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Cuistot, Palm Desert, CA
Cuistot, Palm Desert, CA
Cuistot, Palm Desert, CA
Cuistot, Palm Desert, CA
Cuistot, Palm Desert, CA

Cuistot

4.5
4.5
2807 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

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Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, Californian, French American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 340-1000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Bernard Dervieux
  • Private party facilities
    From small, intimate gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests Private Wine Room, Veranda , Fireplace Room, Bistro and Waterfall Terrace For inquiries contact michael@cuistotrestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    Michael Shimer: (760) 340-1000
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Cross street
    We are located at the corner of Hwy 111 & El Paseo (west end).
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Stars of Napa Valley Wine Dinner

    $145.00 per person

    May 22, 2024 only
    5 Courses! 5 Fabulous Wines: Featuring Stag's Leap Sauvignon Blanc; Beringer Reserve Chardonnay; Etude Pinot Noir; BV Georges de La Tour Cabernet and Frank Family Zinfandel. All rated 92-96 James Suckling/Decanter/ Wine Enthusiast. Crab Cake Napolean with Mousse of Foie Gras Terrine; Heirloom Tomato Tartar with Olives; Stuffed Organic Chicken Breast with Truffle en Vessie Garnish Sauce Supreme; Lamb Chop Cassoulet and Banana Pudding a la Francaise.
  • Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

    $59.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 31 - Jun 9, 2024
    Tour de France in 3 courses! 1st Course (Choice of one): French Onion Soup; Foie Gras & Duck Mousse Terrine; Coquilles St. Jacques; or Tartare of Heirloom Tomatoes 2nd Course (Choice of one): Classic Coq au Vin; Braised Lamb Leg; Coquillette Pasta; or Sole & Salmon Chessboard Dessert (Choice of one); Chocolate Cake; Tin Pear Tarte; or Floating Island No Substitutions, No Share Plates, No Coupons or other Promotions Allowed

What 2,807 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Great for fine wines

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Romantic

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Great for fine wines

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Romantic

2,810 Reviews
  1. JohnS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful night on the terrace, great food & service.

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  2. ThomasH

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An outstanding meal with superb service. One our our favorites.

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  3. Luvlife

    Portland

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Konstantin was ourstanding!!!! He was attentive, knowledgeable the real deal. We will return to sit in his section.

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  4. ExpectantDiner

    Denver

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it was a great experience. The beet napoleon should be made fresh. It seemed like it was sitting in a frig for days. At the very least it should have been brought to room temperature. The smoked salmon with it was wonderful! The quenelles need salt and something else; perhaps chives and a more Gruyère. The fish entrees were very good.

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  5. happydiner

    Portland

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding time to celebrate my husband’s 75th birthday. !!! Wonderful food and service !!!!

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  6. NancyD

    San Diego

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food still wonderful at this upscale eatery. Service top notch and Michael the GM is fantastic.

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  7. DesertDweller

    Palm Springs

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience and food at this gorgeous restaurant are wonderful. Our table enjoyed starters which included the warm asparagus - fabulous! Our entrees were rack of lamb, sea bass, veal chop, sand dabs and chicken. Everyone was delighted with the presentation and the delicious food. It appeared that they may have been a bit understaffed and everything took longer than expected. It was easily overlooked in the beautiful environment.

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  8. Hikergirl

    Omaha

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That mushroom soup! Outstanding! And the Dover Sole! Love eating outside, great service, great menu. Favorite place!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Dreadful food which presented as prepared and plated by a 6 year old, and that’s being kind. We sent our salads back; who does that…

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  10. Thumpers

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best French Restaurant in the Desert, bar none. And has been for years!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very good dinner . The food and service were excellent.

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  12. JackS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered the crab salad special appetizer it had sliced avocado (paper thin with black spots), mango that was also paper thin and not yet ripe (I had to cut it with a knife because it was so hard and sour. I ordered sand dabs (one of my favorites and it was like mush. I assumed it had been frozen. My wife ordered the daily special, short ribs they were about 1/3 fat. When I received the bill I found the short ribs were 68and the crab salad 22.50 an acceptable price for quality but not for this. We have been patrons of this establishment for many years and always found it to be excellent. This experience was very disappointing.

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  13. ScottT

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, beautiful atmosphere and excellent service.
    CuistotResponded on March 29, 2024
    Thank you Scott! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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  14. SuzyH

    Los Angeles

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant and brought a couple who had never been there last night. They were blown away at how great the service, food and ambiance was!!! Julian, our bartender and server is probably the BEST we have had anywhere!!! Can’t wait to go back!
    CuistotResponded on March 29, 2024
    Thank you Suzy! Yes, Julian is one of a kind. looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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  15. ckrsar

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Here is our recap of Cuistot. We had requested Veranda and when we arrived host said that was filled with happy hour guests so we were seated on the terrace. On the terrace we received some of the nicest service from Constantine and his assistant, friendly and informative and just so efficient! Then the food started. Everything we ordered was delicious. We had crab appetizer, carpaccio, carrot ginger soup, lamb, filets and steak frites. Then we had desserts of floating island and tarte tatin and after dinner drinks. Constantine brought samples when we had questions about wines and after dinner drinks. Constantine and the quality of the meal helped make this overall one of the finest dining experiences here in the desert. We also enjoyed the baby hummingbirds in their nest.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance was fabulous as well as service. Portions were really too large for us.

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  17. melt07

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overpriced for the service level. There are a lot of restaurants that charge these prices, but the service is much better. The food was very good. Our server, when asked about a wine, said “I’ve never tried it”. Maybe you need a sommelier.

