1100 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001534.042632 -118.264111
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Downtown, South Park
LA foodies beware... – My wife and I went to the Palm for the first time thinking we would kick off the Labor Day weekend with a nice meal. It was quite the opposite. The food was so disappointing and expensive that it drove me to sign up for City Search just so I could write a review and spare other innocent LA foodies from falling victim. (no joke). We were first surprised by the prices. Much more expensive than my favorite chop place, Arroyo Chop House so we had great expectations. My wife got the hearts of Lettuce (something like $8.) and was expecting maybe butter lettuce with a nice dressing...nope, iceberg with blue cheese and some tasteless oil dressing. We ordered two filets (med, med rare) and the mushrooms and creamed spinach for our sides. Both of the filets had no taste and mine was extremely dry almost all the way through. (luckily my wife had some leftover blue cheese from her salad...yes, sad but true) The mushrooms tasted like they were just sitting in some type of white wine without much of any other flavor and the spinach was very milky tasting and had a watery texture.
I must say that the service was good though. Our waiter was so nice and attentive that I didn't have the heart to tell our waiter how disappointed we were with the meal. Rather than making a fuse, we decided we just wouldn't go back. Our waiter asked if we were interested in joining the 837 club which was a frequent diner rewards club. I joked by saying that we would only if we could be placed on the wall of caricatures (along with Mahoney and John Travolta). Our waiter said, "oh that's when you reach 12,000 points!" We rolled our eyes and graciously declined. Well, I guess if "celebrities" are willing to spend a minimum of $12k on this lousy food, heck who are we to say?! oh, and did I mention it a chain? Maybe I didn't have to...
What a Great Experience!!! – I went to the Palm in Downtown for the first time last weekend and had a wonderful experience. I had the 4lb. lobster, it was juicy and delish. My date had a huge Ribeye steak that was cooked perfect. Great service from bar and the sever staff's. I will be going back soon.
I was very disappointed with The Palm. Their steak was very poor. It was tough with too much fat. I was also disappointed by their lobster. You just don't get much food at all. The restaurant looked nice inside, with the dark wood paneling and all. But I just felt like the food was poor, especially in conjunction with the high prices. Overall, I was really disappointed and I left wishing that I could have received a refund. In fact, I went home with an empty wallet AND an empty stomach.
A Paradise – This place is just as cool as the one in West Hollywood. The food is just as great, the service was more than average. Had a nice time and a pricey check. But it was all worth it. I will go back for sure. Close to the Staples center so great place to go to before an event. Give it a 10
Consistent, but Expensive – I've been to the West Hollywood Palm twice and the downtown one twice. The downtown branch is definitely more open and modern and to some, it may lack the old school atmosphere of the Hollywood branch. However, the food is consistent and good. The NY strip is excellent - one of the best that I have regularly enjoyed and in my opinion, better than Pacific Dining Car. It is firm, yet tender, beefy, and rich - just like a dry-aged NY strip should be. The service is excellent.
Overpriced – I am a steak lover, and I know my steak. The Palm needs to work on its selection. Its prime tastes like Stater Bros. choice, if that. I don't pay $40 for a steak that I can get at Stater Bros. for $15. The quality was far below average for this price bracket.
just average – The food is average. service usually goes from fair to terrible. They believe their own publicity and unless you are a high profile personality the dining experience is usually just okay
overpriced!! – We ended up paying more than $60/person without any alcohol at all. Waiter was pushy, wanting us to order the larger cut and more side orders than we could finish. Very bad value for money. The steak was OK, nothing to write home about.
The Palm – I ordered the New York, medium rare, and it came to my table medium. I can enjoy a steak cooked medium, so it wasn't a huge deal, though disappointing considering this is what they do. The texture of the meat was fantastic; however, the flavor left a lot to be desired. I've barbequed choice and select steaks at home that have had much more flavor and better marbling. The half and half onion ring and home fries (warm potato chips) side was almost inedible. The caesar salad was the culinary highlight, which is unfortunate.
Hands down, it's the Palm – First of all, great steak starts with great meat--prime, dry aged, well marbled, trimmed right, perfectly cooked. That eliminates most of the faves on the list. The Palm has it all. Plus, great salad, beans, asparagus, creamed spinach, and that NY pumpernickel. A little rowdy, so faint of heart Southlanders who can't handle East Coast energy might be put off by it all.
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