Acqua Pazza California Bistro
Acqua Pazza California Bistro

Acqua Pazza California Bistro

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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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Acqua Pazza California Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (37)good for groups (26)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (22)fit for foodies (19)scenic view (17)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (14)special occasion (12)romantic (10)notable wine list (9)late-night find (8)Show More
  • Lovely and yummy!
    MarriedonaDate
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    So calming to watch the ripples in the water as you munch. I lucked out and ordered the pork chop. It was literally the best I've ever had! (Huge, to boot.) The three course deal was ... a deal. Really enjo9yed (in spite of cranky 7 year old.) Excellent service as wel. Patient with Mr. Cranky Pants as well. We were travelling, otherwise this would become a regular hangout!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This was a great dining experience it was reasonably priced. I liked how the waiter recommended the best dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    rbon17
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very pleased with the wait staff. Very attentive to our group. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's OK
    GSAMBC
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My party of four felt this restaurant to be too noisy. We all agreed that their sister restaurant LULU'S in Downtown Palm Springs is by far THE place to be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Late Dinner, But...
    goodfoodjunkie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Thought the restaurant was very pretty sitting outside looking at the water. Would be better if not having to listen to and look at all the traffic zooming by in the foreground. How about putting some tall hedges along the property to block that view? I was VERY DISAPPOINTED that nobody acknowledged that this was a SPECIAL OCCASION--my birthday!!! Which I had noted on the reservation form. I was there with my mother. I had mentioned it again when I entered the restaurant, yet the waiter did not *do anything* for me. Sad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    MrNMrsM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was very good and the service even better. They kept our drink glasses full and were very quick to take care of any needs/ requests we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunita
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I love this place I always recommend this restaurant to people, nice staff, good food, good prices and great ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Harold
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a party of 6 and the service was great as well as the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Officialtaster1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent dinner. Well executed service. A pleasure to dine there. We were early, so our table request for a view was unavailable. Will return and be on time! View table would be our choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My family and friends were visiting the area and a friend recommended this restaurant. We figured it was a good restaurant since it is one of the restaurants of OpenTable.com. First of all, our party got seated half hour later than our reservation time. Once we got seated, there were missing chairs and table settings. Our drinks were served half hour after we placed the order and an hour for our food. The potatoes were cold, the sea bass were overcooked and one of our orders was missing. I complained to the manager but never got an apology. She suggested to give us some desserts but we refused it since we were there for over 2.5 hours and do not want to wait for another half hour. If you are hungry, do not come to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just one more great meal!
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We eat there quite often and the service is always good and the food is great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Time!
    amadon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Seems we always end up at this restaurant to celebrate someone's birthday. The food is always good, the service great and we ALWAYS have a good time with lots of laughs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    EvaM
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We wanted to sit outside with the view of the water, but it was too warm. We went inside and are glad we did. The ambience was perfect for a birthday dinner. The staff were always more than friendly and made sure we got the utmost service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picky eaters
    Lulu70
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were on vacation in PS and the locals recommended this place. We have picky eaters in our group (3 fussy kids with special diets) and the server spoke to the chef and they accommodated each one of our kids. Food was very good. Portion sizes were great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TaborLn
    TaborLn
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been there several times. It is always very good. I think we might have hit on an off night. Service was very friendly, but not very attentive to thing like keeping water glasses filled, asking twice for butter, etc. The food was fine. One of us asked for a turkey burger wrapped in lettuce, rather than having a bun. It came out as a turkey burger patty with lettuce on the side. Guess that was just too much of a stretch for the kitchen. It will always be a place where I am happy to take guests, especially those from out of town. I have many excellent visits to Acqua Pazza and to its sister, Lulu. I will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great Happy Hour. Food was delicious and more than enough for dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable
    FrequentOTuserVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We dine here everytime we are in Palm Desert because of the large gluten free section of the menu. All the food is very good with friendly, attentative service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Outdoor Dining Experience
    GirlsWeekendDining
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Aqua is a great option due to it's varied menu that fits all tastes. The outdoor dining patio is great. They do have misters for the hot desert air. It is quieter and more intimate sitting outside, as compared to sitting inside that can get quite loud. It was very nice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done, but loud
    TravelingTrio
