Glendale >Food & Dining > Palate Food and Wine
933 South Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA | Directions 9120434.134665 -118.255104
Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 02:30 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Delicious Food – Palate's got great food. Bar none, there are some really creative and tasty dishes. The pork belly is great. The pickle jars are delicious. The wine selection is also very very good. Octavio Becerra definitely knows food and he's very hands on. I've seen him every time I've gone. He's always walking around the restaurant checking on things.
I love the space. it's very modern and comfortable, although a little noisy at times.
The pricing is reasonable as well. I've never felt like it was too much.
The downside to palate are the desserts. Very unflattering flavors on some of the desserts. There was a panna cotta dish with rose water. But the rose water made me think I was drinking soap; too strong. I would like to see a dessert chef that better complements the restaurant.
Great Mother's Day brunch – My husband surprised me with a lovely brunch on Mother's Day. I'd never been to the back area of Palate; we loved the space, especially my jaded fashionista daughter. Good food and the best Bloody Marys ever!
Eek. Not Good – I am not pleased.
We had a live caterpillar crawling on our main entree.
They took it away but never comped the dish.
We waited for wine we ordered. I had to ask for it. I was thirsty. He saw me twice and ignored.
I had no fork to eat my replaced meal with. I waited. I had to ask for said fork.
I tried to make a reservation. I got hung up on. I left a message. They never called back. I was upset.
I am making this simple. I am not happy. I did not tip well.
Spectaculary bad service – I dined at Palate a weeks ago and was seated at the bar in the rear because there were "no available tables" (funny, except for a holiday party in the central dining area, the restaurant was almost empty!).
The bartender couldn't tell me whether the Riesling she was serving was sweet or dry, so I ordered a bottle of Sancerre, instead. The Sancerre was served warm (I'm not kidding). When I asked if she could chill the wine, she dropped the bottle in the sink where they wash glasses and dumped some ice on it! If that wasn't bad enough, I had to ask for bread three times. I won't go into detail about the mediocre food that I was served.
Sadly, I don't think my experience was anomalous. This was the second time that I dined at Palate. The first time I made reservations, I was seated in the front of the restaurant and had to contend with a really surly waiter.
If you want a really nice, tapas-type dining experience, drive to AOC instead.
NOT SO MUCH.... – I wanted to try Palate ever since it opened. As a self-proclaimed Foodie, I love to try new places in the city. When an occasion arose for a holiday dinner with a friend, Palate was my first choice. Maybe my expectations were too high because of the hype. I like to study the website, menus, reviews, etc. before I go. This place seemed to have all the goods. I sat with my girlfriend near the kitchen. The appetizers were just okay - the cheese and meats weren't anything special, nor was the dry cold bread. The "cucumber salad" was about 7 fancy pickles. The squash soup lacked flavor and the raw pumpkin seeds were just annoying. My girlfriend had a hair in her salad, but the best part was when the sous chef came out into the dining room and started to shuck oysters on a banquette about 6 inches from my head with a sharp knife. Not sure if that was intentional or the kitchen was crowded? We complained and the sous chef returned to the kitchen. Kind of smelly and strange? The short ribs were good, but fairly basic. Service was lacking considering the price. Wine list wasn't exciting either. Overall, a disappointment.
One of the worst dining experiences! – Waiter was in a bad mood from the minute we got there. He didn't know what ingredients were and didn't offer to find out. My tiny entree cannelloni had no flavor. The food took a very long time on a Wednesday night.... The menu was more like documents (too many papers on top of each other and very confusing). What more can I say. We felt very unwelcome and that the staff was too put-out to care. Its too bad because it looks nice inside. I do not recommend having a meal here.
Waitier rude! – My Service was poor! Waitier alex needs to learn some manners!
Service Disgusting – Waitier needs a bath! Were not in Paris! bad b/o
Inconsistent Food - Horrible Service – I have been to Palate twice- once in November and once last night. I had a good experience in November & decided to go again, but this time to sit in the dining room rather than the bar... BIG MISTAKE!!! The service was horrible. We sat down and no one cared about us at all- no water or menu for over 10 minutes. After we ordered (prix fixe for me & cheese plate for my companion), I had to wait for over 45 minutes before my main course came after the salad. When the miso-baked cod finally came, the fish was bland and didn't seem fresh. Waiter never came by to ask how the food was or to refill my water. To top it off, the dessert came while I was half way done with the fish- absolutely rude! Sadly, the dessert (date tart) tasted like fig newtons. The best part about the meal was the cheese plate... which they don't even make. If this was fine dining... clearly we are in trouble. Good food is only part of the experience... what polishes and sets a fine dining establishment apart from others is the ambience, service, courtesy of staff, food quality, etc. Would I come back? Maybe (but that's because the first time was good...) but I will definitely sit at the bar.
One of the best places I have been – I have lived in LA my whole life and have been to some fantastic restaurants, but I must say that Palate is one of the best in the city. The staff is great and the food is exceptional. The prices are awesome as well, and in this economy it is a great place to go out and not spend a ton of money. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to go out and try something new.
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