Palo Santo

★★★★☆
Well-deserving of the "eclectic" label, Palo Santo strives to mix up all facets of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, with wonderful results.
  • 652 Union St

    Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Cross street: nr. Fourth Ave.

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  • 718-636-6311

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DINNER Mon-Fri: 6pm-10:30pm Sat&Sun: 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
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I was given a gift certicate and thank god I did not have to pay for this place. My wife & my food was cold. Our soda had no fizz and when I asked my waiter for a replacement he argued with me that the owner would get mad at him. So I just accepted water. Our prawn appetizer smelled extremely funny & was very gritty & difficult to eat. About the only thing nice about the place was the lighting outside & the fact that the restaurant is like a little hideaway. I can't believe the good reviews here....mmmm...I wonder...maybe friends of the owner?

All in All - Don't waste your money.. There are so many other options.....

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★☆☆☆☆

I was given a gift certicate and thank god I did not have to pay for this place. My wife & my food was cold. Our soda had no fizz and when I asked my waiter for a replacement he argued with me that the owner would get mad at him. So I just accepted water. Our prawn appetizer smelled extremely funny & was very gritty & difficult to eat. About the only thing nice about the place was the lighting outside & the fact that the restaurant is like a little hideaway. I can't believe the good reviews here....mmmm...I wonder...maybe friends of the owner?

All in All - Don't waste your money.. There are so many other options.....

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Last night we went to Palo Santo with friends who had been there before and had a great meal. We were all very excited to try this eclectic, pan South American cuisine. Things started off well, the appetizers were delicious, the recommended wine was great, we all had our first tastes of our entrees and everyone was happy. I ordered the turkey mole, and the mole sauce was just right. But then, as I started eating it I realized that I had stuck my fork in a large, fatty piece of turkey skin. I pulled that to the side and went for meat, more turkey skin. By the time I had pulled it all out, more than half of the protein in my dish was this flaccid, rubbery, fatty turkey skin and I was left with only a few pieces of actual turkey meat. I called the waitress over, she apologized and said she'd handle it.

This is when the awful, incredible part of the dinner began; Chef and owner Jacques Gautier came out - we didn't realize he was the owner at the time. He informed me that when he makes the mole stew he puts all the turkey pieces in and can't help what gets plated! I said, but surely you don't mean to serve a $19 dish that's 75% inedible turkey skin and fat. He said "I'm happy to take the dish back and give you something else on the menu", I said "but I like this dish, the sauce is really wonderful and when I get a piece of turkey it's great. I just would like all turkey. Can you just take the dish back and put some more turkey on it?" When I said that I liked the sauce he said, "fine then we're done here and started to walk away". I continued to protest.

He refused to take the dish back to replace the turkey skin with turkey. He said, and I swear I'm not making this up, "if I take more turkey from the pot to give to you, that won't be fair to the next customer." He absolutely refused to give me a decent amount of turkey meat and the only thing he would do is to give me a different dish, which I ended up having no choice but to do.

Now, either he really intends to charge almost $20 for a plate of turkey fat and skin which is criminal, or this was the worst customer service ever. Since being home, I've read some other reviews and it seems that my experience wasn't abnormal. This guy is totally arrogant and cannot deal with even the most perfectly reasonable criticism of his food. I have never in my life had this customer service response in a restaurant, particularly from the owner! My recommendation: if you're in Park Slope, a place with a huge number of really good restaurants, why waste your time here?

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★☆☆☆☆

Last night we went to Palo Santo with friends who had been there before and had a great meal. We were all very excited to try this eclectic, pan South American cuisine. Things started off well, the appetizers were delicious, the recommended wine was great, we all had our first tastes of our entrees and everyone was happy. I ordered the turkey mole, and the mole sauce was just right. But then, as I started eating it I realized that I had stuck my fork in a large, fatty piece of turkey skin. I pulled that to the side and went for meat, more turkey skin. By the time I had pulled it all out, more than half of the protein in my dish was this flaccid, rubbery, fatty turkey skin and I was left with only a few pieces of actual turkey meat. I called the waitress over, she apologized and said she'd handle it.

This is when the awful, incredible part of the dinner began; Chef and owner Jacques Gautier came out - we didn't realize he was the owner at the time. He informed me that when he makes the mole stew he puts all the turkey pieces in and can't help what gets plated! I said, but surely you don't mean to serve a $19 dish that's 75% inedible turkey skin and fat. He said "I'm happy to take the dish back and give you something else on the menu", I said "but I like this dish, the sauce is really wonderful and when I get a piece of turkey it's great. I just would like all turkey. Can you just take the dish back and put some more turkey on it?" When I said that I liked the sauce he said, "fine then we're done here and started to walk away". I continued to protest.

He refused to take the dish back to replace the turkey skin with turkey. He said, and I swear I'm not making this up, "if I take more turkey from the pot to give to you, that won't be fair to the next customer." He absolutely refused to give me a decent amount of turkey meat and the only thing he would do is to give me a different dish, which I ended up having no choice but to do.

Now, either he really intends to charge almost $20 for a plate of turkey fat and skin which is criminal, or this was the worst customer service ever. Since being home, I've read some other reviews and it seems that my experience wasn't abnormal. This guy is totally arrogant and cannot deal with even the most perfectly reasonable criticism of his food. I have never in my life had this customer service response in a restaurant, particularly from the owner! My recommendation: if you're in Park Slope, a place with a huge number of really good restaurants, why waste your time here?

Pros: Terrible customer service from the arrogant chef/owner

Cons: Most of the food is good

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I would describe this as offering eclectic Latin cuisine...while some of the traditional Latin specialities are here (tacos, guacamole), there are also Caribbean and South American favorites. Yum

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★★★★☆

I would describe this as offering eclectic Latin cuisine...while some of the traditional Latin specialities are here (tacos, guacamole), there are also Caribbean and South American favorites. Yum

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Chef Jaques hates his customers

Up until Saturday I would have given this place very high marks.

