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The Tropicale
The Tropicale

The Tropicale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thetropicale.com
  • Phone: (760) 866-1952
  • 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, Contemporary American, International
  • 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 (323) 823-9632
  • Entertainment: Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We decided that we needed some place to go that would get us out of the summer heat, we found the perfect spot. The ambience was wonderful, the music was fantastic and the food was superb--great summer dishes--try Mrs Wong's Chicken Salad. Great"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Always accommodating and great for times with friends and family...NEVER disappointed in ANY way...great food, service and atmosphere - inside or out!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Even on a busy Saturday night, we were accomodated with pushing our reservation back 30 minutes (at the last minute), without any hastle from the reservationist. This place is a well oiled machine; from prompt seating, to order placement, to food fulfillment. Portion sizes are good. I got the Salmon, which was a nice size and perfectly cooked (if not a little over-salted). The crowd was mixed. Quite a good gay turnout, in groups both large and small. The table next to us was one of a bachelorette party (a bit roudy). Overall -- good. If go back, for sure!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have to say, I've always been a fan of Tropicale, but lately it seems to be going through a rough patch in the kitchen. The fried chicken salad was my favorite thing to order off the menu because it was so damn delicious - the fried chicken was crispy, hearty with a lil' bit of kick that made the combination with the mixed chopped greens and veggies so good. Obviously not healthy by any means, but the plate was an indulgent treat for our weekend getaways. The last three visits have proved to be a bit disappointing with a change in the salad - the chicken is smaller (only two instead of three pieces) and greasy without any flavoring in the batter. The chopped greens have been replaced by leafy mixed that also seems to be smaller."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Hello Sunday Sushi day!!! Of course the perfect choice for dinner with my sushi-loving daughter. Great indoor and outdoor ambiance. A classic Palm Springs eatery. Though we only sampled the sushi, everything else we saw served looked awesome! We will def put this in the regular rotation and be sure to bring our guests to Palm Springs here too."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The service and ambience of the Tropical was FANTASTIC!!!!! We were so impressed with our drinks and the sushi we ordered we could not stop talking about it for the next day. The Tropical was more than accommodating and we can't wait to dine there again. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had a party of four for dinner. Two selected their boneless fried chicken which our friends absolutely loved. I tried the sushi which was fresh, colorful and delicious. I would order the sushi again! Awesome. Another patron had a steak which they truly enjoyed. Everything was cooked to perfection. It was very hot outside, so we opted for indoor seating. The ambiance was relaxing, private and subdued. It was the perfect choice for a warm evening. The cocktails were normal fare, but arrived to surprise! We even ended up passing them around for taste testing they looked so fun to share. Our server was very attentive however not overly so by any means. We all agreed that we will make this a regular haunt on our list of favorites."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "One of our regular "go-to's" in Palm Springs. Consistently good. We had brunch for 12. Great day!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great server - tammy. She was fun and personable and got our order just right"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Tropicale is always enjoyable. The food is good, the scene is fun, and the patio is the best in the area. Never a bad experience. Any trip to Palm Springs is incomplete without an evening at Tropicale!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was the first time we ate at Tropicale. We heard good things from friends and decided to try it. Good variety of food, good service. Could easily make this a once or twice a month night out. Next time we'll have dinner before we go to a show at the Copa next door."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Love , love , love this place! Had so much fun! The food was really beautiful! We had the crab wedge, wow, nice splash of horseradish in the dressing. Firecracker shrimp were spicy and fresh. Caesar salad was very tasty and crisp. We also had the shrimp tacos, the shrimp were salad shrimp and soft, not a great texture , they could have been better, tasted as though they were thawed frozen shrimp tossed in a spice not really flavorful, maybe they should try a blacken shrimp they cook there. The six cookie dessert was Yummers! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Every time I visit the area I make it a point to stop at Tropicale. The dinner was amazing and the drinks are delicious. The waiters and staff always make it memorable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went with our dining out group (party of 9) and everyone reported that their food was excellent, plentiful. Drinks were refreshing, too. Definitely would come back again. I especially liked that I requested a round table and we got one. Perfect for our group."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Brought two newbies to Tropicale.......they loved it. The service......the food.......the cocktails. Food portions were good. Two of us brought food home for lunch tomorrow! The fried chicken is fantastic! Sit outside if you can, the misters will cool you off if it is too hot. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Calamari was tremendous! Outstanding service! Good drinks But the decor is very dated"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Always a terrific place - a little bit of Hawaii in the Desert"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Tropicale is our "go to" restaurant when we want a dinner with good ambiance, great (but not rushed) service, and outstanding food. The regular menu items--both entrees and small plates--are always delicious and consistent. The real gems are the weekly specials, which are always a pleasant surprise. The variety in the specials makes each visit a pleasant opportunity to choose either old favorites or a delicious choice made with the best seasonally fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "It used to be our favorite restaurant in Palm Springs but no more. The service was almost insulting: entries were served before appetizers eaten, waiters tried to remove plates before food finished. Food was also a failure: side dishes were good but fish and pork tenderloin were over-cooked and dry. Although ambiance was great as always, we were disappointed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fun atmosphere, great staff, I would definitely recommend this place and I will be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I ordered the special soft-shell crab. It came with a sticky rice that was so thick it was inedible. The crab itself was heavily battered. Which was not the description which was "lightly battered" which would be what you would expect. After a martini (gotta say they have the best in town) I ordered a glass of wine. When it came it looked like half a glass. Both my friend and I just stared at it wondering what had happened to the rest of my glass. Tropicale has never been my favorite when it comes to food, it's the ambience you pay for. But I've noticed over the years it's just gotten more and more and more expensive. Don't mind that, but now they are shorting the wine pours? I guess if you can get away with it......"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at the Tropicale. Food is unique and delicious, but not overly gourmet. The menu is diverse enough to fit most tastes. Great time and great service and a reasonable price."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Everything about the décor and menu says event or special occasion dining. But relaxed dining does not seem to be compatible. Our waiter was gracious and professional. However, even before our party of four had completed our entrees, the bus staff was swirling in to collect the plates. Our party was not lingering; we just weren't finished dining! We respectfully said we were not done and within five minutes, more bus staff come over to whisk away plates and cutlery. Dessert menus were thrust into our hands (mid-conversation). In just a couple of minutes the waiter was back to take our dessert orders. They really wanted to turn that table! At these prices and with this ambiance, I was not expecting the "bum's rush.""
