Outstanding dining experience
Outstanding dining experience by every measure....food quality, preparation, presentation, service, ambiance.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
HIGHLITE OF OUR TRIP
We planned to have our last meal in Palm Springs at Le Vallauris, which is now our favorite restaurant. Patrice, the quintessential maitre d', came by our table between courses to see how we were doing. Our waiter, Carlos, couldn't have been more courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The menu is quite extensive and diverse...something for everyone. Service was impeccable and unobtrusive. Our meals were delicious: the white fish and the special grouper. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we lingered over a couple after dinner drinks. A lovely piano player was in the bar. We took advantage of that to dance between courses. Only half the men wore jackets (no ties); the dress was generally smart casual. Overall, a wonderful dining experience!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our dining experience...
We enjoyed our dining experience... was worth the price.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A true treasure of Palm Springs. The food, service and ambience is always great. One suggestion - it would be good to allow those that arrive early in the evening, prior to 90% of the other guests, to have some preference in seating. This is our second time where the restaurant was 90% empty and we were given a less than desirable table. Not a good situation when you are there to have an enjoyable evening and spend money.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the most beautiful
One of the most beautiful restaurants I've visited in some time. The dining room is nice, but a little staid. However, the outdoor patio where we sat was perfection, especially on a warm (but not too warm) Palm Springs night. Food was very good. Not outstanding, but very good. And the service was spot-on and polite. Definitely plan on going back!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old charm and class
Recalls old times when a charming gentelman who is the owner took care of guests personally. Great food , spectacular location . The service was on the slow side...
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Sunday Brunch
Whenever I am in Palm Springs I always try to do Sunday Brunch at Le Vallauris. It is a must do experience!
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our reservations were for 5:30, as you walk in you are met by the Maître d' who graciously welcomes you. Beautiful setting, white linen topped tables shaded by large trees in a beautiful dinning patio
Service could not be better.....never felt rushed yet they always seemed to anticipate our next need. Very attentive throughout the evening. Dinner war exquisite .....started with a chilled soup, perfect on a hot evening. One was a baby split pea in cream the other was a tomato-avocado soup. Excellent! The menu large with many great choices. Two had the crispy duck with cherry sauce, one rack of lamb and the other seared beef. Have never had a better prepared or presentation of a meal.
Give it "8 stars" if I could,
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Restaurant in the Desert
Le Vallauris never disappoints! Save your pennies and have a wonderful evening under the stars in one of the most romantic patio dining spaces in southern California. The French cuisine, service and environment all flow together at this elegant restaurant in the heart of Palm Springs.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were sitting in the lovely
We were sitting in the lovely courtyard on a hot summer evening. Cooling kept it very comfortable. The menu was impressive. We all chose the three course summer special menu which had several appealing options. Every single dish was perfectly done. The service was excellent. The wine list was focused pricey areas and producers with substantial mark-ups.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the perfectly prepared food, the uber professional waitstaff, and the delightful greeting every table personally, it was a memorable experience we look forward to returning to.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lovely classic amid PS kitsch
Solid old-school French/Californian cuisine. Much more elegant than the tacky/kitschy restaurants that appear to be the norm. Yet the vibe was warm and friendly, especially for the tables of locals that seemed to be old friends with the staff. As a first-time visitor, I found the service to be competent and polite. I was a bit surprised that they didn't bring out an aperitif or a special dessert or waive the $35 corkage for our special bottle we brought or anything even though they knew we were celebrating an anniversary, but not a problem. Food was not inventive, but fresh and well prepared. We had a lovely evening.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was amazing and lived up to expectation from prior visits. Thanks for a wonderful meal.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wedding going on was distracting
Wedding going on was distracting and we were given a table facing it, basically on the edge of the hall, even though there were many others available. I had heard about a great atmosphere. I did not experience that.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Le Vallauris is one of those old school, high end dining experiences. The waiters are in tuxedos, the owner, Paul, makes a point of welcoming each diner every night, and the menu choices are classic, French and Continental cuisine. They have an amazing outdoor patio with huge ficus trees that make a beautiful canopy overhead. The service is also fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is a seriously good restaurant
It is a seriously good restaurant : food was simply delicious, very nice setting and nice music. Very romantic. We had a good time and will certainly come back when we are in Palm Springs.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
For all the years I have come to Le Vallauris when I am in Palm Springs, I am reminded how really great it is everytime. ALL aspects are covered with A+ ratings. From surroundings to food to service. Best of the Best!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Palm Springs
