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Palmilla Dining Room - Palmilla Newport Beach Cocina y Tequila, Newport Beach, CA

Palmilla Newport Beach Cocina y Tequila

4.8
4.8
49 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila features home-style Mexican cuisine featuring the freshest seafood and the finest cuts of beef, along with an amazing selection of premium tequilas, mezcals and globally inspired wines. Both Palmilla Hermosa Beach and Palmilla Newport Beach feature lovely outdoor patio areas, perfect for soaking up the sea breezes from the Pacific ocean just footsteps away. Palmilla’s sophisticated, yet inviting dining rooms showcase imported, custom-made furniture and decor that transports guests to Mexico’s luxurious coastal landscapes. When dining at Palmilla, you will feel as if you’ve been transported to an upscale boutique hotel in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which is where much of the inspiration of the design came from.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (949) 220-1290
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Raymond Alvarez
  • Neighborhood
    Newport Beach
  • Cross street
    Newport Blvd & 31st St
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 49 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Mexican

  • South Orange County

    Hot spot

  • South Orange County

    Lively

  • South Orange County

    Mexican

49 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is terrific, our server was great, and very attentive and nice despite how busy she seemed. Definitely recommend, and will be going back again

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  2. Danielle

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it was my first time at palmilla and i was blown away! we came to celebrate my birthday and everything was a 10/10 - food, service, ambience were just amazing. we recommend the fresh spicy mango margarita, chips and guac, playa shrimp taquitos, and filet mignon fajitas. we will definitely be back! :)

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  3. Howard

    Orange County

    291 reviews

    5.0

    291 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing lunch Trio of ceviche Shrimp Diablo All great

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant! Went for my birthday dinner and absolutely enjoyed the ambiance and food. This is definitely a must try dinner spot if you’re in Newport.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food was great! restaurant vibes were amazing, drinks were delicious! all around great restaurant

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  6. Haku

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the ambience of this place and the service was fantastic. Drinks were pretty good! The food, however, was a bit on the disappointing side. The chile relleno was bland and mushy, guac trio was just OK (the plaintain chips were amazing, though), the short rib taquitos were also just OK. The shrimp taquitos were SO good, and I would order that again. The tortillas that come out with the butter and 2 salsas are also really good, but overall if only 2 dishes out of the 5 were the only good ones and the other 2 were "meh" or subpar, the $150 tab isn't worth it (and one of those dishes, the tortillas, was free!). I think if a friend wanted to go to a place with nice drinks and a small app, I would recommend this place. But I wouldn't recommend this place for their actual entrees.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food!! Fantastic cocktails & food. Highly recommend their spicy mango margaritas and shrimp taquitos!

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  8. katn

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great customer service, loved the ambience and vibe. Food and drinks were amazing. Overall great 1st impression and experience

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  9. MaritaS

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! I am definitely coming back here again!

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  10. Tatyana

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, atmosphere & decor is super nice, tasty food, portions - especially appetizers & tacos are very small. Margaritas are great. I would come back but I would suggest to increase portion size. Tacos are delicious but $33 for very tiny lobster tacos is a bit high. Planning to come back to try other things from the menu. Thank you!

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  11. Kamillion

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance! The server was lovely but a bit busy, so it took a while for our order to be taken. My food was delicious; I just wish the temperature was warmer. It would have been nice for the fajitas to be served on a skillet to keep the protein warm. I am looking forward to returning soon with family and friends.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful ambiance and food was delicious! Would definitely come here again for dinner if their wait time isn’t always 2hrs +

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  13. Melanie

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Group of 5 at around 9pm, really nice waitress, food took a little while but was pretty good as well. Overall nice restaurant experience!

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  14. AntonioP

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Valentine's day with the wife, we enjoyed the food and service. I would recommend going back.

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  15. EricksonC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place. Food service and atmosphere were all spot on. Loved the Guacamole Trio and Tacos Pescado were delicious!

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  16. Milo

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I had high expectations being that it was booked at least 4 months out for dinner. I did not read previous reviews because I did not want others opinions to taint my experience. However, and as I am a foodie and a professional chef, even though I did not find the food anything particularly interesting or special, the whole vibe and experience was good. The menu was basic with just a couple of different accents thrown in. I feel like they held back on the heat of the food, could have driven more spice into the dishes. Honestly it was just myself and a friend so that is not a lot to go on, but going through the menu, I could assume that to be the case. I think they played it a little safe, but that is my opinion and taste preference. Did love that they have my favorite rare tequila! Wish the bar was bigger so you could just go in for a cocktail. Every time I’ve tried it’s full with reservation people waiting to be seated. Overall, fun new place that I’m sure will be constantly busy and won’t disappoint.

