Sloppy All Around. When there are so many great restaurants in and around downtown Minneapolis, I'm always amazed how a place like this can flourish. The space itself has no character, the servers are unpolished, and the food is sloppily prepared. I ordered the lobster ravioli which was burnt on the bottom and had way too much going on. The menu is unfocused. If you're looking for a restaurant where you can get bruschetta, fried calamari, a boring entree, and a tacked on dessert for 100 bucks, then this place is for you.
ANOTHER REASON TO SPEND THE EVENING DOWNTOWN. I made a reservation two nights prior for my husband and I. They asked if it was for a special occasion. It was our 8 year wedding anniversary. We arrived 5 minutes prior to our reservation and were promptly seated. We were given a table by a window and our server made a point of wishing us well on our anniversary. The combination of the beautiful decor, lighting, attentive service and a very pleasing palette of food made it the beginning of a very fine and memorable night. I enjoy spending time downtown and will continue to make the Palomino a destination while I'm there.
User review by asuddie. The waiter was ridiculously rude...he commented negatively on our food choices, he accidently emptied a wine glass onto a friends jacket by prematurely taking it from the table and didn't go out of his way to apologize. He took a plate from under my friend in the middle of a bite of bread-no reaction when she told him she was not finished-I would not recommend this restaurant for a group of people...food was good, my pizza was burnt on the edges but the crab dip and pasta dishes were amazing! All-in-all I will not return. If I am going to go to a fine dining restaurant, I expect to be treated in a fine manor which was definitely NOT the case! We even made reservations and had to wait almost 25 minutes to be seated-it was a week night and there were at least a dozen tables available!
Disappointing. When I pay $100 for a meal for two, I expect near perfection. I can handle a mistake or two. But this place made rookie mistakes. The soup was cold, and I had to send it back TWICE. And it still wasn't hot! The crab dip was way too rich. The port wine after dinner had been open WAY too long - I had to send it back. The deserts were marginal - the "molten" chocolate cake was more like "crumbly." The creme brulee was like pudding, and the sugar on top was incredibly thick - it was by far the worst creme brulee I'd ever had. The service was phenomenal, and she really tried to make up for the deficiencies. But it wasn't enough - I will never return, and I urge you to do the same. Enough of these crappy corporate cookie-cutter restaurants!
Great place - a must visit!. Very impressive restaurant. Ambience is amazing and the food even better. The Mojitos were really good. Highly recommend the Bruschetta for an appetizer and the Lobster Ravioli as well. The molten chocolate cake is to die for. If you like great food, this is the place for you.
Good Downtown Eats. My guy and I recently went for my birthday. We brought our own wine, which they were more than happy about. They even corked it and chilled it for us at our table. We were seated promptly on a Friday night (with a reservation), and our server was amazingly attentive. The value is very good, it's really not that expensive for what you get. I highly recommend it, and I didn't notice that the music was very loud.
On a recent visit, we sat down 20 minutes after our reservation time, were seated 15 minutes before a server approached us(at a table with a damp napkin and 1 dirty fork), did not receive our bottle of wine until 25 minutes after we were seated. They were out of my first two menu choices, but I was pleasantly surprised by my meal--(although it was a look warm) recommended by our server. The place was crazy busy for a Tuesday night.
This is a great restaurant, but don't expect perfection everytime.
Solid Downtown Performer. This place has been downtown for a long time and is consistently good. Great for dinner before a show, they are very cognizant of getting you out on time if that is your preference. Excellent spit roasted meats and brick oven creations & fresh fish preparations are countered with a wine list of mostly well known labels but the vintage is not always accurate. Standard 150% markup applies to wine purchases but the are good about letting you bring in your own selections if you are nice about it. There are plenty of servers but not all are equally good so service can sometimes be a little uneven. However, the location and solid food offerings more than make up for any shortcomings in service. I recommend heartily.
Entre pulled it off. If the paella hadn't been so extremely good, with great big chunks of all sorts of seafood, I would have been disappointed with our visit. The calamari was warm to room temp, my salad was drenched in dressing (which I didn't expect from the menu description), and the 'chocolate tower' was just OK. The wine list is good and wine is served at the proper temperature (we had white). The setting is urban trendy . . . I didn't quite expect the music to be so upbeat but thought the decor and energy knit together well.
Trendy, Loud Urban Scene. Well I hadn't been to Palomino in 5 years and either my memory was poor or the restaurant had become a little more trendy than I remembered. The decor was modern and fun but the music was too loud and the menu was too broad for my liking. We had mediocre fried calarmari and the romaine hearts salad with too much garlic and vinagrette dressing. The main course saved the day: excellent basted tiger prawns for me and paella with generous amounts of seafood for my fiance. My cosmopolitan was also very good. The disappointing chocolate mint tower dessert ended the evening- just not minty or rich enough to justify itself. Overall it was a fun scene just don't expect exceptional food or to hear any conversation. The folded paper menu, loud pulsing music, and goofy salt, pepper, toothpick and sugar dispenser seemed to undermine any elegance.
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