Las Palmas Restaurant

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It has been a bittersweet and emotional experience since we made the announcement that we decided to retire and close th...
10/29/2018

It has been a bittersweet and emotional experience since we made the announcement that we decided to retire and close the Las Palmas Restaurant. The phone calls and quick moments with long-time customers, members of families that for generations Las Palmas was a family gathering place. They shared stories, and we remembered those who have been lost to us, many shared that their grandparents brought them to Las Palmas as children and that they were doing the same with their grandchildren.

We received cards, flowers, phone calls, and wonderful Facebook posts from customers living too far away to pay one last visit. We greatly appreciated those who went out of their way to travel from out of state and from throughout California to have one last meal at Las Palmas!

It has been our customers that has allowed us to do the community work that we are very proud of and importantly allowed us to raise our children and give them a good start on life.

We spent over 53 years of our lives at Las Palmas, as we move into our next chapter, we will not miss the hours and the hard work, it is our customers – the regulars, the infrequent, and the first timers we will miss the most. And, of course our staff, wonderful hard working people. The Cortes family appreciates the love, affection, and the good will that you have shared with us, you will always will be dear to our hearts.

Thank you and God bless you all!

Gilberto and Alicia Cortes

We don’t know the names of the first customers of Las Palmas in 1943, we do know our last customers.....Mark & Charyann ...
10/29/2018

We don’t know the names of the first customers of Las Palmas in 1943, we do know our last customers.....Mark & Charyann Mittel and Jason and Kristen Silva.....thank you!

An hour away from retirement after 53 years!
10/29/2018

An hour away from retirement after 53 years!

Gilberto supervising the cooking of the “last” batch of taco and enchilada beef!
10/28/2018

Gilberto supervising the cooking of the “last” batch of taco and enchilada beef!

We didn’t expect the degree of interest in being able to get the Las Palmas House Dressing after we close on the 28th.  ...
10/23/2018

We didn’t expect the degree of interest in being able to get the Las Palmas House Dressing after we close on the 28th. We are working on a plan that will make the dressing available. Please register at www.laspalmasvisalia.com so we can keep you updated to its availability!

Irma, a former Las Palmas waitress some 15 years ago came by for a last visit.  Decided to lend a hand!
10/22/2018

Irma, a former Las Palmas waitress some 15 years ago came by for a last visit. Decided to lend a hand!

The sons of Louie and Lena Cortes (David, Gilbert, & Louie) remembering the days their mom and dad had them working toge...
10/21/2018

The sons of Louie and Lena Cortes (David, Gilbert, & Louie) remembering the days their mom and dad had them working together in the little Las Palmas kitchen on Garden Street!

A long time customer from Colorado - made a trip for a last meal and to regift a Las Palmas ash tray he was given in the...
10/20/2018

A long time customer from Colorado - made a trip for a last meal and to regift a Las Palmas ash tray he was given in the 1950s from Louie Cortes!

Just spoke to a local published author Mrs Jamie Isidoro, her work “Let me take you” is a love story set in Visalia and ...
10/05/2018

Just spoke to a local published author Mrs Jamie Isidoro, her work “Let me take you” is a love story set in Visalia and the central valley....the author shared that she used Las Palmas as a setting to tell part of her story (changed the name)....looking forward to reading the book!-

After 53 years as owners and operators of Las Palmas (opened 1943) Gilberto and Alicia Cortes have decided to retire.  I...
10/02/2018

After 53 years as owners and operators of Las Palmas (opened 1943) Gilberto and Alicia Cortes have decided to retire. In a bittersweet decision, Las Palmas will close its doors on Sunday, October 28 at 9:00PM. Gilberto and Alicia will miss their staff and customers but look forward to a new normal. It is possible you will see Las Palmas again, just in a different form! Thank you Visalia!

309 East Main Street, home to Las Palmas since 1967.  The ground floor once housed the Fairway Meat Market and Edelstien...
09/30/2018

309 East Main Street, home to Las Palmas since 1967. The ground floor once housed the Fairway Meat Market and Edelstien’s Mens Clothing. The second story was once St Elmo’s House, the Pioneer Apts, and Cozy Rooms!

Las Palmas - Garden Street - circa 1955
09/30/2018

Las Palmas - Garden Street - circa 1955

09/30/2018
If you know Gilberto or Alicia Cortes (Las Palmas owners 52 years!) it's their 50th wedding anniversary!
10/21/2017

If you know Gilberto or Alicia Cortes (Las Palmas owners 52 years!) it's their 50th wedding anniversary!

Country Stars - Big and Rich having lunch at Las Palmas
05/29/2015

Country Stars - Big and Rich having lunch at Las Palmas

Louie Cortes - 1956
11/23/2014

Louie Cortes - 1956

Las Palmas Restaurant (Garden Street) 1957
09/04/2014

Las Palmas Restaurant (Garden Street) 1957

Timeline Photos
05/01/2014

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
05/01/2014

Timeline Photos

Untitled Album
04/24/2014

Untitled Album

Address

309 E Main St
Visalia, CA
93291-6353

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 22:00
Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday 11:00 - 22:00
Saturday 11:00 - 22:00
Sunday 11:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(559) 734-5405

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Comments

What happened to making the dressing recipe available?
This has been my family’s favorite restaurant from when I was a little girl. I have raised my boys up bringing them here. Thank you for all the great food and hospitality. I remember when i was young the red candle holders in the middle of the table and the glass candy display where we got a colorful sucker that was a treat. My granny who is 97 always on her day out wants las palmas. You will truly be missed by our family. It would be nice to come out with a las palmas cookbook with the salad dressing recipe and the other food so we can still enjoy and help with retirement lol.
Gilbert And Alicia I can’t Thank You Enough For all The Delicious Meals I enjoyed Thru the Years yes even at Your Original Location 😊. Gilbert’s Parents were Neighbors of ours in “The Old Days “ when MOONEY was a 2 lane road next to my Grandparents Home Piece. Enjoy retirement and I will be looking for yor Dressing at the Visalia Farmers Market Thank You for the Memories 💕
Las Palmas is closing; I always ordered a delicious crusty Halibut meal--best halibut in town! They allowed you to have either whole beans or refried. Salad was merely head lettuce and thousand island dressing--but surprisingly satisfactory. Enjoy your retirement Las Palmas people!
Loraine and Esther. 1980
Michael Cortés , Maria Quiroz and Hector. 1980
My forever friend Mark R. Great times working at the restaurant and having fun after!
Eileen H. - 1980-81
Here's some flash back friday pics of some special folks who worked at Las Palmas when I did way back when!
I lived in Visalia 25 years ago and still think you have the best mexican food and your decor is just so lovely. Sadly I had to move from there and am now in Pennsylvania. We have nothing even close to what you serve. I still miss your restaurant greatly. I wonder if you have a recipe book so I can attempt to make your dishes at home. My favorite was the Cheese Enchilada with beans and rice, but everything is great. Your sauce has a flavor I've not found anywhere... I believe you put a bit of chocolate in it. I hope you keep the restaurant in the family for many more years to come and never change your recipes. If I ever come out that way, I will definitely be visiting! Thank you!
Over priced food,i remember the orig. owner on garden,compuesta 75 cents,picture of beer 50 cents
I have eat there for many years,food is great,the waiters are rude.