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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.

73-640 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
Larkspur

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 346-0669

Website:
http://www.cafedesbeauxarts.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz in the Bar from 6:00-9:00pm on Wednesday and Fridays during season.

Parking Details:
Large parking lot directly behind the restaurant and parking available on the street as well.

Executive Chef:
Alfonso Fong

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
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Neighborhood Gem (8)
Cozy (7)
Authentic (6)
Casual (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
People Watching (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Business Meals (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

A little bit of Paris on El Paso, Great diverse menu. Price is right.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Lovely restaurant, great food and attentive staff. One of my Desert favorites as I love the tables near the large windows so I can enjoy the activity on the street. Dinner and a show!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

No valet but easy parking and convenient location on El Paseo.
Food options are uniquely French and always excellent. Cocktails are well made too.
When the windows are opened, the restaurant is delightful. Nice bar seating as well as dining room.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We’ve patronized this restaurant for over 20 years. The food is excellent and very consistent, so we have brought many friends here over the years. Wait staff is excellent too. Very friendly and professional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The dining room and bar is dated. The food is okay, not great.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Consistently good food with outstanding service. Their summer specials (good until 10/31) are exceptional good deals.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a good experience! Best French onion soup and gazpacho in the desert!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food, venue, prices and especially service - highly recommend - consistently excellent over the years.

Special thanks to Jose for his excellent service.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in the Coachella Valley. I've introduced more friends to this place than any other restaurant. The service, the cuisine, the atmosphere are wonderful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent food in a delightful venue for brunch.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Had a lovely dinner with friends. Everyone picked something different from the menu and all was delicious! Will be back soon!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 3, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in the desert and we're certainly glad they are open again. We missed them!!! The service was great with Miguel and the food was definitely outstanding, as usual.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The air conditioner just didn't do a good job of keeping the place cool
On a hot day.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 18, 2017

great as usual... Steak and frites! One of our go to restaurants.....

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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food3
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The spouse and I love this restaurant .. ! Food is always good and definitely a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Liked their summer menu. Reasonable and good and lighter fare

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Nice restaurant, good food and attentive service.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Love this restaurant! Sitting on the patio, you can watch the activity on El Paseo. Food was great as well as service.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Terrific place. Nothing fancy, but always good and friendly. Nice summer prices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The food was good, lots of choices, perfect portions, great drinks, the staff is very alert ready to answer questions and give advise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Cozy, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Best for lunch. Salads and crepes are excellent.
Beef medallions half order is perfect size and sauce was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We try to visit this restaurant whenever we are in Palm Springs. We discovered it about
10 years ago. The atmosphere is so nice, the service is first class without being overbearing.
The menu is excellent. It is a wonderful place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The summer specials appeared earlier than usual this year. They are excellent. The food is always good and the summer specials are`very reasonably priced.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had a great time and plan to return. Everyone enjoyed their entrees.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 6, 2017

That was our second time, truly a great meal and evening once again. Had my fave Pouilly Fuisse wine, coquille st. Jacques, etc, etc.! Fab service. Thank you.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Very pleasant Saturday evening dinner. All food and drinks were excellent as they should be on El paseo.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Here 3 months & this was our last week in the desert for this year...dined here TWICE this week. Think we love this restaurant? Consistant...excellent always...great menu choices...great drinks. This is a favorite of ours, obviously!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 25, 2017

As usual, Cafe Des Beaux-Art, was wonderful!!!. The service was impeccable and the food was to die for. It was a very nice quiet evening with a very light breeze which made it all the more as though we were in Paris. It was 2 hours of heaven!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on April 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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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