Palmetto

4.6
87 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
ATTENTION! New Covid19 Protocols. Beginning August 2, 2021 ALL guests must provide proof of full vaccination or have tested negative for covid19 within 72 hrs of arrival to dine at Palmetto, or the Kon-Tiki Room.
Palmetto Restaurant and The Kon-Tiki Room at Palmetto, are a restaurant and bar featuring steakhouse-inspired fare and classic cocktails.
Palmetto’s kitchen, under Chef Manny Bonilla (The Kon-Tiki, Hawker Fare), turns out steakhouse staples dosed with Caribbean flavors. Traditional dishes like beef carpaccio, prawn cocktail, and ribeye enhanced by citrus, spice, and
tropical fruits and herbs. Palmetto features sustainably
sourced meats alongside some well considered vegetarian and vegan options.
Palmetto’s drink program under Bar Manager Jeanie Grant draws its inspiration from American cocktail culture with influences from legendary cocktail author Charles Baker, featuring fresh ingredients and lighthearted takes on old favorites

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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 87 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Service was not good at all!

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AChristian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a last minute, perfectly accident that I discovered this place. To the owners , cheers! Not a fan of pickles but I'm also picky lol. To the staff thank you for turning my night around with your service. My experience here was unlike anything I have had since the beginning of the pandemic and I so appreciated it. From their vaccine verification to speedy service. Everything was delicious. My drink was perfect. I love that you switch up the music so it caters to everyone in the house. For ~$67 pre-tip , I had a 3 course meal with an adult beverage... I'll be back soon 🥰

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vipJT2Reviews
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, excellent drinks. Will return.

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vipRobobo
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

For a place that is billed as a steakhouse, the standouts were the vegetable dishes, which were well-textured & flavorful.

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vipRandyS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JasonS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great anniversary dinner here with my wife. Food and service was excellent.

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KateS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the cocktails, the food was also very tasty.

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DottieLovesRex
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and cocktails exceptional as always!

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RosieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

HOLLY IS AN AMAZING SERVER! THE FISH WAS A TINY BIT DRY, BUT EVERYTHING ELSE WAS JUST SMASHING. WE WILL BE BACK AND WE WILL SIT IN HOLLY'S SECTION AGAIN.

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Frida
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Lots of street parking. Great drinks. Overall great spot.

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SallyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was wonderful to come back to where one of our favorite restaurants was and find a new one that was also great. Very respectful remodel and very delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. They are very attentive of their guests. The food is delicious and so are the drinks.

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MariaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to this place 4x or more. The menu is always changing. I've tried almost all of them and its always delicious. The desert menu had improved a lot. I like that the ice cream flavors are also changing each time we visited. I'm not much of a drinker but the cocktail drinks are one a kind. The service is impecable and very welcoming.

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sftiggee
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been to Palmetto twice now: once on a date night, and once with the kids for their Prime Rib Wednesdays. For our date night, we got the escargot and the tartare for starters, the halibut and NY strip steak for entrees, and the banana and chocolate pie for dessert. The flavors for the starters was different than what we were expecting from when we've had these at standard French restaurants. There was definitely a Latin flair that tasted really good. We both really liked it. The entrees were well done and again, the sauces and veggies had a nice Latin flair. The pie was delicious and not too sweet. The second experience was with their prime rib special. I can't quite say that the prime rib was worth the price, but the sides and the salad were great. The prime rib was standard and nothing special. I would definitely recommend Palmetto for a date night and everything we tried was delicious, I just wouldn't necessarily get the prime rib again.

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vipBostonTom
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. Loved our time here.

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vipRockridgeFoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Their shrimp cocktail was nothing like the poor sad little pink things drooped over the rim of a bowl of cocktail sauce -- they were artfully arranged, topped with thin slices of radish, nestled in salsa verde.

We were very happy that Palmetto has instituted a requirement that all custoemrs be vaccinated. We would not have gone otherwise.

Room was noisy but not too noisy -- we were able to hear each other and have a fine conversation.

There are cute banquettes one one side of the restaurant where you are in a mini-booth. Those would be fun to eat in.

