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Cuistot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cuistotrestaurant.com
  • Email: cuistot@verizon.com
  • Phone: (760) 340-1000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:15pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30 pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Bernard Dervieux
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking
A word from Cuistot
Cuistot offers fine California/French cuisine and is located at the Southwest intersection of Highway 111 and El Paseo. Cuistot has consistently earned top ratings in the Zagat Survey and was named one of six restaurants in the United States to score a perfect 100 for food by the Conde Nast Traveler. Dine under the stars on our beautiful terrace overlooking a desert water oasis or in one of our elegant dining rooms.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "quail stuffed with sweatbreads, an original invention of chef (cuistot) was wonderfully original and expertly done. the quenelles simply melted in your mouth. the braised artichokes had a delicious flavor, but they were too chewy and tough. the buttery sauce was good for dipping bread. veal chop was beyond delicious, probably the tastiest thing on the table. sommelier was excellent and really added a lot of value to our evening and the meal."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "CLASS-QUALITY-SPACIOUS-VISUAL-UNDERSTANDING-VALUE. The best for us since our here over the last 18 months"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This restaurant had been recommended to us and it did not disappoint. We went on a Sunday night and had the Pre-fix menu which was excellent! We looked at the a la carte menu and decided the prefixe was too good of a good deal to turn down. The restaurant is divided into 2 sections with a special on for the Pre-fix. We will go back on our next trip to the Palm Springs area."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant. Love it for leisurely lunches, catching up with old and new friends! Pricey but worth it for special occasions."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Couldn't be better. Lovely restaurant. Every thing was perfect from valet parking to desert."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A party of three women for dinner. Walked us past number of empty tables to seat us in back next to a door propped open by a plant. When I complained about the air and bugs coming in, server suggested I move to other side of table. Ordered expensive salad that should have had pecans, goat cheese, tomatoes, pears, etc. Had to send salad back three times because they kept leaving off ingredients that was mentioned on menu. Steak was extremely small and tasteless. Owner came by table to asked how we were doing. When we mentioned problems above, he just said "well enjoy rest of your dinner" and walked away like had just told him everything was fine. Visit restaurant when its closed; you'll love the venue but not the service or menu."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We were delighted with the food and the service at this restaurant. It is a beautiful spot and we will return."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our waitress Chareese was outstanding and we enjoyed meeting the chef/owner Bernardo. The food was amazing and the ambience matched the quality of the food and the beautiful surroundings."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The service improved significantly from last week. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Beautiful place, great food and service! Very pricey but great for a quiet romantic meal with your special one."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Cuistot. My husband and I went for my birthday lunch. We were only going to order lobster bisque and dessert, but very glad we ordered entrees. We have lived in Palm Desert full time for four years, and this was by far the best lunch we have had in the Coachella Valley. The service was excellent too. Can't wait to go back, which will happen very soon."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "one of the best restaurants in the desert; don't miss the friday fashion show at lunch. Bernard is an excellent chef and not only is Cuistot beautiful, scrumptious but now it is a remarkable value with their bistro section!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Fantastic wine list and well priced. Presentation of the food was disappointing, my wife's appetizer, avocado fan with goat cheese was covered in chives and was not fanned at all, it looked like ____ covered in blue flies, you get the drift, my short rib ravioli was excellent though. My wife had duck and it wasn't her lucky night the sauce was more like soup and sorry French restaurants know that sauce has the consistency of syrup not old dish water which is what it looked like. My quail was covered in chives which I had explained to the waiter I was allergic to! Someone is not very attentive to details. The new quail was excellent. Very mixed results here."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food, ambiance, service...the best! Mushroom soup is a must. Pricey but well worth it."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Only thing that prevented us from giving Cuistot an over all excellent was slow inattentive Waiter. Had to wait a very long time to place drink order, even longer for drinks to arrive, very long time before taking order. Busser was excellent. Chef visited our table which was an added touch. Food was excellent. Ambiance was perfect."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, service was very good. They went out of there way to make sure we got the table we wanted. I would have given the food 5 stars except the veal was a little tough. I'm not a big veal fan, and they insisted on a serving it medium, I never eat beef any more than medium rare! But again I do not order veal so that may be the norm. All in all great food, great preparation & great service. We will be back.."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We came here once for happy hour and it was good. Came back a week later for dinner and it was horrible. We were seated for 20 minutes and no one greeted us or gave us menus. I had to ask the hostess finally if someone could wait on us. Service all night was poor. Dishes were not cleared, we had to pour our own wine, waiter rarely checked on us and when he did he raced by. The level of service here does not match the prices they are charging. Probably won't be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Although the service and ambience were top notch, the food was really not good. The mushroom soup was the only thing we enjoyed, otherwise all appetizers, entrees and desserts were not prepared with care, not seasoned, not as described on the menu, and not worth the price charged. Their menu is outdated and overpriced. The pasta dish we ordered was literally swimming in grease, not at all edible. It was really dissapointing especially considering the chef walked around visiting the tables most of the evening. Perhaps he should spend more time in his kitchen because his staff is not making him look good. We will not return nor can we reccomend this restaurant unless they improve the food quality."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We were a bit disappointed in the limited menu at dinner. The food was good but not worth the price. We would not recommend or reeturn."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is one of the restaurants that are achieving level of sophistication of big cities restaurants. The chef is adding interesting touches to dishes and proud of his food. Service is one of the best in the area. It is a good spot for big city dinners I n the Palm Springs desert cities area."