We've been coming to the Palm Springs area for over ten years now and how we missed coming to Le Vallauris on previous trips is beyond me. This is by far the best restaurant anywhere in the greater Palm Springs area. Best food, best service and a beautiful atmosphere, especially when dining under the stars. While on the expensive side (easily $100 per person), it was worth very penny. Can't wait to come back on our next trip.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food, Service, & Ambiance
My wife and I enjoyed the delectable Prix Fixe menu of the month with the wine pairings. The food, service, and setting reminded us of our enjoyable dinners in Europe. From the Amuse Bouche to the Dessert all of the food items were well prepared, presented, and very tasteful. The waiters were very attentive yet discreet and friendly conversationalists on the food details. Our table was in the courtyard (highly recommended) and it was a beautiful setting beneath a tree. In fact, it was mentioned that the owner originally planted the trees first some 40+ years ago and then built the restaurant around the trees. A fabulous setting. For a very nice and romantic dinner evening I heartily recommend this restaurant.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
WOW! One of the best places to dine in Palm Springs! It's the place to go for the best dining and food experience! Great value, excellent service and so much more!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great what I would call traditional
Great what I would call traditional french cooking. Attentive staff and friendly owner.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A top choice
First time in Palm Springs and saw good reviews for this restaurant and thought I would take a chance. Glad I did, food was excellent, atmosphere was perfect and the servise staff was awesome. Would definitely recommend to anybody who needs a place for a special event or just for a romantic night out.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food meets great service
The chic and quality of the restaurant did not hinder its comfort. Add to that the fabulous menu composed of many French favorites, some with a pleasant and surprising twist, and we have found possibly our favorite restaurant in Palm Springs. I want to emphasize the service; Very rarely these days are you served by such an attentive staff who understands how to be present and on top of things, while being able to let you enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and food ... i.e. does not grab a plate off of the table while one or more are still eating, but rather will wait for everyone to be done to ready for the next course. What a difference little details as such will make to the overall dinning experience.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This very special place defies words. It is charming, elegant but casual and the food is exquisite. Service is amazing and the champagne and wine list are top notch. As the title says, this restaurant is PERFECTION.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
A little on the expensive side, but so worth it if you have the cash. Service was top notch and the owner even stopped by our table to make sure everything was to our liking. Don't see that too often anymore. My wife had the crispy duck and I had the beef tenderloin. Both were perfect. Sat outside on the patio. Nice end to a relaxing day at the pool.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Le Vallauris has inaugurated its 40th year in Palm Springs. This restaurant has it all -- great food, romantic environment, outstanding service and lovely entertainment. The central patio dining area is magical and sets the tone of a wonderful evening. You will not find a better dining experience anywhere in the Coachella Valley. Le Vallauris has it all. The restaurant's charm and attention to every detail is due in large part to the owner who personally visits each table and sees to it that everyone has an enjoyable experience.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food gets better every time. The escargot is beyond great. One of the few places I find where spending $150+ per person is worth every penny of the money spent.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful food and service
traditional french food with out being stuffy beautifully served delicious food and friendly service truly a wonderful experience dining in this Palm Springs gem
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am never disappointed when
I am never disappointed when I come to La Vallauris. There is nothing about it that is not gracious. I have never had anything on the menu that is not excellent, the service is excellent. The owners to out of their way to make you feel welcome by come to your table and engaging you. Sitting outside is magical to top it all off. It is one of my favorite places to bring special people or celebrate a special day.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent french and french-inspired dining with exceptional service, attention, ambiance. Always a winner.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect anniversary dinner!
We found this lovely oasis in Palm Springs through Trip Adviser and were very pleased with everything. From the moment we walked through the door, we were treated well, food was delicious, and the ambience exceptional. A great place for a special occasion, indeed, for any occasion!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had hoped for more
Having read all fantastic reviews, our expectations were very high. And frankly, we were a bit disappointed.
The service and the winelist was fantastic. The owner, the Maitre D' and several waiters took care of us like kings. However the good was slightly below the standard expected. It was good, don't take me wrong, but it wasn't great. We felt that it could do with a bit of modernizing. For instance, the duck liver creme brule would have been even better cold instead of warm. And the wonderful bread it was served with could have been made into thin,thin slizes and toasted to crunch, instead of the rather large chunks.