However on my 6th visit I made the mistake of ordering the Cobia, a white fish. Normally this dish is tender and flaky but everyone at the table who ordered it was unable to cut through it. We sent it back.

5 minutes later we were greeted by the same plates and Chef and Owner Jacques Gautier... Not to apologize but to tell us (and this is verbatim) "I'm sorry you don't like the fish but they were beautifully cooked, and I'm not cooking it again so either take it back or order something else."

So that's how they treat you at Palo Santo... They charge you high end prices but offer you arby's level service, except at arby's they don't come out of the back and yell when your roast beef tastes like shit.

The customer is ALWAYS right. ALWAYS. If you can't deal with people sending back food, cook it right the first time.

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★☆☆☆☆

Chef Jaques hates his customers

Up until Saturday I would have given this place very high marks.

However on my 6th visit I made the mistake of ordering the Cobia, a white fish. Normally this dish is tender and flaky but everyone at the table who ordered it was unable to cut through it. We sent it back.

5 minutes later we were greeted by the same plates and Chef and Owner Jacques Gautier... Not to apologize but to tell us (and this is verbatim) "I'm sorry you don't like the fish but they were beautifully cooked, and I'm not cooking it again so either take it back or order something else."

So that's how they treat you at Palo Santo... They charge you high end prices but offer you arby's level service, except at arby's they don't come out of the back and yell when your roast beef tastes like shit.

The customer is ALWAYS right. ALWAYS. If you can't deal with people sending back food, cook it right the first time.

Pros: The Avacado appetizer is one of my favorite dishes

Cons: The food, the service

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Where to begin...EVERYTHING was perfect, the food was delicious...the drinks (frizantes being my favorite) were superb, the cake was the talk of my wedding for weeks after...the music hit the SPOT! Jacques was attentive to detail with every aspect of this party...great communicator despite my momentary "bridezilla" moments! His staff was courteous. The restaurant itself became even more romantic after just adding about 120 small votive candles all over the place...no need for crazy wedding decorations! Everyone of my family and friends could not STOP commenting of how delicious the food was, and have made plans to return and continue to try different dishes! If you are looking to have a small wedding (about 50ppl or less) THIS IS THE RESTAURANT TO HOLD YOUR PARTY...

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★★★★★

Where to begin...EVERYTHING was perfect, the food was delicious...the drinks (frizantes being my favorite) were superb, the cake was the talk of my wedding for weeks after...the music hit the SPOT! Jacques was attentive to detail with every aspect of this party...great communicator despite my momentary "bridezilla" moments! His staff was courteous. The restaurant itself became even more romantic after just adding about 120 small votive candles all over the place...no need for crazy wedding decorations! Everyone of my family and friends could not STOP commenting of how delicious the food was, and have made plans to return and continue to try different dishes! If you are looking to have a small wedding (about 50ppl or less) THIS IS THE RESTAURANT TO HOLD YOUR PARTY...

Pros: Food, Ambiance Drinks and Music

Cons: becoming an addict to Jaques food

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wow, ive never been asked not to bring my 8 yr old to a local restaurant. especially in park slope. my husband and i, upon entering, where told my the cook behind the counter that he didnt cater to families, but he would make an exception. i should have left then..

the interior is a little on the "look ma, i made it all by my self" side. not that i dont like a down home feel, this was more shoddy than chic.

we started with ceviche. wow. it was still frozen in the middle. kinda defeats the purpose.

at that point, i lost my appetite but my husband and son plotted on. their brave. they split a short rib dish and a pork chop covered in a 'mole' sauce. the mole had the consistence of elmers glue and the taste of nestle quick. go figure. the short rib was dry and flavorless.

after not eating any of the entrees, the waiter was genuinely concerned. i pointed out the frozen ceviche and the gelatinous mole. he nodded in agreement. he confided in us that there are good days and there are bad days there. wow.

do not waist your time. there are to many other, truly delightful dining options in the neighborhood.

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★☆☆☆☆

wow, ive never been asked not to bring my 8 yr old to a local restaurant. especially in park slope. my husband and i, upon entering, where told my the cook behind the counter that he didnt cater to families, but he would make an exception. i should have left then..

the interior is a little on the "look ma, i made it all by my self" side. not that i dont like a down home feel, this was more shoddy than chic.

we started with ceviche. wow. it was still frozen in the middle. kinda defeats the purpose.

at that point, i lost my appetite but my husband and son plotted on. their brave. they split a short rib dish and a pork chop covered in a 'mole' sauce. the mole had the consistence of elmers glue and the taste of nestle quick. go figure. the short rib was dry and flavorless.

after not eating any of the entrees, the waiter was genuinely concerned. i pointed out the frozen ceviche and the gelatinous mole. he nodded in agreement. he confided in us that there are good days and there are bad days there. wow.

do not waist your time. there are to many other, truly delightful dining options in the neighborhood.

Pros: server was nice

Cons: bad food, shoddy atmesphere, not family friendly

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The food at Palo Santo is excellent - there is no other description that is sufficient. I love it and go as much as possible. The chef is competent and creative. The service if just fine - I've never had a bad experience over the past several years. The prix fixe menu is well-priced and I always come away satisfied and looking forward to my next meal there. The brunch menu is also great- particularly when there is some sort of pork sandwich available.

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★★★★★

The food at Palo Santo is excellent - there is no other description that is sufficient. I love it and go as much as possible. The chef is competent and creative. The service if just fine - I've never had a bad experience over the past several years. The prix fixe menu is well-priced and I always come away satisfied and looking forward to my next meal there. The brunch menu is also great- particularly when there is some sort of pork sandwich available.

Pros: Great menu

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having eaten here at least 15 times the past year I am well acquainted with the menu.

