Lavender Bistro
Lavender Bistro

Lavender Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavenderbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7605645353x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Join us nightly for our popular Happy Hour from 4:00 to Close.
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Raul Garcia
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Lavender Bistro's catered events will take our wonderful dining experience into your home or venue of your choice.
  • Private Party Facilities: For private functions or special occasions, our private room, private small patio or semi-private large patio are available. For larger parties, weddings, or banquets, the entire restaurant is available for your dining pleasure.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicolas Despras 7605645353x
  • Entertainment: Live Music Nightly - piano and vocals.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Desert Club Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Lavender Bistro
Experience Lavender Bistro. At Lavender we combine the finest meats and seafood with the freshest organic ingredients to create unforgettable dishes. Dine indoors in a warm, cozy atmosphere or on our stunning tree-lined patio. Lavender Bistro also prides itself on providing superb live music daily to set a warm and friendly atmosphere for you and your guests.


For every occasion, to change the ordinary into extraordinary, come join us at Lavender Bistro, "the best kept secret of La Quinta", for a memorable dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Lavender Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (19)romantic (17)special occasion (15)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (8)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)scenic view (3)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • I'll be back
    GRP1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great experience. I'll visit again. Friendly staff make you feel welcome. Beautiful outdoor dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delighted
    letsdine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been enjoying Lavender Bistro since it opened and I'm never disappointed. They have it down correctly for all restaurants to emulate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful restaraunt
    GOPHeffelump
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Lavender Bistro is a wonderful spot with a great outdoor dining area and fantastic food. One of our favorite spots in La Quinta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unhappyinthedesert
    Unhappyinthedesert
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I am no longer "unhappy". Decided to give Lavender's Bistro another try. Thanks to the manager Michel, responding so quickly to my negative comments. This experience was wonderful!! Lovely outdoor seating...great service from everyone. food was cooked perfect and the music was outstanding!! We will definitely be coming back to Lavender's!! Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful
    morty
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Truly a beautiful restaurant. Out door patio is the best. The bar is lively with different music and the outside
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Wow evening for us
    snowchick
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is our treat-yourself go-to restaurant for a beautiful experience. We don't go out often, but when we do I want a lovely atmosphere where you can hear the conversation around your table easily. The after-dark patio experience is so beautiful with all the trees in the courtyard lit up, yet if you've never dined there in the daylight of early evening, the lavender napkins and classic decor are just gorgeous. Service and food are always so good and dependable. We always reserve the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical lights!
    laquintaladies
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant just opened up the night before we arrived after being closed for the season. We were expecting a few people, and were pleasantly surprised by the crowds there. We got a great table outside under the lighted trees, and it was perfect. The tuna tartare is not to be missed. The steak tartare was a bit too mustardy, but good nonetheless. Wines by the glass were good. And, we were not rushed. All in all, a great meal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MEMORABLE
    BARONI2425
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    IT ONLY TAKES ONE TIME FOR THIS DINING EXPERIENCE TO BE PLACED AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST. NICK'S RESTAURANT FILLS ALL THAT YOU CAN ASK FOR. A GREAT NIGHT. THE GUESTS YOU BRING WILL LOOK AT YOU AND SAY YOUR TASTE IN FINDING THE BEST IS NOW A PROVEN FACT. IF YOU CAN ARRANGE TO HAVE "RICK" AS YOUR SERVER PLEASE DO.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely venue
    fionaU
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed a beautiful outdoor dinner. The twinkling lights, lovely live music & great food make this a very special restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stay away from the shrimp curry
    GrammyK
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband ordered the shrimp curry, having been assured by our waiter that it was light and not spicy. It turned out to be a brown sauce that was sweet and he just couldn't eat it. The waiter was gracious and brought out a requested salad instead, did not charge us for the dinner, and still brought us an anniversary desert. My filet of sole was outstanding, however, and I would highly recommend it. We were disappointed that the patio wasn't open. Yes, it was hot, but that's why most places have misters in the summer. The patio was just so full of atmosphere and there was live music out there. We will try again, though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    DesertDiner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Had a wonderful meal. The food was excellent. Two people had the filet and one had fish. Everyone loved it. The waiter was more intrusive than we wanted otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • bobby
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    truly excellent;great food and wine,good service;very nice ambience;i would certainly recommend it for a special occasion or any time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 885 reviews are from the Lavender Bistro reviews archive.