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a medium size party, 6 people, and were hoping for a quieter part of the restaurant so we could talk. No luck with that, it was pretty noisy. Aside from that, the experience was very successful. Pleasant, attentive service and good, consistent food that was well-priced. We had been before, and we will go again. But I will probably avoid busy evenings, when the noise level is a bit much. In their defense, they had originally planned to put us in a booth near the hostess stand, but one of our group requested a table, which reduced their options at the last minute, and we ended up near the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    NASAman
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    In town visiting and looking for a place my daughter could eat (GF/vegetarian). This was a good find and no waiting. Service excellent, food good, choices good, great decor. Convenient to movie theatre too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Service Please
    CT00VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had a group of friends visiting, some from Hawaii and others from New York. While we did enjoy our time together at dinner, I have to say that service was very slow. Took a long time to get our dinner order in. Would appreciate more attentiveness next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and Wine
    HelmHoffVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    My phone had a difficult time finding this place, however, once we finally made it to the restaurant we were very happy with the service and food. One thing to note is that on Monday it's 1/2 price bottle of wine night.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    lovelydesert
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went for brunch for Father's Day, and the menu was perfect. It had a variety of choices. We sat outside with fans and misting and felt very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time and meal
    GeoffSoCal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Acqua Pazza has been a stop for us for a long time. We are never disappointed with either the service or the food. The ambiance and location are perfect to enjoy a view of the mountains.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always accommodating
    LavenderVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We all 11 of us enjoyed outside dining They couldn't have been nicer to us
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service Staff Too Chatty
    embryo
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    As always, the prefixe menu early bird menu includes your choice of three course items between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Today the place was almost empty at 4:00pm. The waitstaff were pleasant enough but were always conversing with one another instead of being attentive to the few patrons eating dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Very impresses with menu selections, food and service. Would definitely visit here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great scenery & location
    BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Made a res for breakfast on Sunday morning. First time visiting and although the outdoor seating looked great, we chose to sit inside due to heat. My husband enjoyed his 3 egg meal stating it was just enough and the price was very reasonable. I chose to have the eggs benedict. Hollandaise sauce was very good, however a bit disappointed with the ham, which did not appear to be Canadian. I loved the fruit side dish I was able to substitute for the potatoes. Presentation was nice and all the fruit was very fresh! However, I did feel the dish was a bit pricey as was the mimosa. Service was okay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good evening at the River
    fredinlb
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The overall experience was good and I know it is consistent in the food and service. It was a first meeting and we sat in the bar and it worked out perfect for the evening. It is unfortunate to walk around after dinner and most of the River complex is vacant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 636 reviews are from the Acqua Pazza California Bistro reviews archive.
  • Pet friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Several people brought their dogs to sit and have breakfast on the patio. The wait staff brought water for them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    Local
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Acqua Pazza is a great value for the money and the portions are big. One of our favorite spots in the Desert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Perfect
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Love Dining at Acqua Pazza. Always a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!!!
    MHenry
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Unique menu, great service, convenient location and nice ambience... Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Less than desirable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was not very good, it was very expensive for what we got, and our server didn't smile once! Would not recommend and would never go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Newly Vegetarian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Finding it hard to find vegetarian items that don't appear as after thoughts to a restaurant's menu. This is not the case here as a separate vegetarian menu is provided to you. This is impressive, and gives couples a chance to dine in a vibrant stylish setting with healthy food choices. Good job!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lively
    foodie101
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was very good as well as the service. We had the special 3 course meal and it was very good, especially the mushroom soup and desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love it
    davidlosangeles
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I love this restaurant, good deal with 3 courses at almost $20, and the food is good, you don't have to wait to get your table, reservation is better, service is good, waiters always nice, it's always stressed-less to eat there,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Have had dinner here a few times and like what I've chosen. The 3 course $19.95 special dinners are good. Lunch menu was large & I didn't like the lettuce wraps as large pieces of lettuce with separate bowl with mixture. Odd and not very tasty but other 3 friends enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies Lunch
    ronniem1971VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My sister (visiting from NYC) and I met a girlfriend here for a nice nice afternoon and a very nice lunch. Waitress was friendly and accommodating. Food was (and is) consistently good. An enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    JayBilly
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The food was very good and it was extremely pleasant sitting outside with a view of the mountains. Try the gazpacho with shrimp and the lobster enchiladas. It's a great place to go before or after the movies which are right there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.