The service is great if you have one of the waitresses serving you, and mediocre if you have the other one. One of the waitresses works her tail off (had a neckbrace when we were there) and the other one is a bit snobby and indifferent of whether or not you enjoy your meal.

The food is very good , but the wait for your food can be cumbersome and if you have the snooty waitress forget getting your check or food on time.

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★★☆☆☆

having eaten here at least 15 times the past year I am well acquainted with the menu.

The service is great if you have one of the waitresses serving you, and mediocre if you have the other one. One of the waitresses works her tail off (had a neckbrace when we were there) and the other one is a bit snobby and indifferent of whether or not you enjoy your meal.

The food is very good , but the wait for your food can be cumbersome and if you have the snooty waitress forget getting your check or food on time.

Pros: great food

Cons: 50% service, can be slow kitchen

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I eat at this restaurant on a regular basis. The food is always fresh and prepared well. The menu is creative and bold, and the food always lives up to the promise of its vision. While the menu changes on a daily or near daily basis, it usually features at least one fish and one pork dish, and platanos usually accompany something. I have eaten at most places in Park Slope and Cobble Hill, and Palo Santo is one to which I consistently return because I know it will not let me down. Additionally, for the level of food, the price is quite reasonable. Thus, Palo Santo combines a dynamic menu with excellent food quality and prices to make a great dining experience.

Also, the wine list never disappoints. And, the service is excellent.

Only caveat - chicken usually served on bone, but not necessarily a drawback if you're into it.

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★★★★★

I eat at this restaurant on a regular basis. The food is always fresh and prepared well. The menu is creative and bold, and the food always lives up to the promise of its vision. While the menu changes on a daily or near daily basis, it usually features at least one fish and one pork dish, and platanos usually accompany something. I have eaten at most places in Park Slope and Cobble Hill, and Palo Santo is one to which I consistently return because I know it will not let me down. Additionally, for the level of food, the price is quite reasonable. Thus, Palo Santo combines a dynamic menu with excellent food quality and prices to make a great dining experience.

Also, the wine list never disappoints. And, the service is excellent.

Only caveat - chicken usually served on bone, but not necessarily a drawback if you're into it.

Pros: menu changes frequently

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This place is amazing... you will taste some things you've never tasted before.... and it will all be delicious. Here is a truly creative chef who is absolutely passionate about what he's putting on the table. He really wants you to say "WOW" and you will. I've never been disappointed at Palo Santo.

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★★★★★

This place is amazing... you will taste some things you've never tasted before.... and it will all be delicious. Here is a truly creative chef who is absolutely passionate about what he's putting on the table. He really wants you to say "WOW" and you will. I've never been disappointed at Palo Santo.

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Have been to this upscale Latin-American restaurant on Union Street numerous times and loved it. Though the regular menu is great, I most recommend reserving the tasting menu, which is served at the bar (and comes with the option of wine pairings). You are served around seven courses, a combination of items off the menu and the chef's inventions of that night; the bar is directly in front of the open kitchen, and the chef will chat with you about the various courses as they're served. They range from the refined (a risotto like dish with cheese and wild mushrooms) to the earthy (a braised pig's tail in salsa verde based on a dish the chef had in Trinidad) to the unusual (one dish was served with an soft-boiled immature egg taken from the inside of a chicken--sounds bizarre but was delicious, shell and all!). A charming setting in a renovated old brownstone, the restaurant feels and tastes like a labor of love.

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★★★★★

Have been to this upscale Latin-American restaurant on Union Street numerous times and loved it. Though the regular menu is great, I most recommend reserving the tasting menu, which is served at the bar (and comes with the option of wine pairings). You are served around seven courses, a combination of items off the menu and the chef's inventions of that night; the bar is directly in front of the open kitchen, and the chef will chat with you about the various courses as they're served. They range from the refined (a risotto like dish with cheese and wild mushrooms) to the earthy (a braised pig's tail in salsa verde based on a dish the chef had in Trinidad) to the unusual (one dish was served with an soft-boiled immature egg taken from the inside of a chicken--sounds bizarre but was delicious, shell and all!). A charming setting in a renovated old brownstone, the restaurant feels and tastes like a labor of love.

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i was given a gift certificate, and so glad for it. inspired, seasonal, simple yet creative menu. awesome wine list. the service was spectacular. get there early, and if you're on a date, go for the back garden as there's only room for two.

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★★★★★

i was given a gift certificate, and so glad for it. inspired, seasonal, simple yet creative menu. awesome wine list. the service was spectacular. get there early, and if you're on a date, go for the back garden as there's only room for two.

Pros: back garden, wine list, service

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A Palo Santo. le chef propose une carte qui se renouvelle assez souvent meme s'il s'inspire et reinvente la cuisine sud americaine.
Palo Santo se distingue par la qualite de ses produits. On y mange, selon la saison, de la poule avec ses oeufs, du foie gras frais, du lapin, du canard, du gibier... Ce qui est rare aux US.
Il faut absolument gouter les tortillas de mais. Si vous prenez des tacos, bien evidemment, ce n'est pas la peine.
En entree, tout est bon mais certains plats proposes se repose entierement sur la qualite des produits utilises, ce qui en soit est une prouesse mais peut decevoir si vous voulez quelque chose d'elaborer. Evitez ainsi les cailles grillees ou l'avocat. Si vous aimez le poisson cru, il y a souvent du ceviche, sorte de marinade pimentee de poisson. C'est excellent mais ca vous met le feu aux papilles. Il y a en general des tacos, valeur sure qui seduira et, plus rarement, une entree qui reste a la carte une voire deux semaines.
Pour les plats, il y a en general un vegetarien, deux poissons, deux viandes. Les viandes sont gouteuses et cuites avec precision. Quand il y en a, la souris d'agneau est fondante a souhait et est servie avec une sauce assez classique mais delicieuse. Le flanchet est accompagne d'une sauce latino americaine qui n'en tue pas le gout. L'asopado de mariscos ou le mole, tous les deux delicieux ne s'adressent qu'a des palais non pas avertis mais aguerris parce que lorsque le plat est signale comme epice, il l'est vraiment. Certains poissons sont servis avec de la banane plantain cuite longuement au four. Un delice!
Cote dessert, il faut l'avouer, ca ne se renouvelle pas autant mais tous sont bons. Si vous ne savez pas ce qu'est un granite, evitez de le prendre en pensant avoir un sorbet.
Pour ce qui est des vins, les rouges sont charpentes et plutot forts. Pour qui n'est pas amateur de ces vins la, il n'y a que deux roses. Les americains sont amateurs de blanc d'ou une carte que je n'ai pas goutee.

