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Cuistot offers fine California/French cuisine and is located at the Southwest intersection of Highway 111 and El Paseo. Cuistot has consistently earned top ratings in the Zagat Survey and was named one of six restaurants in the United States to score a perfect 100 for food by the Conde Nast Traveler. Dine under the stars on our beautiful terrace overlooking a desert water oasis or in one of our elegant dining rooms.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Contemporary French / American, Californian, French
Hours of Operation:
Cuistot is closed for the summer.
We will reopen September 21, 2017
We look forward to seeing our old and new customers as well!
Have a wonderful summer!
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Plenty of parking
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests
Cuistot Ratings and Reviews
This is a lovely restaurant. We sat on the patio and it was very pleasant. You could have a nice conversation. But the price was quite high and with four people, all having different entrees, the food only hit the mark about half the time. Oysters appetizer and lobster entree were both fishy. The special fish and the steak were excellent. Duck was dry. Service was fine although I was firmly steered away from the pasta dishes, which makes you wonder if it was the difference in the cost or if they really aren’t very good.
We arrived a tad late for our appointment and had to wait another 20 minutes before being seated (we were offered a seat at the bar, but declined). The wait was worthwhile for the service and food were excellent. Great ambiance with talented piano player. Of course serving Soufflés (Grand Mariner is my wife’s favorite) makes the experience even better. Highly recommended.
This was a disappointing meal with semi disinterested staff.
Having been with Chef Bernardo ( who was there) from the early days on El Paseo I am disappointed to give this review.
Pasta with morels- morels were dehydrated not fresh and pasta while made in house were not al dente, the water has not been salted resulting in a very tasteless dish.
Caesar Salad-deconstructed and overly dressed.
Spring Salad- average
Chicken - with vegetables-excellent
I know this restaurant can do better, hesitated writing this review, would also mention the waiter was indifferent and lacked an overall attentiveness.
Made a big mistake going here for Valentine's day dinner with 3 couples. The food on the prefixed menu was poor. My pork loin was cold in spots and the "molten lava " desert was dry and hard. The service was slow. It took three hours to get our food! With a prefixed menu! And to add injury to insult the meal was very expensive. We will not be back!
We have been meaning to try Cuistot for years and finally decided to go to celebrate my wife's birthday. First thing, this place is a big impersonal restaurant, not a quaint french bistro. We arrived just behind a coach that dropped off 20+ people for a function. We were seated for our 7pm reservation at 7:40 then got to place our food order with our server at 8pm. The server was very pleasant but absent most of the time. the food was good not great. I am always a little surprised to see pasta on a french menu! The food was rather bland and had the mass catered feel of hotel food rather than individually prepared french creations. Think big thick sauces and clunky flavor pairings rather than finesse. This would be fine if the dishes weren't priced like this place has a Michelin star. At the end of the evening we had a visit from the chef who seemed totally disinterested in what we had to say. Fun night out but won't be rushing back.
Outstanding in every way.
I have eaten in this restaurant on numerous occasions and it is always excellent. The ambience, service, and quality of the food is at the highest level. This time, the staff created a fabulous vegetarian menu that we savored for more than two hours. Highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.
The food was amazing and the wine was great. We were early so sat in bar before our reservation, then our table was by fireplace--both areas were great for conversation. It is a beautiful building--inside and out. The staff was extremely professional and friendly. Wonderful experience.
Ignore the ratings as we didn't end up eating here. We arrived in time for our 8:15 pm reservation and were told they were still seating their 8:00 pm reservations. When we still weren't seated 40 minutes later, we left. And we weren't they only ones. A family who came in after us who were also told there would be a wait before they could be seated asked for a menu. When they were told it was a special menu, they said they thought they would go elsewhere, at which time the hostess offered them a table right away, which they declined, but which was not offered to us. Cuistot is a beautiful restaurant with delicious food. We have enjoyed celebrations there in the past, but on this night they definitely were not treating their customers very well.
Appetizers were mediocre,dinner proteins were excellent, vegetable accompaniments were terrible, servers were unable to keep up with their sections. Poured our own wine all night and when asked how was your meal it was with indifference. This was the third occasion we have had a similar dining experience there. I think the restaurant is an executive chef away from being a great restaurant. The ambience and general menu are terrific. The details are what let it down.this is not uncommon in the desert cities.
We've had better meals here. This time everything was sub par. I ordered the Lobster Pot Pie at $55 and it was just ok. Would not order again. The Apple Tartan was $15 and was a little more than 3 bites, the crust was thin and soggy. The Spare Rib Ravioli was too salty. The cocktails were good. I would come again and order something different as the first time we came it was excellent. This time it was not worth it.
we discovered this restaurant on our honeymoon and we really look forward to revisiting it on our anniversary each year when possible. We love being seated at the table in front of the fire place..a favorite of ours. The ambiance is wonderful and the food and service are superb.
A truly disappointing lunch!
We don't know if the chef wasn't paying attention, the server was new and poorly trained, he failed to put our order in or what, but almost everything that could go wrong did. It took over 2 hours for 2 courses (and we both started with mushroom soup), so we didn't have dessert. Even if the waiter had offered a complimentary dessert to make up for all the problems, we wouldn't have had time for it. In fact, I was late to my spa treatment thanks to his poor service.
We had a couple questions about dishes we were debating about, but Marcos gave few details about them; so I was surprised when my chicken, which he'd said was roasted, came out drenched in sauce and with a rubbery skin. He did, however, go on at length about the lobster bisque and other dishes we weren't interested in. When he finally came back to the table to take our orders he first told us he wanted to tell us more about the seafood options. I told him we weren't interested and had already chosen what we wanted but he insisted on telling us, at length, about the seafood options. Why?!
Everything but the chicken was overcooked. This was clearly due to the chicken being still not cooked 30 minutes after our soup bowls had been cleared. Marcos said the chicken wasn't done, at 1 pm, and would be a few more minutes. A quarter hour later our main courses came out. Clearly everything else had been done and sitting back there, dying, while the chicken was finished. A major part of being a chef is knowing how to cook dishes, both the recipes and the cooking time involved. My husband's pasta was so over cooked and starchy that he could barely eat half of it. My vegetables were all over cooked, with the roasted radishes and haricot verts visibly shriveled. I would have sent it back if we weren't already running so late.
I had to cut Marcos off when he began describing desserts I wasn't interested in, and didn't have time to order.
The cuisine, service, and environment are the BEST in the Valley. Chef enjoys visiting each table and inquiring about his creations. The service is impeccable too. Every entree we have tried has been extraordinary... from the Lobster Ravioli, the roasted chicken, and rack of lamb... all fresh, delicious, and remarkable.
The restaurant was beautiful breathtaking to be exact, the atmosphere was light and pleasant. The food I cannot say enough about the head chef who happens to be the owner it was wonderful our server couldn't have been more pleasant inhospitable right down to the hostess it couldn't have been a better experience
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