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We've been going to Tropicale for many many years. We've had dinner there hundreds (yes, hundreds) of times we would have to say we've never had a bad meal. The service is exemplary. The specials are something we look forward to weekly and usually try one or two of them. Sushi Sunday and the weekend brunch are also worthwhile. Their saki menu, although small, has some of the finest brands. This is our "go to" place for Anniversary, Birthday, etc. They serve the best martini in town and at a very reasonable price. Food prices have gone up a little bit but what do you expect with the cost of materials. Tropicale doesn't buy bottom shelf ingredients. You'll probably see us there."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We come to palm springs atleast once a year and now this restaurant is on our must visit list. the Service is great and the vibe is amazing with excellent food choices."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Made an Opentable reservation for Dinner, and was not told the only table was outside in 110 degree heat. We didn't accept the table and dined somewhere else. The reservation confirmation should have included the information that the table was outside."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is a local favorite for us. Consistent excellence in food, presentation and service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Unfortunately I was upset that mmy points were not credited due ti ONE incompetent staff.I had t"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Third time here this year: remains consistent. The food is good but nothing to write home about but their cocktails are awesome! Enjoy- go try them!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I won't right a long reviews considering we didn't get much to review. Basically, we waited 2 hours for our entree and it never arrived. After 2 hours, we were no longer hungry and just done with waiting. So, we left without eating! They comped the drinks but we left with a terrible experience. The location is nice but I can't review the food since we didn't receive any."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We ate at "The Tropicale" a while back and decided to give it a try since our mother and aunt were visiting. It was one of the best decisions we made during their visit! From start to finish - everything was as close to perfect as it could have been. Reservations (open table) was a snap; arrived shortly before our reservation and we were promptly seated; our server arrived within a few moments of being seated and took our drink order; we were given a reasonable break to sip our drinks before our dinner order was taken; and the food came, in spite of being very busy - in very short order. The food was excellent as was the service and presentation. As the title indicated: "A great experience." Well done to everyone at "The Tropicale!""
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "One of the loveliest dining rooms in Palm Springs and a fabulous patio. Great bar, and a menu I would describe as gourmet comfort food. Generous portions, friendly and attractive staff, Tropicale has never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "When I made this dinner reservation, in the notes portion I asked to be served cocktails and lavish appetizers upon our being seated. They didn't disappoint and all segments of our dinner reservation went just smashing. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I love this restaurant, its where I take new clients and friends when we want to have a fun time, and great food. However- if you ask for a booth, make sure they DON'T put you in the booth in the corner of the restaurant on the South Wall- it faces another table- if you're on a romantic date, you'll feel like you're dining with the 6 other people at the table immediately adjacent to it- it is not very intimate!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We went as a group of 4 and really enjoyed the whole experience - atmosphere, service and quality of good and drinks."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Every Sunday night is Sushi Sunday at Tropicale. It's fresh, well priced and the only problem is it's only available on Sunday nights. Love it!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Again, a great evening with friends...all was wonderful!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I ate everything on my plate! Tried the BIGASS shrimp for the first time, and was NOT disappointed. This is probably my favorite place for dinner/cocktails. Love the ambiance, the food, the service is great & very attentive, and the bartender(s) make great cocktails."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Always the lace for friends and family...no exceptions!!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was my third time at Tropicale and it was just ok. The fried chicken entree was very delicious but the steak had really Bad flavors with mole sauce. I shared the 2 entrees with a girlfriend so we ended up only eating the one."
    Dined on 6/23/2014