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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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Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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

We had a great experience. The food was great. The restaurant has a no corkage fee if you bring a bottle of wine from Uncooked, a local wine shop.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great service and food, maybe a bit overpriced. Their homemade tortillas are amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I made a reservation requesting a high chair. When we arrived, the hostess took us to our seats - no smiles or greeting - and no indication of where we can find a high chair. She then disappeared. Quite a put off. We flagged down a waiter and got directed to where we could get a high chair eventually. The service picked up a bit after (our waitress was alright).
The patio is good for people watching.
The food was good; large portions.
Loved the margaritas.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve 2018

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We visit Palmilla from out of town every year and are never disappointed. Excellent guacamole sampler and fajitas top notch. Try to sit outside by fire pit if you can.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food and service was superb. The wives liked the eye candy!! LOL

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our seating reservations were messed up so we were initially placed at an indoor table where the ambiance is geared for a younger crowd. Fortunately we were moved to an outdoor seating, but they have too many people working a single table so things got a bit screwed up. Food was good, but pricey.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

A good friend was in town from Hawaii and not only did he like the food but he loved the view of the sunset while we sat outside for dinner.

Tags: Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Holiday celebration

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I usually come for the mango jalapeno margarita. My friends and I were happy with our first meal this evening. The service was excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The BEST margaritas in the beach cities!! Best to sit on the patio to enjoy the good weather and people watching. Louder inside, quiter outside. Always good food!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Nice casual restaurant located about 100 yards from Hermosa pier. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating. I sat inside but I noticed at least 2 large fire pit tables outside which would be perfect for people watching along the plaza. They have a small indoor bar with about 8 or so bar stools. Most food has a Mexican flair with a nice culinary touch using the best and freshest ingredients. I had the crusted Chilean sea bass ($36) which was superb. It came with a spicy pineapple salsa on the side but I preferred the fish without it because it did not add much and to me, it over powered the rich delicate flavor of the bass. I also had a cucumber margarita called the Diablo ($12) which was one of the best I've ever had. The Modelo Especial on draft paired well with the complimentary house salsa and fresh hot tortillas they give you at the beginning. The service and vibe was fast and fun, a bit noisy and pricey but I will come back again for a special occasion and try the bar and fire pit. I recommend this restaurant if you're looking for a fun restaurant in Hermosa with good food, drinks, service and location.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food, very attentive staff - no rushing us the bill trying to get us out of there.

Appetizers (short rib tacos) were filling so nobody had room for the main course. The ginger margarita was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

No acknowledgement of special occasion (birthday) that I has specified. Difficult to get our waiter's attention at times.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of the best restaurants I have been to in a while. Food is amazing and drinks are even better. Try everything! Lobster tacos are fantastic.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was terrible. Waiter forgot to bring 2 items we ordered.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food here is really tasty and they give you a nice size portion.
I had a combo; short rib enchilada (very tender) and Chile rellano (beat I have ever had!).
I will go back!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This place is always incredible. The food, service, and ambiance is top notch. The tacos are amazing and very reasonably priced, and the Smokey pasilla cocktail is great if you like mezcal. The Chile rilleno is also a favorite. Can’t wait to go back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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