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "They do it all with total panache, friendliness and consume good taste. We love this restaurant.. We chose to go when they were doing the fashion show and had such fun talking to the models. One of our party ran out after lunch and bought several items. Terrific food and great wait staff in a gorgeous setting."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We visit this restaurant every time we visit Palm Desert. My husband always orders the Dover Sole. This year we came to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with friends. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful inside! You won't be disappointed!."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I took my daughter-in-law to the Friday lunch/style show. She requires 100% gluten free food. The chef obliged from salad through entree to dessert. All were made to order and perfectly done. We even learned a new trick about eating the delicious floating island --- flip it over first. The style show topped off a perfect outing for her, as she found and purchased the ideal bauble right off of the model's neck! Two daughters come in future weeks, so I will be back for this very special desert treat. Thank you, Chef Bernard!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We always enjoy Cuistot. The food is wonderful and the ambiance terrific. The dining room isn't crowded with tables, which makes visiting more pleasant."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Always a lovely time at Cuistot. From location, to table service to food....it doesn't get much better"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "There are a few french restaurants in the valley but Cuistot knocks them all out of the park. The food is excellent and the service impeccable. I had the New York steak and my husband the quail with sweetbreads. An individual Grand Marnier soufflee to finish.Everything perfect."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Cuistot has great indoor and outdoor dining spaces. The service is consistently friendly and efficient And the menu offers an excellent variety of choices, all prepared well. There is a prix fixe menu that offers excellent reasonably priced choices too, at $25 or $32/person."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I was not told it would be a set menu for the night.(Valentine's Day) Three of the four main dishes came out just warm.When the dessert was served we were told that it was to be shared by two people per dessert. The manager told me it's been like this on Valentine's night for the last 10 years.I said I thought I should have been told about it.No answer.Not only did they tell how much I had to spend for dinner, what I could eat and share my dessert.No wonder they had empty tables."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Bit of a disappointment for several reasons: 1) they didn't tell us they were having a fixed menu when we reserved. We were looking forward to ordering the veal chop and the grand manier souffle. The menu choices weren't that great - my husband's steak had been partially cooked hours earlier and then I believe they planned to cook it medium as he ordered it "medium" however it was rare on the inside and pretty well done on the outside. The other dishes all had an asian flair so my husband passed on those - the restaurant never used to have asian dishes. All in all - I don't recommend going there for Valentines day or any other holiday unless you ask them first what is in store for the menu. Also, the dessert was a shared dessert -very odd."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A group of four of us were seated on the lovely patio, right in front of the fireplace. Beautiful. But apparently, our table was some black hole vortex between waiter sections. We did not have a menu, a greeting, a morel of bread, water, nothing for 30 minutes. We flagged down a bus boy who said he's find our waiter, but still not one. Finally, a waitress arrived who had the personality of cardboard. What a disappointment. The food was o k a y. Nothing to recommend. We had a great time because of conversation with good friends in spite of the service and lack luster food. If you're looking for a nice outdoor spot, its really pretty."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was the worst, slow unorganized staff. Food was great."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Made this reservation so my daughter and her husband visiting from out of town could enjoy a wonderful Valentine's day dinner. The appetizers were meh and obviously made ahead of time as they arrived at the table in 10 seconds. The entrees of steak and sea bass were quite good. The dessert was sub par. The waiter was not good at all, ran by the table once but never asked if they wanted anything or needed anything. The best part of the service was the server assistant (not sure of her title). She was very sweet. Even though the reservation was early in the evening, they felt rushed and not at all welcome. I wish I would have never suggested Cuistot and will never recommend again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "From start to finish a very good experience. The ambiance, wine list, dinner and service. Excellent choice for dinner. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went here for Valentines day and it definitely was not worth the price and just not good. Firstly they had a price fixed menu and didn't tell me when they reconfirmed twice. Secondly, the service was very weak, the staff was very tired from a long day while they were smiling they were running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. Thirdly, the salad was soggy and not fresh looking. Fourth, my entree plate was so hot that burnt my wrist when I was eating. The entree food was fine but this place did not live up to their reputation and certainly not the price."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Meg my best friend from high school and we talked and laughed and had a wonderful time!!!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Love the Grand Marnier Souffle. We go to Cuistot with friends from Tustin every year mainly for the ambience and the Souffle!!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We were really looking forward to this dining experience given the chefs reputation and reviews. Food was very average from the soups to my dover sole which was over cooked and over sauced. Our server spent very little time describing the menu and showed little interest in our satisfaction with our food. Plenty of other great spots with excellent service and food to choose from in the area."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "After traveling to Palm Desert for many years, we finally got to experience Cuistot. We were greeted by Fred, the Sommelier, who seated us in a fantastic booth. He went above and beyond with our wine service, which was much appreciated. We complimented him on the wine menu itself, which featured some of our favorites such as Seasmoke and Kosta Browne. We started with the Lobster Ravioli, followed by the Dover Sole and Veal Chop. All delicious and served piping hot. We've had better desserts, but it was still a nice finish to the meal. We will make this a regular spot for future visits and highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Cuistot is a lovely French restaurant with great selections on the menu"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "You'll feel transported to the French countryside when you arrive a Cuistot. The chef/owner Bernard can be seen commanding the huge and spotless display kitchen, yet makes time to greet every table and diner. The wine list is huge but Frank the wine stewart will guide you to the right selection. The food is amazing and the service superb. This restaurant is truly special and worth a visit."
    Dined on 2/7/2014