The Tropicale
The Tropicale

The Tropicale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thetropicale.com/
  • Phone: 7608661952x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Saturday and Sunday Patio Brunch: 11:am to 4:pm; Daily Happy Hour (Bar and Lounge) 4:pm-7:pm, All night long Happy Hour (Bar and Lounge) Wednesday night; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm. On Sundays nights we offer our dinner menu and also feature the best Sushi in town.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tony Di Lembo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Order wonderful Tropicale creations for any occasion. Call, place an order and we will have it ready for pick up. If you'd like to bring in your own special platters we can plate your choice of food and have them ready whenever you'd like.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Ranz Wienert 3238239632x
  • Entertainment: Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.
  • Special Events: Open 365 days a year. Holiday special menus offered. Please call the restaurant to inquire.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Encilia
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Private parking is available in the back of the restaurant. There is also parking available in the Casino lot across the street as well as plenty of street parking.
A word from The Tropicale
A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive "world cuisine", a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts. The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed - an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Tropicale reviews from OpenTable diners
283 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (214)vibrant bar scene (172)hot spot (158)special occasion (150)neighborhood gem (131)fit for foodies (127)good for groups (116)romantic (93)great for brunch (75)late-night find (36)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (21)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Tropicale is Top Notch
    LprillVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My husband and I go to Palm Springs twice a year and dine primarily at Tropicale. We enjoy the ambiance, especially the option of eating outdoors or inside in a "club like" atmosphere. The menu is so varied that one night you can order pizza or sushi and the next night order an intricate entree. Besides the food being superior and consistent we are amazed at the service provided by Michael, a server who never fails to remember us. It is because of the service he provides that my husband and I never fail to have a wonderful evening at Tropicale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's always Fun
    Asianlover
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great Place to have a good meal and fun. The staff is particularly friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Dinner
    barrygoodman
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tropicale is the go to for consistent food, drinks and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place with great atmosphere
    Eliwaiter
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    went for my birthday, everything was great the food the prices and atmosphere but we lucked out on a nice waiter. Seemed so fake, would smile and then make a face when when walking away. Didn't seem to interested, irritated or tired but everyone else was very nice and helpful. There is a bar/ club next door also very nice and fun you should check it out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best so far...
    Wonderfulfun
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Palm Springs gem. Great food, atmosphere and service. (Mike Smith our waiter was wonderful) Crab salad, tuna tartar, fried chicken, calamari, pork chop were off the chart. Fabulous overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    disappointedps
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Why do es open table ask if you are celebrating and the restaurant doesn't acknowledge it? We wrote that we were celebrating an anniversary. Service was very slow and we had to ask for things multiple times. Won't be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Restaurant in Palm Beach
    ATSguy14
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The Tropicale has a great 1950's vibe to it. Very nice atmosphere both indoors and out. Food and drinks are excellent. Don't forget the daily happy hour from 4-7. Everyone comes here to have great food, drink and be with friends. You can feel it as soon as you enter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great experience
    RickyBVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Been here numerous times. Excellent - and strong - drinks. Food consistently terrific. Our wait, Sean, was attentive and always available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double birthdays AND Derrik Lewis!
    Jbtixman
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went there to celebrate two friends' birthdays, had a wonderful time and meal, plus we got to hear the Derrik Lewis duo on that Tuesday eve. A great place to celebrate with friends or for just a nice meal alone. It works for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing over priced food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We order $40 steak and $30 shrimp entres. We we very disappointed. Very salty and unimpressive if you are a foody.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Fun Place
    SaltlyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It is our 1st time in Palm Springs and I felt we really lucked out by booking dinner at Tropicale. We are seniors and usually like quiet good food restaurants, but we were on vacation. It was fun watching the lively dinners and the energy in the bar. We sat outside at a lovely table and had great food. It was by far the best food we had in our short stay in Palm Springs and it is a beautiful setting. And good service as well... Yes, even at 75 we would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderful experience! Will definitely be back. The Fiery Dragon Martini was amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I had the double pork chop which was delicious. I also had the onion tower which was excellent. The service was perfect. A very lovey dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Good Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Business associates, first timers, thought very highly of the service and the quality of the food. Beautiful space with good size booths and tables. Very much enjoyed the restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening out!
    MalM
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Recommended by locals, this was our favorite dining experience in the week we stayed in Palm Springs. Good food, fabulous patio on a lovely night. Festive atmosphere, but not noisy. Our server, Tammy! The best!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent like always ...
    willieg
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Never been disappointed. Request always granted...
    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, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sherry
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Always a favorite - fabulous fun food - love the appetizer sampler
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    WallyTS
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant consistently delivers excellent food, top notch service, in a very liveable decor, all at a decent price. The owners should be justly proud of The Tropicale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun festive spot.
    yumyum12
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ive been here a few times and it's fun with a tropical theme, hence the name. i would only caution the portions are very large so it's easy to over order and waste. I want to like the drinks here since it's so festive but so far, I'm always disappointed. they are sweet and i wish there were more natural ingredients so they were not as syrupy. it's a bit expensive but i don't mind that if I'm going to a touristy spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome !
