An Island Themed Restaurant that is Not the Tonga Room
First, Happy Saint Nicholas day! I know tonight I'll definitely be watching my favorite Santa movie. Even though finals are around the corner, I still try to enjoy as much of the Christmas holiday as I can. It is super important to allow at least a day to enjoy the spirit of the holidays. Last weekend a few of us went and explored some holiday festivities on Union Street. While looking at miniature ponies and avoiding our feet being run over by strollers, we found a new restaurant, Palm House.
District wise, Palm House is between the Marina District and Pacific Heights. According to their website, it is still housed in the 1854 dairy farmhouse behind the second oldest palm tree in San Francisco. The restaurant is ideal for a drink and catching up with friends. It is a great Caribbean themed getaway from the bustling streets of San Francisco. The restaurant is divided into three parts: the street side patio, the atrium bar and the Captain's Room, an intimate, dark-wooded dining room. We ate in the Captain's dining room, but I think I would have rather sat near the front of the restaurant because it had a more open atmosphere. I agree the Captain's room is fitting for date nights and seclusion, but not a girls' night out. My favorite part of the restaurant was the drinks.
The drinks are all Island themed, you can even purchase a Pina Colada in a coconut shell. I opted out of the Pina Colada and instead ordered the chipotle mango margarita. It was a delicious combination of spice and fruitiness. I also tried my friend's slushy, a novelty to the restaurant. The slushy is super customizable with options for adding guava, strawberry, or passion fruit flavors. A quick note about the passion fruit flavor, it's extremely tart, like that sweet-tart candy! Surprisenly her slushy was cheaper than my drink. Price wise, the drinks cost range was medium on the scale of cheap versus expensive. However, the drink was the highlight of the Palm House. On the other hand, come between 4:30-6:30 Tuesday-Friday for happy hour.
For dinner, I ordered a fried calamari taco and the macadamia nut mac and cheese. The meal was doable, I definitely preferred the taco over the mac n' cheese though. To be frank, the Palm House has a great interior design and fun drinks, but I wouldn't come here for the food. My taco was $6; when I mean one taco, I mean one 3-inch in diameter taco. They definitely filled the taco to the brim, but still, I can't believe I spent 6 dollars on a taco. Come back for happy hour drinks instead.
I hope you enjoyed my quick bar/restaurant review; I haven't made one in a while. Comment below if you prefer these types of blog posts because I am always happy to explore more spots for the blog! Have a wonderful day/evening :).