They have the history,the ambience and the produce to make this an even better restaurant.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an incredible restaurant.
What an incredible restaurant. We ate outside on a beautiful desert night in one of the most picturesque settings I've ever seen for a restaurant. It truly made the evening special. The service and food were both exceptional and the ambiance took you back to a time when dining in a fine restaurant really was a special event. It was the first time I've ever eaten there but it certainly won't be the last.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
See my review on TripAdvisor. Excellent! Outstanding! Accomplished! Distinguished! Exceptional! Exemplary! Exquisite!
If you enjoy eating, go here. If you eat because it is biological, go elsewhere!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the best anywhere, not just in Palm Springs. Lovely outside patio which adds to the pleasure of the servie. Food is great as well.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of Palm Spring's best
The food is excellent and the outdoor dining patio may be the most beautiful in Palm Springs.
Professional service, but not too formal. Entrees are a bit pricey, but the overall experience is well worth it.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had the greatest experience there!!!!! Delicious food and great service!!!! Big portions for French restaurant.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The team at Le Vallauris is great! Thanks Willy!
Owner came and greated our table.
They helped with all the glassware for our side-by-side wine tastings.
Accommodated us when the music was too loud by our table.
And the food was amazing! Steak temp was perfect! Incredible French cuisine!
A perfect meal! Thank you!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gourmet Dining in Palm Springs
It's always a pleasure to eat at Le Vallauris. The food as well as the service are the best.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have loved this restaurant for years! The outdoor ambience is the best bar none. The trees are all aglow with uplights and very romantic. It is clearly a restaurant for special occasions and can be pricey but worth the money for sure! Wonderful food, great service that makes any occasion special.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor seating for a group of 12! Service/Food AMAZING!!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious French food, attentive
Delicious French food, attentive friendly service and a beautiful courtyard to eat it in under the the stars.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent from start to finish...
This is not our first time and as always the food is outstanding, service is great and ambience is warmed with beautiful dining music! Will be back for sure! My recommendation: the tuna tartare and the lobster ravioli are supreme. And to top it all, the chocolate souffle. I will be dreaming of those until my next visit to Le Vallauris. And the owner is a real gentlemen. And merci Olivier for the great service.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classy, old-school Palm Springs
Classy, old-school Palm Springs restaurant, which is the way I like it. The food on this visit was exceptional. There are also some excellent wine choices, though the overall selection is kinda weak given the caliber of the cuisine. Service is always very gracious, although on this night, our server seemed kinda out of it, and not terribly attentive.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always elegant with superb
Always elegant with superb food and service. The most lovely setting in Southern California.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
You will not find a prettier outdoor setting than this restaurant.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I went to this restaurant for a special combined Thanksgiving/Birthday dinner as it was my wife's birthday and we had decided to spend her birthday weekend in Palm Springs.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Late night dinner
We attended the Follies and wanted a restaurant that was close to the theater, yet upscale. Was not disappointed! The service, food, ambience was excellent, especially for late night dining. Will make it a regular stop while in PS.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
perfect 4 romantic dining as veggie
i am a vegetarian and came to palm springs to celebrate my birthday. LV had a special vegetarian entrée. it had some fantastically prepared fennel, yummy broiled tomato, and a warm corn little souffle thing. i cleaned my plate!
My BF got the prix fix meal, with lamb. he said it was excellent as well. for dessert, i ordered the grand marnier souffle, which was kind of old school, but still really yummy. our service was excellent.
the only odd note was that we ordered cocktails first. coming from the Bay Area, the cocktails were no where close to the quality of fresh flavors we are used to. And the cocktails were REALLY REALLY strong.
Other than that, vallarian had a lovely setting, delicious food with nice veggie choices.
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Could have been perfect
We loved most things about Le Vallauris. However, we had called the restaurant several times to make notes of the need for gluten-free dining (and this is not just a diet or fad thing, this is for someone with Celiac Disease.) The restaurant assured us that they could accommodate our request. However, they didn't. They made effort to "pretend" that they were serving gf food but really didn't and my friend paid the price. From simple things like not removing a bread crouton from an amuse bouche, to undoubtedly using regular flour in the sauces and soups, this restaurant has a ways to go before they can claim that they can fully accommodate a gluten-free diet.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM