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Palmetto, Oakland, CA

Palmetto

4.6
4.6
275 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Palmetto Restaurant and The Kon-Tiki Room at Palmetto, are a restaurant and bar featuring steakhouse-inspired fare and classic cocktails.
Palmetto’s kitchen, under Chef Manny Bonilla (The Kon-Tiki, Hawker Fare), turns out steakhouse staples dosed with Caribbean flavors. Traditional dishes like beef carpaccio, prawn cocktail, and ribeye enhanced by citrus, spice, and tropical fruits and herbs. Palmetto features sustainably sourced meats alongside some well-considered vegetarian and vegan options.
Palmetto’s drink program under Bar Manager Jeanie Grant draws its inspiration from American cocktail culture with influences from legendary cocktail author Charles Baker, featuring fresh ingredients and lighthearted takes on old favorites.
Reservations are for dinner only. Bar seating for drinks and snacks is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 817-4002

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Manny Bonilla

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact info@palmetto-oakland.com for parties of 10 or more and private events.

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Telegraph Ave at 19th st.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    19th St. Oakland Bart Station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 275 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Hot Spot

  • East Bay

    Contemporary American

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  1. BM

    BrianM

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great great service. Kinda lame to tell us our table was reserved 90 minutes after seating. At 90 minutes restaurant was only half occupied with no one waiting. No press to get us out which ended up ok. Mussels, wine, little gem salad were outstanding. Steak dinner and pork chop very good:
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    French fusion. Nice ambiance. We got mussels and fries. Fries were plain despite being fried in beef fat and they did nothing to elevate the kewpie mayo on the side. Mussels were bitter and lacked seasoning. Just go for the drinks, dessert, and the vibe. Sit at the bar.
  4. M

    Monique

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The host kept putting parties so close together in the restaurant and there were plenty of other tables to space us out. Other than that I would definitely comeback here with friends and family!
  5. PB

    PhilipB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a beautiful, busy, popular restaurant, with good food and service. Lots of energy. Staff is competent, happy, and attractive. Reservations are a must, I saw lots of people turned away at the door. We had the pork chop which was excellent. We tasted a couple of fancy drinks on the menu which were innovative and fun. This is the perfect spot for a pre-show supper and an ideal date night location.
  6. S

    Sophie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We have been to Palmetto twice, and this was definitely the last time. Both occasions we decided to have dinner before a show at the Fox, and both times it was impossible to receive, or manage to eat our entrees in time before the show started, although our reservation was at 6:15. Worst of all was the condescending and rude waitress who literally lectured us that other people eating there were also going to the show and weren't apparently bothered by the time crunch. We waited over 35 minutes to receive entrees, even after ordering everything at once on the waitperson's advice. She never apologized, or seemed to care that we wanted to leave in time for the start of the show at 7:30. Our main courses showed up at 7:20, so I had mine boxed. Palmetto is overrated, overpriced, and has very rude unacceptable service.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing and so thoughtful—they sent us little coups of champagne for our wedding anniversary. The vibe is super fun and the perfect place to go before a show at the Fox. I’ll fantasize about the figs with Greek yogurt and honey—soooo good!
  8. JS

    JoanneS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasty assortment of food, great drinks, food server was awesome!
  9. E

    Epjjham

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We had high expectations for Palmetto but, unfortunately, we were disappointed on every level. We waited nearly an hour for our entrees. The $48 strip steak wasn’t as advertised. It was tough and hard to cut and chew and wasn’t a strip steak. We asked if the salmon was spicy and was told no but the person who ordered it reported that it was too spicy for her. The nonalcoholic beer actually had alcohol. All in all a big disappointment.
  10. BB

    BethanyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything from where we were seated, to our waiter and her service and then the food. All exceptional!!! Wine was great too
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time before a show at the Fox Theater. Food and drinks came out quickly and staff was really kind
  12. NT

    NanT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    I have been really looking forward to going to Palmetto for a while now. Unfortunately there were several issues. The food was excellent so for a restaurant that is certainly one of the most important aspects. Like many restaurants now, they seemed to be short staffed, the result, our wait staff was not particularly friendly and slow to respond or check in. I had heard the ambiance of the restaurant was one of the best in the Bay Area, my expectations may have been too high. Again the food was delicious and well presented, but other characteristics did not live up.
  13. E

    Elvis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience was my style, very old fashioned. We were seated at the booth and felt very cozy. Our waitress Katy Perry was Orlando blooming with her vibrant personality and very attentive. Over all great service. The salmon dish was delish and the steak made it all gravy. The cocktails was rye on point, made me feel like James Dean with a rebel with a "cause". Perfect place to feel like your on memory lane.
  14. NG

    NohemyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food, everything was great. The experience was amazing.
  15. AN

    AlanN

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    I ordered the salmon entree and the salmon was perfectly seared.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible service, and salty food. GM and server were awful. Never going there again.
  17. a

    anitam

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Palmetto was wonderful - a fun, lively place with outstanding food and service!
  18. CL

    CatherineL

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Had the delicious rye and absinthe cocktail and perfectly cooked salmon in coconut green curry sauce. So tasty! A little pricey for a casual dinner, so will save for a special meal next time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, very welcoming. Food and beverage's are always awesome.
  20. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience 👍🏾 Food, service, ambiance, all excellent. A little pricey but worth it. Took out girlfriend who’s a foodie. She loved it 😊
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    When we first walked in, we were unsure about our choice because it looks like cute diner. However, once the food came, we had our socks blown off! How is it possible to make fries that delicious?!? My husband had the steak, and I had the salmon and both were phenomenal! Every single thing we ordered was delicious, and our waitress was great! We will definitely be back.
  22. C

    Chris

    Sacramento

    378 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    378 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and staff were excellent and very accommodating. Our meals were outstanding. The crusty cauliflower was delicious. The salmon and pork chop entries were delicious. Prices are steep but meal was otherwise excellent.
  23. T

    Tash

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    They have the most beautiful aesthetic - unfortunately that is the only thing we liked. I went with a group for my birthday last night and our server was so incredibly rude, maybe because the tip is included or maybe she was just having a bad day but it was pretty shocking. I booked the reservation for 6 people but only 5 ended up coming and they charged me $15 which was pretty wack. Food was ok but not worth like $40 a plate - one of the dishes came out cold but maybe it was supposed to be? I don't know because I literally was too uncomfortable asking the server ANY question at all. Overall would not recommend - place is way overhyped.
  24. DC

    DeanC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I think this place really has the vibe for people hanging out after a long week. Main courses are a bit expensive tho
  25. ML

    MimiL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food here was outstanding. We were a dinner party of eight and our party was accommodated and welcomed with open arms. The food was delicious and our waitress was wonderful, such a beautiful soul.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful innovative menu items, great cocktails too! The mussels were fantastic!
  27. MM

    MimiM

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We celebrated my husband's birthday with friends at Palmetto last night. Young and hip with a great cocktail menu, Palmetto has a new agey diner atmosphere. Food was good and portions were generous - especially loved the cantaloupe sorbet for dessert. Would go back again, especially if there was a an outdoor dining option, which there was not last night.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Not sure what happened last night. They were rushing all the tables and picking up food while you were still eating! NOT my first time, so I’m not sure what happened last night. Overall, it was good! On the food, they have all these ingredients in the food. However, you can't taste it. Like the grapefruit in the cauliflower could not take it, the vanilla in the cream for the cookies can not taste it.
  29. EG

    EllenG

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great service. It was a bit noisy but overall a great experience
  30. A

    Ameliayea

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Seasonal, delicious options that will satisfy all special eaters (Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto). Our group of 4 enjoyed special cocktails, appetizers entrees and dessert all worth returning for. Highlights: roasted sunchokes, garlicky escargot, spicy mussels with chorizo and the roasted curry fish. 5 out of 5 stars!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Oakland's BEST dining experiences ! Consistently good!
  32. P

    Prju

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always like to sit in the bar. Bartenders are very attentive and sweet and definitely provides a great service. Food and wine list is great as well.
  33. SC

    SusanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love eating there everybody's great highly recommended lay recommended I will be coming back even if I don't go see concerts still coming back and there's a great drink it's something with the devil in it but it's cool right thank you for everything
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak I have ever had! I savored every bite. Cocktails were top notch as well.
  35. s

    smmmmm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely place. Excellent food-what more could you ask for
  36. EJ

    EmilyJ

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a fun place. Decor is super cute. Food was delicious. Beef tartare 100% must have!
  37. JE

    JenniferE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun restaurant. The cocktails are creative and really good. The food was insanely delicious. I loved our servers. We had a really nice time.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great great
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food was great! Drinks were even better! Had a great time.
  40. BP

    BigPapa

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We had an experience of poor service but I’m looking around, it may have been an isolated incident.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Palmetto is rated 4.6 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Palmetto

1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Telegraph Ave at 19th st.

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    19th St. Oakland Bart Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Manny Bonilla

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 817-4002

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact info@palmetto-oakland.com for parties of 10 or more and private events.

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