Palmers Tavern

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$30 and under
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American
At Palmer's, we are a Fillmore District staple, with a warm and nostalgic, yet contemporary atmosphere. We provide our friends and neighbors a gathering spot with classic cocktails, an extensive whiskey selection and an exceptional menu to pair. Our chef prepares traditional comfort food with fresh, local inspiration. Dishes such as house made flat breads, bacon wrapped prawns, crispy truffle fries, steak and chops, and sage gnocchi with duck bognese make our menu quite delectable..
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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice...we will come back. Music for early in the evening was a little loud however.

PL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun evening! Great food, full bar with great cocktails and wine options and wonderful service. The noise level is LOUD!!

J
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

2women took 2 tables for 2, and had 2 dogs who frequently barked throughout our lunch. We were sitting beside them. You may not be able to say “no dogs,” but it seems appropriate that the manager might speak to the customers about the owners who don’t consider the other guests who are trying to have a conversation and enjoy their lunch. I have a dog, but I don’t take him out to lunch as he too is a barker.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Palmer’s has been a go-to for years, but this last experience was so terrible I’ll never be back. Server was absolutely clueless and got many service 101 things wrong, including bringing things we didn’t order and getting flustered and telling us to just keep them. Forgivable. What wasn’t forgivable was the manager insisting these items stay on the bill and implying our party was somehow trying to pull one over on them. We paid and left simply to get out of there. Ridiculous treatment of customers.

t
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Palmers is a buzzing place to dine. The staff are nice, helpful and provide good service. the food is usually spot on.

JK
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great! Really good service and a very pleasant place to dine....

o
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service very good.

j
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We might have picked the wrong night for family dinner. Friday is more for the bar crowd and noise level is high. Also took quite a bit of time to get our food!

DO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, place was buzzing, young crowd, great food, beer and service

DS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy a visit to Palmers when we visit our daughter in the city! This time there was a mistake with our meal and they handled it so well, as mistakes happen.

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They either had an off day or lost their chef. Food was inedible. Our son never got his meal, 5years old. Same dish we usually get there was something completely different and no flavor in anything that day
Disappointment.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I met my wife here 7/4/16> Don't ever change. We had a kinda anniversary celebration with family so show them where we met. The food especially the eggs were exceptional. I hope u are here for another 50 years. Don't ever change

p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Tried the special of the night, sea bass, very fishy. Salads, were just ok

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server, Christine, was so wonderful!! Attentive and so kind!! Thank you!!!
Everyone enjoyed their menu choices. Bloody Marys were delicious and the potatoes served with our brunch items were so yummy! Could eat plates and plates of those!!
Will go back again. Would love to try it for dinner!!

c
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner and staff were all very nice.
We asked for specific table and they accommodated us no problem.
Will dine there again

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palmer’s Tavern ended up being the perfect place to take an out of town work guest. We made reservations the night before and Palmers actually called to confirm the afternoon of our dinner. The host was very gracious, our server was very conscientious and the food was delicious. I had the trout and it was so delicious, delicate and perfectly cooked. Thank you for a lovely, loungey evening, Palmer’s. It was the right amount of everything.

s
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I want to thank Kimberley and staff for such a great night with friends. We have already told all of our friends how much fun we had. great food and service!

MH
San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A really fun evening with family and friends. Delicious Truffle fries shared as an appetizer. Great burgers and exceptional ribs. Also really enjoyed the martini- delicious olives, too.

t
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good service, friendly staff and consistent good food. A rare thing in restaurants these days.

S
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Palmers the service was so friendly and spot on! The owner who is an extremely charming Austrian gent came over to our table to ensure we were having a wonderful time.
The bbq mussels were succulent with delicious bread to soak up the sauce. The Brussels Sprouts were delish but the baby back ribs were the hilight for me.
Don’t miss Palmers it is just the right vibe for PAC Heights location.

ES
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Too loud but good food

EK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, tasty cocktails, and good menu. Needed a place to dine before a show at the Fillmore, and Palmers was perfect.

OT
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere, beautiful bar. Food was very good and the drinks inventive. Be prepared to not hear your friends but you’vemost likely heard it all before anyway,

c
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Thank you!

BH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK, as usual, with the trout being the exception. It was very good.

Drinks were on point.

A more robust kids menu would be nice.

l
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We live in East Bay, and love our weekend stay cays in the City. We had seen the monumental Fishbone the previous night, and just wanted a chill night in Fillmore District—dinner and Sheba Piano Lounge. After a night of Moroccan in Union Square, we thought we’d try Americana/gastropub, and were pleasantly surprised with Palmer’s. Ambiance, service and food were all spot on. It has a funky British pub, taxidermist vibe with a huge moose, buck, and other trophies peering down on your gastronomic gala, but the food and neighborhood vibe are a must do. Reasonable, personable and memorable, we’ll come back to Palmer’s Tavern.

p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Nice ambiance. Service was pompous, clearly we were interfering. Food served was not what was listed on the menu, nor was it hot. Kind of disappointing.

BB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a perfect place to have dinner with a group prior to a show at The Fillmore. Good cocktails and beer selection. Burger and fries is very good. The service staff HUSTLES at Palmer's - never have to wait more than a couple of minutes for a drink order.

LG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable restaurant that reminded me of dinner clubs in Chicago. Our special ordered cocktails were phenomenal.

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu/service/location. Busy night but service was prompt and pleasant. Not a quiet atmosphere but a fun place that seems a step back in time.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great, beautiful place near fillmore street shops

BH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was OK, service has been better in the past. Cocktails were on point, as usual. We always enjoy Palmers.

PT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Palmers! Have been there 3 times, great food, great service friendly staff and fabulous cocktails. We had a business dinner for five there the other night and everyone loved there meals.

m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great spot.

RK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I like going to neighborhood eateries and this was great. Cozy and comfortable with good service and food. The only disappointment was the deserts. They need to bring it up a notch but overall I'd go back.

KR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time for dinner. We will be going many more times! The food is excellent, the staff is great, friendly and accommodating. Our new special place! Thanks much!!

t
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Palmers is a good spot for happy hour as well as a decent dinner. I like their comfort food type cuisine. The staff are friendly and accommodating and we have always had a positive experience.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Close access to CPMC is a plus! [review requires more babbling to be accepted, so that's what this is]

KR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From hostess double checking if we’d be there to the excellent waiter, who understood our extra needs, this restaurant will be on our “regular” list!!
Great food!! Very pleased.

DL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

First time we went with a group: the waiter got all the orders wrong and we waited a long time. We decided to give it another chance: Flat coke with just an apology from the waiter. Food took long to arrive. Food was mediocre. I'd go for a drink and some fries -- maybe a burger (I haven't tried the burger).