Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.catalanrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7607709508x
  • Hours of Operation:
    TUE-SUN 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Wine Wednesday: 50% Off every bottle of wine in our wine list.



  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Drew Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine offers excellent food, professional services and all the finishing touches to your special event. Our catering department wants to ensure that your event is worry free. If you have any special request we will be pleased to create options to best suit your needs. Personalized planning guarantees the success you and your guests look forward to, when looking for a caterer. Enjoy the finest food and service with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine has taken care of every detail.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room available, accommodates 30+ comfortably.
    Possibility of Restaurant buy-out.
    Beautiful venue for wedding rehearsals, small weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, important events and more.
    Courtyard/Outdoor Dining accommodates 25+ comfortably.

    Private Parties:
    Depending on the number of people in attendance (if greater than 16) we will work with you in order to create a set menu for the evening that fits your likes and needs.
    For more information please contact Cynthia Davis.
  • Private Party Contact: Cynthia Davis 7607709508x
  • Entertainment: Featuring live music (Acoustic Spanish Guitar) every Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 6PM. Hours subject to change, please call for details.
  • Special Events: Wine Dinners and Cooking Demos. Please visit our website at www.catalanrestaurant.com and click on Calendar in order to get up to date information regarding our restaurants Special Events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Frank Sinatra & Country Club
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: SUMMER: Only Self Parking.
    Valet & Self Parking
A word from Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Family owned & operated, Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine is situated in the heart of Restaurant Row in Rancho Mirage. The restaurant specializes in Western Mediterranean cuisine bringing forth tastes from Italy & Spain. Known to offer one of the most authentic Paella and Tapas experience in the Desert.

The restaurant also offers a rustic yet modern atmosphere that is bound to make one have a comprehensive experience of the food. We take immense pride in our staff FOH & BOH who are very committed to offer you the best quality of food and service.

The adjacent Boqueria Bar specializes in House Signature drinks as well as offer innovative cocktails while promising the guest an ambiance of elegance and fun.

