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Acqua Pazza California Bistro
Acqua Pazza California Bistro

Acqua Pazza California Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.acquapazzabistro.com/index.htm
  • Phone: (760) 862-9800
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Acqua Pazza California Bistro
At Acqua Pazza, talent, expertise and a passion for great food combine to produce a captivating California Bistro dining experience. Our menu options are many, varied and value-priced, and the quality is always high. Our generous portions are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and a dash of innovation from our award-winning chefs. Freshly baked bread and decadent desserts are made in-house daily, and are perfectly complimented by a cappuccino, latte or an endless pot of coffee. At our "crazy-water" bar, we feature the desert's best Happy Hour – all-day, all-night, 12-hours long! Winner of 8 "Best of the Valley" awards in 2010 for Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner Deal, Family Restaurant, Continental Restaurant, Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining and Late Night Dining as well as Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce's prestigious "Rammy Award" in 2009 and 2010 for Exemplary Casual Dining, Acqua Pazza, California Bistro, promises to provide a most enjoyable dining experience!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "I had made resevation via open table several weeks in advance of Easter Sunday Brunch. No notice on TV or newspaper was published about the price increase until a few days before. I was called two weeks before to inform me of the increase from 19.99 to 24.99 (FOR EASTER), I had requested table # 12 and was promised it until our arrival at 1:20 PM for our 1:30 AM res. The hostest was not the person to be at that position on such a busy day. I have been coming to AP for many years but will think again before returning. I have know Willie, the mgr. since he was here in the Valley and know of the Kellers. This was the first time a Holiday meals price had been raised...I hope the staff got paid more for their holiday. Michael Duvall"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Loved sitting out on the patio, looking at the river and people watching....it is nice to feel like you are away o a holiday....we were fortunate enough to sit on the river side patio"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a great waiter - service good but not overdone. Near the water - nice table. I ordered the eggs benedic with seafood and it was awful. Our reservation was at 2 and I had the feeling it was a leftover from earlier. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their brunch - they all looked freshly made except mine. There were 6 of us. The price was right for Easter - we did not feel scalped. 4 of the guests were from San Diego - one had dined there before. I have been there many times (and LuLu's) but this was a disappointment to me. Champagne was awful. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This restaurant has a very lovely outdoor or indoor setting however outdoors is what we preferred. Menu was extensive and the 3-course offering was absolutely great value for the price. Food was hot and delicious and served with pleasure by our waitstaff. The river side promenade provided for an evening stroll around the shop fronts. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Liked the ability to book on line. Would be nice to get a reminder 1-2 days ahead to confirm our reservation. We phoned to be sure our table was reserved after booking on line. The 3 course meal is a great option and 2 of the 4 of us opted for this. The steak , muchroom soup and cake were excellent. The fish was very bland and the tiramisu was soggy. The other 2 meals were very good. Scallops and sea bass. Overall our dining was good and we would return but would not order the fish or tiramisu. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This place is okay for lunch but the service is always spotty. The food is good but nothing special. The price is right and it's convenient."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "acqua Pazza has a great menu. Something for everyone. Nice outdoor patio dining."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husbands pork was delicious but my tilapia was flavorless and quite boring."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Only one complaint..I had the Chinese Chicken Salad and it was drowning in dressing. I could not find the waiter to give it back and did not want to wait."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This place is nominated as 'best' by voters for just about everything possible. It's over-rated. The atmosphere is okay, nicely done, but not romantic as was voted. It's like a clean, better scaled Olive Garden. The food was border line drowned in sauces/dressing - the service was pleasant but seemed to try too hard which seemed fake, and we were not made aware of specifics on menu. I.E. we ordered 2salads large enough to share, only to have a big salad as part of the entree; when I asked how menu items were prepared, the server only recommended items by price & seemed bothered w/feedback; and it's WAY over-priced. This place thinks it's more then it is. Overall, not impressed & won't go back. I can get better for cost elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Had dinner indoors in the back of the restaurants. Decor is modern with colored lights, frosted glasses (plastic?) and large tilted mirrors on the walls. Kitchen is open, which is always nice to me. The restaurant was very crowded. Our server briefly took our order and walked away. Food came out pretty fast. Interaction with our server was quick as if she is in a hurry. They probably need more servers on the floor. Random employees come by to ask us about our food the second they brought it out....I hadn't even taken a bite... Food was mediocre at best. Probably would not come back for dinner due to noise level and mediocre food. Maybe outdoor dining would be more pleasant?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I love Acqua Pazza for the location, views and of course, the food. So many choices to satisfy any palate. Dining Tuesday night was busy but it took an hour to get our food which was not good. We ordered drinks and food at the same time and drinks came out right away but our food delivery was an hour and that isn't right. The server never apologized for the delay when asked where our order was and simply replied it's almost up."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Food is very good, service likewise. Eat inside or on the outside patio with water feature. Never disappoints, excellent value. Changed the bread with dinner and was a 'big' upgrade - now as delicious of the rest of the meal."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I needed to arrange a meeting place in Palm Desert where dear, long-term friends could enjoy a gluten-free, reasonably priced meal where we could linger. Acqua Pazza's environment, menu and service personnel really came through. Everyone had a wonderful time, loved their meal and were delighted with a round table so we could all easily interact with each other. We would definitely go again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had made a reservation using open table and we were seated upon arrival at the restaurant. The menu had a large and varied selection of items. The food was tasty and service was great. I will definitely return to this wonderful find!