  • Evening to Remember
    KappaD
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We love Lavender Bistro. We have been coming here for happy hour for 3 years now. Our realtor introduced us to it. Now, we celebrate special dates here for dinner. My husband and I both had the filet of sole. It was outstanding. It was our 29th wedding anniversary and they treated us with a delicious molten lava cake with ice cream for dessert. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always an outsatanding experience
    eat4life
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was our third visit and we have never had any issues with the food or the staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La Quinta's Gem
    JadoreFrance
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    As a foodie, the dinner portion of my birthday is by far the best and most important. Living in north Orange County, Ca I found myself driving 100 miles just to dine here at Lavender, as I've seen it on past visits. And let me tell you it did NOT DISAPPOINT!!! It was worth every mile to dine in this extraordinary establishment they call a "California inspired French restaurant" the beauty of their classic decor, reinforcing the lavender colour as much as possible. With my group of 4 we delighted ourselves with quite a broad spectrum of dishes. With that said I can reassure you that everything and anything you receive to consume will be devoured with great joy and bliss as this restaurant can only provide satisfaction in every which way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in the desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant. We went for Sunday dinner. Great food, no corkage on Sunday...it could not have been better! Loved the Tomato salad, lobster salad and chicken palliard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful place
    Nancy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We loved Lavender Bistro! We have been 4 times since our first visit, May 31st. That was the last time we were able to sit outside, and it was magical. We were celebrating a big birthday, and the service was great, and food was perfect. I had the pork chop, which was the best one I have ever had at a restaurant. Since then, have had the salmon, which was wonderful, LOVED the cauliflower puree, and the flat iron steak, a little bit spicy but tender and perfectly done. Ate in the bar one night, and had the Kobe beef sliders, which were very filling, french fries to die for! Our friends thought their fish was dry, and our server was very concerned, backed off the corkage, and gave them free desert. Very classy, over and above.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ALWAYS A TREAT!!!
    Bogart
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Although the patio was closed, as summer has arrived in the desert, the indoor dining was lovely. This is one of our favorites. The food is yummy and the ambience terrific. Too bad they aren't open year-round. If you are looking for a romantic evening, so there. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The service was extremely good from the time we arrived, to getting our drinks and food. We had lamb and steak. Both were overlooked. The lamb ordered rare was medium am Nod the NY steak ordered medium rate was medium well. The taste was very good but over cooked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    REDWINELOVER
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A great place to have a quite dinner, or a group function, or a small party of friends. You have to let them know if a special day such as, birthday's, anniversaries, etc… They will do all possible to make it a special day for them…
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!!!
    LqgigiVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Came for Restaurant Week menu and had one of the best meals ever!!! Great food, staff & ambiance!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite La Quinta Restaurant
    JelloVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our 5th trip, but with new friends and they as well loved the restaurant. Service was great and the meals were incredible. The lobster entrée salad for dinner here is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    thevidiot
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was a pleasant evening in a nice place. It was too warm to eat outside but we had a table near the window so we got the light and the view. All food was well prepared and the service was outstanding. I will return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restuarant week renewal
    MaroisronVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoy Lavender Bistro and used the restaurant week as the excuse. The food was outstanding and the service even better. This is a must try and return restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced Underserviced
    Familyof4
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Dissapointed in the overall experience. Nice ambiance but the service was slow and food overpriced. So much potential being lost in bad service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lavender's in La Quinta is lovely!
