Lulu California Bistro
Lulu California Bistro

Lulu California Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lulupalmsprings.com/
  • Phone: (760) 327-5858
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday through Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm Friday and Saturday: 8:00am - 11pm (bar & Happy Hour til midnight)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please e-mail Willie Rhine at acqualuluevents@gmail.com

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Lulu California Bistro
At Palm Springs newest and hippest restaurant, Lulu California Bistro combines talent, expertise and a passion for great food to produce a captivating California Bistro dining experience. Our menu options are many, varied and value-priced, and the quality is always high. Our generous portions are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and a dash of innovation from our award-winning chefs. Freshly baked bread and decadent desserts are made in-house daily, and are perfectly complimented by a cappuccino, latte or an endless pot of coffee. At our exciting bar area, we feature the desert's best Happy Hour – all-day, all-night, 12-hours long!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Lulu California Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
214 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (129)hot spot (118)neighborhood gem (105)good for groups (100)vibrant bar scene (92)great for lunch (89)great for brunch (88)special occasion (65)fit for foodies (63)kid-friendly (36)scenic view (35)romantic (24)late-night find (23)notable wine list (10)Show More
  • Good and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Friendly, fun atmosphere, good food. Eggplant, wedge salad, penne, vichysoisse all good. Waiter was helpful, attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okijua
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Our experience was nice overall, and the service was great, but the food was very bland and not good at all. Everything we ordered was mediocre. It reminded me of a step up from hospital food. The crowd is older but the ambiance is nice, if you don't mind paying a lot for bland food and that's what you like, then I totally recommend this place!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Somewhat lacking
    McaBeam
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We enjoyed some things about Lulu, but the food was only so-so. One of us had the ribs, which were very meaty and quite tasty. Your version of a Caesar Salad may be trendy in presentation, but give me a traditional Caesar any day. My husband had the meatloaf, which was pretty bland and too dense. The vegetables were the worst -- barely cooked and hard to eat. If we go back, it won't be often.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Service was spotty....Too few waiters for lots of diners..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    LolaVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Requested a booth when the reservation was made and we received a booth. There were 5 of us and we each raved about our dinners. The desserts were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 Course bargain by slow service
    Rx2diveVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Good selection for the $19.99 3 course dinner, nice wines but tonight's service was very slow. Getting drink refills was a chore. Much better experiences in past.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    TheColonelVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I always love dinning here, they offer a fantastic prie fixe menu that is very worthwhile. I highly recommend this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite PS destination
    Billme
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I hope to visit Lulu's every time I visit Palm Springs. The food and service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lu-Liscious!
    greatfood13
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    LuLu's was a meeting spot to catch up with friends. Had a great time and food didn't dissappoint. Darryl (I think was our waiters name?) was great and he was always right there when we needed him ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Once again great dinner at Lulu's. Everything was prepared to order, great service. Had a wonderful time dining on the patio. Highly recommend Lulu's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually a favorite, but a bad night?
    DJofSJ
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Previous experiences at Lulu were very good. However on this occasion my chicken breast was way overcooked, leathery and tepid upon being served. Pasta overcooked with a gooey sauce like cornstarch had been added. What's more, in the area where we were sitting was extremely cold with the air conditioner blowing so hard, my napkin was blowing like a flag in the wind when I held it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right on the strip
    jbradbVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    A perfect spot to enjoy the street activity of downtown Palm Springs with very good food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Energetic!
    1finedine
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    LuLu's was a very energetiic hot spot in a really convenient location. The food was amazing and the prices were really great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    hendo
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Greart experience,location and food, as always.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to bring tourists
    dbeckes
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    When you don't know the (dis)likes of tourists in town for the night, the broad menu and reasonable prices at Lulu make this a great option. Also, the vibrant "scene" can be a treat for out of town guests. The food from the huge menu is dependable and good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good as usual
    ArtnJoeVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I always enjoy taking guest to Lulu, I always come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    food and service was excellent, our server Daniel was outstanding, will definitely be back and recommend it to friends and family, sunday brunch very good and very affordable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Diner food at Bistro prices. But ambiance, service, and drinks are very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great outdoor sitting!!!
