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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Lavender Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)special occasion (29)neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (25)romantic (25)good for groups (14)notable wine list (11)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (5)scenic view (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Delicious find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My friend and I visited while on vacation in the area. We had already had a rather heavy, late lunch so we decided to eat a light dinner. Lavender Bistro has a wonderful menu, and I wish we would have had a bigger appitite. We started by sharing the Butternut Squash Ravioli appetizer. My friend thought it was very good, I've had better. We each had a salad, followed by their Wild Mushroom Soup. It was outstanding! We shared a dessert which was similar to a mini-pie made with figs and a dallop of Carmel ice cream.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Always
    CAiR
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    LAVENDER BISTRO NEVER DISAPPOINTS. OUTDOOR AMBIANCE IS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC NEVER INTRUSIVE ALWAYS ENJOYABLE FOOD IS EXCEPTIONAL VERY WELCOMING RESTAURANT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coachella Valley's Best
    restaurantguy55VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Our first time, this is open for the better part of the year, but, closes in the scorching months of July and August for good reasons. The ideal locale is outdoors. On a nice SoCal Autumn Evening, we were treated to excellent European-style service, cuisine, wine at moderate prices. This really is a gem. The owners and staff try hard. It shows. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time here
    Debbers
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I have had the occasion to sample this lovely restaurant twice and have not been disappointed either time. The decor is tasteful and romantic and the food has been consistently good. 5 of us went and all experienced a different entree with each one as good as the next. The tuna was fresh and well presented as was the filet, flatiron sole and chicken dishes. The accompanying side dishes were plentiful and well thought out. My only complaint would be that there are a lot of tables squeezed into the outdoor space and if full it can be quite noisy and crowded...but overall well worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic evening
    LavenderVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    From the moment we were seated outside we were under the spell of lavander we had not had the opportunity to dine outside with our son and his lovely lady as the desert had winds or was too hot to do so whenever they visited us but this time "score" And they too were also spellbound The food was served temptingly and the mushroom soup was especially deliscious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a missed beat!
    michylob
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We visited Lavender on Saturday evening to celebrate a friend's birthday. From the moment we were seated, our waiter Reggie was attentive, helpful with menu choices and delivering excellent service. The food was outstanding! Everything was absolutely delicious - I just loved the San Danielle Prosciutto and Fig Salad! Our party enjoyed the mussels, crispy salmon, and flatiron steak. Lavender serves the best crispy french fries imaginable too. Desert was outstanding and the decadent chocolate souffle was an absolute hit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the BEST in the Valley
    blueyes1005
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Not enough words to describe how impressed we were with this restaurant. Outdoor seating is magical with tiny white lights on tree trunks, with tables perfectly appointed within the patio space. Live music, ambiance plus+, staff makes you feel welcome and appropriately attentive. The food is definitely worth the price...it was extraordinary, a true culinary delight. Lavender's Bistro deserves all the stars there are!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lavender Bistro is such a treat!
    lovetodine7VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Lavender Bistro is such a lovely restaurant. The outdoor patio, with the lights and live background music, is just lovely. The food is consistently delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not just a bistro...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    ... but a beautiful, romanic garden with twinkling trees, water, flowers, not to mention great food, live entertainment with a soft touch and not too loud, a hostesses with the mostest, attentive knowledgeable waiter, all to result in a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    Kathleen
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Lavender is a perfect setting with impeccable service. The food is unique but I would give it a 9 out of 10 rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    MJRMT
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Beautiful outdoor dining, very good food, great service, well worth the drive from PS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katyn
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    All 6 of shared appetizers & each ordered their own entree & everyone was satisfied & said they would return. Beautiful setting, very good service & excellent presentation of very tasty food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 889 reviews are from the Lavender Bistro reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.