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About Cuistot

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.

72595 El Paseo Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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!

Cross Street:
Highway 111

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 340-1000

Website:
http://www.cuistotrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking

Executive Chef:
Bernard Dervieux

Additional:
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

Private Dining

From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests

Cuistot Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Romantic (20)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Scenic View (7)
Cozy (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Fun (4)
Casual (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service.
Usually go for romantic dinners but this time went for a peaceful lunch on the veranda.
At lunch they have simple low cal bento lunch.
Soup,desert,salads and small entree.
Great value for a quick lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

We've visited this place every time in Palm Springs area but somewhat disappointed this time. Not as refined as in the past and theme seemed larger portions and less attention to detail. Shortrib ravioli app more of a main course portion and full without finishing it. It was supposed to have chanterelles and morels which were noticeably missing to a mushroom lover. They did bring a plate of sauteed chanterelles but virtually finished by the time they arrived. Main course was sweetbread stuffed quail and way over cooked to point of being dry. Thankful for the sauce on the plate but too much butter that drowned the wild rice under the quail. Wife's beef ragout on parpadelle was family size. Charge 1/2 the price and less than half the quantity would have been appreciated as less than 1/3 was eaten. At $43 for the plate this was ridiculous but nevertheless the best dish of the eve. The vanilla floating meringue for desert was delicious however again 1/3 the size would have been too much. Service was good and ambiance as wonderful. I don't think that I'll rush back next time in town and we'll be looking for another fine dining experience.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Edmonton)·Dined 6 days ago

Overall a very nice evening , every time we make it to Palm Springs we make this a sure stop as the food is always on the mark. This trip was no different we did have an issue with a very under cooked dish however it was rectified as soon as we brought it to the attention. Would always recommend Cuistot as it is still one of the best in the Valley

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything about this lunch was excellent.The food was superbly presented and was very delicious.The server was very attentive and we had a lovely back and forth about his family and country of origin.Would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking fine dining.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Bernard is one of the Coachella Valley ‘s greatest chefs! Always perfection. Wonderful service too

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Favorite restaurant in the desert. Love it! Great food, service, and an excellent wine list at better than average prices. Marcos is a fun waiter as well!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a great dining experience at Cuistot. I've been a customer for over 20 years. Chef Bernard has created an amazing restaurant

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Cuistot was one of four restaurants we patronized during Restaurant Week and it was our favorite of the four. And so we booked a reunion with a friend there, offering to him great praise for the service and cuisine. We were greatly disappointed. Our friend ordered Fois Gras and a Caesar salad for the starter, My husband ordered the Caesar salad. The salads were incredibly tasteless. I can't comment on the $44 Fois Gras since I didn't taste it. I had a New York steak with roasted vegetables and a gratinee. While there was a generous portion of beef, the roasted vegetables consisted of one small new carrot and three green beans and the gratinee was about 1 inche square. For a dessert wine, our friend ordered an ice wine, $17 for a small glass and it seemed to take forever to be served to him. A summary: it was a very pricey experience for a mediocre dinner. . He originally wanted to go to Ruth's Chris, and now I wished we had!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was the second time we have enjoyed the Thanksgiving prix fixe offering. As usual, food was excellent, but the wine offerings really shine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving meal. Every customer who ordered the turkey got a drumstick for their dark meat and a serving of white meat. Well worth the money.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 21, 2017

All aspects were very nice and we have already made another reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Romantic, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A treasure of the desert! They never disappoint and often surprise.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My daughters and I went for the fashion low lunch and it was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Greeted by chef on way in making one feel welcome. Excellent wine list, good sommelier. Ambience first rate. Two of party had the salmon which was done right and was ample sized portion. I had cassoulet which was ample in size and flavour, but a little dry. Desserts were very good with the floating island being somewhat unusual but very tasty. The "bus" was very attentive and pleasant, more than can be said of the waiter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is a high end restaurant that gratefully serves some dinner items at lunch time for those of us that prefer to eat out big meal at lunch rather than late at night. The patio was quiet and peaceful with a waterfall, and we could talk and catch up conversation. Service is perfect.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always perfect & great. Authentically French! Outstanding staff!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Disabled Access
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was delicious. Allot of small portions but plenty of food. Selected from the Saturday Brunch menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant with fantastic outdoor seating. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful and gives a feeling of being in a chateau in the countryside of France.
Our meal was wonderful. Starting with the appetizer and ending with dessert. Everything was cooked to perfection. There were three of us and we each got something different allowing us to do tastings. My favorite was the Parpadelle Pasta and mushrooms with a light drizzle of truffle oil. It has to be one of the most flavorful things I have ever eaten.
They also have an extensive wine list .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Given it was last game of World Series very quiet. Felt like we were only ones there. Very nice experience. Sauces were exceptional

