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The Palace

4.3
59 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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The Palace Steakhouse is a small, BYOB restaurant with a Venezuelan influence. The quaint and cozy dining area gives diners an intimate atmosphere to enjoy the cuisine. The kitchen here serves up incredible steak and seafood dishes to its guests with a great variety of flavor profiles and cooking techniques.

Popular with patrons is the five-course tasting menu. This ever-changing menu rotates seasonally, so guests are always treated to the freshest ingredients possible. The chef determines the proteins that go into the tasting based on what is in stock and fresh. Guests have salmon, mussels, pork and even quail as part of this unique experience. For a small additional charge, The Palace also offers a Wagyu beef tasting as an appetizer before the main courses begin.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Steakhouse, South American
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am-1:30pm
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Phone number
(628) 999-0424
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Manny Torres Gimenez
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Private party facilities
Min 20 people, up to 40 people. Starts at $150 per person.
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Private party contact
Katerina: (628) 999-0424
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Catering
Large trays of rotisserie chicken, grilled steaks, roasted pork, fried fish and seasonal vegetables. With sides of rice, beans, plantains, salad.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cesar Chavez
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Bart
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
3.6
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5.0
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Loved our experience on a Friday night @ the Palace. Key SF corner spot, longtime Palace Steakhouse, has a new look inside-still a bit rough from the outside. The food is definitely the highlight, interior decor not uber cool, but comfortable.
The staff steered us towards the prix fixe 5 course Chefs menu, and we were treated to a wide spectrum of flavors-all delightful.
Even if the surroundings feel a little like "economy" class, the food easily rises above.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

This restaurant is a diamond in the rough. Outstanding food was featured in the chef's tasting menu-- interesting eclectic tastes prepared with attention to detail. Each course provided a unique surprise. Setting is simple, but pleasant. An excellent off-the-beaten path destination.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2015

We live in East Bay and have been for almost 2 years. We went last year as a special occasion, but it's kinda hard to get down to the Mission with work and busy weekends. When I asked what she wanted to do again for a birthday dinner (thinking other places that are more expensive) she immediately said "The Palace, hands down. I want to go back there." The food is in itself an experience. They are incredibly kind and courteous. I was a bit worried at first because we were the only people in the restaurant for 5 minutes, but then it got half full by about 7:30 on a Saturday. Everything there is creative, delicious, and visually stunning.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2015

I used to love going to the palace, but it seems to have gone down recently. Not only does it look like its closed from outside, the inside has absolutely no atmosphere. We were the only people in the restaurant at prime time 9pm Thu night. While the 5 course menu is very good value, there seems to be a lot less effort in matching ingredients and coming up with something novel as they used to. Overall the meal was just ok.

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2.0Dined on September 17, 2015

Took 5 people for my birthday. We have all lived in the city 15+ yrs and know the restaurant scene well. All of us were disappointed. The sauces were flat at best and un-original. The presentation was good, not great. Two choices for wine (1 red 1 white), one for beer. You are not allowed to purchase a bottle of wine they pour by the glass, you have no idea of the price per glass. The ambiance is terrible, this would be fine if the food was above average. However, we cannot report the food being above average. Every time a new dish came out we were excited, each time we ended the dish talking about our disatisfaction and how we felt let down. What pushed this over the edge and into a truley terrible expereince was the celebrity chef showing up in a suit to deliver one dish to the table. We assumed this was his way of explaining all was ok he was here. However, it was in a suit not an apron which it desparetly needed to be that night.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2015

As a child I walked past this place called the "Place Steak House" for many years getting off at 24th st Bart and walking to my dad's place. What an irony to see 25 years later has been transformed into an amazing little gem of an eatery - retaining deliciousness and grittiness in its dishes and decor, respectively. I would be sad to see this place go out of business but worried about its ability to survive in current venue of gentrification.....

