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Palm House

4.6
311 reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean
The staycation destination of San Francisco serving tropical food and vacation drinks
Housed under the second oldest palm tree in San Francisco, Palm House invites you to experience its bold flavors, tropical eats, quixotic drinks and humble service in the spirit of the old adage, it's happy hour somewhere”.
Our menus tap the spice trail, heat and vibe of the tropics while maintaining a California point of view. Anywhere there’s a palm tree is fair sights for our culinary adventures. Our beverage program is a playful exploration of vacation inspired cocktails designed to transport you to the beach. 

Due to Sf Covid 19 mandates, we are open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, take-out and delivery only. We encourage reservations, but also welcome walk-up diners.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 311 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
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4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCheryle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoors experience was great! The happy hour menu and drink specials were fabulous. Such a great place to go!

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Badison
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really delicious food and great service. I arrived when it was sunny out at the end of the day and it was so nice ambiance-wise. I highly recommend the avocado Katsu, but need to try basically every dish. Since what I had drink and appetizer and food wise was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tropical influenced menu and vibe here is very fun. They have a great brunch menu and some delish cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good overall - needed some outdoor heaters

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vipshoefly
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Great cocktails and happy hour cocktails menu. For us, the food was lacking any WOW factor. Our table ordered off the happy hour and regular menu lots of food. Such as the poke tostadas, coconut shrimp, Mahi-mahi, cauliflower chorizo tacos, and the surf and turf fajitas. We only ate our appetizers and nibbled on the main courses to eventually pack them up to try and recycle them up to be edible at home.

Nothing was particularly stellar. Service was a bit lackluster as our appetizers arrived at our table and we had no silverware, plates, water, or hand sanitizer.

Hostess booth is wide open missing the plexiglass barrier.

The only reason for us to come back would be to eat/drink from the happy hour menu.

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HaliL
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Vegan options at brunch and dinner. Staff was very helpful and nice.

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vipDlite97
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The scene at Palm House couldn’t have been better. Beautiful day, lovely seating, tasty meal. It was tough to pick from such an extensive menu of choices. Everything we had was delicious. Highly recommend!

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TaylorW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Food was very bland. Looks great in pictures, but fails the taste test.

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bubblesz123
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Great location and drinks. Service felt a bit rushed as they cleared off the table without asking if we were done, same with clearing the drinks that we had not finished. Rushed to give us the bill but didn't come back to take it for over 25 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Sunday brunch here. Highly recommend the Palmonde for a light refreshing drink and the pineapple fried rice was huge but great my friends and I loved it! Would definitely go back in a heart beat!

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LauraF
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, unique and fresh food, super friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CNt wait to go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Horrible service

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vipjodis
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good outdoor eating area! Great food! Good service!

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Shallowthenhalo
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant for a long time, finally booked a reservation on Valentine’s! We ate a little earlier than I normally like to (5:30 was the last and only reservation available that day) but it turned out perfect actually. We had time for appetizers and drinks, by the time we ate it was around 6:30.

One thing to note is there are no heat lamps—well there is on the patio but not the extended seating towards the street (where we sat). It was fine though. The booths are pretty well insulated, and they were covered so we didn’t get rained on. My boyfriend and I started dating 2 months before covid hit, so we really didn’t have much of a chance to “date”. It was so nice to go out to dinner together!

I wasn’t sold on the menu at first, but once I tried it I was pleasantly surprised. Delicious combos, creative and festive dishes/drinks. Fun atmosphere, sang along to the music with folks from other tables. It felt almost like normal again. Loved the food, coconut Brussel sprouts were DIVINE, they even honored my dietary restrictions and took out the jalapeño’s—which was thoughtful of them.

The main dish I ordered was the tofu, and it was delicious. One thing is the dishes were pricey for the amount of food they gave, my boyfriend ordered the mahi magi, but it wasn’t enough food, so definitely add coconut rice if you want to leave feeling “full”.

The service staff was very friendly and sweet, service was good overall. Loved the bathrooms (mermaids/pirates) cute nautical theme inside. Will definitely be back again soon! They have punch bowls for larger groups, want to try that next time.

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Patricia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Great service, great food and location. Very friendly and polite waitress and hostess. Cool menu and drinks....But I was freezing, you guys need a heating lamp:)

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michelleO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor ambience and cocktails. Felt like we were on a tropical vacation!

