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Chez Pierre Bistro
Chez Pierre Bistro
  • Address:
    74040 Highway 111
    Corner of Portola Avenue
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    Neighborhood:
    Palm Desert
  • Cuisine:
    French
    Price: $31 to $50

Chez Pierre Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezpierrebistro.com
  • Email: chez.pierre@me.com
  • Phone: (760) 346-1818
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday through Sunday 5pm to 9.30pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Chef/Owner Pierre Pelech
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Small dining room in the bar area that seats up to 16 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Pierre Pelech (760) 346-1818

Getting there

  • Cross Street: HWY 111 and Portola Ave, next to the Chop House Restaurant
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available in front and back of restaurant.
A word from Chez Pierre Bistro
Chez Pierre Bistro is an authentic French Bistro, one everybody wishes they had in their neighborhood. Most of the dining is in the charming covered patio where the ambiance is intimate, friendly and always very professional. Prepared by Chef Pierre with the knowledge, passion and respect of the seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market, the food is superb. The specials on the blackboard are impressive, unusual and follow the seasons. In winter you can find Chef Perre’s famous cassoulet to wild game; In the spring shad roe and soft shell crabs; and in the summer you can find paella, steak tartar, and pomme frites.

It’s no surprise that Chez Pierre has been voted The Best French Restaurant of the Desert for the past six years and has been rated “Dining Excellence” by Zagat and Gayot.

You may be tempted to sign up in Chef Pierre’s cooking classes every Monday followed by lunch.