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Upon our arrival we were told that we could not sit outside because Open table does not promise outside sitting. When I put in special requests, the reply did not state this. Also the hostess was rude and they put us in the back of the restaurant . Wasn't sure because we had a baby."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always great food and service and atmosphere at Acqua Pazza!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wee have not been to this restaurant for a while, but it has always been one of our favorites. We were disappointed to see that the prices had gone up while the portion sizes were reduced."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "For $19.99, Acqua Pazza's 3 course meal is a super deal!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We were excited to come but disappointed in the service. There were a lot of staff running around but we had to constantly flag people down for bread service - came 15 min after being seated, missing appetizers and drink re-fills. Ahi tuna tower was delicious but service was not what average restaurants supply let alone one that seemed to have so many staff."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The restaurant was noisy and we were in close proximity to tables near us. 2 of the 6 meals came Luke warm but were replaced with new meals within minutes - the second ones came hot."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We arrived at 11:15 for Sunday brunch, which was also noted in the reservation as a birthday celebration. We got water immediately, but waited 10 minutes to be greed and asked for our drink order. Another 10 minutes passed before we got our drinks, and had to ask the server to take our order. The appetizer came out in another 10 minutes, but we were there a full 65 minutes before the server brought our dessert. Of course, we hadn't yet received our entrees!!!! We finally got our entrees, and 2 of the 3 steaks were overdone....and the third was cold. Our server was never there when we had an issue. Props to Anna Marie (manager on duty) for finally coming to the rescue. Unfortunately our birthday guest of honor was never recognized, either."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Seems like a reliably good, fun place and no shock to the wallet when visiting the Palm Desert area. We will go back again. The bar and happy hour are an especially good option for small group of adults. Looks like it stays pretty crowded through the dinner hours."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Have been to Acqua Pazza five times now, it is a must-visit every time we're in Palm Springs area. The food is terrific and the outdoor dining is a real treat. For some reason this time the service was awful. Had to keep asking to have water glasses filled, had to pour our own wine, and took forever to get food, all on a night that was not terribly busy. Hope this was just an aberration."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Plenty of variety for every taste (I'm convinced the steaks are sous vide cooked; don't know how else to get them that tender). Service is sincere and genuine, which makes the occasional lapse forgivable and forgettable. Prix-fixe early offerings are fine deals. Just a great place all the way, and quite beautiful. The topper is Fat Tire on tap, a rare treat,"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The restaurant has both inside and outside seating. When we arrived we requested outdoor seating, but the hostess stated that Open Table reservations were for inside seating only. A bummer when outside seating is a treat, something that at home is hard to do at 20 degrees."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was well prepared - a good selection. The service was terrible. The waiter was poorly trained, not at all engaged."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Took family for first time. All enjoyed their food and ambiance, will return again for sure.:). Great waitress."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We loved dining at Acqua Pazza for dinner while we were on vacation in the desert. The outside dining area has great ambiance with the pretty water feature and the food was really really good. Our server was great, but the young man, Walter, filling water, serving rolls etc. went above and beyond in making our experience even better. What a hard worker he was! We went back for breakfast there the next day and it was equally as good. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Other than having to send the coffee creamer back twice as there was dirt inside the pitcher service was above average."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Everything was fabulous -- we always make a point of bringing any visitors for dinner. My husband and I have dinner at AP several times during our 3 months in PS"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We are returning visitors and found the same great experience. They have the best 3 course special we can find. Perfect portions, great food and we had the same server we had over a year ago. She was excellent."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The weather was perfect for outdoor dining. The extensive menu meant that all in our party could find a dish that appealed to them. We were seated immediately and our order was taken and the food arrived within 15 min. The quality of the food was very good and the portion size was adequate. The service was very prompt and friendly. A great place for lunch!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As usual, Aqua Pazza delivers consistently good food. It's 3-course dinner menu is a great bargain; the bar menu an even better bargain. At this time of year expect a bustling dining experience and increased noise level."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We dined at Acqua Pazza the other night with friends and had a truly awful experience. The service was so bad that we had to repeatedly ask for our food which came out at all different times and not properly prepared. I've never written a review before but this ding experience required a negative review mostly because after incorrect orders, awful fish returned, steak cooked wrong, appetizers coming out at all different times, no deserts that were ordered for kids and finally checks that had multiple mistakes, nobody from the restaurant ever came to the table to apologize. Can't imagine a worse dining experience!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This is one of my favorites for any occasion. Happy Hour in the bar is a great bargain as are the Twilight a Dinner Specials. I love having lunch on the patio and even have my puppy birthday parties here ! The Lobster Salad is fabulous and huge!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner here on the patio..seated near the water . If you get there at 4:45 you can take advantage of the Early Bird Special 3 course meal. Our Server Marla was great. she has served us previously and was very pleasant and accomodating."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We sat outside overlooking the water at the river we were 9 ladies The waiter was great he had a smile at all times What a beautiful spot in our city We brought our own desert and they didn't blink an eye as they served it"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The umbrella next to the window by the water was broken so the waiters although they tried could not get the umbrella to tilt to block the dun. The heat of the sun ruined our early dinner. Would not go back to the patio until after sun set."
    Dined on 3/17/2014