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★★★★★

A Palo Santo. le chef propose une carte qui se renouvelle assez souvent meme s'il s'inspire et reinvente la cuisine sud americaine.
Palo Santo se distingue par la qualite de ses produits. On y mange, selon la saison, de la poule avec ses oeufs, du foie gras frais, du lapin, du canard, du gibier... Ce qui est rare aux US.
Il faut absolument gouter les tortillas de mais. Si vous prenez des tacos, bien evidemment, ce n'est pas la peine.
En entree, tout est bon mais certains plats proposes se repose entierement sur la qualite des produits utilises, ce qui en soit est une prouesse mais peut decevoir si vous voulez quelque chose d'elaborer. Evitez ainsi les cailles grillees ou l'avocat. Si vous aimez le poisson cru, il y a souvent du ceviche, sorte de marinade pimentee de poisson. C'est excellent mais ca vous met le feu aux papilles. Il y a en general des tacos, valeur sure qui seduira et, plus rarement, une entree qui reste a la carte une voire deux semaines.
Pour les plats, il y a en general un vegetarien, deux poissons, deux viandes. Les viandes sont gouteuses et cuites avec precision. Quand il y en a, la souris d'agneau est fondante a souhait et est servie avec une sauce assez classique mais delicieuse. Le flanchet est accompagne d'une sauce latino americaine qui n'en tue pas le gout. L'asopado de mariscos ou le mole, tous les deux delicieux ne s'adressent qu'a des palais non pas avertis mais aguerris parce que lorsque le plat est signale comme epice, il l'est vraiment. Certains poissons sont servis avec de la banane plantain cuite longuement au four. Un delice!
Cote dessert, il faut l'avouer, ca ne se renouvelle pas autant mais tous sont bons. Si vous ne savez pas ce qu'est un granite, evitez de le prendre en pensant avoir un sorbet.
Pour ce qui est des vins, les rouges sont charpentes et plutot forts. Pour qui n'est pas amateur de ces vins la, il n'y a que deux roses. Les americains sont amateurs de blanc d'ou une carte que je n'ai pas goutee.

Pros: cuisine, qualite des produits, variete

Cons: roses quasi absents de la carte

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Love this place! I come here often. I recommend sitting at the "bar" and having the tasting menu and the wine pairing...such a good deal.

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★★★★★

Love this place! I come here often. I recommend sitting at the "bar" and having the tasting menu and the wine pairing...such a good deal.

Pros: All

Cons: None

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My girlfriend and I have eaten at Palo Santo for brunch several times, and the food was enjoyable and the service was above average. But when we ate there for dinner recently, it was like we were at an entirely different restaurant. Our waiter ignored us in favor of another table for much of the evening. Our order was taken about 30 minutes after we had been seated. When our food arrived - now about an hour after our seating - it was terrible. I ordered the chicken mole, and I managed to scrape about four full bites of chicken off of a mass of bones and bone chips. While the food quality was redeemd somewhat by the dessert, the overall experience was so unpleasant that we won't be giving Palo Santo another chance for dinner ever again. We might try another brunch in a few months, but only after the bad taste of this experience has faded.

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★★☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I have eaten at Palo Santo for brunch several times, and the food was enjoyable and the service was above average. But when we ate there for dinner recently, it was like we were at an entirely different restaurant. Our waiter ignored us in favor of another table for much of the evening. Our order was taken about 30 minutes after we had been seated. When our food arrived - now about an hour after our seating - it was terrible. I ordered the chicken mole, and I managed to scrape about four full bites of chicken off of a mass of bones and bone chips. While the food quality was redeemd somewhat by the dessert, the overall experience was so unpleasant that we won't be giving Palo Santo another chance for dinner ever again. We might try another brunch in a few months, but only after the bad taste of this experience has faded.

Pros: Good brunch, pleasant (if cramped) ambience

Cons: Breathtakingly slow service and, quite simply, bad food

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After hearing this place get rave reviews, I decided to check it out. Is this the same place? The place is small and cramped, I felt like i was sitting with the two guys at the table next to me. The service was spotty at best. You would think water was gold...it's impossible to get a glass of it in this place!! The waiter was sort of rude and I felt like he was flirting with my date, which made us both uncomfortable. The food was presented nicley but didn't taste good. The wine list is strange and too expensive for south american wines. I don't know who would acually give this place a good rating. And if youwant to fell like a jerk...just ask the manager a question and he'll help you out with that

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★☆☆☆☆

After hearing this place get rave reviews, I decided to check it out. Is this the same place? The place is small and cramped, I felt like i was sitting with the two guys at the table next to me. The service was spotty at best. You would think water was gold...it's impossible to get a glass of it in this place!! The waiter was sort of rude and I felt like he was flirting with my date, which made us both uncomfortable. The food was presented nicley but didn't taste good. The wine list is strange and too expensive for south american wines. I don't know who would acually give this place a good rating. And if youwant to fell like a jerk...just ask the manager a question and he'll help you out with that

