Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

4.7
530 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
For birthdays, anniversaries or large parties, please call our Events Manager, Taylor at 310 977 7939 or email at taylor@palmillarestaurant.com


Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila, an upscale chef driven restaurant, delivers regionally influenced gourmet Mexican food, engaging service, hand-crafted cocktails, and the best selection of premium tequilas in the South Bay. Located steps away from the Pacific ocean on the Hermosa Beach promenade, guests will enjoy an elegant market-fresh menu. The innovative space, designed by G+ Gulla Jonsdottir Designs, transports guests to a Mexican resort complete with a cozy heated patio, unique white stone walls surrounding an intimate dining room, and a stunning marble counter-top at the full service bar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 12pm-4pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 1:30pm
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Phone number
(310) 977-7939
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christina Cipres
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Cross street
Hermosa Ave
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a brunch reservation and when I arrived power was out at all businesses in the area, but the staff was super kind and accomomodated my party with chips and drinks. Luckily power came back after about 30 minutes and the amazing service continued. GREAT BRUNCH menu and the food was perfect. Highly recommend.

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P
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitstaff was friendly and helpful. Good food and drinks! Patio is cozy with a couple of small fire side tables.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing . Great service and Conner our server was great. He has served us in the past and he is very attentive . My only complaint is that one of the employees ( one of the basics there with the muscles and the tattoos ) seemed annoyed that he had to turn the heater on for us . We did change our mind about having the heater on since we were in the sun . But I didn’t need to know he was inconvenienced to do his job.

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SB
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic wait staff, fantastic food

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VK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We keep going back to Palmilla. The food and service are excellent. It's consistently good. The only issue is how loud it is in the dining area. You have to make an effort to be heard with friends. Better to sit outside if you want to have meaningful conversation.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palmilla is our go-to restaurant for special occasions, date nights and when we have guests in town. It serves the most delicious, inspired food, unique drinks with super fresh ingredients and superior service in HB! All with an atmosphere that is stunning and lively. The servers work together to make sure you are well taken care of, remember every detail and drink order all with finesse and fun personality. Simply the best!

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Tried this place out for the first time due to all the good reviews on Yelp, but were left completely underwhelmed with the food. Pretty expensive for what we got. Everything everyone ordered at our table (four of us) needed to be salted for flavor. Everything was pretty bland. Pricing would be fine if the food had more flavor. The handmade tortillas served with salsa and butter at the beginning was good. So there’s that...

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R
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to for great quality Mexican. Had Las Brisas plate and ahi fajitas along with Palmilla margaritas. Loved it all. Service always attentive. Super loud but fun and great atmosphere.

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JB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food has really gone down. Ordered the ahi appetizer and the tuna was very stringy. Tried to pick up one piece and a clump that looked like a bunch of grapes came out. The ceviche white fish appetizer wasn’t good either. Didn’t order dinner.

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D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great but as soon as we got seated the hostess right away said how much time we had. I thought that was very rude tell us how much time we have before we even sit down.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch!

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U
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Felt rushed. The three of us got there at 5:30 and wanted a table outside. We were told that there was a party coming in at 7:30 who had reserved the table and that we would need to leave by 7:15. We asked if we could get another table at 7:15 and were told we would have to be put on the list and it wasn’t a guarantee. Which was kind of strange because it was a Wed night and the patio was empty. 7 pm cam around and our server reminded us again that we had to leave at 7:15, we asked again about another table and he said we had to be put on the list again. Hostess comes over at 7:14 as we were finishing our drinks and says the party is here and we had to move.

I get it, we were told ahead of time and everyone was super nice and very polite but it felt sucky to have to move with no other table to go to, and the patio was EMPTY.
No biggie we went across the way and spent our money and the rest of the evening at another restaurant.

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LA
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good, not amazing. Pretty restaurant. We sat outside . The inside portion was blasting loud music. The servers were very nice and relaxed.

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come once a year and this is my favorite spot. Frequent it as much as possible when I’m in town. Love it. Love the staff, they are the reason we always come back!

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KR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the mahi mahi taco plate and it was so delicious!!!!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wish they had more outside/patio seating!! Inside is a bit loud and the seating isn’t very comfortable. Drinks are always great and food is good.

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KF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good and the food was great as usual. The white sangria was awesome.

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J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great!
We were full from the starter dish and 4 drinks in so we ordered 2 dinners to go. Didn't realized they charged us $3.50 for to go meal's. WTF! I dropped over $160.00 for 2 and this is what we get.
For this we will not recommend to our friends and not coming back.
Sorry

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Palmilla and it was great. From the time we arrived until we left. Wonderful service, the food and drinks outstanding... love the fresh tortillas. I will definitely come back. Thank you!

