CHI CHI at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs

4.6
425 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Chi Chi at Avalon Hotel is a restaurant centered in the tradition of California wellness and clean living set in the playful pool-centric setting of Palm Springs. Serving up fresh, chef-inspired fare, our menu reflects a vibrant, spirited take on delicious real ingredients and authentic West Coast cuisine. Under the wing of our chefs, you'll have access to specialized menus and innovative dishes all though fully prepared to fit your unique affair.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Starting Feb 14, 2022

Enjoy a custom, Chef inspired A la Carte menu featuring starters, entrees and desserts while dining poolside with live music and bubbles. Please note our regular dinner menu will not be served.

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VinceS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Over priced for ordinary meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Good service.

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vipPaulie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The menu was pared down quite a bit from previous visits. The food and service were still excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food in a very quiet and peaceful setting. Menu is limited at the moment but still yummy!

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vipRobertR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chi Chi always provides a great menu whether it be for lunch or dinner. I took a friend to celebrate her birthday and the food, setting at poolside and the attentive staff made for a perfect evening. A big thank you to the Chi Chi team.

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vipLuvGoodFood
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was film festival weekend, the restaurant was not super busy. We were offered 2 heat lamps to fight the chill and upon request we were given seat cushions given the metal poolside chairs. My wife & I were doing our new year healthy eating thing, and Tony was OUTSTANDING in recommending healthy food options and the overall level of service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The braised short rib was outstanding
All dishes are served a la carte.

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JanetT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting; in the lounge. Three of us all had the Avalon breakfast with eggs cooked exactly to order - all differently. Our server, Zoe, was fantastic. We couldn't have asked for better service. This was a good choice to begin the New Year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had New Years Fixed Prix menu. Food was fantastic. Service was good in general. We sat poolside and it really needed some music, but otherwise really enjoyed our night

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The mezza platter was tasty, and I appreciated the assortment of teas. We sat out side which was lovely, but some chair pads would greatly improve the hard, cold chairs

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good quality good, though asked for a savory after-dinner option (e.g. cheese board) and they seemed a bit confused and gave us a pile of 1 cheese on a bread plate.

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We were told we'd be eating inside when we got there, they seated us outside. The food came out warm and got cold fast. One of the prime ribs was Burnt we asked for one medium and one done. The margaritas were sour no salt. I would never go back. Way overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem, love the fresh and delicious food, intimate ambiance and friendly service.

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vipSFPam
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We were outside on a cool night and had to ask for pads for the metal chairs

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I hadn’t eaten at ChiChi in a very long time but I’m so glad I returned. The food was extraordinary! Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The halibut was tender perfection, perfectly cooked as was everything my friends had ordered. Service was a bit uneven but friendly and solicitous.Excellent meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Private space with nice scenery and excellent food.

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Tvpfreek
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food and service.

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viprobertt
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I made a reservation thinking they would be doing Turkey and trimming s.
They were still serving breakfast !!!! I said I reserved based on a early dinner. The food I had to have was simply awful !!! Very unhappy about the day

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MikeM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot with warm and friendly service. We've been many times and keep coming back!

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RoyA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting menu. Complex dishes very well prepared and plated. Delightful service and setting.

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BenJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chi Chi is my Palm Springs favorite. Reason? good food. Also, no music because it's by the pool where there's rooms. It's such a joy to be able to just hear people laughing, eating, shuffling about... no need for background nonsense!
The food is VERY good. My only complaint is the price, but this is not unique to Chi Chi, it's high season in a tourist destination. Good job on my dinner.

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Gigi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb outdoor setting around the pool, under the citrus trees for shade. The Sunday brunch ambience is relaxing with just the right amount of service. Delicious food with many taste sensations.

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vipSteveW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Brunch for guests from out of town

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davidsantamonica
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable birthday dinner. Food was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Seated but then everyone disappeared and we never got looked at. Never going back again. Bad! Bad! Bad!

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vipwakesurfingdoc
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a dinner at Chi Chi’s knowing that they had outdoor tables around their pool( had had lunch there earlier this year when we visited friends who where staying at the Avalon). Don’t usually eat at hotel establishments but wanted to give it a try. WOW-what a meal-best of the week by far . Wait staff where friendly and attentive. We started with a Mellon Shrimp salad and Sweat potato wedges-OMG -flavors where out of this world -fresh/unique. We then split the cauliflower steak which was cooked to perfection. Finished the meal off with a delicious ice cream cookie with chocolate and pistachio. Chef Eric -who took over the reins 6 months ago came to check in on us. He explained that all their food is sourced from the Santa Monica farmers market and trucked in regularly.
Very excited to hear menu will soon change so we can come back again for more delicious food.
Any serious food lovers must make this place a definite choice when looking for fantastic food in the desert

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GymC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic venue for brunch or any meal. Classic Palm Springs poolside ambience, fantastic service , delicious food. What more can one want?

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vipCharlo
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was fine but seemed way overpriced. Pretty setting around the pool.

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annieg
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could rate this 10 stars out of 5—I would. This was by far one of the best dining experiences I have ever had—it was magical. My family had a 70th birthday brunch at the restaurant for my Dad. We had a great table that felt a little private and had an incredible view. There was delightful music playing that was at the perfect volume to add noticeable background music. The staff was soooo accommodating, kind and welcoming and offered the best service. My husband was in charge of the tip and I got upset at him for not tipping more than 20% - that's how good they are. This was a memorable experience that we will not forget.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We went back to Chi Chi’s this week because we had a great meal there a while back—we were so disappointed that the menu had changed! Our favorites were no longer available and the new items were just so-so. Don’t know what the chef was thinking…

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SeattleShoegirl
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, cute space!

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ValerieA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very nice evening. Pretty setting by the pool. Split a wonderful trio of dips appetizer and shared lamb lollipops. Very well prepared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Much preferred this dining experience with the previous chef. We ordered the tomato carpaccio and avocado dip for appetizers. Avocado dip was good on delicious bread. Tomato carpaccio was flavorless with enough fennel to feel livestock. Had the steak for the main and it was difficult to cut and pretty tough. The meal was expensive and not worth it. We used to love this place but won’t be back.

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vipCarenP
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great wait staff, always! I tried something new and did not love it as much as what I usually order but it won't stop me from returning.

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Summer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good overall. We had a lovely lunch...mid week...quiet

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vipDavidR
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat here at least once while we visit PS. This is a great place for a relaxing lunch dinner by the pool. My favorite are their lunches.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Provided free birthday dessert

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ToddR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to Chi Chi for my wife's birthday and had a great experience. We arrived a little early and had an Espresso and a drink at the bar, which was very cool with a good bartender. We had dinner next to the pool, the ambiance was nice. We had the Melon & Shrimp appetizer and the salmon entree, both were excellent. The food was 5 star! Very nice experience, I would recommend Chi Chi.

FAQs

CHI CHI at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 318-3005.

CHI CHI at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs is rated 4.6 stars by 425 OpenTable diners.

CHI CHI at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://properhospitality.egiftify.com/landingpage.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.