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Cuistot

4.6
4.6
2526 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

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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: (855) 706-5749

  • 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

  • Valentine's Day " Love is in the Air!

    $159.50 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    What's more romantic than dining in an authentic French farm house setting. Whether in the dining room with 30 foot beamed ceiling with spectacular fireplace. Or, on the Terrace with huge stone fireplace, overlooking the Sculpture Garden with Lagoon & Waterfall as the back drop. Or, sit with all the action and the show kitchen, looking over the Terrace. A 4 -course dinner that can be paired with some fine wines from our Sommelier, Farouk. A night to remember!
  • Bordeaux Wine Dinner

    $140.00 per person

    Jan 31, 2023 only
    5 Bordeaux wines paired with a 5 course dinner prepared by Chef Bernard Dervieux and hosted by Sommelier Farouk Chaabi. All wines will be available for purchase at a special discounted price. You don't want to miss this dinner! Reception at 6:30 / Dinner 7pm.

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What 2,526 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Great for fine wines

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Great for fine wines

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  1. CC

    CCDiner

    Palm Springs

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service was outstanding. The food regretfully was not. We had skirt steak, barramundi, île flottante, quenelles, lamb chops and nothing was yummy enough to make us go back
  2. DL

    DonnaL

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience!
  3. SL

    SamL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect touch of old school with exceptional food and service. Wish we had this restaurant in Sonoma county.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, great wine selection & over the top service!
  5. j

    jimbarnes

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really wonderful evening. Lobster ravioli and capon special exceptionally good. Veal en croute special also good. Sommelier recommendation was really good French Pinot and not expensive.
  6. BP

    BarbaraP

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cuistot has everything for a special dining experience: superb food and wine, great service, handsome atmosphere. Out French friends believe the food is as good as the best places in France.
  7. MW

    MichaelW

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding dinner at Cuistot. Wife had the Veal Chop; I had the Sea Bass. Brother-in-law had Salmon; eldest son had lamb; and Daughter-in-law had pasta. All were outstanding, as was the bottle of Pinot Noir from France. Delicious mushroom soup and Cesar salads. Owner/Chef stopped by our table to see if everything was up to par. All in all, a wonderful dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
  8. MM

    MplsMom

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Very slow service! Food was not great. Suppose to be French restaurant and was full of everything but French food. Pastas were basic and way over priced. Crème brûlée was awful!! Will not go back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed; will be making another reservation here.
  10. AC

    AlwaysChoco

    Seattle

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are visiting Palm Desert and had dinner at Cuistot with friends we have known for a long time. We were seated quickly and the waitress was very helpful in explaining their specials. I saw that the wine list has sparkling tea and was curious about it. Our waitress asked the sommelier to explain and gave me a glass to try. I ended up getting the jasmine sparkling tea which was refreshing. The rest of the table ordered wine and scotch. We all had Caesar’s salad and the guys had cassoulet, my friend had pork tenderloin and I had the sea bass special. Everyone was happy with their dish. For dessert, I ordered the chocolate cake, the kind with melted chocolate in the middle, it was awesome! Dinner was a great experience, we would definitely go back again.
  11. DF

    DeliciousFriendlyTreasure

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tables are well-spaced so it’s possible to have a good conversation. The food was great - especially the asparagus with truffles and morels, and the pappardelle. The restaurant was told in advance that we were celebrating a birthday, and they brought us a complimentary amaretto crème brûlée which was DELICIOUS!
  12. KD

    KevinD

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food met my high expectations, and the service was outstanding.
  13. SK

    SheilaK

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husband’s birthday at Cuistot. We had a wonderful dinner! The sea bass was the delightful! We will absolutely be back and would highly recommend to others looking for a special place to dine out!
  14. ED

