Lulu California Bistro
Lulu California Bistro

Lulu California Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lulupalmsprings.com/
  • Phone: 7603275858
  • 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
202 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (114)hot spot (113)neighborhood gem (100)good for groups (99)great for brunch (93)vibrant bar scene (92)great for lunch (91)special occasion (67)fit for foodies (53)scenic view (32)kid-friendly (29)late-night find (27)romantic (27)notable wine list (11)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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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
  • refreshing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    A great local find with fresh food and atmosphere. I will be there the next time I visit Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was prepared very well.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Waiter made me regret my reservation . everyone at the table clearly was upset after he was openly disrespectful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • no good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service was great - friendly an efficient. The food however was terrible. Traditional eggs benedict came out so dried up it was close to inedible. Hollandaise sauce was dried up and shriveled on the egg. I don't know if it was sitting under a heat lamp for a long time, or just poorly prepared. Probably both. I NEVER send food back - and almost sent this back, but I liked my server and didn't want to make him feel bad
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MiraVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very nice looking place. Enjoyed being there. Good service and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • palmsprings
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been here several times, but never get great seating. We always get put way up high or in an obscure place when we look around and see booths or better seating available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun dining Gr8 to people watch!
    HMQSGB
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Love this place and have dined here twice on this trip -Always good to people watch between courses Food is good, SoCal faiyre LOve the scallops entree salads and beef skewers As for the floating island dessert - epitome of camp!! Cocktails not the best tasted Service always spot on from other server and table staff Never had a bad dining experience here Love it Tip try to request a booth, gr8 spot to see and be seen!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday thank you lulu
    Ddawursk
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great birthday nice comfortable and romantic as well good food thank you Michael our server for taking care of us
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    Stan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Brunch was great! Excellent menu and enough choices for everyone. The food was fresh and hot and served as described. It is a definite repeat on my next trip to Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beware The Mac and Cheese
    Fonebrew
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First off, we had a very nice server. However, it was obvious he had too many tables. We ordered two cocktails. One arrived twenty minutes later with my soup. The other arrived ten minutes after that. I had a caeser salad with fresh salmon and it was delicious. I also ordered a side of mac and cheese. This was absolutely the worst mac and cheese I have ever had. It wasn't even baked. They boiled some tube pasta and then poured some thin milk cheese sauce on it. This was bland, had absolutely no flavor. There was so little cheese in it, it had no salt flavor. If I was the owner of this establishment, I would speak to the chef about a new recipe that is baked with several kinds of cheese in it. I would never serve this again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a dull moment
    HMQSGB
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Always our 1stop when we arrive in Palm Springs Says it all! It's a fun place to people watch from the high point of a booth Gr8place T&R people watch between courses Service is always efficient friendly The menu is good SoCal fayre Reasonably priced cocktails and a reasonable wine list Love the floating island dessert So camp! Usually make a second trip to lulus possibly a 3rd Says it all!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TonyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As always Lulu was great. There was 12 people and over all were very happy with all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PLESANT TIME AT LULU'S
    lulufilet
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Scott and Chandler made our dining experience most pleasant. The food was incredibly tasty and satisfied our palates. All in all we had an exceptional dining experience at LuLu's and hope to come back soon when we once again visit Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Showcase
    0Oscar
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had a Friend from London visiting. We met. He loved the location,food,vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lulus bistro
    jillVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    always enjoyable....especially for a nice group...had fun, food good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great choice
    KayKVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This restaurant is consistently wonderful. The food is very tasty, the service excellent, and I love the layout of the restaurant. Often I sit on the patio and enjoy people watching, but during the summer it is far preferable to be inside. a real delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Fun2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was terrible and overpriced. The eggplant parmagean was over cooked, the Caesar salad had old yellow lettuce and the pear salad had only one type of lettuce with very little else in it. I would not go back to Lulu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as hoped
    Cindy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was quite slow and the food was just alright. The portions were well sized and there were several specials to choose from. But the wait staff was basically inattentive and we had to constantly flag someone down to make a request for more water or bread. It took about ten minutes after we were seated for anyone to come to our table. Not sure if I would try this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food, service and ambiance were all great. been here many times before and have always enjoyed being taken care of so well. Thank you LuLu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually good service
    MarcassoVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We usually get great service here. The food is always great and I will go back to this place, just hope I don't get the snooty waiter again. We were on the patio. He doesn't even look at you when you're ordering. He's looking out to the street or in the air. Try and get his attention for a refill....or the bill...good luck. I've been here many times and this was the first time I've had this waiter. All the others are very attentive. Two of my friends have had him before and had the same problem. But don't let this sway you from patronizing this place...it's great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellence
    LuvLulus74144
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As always, Lulus is a great place to meet friends and family. Food is excellent, prices same. Strategically situated to allow for " people watching " Perfect spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, 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.
  • dinner
    RuthlasVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As usual, we pre ordered a booth with a view. We were not disapointed with the drinks, food or service! Our waiter JR was ON IT !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisiest Ever
    JimmyGee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food and service were excellent, as usual, but the noise level was so intense we (a party of four) couldn't hear each other unless we shouted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Obie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I did not give the restaurant 5 stars because of an incident that happened with the hostess. We checked in a few minutes before 6 with the hostess. There were a few other couples waiting and she told us to wait a minute. Well, 4 other parties without reservations walked in. One with 4 people like us and another with 5 people. Bothe parties were seated before us. When I brought this to the attention of the hostess, she acted rather "snotty" and still did not sit us for another 5 minutes. There was plenty of seating upstairs and there was no reason for her to have made us wait over 15 minutes to be seated, especially when we had reservations. I only wish I could have gotten her name as everyone else there was very pleasant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Rare Off Night
    sagewoodVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have been here dozens of times for dinner. It is usually spot on. Good service, Good Food, Great Atmosphere. Tonight, there must have been new kitchen staff that was not paying very good attention. The salads, normally excellent, looked like they had been flung on the plate, and had minimal dressing. A huge pork chop that we have ordered often is usually served with some nicely sauteed apples and a hint of maple glaze. Always wonderful. Until tonight. What we were served was drowned in syrup, and no apples in sight. Vegetables were excellent. Also ordered Barbecued Ribs. Quite disappointed both in quantity and quality. Something was off tonight. I really hope this is the exception. Been here so many times, and it is great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MY SPOT WHEN I VISIT PALM SPRINGS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    LOVE IT LOVE IT AND I LOVE IT. GREAT FOOD - SERVICE AND GREAT PRICES
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh, what a night...
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    All going beautifully when one of our guests became ill...unrelated to the restaurant and meal. Staff were OUTSTANDING and 911 arrived within two minutes!! Just ANOTHER reason to LOVE this place!! All ended well...will be back at Tropicale again and again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joe
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This place has a good fun vibe. They have the best gluten free menu I have ever seen and cater to people with food issues. The staff is very helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lulu's for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent food per usual. Service a little slower than usual but still good. I dine at Lulu's frequently due to friendly staff and awesome food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good - Usually not great
    SNAFlyBoy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Lulu is a perfect location to enjoy the energy of downtown Palm Springs. I always take my out of town friends there. The $19.95 three course dinner is a great value, but the food is generally average. The one item that is consistently "stand out" is the pork chop. The wait staff is always pleasant, and usually fairly prompt. They could certainly benefit from some training to avoid the "food auction" when delivering the food. Any good restaurant staff should know who gets what without having to "auction" the food to find out who gets each plate. I will continue to patronize this restaurant, but hope they can step it up a notch to insure a long and successful future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate