Palette Tea House, San Francisco


Palette Tea House

900 North Point Suite B201-A

San Francisco, CA 94109


Palette Tea House Website

Palette Tea House, San Francisco

Solid Dim Sum in Fisherman’s Wharf of all places!- Why did we dine here? – Palette Tea House is from the team behind top rated Chinese restaurants: Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux. They took over Waxman’s location in Ghirardelli Square. We gave them a month and headed to tourist central to try this new dim sum palace.

An outpost of Palette Tea House opened in the Hillsdale San Mateo Shopping Center during Summer 2020.

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Insider Tip – One hour validated parking, $5 for 2nd hour.

Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
Location – San Francisco Ghirardelli Square
Opened – 2019

Service – Palette Tea House service was very scattered. They are understaffed and there were long pauses.
Verdict – Palette Tea House is a beautiful restaurant with upscale modern Chinese food.
It is a work in progress, go to their sister restaurants if you care about food quality instead. Come here if the decor, food aesthetics, location, and cocktails are more important.

The leading Chinese restaurant in the area include HL Peninsula, Koi Palace, Dragon Beaux and Grand Harbour.

Palette Tea House San Francisco interior decor

18% service charge automatically added.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No.

Palette Tea House Signature Dishes – Dumplings, XLB

Palette Tea House’s Menu for lunch, has a mix of dim sum and cooked dishes. Far fewer dim sum dishes that most spots. Dinner has some dim sum items available.

Website Palette Tea House Menu

Palette Tea House Food Picks:
Jasmine Green Tea ($2) and Chrysanthenum ($2) are real deal. Quality stuff.

Palette Tea House San Francisco Prawn crepe

Rainbow Prawn Crepe ($8) was good with quality prawns.

Palette Tea House San Francisco Black Bean Spare ribs

Black Bean Pork Ribs with taro ($6) was better than average. Lots of taro down below

Palette Tea House San Francisco lotus wrapped Sticky rice

Lotus wrap abalone sticky rice ($7) had a nice small abalone on top and an arty rectangular cube of sticky rice. Did not come with lotus wrap.

Palette Tea House San Francisco blueberry sesameballs

Blueberry Sesame Ball ($6) was a nice variant of the classic. Fresh and hot. Also the first thing to arrive. So much for pacing.

Palette Tea House San Francisco Eggplant

Roast Eggplant ($9) was simple and pristine.

Palette Tea House San Francisco Chicken Feet

Chicken feet($5) were a solid version of the classic dish of cartilage and tendons. Not for the squeamish.

Palette Tea House San Francisco Lava egg yolk bao

Lava Egg Yolk Bao ($5) had 2 medium sized buns full of hot egg goodness.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Ha Gow ($6) or shrimp dumplings were disappointingly average.

Steamed cha siu Bao or pork buns ($5) was also very average.

Squid Ink Chiu Chow Dumplings ($8) were also pretty standard. No special flavor.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

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Palette Tea House Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine

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