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Palmetto, Oakland, CA

Palmetto

4.5
4.5
259 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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 259 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Hot Spot

  • East Bay

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Bay

    Contemporary American

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  1. a

    anitam

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    CatherineL

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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 😊
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  6. C

    Chris

    Sacramento

    374 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    374 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. P

    Prju

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. s

    smmmmm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely place. Excellent food-what more could you ask for
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great great
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. PB

    PeteB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A fantastic Oakland date night spot. Great drink options, and unique twists on classic American dishes. A perfect spot to grab dinner before a show at the Fox Theater.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant
  27. ME

    MarshallE

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was friendly and efficient. The staff made us feel very welcome. The food was delicious and well presented. This is a new go to for us!
  28. R

    Ranger41

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This was my first time back to this location. I was a pretty steady fan of the previous restaurant (Flora). I was impressed with the colorful upgrade in the location's decor and theme. There were a few surprises: 1) This may be the few remaining "show us your vaccination credentials" before entering restaurants in Oakland. This was especially odd in that all of the visible staff went about their jobs without masks...go figure. 2) This is clearly a high end bar well disguised as a restaurant. When the wine/beer/drink menu is far more extensive than the actual food choices, you quickly realize this is not going to be a traditional "foodie" destination. The food we finally commandeered was over-priced but tasty and well presented. If you are looking for a colorful atmosphere, don't want to be bothered with too many solid (non-liquid) choices, still carry your vaccination bona fides and have a little extra room on your credit card, then Palmetto will be right for you.
  29. F

    Flea

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always appreciate a restaurant the reads the guest preferences. Palmetto delivered. The art deco décor took us back to living in Miami. The food was phenomenal and so were the cocktails. Servers were friendly and polite. We look forward to a return visit.
  30. m

    mlatourrette

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The service was excellent, and the food was lovely. Small menu, but everything we had was good. The only downside was our main entree, steelhead trout, did not come out of the kitchen after we'd finished our appetizers. We must have waited 40 minutes for it. There is no explanation for why, but it could have been that it was busy as there was a show at Fox Theatre that night.
  31. AM

    AngelicaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, ambience, location. Excellent value for fresh, approachable yet unique options. Crispy tofu, NY strip, shrimp cocktail and duck fat fries. All are a must try.
  32. G

    Ginger

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was great! Will return!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tamara was fantastic!
  34. D

    Disappointed

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    In a word: underwhelmed. Really wanted to like it. And will give it another chance. But. My primary grievance is with the chef. Billed as a steakhouse, the NY strip was just under $50, with inflation that’s fair. But I still expect high level service. I simply asked to switch out the potatoes for a lentil purée they offered with other entrees and the server simply said the chef doesn’t do substitutions. I suggested perhaps she ask the kitchen for an exception and she came back, and said they still said “no.” (Server was right!). Management needs to be more flexible. People have dietary preferences. This was a same-cost swap. Most good restaurants do this when spending $200 plus w tip and drinks for 2. Not too much to ask. The steak was cooked properly, but the meat itself was nothing exceptional ( Again expecting steakhouse standards) Other nits: server (who must have been new) didn’t know what kind of Vodka they had. This from a restaurant owned by a former bar manager. Little thing. But great restaurants do the little things. Fun decor, nice hostess, excellent mussels, great cheesecake. Just had higher expectations.
  35. RJ

    RobertJ

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Palmetto has a fun, buzzy vibe (think Miami art deco) and it definitely seems popular. Our server was friendly and helpful, though the bartender was not so friendly. As for the food, I thought it was fine, but nothing special. I had a little gem salad that was drenched in dressing and was unremarkable. I also had a steak that was a little tough and that could have used more seasoning or some more sauce. The french fries were excellent.
  36. k

    kate21

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Well,we finally got to Palmetto for prime rib night. It made me wonder why we had not gone sooner. The food was fabulous.Absolutely delicious roast beef. The martini wasn't too bad either-lol!
  37. AS

    AngS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails. Must visit when in Oakland.
  38. J

    Jeffreyg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun energy, goid servuce, and excellent food and drink.
  39. AD

    AlisonD

    Portland

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and outstanding service. Would return just for the tomato and peach salad which was amazing. Only complaint was the volume
  40. LO

    LauraO

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the clam appetizer and it was so delicious. I literally can't stop thinking about it.

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 4.5 stars by 259 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 14 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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