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. I checked online to determine if I should bring wine or not, and the website indicated there is NO corkage fee. This information needs to be updated to $15.00 corkage. That was my only disappointment. Five course prix fixe is what we were served, all dishes had protein, fish, fowl, pork & beef. It was a lot of protein. I would have preferred one less protein and made the 5th dish the dessert. Both of us took our beef dish home because we were too full. Overall an enjoyable experience, good service and food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2015

I've driven by this place for many years and keep thinking, "I should try that." Once I did I wondered why I waited so long. This isn't an everyday outing as it's a bit on the expensive side, but it's really great for a special occasion or when you have friends in from out of town.
The building and decor are NOT modern, it's got old world charm, and you're going for the food and wine pairings.

All in all, this was a great experience. Call first, and find out what's on that days' menu.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2015

One of my favorite restaurants in the city! Always such a treat to come here. The food is AMAZING and so creative - and such a great deal!!

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2015

We loved the food here. The presentation was very nicely done. The services was very slow, which we sort of knoew going in, but there were long periods of inattention which were a bit frustrating. There was no wine list, and the price of the two wines offered were not disclosed. The $15 per glass wine seemed steep for the quality. Overall I htink they are trying hard to please - the hostess was very sweet - but we were there more than 2.5 hours and spent too much time waiting between course drinking overpriced wine. Do yourself a favor, eat there, but take advantage of their modest $15 corkage...

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2015

The food is amazing, beautifully prepared, and delicious. They clearly focus all attention on the food and not the decoration, but the result is a chef's selection that is both a treat and a steal.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2015

Be very careful with the wine! They have no menu but verbally told us about the only two red wines they had. At no time did they tell us that they were charging $24 a glass until we got the bill! One glass of wine was nearly half the cost of my meal. A decent tasting menu at a low price point but the wine surprise marred our experience.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2015

thank u manny n ur staff for a great meal

I want more pasta!!!!!! dang that was good

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2015

Absolutely exquisite food. On my most recent visit we were served a lavender pork dish that tasted unlike anything I've ever had before in the best way possible. Every dish we were served was thoughtful and delicious. It was a quiet night so Chef Manny was able to spend time at all the tables while keeping everything running in the kitchen. He was so kind and charming and accommodating... this place is everything one could hope for in a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2015

I heard about this place (actrually the chef) from a friend. They had been to one of Manny's restaurants and said the food was great. We found the Palace and went to try it. We were blown away. The space is an old steak house, that has been converted into a top notch restaurant. We loved the food and it's such a great price for food of this caliber.

We've been back several times, taking various friends with us, and each time we are so impressed by the food. All of our friends have also loved it. It's a great place to go for a nice dinner, but can also be for a special occasion. Last night (birthday dinner) we had lamb, beef, Ahi, and more. Every course is a delight and will not disappoint.

Try the arepas, they are delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2015

Last minute I decided to change my birthday plans into a dinner with friends, and needed a table for 10 within 1 week. I found The Palace via Open Table, and had a wonderful time on Friday night. I realized a couple of days before my reservation that I actually needed 12 spots and not 10. Unfortunately, their phone isn't working right now, so I had to hope it would all work out when I got there. The waiter (I can't remember his name, but he was so accomodating!) helped us add another table and was absolutely fantastic all night. In fact, everyone there was on their top game. Considering that I only saw three people working there, including the chef, I am very impressed with this place. If you have a fun dinner you're hosting, go here!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2015

The five courses were nicely prepared and the wine was great to pair. It felt like and taste like a starred restaurant with a very friendly Manny, chief and owner, who was attentive, funny and friendly.

Great experience.

The place could be a little warmer!

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2015

We had dinner for two at the Palace last week Friday. We walked in and saw one server frantically running around the dining room. She sat us down and explained how the dining experience worked, and that there were no physical menus. We opted for a glass of white wine each and then waiting for our tasting menu experience.

