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About Café Des Beaux-Arts
Come and savor French-Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Palm Desert. Enjoy a truly wonderful dining experience on our climate-controlled patio. You'll love our extraordinary food at affordable prices.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Friday & Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 8:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Jazz in the Bar from 6:00-9:00pm on Wednesday and Fridays during season.
Large parking lot directly behind the restaurant and parking available on the street as well.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wine
Café Des Beaux-Arts Ratings and Reviews
I attempted to change from 2 to 3 diners. Alas, OpenTable would not take the change...
I arrived first, not a problem accommodating the 3 of us. Hostess delightfully pleasant. We chatted a bit about this being first time to see Navy buddy (and his wife) in 46 years. Once the 3 of us sat, service marvelously accommodating as we weren't in a rush to order. Wine all around further set the mood. Side salads with genuine roquefort dressing outstanding. Salmon absolutely superb, wonderful sauce! Tasty sauteed veggies completed the meal as there was no room for dessert.... This is only my second dinner visit, a few lunches, and I will definitely continue as this dining establishment truly has it together. Excellence at a reasonable price!
Our server Carlos was very nice! We sat at a table facing the street which was lovely. Crab cake was tasty. Cesar salad was a bit over dressed. White fish was a good potion with creamy mash potatoes and veg blend on the side. Scallops were good. Shrimp was very over cooked. Loved the ambiance it is a sweet little spot but not overly impressed with the food.
Our goto restaurant for lunch & brunch when on El Paseo. We met friends for brunch--crepes, croissant egg sandwich, quiche, and eggs Benedict--all quite good. Espresso was a disappointment--bitter taste. Bread is ordinary & not a classic French baguette.
It has a pet friendly covered patio that is perfect for casual dining. Authentic French food. Good for people watching with the added bonus of an occasional celebrity sighting.
ADA access from the side entrance on El Paseo otherwise tables are a little snug in the main dining area for walker or wheelchair access.
I specifically requested an inside table. When I arrived there were open booths inside, but we were seated on the patio, in the back corner. Our table was far away from the open windows, the misters, and the ceiling fans. We had to ask repeatedly for water, and it did not come. It was unbearable! We were soaked to the skin in our clothes. It felt like it was 120 degrees in there and no breeze along with no water. Never again!
It was a bit warm out but we chose to eat on the patio. With the misters on, it wasn't too hot.
I love this place, especially for lunch, as there is always a great choice of entrees, salads, sandwiches, quiches, etc. I had the cold poached salmon plate and a raspberry creme brulee--yum, yum!
The service was great! The food was not what I hoped it would be and the presentation could have been improved. The crab cakes had shell in it and the flavor was over powering. The breakfast potatoes seemed like they were from a package. The crepes were tasty, we just wish they were like the street crepes in Paris.
Glasses of wine extremely short pour; and the wine glasses were small. The Salad Nicoise was just awful - the tuna looked like someone dumped a can of cat food on the greens. Nicoise? I think I found three slices of olives.
Overall, pricey for little value. I will not be going back nor will I recommend this restaurant.
I've been going there for years, and watched it be just a little bit less tasty than the time before. They've been around for a long time (the waiter was quite proud he's been there for 20 years, or so he said). Let's refresh the chef's presentation and quality of food.
A delightful location, space and menu for everyone. A lite Sunday brunch was our agenda and CDBA had everything we needed. Reasonably priced and well selected ingredients for drinks. Vegan and meat lovers selections side by side and attentive, concerned and respectful service made our visit entirely relaxing and enjoyable. Good looking crowd and ability to watch shoppers pass by the open picture window space makes you want to lingers for hours.
We went for Mother's Day breakfast with our family. Some dishes tasted as if they had been pre-made and just heated up. Some were fine. The service was very good and accomodating. We have dined here for dinner and I would go back again. Probably not for a holiday meal.
We are regulars at this Palm Desert icon.......we had forgotten ,of course, that Coachella Music festival brings in 150,000 young people and restaurants are stretched to the limit. For the first time we were relegated to the back corner of the inside of the restsurant, and luckily we had booked a noon table.....we have always managed to have a table in the covered "terrace" street side. We certainly can not blame the restaurant.....there were abnormal lines to eat there. We prefer breakfast/ brunches at this venue...but we have had delicious dinners here also. French fare....with a touch of local influence....I love their crepes ,omelettes and eggs Benedict. Service was unusually slow this time....but servers were on speed dial....super busy. My stars this time reflect the unusual circumstances for that weekend.
I love this place. We have been here many times and the food and service is always great. The owner is on top of it which is so helpful. For lunch I love the salad nicoise and the other night for dinner I had cold poached salmon with cucumber salad which was delicious.
It was our 20th anniversary. My wife and I selected Cafe Des Beaux-arts. I made reservations days in advance indicating our special occasion. When we arrived at the restaurant an attempt to seat us at a small table in the middle of the restaurant was unacceptable, they moved us to a window seat. We bought a nice bottle of champagne and ordered appetizers and dinner. The food was excellent and our server, Jose was a gem. After dinner we ordered one dessert. It was brought to us with a single strawberry and candle on top the dessert. When paying the bill I noticed the dessert was not complimentary, usually provided by a class restaurant. I complained to the manager and his reply was 'didn't you get the strawberry and candle. Wow, a single strawberry and candle. How generous and thoughtful. The first and last impressions last the longest. With all the great restaurants in Palm Desert we made a horrible decision! We will not return!
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