Prices were a little on the high side but I think that is the way all good-quality restaurants are going right now. I assume they're trying to pay their staff decently.

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vipNoahC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely happy with their vaccine policy!!

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AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Drinks where good food look beautiful but not delicious

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vipsmalls
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails and ambiance. We loved the appetizers. The vegetarian main was good but not something i would get again. My husband really enjoyed the chicken main.

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SUNFISH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, awesome location!

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EillieA
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and such a great vibe. Can’t wait to come back!

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Mysterywoman
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely drinks, tasty entree and nice server - I'll be back!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palmetto was fantastic! All facets of the meal were wonderful- drinks, food, service. The bar program is a perfect blend of creatively new and lesser known (but tasty) classics. The food was interesting and delicious. The service excelled above expectations as well. We got to geek out with the bar manager and our waiter paired our slew of dishes perfectly.

A wonderful evening!

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vipSophieC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around. Delicious food, incredible fun drinks, and nice service. It was a little hard to hear the server over his mask, but that's not his fault. I appreciate their attention to safety during this tough time.

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BenjE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Got the Hamchi crudo and the Brussel sprouts for apps, both of which blew us away especially the Brussels and if that’s where the meal ended I would have nothing negative to say. But the entrees were a significant let down. Between the two of us we got the steak dinner both ways. My 16oz ribeye was charred to death and between a medium and a medium well and my friends short rib was basically adobo leather. Might have just been an off night though so I’ll most likely give another chance.

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PatO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful, fun vibe. Everything was delicious and drinks were fun and strong. Highly recommend!

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lecram
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and the food was even better

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AndrewT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Place, good food, good service, and fun atmosphere!

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PaigeS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food wasn't very good & the prices are very high especially for Oakland. I would have expected a better cocktail menu as well.

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ChrisD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our time at Palmetto. We sat at the perfect table for people-watching, loved the solid wine list, did the prime rib dinner and a couple salads and had a fantastic time. Will be a monthly pilgrimage for us.

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vipmawkus
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively, fun and full. Everything was great, we shared several apps in a group. Service was attentive but casual and didn't rush us. Some of the best fries I've had in a while (paired well with mussels), the dino kale salad was great, and I liked the shrimp "cocktail." We all enjoyed the tropical drinks as well as the classic cocktails

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tpgmd
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice vibe at the restaurant, crowded but not terribly loud; pork chop was excellent, chicken less so. Salads quite different from standard fare and well done

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The escargot, steak tartare, fries, and cocktails were excellent. The shrimp cocktail and scallop entree were a little disappointing. Better than Flora was though—would go back.

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MarshallE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food attentive service and a fun atmosphere. Will be back.

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JennyeGee
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love what they've done with the old Flora space! It was in need of a refresh, and they delivered! Perfect for a girls' night out, or a date night. Instagram worthy ambiance and REALLY good food & drinks. I literally booked another reservation the moment I got home from dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was quite good. Scallops were the table favorite .Interiors very current, great use of color. Drinks were very good. Tasted like drinking a refreshing pool cocktail.

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LolaOak
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff, excellent food and drinks

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vipRonenB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

The decor was spot on 50s diner, someone obvious put a lot of time and effort into the decor. However if only they put that much work into the actual food…I came for the Wednesday prime rib dinner. The starter salad was raw red cabbage based which isn’t a problem if it’s sliced thin like in cole slaw, but these were in large inedible chunks. It came out looking like it had been boiled, and absent any seasoning. Again - probably on par for 50s style diner cooking but not what I want for a $65 plate. The green beans were cooked in sugar and were inedible and the mashed potatoes were so thin I strongly suspect they were made from a box. My partner got the only vegetarian fish on the menu - vegetable and grits, the grits were just plain awful. I can make better grits at home and I’m not even a good cook.

This place was so bad I actually took the time to write a review. I Wouldn’t come here again.

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vipGavinD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a date night, or just a fun night out. Drinks, food, service all were awesome.

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Palmetto is rated 4.6 stars by 87 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.