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The Tropicale
The Tropicale

The Tropicale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thetropicale.com
  • Email: info@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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Always a great experience made even better by going online and making our table res. while we were driving there."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We ate here in April 2014. Initially were seated inside; inside it's like stepping into what I would imagine a swinging 1960's dining hall would be like, but not in a "cool retro" kind of way. Not trying to be ageist, but the lighting, decor, menu, crowd, etc... if you're not a septuagenarian you're probably not going to dig it. (And it was freezing, and majority patrons had full leisure suits on). So we asked to be seated outside, to which the waiter and hostess were SUPER accommodating and helpful.... different crowd, different vibe, way less stodgy. Food was decent, cocktails were ok, wine list decent. All in all, nice place to sit outside and eat, but nothing's really going to drive me to return."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed Tropical. The food and service are always good and we really enjoy the ambiance. "
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Ate at The Tropicale based on reccomendation of work associate. Decor and ambiance created a casual atmosphere, and our waitress was fun and attentive. Best of all, the food was wonderful. Two of us ordered from the "special" menu, and the third member of our group ordered from the standard menu. All items were nicely prepared and served. Wish I lived closer so that a return visit could be made."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "There were 6 of us, we all enjoyed our entrees, edamame, calamari, apps, pineapple upsidedown cake dessert, great cocktails. We hadn't been here in awhile and were very happy that everthing was still just as good as we remember. It was great having Lacey as our server again. She is friendly, knows the menu and make the evening enjoyable!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Tropicale has been a favorite since the first time we went. Herat food, great service. It's my favorite local restaurant!!! I know I can always enjoy the lamb meatballs and the drinks are to die for. Love it here!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great price for fine food. Hello try the fried chicken and Elk dishes. Ask for Tammy she make it fun too."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent food, ambiance and service. Great dinner with a friend. Would recommend for any occasion."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We brought out-of-town friends to dine and they couldn't have been more impressed with the outstanding service and excellent food choices. Tropicale is one of the best run restaurants in Palm Springs. And the menu is updated frequently to keep it exciting."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food throughout the meal was terrific--just what I've come to expect--until we got to the end. We ordered some sort of chocolate dessert with an inviting description on the menu. When we got the dessert, it was virtually inedible. To be fair, I've eaten here several times and this is the first bad dish I've encountered. But that chocolate mess needs to be taken off the menu pronto!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We went for an early dinner before a show and sat on the patio. There was a lively happy hour crowd enjoying themselves in the lobby and on the patio. We had coconut martinis which were great. I had the mushroom pizza and my husband had the Big A** shrimp entree, which he loved. The food is quite good and the waitstaff is attentive. This was our second visit for dinner and we'll be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Off of the beaten path in PS, Tropicale is a welcome oasis. From the decor to the big comfy booths, to the dim lighting and the nice outdoor bar/patio to the great food, it's always a must when we visit. The small plates are varied and all delicious. Everyone can surely find a favorite. Awesome drink menu as well."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We come to Palm Springs once or twice every year. Tropicale is always on our agenda. We typically make it a couple of times each visit and have never been disappointed. The food can't be beat, and service is always top notch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "the food, the service, the outdoor setting and the bars (inside and outside) are great! always love this place"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We come to Tropicale every time we're in town. And it's the perfect place to bring first time guests. The food is excellent, the ambiance is fabulous, and the service is spot on. Our favorite dining spot is the outdoor patio, which is open year round, but inside is great too. Love it!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The staff, the bar, the food, the people. Just fun, just the best place to hang out and enjoy great food, and the best bar service! Love it!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Sit outside - it is fabulous. Food always served piping hot. Edamame is a great way to start Southern fried chicken salad is a favorite."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "... But you need a good pair of lungs. Noise level was beyond energetic and couldn't keep a conversation w/ my date!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Tropicale has a very vibrant atmosphere== the patio is a happening, with great colors and overhanging orange lights, set with palms and fountains--The Pupu platter was great for three or four , as a starter.---The meat ball appetizer, was very tasty.--Great service.JA."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I went here on a busy Thursday night during Villagefest. My husband and I arrived a little early so we had a drink at the very nice and very hopping bar. We were seated on time at the outdoor patio by the fountain. This is one of my favorite patios anywhere. The food and service were excellent. I will definitely be back?"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Wines listed on menu were out if stock. Waiter was kinda inconsistent but friendly. My fish dish was ultra salty. But the pork chops are rich. This place is best for brunch on patio and people watching. Even then, don't be in a hurry."