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
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
Delicious food, great atmosphere, awesome location!
Amazing food and such a great vibe. Can’t wait to come back!
Lovely drinks, tasty entree and nice server - I'll be back!
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!
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.
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.
Such a wonderful, fun vibe. Everything was delicious and drinks were fun and strong. Highly recommend!
Great ambience and the food was even better
Great Place, good food, good service, and fun atmosphere!
Food wasn't very good & the prices are very high especially for Oakland. I would have expected a better cocktail menu as well.
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.
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
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
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.
Great food attentive service and a fun atmosphere. Will be back.
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!
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.
Very nice staff, excellent food and drinks
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.
Great for a date night, or just a fun night out. Drinks, food, service all were awesome.
Palmetto was well reviewed on OpenTable and Yelp to so my wife and I decided to check it out. First, if you arrive after 6 pm on weekends, street parking near the restaurant if free. The ambiance is retro which includes a solid list of mixed drinks you would expect to find at a local speakeasy. The meal was good, not excellent, but good. My wife had the braised pork chop and fraise salad, she enjoyed it, but felt there was a good portion of fatty sections of the chop that were not edible. My ribeye was perfectly cooked with french fries on the side. The steak was good, but out of 12 oz, 4 oz, was fat, which is somewhat normal, but seemed a little much for $47 cut of meat. In general, good meal, but we would only come back if we made a stop at Make Westing first and needed a bite afterwards.
Immaculate food and drink. What a great new spot. Thank you for the great time
Favorite dish was the scallops dish - beautiful plating, perfect combination of ingredients with cauliflower puree and pea shoots. Brussel sprouts was amazing as well with the cheese and spicy oil. The space is a bit too open and bright for me (not intimate). Maybe I'll try to request sitting at the booth next time.
I love this place so much. So a delicious and casual place to eat. I'll be coming back forever and ever.
We are at the bar and gave up our table. Jeannie, the person taking care of us at the bar was phenomenal and had great recommendations and really wonderful service. Fantastic food!
Wow, food was beautiful and delicious, service was great, and the cocktails amazing
Staff was friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and nicely proportioned. We will be back soon!
I enjoyed the appetizer and the drinks but I still feel the entrees need some work. The steak we ordered wasn’t even that flavorful
I've been here twice now, and love that the menu is constantly changing. Come with a small group so you can share a bunch of stuff because everything is amazing. They've found a way to make staples like kale salad new and interesting with complex flavors and unique ingredients. Definitely order the crudo- by far my favorite thing on the menu. And their wine selection is unparalleled.
The food, service, ambiance and drinks were fantastic.
Great recommendations from staff. All the food and drink was lovely, unique and inspired. Portions were proper with price point of each item. Definitely be back.
Excellent cocktails and food
Cute decor and pleasant service.
Initially came here just for the ambience and decor, but the food was so amazing! Definitely coming back again.
Awesome food was great, drinks were awesome
Service is impecable!
Drinks were top notch! Definitely coming back again for the ribeye and mussels!
Delicious food and drinks. Vermouth is really a thing now, good to know
Great service and food. Delicious cocktails. Shrimp cocktail, kale salad and the buttermilk cauliflower mash were sublime. The only misstep was the frisée salad that was served w the pork chop was way overdressed.
Palmetto is rated 4.6 stars by 68 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.