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Diner Reviews
  • "We consistantly enjoy delicious, classic meals at Chez Pierre and our dinner on this night was no exception. My husband and I both ordered fish (sand dabs, orange roughy) entrees and they were prepared perfectly and served with a nice array of veggies. Desert was a yummy profiterole with a great cappacino. We love to support this chef owned restaurant , we are warmly greeted by Pierre and his wife each time we visit."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised, and very pleased with the food and the service."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "a table for five shouldn't be on top of one another at another table or ask the other tble to move so you can leave. my friend ordered a steak mediam rare and received it well done and couldnot cut the meat first time we have ever sent a dish back. i really dislike receiving sad dabs with skin i ask the server not to have skun on the fish as you always removed it before he insisted you never removd the skin. my other friend ordered osso boco it didnot fall off the bone she took it home to re cook these are not over the top foodies but know good food and service than you roni eventov"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 4 people for 6:30 p.m. We were repeatedly told our seating was late but would be "just 15 more minutes" and we ended up be seated more than an hour after our reservation time. Food and service were thereafter average and no one apologized for the delay (we had to sit on a concrete bench outside because the bar was full and is too small to accomodate more than a few people. When it came time for dessert the waiter said they were sorry for our wait and would buy our dessert,,,,,but clearly stated that it would be ONE dessert per person (trust me, we weren't thinking of ordering them all!) Ambiance, attitude and service simply didn't make it worth the long and irritating wait."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The restaurant was full when we arrived but we were seated quickly with our reservation. The decor was somewhat stark and the noise level was extremely loud. No curtains, nothing to soften the sound. Service was just OK and the food was above average but this is not a place for a relaxing quiet meal. I might give it one more try but this would not be a the top of my list."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Average French cuisine with quite good service. Setting is in a store In a strip mall with absolutely no ambiance either inside or out. Although it was not objectionable, it was also not impressive. There are enough other places to eat in the area that excel in all categories that I'll make other choices in the future. Just didn't meet my expectations."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great experience on a Tuesday some weeks ago led us to our Friday encounter with an ill-trained waiter, worse assistant, and over-taxed kitchen. I can only assume the weekday biz is with the core staff, the weekends with temps for transients."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "While the food is good, the service and ambience are lacking. Cold, snobby and not interested in making feel customers welcomed."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A party of 8 on a night when the restaurant is slammed full presents a challenge to most restaurants, but Chez Pierre pulled it off flawlessly, everything served at the right temperature and time. A truly eclectic group, no one ordered the same, but uniformly everyone enjoyed the food: hanger steak, ribeye, lamb chops, bolognese, calamari steak, frog's legs, beef bourguigone, skate wing for entrees, superb appetizers including duck rillet, salads, and homemade soups. Corkage fee reasonable, one bottle purchased fair price, profiteroles with candle for a birthday joyfully served."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I couldn't have picked a better table--a nice secluded place right in the middle of it all. You can't go wrong with any of the seating in the new restaurant. We ordered the endive salads, sand dabs, hangar steak and Ithe bouillebaise, I actually had a hard time making up my mind--. The sand dabs were proclaimed excellent, the hangar steak was a little tough and chewy....But my bouillebaise was the absolute best I have ever had- have been to the South of France and eaten in specific restaurants designed for the stew. PLENTY of fish--the sea bass was excellent; the large prawn was cleaned, the clams were little necks, the mussels were excellent, and the rouille was top notch. Can't wait to go back and try something else!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "From the friendliness and efficiency of the wait staff, to the warmth of the owners, the experience at Chez Pierre is a very pleasant one, to say the least. The complimentary pate and bread are a great way to start dinner. Along with a nice bottle of Merlot, we nibbled, relaxed and looked forward to our dinner. I had an excellent Boullibase, and my husband had the French Onion Soup and the Steak Poivre. Each of us enjoyed every bite. For dessert, we shared an apple tart a la mode, and how bad can that ever be? We will return again and again to Chez Pierre."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Chef Pierre's food is as good as his personality. He welcomes everyone and stops by each table. The oysters were excellent. The menu offers something for everyone. The lamb shank was fantastic. The braised short ribs were a bit grisly, but very tasty. Desserts were enjoyed by all at our table."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Excellent food; waited 20 minutes for a table even though we had reservations"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had reservations for 6:00 put didn't get there until 7:00 so lost our reservations (our fault) so ended up sitting at the bar. We met nice people on both sides so was very enjoyable. The food was fantastic and the company was great. Our only complaint was that there was no one person assigned to the bar so we relied on various waiter to serve us. Pierre cam by a few times always nice to meet the owner. Overall price was reasonable."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Chez Pierre, and definitely plan on returning. The food was very good. The wait staff were friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Excellent cuisine by a prominent chef who comes out to visit with his patrons."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our first time and loved it !! The food was wonderful, the service very pleasant and totally a fun experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Stayed away after a disappointing cassoulet in 2010 at the former location but returned to check out the new place, and Pierre has outdone himself! Knocked my socks off with menu variety (I had brains), reasonably priced and well selected wines, and super attentive, knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The new Chez Pierre is fantastic, even better than his last location. Pierre is the ultimate host, and Esther makes you feel at home as soon as you arrive."