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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
  • "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
  • "Lovely outdoor setting. Food was good; service good, too! Would go back!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "It's that time of year that is difficult. We were going to sit outside, but decided that it was too warm. Then they seated us inside at a table in the corner against the window with the setting sun shining on us. The shade was already as low as it could go - we made the best of it, but sure kept the bus boy busy with water. It almost felt that our Open Table reservation made us second class citizens. (Please tell us that isn't so, we like the convenience of Open Table...)"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is our favorite dinner spot in Palm Desert! The 3 course meal is such a wonderful deal we can treat our visiting guests to a lovely dinner out and it is not a strain on our pocketbook! And sitting outside on the patio with the surrounding water makes for a really wonderful evening. The food is delicious - everything we have tried on the menu has been great and we would order again. We are big fans!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food, as always, was excellent. We were seated on the patio when a wind storm hit and were moved inside. After waiting nearly 15 minutes for a server to acknowledge us, the actual service was poor. The server forgot one entree and did not honor a request on another entree. This was very unusual for Acqua Pazza. However, a manager recognized our problems and handled the situation very appropriately."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Had a bad experience here. Had requested an outside table. They had closed the entire patio to a private event. That was fine, but they chose to seat us by a table of 4 children, one baby,screamed the entire time, and one other one required nursery rthyme music played the entire time. Our waiter didn't understand English well, was very up attentive. Tried to talk with the hostess when we left to nicely suggest a different table might have been more appropriate. She was rude, flippant, totally didn't care. The manager walked up and when he asked if everything was all riight, she said,yes, they were just leaving!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Outstanding service and accommodation for special request (table by the water for birthday dinner). Food was 8/10 because I found the filet a little lacking in flavour and texture. Everything else was fabulous, especially the chocolate cake for dessert. The cake was so good we were tempted to order more. View and ambience by the water contributed well to a special evening. Overall, I would rate our dining experience here at 9.5 out of 10. We would go back anytime and would recommend this place to our friends."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I like this restaurant for the dining environment, food selection and specials; but they continue to disappoint with service. The servers are rushed, don't pay attention to detail, don't visit the table very often and in the last three visits have always had something to apologize for. This time, it was serving the only child at the table 15 minutes after the rest of the food was served and only when we asked a third person to check on it. They also served the desert before the meal was finished. On another note, we saw an employee eat french fries off a plate he was taking away from a table. So, in spite of the awards they enjoy promoting; when you dine here, come for the specials and ambiance but don't come expecting stellar service."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Go for the three-course dinner for $20, and try to sit outside. You can find places in the area where the appetizer alone will cost you what a good three-course meal will here. The ambience is deli-meets-California-casual. The cappucino ice cream is as good as you can find anywhere."
    Dined on 3/9/2014