- palate food + wine is a wine-centric restaurant and wine merchant, wine bar and cheese cellar that focuses on the natural relationship between cuisine and wine. This is realized through the thoughtful selection and preparation of the unique ingredients and attributes of our palette, allowing guests to create and enjoy pairings for the mind, mouth and memories. Occupying the ground floor of the seven-story 1929 Bekins building turned wine-storage vault, palate is a vibrant gathering place in an inspiring setting designed to nurture a sense of community among lovers of delicious food and great wine and the farmers and wine producers so instrumental to the art of eating—and drinking. Created by chef + principal Octavio Becerra, with partners chef Gary Menes and wine director Steve Goldun, palate is where food, wine + people meet. Reservations are available for the main dining room, wine bar tables, cellar communal tables, library + lounge. Bar counter is available for walk-ins.