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Le Vallauris
Le Vallauris

Le Vallauris Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.levallauris.com
  • Email: omar@levallauris.com
  • Phone: (760) 325-5059
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Le Vallauris has a policy that requires a credit card for reservations of 8 persons or more. Reservations MUST be cancelled by 9:00AM for LUNCH reservations and by 12:00 noon for DINNER reservations. A charge of $25 per person will be levied for cancellations made AFTER these hours.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Jean Paul Lair
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Le Vallauris has developed a famous reputation for outside caterings from 2 to 500 guests. The key to success is that Chef Jean Paul prepares all the food on site, no pre-cooked food is kept in hot boxes for a whole day! Le Vallauris has catered to parties as far as Laguna Beach at the coast. A professional service staff is used to give unobtrusive and friendly service. Weddings and Corporate events are their specialty. Comprehensive packages are available to accommodate budgets. Le Vallauris includes in its packages for up to 200 guests all the equipment needed except tables and chairs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Le Vallauris has 2 inside dining rooms for private parties each one with a capacity for up to 50 persons. The Patio can also be used on a "buy out" basis for up to 150 persons and a tree shaded Gazebo is available for up to 120 guests. These facilities are able to use an array of "prix fixe" menus.
  • Private Party Contact: Omar Haddedou (866) 971-9532
  • Entertainment: Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Le Vallauris can arrange for private events according to the wishes of the clients. We like to be known to be a "one stop shop!"

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Palm Canyon Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Le Vallauris offers Complimentary Valet Parking strictly on a tipping basis. For private parties hosts may choose to tip the valet exclusively so guest do not feel obliged to tip.
A word from Le Vallauris
Established in the heart of Palm Springs since 1973, Le Vallauris located at the foot of San Jacinto Mountains has been the highest rated restaurant in the Palm Springs Valley since its inception. Owned and operated by the well known restaurateur Paul Bruggemans who was also owner of the Famous Le St Germain restaurant in Hollywood. The Historic Landmark was built in 1927 and was owned by the owners of the famous Desert Inn which was The hotel in the Valley. Many grand parties were held in the house for guests such as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and many more. It was a favorite place for General Patton when he was based in Palm Springs to stage the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Later on, when the restaurant was established it became a favorite place for Presidents and the Hollywood elite. The renowned Patio lined with Giant Fichus trees is THE place to dine. The Patio is cooled in the Summer and heated in the Winter. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Consistant with excellent service, personnel and quality of food"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The outdoor dining area is magical and romantic. The service is attentive and the personalities of our host and servers made the evening a sophisticated pleasure. The items I chose from the prix fixe menu were exceptional. A memorable dining experience and I hope to return again someday soon."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Le Valleuris is always the most elegant restaurant with the best food and ambiance in Southern California. The patio is just gorgeous."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We stop at Le Vallauris every time we visit Palm Springs. In fact, we ate here three times during this trip. Dinner and two Sunday brunches. The food is always interesting and perfectly prepared. The service is efficient, friendly and curtious. It's pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. Restaurant service and ambiance were excellent as expected. Food quality was a little disappointing. Blue crab salad was ordinary at best. While the bisque for the lobster ravioli was flavorful, the pasta texture was hard around the edges and gummy in the middle. Hard to ruin chocolate cake but they did. Not recommended for foodies like ourselves."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We love Vallauris! The setting is magical, the food is absolutely delicious and the service is impeccable. We have never had anything but a fabulous meal and wonderful service. We will come back at least once every time we are in Palm Springs."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very enjoyable. Good food, service and fairly nice ambiance."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The garden setting was lovely with white table cloths, white napkins, and chandeliers lit in the trees. The food is classic French cuisine. I had escargot, which was served bubbling hot and delicious. My rack of lamb was fine but not served medium rare and lacked any fresh presentation. The homemade sorbets proved a fitting ending; the coconut sorbet was delightful. Although the service was attentive, my waiter became unctuous. And the wine list for such a classy and expensive restaurant was ordinary."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "A wonderful experience reminiscent of a French provincial auberge. The ambience, cuisine, and wine list are superb. We were able to relive a soirée of 20 years ago at the very same establishment. The evening even surpassed our initial experience, an accomplishment few restaurants can match."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "a great restaurant with wonderful food servings and a very pleasant and comfortable place to be."