    EricD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were spending a weekend away at Aqua Caliente, and we were looking for a nice French restaurant in the area for dinner. We found Cuistot on OpenTable, and we decided to give them a try. From the second we walked through the door, we were greeted and made to feel at home. It felt like we've been coming there for years. The staff were all very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very attentive. The ambiance and the décor gave a feel of old world Europe, but without feeling dated. Very nice, quiet, rustic feel. The wine list is very nice sized. It was big enough that you had to make some hard decisions, but not so large that it was overwhelming. Quality wines all across the list at very reasonable price points. While they did have a selection of American wines, we chose to go with a nice French wine even though we had no idea what to order. Luckily their Sommelier Farouk was on hand and helped us select a fine wine that complimented both of our entrees. The food menu, much like the wine menu, has a nice diverse selection of choices without being overwhelming. My wife chose the Duck Breast (Highly recommended, probably the best duck we've ever had), and I chose the Lobster Pot Pie. The duck was roasted perfectly, pink on the inside but still thoroughly cooked. Nice crispy skin, and perfect seasoned (not too salty, which is usually my biggest complaint when it comes to duck). The Lobster Pot Pie was amazing. It was a lot bigger than I was expecting, and it was LOADED with lobster. I was thinking between 5-8 chunks of lobster meat would be in the pie, boy was I ever wrong. They put an ENTIRE lobster's meat in the pie, including the claw meat. The pastry was golden brown, flaky, and not too thick. Word of advice, if you're going to order the Lobster Pot Pie, BE HUNGRY. My wife and I LOVED our first experience at Cuistot. We will be back, and we will bring our family and friends.
  15. PM

    PhilM

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Nice selection. Dover dole was cooked nicely and large portions. Great service. Valet parking.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to go back again
  17. WB

    WendyB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved this place, and it was quite a surprise, how lovely it was. It was comfortable, well decorated and designed, food was delicious & service to our table was excellent. Highly recommend Cuistot!!!
  18. JD

    JoeDion

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!❤️😊❤️
  19. s

    steveg1873

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food & service. Never been disappointed.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. All the dishes.
  21. CK

    ChattyKathy

    Orange County

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were four long time friends dining together. Our husbands both had the Sand Dabs, my friend had the Quail and I had the Duck Breast. We started with Caesar salads and a lovely Sancerre for the Loire Valley. The conversation was lively, the food delicious and servers attentive and friendly. The ambiance was perfect for a night out dining.
  22. d

    dsrtglfr

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Appetizers, entres and desserts were all exemplary. Our group ranged in age from ten to 76, and everyone was well fed and served.
  23. GT

    GTGeorge

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh, we have decided that Cuistot is the BEST restaurant in the area. Love this place. Food, service, wine list, ambiance, it’s all top notch !
  24. PD

    PhilippeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been looking forward to having dinner at Cuistot for years and finally were able to make it happen. The restaurant is well hidden and can't be seen from Hwy 111 and we struggled to find it and arrived 10mn late for our reservation. Nonetheless they had kept out table by the fireplace and it was magical. Started with a glass of refreshing and bubble Cremant de Loire then ordered the Quenelles de Lyon, the chefs hometown specialty. So delicious and light. We then booth ordered the Cassoulet we had been craving for years and rarely find on any French restaurant Menu.... I almost too the Special du Jour with was goose...So tempting. The cassoulet was great and served in a copper sauce pan then poured into our plate.. Classy ! It was more soupy than other recipes we have tried but the broth was very herbal and delicious. To finish we shared a delicious light Floating Island.. Over all magnifique as the French say. Nice quiet ambiance, beautiful decor and great service by Adriana... We were even treated by a visit to our table by Chef Bernard Dervieux...Overall, a delicious meal in a great setting and we hope to come back back to Palm Springs to sample the rest of the menu at Cuistot.
  25. DM

    DrMac

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Best cuisine in the desert. Every course outstanding! Sommelier is friendly and picks excellent wines, a real plus Main dining room is beautiful You are losing business with the male host, not friendly or gracious.
  26. JE

    JonathanE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must have's I would say are the Mushroom Soup and the Lamb, but everything we had was delicious!
  27. S

    Soccerref

    Los Angeles

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything perfect except bartender; two awful gimlets. What bar doesn’t have simple syrup? Old Fashioneds were good. Loved the lobster pot pie (split), quail, and goose special were delicious. Keep in mind that their dishes are quite large and rich. We split a salad to start. Floating islands make a good lighter side dessert. Half bottle of the cab (only one that comes in that size) is a good choice. Or bring a bottle for $35 corkage, which is reasonable by today’s standards.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and excellent service.
  29. s