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  17. FrankM

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place, food and service were terrific...we will be back for sure.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Good was subpar. Not enough flavor and very basic

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  19. BobC

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    They were very understaffed with 2 total waiters for the entire resturant. Our initial waiter could not provide service so we flagged down the other waiter and he helped us out. You expect more service for $250 for 3 people.

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  20. LauraM

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was delicious. Better than I actually expected. We first off ordered the coconut pineapple margarita. Very good!! But the price tho. Food was amazing. The ribeye with bacon creama is a MUST!!! Then ordered 2 more margaritas. The muddle watermelon bomb. Watermelon cilantro was decent.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Loved the scenery. Churros were fucken fire

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  22. SusanT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great place to go to lunch with your friends........

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was quite rude and was not attentive at all!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant and cool vibe. Cool Restaurant to celebrate birthdays.

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  25. JayDee

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing experience. Loved the ambiance and the food. Service was great.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at Palmilla. Decor and ambiance were very nice. Food was great - especially the potato taquitos. Service was lacking even though it was lunch and they weren’t very busy. We ordered guacamole which was delish. So much so that we ordered a second round but it never came. We also had to fill our own water glasses! Not major issues but we expected more. Overall a welcome addition to the restaurant selection in OC. Will give them a second chance.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    First off, this restaurant is BEAUTIFUL! They offered complimentary tortillas and salsas which were good. I believe the tortilla were house made which earns extra points with us. We ordered the ceviche trio which was also good. However, the passion fruit margarita I ordered did not taste like passion fruit. The surf and turf enchiladas were lacking in flavor and the shrimp/crab enchilada did not have as much meat as the short rib enchilada. It was a decent experience.

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  28. Foodies

    Orange County

    256 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    256 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The skinny margaritas were quite lgood, but more ice than margarita. The warm tortillas served with honey butter and salsas were a nice starter. The fried halibut taco was very good, as was the chicken taco. The server was friendly and the ambiance is very nice.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful restaurant with a great vibe. Services was excellent. The food and margaritas are delicious!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is very chic and gives Tulum vibes and the service is very good. However, the ambience is just ok. They need to play the music louder and the food is very average.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greta food, good service and was quick. Pricey but everything is these days

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was immaculate, and portion was pretty good too. Definitely shareable if you go with 2-3 people. Drinks are amazing as well!

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  33. CarolC

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful table, Fabulous food and great Christmas meal! Would highly recommend.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    On Christmas Eve, we dined at Palmilla with expectations of a delightful and romantic evening. However, the experience fell short as we waited 15 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. Despite the restaurant being half-empty, the ambiance was lacking, and the clientele seemed less sophisticated than anticipated. The service left much to be desired, and the absence of traditional chips and salsa, replaced by a single tortilla, was disappointing. Opting for the ensalada de asada, I was dismayed to find the steak cold and seemingly pre-cooked. The flavors suggested prolonged sitting, diminishing the overall quality. Similarly, my boyfriend's choice, the Sopa de tortilla, featured oversized, cold chicken breast chunks, far from the expected standard. This experience didn't align with the upscale reputation often associated with Newport Beach establishments.

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  35. carola

    Orange County

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We sat for an hour before we received our food. We had to ask where are drinks were. The waiter was darling, but generally service very slow. It was not that busy either. I ate there when it was newly open and the service was not good. The noise was terrible. I thought this was growing pains, but not much has changed.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, vibes, ambiance were amazing that’s definitely the spot to be!

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  37. KarenaB

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely and new hip spot in Newport! Great for the 25-40s crowd especially for Newport! The margaritas are sublime. The red snapper ceviche was oh so very very tasty! And the filet mignon and chicken asado tacos were delicious! Really love the tortillas and I don’t actually TYPICALLY eat them, but these are nice with such great texture.

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  38. whitwolff

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely interior, food is okay not outstanding especially for the price. Drinks are good, but too much ice and very very slow service!

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  39. KevinC

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great customer service and friendly staff. Food is great!

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  40. CreateToInspire

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was a delightful exploration of traditional New Mexican cuisine, offering a wide array of dishes that showcased the rich flavors and unique ingredients of the region. The service was impeccable, with attentive and knowledgeable staff who were more than happy to guide me through the menu and offer recommendations. The ambiance of the restaurant was also worth mentioning. The décor was tastefully done, incorporating elements of New Mexican culture and art, creating a warm and inviting space. Whether you’re looking for a cozy dinner for two or a lively gathering with friends, this restaurant has the perfect setting to enhance your dining experience.

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FAQs

Palmilla Newport Beach Cocina y Tequila offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 220-1290.

Palmilla Newport Beach Cocina y Tequila is rated 4.8 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Palmilla Newport Beach Cocina y Tequila

3110 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-3812

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Newport Blvd & 31st St
  • Neighborhood
    Newport Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–2:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Raymond Alvarez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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