Cuistot

4.5
1529 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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.
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San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The quenelles and lobster ravioli were outstanding and we enjoyed the quiet table we had in the bar. It was my birthday and our server brought a lovely dessert as a surprise. Service was not up to par however.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their Beet Napoleon appetizer was amazing! So creative and delicious. Our surprise favorite entre was the Lobster Pot Pie. Who would think...it was awesome too! Already made reservations for next month!

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BR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the desert. Chef Bernard is s master of Lyonnaise cuisine and the service is perfect. The chef visits each table and it’s spectacular.

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GD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

My wife and I really love this restaurant, but we were seated with our back to the main door (Valentines Day) was very cold and wet in the Coachella Valley. Both my wife and I picked up chills from what was supposed to be a special event for us!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Worst experience I’ve had for dinner that cost $$. Dessert was poorly prepared.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Cuistot before but very disappointed this time! I know it was Valentine’s Day but, even so, for the price, $105 per person excluding drinks, the food should have been outstanding. We started with a glass of champagne and ordered a nice bottle of wine to go with the entrees. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there! The foie gras terrine had the consistency of a mousse, and not much flavor! I had the pork loin which was almost raw in the middle and tough...and the mashed potatoes were on the watery side! My husband had the steak and it was also not very tender! The potato gratin served with the steak was all of one bite! The dessert was a brownie with a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream...something you could find at a BJ’s or Yard House! On the positive side, the tomato bisque served as the second course was very good, as was the bread! The service was also very attentive and we enjoyed the piano and atmosphere! It is a beautiful restaurant but unfortunately the food didn’t do it justice! To top it off, had to wait 15 minutes in the cold and wind for our car at the valet! Expected much more for a tab of over $600! Probably won’t go back anytime soon!

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SH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the wine list was spectacular, great service and a lovely setting.

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MG
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere just lovely and the service was perfect!
Bernard knows what he’s cooking and has a good staff with him

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

This was our second try at this restaurant and our last. The attitude was surly and when an almost well done steak fritte was delivered for a medium rare order I was taken back with the response , “you mean you want another steak”? Another medium rare steak came with the original vegetables
from the first plate that were then inedible.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food presentation. Quiet environment, no rushing, food served at a pleasant pace.
Menu was lovely...small bites, entrees, whatever your palate craved.

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JM
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very nice environment and atmosphere. The service was a bit slow - ten to fifteen minutes after being seated for our first interaction with wait staff. Also, had to ask for bread at the table. Wine service was good with an excellent selection to choose from. The salads were tasty and nicely prepared. The entrees - one steak, one lamb, two fish - were good to excellent and prepared as requested. Our dinner was a birthday celebration and the restaurant provided a delightful finish to the evening with a "floating birthday meringue over custard" - a nice touch.

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m
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my sister and her husband to an early Valentine's lunch. We each had wine by the glass which were all excellent. Two of us had lobster quenelle for an appetizer. Two of us had soup, mushroom & lobster. Finally one of us had Shrimp Louie.

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m
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This place is erratic. The food is generally very good and service not. This time service was better. Lovely patio but it was chilly and we were dissuaded from sitting outside. I can’t recommend this place but we keep returning in the hopes that they’ll get their act together.

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MR
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in the desert. First time there and we already made another reservation. Our server, Adriana, was outstanding, and the sommelier David was very knowledgeable.

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PR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have been to many wonderful restaurants, but last night the follow-up on our anniversary celebration was remise. When we got home, we looked at our bill, and the value for the high prices was not there.

We dined last at Cuistot shortly after it first opened - almost 30 years ago, and it will be at least that long before we would even consider returning! Well, not even then!!!

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JH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites that we visit during our annual PS pilgrimage. A bit pricey but we feel it is worth it. Mushroom soup is a must

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific very good waiter

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Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuistot's is one of my very favorite restaurants with the fabulous ambiance, delicious food and great waiters. You really feel like you are back in the Old Country. The owner is gregarious often coming to individual tables to see if you enjoyed yourself. We love the "lunch box" feature. The car park guys
are terrific, too. Fashion shows on certain days, but we like to just have quiet and talk, but the shows are enjoyed by many.

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Denver
86 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is currently our favorite restaurant in the desert. The authentic French food prepared expertly by Bernard, the chef, and the owner is outstanding. There is an exceptional wine list with an expert sommelier, Chris. The live piano music in the evening is a nice additional touch. On this visit my wife had the rabbit entrée and I had the Seabass. They both had exceptional French sauces. The evening was made special for us by the hostess who gave us a quiet table.

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M
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cuistot is usually an excellent spot for great food, service and wine list. This time, however, the food was overcooked (Steak and Scottish Salmon). I think it sat under heat lamp on very high temperature serving plate for too long.
i will give them another chance because of past great meals. But, only one more chance.

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DW
Indiana
38 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a week of vacation dining in the area, we voted Cuistot our very best experience. The dining room is beautiful and inviting, the food delicious and, in our case, the service was impeccable. We also enjoyed our conversation with the friendly and knowledgeable sommelier.

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B
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Very consistent.

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L
Palm Springs
63 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. Very impressed. Wait staff was very attentive. Food was incredible. Definitely will be back.

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B
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuistot was a total delight. Aside from the well-designed, cavernous interior space that curiously enough permitted easy conversation, the food, wait staff and wine list were excellent. After spending almost three hours there, we left completely satisfied knowing that we had just had, perhaps, one of the best dining experiences one could expect to find in the Palm Springs area. The food was professionally served by an attentive wait staff, and the wine list was outstanding, offering selections from Europe an not only California wines. The menu items offered a variety beyond what one typically finds in many of the more upscale restaurants in the area. Definitely a place to which we shall return.

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RR
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuistot is one of my favorite restaurants in the Desert. Food, Service and ambiance is always great

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HM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went there to celebrate a birthday lunch. Very happy to receive a complimentary dessert with candle. Lovely restaurant however we sat outside and service was very slow - it was busy inside which may have accounted for this but nevertheless..... The price was way too high for this to become a regular lunch spot - $75 for a sandwich and pasta plus 2 glasses of Prosecco. Most of the other desert places have lunch specials or happy hours.

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Denver
86 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a guest from New York City with special dietary needs. The restaurant meet our expectations exceptionally well. Our server was outstanding and the food was served to perfection. We wi;; gladly return again and hope to bring other guests in the future.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner with family and friends. We had a wonderful meal. Everyone’s food was prepared perfectly

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BC
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuistot is always a first class dining experience! We always include a visit there during our annual vacation to Palm Desert from St. Louis!

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HS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuistot, year after year, is one of the best restaurants in the Coachella Valley. Very consistent, classic in preparation but not old world, the food remains outstanding with service to match. While a bit pricey, it is worth it. Keep doing the great work you do!

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SG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! True enjoyment.

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a
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual this restaurant continued to provide a great atmosphere and serve an outstanding meal

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T
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We available ourselves of the Barcelona menu which was very good and sufficiently varied. Food, as always, was excellent. Service however was extremely slow to start having to wait over 20 minutes to be acnowledge and have even water, menus, etc. brought to table. Another 15-20 minutes to have our orders taken. After that service was very good.

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BE
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great! Eduardo.
Very personable - helpful. Took care of all our requests.

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D
Palm Springs
132 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service that is perfection. We highly recommend that you go!

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food,service and atmosphere. Highly recommend

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C
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very seasoned servers and sommelier. Will be back!

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RM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, incredible food. The Friday Fashion Show was especially nice too!

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K
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a Fabulous restaurant with wonderful food and a really terrific fashion show that features several local el Paseo boutiques!!
Great value, ambiance, and all around elegant luncheon dining experience.

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Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quiet dining, but excellent food, not terribly busy, we were very surprised, prices maybe?
We had a great experience however.

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