Cuistot

4.6
1822 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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A Fabulous 4 Course traditional Thanksgiving feast! Featuring: Amuse Bouche, Soup, Salad or Pasta. Entreès: Free Range Fresh Turkey, New York Sirloin of Beef, Seasonal Seabass, or Vegetable Ravioli. Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake, Ohio Pumpkin Pie, Sorbets & Vanilla/ Chocolate Sundae.

What 1822 people are saying
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vipboivette
Palm Springs
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice luncheon outdoor seating, felt comfortable. Julian our server was very courteous. Overall, a very nice time for the three of us.

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vipCoronado
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For us we would consider Cuistot the best restaurant in the Palm Springs environment. The owner/chef provides a ‘classic’ French cooking experience without being ‘stuffy’ or too formal. Great food, very caring and attentive service.
A special ‘high five’ to my ‘go to’ waiter, Jamie, the best. A great value for the service, environment and food.

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fabulous food and enjoyable evening. Chef is personable and greets guest. Servers are attentive but do not rush you.

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vipEricS
Palm Springs
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for my wife during Covid...so just the two of us. Everything was very good. I love the cassoulet and my wife loves the mushroom soup. She was also happy with her steak frites. Everything was very nice, patio seating and properly distance from others made us feel comfortable.

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vipKwbear
Palm Springs
125 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only our 3rd Visit to this Restaurant, because of Covid we have just not been goin out at all. We made this a special night with friends that have just recently moved to the desert. It was outstanding and we enjoyed everything very much. The Covid restrictions and precautions were in place and we ate outside. It was an excellent choice for evening and we will def. be back as soon as possible. Our server was excellent.

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ElizabethC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuistot gives us our “France” fix since we cannot travel this year. We celebrated our 61st Anniversary at Cuistot and the evening was perfect, a beautiful lovely desert night on their balcony/terrace with outstanding French food and a charming waiter. We have celebrated many anniversaries at Cuistot. It is a special restaurant! We discovered it in 1994 in its original location after a trip to France and it brought back happy memories! Still does!

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vipSherl
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent server sand that is what makes the dining experience memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone who worked there was super friendly and service was great. Food was excellent.

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vipPinotPaul
Palm Springs
129 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful meal and a nice break from the confines of COVID isolation. Sat outside on their patio with a very nice fireplace and plenty of space heaters going. Very comfortable. Food was outstanding. Enjoyed a veal chop that was one of the best I've ever had. We'll be back for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening. Glad it wasn’t crowded. Delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration dinner. Wonderful

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vipJocko
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a wonderful place. Eating on the patio is like being in Europe with all the outside lighting. The Dover Sole is the best. Mushroom soup fantastic. Worth the money for a great evening.

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denneef
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this lovely and delicious restaurant.

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vipCCDINER
Los Angeles
205 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

4 gals for a birthday lunch . Seated promptly on the beautiful outside patio. Delicious wines and Prosecco by the glass- while we all dined on tasty salads; bay shrimp and ahi tuna. The wonderful Floating Island for dessert- and of course, fashion show Friday all made it a perfect experience. Thank you

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vipFrankD
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular diners at Cuistot. My only comment is that overall it’s more of the same great food, service, ambiance and properly socially distanced dining.

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vipscarlett
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food is very good and the menu offers something for everyone. The back patio is very nice with adequate spacing between tables and a nice fireplace and heat lamps at night. We also have had lunch there several times an there is a water feature which virtually eliminates any street noise you may hear. Unfortunately, since they reopened their service is very inconsistent and slow. We waited 15 minutes after being seated before someone came by with a cocktail and wine list so that we could order. Once they came we ordered our cocktails as well as our entire meal as we were concerned we'd never get our order in. If you order desert, expect to wait at least 20-25 minutes for it. There is a chocolate desert on the menu that indicates it will take 12-15 minutes , so we ordered something else but it took even longer and it wasn't busy at all. They seem to be limited in the number of wait staff which is probably the issue, or maybe its the kitchen? I hope they figure it out as I love the food and ambiance.