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "With friends again...ALL loved it...the perfect place (always)!!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I've enjoyed Tropicale on several occasions - and one of the best things about the restaurant is that the food is consistently delicious! Every time! Yum!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a great time celebrating my friends birthday."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A favorite restaurant for special occasions, or just a nice evening at the bar."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our waitress, Lacy was incredible! Atentive, fun and professional. Outstanding"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "a great place to people watch. great for happy hour where prices are cheap."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It seems like we went on a rare off night as I have been here many times before. No food seemed to be coming out of the kitchen for about 1 hour... We understand when things happen, but what's important is how they handle it. The Waiter didn't really acknowledge the issue and once we asked, he seemed to shy away from us. The manager was good enough to stop by and apologize and offer us some cookies as a dessert. We really appreciate it more when the management stops to communicate. The waiter needs to be a little more forward on the info, but other than that, he was fine. We plan to return and hope this was a one time anomaly. Food was outstanding when it came. Fried Chicken and I had Spaghetti (I heard chef is Italian so ordered)"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Ryan was a wonderful and gracious server. The whole experience was very good - including the food."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This was our third time there, but first time sitting outside. Not the same ambiance or service. Also my Mahi-Mahi was sub par. I should have had the special as my friends did. They said theirs was great."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The outdoor ambience is quite remarkable. Definitely make reservations and specify that's where you'd like to be. We made one ahead of time through Open Table, our table wasn't ready when we first arrived, but the hostess grabbed a lounge server and made sure we were taken care of. Our server in the lounge was awesome, wish we could have had her as our dinner server. Our server in the dining area was not so great. He was nice enough, but had very little wine and food knowledge and as soon as he brought the check, he disappeared for the rest of the night. The food was great and the support staff did a good job as well, waters were always full. We are very happy we chose to spend one of our nights there and would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Our surly waiter acted like we were really putting him out. My filet mignon was overwhelmed by a heavy-tasting, anything-but-subtle sauce. Asparagus and collard greens had an odd scorched finish. When told we were celebrating a birthday, our barely civil server brought a straight-from-the-freezer, still frozen tower of something (ice cream? whipped cream? biscuits?) that our spoons couldn't cut through. Hard to believe Tropicale could be anybody's favorite Palm Springs restaurant. I'll never go back. Wouldn't recommend it to anybody."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Splurge and take in a fine dining experience that encapsulates why you came to Palm Springs in the first place. A warm inviting outdoor dining experience among the best ever. Add in great service, great cocktails, a great wine list, and an eclectic food choices. We went on a Sunday evening when sushi was on menu, and my daughter said it was among the top three she has ever had. Take your special date to Tropicale."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Never a disappointment...from service, to the food, to the outdoor seating (and lovely indoor if inclement weather)...everything is spot on. Whether you're a local, snowbird or just in town for a day or week, Tropicale's should be at the top of your list for dining choices."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I love the southern fried chicken, the best in all the valley. Wonderful venue to entertain guest the look of old Palm Springs with everything updated. I love this place."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Great food, service and crowd. The menu has something for everyone. Worth the price. Have been here several times and have never had a bad meal!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Excellent menu with changing specials, interesting small plates, good things to share. Food assertively flavored, but kitchen accommodates most requests with no attitude. Good, professional wait staff. Always lively atmosphere. Occasional music that adds to the fun. Book ahead."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This is a BUSY, POPULAR spot for an evening out, but my booking and patio table request were met to my utmost expectations. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly and my choice was made on one of the recommendations. The veggies were delicious but the flank steak which I had ordered medium, arrived quite rare. The tender marbling that had been described in great detail was, instead, a layer of uncuttable gristle. I should have tried to summon the waitress to complain, but didn't want to interrupt the lovely evening with friends. When I finally commented on the meat during her offering of dessert, she sympathized, but that was it. I love the Tropicale and tie ambience cannot be beat, but like so many eateries, it ain't perfect."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We've dined here several times but our recent meals have really been sub-par. The food Wes actually bad. The drinks are good but skip the food."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This was our first expended visit to Palm Springs and we tried all the recommended restaurants and some that were not....and at the end of our trip, Tropicale has stood out as the one we enjoyed the most for its ambiance outside on the patio, the friendly and prompt service (but not at all stuffy), the fabulous food (the wedge salad is the best, and everything else is terrific), and the overall experience. The place is hopping most nights as well, yet the vibe outside is relaxed. Highly recommended. And try the new nightcub next door...its fun too!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014