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
210 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (119)great for outdoor dining (111)good for groups (96)neighborhood gem (91)vibrant bar scene (91)great for brunch (88)great for lunch (85)special occasion (75)fit for foodies (58)scenic view (35)romantic (33)kid-friendly (28)late-night find (28)notable wine list (15)Show More
  • Never a dull moment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tony
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    KayK
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • Great Breakfast!
    markVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went here on a recommendation for breakfast. It was excellent. Lots of options, the standards, and some variety (e.g. crepes), and all of the food was excellent. It was so good that we returned the next day again for breakfast. The service was good - very friendly and pleasant atmosphere. Great patio. Good cocktails. Go and enjoy! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit let down
    zozobra
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had eaten at Lulu's about three years ago and really loved it. It seems like the kitchen isn't up to their previous standards. We ate with a party of six and no one was really pleased with their dinner. I had the three courses for $19. Dinner, which was a great price. The mushroom soup that started the meal was amazing, the pasta course was just bad, a huge glob of cheese. Don't think we will be rushing back. Maybe for mushroom soup.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable!
    drrobdc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Did not know what to expect. The service was wonderful. The food was very good. We had a wonderful time and look forward to another vst.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal here
    MarcassoVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've never had a bad meal or service here. I can always expect great food and the waiters are all so nice and very efficient. Making the reservation on open table always assures I get right in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HaluebVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We were at this restaurant shortly after they opened and we ended up leaving before we ordered. We bit the bullet and went back and they have fixed all the issues and we had a great evening. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was expecting a lot more of my food and experienced based on what I read on Yelp. I felt all the dishes we had was missing something. It was just okay.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of Attitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Left waiting at the front despite a reservayion then waiting long enough at the table that we finally grabbed bus person and asked if we actually had a waiter. The service here was not good. The atmosphere was pretentious but the quality of food was quite good so maybe this was a bad night. One more try is called for.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summer is not as busy
    DannyC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We always love visiting LuLu whenever we come to use our vacation home in Palm Springs. We had a reservation and were given a nice booth for our party of 4. We did arrive about 15 minutes early and that may be why our server was a little slow on the draw. The runner was there with water right away, but we had to wait a good 15 minutes to place our drink and appetizer order. This became irritating especially when we observed other parties being seated with their respective serves and served drinks before our server even arrived at our table. We certainly understand when a server may be overloaded, but just a quick acknowledgement usually will do the trick. Food was outstanding and once the server found his groove, the evening was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a fun time at LULU's
    CCTim
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Love meeting for lunch at Lulu's...food, service and value are always tops!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all delish at Lulu
    socalfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My teen and I dined at Lulu this week--not our first time and definitely not our last. We love to dine at Lulu when we visit the Palm Springs street fair and especially love the outdoor patio for entertainment and people watching. Using Open Table to book our reservation ensured that our table was available on time, and next to the misters, as we requested. The menu is varied and each time we have found our entrees to be quite tasty. My daughter's favorite is the chilled vichyssoise and for dessert, the decadent flourless chocolate cake. I enjoy the seafood and salad entrees, and the fresh hot rolls are a nice touch. Service was excellent and our waiter kept the iced-tea glasses full, on a hot summer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice looking but 1980s menu
    EmsyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Nice looking restaurant, fantastic orange juice but that is far as we went. If you are looking for an outdated menu this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worse every time we go!
    Steve
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have dined at LuLu many time, right from when they opened. The food is consistently OK, not great. It's like a factory, the servers are not very personable and you always feel rushed and pushed to give up your table. It's VERY touristy! As part time residents, we are going to stop coming here, it's best for out of towners who think it's a cool place. The other issue lately are bacholerette parties, groups of women, often 5-6 different ones at once. They get drunk and loud and can ruin the dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lulu is SoSo
    Vegastraveler
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food is banquet style with plates prepared in advance and kept under heating source till served- plates are extremely hot. Price fix option is a good deal if you don't mind the banquet style serving... Restaurant is popular and pretty to look at, but unfortunately for LuLu, this beauty is only skin deep....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love coming here
    MarcassoVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We used Open Table at the last minute and walked right it and they sat us down ahead of lots of other people who were there with no reservations. Thank you! The food was great as always as was the service. Never had a bad experience at this wonderful gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Administrator
    Shaggy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Service was extremely slow. We rarely saw Jessica, our waitress. I didn't have salad dressing on my mised greens and couldn't get the waitress. Also unappetizing to see our waitress fill the paper goods in the restroom while she was still serving us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We LOVE going to Lulu's. We go every time we are in town. They never disappoint. Our food was great and the servers are very attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    Bubba
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I came here with a group of 8 and overall the food and ambiance were great. We were seated in a timely manner and our waiter greeted us soon after being seated as well. The service was poor! Our waiter took half of our groups drink orders before leaving, the food took a long time, and our plates weren't cleared! Our plates had to have sat 20 minutes before being picked up. In addition, I went to the bar to get a special drink ordered for a friend at the table. The bartender charged twice and then served the drink to us at the bar. We reminded him we ordered it to be delivered to the table. He argued with us then as we started to take it to the table ourselves, told us we couldnt! We canceled our entire order and spoke with the manager.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    evie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is pretty fair/good. The service we had was very poor. The server was not attentive and she would forget our requests and took more than 30 mins to come take our order. The management team was awful as well. apologized for the poor service but made excuses for everything. Not good service at all, but if you don't mind waiting long for your food, then the food is pretty good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bar great, food so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I always like to go to a restaurant more than once before solidifying my opinion about them. This was the second time I went to LuLu's in a group of 4. So I've tasted at least 8 items on the menu and we all agreed that the food is average. We sat upstairs for dinner and the staff was constantly moving tables and chairs around us both times. If you are on a budget or in a group, the Prix-fixe menu is cost effective, but again, the food is average at best. On a positive note: the Bar was fun, had better prices than the restaurant, and great service. If I go back again I would either stay in the bar or wait for a table outside. It is located in a very good spot in Downtown and walking distance to many sites, attractions and hotels.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were in town celebrating our anniversary. The food was terrific, but the service not so much :( Our server kept forgetting about us. I am not one to complain, but we were neglected and may have ordered more. I spoke to the manager (Francisco) and he apologized saying there was no excuse for what happened....he actually gave us 20% off our check. I would recommend Lulu's for sure for the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Palm Springs find!
    Elf13
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good food and great service. Fun atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.