About Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

For birthdays, anniversaries or large parties, please call the Events Manager,Bianca, 310 977 7939 or bianca@palmillahb.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.

39 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 12pm-4pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 1:30pm

Cross Street:
Hermosa Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 503-7722

Website:
http://www.palmillarestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Christina Cipres

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Hot Spot (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
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Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Authentic (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
People Watching (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Casual (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Romantic (5)
Spicy (5)
Cozy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Waterfront (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

My all-time-favorite. The service is always stellar. Never too pushy, always perfect. I can't say enough about the food. Try everything. Drinks are delish. Got a bottle of wine on my b-day. Very reasonable and quite good. Love the patio but the inside is just gorgeous and sexy. Eye-candy everywhere. This place remains my special-occasion place but also my favorite daytime/ drinks / people watching on patio. From start to finish, always exceptional.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, People Watching
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food is good and the service was great. I definitely recommend if you're into a energetic crowd.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I loved it! The food was great the service and recommendations by the staff were right on. Tequila options were plenty. A little pricey but overall amazing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our first visit - after reading previous reviews we elected to sit outside in the patio. Inside seemed boisterous but didn’t bother us on the patio. Service was excellent and attentive but not pushy. My wife’s meal seemed a little over priced but it was one of the specials of the house. I dropped the value rating from 4 to 3 stars due to this. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a favorite, Palmilla never fails to deliver - fresh ingredients, great attentive waitstaff, accommodating hosts - a definite hotspot with amazing food and ambiance. Surprising cuisine right at the beach. Love!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing hospitality thank yu

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in the LA area. I go EVERY time I visit. I’m already looking forward to my travels to the left coast again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Hostess was extremely cold which is a shame because that's the first person you see walking into a restaurant. We were weary about staying after that. Waiter was very nice...he seemed a little busy even though there were a lot of empty tables. People by the bar were really loud and it looked like they were regulars because a lot of the waiters seemed to know them. The food for me was the best part.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The best thing about this restaurant was the drinks. The food was terrible. The guacamole tasted like it came from a tub from Walmart (couldn't eat it). Salsa terrible served with homemade flour tortillas that were raw in the middle. The food overall was flavorless and not cooked very well. There were too many tables packed into a small space. A horrible dining experience!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our server was awesome, eric. Noise level is quite high during dinner time, great ambience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We always enjoy the food here! It's the closest to TexMex that we can find in the South Bay. Great margaritas..amazing tortillas!! Fun!

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great Mexican food and margaritas. Not cheap, but good!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

always a great place to go with friends for food and drinks, but i do think they are starting to skimp on the tequila in their margaritas. not as strong as they use to be :(

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The place is very lively. The service was awesome. It was a wonderful experience. We would go back in a heartbeat. If you don't like noise maybe this place is not for you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This restaurant has nothing to do with how it's advertised. We had expected an elegant place and a fine-dining experience. Instead, we got a loud bar, drunk diners dancing at the bar, and food & drinks that were those befitting a mediocre Americanized version of Mexican food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Love this place! I'm picky. It's yummy! Chilean sea bass special rocks!

Tags: Spicy, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The décor of the restaurant is nice however the people that come dress very casual and can be loud/obnoxious. Food was great! service was just ok.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Service was good, drinks were ok. Food was not good. Overly salted and the fish tasted frozen. The corn and the churros we're very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Upon arrival seated immediately per our reservation; settled in our booth, however, had to just sit and ground ourselves for a little bit - we thought maybe there was a "fire" in the kitchen or something as the wait staff was running -- and I do mean RUNNING -- as if they were attempting to serve 5000 patrons with a staff of three!?!? We were mystified by the kinetic energy, very un-nerving and uncomfortable, making it hard to relax and look at menu. And then it took almost 20 minutes before we were even acknowledged - no hello, no water, nothing. Thankfully we hung in there and finally our very charming waiter arrived and took good care of us. The menu is expansive with some wonderfully creative dishes, as well as the typical Mexican food fare -- we opted for creative (waiter assisted) and neither of us were disappointed. Our respective steaks were perfect, seafood (prawns) excellent, roasted veggies delightful. And oh yes, our appetizer (Tostadaditas Ahi Ceviche) could have been a meal -- two orders of that, a salad or soup, and a few drinks would do very nicely. I hesitated to order dinner when we ordered appetizers and I should have listened to myself because dinner came way too fast -- on top of the ceviche, no time to savor and enjoy. Won't do that again. The kinetic energy by the waiters finally calmed down after about an hour -- still don't get the why of that. Our waiter treated us to dessert -- fried ice cream -- which we shared and was just enough to end a wonderful meal. Will we go again? If we can find a quiet, less busy time, yes ... otherwise probably not. Upon leaving, the hostess cut us off at the doorway (without a word) so we had to wait on five patrons to walk through; so rude, an annoyance that wasn't necessary. More training of staff in order maybe? Friendlier hostesses (no eye contact ever); and 'calm down' waiters, is it really a race to feed us and get us out the door? If so, then definitely won't be back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The scenery is great, if you like beautiful men. Food was amazing, not too quiet, not to loud, this place is killer.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

