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An intimate, inspiring space lined with windows and original art, with thoughtfully designed spaces for coffee or canoodling. Settle into one of the carved-out niches, or around the monolithic bar with a mural by local artist Ben Medansky, to enjoy a meal or snack accompanied by small-batch spirit or expertly crafted cocktail.
Palma's Health & Safety Measures:
All guests will take a body temperature check upon entry. Anyone with a fever, showing signs of illness, or exhibiting virus symptoms will be advised to see a doctor. Face Masks are required when entering and while on property. 6 feet physical distancing required. Layouts have been arranged to ensure appropriate distancing. All local and state Covid-19 guidelines apply. No-touch payment options available. We are committed to a safe environment for everyone.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
It is absolutely beautiful, but the food is incredibly expensive for the quality. A basic chopped salad for $26 is a bit excessive, especially when the ingredients are nothing special. You’d find better at Mendocino Farms for half the price to be honest. Go if you feel like being fancy, but expect to pay crazy prices for food that isn’t worth it. But, It’s LA after all... what can you expect?!
Palma is great place to go for dinner, drinks, or both. Good music, and ppl watching.
I love Palma. This time the vegetables I ordered off menu were not fresh - browned avocado and slightly off tomatoes. I didn’t eat them. The rest of the food and the service was divine as usual. I won’t order off menu here at 6:30am again! They usually get fresh farmers market vegetables but must not have had the chance by the time I sat down to eat!
The best hostess
Very noisy , bad service , food mediocre and wine ok but everything so so expensive . Appetizers and one class of wine $80 each ! won't recommend and won't go back for sure
Great food. Was hard getting waiters attention at times
Food was good but overpriced, even for a hotel in Santa Monica. Decor is pretty but the low tables and sofas are uncomfortable for eating; I would not recommend the restaurant for more than drinks and snacks.
Salad was delicious but helllooooo hotel pricing - service was non existent and slow for the first 30 mins we were there , very casual service for the price you are paying. Beautiful space, will be back
Library table for 2 was excellent, really loud table of 4+ next to us was not. Food was better the last time I was there, but still very good. Service was ok considering how busy Palma was. Will still go back.
Tasty food and overall nice experience. Only two bumps were that when the original server went on break the second server took awhile to bring drinks, and then what I really didn’t like was that my tip was somehow modified $2 higher. I had written the total amount as well so this was not a mis-read of my writing on the receipt, my credit card was charged $2 higher.
I wrote a horrible review but then the manager Juan solver our issue after we brought it to his attention and saved our experience. Thanks Juan!
totally horrible experience - bad service, horrible wine selection
This place is the lobby of the hotel, and all that implies. Loud, unconventional seating for dinner and a lobby menu. The food is very good, although the prices are steep for what you get. Three very modest sized prawns (once you remove the head) and a side salad cost $45. The cheese board with dried fruit and a few veg was the best of the night. All told, we spent close to $200 (yes, that included 2 glasses of house wine) for two salad dinners. We won't be going back.
Great food & nice atmosphere
Great food and ambience, although the service was slow. Asked the hostess for our order + our check as no waiters were to be seen.
Server never came back after dropping off the food. I had to get up and pay the bill. If you're gonna charge top dollar for Mediterranean food, I expect GREAT service.
Even though I had a reservation, for some reason I was not able to find it and was blocked by the bouncer outside of the Proper hotel. He questioned whether or not I had a reservation and then finally let me in. When I approached the hostess she immediately confirmed my reservation and had my table for four all ready. It was not a welcoming, friendly way to enter a place that is supposed to be Ayurvedic which is wellness based. I will not return where I do not feel welcome.
Aesthetically one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in LA. Everything else was terrible and overpriced
Sat in the lobby in a cozy side table...they’re all lower lounge style...Noise levels good and the food was very nice simple lounge menu but everything was on point but what really stood out was the service and the attention to details and the hospitality with a smile....met the floor manager jasmine and she gave us access to go take a look at the rooftop lounge....that was absolutely cool so next time I’m gonna give the upstairs lounge a try because they have a different menu and I’m sure the food is going to be awesome too so thank you welcome to the neighborhood and good luck..:))
We arrived on time. No one greeted us. So we stood there for 5 minutes until I decided to approach the bar to find someone. The manager could not be bothered but he check us in. Later found out from you that he had never alerted you so it seemed as if we no showed. The restaurant was empty. We were ignored by everyone. We were there for my partners Birthday. So it was extra annoying. After 15 minutes we had no water or drink. We decided to leave. It was a terrible experience. Especially because of the occasion and we are both in the hospitality industry. There you have it.
Food was good but didn't match the prices. Good cocktails but, again pricey. But what really knocked this place down was the noise level. It's loud and it wasn't even very busy when we went there. Gorgeous setting, lovely hotel but skip the restaurant.
Amazing design and atmosphere. Quite pricey though - as you would expect
The doorman was rude and turned us away the first night b/c we didn't have reservations. The lounge was near-empty. Wow...verrry exclusive. I get it, but c'mon. Not the best way to drive repeat business.
Came back 2 nights later with reservations to give it a second shot.
It took 45 minutes for cocktails to arrive. Cocktails were $17-20 each.
The food items on the menu are expensive and too heavy for the lounge vibe; who wants to order a $50 steak plate and eat at a coffee table? No fries. They do have a charcuterie and meze plate, but the rest of the items are heavy single-serve dishes. Elephante has the right idea: sharable gourmet pizza. Another quick win: sharable fries.
And this 'exclusive' vibe is unfriendly and a turn-off. Turning people away and providing no wait time alternative is akin to saying: "Shove off -- The Proper doesn't want your business now or ever." Wow.
It is a beautiful lounge and the staff is nice. Our mistake was to think of it as a restaurant. The servers didn’t seem to have it together as far as serving a meal. It’s fine to go for drinks and appetizers but not for dinner.
The tables are to small , to few . The seating is not great . Fine for drinks not for food .
Palma is in the new lobby of the hip Proper Hotel in downtown Santa Monica. The decor is phenomenal, a cross between Ralph Lauren and "Out of Africa." There are plenty of comfy couches, leather recliners, and cozy nook alcoves for everyone. The menu is limited to a handful of items. We ordered the endive salad as a starter (it's usually en entree with chicken) and we asked to hold the chicken. When the bill came we found out it was the same price with or without the chicken...$22. Ouch. The hamburger was delicious and I would highly recommend it. The salmon entree was nice, but the curry rice accompanying it was somewhat bland. I think it will take them a while to work out the kinks, but Palma has good bones and I'm hopeful.
Palma is rated 4.3 stars by 26 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.