Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

4.7
512 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 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
3 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
16 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
3 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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OT
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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OT
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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CO
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and a fun array of cocktail selections and the food is delicious too!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Will come back again.

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Sudden arrival of a few too many flies to relax and enjoy our lunch. The place was busy and there were not enough servers. This doesn't happen often. Service was very slow and not attentive. We didn't get the service we are used to at this establishment.

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L
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A. M. A. Z. I. N. G. as always. Celebrated anniversaries with dear out of town friends. Best spicy margaritas

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PS
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Waiter argued with how to make a margarita without agave syrup and then charged $25. Food was Average at best and expensive compared to most restaurants in the area. We are local, our out of town friends suggested the place and were equally disappointed.

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JE
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come for our anniversary every year and the manager and servers always make sure it’s special! Wonderful meal and evening.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Drinks are overpriced.

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HB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had both breakfasts and lunches. Great and delicious. Very friendly atmosphere. Quantity was plentiful.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Bar tables need new chairs. The chairs tilt . Noise is very loud !

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great upscale Mexican dining spot in Hermosa. Service was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Food was excellent and drinks were even better! Definitely coming back soon.

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B
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was average; drink selection was excellent ; great service; nice ambiance

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l
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Love this place the other dozen times I came and brought friends....tonight we got jammed in the back of the restaurant, with tables of mixed height, blocking the waiters path to food pickup. When I asked to be reseated I was told everything I did wrong in making my reservation(?)....”you booked for 4 then changed to 6”, he was correct, I did that because on Open Table I couldn’t book a party larger than 4, so we spoke on the phone and I was told the patio was too full but inside would be fine. I was never told we’d be squeezed into the back. The gentleman who seated us should have steered clear of “blame the customer” and simply looked into what he could do and just apologize and perhaps gratis us an appetizer.

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Our waiter really stepped up and gave us the great usual attention. The drinks are always good as it the food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Chris our server saved our experience. Top notch service and excellent food

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I've always enjoyed dining here for the beach-side location, the complimentary home made tortillas and other delicious offerings but recently, the service has been pretty bad, quality of food has decreased and no fresh tortillas when you sit down. One time they tried to pass store bought ones as their home made ones. Margaritas are still the best, but other than that I have no desire to come back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The service was great, and the ambience was pleasant.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The corn and chicken tamale was very very good. I enjoyed the whole dining experience.

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are truly accommodating at Palmilla. They get busy sometimes but always aim to please, and the beverages and food are excellent.

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b
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive, creative menu. To die for warm flour tortillas to start and amazing cocktail choices.
The food is so delicious and satisfying. The best taquitos ever, light and no trace of greasiness. Can't wait to go back.

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