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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We eat there quite often and the service is always good and the food is great!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great Happy Hour. Food was delicious and more than enough for dinner."
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We all 11 of us enjoyed outside dining They couldn't have been nicer to us"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Very impresses with menu selections, food and service. Would definitely visit here again."
    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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Several people brought their dogs to sit and have breakfast on the patio. The wait staff brought water for them. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Acqua Pazza is a great value for the money and the portions are big. One of our favorite spots in the Desert!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Love Dining at Acqua Pazza. Always a wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Unique menu, great service, convenient location and nice ambience... Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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, "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We had 5 of us for a Mother's Day pre-lunch, ie, the day before Mother's Day. Our waiter was prompt and made some good suggestions re wine and food. The food, in particular, the corn chowder, was very tasty. We all had a nice time."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great place in Rancho Mirage, try Acqua Pazza. Beautiful inside, fun outside on the patio by the water (with mountain views!) and to top it all off all the food I've tried is great. This last time I had the beef fillet and it was cooked perfectly (medium rare!) Looking for a casual spot? Stop in to the bar for cocktails and eat from the bar menu which is smaller than the main menu, but the items offered are about 2/3 the price of sitting in the main restaurant. All the staff are helpful and friendly. Don't want to drive all the way to Rancho Mirage if you are in Palm Springs? I have been told the Lulu on Palm Canyon is owned by the same folks and has the same in-bar deals. And the food and staff are just as great!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Enjoy that it overlooks the River. Food good, great ambience, interesting menu."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My fiancé and I were in town for a vacation and had heard good things about Acqua Pazza. We went for Sunday brunch and were not disappointed. We were lucky enough to get one of the outside tables near the pretty water feature, and enjoyed a leisurely brunch. The food and drinks were excellent, and the service was quite good, albeit a little slow. The waitress was, however, apologetic and clearly quite busy, and we did not particularly mind, since we were in no hurry at all. Overall, an excellent experience."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We had great food, excellent service, our table was properly cleared after the servers saw that we were done, etc. They simply did nothing wrong. Great atmosphere and we'll come back!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Have to say we did not much care for the Sunday Brunch menu. Unless you wanted to order the 3-course brunch instead of ala carte, there were way to many luncheon items and not enough breakfast items. Only one omelet was offered. You could order an entree from the brunch menu but you still paid $19.99 even though not ordering the appetizer and dessert - seemed strange. The Bloody Marys also had a strange taste—served with olives! It is, however, wonderful to be able to sit outside by the water to dine."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Arriving early we had the pick of the patio on the water which made for great ambience. Great service; a couple issues with the dining experience privately noted to the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Enjoyed our lunch and were able to dine outside by the water. Service was very nice and food was good. Would go there again! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great waiter. The one who comes part time from Argentina Great food "
    Dined on 4/23/2014