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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (41)
Special Occasion (39)
Notable Wine List (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Good for a Date (32)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Great for Lunch (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Business Meals (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Authentic (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Bar Seating (10)
Cozy (10)
Fun (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Scenic View (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
People Watching (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Casual (3)
Live Music (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

Foos was excellent, good service, lovely spot, but expensive, be prepared!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

excellent food, great atmosphere. Definately at the top end of price range.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food, friendly staff

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Went to Cuistot for Valentine’s dinner. Pluses: great menu, great service, great food! Minuses: not very romantic due to noise.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely evening and good dinner but prices took too much advantage of Valentines Day

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Classic French cuisine in an elegant setting. A bit on the pricey side but good for a special occasion. I’ll be back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food, service and the entire experience was excellent.
We can’t wait to go back!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Unquestionably, Cuistot is the finest restaurant in the Coachella Valley. Authentic, beautifully prepared and presented French cuisine, impeccable service and wonderful ambiance. What more can I say? M. Dervieuix deserves a Michelin star.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Best lamb I have ever had and my husband had the quail with black rice which was delicious!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Rick our waiter was excellent. Chris the Som was fun and helpful. Excellent food. Was whimsical decor amp dark enjoyed the outside patio. Will go again if I make back to the valley

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We took another couple there. Excellent food and overall experience. Pricy wine but the sommelier knows his stuff. We have been to the restaurant several times. The r couple had never been and loved it!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great food and great service!!!!! Loved our server Morgan and Ruby.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent,great for a special occasions.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First time visiting Cuistot. Food is some of the best in the Valley. Service was a little discombobulated at times, and staff seemed overwhelmed. Definitely not seamless. But everyone was very friendly, and tried to be attentive.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful special occasion restaurant especially if you get a table in the room with the fireplace. Loved the rack of lamb and there is a very nice list of wines by the glass.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Very accommodating

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We scheduled Cuistot for my wife's birthday and we had a special meal. The lamb was done to medium rare perfection. They have a great wine list and our service was very good. It is a very nice room with the country French feel and warmth. We will return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A few glitches with, I suspect, a new server and a sudden rush. The maitre d was very nice about it. Food was lovely. Would definitely return and recommend it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Always enjoy going to Cuistot whether for lunch or dinner. Great service and food in elegant surrounding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

This was a wine dinner great price and great variety of wines these are a give away with top notch food and service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Although the restaurant was out of my first choice (would you believe - chicken?) my second choice was quite satisfactory. Beautiful venue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Just very good food. Classic. Wonderful menu. Plan to come back. Wine pairing turned out to be excellent. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A busy night and the kitchen slowed; brought soup “on the house” and comped a glass of wine. Would have much preferred smooth service. Food was ok.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved it. Menu very good. Food excellent. Wait staff very attentive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 24, 2017

No matter how many times we visit we experience outstanding service and food.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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