It was very nice, the smaller arena causes it to be a little loud, but aside from that, it was nice ambiance, good food

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I love this place so much it will be my go to whenever I'm in town! Everything couldn't be more perfect. Go for the food... go for the fun... go for the atmosphere! They work hard, the service is top notch... and they mix it all up with a lot of fun! Love you JD and John!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Happy Hour, Spicy, Hot Spot, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I had to ask for a server after being seated for 10-15 minutes with servers walking right past us. But after we got attention from our server, everything was great! Food was delicious, bottomless mimosas were the best deal. They really filled them up to the top of the glass and often! Sitting outside was a really nice treat. I would definitely come back if I were to visit Hermosa Beach again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great food and attentive service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The best. Great date place or just a local classy dinner hangout. Wonderful service, food and atmosphere. I'm going to be a regular now

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our favorite place for dinner and a special occasion. Amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Amazing food, service and fun patio to sit on and people watch!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Food was incredibly good. Service was outstanding - going out of their way to accommodate our gluten free needs! Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Wanted something local but special for our wedding anniversary and went to Palmilla. My husband hadn't tried it and he was very happy with our choice. We loved our dinner and drinks!
What sets it apart from the many restaurants in the South Bay is the cool chic ambiance, the friendly and attentive service and the delicious tortillas and cocktails.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great Mexican/Yucatán type food right on the Pier in Hermosa Beach. I requested to be seated outdoors and was lucky to get it...they are always busy. And for good reason. Their food is delicious. My favorite is the Short rib taquitos and their quacamole ! Their tortillas are all made on site and really fresh. Our waiter was really considerate of my hearing issues and took fantastic care of my sister and I and her kids. Make reservations if possible, because it is a busy place!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent, always great! The margarita's are perfection, and the bartender is great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

All great guac trio great and seafood terrific. Try the diablo margarita!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Hot Spot, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Fun, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The food was great! The Fajitas has jumbo shrimps with white rice and black beans, and the steak Fajitas had traditional mexican rice and beans!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Had a 5 PM reservation with my husband and very well behaved nine-month. Had called the restaurant ahead of time to make sure that they were OK with us bringing a baby, and would supply a high chair, they said of course! Once we got there they seemed to rush the entire dining experience. We ordered cocktails and an appetizer and our entrées at the same time. Five minutes after we received our appetizer and hadn't taken a bite yet our entrées came out and the server asked if he could clear our appetizer. We hadn't taken one bite! They repeatedly kept checking on us once we Started eating to see if we were finished and needed a check. In looking around at the other tables their service was at a comfortable pace.
Would clearly not recommend if you have children because they will run you out of there. Start to finish from the time we sat down to the time that we started the car was one hour!! Hands-down the most disappointing dining experience we've ever had in LA- will not return and will not recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We picked this restaurant for lunch/brunch based on reviews but were very disappointed. I have to be gluten free and was told there was not many options, nothing is called out on the menu so can't recommend to the GF community. The wait staff don't know what is GF.
We ordered Mojitos that were way too sweet so had to return them. We've have plenty of good Mojitos so know what good tastes like :)
Then the food..my wife's, the Huevos Verde Scramble, was VERY salty and mine, the Palmilla omelette, was bland and the shredded chicken (machaca,) dry. There were also lots of jalapenos and the chimichurri sauce was hot (requested on the side) which is great if you like that but we asked for mild so I wouldn't expect cut jalapenos added.
The server was nice but the place wasn't busy and he just left us on our own for long periods. We then had to wait 10 mins+ to pay the bill and we just wanted to leave.
We don't get out much as a couple because we have young kids at home and have to organize a babysitter so this was a really disappointing experience. We won't go back especially as we felt pretty sick afterwards.
For reference, we do love Mexican food, especially our local, Calimex, which we go to regularly with the kids.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Love the handmade tortillas and everything else !!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food was great and our server was very attentive. The inside decor is very attractive but don't expect to have good conversations. The music is super loud which makes everyone else shout so the person next to them can hear.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The first time I went I was amazed. Great grade of people - fun - food was outstanding - service was outstanding. This time - horrible! Stupid crowd, people who work there calling customers "Brah" - I mean, really? There are some great waiters, bartenders, but news flash -they aren't that important! If your pants are too tight and you really your gorgeous - buy a mirror. Sorry, really disappointed in the food as well. Made me embarrassed to talk it up so much to the people I came with - they were like - what were you thinking?

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We had a nice evening, however, our server was a little scatter-brained and I probably had the worst seat in the whole restaurant (last table located at the back where servers and diners walk past to go to the restrooms). I think every server and every diner bumped into my seat since there is very little room to walk around! As you can imagine, very annoying and upsetting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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