The food was delicious, but some of the courses took over 30 minutes to come out. At the end of the night, our server explained to us that they were 50% short staffed. I wish she would have told us that when we first walked in, since it took us 3 hours to finish our meal. In addition to that, we ordered 3 glasses of wine each that - with one of the glasses priced at $20. **Life Lesson: Never order wine at a restaurant without looking at the price first.

The server was apologetic in the end, but our bill (pre tip) came out to be $247. That was a lot more than we anticipated to spend and a lot more time spent on dinner. I doubt we'll be back again.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2015

Interesting tasting menu featuring fresh local vegetables and house prepared meats. Husband and wife hostess/chef team give a personal touch if they have time. 5 Couse tasting menu with limited wine selection. Good quality and creative plates but hour dureve and desert is extra and coffee is extra. An excellent choice for a extended meal with friends but not a place to expect a quick dinner. Couses are batched together so our meal was a minimum 2 hours but that is what we wanted. Décor is left over from previous steakhouse and needs updating. Look forward to returning to see if the concept is fine tuned a bit

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2015

I love the idea that you do not know what you are going to eat.
In the tasting menu of 5 dishes, there is always one that blows my mind. But it is irregular.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2015

Palace is a excellent place to have dinner. Even though the place is big there aren't a lot of tables.
The husband-wife team are on their 3rd place, selling the last two to their sous chefs. The meal is 5 courses for $50. The first couple of courses are small so you think you might to order some extras. We did that but didn't really need to. There were pork, fish, artichoke, chicken and beef courses. There were tiny colorful tastes along with each; maybe a purple potato, mashed beet, avocado etc. Some came with a sauce; one of those was creamy looking and lemony flavored that was my favorite. It was the first time I liked Mary's chicken because instead of some bland chicken breast without a skin, there were 2 pieces BBQed with skin; so yummy. There were 4 of us and we had so much fun and such a fantastic meal. I like out of the box and this fit my tastes perfectly. I would have liked to be asked how I like my steak cooked so it wasn't quite so rare and I thought the steak being the heaviest course would have been better served in the middle than as the last course.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2015

Innovative, Exceptional food at reasonable cost for the care and quality. Quiet. Go to linger and enjoy conversation.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2015

This is a bit of a hole in the wall - fantastic food!!!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2015

The chef serves you whatever he is making that day in a 5 course meal. No menu. I couldn't have one of the courses because of dietary restriction and he made an excellent substitution on a whim. The food is outstanding and surprising for the setting. Very high quality food - I would compare to Michelin star chefs- in a hole in the wall type of place at a very reasonable price. Manage your expectation with the ambiance though. It's an interesting part of the Mission with not too much done with the interior.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2015

This is the third time I've dined at the Palace and I have yet to be disappointed. My favorite was probably the Foi De Gras dish with immaculately grilled Asparagus however the Ahi and the Swedish Cod were also rather delightful !

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2015

It is a great restaurant in the corner. The service was great. We liked the five course dinner.

Was n't crowded. Not much of noise. I liked it and along with the food. it makes this place a great combination.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2015

The Palace turned out to be a wonderful surprise. We normally dine in Russian Hill restaurants, and the quality and creativity of the food here beat out many of the super pricey restaurants we have visited. The menu is a 5 course savory tasting menu and the menu changes every day. On our day we had sunchoke soup, a trout dish, a chicken dish, a pork dish, and a beef dish. All dishes came with vegetables and were absolutely delicious. The wait staff were very polite and efficient, but they and the kitchen were a bit overwhelmed with the full restaurant. We saw 2 waitresses and 2 cooks the entire night, and they really needed more support. We only received one course in the first hour we were there. But I would return in a heartbeat for the food experience and just know that there might be some delays between courses.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2015

comfortable and friendly service coupled with carefully cooked fresh cuisine. very enjoyable

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Small & quiet The Palace was a great spot for our to romantic dinner. We tried everything and we were glad we did,

