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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Tropicale reviews from OpenTable diners
293 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (218)vibrant bar scene (176)hot spot (151)special occasion (151)neighborhood gem (137)fit for foodies (127)good for groups (108)romantic (100)great for brunch (83)late-night find (40)great for lunch (29)notable wine list (21)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uninspired food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    Noland
    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!
    JDSRPM
    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.
  • Perfect...again!
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Took a great friend to our favorite place...and all was wonderful...again!!! Loved our food (rainbow sushi, fried chicken and Thai chicken) with great Cosmo's and perfect service from Jose...could not ask for more!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Brunch in Palm Springs
    psguyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Tropicale is my favorite brunch spot in Palm Springs. The food and service are both consistently very good. This time we had the shrimp tacos and the BLT on sourdough -- two of our favorites from the menu. We are definitely looking forward to the weather cooling down and we will eat outside on the large patio area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place with good food
    PalmSpringsJB
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is on my favorite places in Palm Springs. They have really good food, a very nice restaurant with a fun vibe. The food isn't always outstanding but is usually is always very good. The filet mignonette was wonderful! The fried chicken is great too. Make a reservation though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps Getting Better
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Tropicale continues to raise its game in culinary creativity and has become the restaurant I recommend the most to visitors. Above the great service, speciality cocktails, and quality and diversity of their regular menu, they set themselves apart by coming up with numerous unique and interesting specials each week. Certainly more than any other restaurant in the area, they do an amazing job in keeping it fresh and exciting. If you are coming to visit Palm Springs, this is one place you need to put on your list. Reservations for sure, they are busy every night of the week (and brunch too on Saturday and Sunday.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Must-Dine At" while in the Desert
    DinoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Tropicale literally is an oasis in-the-desert and without exaggeration, it's Coral Seas Lounge, a watering-hole worth a visit. It is an ideal spot, time and again, for great tasting food; laughter with friends; and 'the' place to-be-seen in Palm Springs. Culinarily it is world-cuisine, from it's daily varied specials, to it's piquancy of places far-away: From dishes heavily influenced by Asia & The South Pacific ( sampling barbecued double-cut Korabuta pork chops ) to house-made egg spaghetti, and meatballs that savor all the zest of Italy. Every meal shared & celebrated here is delicious. The Hostesses always welcoming, the wait-staff always friendly, and the owners always gracious. It is a must dine-at while in the desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our first time. We loved the menu and special drinks. Excellent prices on the wine list. Very creative menu. Loved the Pupu platter, escargot napoleon, chicken.. all excellent. Love the atmosphere as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PS Stalpe
    RojomoVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food, service and location. Prices are on the higher end but well worth it for a tourist destination. Always a crowd and a place to see and be seen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best hamburger I have had
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Four of us recently had lunch/brunch at Tropicale...loved it. I had the brisket burger with Brie...OMG, it was fabulous. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Great
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We both ordered off the special menu and the choice we made was excellent. Lobster potatoes were the bomb!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My visit...
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend and thought the place was just "OK". Looked like a local hangout and was very busy on a Saturday night. Food was ok...I had the Southern Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and was pretty good. We had an excellent server so our service was excellent. We sat outdoors and even with the misters on it was still hot outside (in the desert over Labor Day weekend). Hight point was the server - made great recommendations, was attentive and friendly. The only thing was we hadn't finished our appetizers and our entrees came out too quickly. Our server apologized right away - not really a big issue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!!
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Another wonderful evening...this time with a friend...all went beautifully and we had a great time with food, beverage and outdoor conversations...feel at home...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday !
