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Palmetto, Oakland, CA

Palmetto

4.6
4.6
210 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 20 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 210 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MB

    MarjorieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. B

    Boomer

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken was excellent and the service attentive. Looking forward to my next visit
  5. 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!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails, wonderful space!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shrimp cocktail was fabulous.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. T

    Tasman

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

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

    Foodier

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service and food were terrific. Choices were excellent as well as cocktails. We were the oldest people there in our 60’s. Didn’t know it was for our kids age group. Nevertheless we were treated well.
  22. G

    Georgina

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Palmetto. Great vibes and decor for date night with significant other, best friend, or yourself at the bar. Food and drink is always top notch and the food & cocktail menu changes often so I never get bored of my fave neighborhood spot
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Everything we ordered - tuna, trout, salad, prime rib, drinks were great.
  24. E

    Euroboy

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The clams and fries were amazing. The pork was a bit over cooked and dry. The trout dish is the best entree. Great cocktail list and wonderful service. The place needs better air conditioning.
  25. C

    Clay

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I think I liked Flora more, but it was quite adequate and I would check it out again. It’s quality upscale American food, but…not especially remarkable.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the host, ambiance, waiter, apps, mains & desserts was fire. I think we ordered one of everything on the menu & the cocktails were yummmyyy. Trout, Pork chops & steaks were killer, back of the house crushed it. We had after dinner mezcal tasting and our waiter was a mezcal expert. New mezcal and Palmetto fans! 5 stars
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we entered the restaurant we felt welcomed. We were able to change our seats before our entree arrived. The hostess obliged with our request and that felt great. I believe we had the best seat in the house and could see everything. The food and drinks are always amazing here so we definitely plan to continue to come back.
  28. t

    teresab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here, we were greeted, our waitress was exceptional, may19 @ 5;30. Drinks were fun, crowd was good people watching, food was good Thanks much
  29. M

    Meggo

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    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.
  30. JW

    JonW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The was a perfect "pre-concert" experience. Not too heavy, but very tasty food and great drinks.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Vegan options were good. My hubby loved the 16oz steak
  32. 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!
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. r

    rainjogger

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date was awful but the restaurant was amazing! Lol
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Great place!
  40. 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.

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 210 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 20 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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