Pros: it's close to my apartment

Cons: poor service, bad food, poor wine choices, cramped

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My boyfriend and I were undecided about where to grab a bite last night, it was 10pm on a Wed in Park Slope. We had walked by Palo last week on a neighborhood walkabout, grabbed their card and hung it on the fridge as a reminder. We called to see what time they shut, which was to be 10:30, and both being in the business before decided not to show up at 10:10. Well oddly enough we started walking without a plan and ended up there any way. The staff was so friendly and welcoming we knew we weren't intruding on their after-work plans. The lamb was amazing, the wine selection is excellent and I cant say enough about the cozy, relaxing, welcoming environment. The staff was exceptional and the coconut creme brulee was to die for! We will be back with a group the next time. I loved the communal table.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I were undecided about where to grab a bite last night, it was 10pm on a Wed in Park Slope. We had walked by Palo last week on a neighborhood walkabout, grabbed their card and hung it on the fridge as a reminder. We called to see what time they shut, which was to be 10:30, and both being in the business before decided not to show up at 10:10. Well oddly enough we started walking without a plan and ended up there any way. The staff was so friendly and welcoming we knew we weren't intruding on their after-work plans. The lamb was amazing, the wine selection is excellent and I cant say enough about the cozy, relaxing, welcoming environment. The staff was exceptional and the coconut creme brulee was to die for! We will be back with a group the next time. I loved the communal table.

Pros: Staff, service, food, wine, ambience, location, decor

Cons: None - would say parking might be an issue but we walked

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Went to a friend's birthday dinner at Palo Santo last week. For the party, they'd rented out the whole back room - PERFECT for a group of 20-30 people. An intimate space, great lighting. I think I'm going to plan my wedding rehearsal dinner there. It was my first time to the restaurant, though I'd read the great NYTimes review they earned, and I was very impressed. There was a special party menu with great hors d'oeuvres, apps like ceviche, and I particularly loved the desserts, including the chocolate mousse made with a touch of dessert wine in it. Service was knowledgable and very friendly. The wines that the sommelier helped our host pick out were stellar (the whole list is South American). All in all, a great Brooklyn dining experience, and a wonderful place to have a party.

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★★★★★

Went to a friend's birthday dinner at Palo Santo last week. For the party, they'd rented out the whole back room - PERFECT for a group of 20-30 people. An intimate space, great lighting. I think I'm going to plan my wedding rehearsal dinner there. It was my first time to the restaurant, though I'd read the great NYTimes review they earned, and I was very impressed. There was a special party menu with great hors d'oeuvres, apps like ceviche, and I particularly loved the desserts, including the chocolate mousse made with a touch of dessert wine in it. Service was knowledgable and very friendly. The wines that the sommelier helped our host pick out were stellar (the whole list is South American). All in all, a great Brooklyn dining experience, and a wonderful place to have a party.

Pros: private party space, interesting wine list

Cons: none

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My boyfriend and I came here one night on a whim (we had reservations elsewhere that we cancelled) and we are so glad we did. The food was delicious, the waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable and the decor is perfect (although the chairs were a little uncomfortable, even if they did look super-cool). After the appetizer of pork taquitos (amazing and a big portion for an appetizer) and halfway through my duck leg mole (super double amazing!!!!!) he proposed to me and I said yes. The thoughtful waitress brought over champagne for us. It was a perfect night, thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, and the staff and food at Palo Santo. I sound like an ad, but really, it was just a wonderful night and I totally recommend this place.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I came here one night on a whim (we had reservations elsewhere that we cancelled) and we are so glad we did. The food was delicious, the waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable and the decor is perfect (although the chairs were a little uncomfortable, even if they did look super-cool). After the appetizer of pork taquitos (amazing and a big portion for an appetizer) and halfway through my duck leg mole (super double amazing!!!!!) he proposed to me and I said yes. The thoughtful waitress brought over champagne for us. It was a perfect night, thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, and the staff and food at Palo Santo. I sound like an ad, but really, it was just a wonderful night and I totally recommend this place.

Pros: everything

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This was my first foray into Park Slope dining, brought on by Brooklyn's restaurant week, and it was also my first wonderful dinner in the NY metro area in months! This enchanting escape from the usual pretentious or sadly lacking dining experience is right off the Union stop in an eclectic little brownstone. Make sure you sit in the back for the brick walls, glowing candles and view of the charming courtyard with its delightful stone fountain. There are only communal tables available in the back, of which I am usually wary, but in this charming and quaint atmosphere there were no loud-talkers or other reasons to cause the need to hide from our dining companions. The waitress was perfect. She gave us enough information to guide without making us feel like we could prepare the dishes ourselves, and also made us welcome (and ready!) to return. The busser/runner was also very pleasant; always greeting our table with a smile. The highlights of the menu were the lamb shank and striped sea bass as well the delicious desserts (I am a chocoholic and still loved the sugary citrus tang of the lime tart and crunchy sweet melt of the pear rhubbarb pie). The food is simple and well done. The wine selection is limited, but we were very happy with our choice. This restaurant IS what so many Brooklyn restaurants claim to be; a simple, delicious dining experience made superb through good service--an individual's intimate answer to corporate apathy.

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★★★★☆

This was my first foray into Park Slope dining, brought on by Brooklyn's restaurant week, and it was also my first wonderful dinner in the NY metro area in months! This enchanting escape from the usual pretentious or sadly lacking dining experience is right off the Union stop in an eclectic little brownstone. Make sure you sit in the back for the brick walls, glowing candles and view of the charming courtyard with its delightful stone fountain. There are only communal tables available in the back, of which I am usually wary, but in this charming and quaint atmosphere there were no loud-talkers or other reasons to cause the need to hide from our dining companions. The waitress was perfect. She gave us enough information to guide without making us feel like we could prepare the dishes ourselves, and also made us welcome (and ready!) to return. The busser/runner was also very pleasant; always greeting our table with a smile. The highlights of the menu were the lamb shank and striped sea bass as well the delicious desserts (I am a chocoholic and still loved the sugary citrus tang of the lime tart and crunchy sweet melt of the pear rhubbarb pie). The food is simple and well done. The wine selection is limited, but we were very happy with our choice. This restaurant IS what so many Brooklyn restaurants claim to be; a simple, delicious dining experience made superb through good service--an individual's intimate answer to corporate apathy.