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We went last Saturday, sat on the patio and we all had the wine pairing with the 4 course dinner. Amazing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Probably the best fine dining in Palm Springs. Outstanding prix fixe (with or without pairing) and a la carte menu. An elegant indoor and outdoor setting with personal, efficient and friendly service. Fantastic wine list, higher end clientele and pricing. Excellent for special occasions. Very much recommended."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went with high expectations as the restaurant was ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for Palm Springs. Had the tasting menu with wine pairings. Food was average. Flavours were basic and simple. For a French restaurant, the red wine was too warm. The most shocking, however, was when the waiter poured the red wine into our first wine glass that previously contained the white wine! Expected better than that for this price, and what the restaurant was promoted to be."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A lovely spot - with attentive, excellent service. I will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "SORRY PALM SPRINGS BUT YOUR GEM NEEDS TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT IS WINE PRICES, BOTH BY GLASS AND BOTTLE. WHEN A GLASS COSTS ME MORE THAN THE ENTIRE BOTTLE, AND THE GLASS IS ONLY 5 OUNCES IT ANNOYS ME. $15 ON AVERAGE FOR AN AVERAGE QUALITY WINE. THE BOTTLES ALL COST LESS. ITS 500% OR MORE MARK UP, AND THAT TO ME IS JUST WRONG. THE FOOD IS SAME OLD SAME OLD. NOT INNOVATION. GOOD, FRESH, NICELY PRESENTED BUT NO VEGETABLES, BE WARNED YOU MUST ORDER THAT SEPARATELY, SO SUDDENLY YOUR $40 ENTREE BECOMES $50. VERY NICE PLACE, GREAT SERVICE AND REALLY LOVELY OUTDOOR SETTING WHEN YOU DINE OUTSIDE. BUT VALUE JUST IS NOT THERE. SO GIVE IT A MISS UNLESS YOU REALLY MUST EXPERIENCE THE OLD STYLE DINING. KNOW THERE IS SO MUCH BETTER VALUE FOR $ IN THE CITY."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Le Vallauris is a restaurant that is a dining experience no one would want to miss out on. The menu selection and presentation and quality of food was outstanding. The service couldn't be better. It is a perfect place for outdoor dining and special occasions."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "All I can say it was FANTASTIC !!! The food & service were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Visiting from NC. Have traveled the world and have never had French this good... Heck, the French could take lessons from these people... Ambiance was the best ever...very romantic...dinner under the trees."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great meal - shared a wonderful order of lobster medallions . Worth the drive from LA"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful service, sublime food. Atmosphere a little staid."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It is a lovely place in a former home that has been there for over 40 years. We sat out in a beautifully lit courtyard. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We also love that Paul, the owner, made his way around to every table to connect with his patrons. It is a wonderful spot for a special occasion. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would definitely recommend Le Vallauris to our friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My kids and I had the pleasure of dining here. The food was quite amazing. My kids who are 12 & 13 had the wild boar pate & escargots. They loved it. Then they each had the veal tenderloin with truffle sauce. They both loved the tenderness, juiciness of the meat & the fragrant taste of the truffle oil. I had the hanger steak & it was beautifully cooked & just melted in your mouth. As for the desserts, well you just have to go there & try them for yourself. Loved the over "55" staff---all took pride in their work. The manager/owner went around to every table & greeted guests individually. Patio for dining was beautiful. They had a 2 man "band" which played/sang beautiful songs. I could have just sat at the bar & listened to them all night."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Whenever I am in town I try to have a least one meal here. It's fabulous to bring friends or family to, as the wow factor is high. Eating lunch under the dappled light of the courtyard, the highest standards of service combined with carefully prepared meals is a delicious way to spend a few hours. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The maitre d was delightful and took care to make sure our table was perfect and checked back to make sure we were enjoying! Our primary table waiter, however, was not as caring in our opinion. He seemed to want us to basically order, eat and leave, although he did what was expected I guess. All in all, it was extremely wonderful and even the valet (she) was very friendly and prompt. The food was divine. Each table seemed private- we were seated behind a palm tree from people we recognized from our home town half way across US but felt as though we were at a private table despite that! We truly enjoyed our experience at Le Vallauris!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Went for dinner on a Monday night. The outdoor patio setting is lovely with beautifully uplit trees, but it's by no means intimate - very large, many tables, quite noisy. Attentive staff who warmly greet and promptly serve. Dinner salads and entres were very fine, tasty, well presented. More expensive than many others in Palm Springs, but feels special and I would return."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Thus is a beautiful place, big old ficus trees surround tables and create shade. Waiters are knowledgeable and friendly. Food is consistently excellent on varied menu. Something for everyone willing to pay the price!