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Coconuts
Caribbean Restaurant & Bar ****

Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, California - great Caribeean food and atmosphere!

Google Map of Coconuts

Cuisine: Caribbean-West Indian

Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant
There's certainly no shortage of great restaurants in Palo Alto — and Coconuts is one of our favorites, especially when we're in the mood for a taste of the Caribbean. Dining there and listening to reggae music makes us feel like we're back in the Caribbean again!



Description & Atmosphere
Coconuts is located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto — on Ramona Street (cross street Hamilton), about a block from University Avenue. The restaurant has a fun upbeat atmosphere. It features two dining areas — the front room includes a long communal table and bar area. We prefer the main room, just off the bar and away from the front entrance.

Front Dining Room with long communal table at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, California

Food
If you haven't tried Caribbean-West Indian cuisine yet, you're in for a real treat. Island Specialties are served family style so you can share the plates with your party and sample all the amazing flavors. Our favorite dishes include:

  • Half Jerk Chicken
    (Slow-cooked Chicken, smoked over Allspice Wood, brushed with Jerk Sauce) — this has a slight kick to it; medium spicy
  • Jerk Salmon
    (Atlantic Salmon grilled with Signature Jerk Sauce, Spinach and Garbanzo Relish) — it just melts in your mouth
  • Six-Hour Braised Oxtail
    (fall-off-the-bone tender, you don't need a knife), served with Broad Beans and Carrots
  • Boneless Jerk Pork
    (Tender Pork, smoked over wood with Roasted Sweet Potato) — so flavorful
  • Fried Ripe Plantains (pictured below) - bet ya can't eat just one!

Ripe Fried Plantains at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, California

Delicious appetizers include Jerk Wings, Blue Crab Dip, Coconut Crusted Shrimp, Mini Patty and Chef Sampler Platters. Soup, Salads and Jerk Burger are also offered on the menu.

Other popular entree standouts include: Shrimp Creole, Curried Goat, Curried Chicken, Shrimp & Crab Pasta, and Island Specialties.

Save room for dessert — yummy selections include: Warm Sweet Potato Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream, Coconut Tuille, Rum Coconut Sauce, Carrot Cake with Orange Marmalade, Chocolate Sauce, Key Lime Pie (Key Lime Custard baked in Graham Crust with Whip Cream).



Bar & Beverages
Coconuts Bar area is located at the far end of the front dining room. It's a fun, casual place to enjoy a before or after-dinner drink.

Cold Beverages include a variety of Jamaican Sodas (Ting, Kola Champagne, Pineapple), Juices (Orange, Ginger Beer, Sorrel, Mango Passion, Citrus Carrot), Sodas, Bottled and Sparkling Waters.


Private Party Room
Coconuts has a Private Dining Room that seats between 15-20 people (located in the back of the restaurant, just beyond the bar and main dining areas) — ideal for special events and celebrations.

Outdoor Patio Dining
Dine al fresco at Coconuts' outdoor patio. We like sitting outside for brunch.

Note: Don't come to Coconuts for quiet conversation. Noise levels can get pretty intense, especially during peak dining times.


Hours
Open Tues-Sun for lunch
and dinner; Closed Mondays

Tues-Thurs
Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm-9:30pm

Fri 11:30am-10:30pm
Sat 12pm-10:30pm
Sun 12pm-8pm

Happy Hour
Tues-Sat 5pm-6:30pm


Reservations
Reservations are recommended, especially for weekend evenings.

Expect to wait during peak dining times on weekends if you don't have a reservation.

Parking
Large underground parking garage is located opposite the restaurant (on Ramona Street).

Street parking is also available.

Service
Friendly, fast and efficient

Prices
Moderate


Take-Out Orders
Call ahead for Take-Out orders

Jerk Sauce To-Go
Enjoy Coconuts Jerk Sauce and Habanero Sauce at home (both can be bought at the restaurant). Coconuts Jerk Sauce is made from a traditional recipe using imported Jamaican Allspice Berries and Scotch Bonnet; shipped from Florida and the Caribbean.


Shopping
University Avenue (and Palo Alto's downtown side streets are FUN places to walk and shop — before or after your meal. Guys... there's an Apple store (located at 451 University) so you can always do what we do if you're with your honey — split up for half an hour or more and meet up afterwards. It works for us!

We can't wait to go back to Coconuts again — we'll see you there!


More Info
Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant

Google Map of Coconuts

642 Ramona Street
Palo Alto, CA
650-329-9533

 

 

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Jerk Salmon with Ripe Fried Plantains and Rice & Beans at Coconuts in Palo Alto, California

Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, California

Inside Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, California

Main dining room inside Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, California

Half Jerk Chicken - delicious slow-cooked Chicken with Coconuts Signature Jerk Sauce - one of the menu standouts at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA

Half Jerk Chicken - delicious slow-cooked Chicken with Coconuts Signature Jerk Sauce - one of the menu standouts at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA

Whole Fried Snapper at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, California

Whole Fried Snapper topped with Onions and Veges (Island Specialty), Fried Plantains and Rice & Beans at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto

Bar at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA - Stop by for a before or after-dinner cocktail

Cheers - Alana enjoying a cold beverage before dinner at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA

Family Style shared plate menus at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant on Ramon Street in Palo Alto, CA

Outdoor Patio area at Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA

Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA

Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA

 

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