    TravelswithZo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Elegant dining in the old town area of La Quinta and the food was wonderful. I started with the best mushroom soup I've ever had and for dinner I enjoyed the pork chop and the trio of sorbets and berries for dessert. Every course was very generous. My guests had the Ahi Tuna which was also amazing. The restaurant is beautiful and a perfect distance from other tables so you have the privacy to enjoy your guests and conversations. This was our first visit and will look forward to our next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Older crowd
    Kepsf1213
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was great, and despite the heat , eating outside was nice. Median age the night we were there must have been 75+
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    oldschoolVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We have dined at Lavender many times. But, restaurant week, no one does a better special menu! My choices were three cold soups, duck breast and the four deserts sampler. Just wonderful in presentation. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    popcorn shrimp salad was excellent as was the duck breast. patio dining very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mellen
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We were there for restaurant week. Never been there but heard good things about it. Waiter was not particularly friendly. My husband was trying to decide between the duck or the lamb. Waiter recommended the duck. When meals arrived husband got lamb? Thought he ordered duck. He said that was fine he really wanted lamb and it was very good. I had vegetarian ravioli. Somewhat dry, could have used a sauce. Waiter never came around to see how meal was?!?! Even though I tried to get his attention. Disappointed this time. Will try again during normal business hours.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Happy Surprise
    2TravelingOmnivores
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We were lucky enough to get to sample LB during restaurant week and were delighted by the freshness of the ahi, the delicious, delicately curried fish stew and the dessert sampler. Even the bread and (yes!) hard butter were great. We'll be back asap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd Time a Bust-Service Bad
    MemberVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Ate at LB last year for Restaurant Week and it was our favorite of the seven we dined. This year, not so much. The soup trio arrived ice cold, as if the dishes had been in the fridge for the past 3 hours. The pasta was oily and tasteless, but the lamb was good. The dessert plate was tasty, but arrived disheveled due to the waiter. The service was horrendous! Our waiter (can not remember his name) was disintererested, missed one person's wine flight, poured 1/4 of a margarita on the table and did not offer to have it refreshed or even apologize. He slide plates while serving, which ruined the chef's presentation and made the dishes look askew. He never checked on us during the meal. Very disappointing dinner, when expecting more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    deblaquinta
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great Good. I had the organic, farm-raised salmon and it was absolutely delicious. I love food when it is served sizzling hot. Beautiful patio and relaxing atmosphere. Only negative, we tried to order two wines on their list and they were out of both.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love lavender s
    lioncrest
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    There isn't anything to say negative about Lavenders!Service,food,ambiance-ALL above the norm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service Meltdown
    Foodie63
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Lavender is beautifully decorated and a fine setting for lunch and dinner. The food is good but conventional and unexciting. On our first visit to Lavender with friends the service was deplorable. We were seated inside, given water and then abandoned for 25 minutes! When we asked where our server was nobody knew or even knew who our server was supposed to be. After a few more minutes a server from the outside patio appeared looking befuddled and said she would take our orders. The manager apologized and cut out bill by a generous amount. But our evening was ruined. The excuse? The server we were supposed to have was "overwhelmed". On the oft-chance the problem is managerial and goes deeper, we're not apt to return any time soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't drink the water
    jamesVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    First night of restaurent week. five of us had the seafood medely which was terrific as were the starters. The only disappointment was the water that tasted like it came out of a rubber garden hose, even the lemmon didn't help. We told the waiter, but he has no comment, i think it was his first night,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I was in town for a conference and planned on hosting some professional colleagues for a meal so Lavendar Bistro was recommended. I made my reservation on Open Table and called the day if the reservation to clarify our reservation details including asking for a set menu. They stated they couldn't do that for a partyif 13 but could offer me the Restaurant week menu that had three courses at $38. I agreed. We seated at 6:45 and the reservation was for 7 pm. We were't given drinks or bread until 7:15 pm and we're given both the regular restaurant menu and the restaurant menu which made everyone ordering, quite confused. We didn't have our meals until after 8 pm and were the last to leave and placed next to their lounge act which was annoying.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhyllisVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Always a wonderful dining experience, very consistent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening
    FrequentflyersVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We are frequent clients of LB but mostly for the lively bar scene with its excellent menu. This last time we booked the dining room and the spectacular outdoor patio. The patio is very romantic interspersed with large trees and widely spaces tables. Of course lavender is the predominant theme. Attentive, friendly service with still the air of professionalism. We has oysters on the half, salmon- tuna tartar, bococicino -tomato salad, dinner lobster salad and ciopinno. All courses were properly prepared and presented appropriately. Would be difficult not to order again despite many other interesting selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great outdoor dining
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere with soft live music in the courtyard. Service is excellent. Food is excellent. Love the ambiance. This is our second visit and it won't be our last. Will try the bar some evening which has a lovely atmosphere and its own live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.