    BrianJ
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My boyfriend took me here (my choice) for my birthday. The Filet mignon was melt-in-your-mouth. The cocktails were great. and the wait staff were glad to be there. We talked about the great night to everyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveBooth40
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We love Tropicale's atmosphere, its decor, comfortable booths its ever changing menu and a great selection of cocktails. The ever presence of owners, Tony and Brandt, assures a quality experience in every respect.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WSMB
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great setting and food. Portions should be reduced in size and priced a bit lower.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special, Special, Special!
    jacobsrdjrVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Vietnamese inspired Specials Menu was interesting. I tried the Flattened Korabuta Pork Chop with Kamport Green Peppercorn Sauce - the Vietnamese Banana Flower Salad was AMAZING!!!! This salad should be served as an entree in a very large bowl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, but usually better
    RickyBVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went about two weeks ago and ordered the incredibly juicy, tender BONELESS Thai-style chicken that is on the regular menu. Couldn't wait to order it again. When it came to the table, it - very obviously - had a chicken leg bone sticking up. "I thought it was supposed to be boneless?" I asked. The response was, "Yes it is boneless." Hmmmm. The chicken was dry, tough and overcooked. I still ate it, of course...it was "good." Maybe this was just a case of a different chef? Or too many people for the kitchen to cope that night? It won't stop me from returning, it's really a great restaurant. Glad it wasn't my first time or I would have been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always,Fabulous!!
    Bogart
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We took our friend there for dinner and they fell in love with the food and ambience. We live in the desert full time and Tropicale has to be one of the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay Experience
    HoneyEats
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I frequent Tropicale, and have always had a good experience. This time the experience was fine (server was great), but the food missed. The Brown Sugar brine Pork Chop was extremely dry. Almost couldn't eat it. I was with a friend who was paying, otherwise I would have sent it back. Flavor was fine, just tough to cut. (Suggestion: maybe tenderize it and soak it in whole milk before cooking)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and Memorable
    OCTraveler
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My BF and I chose this restaurant for our first date. We just returned for our 1 year Anniversary because we enjoy everything about this restaurant. The simple Dirty Martini is great, appetizers wonderful, main course and desserts are always PERFECTION. Service is always Outstanding! Keep doing what you're doing, Tropicale Team!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Dinner!
    markVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We heard that this place was good, so we tried it. Dinner was VERY good. Lots of interesting options. Great recommendations from our server. Unique and tasty cocktails. The crab wedge salad was "lick the plate" good. The salmon rice bowl was outstanding. The fried chicken was good. It was a bit pricey, but we will likely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HAD A FANTASTIC BIRTHDAY DINNER
    PSkloppen
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I planned a birthday dinner for 6 guests on a Sunday at 6:00pm. None of us had ever been to Tropical before so we did not know what to expect. What a fantastic surprise! We arrived 30 minutes early and found the patio bar. The bartender could not have been nicer and mixed us all incredible cocktails. We had a table reserved inside and had the most enjoyable dinner experience ever! Our waiter was so friendly and kind, our table was great, and the food was the best. We all seemed to order something different and each item was just incredible. The finale was when our waiter brought out a surprise birthday cake to the table. Just the perfect evening at a perfect restaurant. We can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch, indoors or out
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A great selection of menu items and a wonderfully attentive waiter. One of our favorite places for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As good as it gets for Palm Springs
    Powerfade
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A delightful menu... always the freshest veggies and excellent tasting entrees...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday celebration
    Pumpkinpuss1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Grate food & service. What more can you ask for. One of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tropicale is fun
    RavesVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Don't expect amazing food -- it's good not great. But the atmosphere, service and bar are lots of fun. The patio is a great dining spot
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall a Very Good Dinner
    psguyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a very good dinner for four. The menu is always exciting and changes often. I had the Asian-style jumbo scallops and they were prepared perfect. My tablemates had the filet mignon and Cuban-style pork chops and they thoroughly enjoyed them. The restaurant is always busy even in August. It's one of our favorites and I always recommend it to friends and clients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    goodtogo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Good food and good service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    thought the summer menu was too limited in choices some of the best dishes are gone hope they return in the cal or it might not be a place I'd return
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A FAVORITE
    RMEDVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Tropical always delivers for us. We had a French friend visiting (he lives in Miami Beach) and he just loved the place - great waiter, great food - fun sitting outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • made our anniversary so so special
    lolly
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    we went for our 1st anniversary on 8/7 and had a great time. the food was good, the drinks great and the service special. i would like to thank tammy at tropical our waitress, who was really good at making sure we had a good time. i recommend tropical to everyone who visits palm springs or who live here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tropicale Never Disappoints
    Daduwa
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate