Chez Pierre Bistro
Chez Pierre Bistro

Chez Pierre Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezpierrebistro.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 7603461818x

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.

Bon Appetit!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Chez Pierre Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (2)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • French food in the desert
    Molly
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Comfortable restaurant with decent food, great service and a charming host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Chicken was dry the sauce needed more flavor. The beef Bourgogne has very little taste
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same
    MJDR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    new location Ambiance is terrible Food was horrible
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • True French Cuisine!
    jantd
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The Chef is delightful and roams the restaurant with flair. Service is impeccable. The menu is sophisticated but many items are included for the not-so-adventurous palate. We all loved our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chez Pierre
    NickioVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food and service were excellent! Ambiance could use some improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pierre is wonderful
    RussieJ
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second time at the new Chez Pierre on Hwy. 111 in Palm Desert. This time my wife had soft shell crab in an unbelievable sauce. It was the best ever. I had the steak tartar which was light and wonderful. The chef came out to see how we were doing and spent a few minutes talking with us, as he did with other diners. It is still early in the "season" here in Palm Desert and he may not be able to do too much of that as the restaurant will get busier as the "season" goes on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful menu
    oldschoolVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    What a wonderful menu you have! And food is prepared as only the French can. Really enjoyed our meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pierre's culinary skill is a gift
    favoriteforfoodies3F
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Chez Pierre's delicious bistro is a favorite place for us and our guests whenever we go. Pierre and his staff are masters; making every visit memorable with wonderfully creative specials and outstanding favorites from a great menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    dinealot
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A little pricy especially considering the food was rather poor…The veal chop was overcooked and the Beignets were terrible, over cooked outside while the inside was still doughy. The coffee tasted like Sanka. Too bad we were hoping for a good French experience .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unable to review
    rosey614
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Even though I made reservation in July and got a reminder from Open Table 2 days before dinner, was very disappointed to get to the restaurant for a special evening and find the lights off and doors locked. Don't know who screwed up but was very upset.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 280 reviews are from the Chez Pierre Bistro reviews archive.
  • tres bon
    luvmartinis
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was our second visit to Chez Pierre. We were greeted at the door by the owner who epitomizes the 'French Chef' vibe. The atmosphere is fun and sophisticated with excellent food, a mean vodka martini and amazing bread. Have enjoyed both visits and look forward to returning - soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pierre is a true French chef
    MaroisronVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    You read about them. You fantasize about them but Pierre is truly the real thing. The desert is richer for his presence. he serves wonderful meals to appreciative clientele. You will not be disappointed. Bon Appetit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chez Piere Bistro Palm Desert, CA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was very well presented d great tasting. The chef came out and talked to all tables to see how every thig was. Very nice touch. We would absolutely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always so good…...
    MalbecVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a really super dinner at Chez Pierre. It is on our list of "must do's" whenever we are in the area. The Vichyssoise was was so good and the special soft shell crab main course was the best I have had anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Fix
    JLCD79755VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had asked for a quiet table and they brought us to the last table in the restaurant which was fine until the waiter said we had to move as the table had many ants on it. We moved to the next table which was fine; however, a few minutes later they sitted someone else in our first table! The food was excellent, all four of us were extremely happy with our picks. Unfortunately we asked the waiter twice to turn up the air conditioning and it never happened. We then asked the owner who said he would but it never happened! Very uncomfortable evening without air as it was 97 out!!!! Will not go back unless its fixed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SWEETBREADS
    8TUESDAYDINERS
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    THE BEST SWEETBREADS IN THIS VALLEY. WE HAVE TRIED THEM ALL AND THEY ARE SUPERIOR
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED the restaurant
    lucy11
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I made our reservation very early on and it was verified and honored. The food, spectacular. The service wonderful and I will go back as often as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef Pierre made it enjoyable.
    desertdessert
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Delicious and generous portions...recommend. Chef Pierre is a great host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch cuisine
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were here during restaurant week so we had the three course. The onion soup was fabulous. The onion gratinee pastry flaky and tasty. We heard the frog legs were fabulous but we didn't have them. The coq a vin was scrumptious. And desserts divine. This restaurant is now on our must do again list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    EatnGoodStuffVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We went for PS Restaurant Week and selected items from that menu and were well rewarded and very full afterward. The Kidneys were very good and well prepared in an excellent sauce. My wife had the Duck Breast which was excellent, as well. As appetizers I had the Anchovies which were not salty or fishy, and my wife the French Onion soup (it is as good as mine - that is saying a lot!). Dessert was a wonderful Rice Pudding and Beignets. The prices are pretty reasonable and we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thank you, Chef!
    jacobsrdjrVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    What a wonderful dining experience! The food is absolutely authentically French, from the appetizer, to the entree, to the fabulous deserts. Edgar, our server, was the perfect gentleman and an occasional visit throughout the dinner by Chef Pierre made the experience even more special. I highly recommend Chez Pierre Bistro and will definitely return to try something new on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chez Pierre never fails to impress!
    Heathmst
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We started with an old favorite, the Endive salad, and were told that they had Vichyssoise that day. The Vichyssoise was sublime, reminding me of my Grandfather's, thick, and full of flavor. We had two of the specials of the day, the Blue Crab, (which is seasonal), and the Veal Chop. In a word, delicious! The Blue Crab was oh so lightly breaded and served with an amazing creamy sauce, with a ratatouille-like vegetable dish, some lightly grilled seasonal vegetable, and pomme frite, (delicate, perfectly seasoned string french fries). The Veal chop was cooked to perfection, tender and flavorful with the most succulently plump mushrooms, (in a sauce to die for), and creamy scalloped potatoes. Thin Apple Tart, and Beignets made it complete!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review at Tripadvisor
    fernporker
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32846-d501622-r205101694-Chez_Pierre-Palm_Desert_California.html#REVIEWS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    NBN1VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Second visit in two weeks. The soft shell crabs were amazing, although I almost couldn't finish my entree because I could not stop myself from eating way too much bread and pate beforehand. Delicious, everything. Will be back - over and over. We are full time residents, so we'll help keep them in business if they stay open for the summer. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    MarshaVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Simply Amazing food from an amazing chef! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French in the desert
    srl56
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Liver, sweetbreads, frog's legs are all on the menu. But so are some more approachable items that are deliciously prepared by the owner-chef. Could use a broader wine list to complement the sophisticated cuisine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    cswanVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were pleasantly surprised,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised, and very pleased with the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not my favorite this week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice not impressive
    FredVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never on Weekends Fri to Sun
    GrumpyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Improvement is required
    Jozy
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Loud Dining
    rwvadocVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A party of 8 on a night when
    OaktownieVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT for average food
    starving
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad they moved!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All round great experience
    FinefoodiesVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food; waited 20
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent food; waited 20 minutes for a table even though we had reservations
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Cameron
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We shall return
    susbuzzVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Chez Pierre, and definitely plan on returning. The food was very good. The wait staff were friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.