Palette Tea House is located at the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach, in the plaza of Ghirardelli Square. Founded by the family of Koi Palace 鯉魚門 and Dragon Beaux 俏龍軒, Palette Tea House introduces a new approach to dim sum, seafood, and specialized Cantonese cooking. Palette combines modern ingredients and a local atmosphere, yet remaining familiarly authentic.
The first Koi Palace was opened in 1996 by the Ng family, who came over to San Francisco as immigrants from Hong Kong. Influenced by the bustling seafood port of “Lei Yu Mun” in their hometown, the Ng’s wanted to bring a piece of their heritage to America and share the experience of “yum cha” (the Chinese’s tradition of a tea gathering) with the Bay Area. More than 20 years later, their vision stays the same as Palette aspires to build on the tradition of “yum cha” in San Francisco.
Being family-owned, there are currently three Koi Palace locations with Dragon Beaux being the fourth establishment, and Palette Tea House as the latest addition. Palette features a main dining room, an enclosed patio, a quick-serve area for those on the go, and a full bar with a cocktail program cultivated by the award-winning Carlos Yturria. Come give us a visit, and experience a new way of yum cha