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food is really outrageous; like being in France.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and she had never experienced the “fashion Show” lunch and we both ordered the Bento Box which is always fabulous ! All in all I’ve never been disappointed at Cuistot! Love it!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We hadn't been to Cuistot in awhile and decided to try their Saturday brunch. We'd received an e/mail about it. We sat on the terrace on Sat 10/28 it was a gorgeous day. Brunch was lovely, our 1st course of fresh fruit in a honey-lime-mint melange was so refreshing and the fresh croissant was a treat. 2nd course, we both picked soup .. lobster bisque for me (excellent) and wild mushroom for John also very tasty. Our main entrees were beautifully presented, John had the salmon benedict and enjoyed it. I had the chilled seafood platter and everything was so good and fresh. Our mini-trio of desserts was a perfect cap on the meal. All-in-all, a lovely experience.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food and service at Cuistot. Atmosphere very elegant. Quiet but lively. Had sea bass and rack of lamb. Both were delicious. A little pricey but worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We’ve always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Our waiter, a local I think, tried to speak French. We celebrated a birthday in a quiet, romantic setting. We’ll be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Four of us to celebrate a birthday . Lovely ambience, attentive service. We were all happy with our starter course; two soups, one beet & cheese, one avocado & cheese. Very tasty. Three out of four entrees were keepers. The three were, rack of lamb, veal chop, and fillet. The fourth was the Scottish salmon. The salmon itself was very good, but the sauce was a little too strong for a delicate fish dish. It could be served on the side perhaps.
The dessert that was provided for the birthday was not the first choice for the “birthday girl” therefore one of us had to sacrifice & eat the Floating Island (not by choice) so that she might have her chocolate dessert.
All in all, a memorable evening — pricey, but worth it for the occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great lunch and fabulous service from Marcos and miguel

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Upscale and inviting ambience. Top notch mushrooms soup and desserts. Personable and impeccable service by Marco and his colleagues.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The staff are very knowledgeable of their menu and wine list. Outdoor terrace have views of the valley. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a UC Santa Barbara event in their small room. Everyone was very impressed with the physical ambiance + food+ service. Then many of us stayed for dinner...Everyone loved the menu from snails to crispy chicken, great appetizers....all hard to find and delicious. The long
evening was most enjoyable and we thank the chef for coming over to check on us...That means a lot!!! He's always friendly...one reason I keep coming back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

You can't get any better than Cuistot. Absolutely top of the list in just about every rating category .Food quality, white glove service,ambiance,location and presentation.
Deserves all the applause it gets and more. We spent a comfortable two and a half hours enjoying every minute of a superb dining experience. A little pricey,but worth every penny you spend.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our dinner, service, and ambience was perfect!!
Thank you

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We started out a little rough. First the valet guy opened the door for my husband, not me and when he got around to open my door, while I got out I heard him belch.
I noted a birthday dinner on the on line reservation and asked for a nice table in the main dining room. The hostess proceeded to set us at a booth. We said we wanted a table and she set us moved us to the closest one. My husband noted the chairs were not the same as the other tables and we asked for a different table that was much better (athough there were several available and I shouldn't have had to ask for what I asked for in my reservation.
The rest of the meal went better and the food snd service is always excellent.
We have been to this restaurant many times and it seemed a little off, maybe because of new staff and just reopening for the season.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Not what it used to be. The food was okay, but it lacked a certain flare. The waiter brought us someone else's bill and seemed a bit stiff and formal. The best entree was the filet mignon... Dover Sole was too heavily doused in sauce.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

I have enjoyed lunch, dinner and Happy Hour at Cuistot and never been disappointed. It has a beautiful setting for outside seating and the inside is gorgeous. The Happy Hour in the bar is great with small plates and a variety of wines and drinks. The salads served at lunch were excellent. Very special place!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had a wonderful meal. The asparagus with morel mushrooms and lobster pot pie were both amazing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Cuistot's is always great. Chef Bernard is always on top of everything in the kitchen and nothing leaves the kitchen without his approval. Chef Bernard has his own private garden which produces most of the vegetables served. The ambiance is outstanding and they have two outdoor patio's which offer a great outdoor experience. Always a fabulous experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Best restaurant in the desert. The food was unbelievable and the service was great as was the ambiance on the patio. Can't wait to go again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food at Cuistot was fabulous as usual. The potato leak soup was tasty as was the 4 cheese stuffed chicken. It's all delivered so freshly cooked and piping hot. I've never had a dessert less than perfect and beautifully presented. Ivan, our waiter was excellent and gentlemanly. The comfort and elegance is incomparable. I vote Cuistot my favorite local restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This was our second time there and just like the first, it was amazing. Yes a little pricey, but places like this that cater to having something original is/are hard to find. The occasion was Fathers Day - I took my uncle since he is the only father I have ever had. I pampered him, and he enjoyed it very much. He got the Lobster Pot Pie and said it was amazing. I should mention, it is hard for him to enjoy a lot of restaurants as he used to be a chef, but he loved everything about this place. The wine selection is extensive and there is one for every price level. I highly recommend this place for any special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I have written a few "hostile" reviews in the past and this might be considered another. However, I want people to know that I really enjoy almost all meals at Cuistot's. However, some dishes just don't workout. I ordered Roasted Rabbit with leg on Saturday, June 17th. I've ordered this before and loved it. However, the Rabbit was really tough and took really significant effort to chew. In addition, I know Rabbit is mild, there was almost no meaty flavor at all. The sauce and the Savoy cabbage were really good and helped cover the meat's lack of flavor. You can always send a dish back and switch to something else if Cuistot strikes out. They are good about that and have a wide enough choice to do a good recovery. They have a great wine list and I like experimenting with wines that are new to me. In addition, they serve Wine Dinners from time to time also that can be a good way to taste a winery's current major varietals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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