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BA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at Palmilla Cocina several times over the past few years. This evening our party of 3 had dinner to celebrate a birthday. We made our reservation with Open Table and we were seated immediately on arrival. Our waiter was attentive and informative. We ordered a couple of their Peppina Diablo margaritas and a classic, hand squeezed lime margarita. They were all very good but at $12.50 a piece the Peppina Diablo margaritas are overpriced. Even at $11 the classic margarita is too expensive especially given that all of the drinks were fairly small - a highball glass of mostly ice.

We ordered the short rib taquitos as an appetizer which was quite tasty. For the main we had 2 Playa La Brisas ($31.50/ea) and a Chipotle Pollo y Hongos ($22). All were quite good albeit expensive. We finished with a Flan De Azucar and the waiter very thoughtfully brought a fried ice cream desert for the birthday girl. We all ordered coffee however, quite surprisingly what was served was barely lukewarm and had to be returned which at $4.50 a cup was disappointing.

The tab totalled $192 not including the tip for 3 people and only one round of drinks. I have to say that makes Palmilla decidedly expensive. Many of the main dishes were >$30 and several were in the $40+ range. We limited ourselves to one round of drinks and avoided the more expensive items (>$40) on the menu. I no longer consider Palmilla to be a reasonably priced place to eat. It is also the ONLY place on Pier Plaza to not have a happy hour. It is for this reason that we are likely to not eat there much in the future as it is basically a $75/pp (assuming you add a glass of wine or an additional drink with your meal) making it the most expensive casual mexican restaurant that I know.

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TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food, margaritas and atmosphere were all awesome here!!

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R
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food and drink enjoyable, crew questionable, hostess particularly abnoxious and rude. Can not recommend anymore.

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We checked in 10 mins. Late - hostess immediately tells us we only have the table until 8:30, we asked for a booth and was told if we moved to a booth we would only have 45 min to dine. So we stayed at table next to bar. It was freezing in there. We were there for a birthday and dinner was not cheap. You get the feeling that you are being rushed. When your bill for three people is over $300.00, you would expect to be a left alone to dine in peace. That is not the case. This has been our go to celebration restaurant. Not sure it will be in the future. Nothing is worst than being rushed while dining...

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C
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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KR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on Tues night to celebrate our 25th anniversary and they had a black out so we had to leave so we didn’t get to have dinner. So we went back Sat night sat outside and had a really great waiter named Eric. We had apps cocktails and dinner. Everything was great but I ordered the chicken enchiladas Suisa for the first time and It was very dry and I wasn’t very happy with it but my husband had the seafood plate and loved it.

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EH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved this place. However, we said it was my birthday and they forgot to come out. It happens! Just make sure you let them know before hand. Will definitely return. LOVED their Tortillas.

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KR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband and I came for dinner for our 25th anniversary. We ordered and enjoyed appetizers and special margaritas. Unfortunately, after we put in our dinner order there was a blackout and we had to leave without eating. We were really bummed but we understood it was not not their fault and we will definitely go back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palmilla is my favorite Mexican Restaurant and highly recommend it for the quality of it’s deluctable dishes and the vibrant bar scene! They also have the best Skinny Margaritas in town!

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CD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many times, and it is ALWAYS a great experience. I love sitting outside, even when it gets chilly (they have heaters). Their margaritas are absolutely divine. The food is the best I have ever had. The wait staff is great, personable, and attentive. I cannot recommend this place enough.

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DZ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu from a very talented chef. Excellent service staff.

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

tacos camaron were great, raspberry mango blended mojito was amazing!

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GO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 1

The service was good the food was good but the flies were awful they told us they cannot get rid of the flies so the whole time we were eating we were shooing flies away which I found extremely unhealthy and extremely annoying. Unless they can correct this problem I will never be back

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, always great service and yummy food!!

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GG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool spot where everyone looks beautiful! The lighting and decor are forgiving and fabulous!
Its a bit loud so don't expect an intimate conversation, but after a few delicious margaritas, who cares.

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the cool vibe and fun outdoor patio. The food was great and the spicy margaritas are fantastic. We had the ceviche sampler and shrimp enchiladas and both were excellent. We eat here every couple of months.

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JP
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was good but not great- servers were friendly and attentive.

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MM
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and drinks were excellent and the table and seating were comfortable and lovely atmosphere. HOWEVER, as much as I admire this restaurant, the noise from the bar crowd was deafening. The decimal meter was off the charts. So, either go for lunch or definitely have an outdoor table unless you are with people whom you would rather not converse with. Noise canceling headphones would be useless here.

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TT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cocktails and food, great view from the patio, attentive waiters, beautiful people!

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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite go-to in Hermosa! I live in San Diego and found out about this place when my best friend used to live in the area. The past weekend my boyfriend and I drove up to Long Beach to visit her but before we did, we stayed the night in redondo and made our way to the reservations here. He loved it like I knew he would. You seriously cannot go wrong with this place for food or drinks!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar window. Rocky was our server. He is awesome! Always friendly and on top of things. Makes amazing drinks and keeps them coming! He rocked! Ps loved the tortillas and honey butter!

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