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We absolutely love Le Vallauris. The occasion was my Wife's Birthday. First, the "white board" selections were "John Paul" spot-on and our selections prepared perfectly. Tony came to our table and was as charming as ever. The problem was our waitress was subpar. She was friendly, but not near the level of service we've come to expect. She was unfamiliar with the menu so she'd go to the kitchen to ask how a meal was prepared. One selection she actually read what was written on the white board - "Sautéed Maine Lobster -- oh, that is a lobster that is sautéed". We were presented a dessert for my wife's birthday - a very nice gesture - yet when the bill came the $14.95 dessert was added to our bill."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our children gave us a generous gift certificate for Le Vallauris and my husband and I went to celebrate his birthday. The outdoor courtyard was beautiful. The wait staff was very attentive, almost too attentive, coming by to ask if everything was OK. We each had a glass of wine, appetizers, entrée, coffee, desert and brandy. The food and presentation was outstanding. When we received our check we put the gift certificate in the little black folder. We waited a very long time (20 minutes) and finally had to ask for our change. The bill came to 68% of the gift certificate. The folder came back with change that indicated they had taken a 30% gratuity. We would have left a nice tip on our own. I thought it was arrogant of them to take it."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening very much, expect for our arrival. The gentleman who was at the door did not seem very warm to us, we had a 7:30 reservation which we had delayed until 8pm by calling just before 7pm, we did arrived a little later than 8pm, and we were offered a table next to the musicians, just as we witnessed the couple leaving that particular table as it seemed too loud for conversation! When we pointed that out, the gentleman, his name could be did not seem happy to prepare another table for us. He did and we were eventually seated. All this to say we were not treated as "welcome guests". We did enjoy the tasting menu very much and the service at the table was excellent. Thank you, Madeleine"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "we enjoyed our dining experience. what you would expect from a French restaurant. Lovely , nice menu, and excellent food and service. would love to come back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Ask for Willy to be your server too. We went here two nights in a row while out in CA for work...I can't wait to get back. I ordered off the a la carte menu and was so happy to sample many wonderful appetizers and desserts."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Perfect evening on our honeymoon! Duck was fantastic-1/2 and the duck duo."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We read superb reviews of this restaurant and decided to do a group dinner out. The patio ambiance is superb and we liked the menu a great deal. We ran into some really odd difficulties with our main server being unable to make any recommendations and help with the menu (the owner replied to us that the server had been let go since.) Then, our sommelier was really frustrated with another table and gave us some rather odd wines that were not what we asked. Despite our request for California wines, he really pushed us toward a French wine that was very mineral heavy for us. Odd. Our food was good and the chalk menu made it interesting. Small live band in bar area was fun, but we were by far the youngest folks there. Very Palm Springs. $$$"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We went their for our anniversary and it was aa great romantic evening. We by had swordfish and it was so moist and seasoned perfectly. The waivers wear tuxes. We were seated outside on the patio with very large trees surrounding us. It was a perfect place to spend our special night."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We love Le Vallauris! I don't know why we always save it for special occasions, but maybe that's what keeps it fun. The food was outstanding and the entire wait staff was very friendly and attentive. I believe that the owner came over and chatted with us about our dinner and hoped we were enjoying ourselves, if he's not the owner has has been there for a very long time! We highly recommend it for a truly wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "What a jewel in the desert! Great food and service! Beautiful courtyard!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We came back two years later , fearing that they could not possibly be as good as we remembered. WRONG! The whole affair is memorable, from beginning to end. Very refine dishes, classic presentation in an outstanding courtyard. No need to fly to the South of France. The Sunday brinch is a treat at reasonable price, $45 for full three course meal with vin mousseux «à volonté». we are going back next Sunday with kids and grandchildren."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We found this by accident & what a delight it was! We were seated in a courtyard full of trees, removed from the street so the setting was lovely. We had beet gazpacho & grilled shrimp on salad greens with wonderful fresh French buns. The service was excellent & so was the food...we have been back since & that experience was just as good. Be prepared for the bill, as it is a little pricey, especially with wine!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This was our first visit to this restaurant and enjoyed it very much. It is a bit of a drive to Palm Springs from Indian Wells so we don't often make the trip especially after having drinks. We would recommend this spot to others as it has lovely ambiance ( we were in the courtyard) and very good food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Saved Le Vallauris to celebrate our month-long stay in Palm Springs, and the total experience met and even exceeded our already high expectations. Highly recommend this gem to all."
    Dined on 3/1/2014