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Sun, 4/22
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Cuistot

4.4
1365 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Californian, French
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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!
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Phone number
(760) 340-1000
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Bernard Dervieux
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highway 111
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Parking details
Plenty of parking
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

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What 1365 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great time. Enjoyed the food as always. Great server. Informal modeling enjoyed.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was great - only thing that would have made it better would have been if server had advised price of specials $44USD was a bit of a surprise when we got the bill - although was very tasty. Lemon meringue tart wasn’t very lemony or tart- not what I expected from a French restaurant.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was great. Cyndi is certainly as true asset to Cuisot. Great food and great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Service was ok. Food wasn’t good. We ordered the dinner special as well as the appetizer special it wasn’t great for the price. Food was greasy and old school.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had a great evening sitting outside on the patio. Perfect weather. Loved the fireplace. Great food. Looking forward to returning soon.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was excellent, the service was great, nice place for a date night, I would go again overall was a great place to go and dine.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very classy and civilized dining. Done exactly the way fine dining should be done.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This place has great atmosphere. It is an upscale restaurant at the western end of El Paseo and shares a parking lot with the Palm Desert Art Museum and a wonderful Italian Restaurant called La Spiga. However, that is about all I can say that is positive about Cuistot. I ordered the New York steak medium rare and my companion ordered the Sea Bass. My steak was blood rare and sliced thin on the plate. The sauce was OK, but the meat was tough and loaded with gristle. The vegetables, which I was looking forward to, were portioned more as garnish than a side portion, and they were undercooked. The potato gratin was exactly one bite full. I sampled a bite of the Sea Bass and found it tasteless and over coated with breading. The wine list was extensive and way over-priced, which is not unusual for restaurants of this caliber. It is still disturbing to pay $55 for a bottle of Merlot that costs $17 at Total Wine. When you spend over $200 for a dinner, you expect better food quality and preparation. Cuistot did not deliver either. I will not be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We went to celebrate my husband's birthday. Although I hesitate to use this word, the evening was PERFECT! The waiter was very attentive and the food was artistically presented and incredibly delicious. We had a table with a view of the kitchen--what a talented group of chefs! Thank you to the entire staff of Cuistot for a memorable evening.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It had been a long time since we were out in the desert and decided to return to Cuistot. Once again, nothing disappointed. With quail stuffed with sweetbreads, rabbit, lobster pot pie, and duck on the menu, how can you go wrong. The food was beautifully prepared and served. Our server, Adriana couldn't have been nicer and more efficient. We will definitely return. We had a fun evening. It's a great place to people watch and they still serve the floating island dessert, which you just don't find in other restaurants.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We always go to Cuistot when in Palm Desert. Great food and service. Whether for outdoor lunch or special occasion inside in evening - lovely.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A lovely but very expensive luncheon, especially considering the fact that we abstained from enjoying a glass of wine with lunch.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Beautiful place, great service, disappointing miniscule servings, much too expensive for food served

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

When I made the reservation on OpenTable I requested their private wine room and mentioned that it was a special birthday. During the two weeks I sent numerous requests for both the table and for special dessert ideas. None of my requests were returned by the restaurant. The day before our reservation I phoned the restaurant and talked to the manager, Chris. I spent 20 minutes with him on the phone going over the desert for my birthday guest. When I arrived at the restaurant the next day I told the person who's sat us at our table and the waiter that I had talked to Chris the day before and he had sorted out a special dessert request. No desert was brought to the table. The bill for my guests and me, with drinks before was $700. Chris COMPLETELY DROPPED THE BALL AND forgot my desert request. The next day I called Chris and he said "I'm sorry that we didn't get you your free desert. I NEVER asked for a free dessert in fact I NEVER assumed the desert was free. I was absolutely horrified that he insinuated me, he was clearly making me feel like some kind of freeloader after spending $700 for dinner. He went on to say that "he was very busy and had other parties and sometimes things slip through the cracks."

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went here for our 51st Wedding Anniversary dinner. Very nice restaurant for a special occasion. Ambience in the main dining room is excellent. Very well appointed , in fact one of the nicest in the area. Staff was friendly and very accommodating . Food was well prepared and well presented. Desert selection was broad and both my wife's desert and mine were very good.

