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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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)"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "A great selection of menu items and a wonderfully attentive waiter. One of our favorite places for brunch."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "A delightful menu... always the freshest veggies and excellent tasting entrees..."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Grate food & service. What more can you ask for. One of my favorite places."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Good food and good service. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This time a special evening with family...all wonderful...again...just the only place to go for the times that mean so much...thanks to all..."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Excellent. Changed my reservation time the last minute and I was accomodated."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Did something change? We go to Tropicale frequently and always rate it "excellent." Don't know what happened, but this time it was really "better than excellent." We brought friends from out of town. They can't wait to return. The food was beautifully presented and the flavors were incredible. This is definitely a "go-to" restaurant for anyone coming to Palm Springs for the first time."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I don't recall but she was charming, gracious and professional. She was even sweet enough to sit and chat with us for a couple of minutes. Sometimes when we come there, it's like seeing old friends with the wait staff. We come often and never have had an unpleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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