Pros: an easy way to have an all around great evening out

Cons: the R is a slow train ride to it!

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I went here for brunch with a party of four after hearing great things about the food. The decor is lovely, too, and I had noticed the restaurant while passing by. We ordered an assortment of items, none of which arrived together... which might be fine for an evening of tapas, but it was pretty weird for brunch. The portions were tiny -- I swear the (a la carte) omelettes are made with one egg a piece -- so were were hungrily waiting for our food to slowly trickle out of the kitchen at its glacial pace. We were there for about two hours. One of the two omelettes we ordered tasted like the salt shaker was spilled in the pan. It was waaay too salty (but the other one was fine). The cornbread was served cold and pretty so-so, so I was glad that only one portion arrived instead of the two that we had ordered. (And yes, we were later charged for both, but they removed the one that didn't make it to the table.) The side of 'bacon' was actually a side of greasy fat with no meat whatsoever. I couldn't even look at it it was so gross, and I love a good hearty ribbed bacon. The latin dishes, however, were all quite excellent. I forget the name of our favorite (it had black beans, and was served in a plantain leaf). So maybe that's the key, ordering the Latin dishes. Our waitress was sweet and efficient. After all of our food eventually arrived, but we were still hungry since the portions are pretty small. So we ordered a couple more Latin plates. We were not finished eating when the busboy came by to clear away some of the empty plates. He also took all of our silverware. We still very clearly had plates with freshly delivered food on them. At this point, it was funny to us. I don't like to complain -- I prefer to simply not return to a disappointing restaurant. But the manager noticed the goings on and came by as we were leaving. He was very nice and apologized, but he didn't comp anything (except for the side of fat that we didn't touch) or do anything else to back it up.

1
★★☆☆☆

I went here for brunch with a party of four after hearing great things about the food. The decor is lovely, too, and I had noticed the restaurant while passing by. We ordered an assortment of items, none of which arrived together... which might be fine for an evening of tapas, but it was pretty weird for brunch. The portions were tiny -- I swear the (a la carte) omelettes are made with one egg a piece -- so were were hungrily waiting for our food to slowly trickle out of the kitchen at its glacial pace. We were there for about two hours. One of the two omelettes we ordered tasted like the salt shaker was spilled in the pan. It was waaay too salty (but the other one was fine). The cornbread was served cold and pretty so-so, so I was glad that only one portion arrived instead of the two that we had ordered. (And yes, we were later charged for both, but they removed the one that didn't make it to the table.) The side of 'bacon' was actually a side of greasy fat with no meat whatsoever. I couldn't even look at it it was so gross, and I love a good hearty ribbed bacon. The latin dishes, however, were all quite excellent. I forget the name of our favorite (it had black beans, and was served in a plantain leaf). So maybe that's the key, ordering the Latin dishes. Our waitress was sweet and efficient. After all of our food eventually arrived, but we were still hungry since the portions are pretty small. So we ordered a couple more Latin plates. We were not finished eating when the busboy came by to clear away some of the empty plates. He also took all of our silverware. We still very clearly had plates with freshly delivered food on them. At this point, it was funny to us. I don't like to complain -- I prefer to simply not return to a disappointing restaurant. But the manager noticed the goings on and came by as we were leaving. He was very nice and apologized, but he didn't comp anything (except for the side of fat that we didn't touch) or do anything else to back it up.

Pros: good Latin dishes, nice waitress

Cons: food came out piece-by-piece over the course of one hour, portions were quite small, some of the food was not good

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We've dined here about 4 times over a 6 month period and at different times of the day. You read that right, it's open at 7 am! The vibe is like you're stopping by to visit a friend for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat and your friend happens to be a gourmet. The secret is siting at the tiny bar to enjoy the chef's tasting menu. It's amazing and a steal at $45 per person (that was the 2006 price). The ingredients are seasonal and the menu inventive. I like to show off this place to my city friends, because it feels like a neighborhood secret and embodies the Brooklyn restaurant scene: exciting but not pretentious.

2
★★★★★

We've dined here about 4 times over a 6 month period and at different times of the day. You read that right, it's open at 7 am! The vibe is like you're stopping by to visit a friend for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat and your friend happens to be a gourmet. The secret is siting at the tiny bar to enjoy the chef's tasting menu. It's amazing and a steal at $45 per person (that was the 2006 price). The ingredients are seasonal and the menu inventive. I like to show off this place to my city friends, because it feels like a neighborhood secret and embodies the Brooklyn restaurant scene: exciting but not pretentious.

Pros: Good eats for all three meals; attentive staff;

Cons: Too bad garden is only for looking

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I almost missed the place. It's cutely tucked into I guess what would be the garden apartment of a brownstone on a residential block. I thought the decor was elegantly rustic and I was tickled by the music. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find it too loud at all, but I went around 7-ish during a weeknight, so maybe it's different during that time. When I was there, it was lots of Harry Belafonte which reminded me of my grandmother (she loved him when I was a kid), so I liked it. The menu was creative, the food was delicious - - you can tell they use fresh ingredients - - and the staff was really attentive, sweet and well-educated on the menu. My friend and I were next to a couple who had a million annoying questions about the food they were about to order and the waitress patiently and eloquently answered each one. Anyway, we both completely enjoyed our meal. I'm telling all my friends and I'll definitely be back.

2
★★★★★

I almost missed the place. It's cutely tucked into I guess what would be the garden apartment of a brownstone on a residential block. I thought the decor was elegantly rustic and I was tickled by the music. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find it too loud at all, but I went around 7-ish during a weeknight, so maybe it's different during that time. When I was there, it was lots of Harry Belafonte which reminded me of my grandmother (she loved him when I was a kid), so I liked it. The menu was creative, the food was delicious - - you can tell they use fresh ingredients - - and the staff was really attentive, sweet and well-educated on the menu. My friend and I were next to a couple who had a million annoying questions about the food they were about to order and the waitress patiently and eloquently answered each one. Anyway, we both completely enjoyed our meal. I'm telling all my friends and I'll definitely be back.

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I am truly impressed by this restaurant, and I've eaten at most of the restaurants in Park Slope. The menu is adventurous and was different on the two occasions I've been there. The first time, my friends and I shared several appetizers. Our favorites included the green garlic and potato soup, and the baby octopus and fennel salad. The duck with mole was perfect - soft meat, flavorful sauce. My friends had the lamb and were equally pleased. Make sure you get extra bread/tortilla to soak up whatever is left on your plate! The second time I went with my family, who loved the pork as well as the mushroom casserole. Desserts on both occasions included a baked banana-chocolate concoction. The service was great - knowledgeable but not overbearing. The music can be a little loud, but they turned it down upon request. The front room is cozy, the back room is inviting - but if you are looking for a romantic table for two, be sure to ask, as the tables in the back room seat six or eight, and can include two or three different sets of people who don't necessarily know each other. All in all, Palo Santo was fantastic. I'd recommend it highly, and would make reservations if you are looking for table during popular times.

2
★★★★☆

I am truly impressed by this restaurant, and I've eaten at most of the restaurants in Park Slope. The menu is adventurous and was different on the two occasions I've been there. The first time, my friends and I shared several appetizers. Our favorites included the green garlic and potato soup, and the baby octopus and fennel salad. The duck with mole was perfect - soft meat, flavorful sauce. My friends had the lamb and were equally pleased. Make sure you get extra bread/tortilla to soak up whatever is left on your plate! The second time I went with my family, who loved the pork as well as the mushroom casserole. Desserts on both occasions included a baked banana-chocolate concoction. The service was great - knowledgeable but not overbearing. The music can be a little loud, but they turned it down upon request. The front room is cozy, the back room is inviting - but if you are looking for a romantic table for two, be sure to ask, as the tables in the back room seat six or eight, and can include two or three different sets of people who don't necessarily know each other. All in all, Palo Santo was fantastic. I'd recommend it highly, and would make reservations if you are looking for table during popular times.

Pros: Right in the slope, warm ambience, outstanding food

Cons: Can have loud music, we were seated late despite reservations.

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This is not a typical latin restaurant, and if you're daring, you will be rewarded. We had Nestor's Egg, Octopus, greens, lamb and mushroom casserole. The food was all excellent. Our server was knowledgable, but a bit earnest. For dessert we enjoyed the lime pie and loved it. This would be a higher rating if the back room were a bit more comfortable. The crafty tables are cute, but leave little leg room. The music was too loud. Also, the beverage list offers nothing but water, tea and coffee if you're not in the mood for wine or beer. Definitely worth the hike away from your slope favorites.

2
★★★★☆

This is not a typical latin restaurant, and if you're daring, you will be rewarded. We had Nestor's Egg, Octopus, greens, lamb and mushroom casserole. The food was all excellent. Our server was knowledgable, but a bit earnest. For dessert we enjoyed the lime pie and loved it. This would be a higher rating if the back room were a bit more comfortable. The crafty tables are cute, but leave little leg room. The music was too loud. Also, the beverage list offers nothing but water, tea and coffee if you're not in the mood for wine or beer. Definitely worth the hike away from your slope favorites.

Pros: Great, inventive food.

Cons: Loud music, kind of weird decor--like a fancy vegetarian restaurant from the '70s.

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Had a few great meals here, the menu is constantly changing and incorporating more interesting and well-thought out options. It's obvious that a lot of care was put into the place, and it was worth the effort. The tables, the fountain out back, the iron work, are all great touches and really pull the place together. I can't wait to see what they do when they're able to have wine pairings.

2
★★★★★

Had a few great meals here, the menu is constantly changing and incorporating more interesting and well-thought out options. It's obvious that a lot of care was put into the place, and it was worth the effort. The tables, the fountain out back, the iron work, are all great touches and really pull the place together. I can't wait to see what they do when they're able to have wine pairings.

Pros: interesting food, great space

Cons: I keep missing it!

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Have been hearing great things through the grapevine about this place, and after a solid brunch there a few weeks ago, popped in for dinner last night. Nice! 1st really chilly night and they have the fireplace going up front...place was maybe half full (still pretty new, I guess), and we sat at the chef's counter. Wanted to see the kitchen in action, and it turns out they do a tasting menu only at the counter. At $45, all you can eat, it was a steal. The food is comforting, but balanced...I'd say there's a lot of Mexican influence (they call it "eclectic Latin"), but mostly what shines through is the great ingredients and care. The chef, who's very friendly, apparently shops at the Greenmarkets most days (there was a review hanging up that talked about that as well).

Some of the favorites:
- conch chowder...lots of coconut milk and a bit of spice, very rich, great for a chilly night
- roast quail, with a great mole poblano...great flavor, though little quail bones always take a bit of work...came with hand pressed mini-tortillas that helped us get all the sauce up
- sugarcane grilled shrimp with black rice and sea beans...AMAZING... squid ink colors and seasons the rice
- a risotto-like dish, a bit wetter, but with lots of mushrooms, served in a roast baby squash...if this is how vegetarians can eat, I could see converting
-black angus steak...just a few slices each (we were getting stuffed...that was our 7th course...), but with a super flavorfull mushroom and beef tongue ragout, bitter greens
-chocolate pudding - so dense it was like a big truffle

Service was very friendly, professional, knowledgable. They don't have a liquor license yet, so we popped over the R,W&B, brought in a great malbec.

All in all, great decor (fireplace and handmade furniture), service & food! This place won't be quiet for long.

2
★★★★★

Have been hearing great things through the grapevine about this place, and after a solid brunch there a few weeks ago, popped in for dinner last night. Nice! 1st really chilly night and they have the fireplace going up front...place was maybe half full (still pretty new, I guess), and we sat at the chef's counter. Wanted to see the kitchen in action, and it turns out they do a tasting menu only at the counter. At $45, all you can eat, it was a steal. The food is comforting, but balanced...I'd say there's a lot of Mexican influence (they call it "eclectic Latin"), but mostly what shines through is the great ingredients and care. The chef, who's very friendly, apparently shops at the Greenmarkets most days (there was a review hanging up that talked about that as well).

Some of the favorites:
- conch chowder...lots of coconut milk and a bit of spice, very rich, great for a chilly night
- roast quail, with a great mole poblano...great flavor, though little quail bones always take a bit of work...came with hand pressed mini-tortillas that helped us get all the sauce up
- sugarcane grilled shrimp with black rice and sea beans...AMAZING... squid ink colors and seasons the rice
- a risotto-like dish, a bit wetter, but with lots of mushrooms, served in a roast baby squash...if this is how vegetarians can eat, I could see converting
-black angus steak...just a few slices each (we were getting stuffed...that was our 7th course...), but with a super flavorfull mushroom and beef tongue ragout, bitter greens
-chocolate pudding - so dense it was like a big truffle

Service was very friendly, professional, knowledgable. They don't have a liquor license yet, so we popped over the R,W&B, brought in a great malbec.

All in all, great decor (fireplace and handmade furniture), service & food! This place won't be quiet for long.

Pros: Fireplace, friendly service, food that's "flavor first"

Cons: No liquor license yet

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I had dinner at Palo Santo for the second time tonight. The place is a revelation. The room is charming and intensely cozy at once, the service is super (I wonder if the staff own a piece of the restaurant), and the food is just deeply and fundamentally .... good. As far as I understand, the menu changes daily, and that seemed true tonight, when nothing but the sides were the same as what was offered on my previous visit. While I was disappointed that the cazuela de hongos (mushroom casserole, but that translation does little to describe the lovely dish of mixed wild and cultured mushrooms in a limey-herby broth accented with bits of crusty melted aged manchego cheese) wasn't available tonight, my disappointment didn't last long. My aunt, my mother, and I shared 3 apps, each of the four side dishes on the menu (a ripe plantain baked in its skin, rice and beans, collard greens dusted with bacalao, and precious little corn tortillas made from home made masa) along with one "main" (wild boar with jackfruit). They don't mind if you mix things up this way, and the waitress did us a great service steering us toward the boar (I had also been considering the braised lamb breast with a gratin of latin american sweet potatoes). The jackfruit was a revelation to all of us at the table

I haven't tried the desserts to much -- we didn't have any tonight (we were too sated), and on my previous visit with a pastry-chef friend of mind, we just shared the offered pumpkin pannacotta. I liked it, Christine found the texture a little unusual for a pannacotta but I don't think she was displeased with the dish overall.

I'll leave aside describing every single dish in detail, and just say that the chef's attention to detail (flavor reigning supreme) is reflected in everything the kitchen puts out. I would really love to know how he makes a simple dish of rice and beans taste so good.

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2
★★★★★

I had dinner at Palo Santo for the second time tonight. The place is a revelation. The room is charming and intensely cozy at once, the service is super (I wonder if the staff own a piece of the restaurant), and the food is just deeply and fundamentally .... good. As far as I understand, the menu changes daily, and that seemed true tonight, when nothing but the sides were the same as what was offered on my previous visit. While I was disappointed that the cazuela de hongos (mushroom casserole, but that translation does little to describe the lovely dish of mixed wild and cultured mushrooms in a limey-herby broth accented with bits of crusty melted aged manchego cheese) wasn't available tonight, my disappointment didn't last long. My aunt, my mother, and I shared 3 apps, each of the four side dishes on the menu (a ripe plantain baked in its skin, rice and beans, collard greens dusted with bacalao, and precious little corn tortillas made from home made masa) along with one "main" (wild boar with jackfruit). They don't mind if you mix things up this way, and the waitress did us a great service steering us toward the boar (I had also been considering the braised lamb breast with a gratin of latin american sweet potatoes). The jackfruit was a revelation to all of us at the table

I haven't tried the desserts to much -- we didn't have any tonight (we were too sated), and on my previous visit with a pastry-chef friend of mind, we just shared the offered pumpkin pannacotta. I liked it, Christine found the texture a little unusual for a pannacotta but I don't think she was displeased with the dish overall.

I'll leave aside describing every single dish in detail, and just say that the chef's attention to detail (flavor reigning supreme) is reflected in everything the kitchen puts out. I would really love to know how he makes a simple dish of rice and beans taste so good.

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had the opportunity to check this new spot out. the chef is so talented and the food is absolutely fresh and delish. the place is so adorable and such a great place for a nice saturday or sunday brunch. looking forward to trying their dinner. the banana and zuchini bread with the plantain are sooo yummy. i want to go back for more!

2
★★★★★

had the opportunity to check this new spot out. the chef is so talented and the food is absolutely fresh and delish. the place is so adorable and such a great place for a nice saturday or sunday brunch. looking forward to trying their dinner. the banana and zuchini bread with the plantain are sooo yummy. i want to go back for more!

Pros: fresh food and great ambiance

Cons: yerba mate tea served too strong

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Friendly Chef & Staff. The food is very fresh and tastes delicous. The ambiance is very relaxing and pretty to look at.

2
★★★★☆

Friendly Chef & Staff. The food is very fresh and tastes delicous. The ambiance is very relaxing and pretty to look at.

Pros: Fresh Ingredients (you can taste the difference)

Cons: none

 

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