All in all a very good restaurant. We will definitely return in the future.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great fashion show every Friday in season!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This was our first experience at Cuistot, but it certainly will not be our last. The environment is outstanding. The food and service is excellent. It has already become one of our very favorite dining places in the Coachella Valley. Simply beautiful!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Best martinis we have had in the desert!!! Edward was a fabulous bartender. Our meal was delicious and we will be going back!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

First time, loved the mushroom soup and lobster ravioli. One of the best wine lists I’ve seen in the desert. Lobster pot pie and Any foie on the menu are delicious.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Had lunch. Niçoise salad was only so-so. A vinaigrette type dressing would be better also. Will order something different next time.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This was our first time at Cuistot’s and our meals and service were lots very. The food was delicious and the menu had lots to choose from.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Wonder food and beautiful place

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Noisy. Awful table. Overly expensive. Horrible Caesar salad...limply lettuce

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

It is not much of an overstatement in the Desert area to say that there is eating out and there is dining at Cuistot. The food by Chef Bernard is of a quality you would expect to find only in major cities like New York and San Francisco. If in doubt, try the sea bass or veal chop which are frequently on the menu. Add a nice Bordeaux wine and a great dessert (if you still have the room) to finish off a dining experience you probably did not expect to have in this locale.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

we would not have returned to this gem for the past 14 years if it had not been so remarkable.
You must always sit outside on the marvelous patio which is beautifully arranged so that you feel like you have the entire place to yourself. If you eat no where else in Palm Desert, dine at this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Cuistot is a favorite for my husband and me and we love recommending to friends and family. We’ll enjoy Easter at Cuistot and are proud that we’ll be introducing it to friends that day.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Absolutely fantastic! Great experience at the restaurant and open table made the whole reservation process easy-to-use.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Absolutely the best in the desert! It never disappoints and I /we look forward to a return visit.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The house salad to begin with was excellent and the Dover Sole entrée was perfection! The server was great about offering our guest the opportunity to taste two different wines before making their final wine bottle selection. Desserts were terrific as well. The only negative to the whole dinner was that it took too long between the salad and the entrée. It was at least ten minutes, if not longer. The ambiance was wonderful and there was a fire in the cozy fireplace.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I have been dining at Cuistot when they were originally located on El Paseo. It was fabulous then, and it is fabulous now! If I was able to rate this restaurant on Open Table "10 stars," I would. Our recent visit was an early pre-theater dinner. Upon arrival, we were seated at a corner booth (as requested). Our server was professional and gracious. She brought our wine and cocktail immediately. We began our dining with Cuistot's excellent carrot ginger soup. As always, it was outstanding. For our entree, we both had the Filet and it was prepared to perfection. We finished our evening with Chef Bernard Dervieux's delightful Floating Island. It was delicious. Our server's assistant was also a gem. Cuistot is without a doubt, one of the desert's finest restaurants. Everything is always memorable.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

A cut above the rest. We would definitely go there again. Beautiful patio too.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Definitely coming back!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Outdoor patio is very pleasant and enjoyable. Service was attentive and friendly. Food is pricey. Dover sole was excellent even if expensive. The special halibut entrée was just okay.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

There were 7 of us, we were in one of the side rooms which was nice and quite. The staff was very helpful, smiled lots and pleasant. This is not a fast food place - this is French dinning which means conversation and a very relaxed attitude, your entrée will not arrive immediately following your appetizers, fine dinning requires time and conversation. So if our looking for fast immediate service your in the wrong restaurant - if your looking for fine dining with friends and an unhurried event - this is the place for you - Fine Dining, Great Wine list, and a very very reasonable price. We will definitely be back many times over - this was a great food experience.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service can be slow on a Friday or sat night. Usually not a problem but waiter seemed rushed. Pasta with creme fraiche is a little heavy.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Fabulous food, great service. Love this place.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Took longer to bring food about 35 minutes we got full of bread

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

What a fabulous restaurant! Top notch service, gorgeous ambiance, outstanding food. Best tagliatelle I have ever had and I asked for chicken to be added which was no problem.
NOTE: I had mentioned in my notes here on open table, that if they had a fireplace, we would like to sit by it, and that if they made a lava cake, that would be nice for my husbands birthday.
BOTH things were accommodated with splendor. My husband said the dessert was the best he'd ever had. GO!!

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Be ready for $51 entrees! Prices are the highest in the desert. The chef/owner comes by your table. Have the mushroom soup!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

fabulous food! A once in a lifetime meal. Everything was perfect from the mushroom soup to the tart tartin

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