Awards:
Palm Springs Best New Restaurant of the Year 2013.
RAMMY Award Winner - Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2014.
Palm Springs Life Best of the Best 2014.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (18)romantic (15)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (8)good for groups (7)notable wine list (7)late-night find (4)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good variety of good food
    NonyaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wonderful service and great guitar music which only complements the food experience. The octopus and salmon were my favorites as well as the caesar salad. The dressing was something I would like to serve in my home. The wine that was suggested was the best Chardonnay that I have had for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    FentonFoodie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We wanted to go somewhere for a special "last night" meal before leaving Palm Springs and we were not disappointed. From the moment we stepped through the doors and were warmly welcomed the whole evening was superb. We sat in the courtyard which had the benefits of being outside but sheltered and the perfect setting, but wherever we had chosen would have been lovely. We perused the menu and with difficulty of knowing what to opt for, we made our choices. I had a couple of glasses of sangria which were delicious and from the bread and pesto at the beginning of the meal to the Spanish coffee at the end it was a perfect meal. We also commented that unlike many American restaurants we were not rushed and the meal was well paced. Perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wonderful paella. As good as we had experienced in Valencia, Spain just the month before.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mediterranean Food
    Lovepaella
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Beautiful restaurant encircling a patio. Food is amazing & the staff are friendly & efficient.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marrow bones? Yes!
    loko
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Find a restaurant that can serve you a roasted marrow bone and it will be Catalan. What a delight. Everything was good--the bibb lettuce wedge, the smoked lamb shank with the best spaghetti squash I've ever had, the pesto served with the bread is amazing, and the warm chocolate cake topped off everything to perfection.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    knightout
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my first visit to Catalan. I was blown away by the friendly and efficient staff. The space is amazing. This place is a gem and a wondeful addition to the dining options in the Desert. I will certainly tell my friends about this great venue.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Updated menu
    JAofthedesert
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've eaten here before but the new menu is better than ever. Our party of 4 were all happy with our choices, the 2 course menu for $24.95 was a bargain for outstanding food. I loved my ahi tuna, the others thought the scallops were great. The starter salads were good but best of all was the Catalan cream desert. Try it you'll love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not paella as we know it!
    LQhungry4
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Only one of our party of 4 was pleased with her entrée selection. The scallops were nice; the tuna was good quality, but flavorless. Two of us had paella (which was what lured us to drive cross-valley in the first place). The rice was overcooked and very greasy. Granted, that may be the Catalan style, and just not right for us with the chorizo totally overpowering the seafood. We did enjoy our tapas, although the paquillo peppers with goat cheese would have benefitted by charring to bring out their flavor. On the plus side, the atmosphere is pleasing and the service excellent. High spot of dinner was definitely the desserts...light and refreshing and artistically presented. We will try Catalan again, but skip the paella.
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  • We had a great evening.
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Kirsten was a wonderful server and had a great wit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food
    kristadav
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went here to celebrate our anniversary and weren't disappointed! They had a decent alcohol selection (I got the rose wine and he got an IPA- in retrospect, I wish I tried the sangria, too) and each food item we ordered was divine. We almost wanted to lick the bowls with the pesto and smoked fish dips. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Kobe burger and I fell in love with the black spaghetti with clams. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try this!
    yearroundfoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    If you are adventurous with food, you will enjoy this dining experience. The hostess (one of the owners) and wait staff were excellent. We dined on a Wednesday when a fixed price 3-course dinner was offered with the price varying with the choice on entree. We chose the more costly $25 option which included a starter course (5-6 options), an entree (5-6 options) and a desert (2 options). The two of us ordered a total of six different dishes, all of which we well presented and very tasty. We will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    CharVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We really enjoy the food at Catalan. The scallops are the best. We really enjoy Wine Wednesdays but that doesn't stop us from going any other night of the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Excellent
    PalmDesertDarin
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have enjoyed Catalan a number of times in 2014 but just returned last week for their seasonal re-opening. Two of our party had the scallops - raved about them. One had the pasta and loved it (with fried egg on top), and I had the lamb shank - delicious! Bartender was extremely friendly and helpful as usual - all-in-all one of those restaurants where I bring foodies and others alike! Keep it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food
    ShobyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I shared the Serrano ham wrapped melon for an appetizer and the flat iron steak for our entree. Everything was absolutely delicious! Very impressed with how all the flavors came together. The chimichurri/pesto sauce came with the bread as well as the steak. It was so yummy!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    An excellent restaurant, the food was delicious, the tapas starters, Hot Italian sausage & Patatas Bravas truly excellent. We shared the Paella for two, perfect portion size & delicious. The server was great and very knowledgeable, overall it was one of our best experiences.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Friends
    AnniversaryVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We all ordered the flat iron steak special and all four of us loved it. We started with Sauteed Mediterranean Mussels , garlic shrimp and a Grilled Chorizo Skewers all of which were excellent. Great place to go. We go about 2 times a month. People are friendly and nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    DanJer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very we'll done, pesto was amazing (and everything else)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't be disappointed here.
    Rico
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in the vally.Always excellent food and service. A special evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tapas to savor
    PalmDesertGentVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I am so happy to have stumbled upon Catalan. The staff was warm and friendly. The quality of the tapas was amazing. Sharing food with friends is so much more fun than ordering a single entree. I only wish they had more tapas on the menu. Anyone who enjoys great food and charming service will love Catalan
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prices
    ricenpotato
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Dishes are small portion for the prices of the entries, it could be a little bit more to the portion, but overall food taste great. The wait staff are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sensational
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    we love Catalan; Drew is an amazing chef and has it together. One of the best gazpacho we have ever tasted! Their paella is definitely the best in the desert. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in the Valley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Palm Springs/Palm Desert area boasts many top flight eateries these days, none better than Catalan. Great food, service and ambiance---it's been my favorite since it first opened two years ago. Depending on the season Chef Drew keeps things fresh and inventive, every time I go there's something new and always tasty to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant Local Choice
    DavidOutVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Quiet White tablecloth location with high ceilings. Could use a more inviting entrance. Once inside, Food, service, wine and ambiance are excellent. My first choice in Rancho Mirage.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 233 reviews are from the Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine reviews archive.
  • A Great Restaurant
    Desertj1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    From the time we entered and were greeted by the waiting staff including the head chef, everything was perfect. Great drinks, great service thougjh the limited summer menu was absent of some of my favorites. Yet, as a full time resident we know of the summer struggle the restaurants go through and very much appreciate the good one like Catalan remaining open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always like this place...
    tpoppins
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The menu is always unique at this restaurant...the food was really very good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Addition To the Desert
    dawnbabyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We just discovered this delightful restaurant! The Chef is very creative, and the result is delicious!!! A must is the mussels....large mussels adorned with fresh corn, and the best broth one could ever want!!! We look forward to our next dinner there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real Mediterranean gem!
    GlenntheGourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    How wonderful to have such an inventive cuisine and informally elegant place to go in Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage! And the special price fixe menu was a real bargain! (Especially b/c you could get a glass of premium wine for just $5. I LOVED my tempranillo!) I had the bucatini sardino pasta entree, a wonderfully fresh mixture of salty and sweet ingredients. It was preceded by memorable appetizers (watermelon and pork belly salad was plentiful and fresh). My wife had a Kobe burger -- seemingly un-genre-friendly, but it was accompanied by Mediterranean-ized condiments (e.g., subtly pickled onions, rather than just raw ones; smoked sun-dried tomato relish, rather than just catsup). Would go back again gladly!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this local gem
    healthyeater
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It's rare to find a restaurant where every dish is prepared well, served hot (or cold) and the ingredients are absolutely fresh. I haven't sampled everything on the menu but my goal is to try! Dining with friends, I sampled their entrees and each one was delicious. What a delightful discovery. Catalan is excellent in all regards. Congratulations to the chef and his team.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went on last day of Restaurant Week
    like2go
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    First time, and was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was, and the variety of choices - even on this limited menu. Had clams for app & scallops for the entre' and both were delicious! The service was just right, too. Will certainly go back. I thought it did convey a touch of Spain.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining in rancho mirage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This restaurant is consistently outstanding, from the moment you walk in the door and are greet by the chef's wife who is extremely warm and attentive, to the great bartender to the friendly wait staff. The food is always great, fun drinks, good wine list. This is just a consistently all around wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly excellent
    Rich
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It was Restaurant Week so you never know what to expect. Catalan was a pleasant surprise. Excellent service by Kiersten. Excellent food and great selection. The experience was completely enjoyable and we look forward to going back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in many ways
    desertdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Enjoyed a really interning and reasonably priced restaurant week menu. Each dish was unique and delicious. From pork belly and watermelon starter to special pork short ribs and the super rich molten chocolate cake, this dinner was a real treat. Comfortable decor, crisp white tablecloths enhance the experience. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • The food is always impressive!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I enjoy the fabulous food, wine prices are reasonable, staff is friendly. We're always introducing our friends to Catalan and always bring our out of town guests to try your Paella.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Name is misleading
    chuckles1st
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Although the hostess is Spanish-looking, the menu the night we dined there didn't really convey Spain, as the name Catalan implies. The food preparation was outstanding. But good bread doesn't require warming. Ours was hot. I was a little surprised there were no olives brought to the table with or instead of bread. Once the bread cooled to room temperature, it was fine and the pesto served with it was good, too. I'm just not familiar with Spanish pesto. As a non-meat eater, I could have used a few more meat-free options. The service was very good, even though the waiter had to explain that the kitchen had lost our food ticket. Service could have been excellent, lost ticket notwithstanding, if plates had not been removed without asking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week goodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Visiting Palm Desert our friends took us to Catalan which they had been raving about. It was restaurant week and, while we really enjoyed what we had, it would have been nice to have had the opportunity to see and order off the regular menu which is what we heard so much about.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Supper
    Smiley
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We went to Catalan during Palm Springs Restaurant Week, although we have dined at this restaurant two times previously. This was the best meal we have had at Catalan. Scallops that were tender, presented on a bed of roasted corn. Another person in our party had the steak, which he said was cooked to perfection. Someone else had the fish, which he also enjoyed. The side dishes were so generous that all four of us could share. We brought our own wine; there was no problem about having done so. Desert was a wonderful chocolate concoction that melted in the mouth. Service was attentive though not cloying. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    princeali
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We were there for my wife's birthday with our friends. It was restaurant week. Special menue. We requested to be waited on by Marisela. The food was amazing, service was outstanding and we had a blast. Get a table with Marisela.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great menu. Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had no idea what to expect, but will for sure be back! The mussels and scallops are to die for
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • A bit of Barcelona in Rancho Mirage
    ArtGuy
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Vibrant, lively, mature but not elderly crowd. Great food, reasonable prices and beautiful ambience. Nice scene & a pleasure to eat solo in the bar--a few tapas or a full meal. A welcome addition to the local scene.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spanish/Mediterranean Jewel
    DJofSJ
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Restaurant week attracted us to the restaurant with little knowledge about the food. What a pleasant surprise. Food was outstanding and one of the the most memorable dining experiences in the desert. Menu selections were unique and varied. Main courses of Scallops and Cod, perfectly done. Ceviche was fresh, full of flavors and perfectly dressed. What's more, Wednesday was half price on all bottles of wine! Our server Kiersten was very attentive, personable and knowledgeable. She took time to answer questions, and talk about the food. Often time servers act rehearsed and scripted. I did not feel rushed nor ignored. Thank you.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.