    sharons

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Adieu Cuistot. After several years of Christmas Eve dinners and other occasion, we will not return. Everyone from the cheeky guy who answered the phone to confirm our reservation to the sommelier when asked to about a couple of wines said they are delicious so pick one and the went off to serve us a warm white wine. Our server took our order and promptly left for 35 minutes leaving us to find missing utensils and pour the wine from a bucket a few feet away. And when I mentioned she was MIA she promptly gave me her best school girl answer” I am doing my best” then proceeded to give us glaring states. The manager with his world weary look just said “they gave up their Christmas Eve” — probably the best income night of the year. Save yourself the overpriced food and insolent service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Horrible experience from start to lingering finish. We selected Cuistot for Christmas Eve dinner. I don’t mind paying for a dining experience. But I have high expectations when paying $115 per person. I had concerns from the call we received about a week in advance that our reservation required a $50 deposit per person. It wasn’t the deposit that concerned me - it was the rather curt and sharp delivery of the message. I have better customer service from my doctor’s office. That same lack of cordiality greeted us on arrival where we waited over 30 minutes for our table reservation. Understandable if the restaurant was busy. I’d say it was half full. It was just under staffed. Unacceptable in my opinion because they knew exactly how many guests to expect. The Amuse Bouche was not amusing. We were served a skewer with an unseasoned cherry tomato. A bland shrimp. And a second, unseasoned tomato. Should have left then and been out the reservation fee. But we continued. I had the mushroom soup. It was ok. But very salty. Ironic only because the rest of the meal lacked any seasoning, including salt. My husband had the lobster ravioli. The sauce was way too buttery to allow for any other flavor profile. I decided to try the Christmas goose. The meat was fine. I’ve never had goose, so nothing to compare it to. But the red cabbage was cold and mushy and tasted like it could have come from a can. The mashed potatoes were also cold and almost purée. Again- like from an instant mix or something. No seasoning. The green beans were a nice texture- but no flavor. My husband ordered the salmon. It dry and the sides were not flavorful at all. A couple of Lima beans. Dessert was ok. But to be fair… we were already so disappointed that dessert would have had to have been amazing. And it wasn’t. The service was essentially non existent except for the man that helped position the table side heater. Beyond disappointed. Would not dine here again. Do not recommend.
  31. CB

    CBDiner

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It was an off night, and most likely our last holiday dinner at Cuistot, though it’s al Austin been a hit and Miss on the price fix menus occasions. Having said that, Cuistot remains one of favorite restaurants and their Dover sole, in my husband’s opinion, is the best. It’s a lovely setting and the owners are very congenial.
  32. DR

    DennisR

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Christmas Eve menu was perfection. I have enjoyed Cuistot frequently, but never been there for a Holiday menu. It exceeded my expectations.
  33. ND

    NancyD

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Michael,Bonnie , Brandi and Martin GREAT GROUP. of people Feels like home going here Food and service like no other.
  34. B

    Basicly

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the goose, a meat that we don't usually prepare. It was moist, succulent and positively delicious. All of the side dishes were excellent as well. The server was warm, friendly and gracious. The ambience was comfortable and just formal enough to provide a special note to our evening. If you're looking for a venue to celebrate a special occasion, you cannot beat Cuistot.
  35. D

    Dancinfrank

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I was so disappointed w Cuistot. Took my house guests for a pre- Christmas dinner knowing it would be good. Was there pre Covid. Well the food was not good. To much vinegar in beet salad. Lobsters pot pie was like soup. My Caesar salad was a joke 5 romaine lettuce leaves w olives and dressing w some anchovies and Parmesan cheese. And I paid a lot The restaurant is not good anymore. The prices r way over priced and I won’t be going back. Can’t recommend it to anyone
  36. B

    Bill

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were treated exceptionally well on our anniversary and the food was great.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place for dinner!
  38. GT

    GregoryT

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Third Time's Not the Charm! Our Christmas dinner for six was a total bust. We have been to Cuistots three times now and each visit is worse than the last. But, this most recent visit on Dec. 21 was the worst! Waitress was annoying when present, which wasn't often. Spent most time standing in the bar area talking to the hostess. We felt like we were in a cheap diner. Other guests were very elderly and room was half empty. Seemed more like an assisted living facility. Cost was thru the roof--almost a thousand dollars, and we only bought two bottles of inexpensive wine. Never again. So many better choice in Rancho Mirage.
  39. ND

    NancyD

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love michal
  40. l

    lmf1

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious way to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you to Josh for taking great care of us!

FAQs

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

Cuistot is rated 4.6 stars by 2526 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cuistot

72595 El Paseo Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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

  • 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: (855) 706-5749

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