    Joopie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We sat in one of the cabanas, reserve one if you can we got lucky and they weren't busy. The outdoor fire place made the evening every romantic, specialty drinks and food was very good !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    food was excellent. Service fantastic. Upstairs seating best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place
    Darkeyes81
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I love this place! My third time coming here and the food has been great with each visit! I highly recommend it for people who are from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • christianVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Nice lunch alternative in the heart of Palm Springs. They offer a nice selection of lunch alternatives and the food was good and reasonably priced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    HikeCa
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We have a friend that comes in from out of town often and always wants to go to Lulu's. Its a great place to sit and people watch and the food never disappoints. We are locals and go there as often as we can. Doesn't matter if its ordering off of the bar menu or sitting at a table inside its always an enjoyable night out.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointment
    nmakia1
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant is the decor and outdoor seating. Our food arrived cold and it took forever for them to bring the refired entrees. Plus, once our lobster ravioli in tomato cream sauce arrived, it wasn't anything special and was not worth the wait. On top of that, the service wasn't very good either. Our server was polite but very slow and he didn't seem very concerned about our table. We had to ask for everything, bread more water, and we had to take dinnerware from another table because the waiter never came by to check on us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good overall, menu had good choices and specials were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Relaxing and Fine Evening
    PleasantlyPleased
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The last time we were in Palm Springs, we dined at Lulu's and were more than pleased. This time we again dined there and, after making a reservation, we looked forward to it. We were not disappointed. Our meals were delicious (salmon and meat loaf); the drinks were exceptional and the service left nothing to be desired - it was outstanding! The last time, I had the best Negroni that I have ever had; this time, I can say the same thing about my Manhattan! While it was crowded, we never felt "crowded" ourselves - there was ample room for our own private conversation without worrying about someone overhearing. Did I mention your "Happy Hour" bar prices? 10 AM to closing - WOW! The drinks are memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The restaurant was way too loud. Each table tried to talk louder than the next. Food was just ok. However, been there before & the experience was much better. We will give Lulu another try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    madtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Cool ambiance and location don't make up for mediocre minus food. In our group of four (all having a different dish) no one thought their meal was very good. I have no idea how they got all the accolades and good reviews that are on the wall. By far my worst meal in PS during a week long stay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the wait
    smsgVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I tried to get into LuLu's last year, and the lines were around the corner. we were able to get in last weekend. Were there at 11, and were able to order breakfast, which is what I wanted. They happily scrambled my omelette with spinach, mushrooms and goat cheese. The side of bacon was thick and cooked to perfection. Would have liked the Bloody Mary to be a tad spicier, but it was good nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hip restaurant w/great menu
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    LuLu is a new place with a really good variety of selections on its menu. All items we had seemed fresh. They didn't seem to skimp---the seafood chowder was chock full of seafood. Try this place out! You'll be pleased that you did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DesertVisitor
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great dining experience. We made an Open Table reservation on a Friday night, and arrived on time, and the table was waiting for us. No wait, despite the fact that there were several people waiting. Nice that Lulu honors a reservation. The Three Course dinner is a great value, and the choices were abundant, and the food GREAT. The wait staff was taxed, as it was busy, they there were all pleasant and polite and the service was very good. I highly recommend Lulu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lulu quite enjoyable!
    RumiVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed our annual trip to Palm Springs and made sure to fit in a dinner at Lulu California Bistro! It's always a vibrant atmosphere and the food is quite good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 36 Wedding anniversary
    RookieCooker
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    You made our anniversary so special by coordinating with the florist and having the beautiful Rose bouquet waiting at the table. We were comfortable and in love and it felt like everyone that approached our table was joining in on our celebration of 36th years! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner - the pork chops were outstanding and dessert was perfect - lit candle and all! Thank you for the warm hospitality - our waiter was charming and the wait staff was attentive. We will never forget our 36th anniversary because we spent a wonderful evening at LuLu's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Yearroundresident
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    LuLu is our go to restaurant in downtown Palm Springs. The staff is always friendly and the food is an excellent value. The only downside is that the service is slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great place
    NolandVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Love Lulu it never fails me. Our group of four had all been before but several had not had the filet and really enjoyed it. The flourless choc cake the boom!!!! Love it.
    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 LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for the Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is a festive place, but go for the $19.99 three-course menu. Although it has a hip & swanky feel, the food is less than great - kind of bland (sauces that are too tart, green beans that are undercooked, etc.). The service is a little off too (timing is bad, no replenishing the bread supply, pushy on the pre-dinner cocktails, etc.). It works since you're paying a cheap price for the fixed menu, but not worth a cent more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vacation dining
    scrippsmama
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    stopped by this hip joint while vacationing with another family. we had 4 adults, 4 children, and a dog. they accommodated us, put up with us all like we were the norm. good people watching and great menu for adults and kids alike, where you don't have to choose from the normal chicken fingers and burgers at most kid-friendly joints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday, but not for brunch.
    JCCLACAVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went for a late breakfast on Sunday, but didn't want the full brunch, too much food for us that day. The non brunch menu was very limited for breakfast items, one omelette (spinach and mushroom). The omelette was tasty. No toast available, but said they would bring a roll, it never arrived. The tomato slice was pale and so close to the end of the tomato the center was green and hard. It should never have been put on the plate. I had the Santa Fe Panini, the flavor was good, but the pork was dry, the spicy mayo with it was very good. The bus boy was excellent with filling water and iced tea. We've enjoyed the brunch here in the past. If you're going on Sunday it is best to order brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • convenient and good
    louweeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We visit Palm Springs at least twice a year and Lulu's is our go to brunch/lunch spot. It's centrally located and because it's a large venue with many tables, we can always get it. The menu is extensive and there's always something to suit everyone in the party - from picky kids to foodie adults. They're always gracious with our two young kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Retro feel with good meal options
    FAIR2proprietorsANDdiners
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Very open, seated out on the patio to enjoy our dining with our miniature Dachshund. Though busy, we were seated right away. I had the chicken skewer, with pineapple and mango appetizer, along with a side of asparagus for my meal. Cute presentation, moist chicken, and very tasty with the grilled fruit. Another had crab cakes she said were good, definitely more crab than cake. :) Other guests were generally pleased. Drinks were kept full, waiter was generally attentive, friendly and made split checks without a problem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate