Café Des Beaux-Arts
Café Des Beaux-Arts

Café Des Beaux-Arts

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafedesbeauxarts.com/
  • Phone: 7603460669x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Friday & Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 8:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Alfonso Fong
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Entertainment: Jazz in the Bar from 6:00-9:00pm on Wednesday and Fridays during season.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Larkspur
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot directly behind the restaurant and parking available on the street as well.
A word from Café Des Beaux-Arts
Come and savor French-Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Palm Desert. Enjoy a truly wonderful dining experience on our climate-controlled patio. You'll love our extraordinary food at affordable prices.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Café Des Beaux-Arts reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)great for outdoor dining (11)fit for foodies (9)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (6)romantic (6)special occasion (6)good for groups (4)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Consistently excellent
    EstelleVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We eat brunch here whenever we are in town. Food and service consistently good. Their eggs Benedict with spinach is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review
    BIGFELLOW
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A very pleasant experience. Good service. A wide variety of menu items. Well prepared and presented. Reasonable cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arts and Art
    Clrtura
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My husband and I go to Cafe Des Beaux-Arts every time we're in Palm Desert. We love the food, service, ambiance and art on the walls and pillars. Even though we're not there frequently the staff greet like we're regular customers, ask how long we're staying this time and are always very pleasant. My husband usually orders the same things, either Sandwich Francais or Croque Monsieur and I try many different dishes. Each time we're more than pleased with the food. Took friends for brunch on a Sunday (our first brunch there) and it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • romantic night out
    Chet
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Welcomed with a warm smile and handshake. Romantic booth in corner. Ambiance is cozy, service is and polite. The food is terrific from the from french bread to the seafood and dessert. This is our go to place in Palm Desert. A great lace for friends and special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place to go in Palm Desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Good food, from a varied menu, portions were more than enough. Service was prompt but not overbearing. The open air windows let in the cooler night air and created an outdoor seating atmosphere
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was disappointing and seemingly not very fresh. I had the stuffed chicken breast and it rated less than par. My friend ordered the lamb and he enjoyed it. Service is slow but friendly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatl place in the heart of town
    GoodTimes
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The right combination of fine food, local atmosphere and quality service. Can be a little pricey if you make it that way, but doesn't have to be.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made to feel like a local!
    Fooded
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Enjoyed great service, excellent food and a lovely outdoor experience. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of old Paris
    Coriander
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at Cafe des Beaux-Arts. The table "arrangements" were dried something that should have been thrown away. NOTHING would have been better. Otherwise, it was a lovely evening. We were with another couple ( their first visit), who loved their selections and said they would return soon. We look forward to more dinners chez Beaux-Arts as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Been here before and will be back.
    BarryAJ
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant. Great service, good food served along with ambience. We've been here several times and it remains a favor for an evening out and a nice place to take guests. Try it and I'm certain you will become a regular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast dning
    TunaFanVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very nice setting and the food was good. I visited for breakfast and enjoyed the meal. Many items to choose from!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accomodating with Ambiance
    Monchito
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We first went to Cafe Des Beaux-Arts for Thanksgiving...unusual in itself but was worth the trip. This recent visit will now make the restaurant a "must do" whenever we come to Palm Desert. We brought guests that have never been here and are moving to Palm Desert...it has become their "must do" while in Palm Desert. Food excellent, service is accommodating and the ambiance is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mike012740
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food is excellent and moderately priced considering the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had the sand dabs for dinner. The sand dabs were average but rest of the meal was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best!
    oldschoolVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This French restaurant is one of the best! They do a fine job in the menu and service is always very good. We always enjoy dining there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 192 reviews are from the Café Des Beaux-Arts reviews archive.
  • Pretentious
    Montgomery
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The menu is impressive; the execution, not so much. Why is it that the slower the restaurant, the more inattentive the service? Might the two be connected?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant dining experience
    catennisbum
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Our waiter was very patient to wait for our party to decide our choices. We hadn't seen each other in a while, so food decisions took a little while. The food was excellent. Highly recommend the spinach and also the beet salads. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wasn't what I thought it would be. Much better restaurants in the area. Average at best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good casual brunch on el paseo
    ConvenientAndGoodVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    watch the el paseo passers-by while having a casual brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Food, Old Time Atmosphere
    MemberVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Really lovely food, especially the pasta and sand dabs. Feels like a Parisian sidewalk cafe.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Giacomo
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Located on El Paseo. From the patio you can watch the people go by on the desert version of Rodeo Drive. The restuarant offers a full bar, good wine list and patio dining. They do pour a good sized drink. It is French cuisine and a very reasonable three course menu. The Coq a Vin is wonderful. There is a also a light cuisine, which works very well in the desert in the summer months. The food was great, and the service wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sitting problem
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We were sitted at the window and the customers next to us were too load. The sitting should be properly located in a friendly surrounding. The foods were okay but should have been presented in a nice serving. Specially, when it comes to Restaurant Week. This is our second time in this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Bistro
    ups2011VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at Cafe Des Beaux-Arts very much. The Coq au Vin was excellent as were the other dishes we tried. We will be back again before we leave Palm Desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week
    pdnative
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I recently went there for restaurant week and chose one of their entree choices, however, their summer special was a much better choice. My sand dabs were fine, but came with very sparse side dishes and the strawberry dessert was only okay. I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Paseo dining pleasure
    BusterVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Very good menu, several interesting specials, nicely priced, excellent, friendly service. and the benefit of having a covered patio. all around excellent restaurant and one I will revisit during each visit to Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BAD BAD DIRTY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Bad service, bad food and dirty restaurant. Horrible service - rude waiter / inattentive wait-staff - no butter for hard / stale bread - no water refill unless we asked 3 times. Arrived at noon for lunch and were given breakfast menu, so we asked for the lunch menu (12 noon is lunch - right) and got an attitude from the rude waiter about wanting lunch and he told us that we would have to wait. Food is just boring / lacks flavor / and cheap portions. When you order a salad, you would think that it would come with more than a 1/4 cup of old shredded lettuce. 2nd time dining there for lunch. I will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3rd Time Not a Charm
    Palmoasis
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I am really sorry to have give any restaurant a poor review, however all three times I have eaten here I have had the "runs" immediately after the meal. And it happened to my dining partner, too. My suggestion is that the kitchen should do a thorough analysis of food handling.
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  • Its ok but no wow!
    Mecha
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The server was great! He was friendly and patient. The food was ok and that it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memories of Paris
    Table42
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We took the last reservation of the night because the French eat late and we weren't disappointed. Waiter (Jose) was very attentive and helpful, coming to the table at just the right times. Ambience was perfectly romantic and on a very warm evening the misters on the breeze were wonderful. The food was excellent, with generous portions, and just what we wanted. We'll definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious but dated menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed a tasty albeit throwback dinner. Looking at the menu one cannot tell if it was 1974 or 2014. All of the classic dishes one would expect at a French restaurant were available. Perhaps a little more inventiveness would bring more people to this solid restaurant. Friday night at 7:00 and only 1/3 of the tables were full. Our server were painfully slow in taking our orders. Yellow and red beet salad with caramelized walnuts and goat cheese on spinach was the freshest and best dish of the night. Onion soup gratinee was classic - it could have more onions. Chicken ravioli (7) with a creamy marinara sauce was great. Coq Au Vin with pasta was good but felt like leftovers - the sauce was so thick and the skin on the chicken was flabby.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehhhhhhh
    Foodie13
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Took my mother here for an early Mothers Day. Upon arrival, there was little parking (which is to be expected in this area) walked in through the patio entrance & was hit by a very strange chemical odor (smelled like a pesticide) once you got into the building itself, the smell was no longer present. The atmosphere itself was nice, not as classy as I would have thought for the prices on the menu but, nice. The wait staff was pleasant, not as attentive as I would have preferred but better then other locations I have dined at. (Checked on us very little, waited a long while for drinks & refills) Food was overcooked and dry, some of it tasteless. Prices were pretty steep for such poor quality. Seemed to have a lot of regulars at the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Paseo Gem
    24dinnerVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Enjoy a wonderful dining experience while people watching on El Paseo. Those little French rolls are really crisp and tasty. Tradition says you must try the Onion Soup [ ooh la la ]. My BW went for the Beet Salad - outstanding. Excellent entrees include the Rack of Lamb and the Shrimp Provencale. Service with a smile always. Try them for Breakfast and Lunch as well.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a favorite
    GAannivcouple
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Enjoyed all of our favorites- escargot, spinach salad, veal special & seafood feuillette (sp?). Very good, as usual, along with prompt, friendly service & best view to people-watch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites.
    Mike
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    As seasonal residents, this is one of the first restaurants for us when we return to the Desert and one of the last before we leave. We like the patio and my wife likes to watch the people on El Pasao.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    akamai
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Second year for Easter brunch. They honor reservations, nice table on patio, great food and service. Love having special menu but not overpriced.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French treat
    QuinnVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    A great spot for a casual or fancy delicious French meal. Great location with outdoor seating on El Paseo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were not impressed.
    Junior
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food was not very good. The service was perfunctory. We felt we were being rushed. Of all the restaurants where we have eaten in Palm Desert this is the last one we would go back to.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Friendly
    SeasaidhVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    A nice spot for a lady's get-together too. We shared the beet salad - delish. We all had the sand dibs for our entrees and they were wonderful. Wish I could go back and have more. Lovely to be on the semi-outdoor terrace and street-watch too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding french quisine
    Chris
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Excellent food, good service and above average entertainment. The night we were there we were entertained by an excellent singer - part KT Tunstall, part Diana Krall...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French at its best!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Many visits to this very enjoyable restaurnant, both for lunch and for dinner. A wide selection of items on the menu so you can always find something appealing to eat. Outstanding salads and soups. Great fish and deserts. The semi-open air dining is delightful. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.