 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.