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Palmetto, Oakland, CA

Palmetto

4.6
4.6
182 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

ATTENTION! New Covid19 Protocols. Beginning August 2, 2021 ALL guests age 12 and over must provide proof of full vaccination to dine at Palmetto, or the Kon-Tiki Room.
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

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Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–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

    Will soon be available for 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

Experiences

  • Sunday Supper Family Meal

    Multiple dates available
    Sunday Supper at Palmetto features a changing family style 4 course prix-fixe menu in addition to a limited a la carte menu and 50% off all bottles of wine. Menu for May 22 $55/person family style prix-fixe Sunday supper $55 Salad: Heirloom tomatoes, Thai basil vinaigrette, pickled onions, puffed rice Starter: Crispy Brussels sprouts, fish sauce caramel, cilantro, mint Main: Roasted trout, green curry bean stew, pea tendrils Dessert: Cheesecake, charred strawberries

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 182 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. M

    Meggo

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Great service and nice ambience. However, the food was overpriced for what it was. Don't get me wrong - the food wasn't bad by any means. It was just overpriced for a relatively basic menu. I would probably come back for drinks and appetizers rather than entrees.

  2. JW

    JonW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The was a perfect "pre-concert" experience. Not too heavy, but very tasty food and great drinks.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Vegan options were good. My hubby loved the 16oz steak

  4. KC

    KevinC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every plate that came out of the kitchen seemed like someone really cared about it. The food was delicious and the preparations were creative and innovative, but not at the expense of delicious. The staff were courteous, friendly and knowledgable. We can't wait to go back!

  5. GD

    GinaD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I can't wait to go back! I don't know why I haven't gone here sooner! Excellent place for a date, especially if you're headed to the Fox Theater.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Enough Covid hygiene theater—stop asking for vax record and ID

  7. r

    rainjogger

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting from Portland by myself. Sat at the bar. Kyle made me feel welcome and recommended a tasty cocktail and choices between starters and mains. The sherry selection is awesome.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Date was awful but the restaurant was amazing! Lol

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was such a great spot for us right before our concert at the fox theatre ! Great wait staff and amazing food.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So happy to finally experience Palmetto! Was a big fan of Flora and this restaurant does its predecessor proud. Really outstanding food, service and ambiance. Will be back for sure.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Great place!

  12. K

    Kinah

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was good but if you order the trout I’d suggest getting a side dish too. Super cute inside. Overall good experience.

  13. j

    james

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Went for the first time, mostly for the ambiance, which was just ok to me. It had a theme so that was cool, kinda 80s or south beach with a dash of diner. Waitress was cool and attentive. Food was really good. We had the pea tendril salad, brussels sprouts, and ny strip, plus the basque cheesecake for dessert. All of it was really good. The salad and the cheesecake were the best out of what we ordered. Bar was cool too.

  14. DC

    DeannaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All the flavors you read about in the menu, come through in the food. 1/2 bottles of wine on Sundays. I love this place! The food is the best I have had in Oakland. They have a great Chef.

  15. RM

    RonM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We started with cocktails (White Negroni and Carter Kicks the Devil) and Brussel Sprouts as recommended. I’m my, they know how to do sprouts… we could have had two orders! My bride had the chicken dish and I had the pork chop. Both very nice dishes. We also had a side of asparagus, again very nicely done. For dessert we were recommended the Toffee cake … it was good, but the sauce is great! Very nice dinner great service

  16. M

    Mambo

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food was good but service was slow. We ordered the strip steak and it took quite some time to get to us and it was barely warm when it did. Taste wise, the food was good. Ambience was good too. Pretty place.

  17. RH

    RachelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great food, great vibes, great service! went for a birthday dinner and had a lovely time! i would definitely come back to celebrate a special event, or just to have the clams again!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Positive overall

  19. B

    Bianca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is amazing, it was our second dinner there and they do not disappoint. The clams appetizer is my favorite as well as the steak entree.

  20. AR

    AngelR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    beautiful space. quick and pleasant service. a great place to chill before going to the fox theater for a show. their non alcoholic options are very good

  21. P

    Pearl

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You must have the brussels sprouts and the fries! Truly the best!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Food was overpriced and the portions were too small.

  23. b

    beerme

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    My wife and I went out to dinner at Palmetto with some friends before a concert at the Fox, across the street. The staff were really wonderful, and took great care of us. The food was good; well executed with a few interesting twists on somewhat traditional fare. The drinks were exceptional, and while none of us could be considered cocktail connoisseurs, every drink we had was par excellence. I'd definitely go back, either for dinner or drinks or both.

  24. A

    Alphababette

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, drinks, and service, as always. Palmetto knows how to do it.

  25. MH

    MegH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Sat at the bar, food was awesome. Loved the wine and cocktails too. Ended with the chocolate caramel banana cream pie- perfect! Everyone was super nice and helpful.

  26. M

    Monkey

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Our party was 4 on Saturday night 03/05 at 6:15 p.m.. We had a round table and we preferred to have the square table next to us which was bigger. Both tables were 4 seaters. The hostess said we couldn't have that table because of the order of the reservation. We could not see why since both tables could seat 4 people. Also, those people came in 7:00 p.m.. She sent her manager over and told us the same. Our request was so simple and reasonable, but they couldn’t comprise. We were so disappointed. But the waitress was good.

  27. s

    stylishmom24

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Appreciate that they serve food until 11p, our go-to dishes are the romaine lettuce salad and chops. Pretty rad service and ambiance, it’s definitely one of my fave places in Oakland.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Overall the food and drinks were excellent. It’s a bit pricey but for a date night, very good.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    We went for Prime Rib Wednesday. Food was disappointing, especially for the price. Their regular menu is way better.

  30. R

    Raquel

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every single thing we ate was absolutely delicious. The brussel sprouts might have been the most delicious sprouts I've ever had. The trout was cooked perfectly and I loved the old bay aioli even though I hate mayo. Our server was very prompt and hilarious and the vibe made us feel cooler for being there.

  31. p

    puakenikeni

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The restaurant is in a great location, and the decor is fun, the crowd is surprisingly young, and the food is good. The cocktails were okay, but I would say most of the food was exceptional. One of our main meals came out a little cold (ribeye), but the pork chop was fantastic! Would definitely recommend to friends for a fun night out or a date spot, but the entrees are perhaps a bit pricier than warranted.

  32. JT

    JayTee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Over priced. Food was incredibly disappointing, service was very slow and without character or charm. Will not go back.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The menu sounded a little confusing at first the food didn’t sound too good when you read the menu but then once you order it it’s delicious I got the trout it was so good my friend got the steak and it was delicious I tried it myself we also got some dessert which was the truffle cake I believe and it was literally so good The only thing is that restaurant is really tiny and everyone’s kind of stuffed up in there but other than that it was great. And it’s cute in there it kind of gives me like a Miami 50s vibe

  34. RK

    RobynK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks are perfect. The service was beyond perfect. We had the brussel sprouts and scallops for our starters. Dinner was pork loin and the ribeye. Both so good. We had the sticky toffee cake and omg so good. Drinks were a gin martini and the White Negroni. He had a Manhattan then switched to the Negroni. We will be back.

  35. AV

    AlbaV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks and tasty food! Will definitely be back. Our waitress was super sweet and knowledgeable about the menu as well :)

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful. I love this hip little place!

  37. HB

    HallyB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    I miss the beautiful decor of the last restaurant that was there, (the name slips my mind) I do not understand making diner decor for a quite expensive restaurant. This leads me to my next point, the drinks were not great and the food was worse. The appetizer was so bad, tasted fishy (scallops) like they weren't fresh, they were extremely salty with no redeeming taste or quality that I can think of. I would have sent it back instantly but my dining partner said he was so hungry he didn't care. What was remarkable is that our waitress had specifically recommended that dish as being one of the best, but when she came back she didn't ask how we liked it! The main course was a trout dish that again was EXTREMELY salty. I have nothing against salt, but there are limits. That was it, our server never once asked us how we liked anything. It was bad and very expensive. Wouldn't recommend it.

  38. M

    Matchmaker

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sent my clients here for a first date and they loved it!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fabulous experience! We ordered from every part of the menu and every single dish was FANTASTIC!! I couldn’t get over how delicious the food was! And the service was great too!

  40. LO

    LolaOak

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Palmetto is excellent. The food came a little quick, so get that cocktail order in quick. But the food is excellent. I would take pictures but we always eat it before I think about that!. Cocktails are phenomenal. It’s not cheap but it’s worth the quality of food. Plus they are very good about checking vaccination status. And it feels safe.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Palmetto is rated 4.6 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.
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 Tue–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

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