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Serving the best in TX Hill Country cuisine since '78! Join us for Weekend Brunch or dinner. See details on our 1st Tuesday Wine Dinners.
PRICE RANGE
$9 - $34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Soups
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

Palmers is one of my favorite restaurants in San Marcos. I've been here frequently over the years and have never had a bad experience. Nice accommodations inside that aren't on top of each other, beautiful seating outside, and a fantastic bar. The hosts & waiters...all do an excellent job. And, the food is just great. Recently we came on a sweltering summer day so we couldn't go outside which is my usual go to. Nice window seat with a fantastic wine. Sorry, don't recall the name. Just good. I think it was a chardonnay (could have been a chianti). Didn't have what was on the menu but advised an alternative which was spanking good. Started out with the crab cake appetizer. Wow, it was just good. I'm frequently disappointed with Texas crab cakes, so was happy that this one worked out well. For dinner, I went with the grilled fish special. It was cooked just perfectly and tasted excellent. It came with a couple grilled shrimp which are always a nice treat. On the side was half of a grilled sweet potato cut into slices. WOW! Just, wow. That was so nice and good. Not a lot added to it to make it cloyingly sweet, just a caramelization from the grill. That was beyond beautiful. And, of course, it came with the obligatory rice. Since it was well cooked and fresh, it worked well for me. If you want a consistently good experience, this is a definite spot you should try out.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022

Went here for dinner where my wife had the catch of the day as wasn't impressed. Overall pretty bland and dry. I had the Feature Creole and it was quite good. Drink were ok, service was great, very friendly. Sat in the bar area as...it was quite busy. Looks like a nice courtyard to enjoy when weather is cooler.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 21, 2022

We came to Palmer's for a graduation celebration and really enjoyed it. They have a beautiful courtyard complete with fountain that reminded me of a southern garden. We ordered an array of appetizers - crispy brie with jalapeno peach chutney, boudin balls with a jalapeno...cilantro ranch dipping sauce, and freshly prepared guacamole with tortilla chips - all were very good and flavorful. For my entree, I had the salt and pepper salmon with a Caesar salad and mashed potatoes. The salmon and mashed potatoes were particularly good. We also had some fun cocktails - the Mexican martinis were a big hit. They were composed of a frozen cocktail ball and a small pitcher with lime juice and tequila that you could pour over the top - innovative and delicious. The place was busy, but the service could not have been better. Our server was on top of everything, fun, friendly, and professional. We would definitely come back again the next time we're in town.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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LocalLover, Owner at Palmer's Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2022

Thank you for your patronage, review and allowing Palmers to be part of your grand celebration! Thank you, Monte and Crew

Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

We had a very good meal and drinks during our visit to San Marcos. Our server was very good as well. The only negative observation I would make is that the menu clearly stated there was a happy hour during the time we were ordering...but the “rules “ were not explained and made no sense. Apparently it depended on where we were sitting, dining room or bar and some things were included, some not. What seemed like a good deal really wasn’t.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022 via mobile

Went to Mother's Day lunch here. Knew there would be a wait, and there was, but disappointed in the fare. Pot Roast was ok, chicken was good and fish (salmon) was good if you were standing there when it was brought out. The roasted potatoes...and mashed potatoes were good. Bacon bits were good, but again you had to be there when the waffles, toaster waffles, were brought out. No pies nor cakes, but a raspberry chocolate type puding. Just not a whole lot to choose from. The bartender did make a good sangria and margarita. Just not impressed.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 5, 2022

A group of seven visited Palmer's for its "First Tuesday Wine Dinner." The meal consisted of four course and four wines for $59.00 plus tax and tips. With an additional drink prior to the meal, I suspect everyone paid around $100.00 like I did. This...was an enjoyable evening and the food and selection of wines were fine. I'd be inclined to return to this restaurant the next time I find myself in San Marcos.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Monte S, Owner at Palmer's Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2022

CJ - thank you for your visit and review. Our wine dinners are every 1st Tuesday. Hope to see you soon, Monte and Crew

Reviewed April 22, 2022

I went here on a Friday evening made checked in ahead of time online as they offer on the website 45 minutes before I got there. when I got there The Hostess told me they don’t monitor the check in early process and didn’t have...any of my information. They told me I’d wait about 45 more minutes after an hour and 10 minutes I decided I was fed up with them and left It really doesn’t matter if the food‘s good or not if the wait and the process is not followed and is ridiculously long. Many tables in the restaurant were empty. I would not recommend as this restaurant does not care about the customers.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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LocalLover, Owner at Palmer's Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2022

Shelly - your review has been heard. We will make every attempt to put in BOLD of our call ahead system clearly stated on our websites call ahead that we take call aheads the day of by phone. We are in an historic building and...More

Reviewed April 17, 2022

We started with a round of cocktails in the bar while waiting for our table and my absolute favorite is the Hibiscus Mexican Martini...delicious and super refreshing! Their queso and guacamole were really fresh & tasty. The cocktail list is long & full of items...you don't always see. Alex was amazing! We enjoyed dinner on the patio...fountain, trees, twinkle lights, really magical and delicious.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 29, 2022 via mobile

Amazing as always. The martini gem of San Marcos. I had apps & drinks. The dips and martinis were *chefs kiss*. Our server, Sylvia, was the sweetest!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 21, 2022 via mobile

Misty was our server. She was great. Very helpful in describing menu items. We had a wonderful dinner inside. She suggested the carrot cake and it was a delight

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 16, 2022 via mobile

My husband and I had the best brunch ever! Makayla was there taking such great care of us. Great Ambience! We will be back!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 19, 2021

Everyone had something different to drink and eat which we all enjoyed. We were delightfully surprised with a birthday surprise which we shared. We will ask for MaKayla when we return in May to hopefully enjoy another celebration.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 13, 2021

We were pleasantly surprised to find this restaurant on the edge of the campus. It was our first time here and we were very pleased with the food, service, ambiance, and ample parking. There is addituonal parking outside the main lot in front of the...building.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 27, 2021

We had such a great experience at Palmers restaurant on Nov 27th, with our server, Greg! He is patient, kind, exquisite, and the perfect touch you’d want for a date night!! Highly recommend!’

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 12, 2021 via mobile

We can me for happy hour. We had drinks and appetizers. The drinks Mexican Martinis and margaritas were excellent. We had the new appetizer the smoke salmon dip. It was favorable and delicious. We will definitely order it next time. Our server, Greg was attentive,...knowledgeable of wines and personable.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Palmer's Restaurant Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5