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vipDarlene
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 'bento box' french style lunch..small portions soup, salad, pasta, lemon tart. Delicious.

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vipDennisC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorites.....outstanding food and ambience. Outdoor dining at it’s finest.

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vipLouG
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pricey but the best restaurant in the Valley. Very authentic French food and superb, attentive service and warm hospitality. An memorable Wedding Anniversary.

Quenelles were savory and delicious. Carpaccio was delicate and tender, though the arugula overpowered the presentation.

Duck Brest and Veal Chop were prepared to perfection. Ample and well-priced wine list with gracious and knowledgeable sommelier.

Lovely American Songbook playlist at perfect volume.

Only quibble, outdoor patio close to 111, so traffic and sirens interfere with the ambiance.

But all in all, a delicious, memorable Gallic evening in the American Desert.

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vipBrookeG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine list & service

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vipJLsellers3
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Cuistot. Terrific food, wonderful patio, very friendly and efficient staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience5

It was horrible.
Bonnie, the host that had called us to confirm our reservation, was the one who sat us. She was vague, where she sat us as if she could care less or be bothered. Our server did not know the menu or what was right. We were rushed in and out. I recommend that you choose downtown for more and better options.

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vipFrankD
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food fairly priced. First rate service. Chef owner charming.

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JanetO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner, service and ambiance was excellent. We dine there regularly on special occasions and sometimes enjoy their happy hour on the front patio. Lovely, elegant, tasteful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing !

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vipIrv6
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

WE were very disappointed. We understand some of the challenges associated with the current business environment but that is no reason to lower quality. We were somewhat regular at Cuistot. It has always been expensive but we felt we got something for our money. This time not the case. We will not likely go back.

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vipcurlygirl
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Driving through Palm Desert after a 6,000 mile road trip, we were so happy to be back at Cuistot and they didn’t disappoint. Food was outstanding, as always, and the service was friendly and professional, if a little slow, due to a sudden rush of.customers. We will always return there when in the area.

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vipDelighted1
Dallas
135 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lamb was really great. Our friend had the pork tenderloin and it was over cooked. My husbands sole was delish! A great ding experience

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vipSydney
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

They tried to serve our entree’s before we had eaten our salads. They then kept them warm, actually 🥵 hot, which had to have been a half an hour. Henceforth the fish slightly dry and the sauce over cooked. Other than that all was good.

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vipTreyateen1952
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday dinner. Great food and wine recommendations from our knowledgeable waiter and sommelier. We’ll definitely return

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vipJeffG
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuistot’s is the BEST restaurant in area!!
Food is delicious, elegant, and consistent.
Service above all!! Professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.

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vipFrankD
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful ambiance. Extensive and varied wine list.

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Nithoma
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

4 instead of 5 stars ... the food was lukewarm by the time it was served ... in our case mussels and isles flottante, the sand-dabs were perfect ... the quality of the food is excellent, service attentive ... too bad about the temperature of the food served

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vipKimM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the servers were very attentive.

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AllButOne
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful welcome, good sommelier, and outstanding appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

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EdwardP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic with the outdoor fireplace and waterfall below. Gentlemen if you want to earn points take her here!!

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Janpc
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out to a restaurant since the pandemic hit. Excellence food, exemplary service

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CharlesD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining environment. Chef is wonderful and visits table as time permits. A must visit for desert visitors and desserts are a must try one. A bit pricey but there are moderate priced items on the dinner menu. You will not be disappointed.

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vipLocalFOODlover
Palm Springs
74 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

So surprised at how much I disliked their halibut. It was $57 ala carte and tasted as if it had been frozen and sitting around a while. The ONLY reason I didn’t send it back was because it would have destroyed the cadence of the table. The waiter, when we asked for separate checks said” “we can’t do that because of COVID “. What?

Duck meals were exceptional. Sommelier Farouk is so amazing, he needs to be in a restaurant worthy of his exceptional knowledge.

Final bill was well over $600 without a bottle of wine (we ordered by the glass, some of us don’t drink) and with tip: $700+++.

FAQs

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

Cuistot is rated 4.6 stars by 1822 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.