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vipdionysus
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

well it was great to eat out again, and kudos to Palm House for being quick to reopen and organized with their reservations. Food / value / service were all fine but not more than fine, although in fairness you do lose a fair amount of the ambience when you're eating on the sidewalk

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Maikenk
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

they charged extra for tofu in a salad where we took away the chicken. Like we had to pay for both tofu AND chicken, that we didn't even get. Keep in mind that we only took the salad bc the other vegan options were out.

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vipCarmelitaB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch before our Xmas tree shopping at the Guardsmen Ft Mason Tree Lot

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htmel
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Palm House is such a fun spot for a date or a get together with friends! They have build the cutest outdoor eating area that extends the fun tiki-like decor complete with hanging plants and bamboo. The shrimp was super tasty, and better than expected and the service staff was really sweet and accommodating. We'll be back!

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JacobM
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating area with great food and good service. Will absolutely go again.

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AnnaH
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was nervous to go out to eat for the first time since SIP but the Palm House is only offering outdoor seating, wait staff are all wearing masks, and tables seemed spaced apart nicely. Besides the safety, the food and drinks were amazing, environment was quiet even while seated partially on sidewalk, and staff were all very friendly and helpful! Recommend having a phone on you as this is how you have to view the menu now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch for Father’s Day was perfect and my husbands first sit down outdoor restaurant meal since SIP began in our area.

Thank you for delicious food, great service and what appeared to be a well thought out sanitized outdoor eating experience during this time of transition .

Well done!

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AlexandreC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Staff and Amazing Food In a Beautiful Location

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KenT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for two but had last minute change and they were flexible enough to make it work for three. Food is interesting and drink is great!

CB
vipCarmelitaB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sooo loud in the bar area but at least everyone was having fun and the service was really good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and the food was amazing! I loved the vibe it was very energetic and fun!

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vipFranG
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Initially we were seated near a door to the outside that servers kept opening and closing. It was quite chilly. When we complained, they nicely found us an inside table. We made a meal out of several appetizers, all of which were very good. We even ordered seconds of the shrimp skewers.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was hungry on a Wednesday night and stopped in to try the restaurant. The food was good quality (a little on the expensive side) and the service was friendly. It was a late Wednesday night so it was rather quite.

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TorresT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such yummy food for restaurant week, and very vegetarian friendly with their restaurant week options. So I imagine their regular menu is pretty veggie friendly too. It was just a little loud, which is perfect for certain events. And they have an outdoor front part that would probably be less intensely noisy. Again the noise is perfect for going out with friends. It was an awesome spot with great service, and incredible food.

Wouldn't say it is super authentic caribbean food, but it is still good! Especially since Caribbean food is quite scarce in SF.

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Devidb112
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service and overall food was amazing. I'm Caribbean and I felt like I was going home. The restaurant has three different sections which makes it even more unique depending on what area you're in.

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FancyPants
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Sunday Brunch: would return. Pleasant servers, but pace can pick up. We got our food before our drinks arrived. Thanks Palm House staff!

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ElevatorsRUs
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious, and our server was very pleasant. Nice location on Union Street, with a larger room in back and a good-sized bar in the middle.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’ve been here for dinner and brunch. The food is solid but not amazing. The service is good and they have a nice menu and drinks. Will go again for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fajitas 10/10, perfect for two with an app!

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vipMGSP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great New Years brunch at Palm House. The manager, Linda is really great and hospitable. Will be back :)

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vipjacksonjohn
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our party of four loved the food here, which seems to be a fusion of cuisines from all places where the palm tree does grow!
The ambiance needs some work. While the decor is great, with a lot of visual inspiration from the Caribbean, some of us were cold most of the evening. Half the seats were on a plush bench, with cushy pillows, while the other half consisted of cold metal chairs.
Our main complaint was the noise level. The music was blasting the whole night - with some songs repeated - which made conversation difficult at times. You would have thought there was a dance floor in the place and they were trying to spin tunes to keep the crowd pumped up. There wasn't.

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KrystlBella
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Such great service, they were attentive and so friendly, they even immediately brought a water bowl out for my dog. Came out and put leis around us.
The food was delicious too - ordered the Fried Rice Stuffed Pineapple, and it was made well! A bit of a wait, but it was fairly busy and on a Saturday morning.

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vipllouis2000
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s my second time here. I love the Hawaiian ambience of this restaurant. The outdoor space is as beautiful as the indoor one. Food is good, and service great. I think it’s a happy place both for Sunday brunch and dinner.

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You can order delivery directly from Palm House using the Order Online button. Palm House also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Palm House also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 400-4355.

Palm House is rated 4.6 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.