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  18. BruceR

    Tahoe

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We reserved a table in the large dining room. We were seated in the BAR. I commented to the server that we had requested a dining room table. She basically said "too bad so sad" - we had to move people from outside inside so it was busy. Well I had checked the weather and specifically requested indoors because of that. I think the people that were moved should have had lower priority than my original reservation of a table in the dining room. The hostess did not even offer us the opportunity to wait a bit for a dining room table. Pretty much ruined our evening.
    CuistotResponded on March 25, 2024
    "Subject to availabilty" is posted with every dining room choice on OT. We guarantee your reservation. A request is just that, "a request". Thank you for caring about our other guests...so compassionate.

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  19. MartyS

    Palm Springs

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Longtime landmark. And still provides a really enjoyable experience. BTW: Brandi is a terrific server.

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  20. PJMac

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited with friends for dinner. We love your relationship and usually do happy hour. Our table was excellent, our waiter was first class and the food was delicious. Look forward to our next visit.

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  21. Guest101

    Manitoba

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to dine and the food was delicious! I’d go back just for the floating island..outstanding!

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  22. HilaryL

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I was really disappointed. I made a reservation for the Fireplace Room for 7 pm last Friday. We arrived just before 7 pm. I told them we had a reservation for the Fireplace Room, the hostess went and looked and said there were no tables available. The reason I was given was that due to the inclement weather those who had made reservations for the patio had moved inside. Please tell me why they were moved to the Fireplace Room and we (a party of 4) had to take a table in the other room. Surely since we had a reservation our table should have been held. On top of this the service was very mediocre. I doubt we shall go back there again even though the food was pretty good.

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  23. KHVan

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious dinner for all four of us in our group. The ambience is lovely and the service was excellent. The lobster ravioli appetizer and the Dover sole are incredible!

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  24. LisaM

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food, a beautiful restaurant with a low noise level. Who could ask for more?

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  25. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening Beef carpaccio, mushroom soup, sand dabs—-lovely wine pairing—overall outstanding Superb service A quiet, elegant gem in Palm Desert

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  26. Luv2dine

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very lovely dining at Cuistot, great food and presentation, always served with care. Huge shout out to our waiter, Dan, he is always kind, attentive and gracious.

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  27. JohnW

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Juan,s service was excellent and the rack of lamb is the best.

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  28. Jack

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The dining room was very nice but was overbooked. Took forever to get service. The meal was great.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside this time and it was lovely. Food was perfect and the service was excellent.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were 4 prople and enjoyed the food,the ambiance and the service Thank you

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  31. AndrewL

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cuistot is one of favourite restaurants when we visit Palm Desert in March each year. The kitchen seemed busier and a bit slower than usual with the tennis tournament on, but the quality remained excellent and our main server, Dan, was very attentive. We both had lovely salads, my partner had salmon for the main and I had the excellent rack of lamb - I could eat it nightly. We enjoyed the lemon tart for desert, also a favourite.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always. One of my favorite restaurants in town.

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  33. LovesFood

    Manitoba

    130 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Our food was superb. We had the quenelles, bouillabaisse (a special), farfalle pasta and cassoulet....all excellent. Service was also very good. Our birthday girl was 97 and received a complimentary fruit and cheese dessert....how kind. Thank you. The table next to us was loud and crude. They put a damper on an otherwise pleasant evening.

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  34. ETbbbb

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, great atmosphere, will definitely be back

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  35. PatriciaL

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding restaurant. The Dover sole is perfection.

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  36. Jackie

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere as well as outstanding service.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last night was our first time at Cuistot. We couldn’t have been happier with it. Starting with the exterior decor to the beautiful interior ambience, our whole experience was wonderful. We arrived a bit earlier, so had a happy hour drink in the bar. Our waiter was eager to help and recommend drinks. When we were seated, we had knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient server, Adriana. Then came the food! From the mushroom soup to our incredible entrées, to the exciting desserts we were impressed with each course. We are still talking about the floating island dessert today! Unique and delicious! We were with another couple and the restaurant was very quiet inside, so we could all hear each other talk. We would look forward to returning!

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  38. SFOSteve

    San Francisco

    92 reviews

    2.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    For the reputation and prices I was expecting far more all around. Crispy chicken wasn’t that crispy but certainly ordinary. Veal scallopini overcooked and chewy with a sauce that may have come from a can. Pappardelle was mushy and overcooked and basically a waste of decent truffles. Quail stuffed with sweetbreads was a pity. The quail was killed twice- once before they were cooked and again as they were cooked. The three tiny pieces of sweetbreads inside the quail also a waste of what is normally an extravagant ingredient. The overly salted black rice was no consolation. The tart tarin had promise but the apples were more like applesauce. The potential for this place perhaps exceeds the talent in the kitchen.

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  39. ScottT

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful evening, great food and very friendly team oriented service. Love this place.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Filet mignon is to die for. Appetizers came out a little too fast. Try the chocolate soufflé. Give 12 minutes to prepare. But worth it.

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FAQs

Cuistot offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 340-1000.

Cuistot is rated 4.5 stars by 2807 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cuistot

72595 El Paseo Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are located at the corner of Hwy 111 & El Paseo (west end).
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, Californian, French American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bernard Dervieux
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 340-1000
  • Private party facilities
    From small, intimate gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests Private Wine Room, Veranda , Fireplace Room, Bistro and Waterfall Terrace For inquiries contact michael@cuistotrestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    Michael Shimer: (760) 340-1000
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