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2015

Based on Open Table reviews we took a chance on The Palace. What a treat! Terrific food well prepared in a relaxed and friendly space. The wait staff were patient with our ceaseless questions. One of our group is not eating starch and the chef adapted the plates accordingly. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2015

An excellent relaxed entrepreneurial creative dining event. Not fancy but very genuine and thoughtfully done.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2015

The food is high quality, obviously prepared to impress the client. Loved the idea of a fixed menu where you don't even have to choose among options. You are only asked if there is something you do not eat or prefer not to and then it all starts. Five to seven courses, reasonably priced wine, good atmosphere and no rush to get you out of there as is noticeable at other venues.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2015

Overall this was an excellent meal. The whole experience felt very personal. Just the one chef, no menu and quiet. You get the tasting menu, which is whatever the chef had put together that day from the ingredients he's bought.

The part that let it down for me was the overall ambience. It's been converted from a pizza and chicken place and the walls/ceiling still retain a bit of that. It feels like it need a touch more personality added.

But I'd rather it were like this, with the emphasis on the food, than the other way round.

Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2015

The tasting menu was wonderful, every dish delightful. Service was excellent. The wine pairings were superb. The Palace is among my very favorites in SF.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2015

The space is unassuming, but the food & service are absolutely first class. This is a place run by passion for food. We had a 5 course tasting menu on the night we dined and all were fantastic. There was a limited wine selection, but a thoughtful one with choice. We would definitely recommend it for people serious about their food.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2015

The food and service couldnt be better. The taste of food was absolutely one of its kind.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2014

This was one of the nicest and most thoughtful meals I've had in San Francisco in a long time. We made a reservation for our anniversary and got bad information on yelp that the restaurant does not have a liquor license. This is not true--they thoughtfully pair a limited selection of wines with the food. We enjoyed an impeccable 6 course meal (three fish and three meat) and added dessert to share. The quality to value ration is outstanding. I felt that the portions were generous without being overwhelming, and the meal was beautifully paced. Best of all, we could hear each other without shouting, which also allowed us to better savor the food and wine. The husband-wife team and their staff seem as if they really enjoy what they are doing and their calmness was a welcome alternative the scream and shout mythology of "restaurant quality" cooking. We will definitely return and bring friends. This would also be a great place to bring older family members who like food, since the retro design of the old Palace Steakhouse means that the lighting is good AND you can hear. What a novelty.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2014

Well executed dinner and dining experience. The five-course meal was well paced, the food was good. My guest and I ate all the food, which is unusual for a tasting menu. All the food was prepared correctly and plated attractively. The chef, Manny, is Venezuelan, and that influences his food. I think The Palace is aiming to be the best affordable dinner in the city. And they hit that target in the bulls-eye.
If you're ready for a break from the somewhat ridiculous things going on in restaurants (charred apple seeds and the like) and want a good, honest meal, you've found your new home.
Enjoy, I know I will when I return.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2014

We had a great experience with a large group for my girlfriend's birthday. The staff was incredibly nice and accommodating, even when I realized I'd under-counted our group by 2 people. They handled it all with aplomb and enthusiasm. The food and wine were incredible and could easily be sold for twice as much. It's an insane value. We almost tried to BYOB, but I'm very glad that we didn't. The chef even presented half the dishes personally and came out to thank us at the end.

12 ppl, 5-course tasting menu, 7 bottles of wine + dessert for $110/person including gratuity. And did I mention that the food is amazing?

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

We were almost an hour late for our Friday night reservation, and they STILL let us eat here! Once inside, the entire staff was very friendly and the food was delicious. We ordered an extra arepa - I highly recommend it. My boyfriend also upgraded to the wagyu beef. Most places would have substituted the standard for the wagyu, but at the Palace, they just gave you both - so he had a double serving of steak. Gestures like that really turns a positive dining experience into an exceptional one. We loved this place.

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