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Our food was outstanding and enough left over for another meal at home. Our waiter made us feel like we were the only couple he was waiting on. We felt a little cramped as the tables for two were very close together"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have lived in the area for almost 10 years and never visited Chez Pierre. What a mistake that was? They have moved to a new and larger location that was packed on a Valentine's Day evening. Even with the crowd, the service and quality of food was first class. This is good ole French food. Causoulet (excellent!), veal chop, boeuf bourguignon, braised short ribs, etc. I will have to come back to try many other selections. This apple tart for desert with ice cream was perfect ending. And the celery remoulade to begin was something I hadn't had for years. Well done in every respect."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As always, Chez Pierre was superb. The new location is very nice."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Honestly feels like you are in a very special neighborhood bistro in Paris. Never disappoints. Pierre and Esther are especially welcoming and the service is great. Pierre is a wonderful Chef. I also loved their old location next to Trader Joes, but this is much better....A true Neighborhood Gem!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Saturday night and very busy, yet food came out in reasonable time and wonderful taste, ranging from perfectly cooked veal chop and salmon, superb frog's legs, warming beef bourguignon, and amazing calamari steak. Nicely priced wines (two glasses of white, food-friendly bottle of Rhone), and celebratory desserts, including profiteroles. Of course, Pierre made his way through the restaurant, stopping for a few words to every table, as did his wife. His vegetable side dishes are a major improvement from the former location, ratatouille with olives, au gratin potatoes, assorted carrots lightly braised, all together colorful and flavorful. This is a very special place indeed."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great to have Chef Pierre come to the table to tell us about the specials. Dinner was certainly special!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent---however tables were very close together and noise level very high---not a romantic table as was requested---could touch elbows with neighboring tables."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "A very nice evening; food and service was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "As the top-rated French restaurant in the desert we had high expectations. Everyone was very nice and anxious to please but the food was mediocre at best."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner. The steak tartare is really good and we love the mussels when they are available. The new place looks better each time we go, but it is really noisy."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "In a quieter location with free valet parking, Chez Pierre is more accessible. You'll get the same warm welcome, complimentary paté with that fantastic crunchy-crust French bread, an excellent pour on drinks, and food that is truly prepared with love and thoughtfulness. You won't find better beef tongue anywhere else in this Valley, ditto the fresh anchovies, the calamari steak, the sanddabs, and my all-time favorite salad: Frisèe with poached egg and bacon, with the most delectable of dressings. Ooh la la!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Complimentary valet service was a nice hello. We liked the bistro decor at the new location. The French photographs, music and server's accent transported us to Paris (there were also mini Eiffel Towers on each table). Dinner started with irresistible complimentary liver pate and wonderful bread. The sand dabs were melt in your mouth delicious. The daily special was veal pot roast. Our friends said it was tender and delicious, too. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "A new location for this traditional French bistro. The menu seems smaller than the former location. Seating is a bit cramped, and the ambiance is so-so. The wine list needs serious improvement...loaded with lots of low-end French choices."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great quality lamb chops must have been from Colorado perfectly prepared med-rare coated with herbs for a simple and very delicious entree. Cassoulette was really good and of course those wicked pomme frites and beignettes are not to be missed. Pierre is a gem and the wait staff very attentive, the new location is a win!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "LOVE your new location! WE went to the old one first as we did not know you had moved. Good choice.. we will be back.."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went here to celebrate A special occasion and really enjoyed the experience. The food was very good. The chef came out and chatted with us and was very friendly. The wait staff was very friendly as well, but seemed a bit in a rush and perhaps one more would have done the restaurant well as it was very packed."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Intimate, and perfect food with a French flair. Great price point. Was not packed. Can't believe it based on the quality of the food and service. Chef Pierre had time to visit with us twice and is a character. Highly recommended. Quiet as well."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We go to Chez Pierre every time we go to the desert. The chocolate mousse is to die for!!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "New Year's Eve, so the restaurant was pretty crowded, and perhaps noisier than usual. Chef Pierre did come by, but there was really no time to chat with us newbies, since there were regulars to greet as well. The meal was very tasty, the onion soup was great, the bread was warm and the complimentary pate delicious and very spreadable. We had the donuts with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauces for desert -- an excellent choice!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was outstanding. Perfect escargot. Cassoulet was a huge portion but delicious. Chocolate mousse was devine. Our waiter seemed to be in a hurry. They did not have some wine which was on their list. If you want to have a Mimosa or a screwdriver, forget it, they don't carry orange juice."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The duck breast was excellent and the frogs legs a unique treat. Service was good, but the ambience left a little to be desired. Like most restaurants of this size, they try to put in one or two tables too many which can leave one feeling like you're "dining" with the group at the table next to yours. We arrived at 6pm for our reservation and only two of the tables in the restaurant were occupied. Even so the hostess insisted that she couldn't seat our party of two at a table for 4 because of later reservations. By the way, the two occupied tables were tables for 4 occupied by 2 people. By the time we left, parties of two we're seated at two of the tables for 4 we requested. A slight like that make me reluctant to return."
    Dined on 12/27/2013