    Joeymama
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The patio is always lively, fun with great ambience. The indoor setting is great for dinner party of 2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Island Atmosphere in the Desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant, apart from the very good menu, is the atmosphere. For a feeling of the tropics, request a patio table. You could easily be convinced you were dining in the islands.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place For Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The Tropicale had outstanding food. The meat ordered was tender and super tasty, such as the Pupu Plate. I recommend this place as a romantic dinner. Inside and outside dinning is nice; however, tables outside are very close together. It seems a very popular place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great!!
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    another perfect evening...nothing more to add except thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local finds
    AnnA
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were a group of 7 ladies who enjoyed the variety of food options that were all SO well done! Great ambience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • staff is what really makes it
    alanbillVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    From the hostesses to the bar tenders and servers, all make this an enjoyable experience. Although they handle a high volume of customers, it is a well oiled machine, while staff still take the time to have fun with you and provide personalized service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suprisingly Fresh Lounge
    doubledoc
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were searching for a nice restaurant within walking distance of our hotel and found The Tropicale hiding in an off street, not obviously marked as a hotspot. We were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and great drink menu. The food although good, wasn't excellent, with the Monkfish tough and overcooked, and the catfish appetizer tasting very "fishy". However, the bread was warm and fresh and the appetizers, including the lamb meatballs and coconut shrimp were good. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Poor Food
    1Grumpybear
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I took three friends to dinner here. The waiter was excellent. The prices seemed a little on the high side. One friend had to return his fried chicken as it was still raw in the center. I had the spaghetti with meatballs. The meatballs were very tough and the pasta poorly prepared. Strands of the pasta were stuck together where it had not been stirred properly when put into boiling water. One friend had the Thai chicken breast and his meal was fine. The third friend had Mulligatawny soup and it was over-spiced. Tropicale is extremely noisy. I would not go back again nor would I recommend it to friends. A category of other needs to be added above if you did not care for the restaurant at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    philee
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Last Sunday 4 of us went for brunch. The service was exellent. Food outstanding. I had the soft shell Crab Po Boy. It's so hard to find Soft Shell Crabs in the desert. It was fantastic! My husband had the charbroiled burger. He said it was the best he has ever had.
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite brunch spots
    Nodaybut2day
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Mike was our server and he was amazing. We were seated immediately they accommodated our seating request. Food was great and everyone we came into contact with were friendly. We have also had great dinners there and love people watching.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Backed up kitchen Slow service
    HMQSGB
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dined here many times but not and never on a Saturday All dining areas were in use and servers seemedd a little thin on the ground Simple apps - prawn cocktail and ahi tuna roll took 25mins to arrive, further 20+ mins before 2 Cobb salads came Md apologised and admitted the kitchen was backed up due to being overly busy - NOT OUR PROBLEM Price of 2glasses of wine deducted from the bill for the inconvenience Not the place for couples when it's busy hence, hit and miss service Bigger parties seemed to get better service (bigger tip??) Mid early week much quieter Back up water,bread and clean up staff are outstanding We like tropicale and will be back when next in town, but not over a weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night
    Jo619
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I wanted something special for my mother's 65th birthday but i also wasnt looking for a quiet and super sophisticated, fancy dining because I had a 14month old with us also. The Tropicale met beyond our expectations. We arrived 15minutes early and they sat us right away, with the highchair ready (A++). Everyone was kind and the service was really good! The restaurant itself was phenomenal, great lighting and awesome food! At first I thought its too fancy for my kid but its loud and energetic enough to where they can't hear her scream:) Definitely made our restaurant lists!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visit Won't Be The Last
    CannonCanAm
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had such a great time. Our sever, Ryan, was excellent. Really made us feel welcome. And the food was excellent. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uninspired food
    Nummyparty
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food here is lacking in flavor. $16.00 for an insipid Caesar salad is simply depressing. The Manhattans are delicious, though!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable food and service
    ScottG
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Among my favorite local eateries. Tropicale can be counted on to deliver good food and service consistently.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    palmspringssteve67275
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I love the menu here. Something for everyone! Can be a little pricey, but delicious. There are lots of less costly options as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jgs17
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    really glad we found this place while visiting Palm Springs! Went there for happy hour - liked it so much we came back the next night for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    NolandVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I enjoy Tropical, very much. This time was very much the same good food, good service and good energy. I can always count on it being a hit with out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Patio!
    JDSRPMVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good food! Nice Patio! Great Ambiance for Palm Springs! Lively and Fun! The Fans and Misters Make the Patio Perfectly Comfortable...even at 110 Degrees!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS GOOD
    RMEDVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We took visitors from No. Carolina and they had a wonderful experience (food, ambiance, service). We can always count on Tropicale to make our visitors welcome and go home singing the praises of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our "go to" place but
    JvdpdxVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Tropicale is our "go to" place when we want a good meal. The service is great and the food is good. Focus on the specials list in particular. The wine list is the one area that could use help. Like many restaurants they charge 2 or 3 times retail for a bottle. And their wines by the glass can cost as nearly as much as the entire bottle costs retail. And I wished they participated in Wine Vault's local program, which waives the corkage fee, for members. So when the time comes to take enjoy a great bottle of wine we head to Trio. Nonetheless Tropicale's ambience is terrific and we always have a good time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.