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Palmetto, Oakland, CA

Palmetto

4.5
4.5
230 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 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

    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

What 230 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Bay

    Contemporary American

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  1. m

    mlatourrette

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  2. AM

    AngelicaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. G

    Ginger

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was great! Will return!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tamara was fantastic!
  5. D

    Disappointed

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 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.
  6. RJ

    RobertJ

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. J

    Jeffreyg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

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

    AlisonD

    Portland

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 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
  11. 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.
  12. S

    Samantha

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Service was very slow. The food was not worth the price
  13. L

    Lumenstein

    Austin

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was recommended this place from a local bartender when in town and took a chance on it. From the get go our two lovely bartenders were amazing, their GM suggested a great bottle of wine and overall just love this place. Food was super good and the service was even better.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was ok but a bit pricey. Service was attentive but a bit rushed. The host told us we must clear the table in 90 minutes when we were seated I never seen that before when you have a reservation. Very noisy
  15. TL

    TonyLover

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great vibe, variety of fun eats and fantastic cocktails!
  16. TW

    TimW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great location. OUTSTANDING SERVICE!!!
  17. JD

    JessicaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time! The food was great and the service was fast and friendly.
  18. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is absolutely delicious. The trout was cooked perfectly with a great crispy skin, and the pork chop with fig and purple potatoes was really tasty. Great cocktail program too. Service was also spot-on and really friendly. Will definitely be back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    The servers here are really rude. This was my second experience being treated badly. The food is good and I like the vibe of the restaurant but I won’t be coming back. Such a bummer. I’ve never been treated this way by servers. What happened when we were there was I wanted a glass of red wine and asked for a suggestion. She poured me a taste (of an already open bottle of wine, not a new bottle that I requested her to open) and I didn’t like it. I was nice about it but I asked if I could try something else. The server was immediately offended and started giving our table attitude. We ordered a cauliflower dish and it came out and we were laughing because it was green. I waved over the server to ask if it was broccoli, because it looked exactly like broccoli! Her response was “we’re not trying to trick you, it’s cauliflower.” I was taken back by her condescending tone. Then a little while later we were asking her about something else or putting in another order and she started treating my friend badly because she thought he was giving her a rude face… she stormed off. It was so bizarre. I got up and asked her if we had done something wrong and she just said that my friend has attitude… seriously it was weird.
  20. MB

    MarjorieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great a slight mix up on steak cooking was only problem (request was medium and was actually rare) spicing of dishes was great will definitely return
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Birthday. Sat in the back of the restaurant. Was not attended to very well. Asked to move tables but told they were reserved….no one ever sat in them. Industry person, I know how it goes. But we were a young 3 top table but we eat like a 6 top
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second night for the Wednesday prime rib. We hope to make it a weekly date night since all of the food here is great. We love the place.
  23. B

    Boomer

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken was excellent and the service attentive. Looking forward to my next visit
  24. AR

    AnneR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined at Palmetto about 8 times now. The food is fabulous every time! I don’t think there is anywhere in the bay area where you could get food so incredibly interesting, and so different from anything you’ve ever had! The atmosphere is so cool and hip and the restaurant staff are all the best. I love this restaurant!!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails, wonderful space!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere delicious cocktails pair nicely with dinner entrees
  27. NW

    NicoleW

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The service was absolutely amazing. Tamara made sure we had a wonderful experience. The food was just okay and definitely pricey. I will not return- but, I deeply appreciate Tamara’s service.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing setup. The entrees are a bit overpriced. I suggest getting one appetizer per person and splitting an entree because the portions are big.
  29. AR

    AngelR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here with a date. We ordered a bottle of Chenin blanc, yellowfin Crudo, roasted trout, and steak. The portion sizes made it easy to share the meal. Everything was so delicious! My date was very impressed on our visit. He loved everything we ordered.
  30. MM

    MMartz

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Vibe was everything. Service was great. Food was decent. We did come in on a 90° day for an early dinner and without air in the place it wasn’t super pleasant, looking forward to going back on a cooler night!
  31. S

    Silas

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome spot for tapas style apps, large shareable entrees, and incredible cocktails. Service is a delight and the interior, serving wear, etc. are all curated.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shrimp cocktail was fabulous.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Service was very, painfully slow, food is grossly overpriced and mediocre at best. There were three of us and the bill was over 200.00. I ordered two appetizers that consisted of soggy shrimp in a ketchup spice sauce and a tiny salad and I got two drinks, my husband had one beer and a dish comprised of chicken served over refried beans that was terrible and outrageously expensive and took 45 minutes to bring to our table. Our niece got the trout that was over cooked with little flavor. The restaurant is also, not clean. They don’t know how to cook. There menu is extremely limited! They are clearly taking advantage of being across the street from the Fox Theatre.
  34. JH

    JayH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it! The food was delicious and the cocktails were amazing!
  35. SS

    StephenS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Phile and Shana were our servers for our 20th wedding anniversary dinner. I brought my own wine to serve. Phil brought out 2 ice buckets and decanted the red wine for us, and kept pouring the wine for us frequently while we chatted. Shana did a great job w/ discussing the items on the menu and kept the pace of the dinner pleasantly slow. We'll definitely be coming back!
  36. TJ

    ToriJMan29

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I dined here for a birthday dinner and they were sweet enough to bring the birthday girl a glass of champagne! The restaurant is definitely aesthetically pleasing, but the food is not good. Our waitress was super understanding and comped some of our meal which I appreciated!
  37. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Great appetizers and drinks, nice and friendly atmosphere. But can't say the same for the main courses: two pricey steak dinners were bad. I ordered the $95 rib eye, medium rare. It came medium well and cold. Even the asparagus was cold, and the three little potatoes only warm. When I sent it back, it came back even more well done and only slightly warmer. I sent it back, uneaten. My friend ordered the sirloin and her meal had to be sent back too because it was cold. It came back overcooked and slightly warmer, so she left half uneaten on her plate. They charged her full price and only gave me a 50% discount on the returned meal. I will never eat at Palmetto's again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved the tasting menu and dueling cocktails! Can’t want to come back for another prime rib dinner and cookies for dessert. This is our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. I can’t recommend it enough.
  39. K

    Kimmie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    The steak was terrible. Not worth the price. Fries were good. Drinks were good as well. I’d come back for a cocktail and eat somewhere else. The menu is limited.
  40. T

    Tasman

    San Diego

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable, great service by a very friendly and professional staff.

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 4.5 stars by 230 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 25 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

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