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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.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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!
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Plenty of parking
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
From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests
Cuistot Ratings and Reviews
Greeted by chef on way in making one feel welcome. Excellent wine list, good sommelier. Ambience first rate. Two of party had the salmon which was done right and was ample sized portion. I had cassoulet which was ample in size and flavour, but a little dry. Desserts were very good with the floating island being somewhat unusual but very tasty. The "bus" was very attentive and pleasant, more than can be said of the waiter.
This is a high end restaurant that gratefully serves some dinner items at lunch time for those of us that prefer to eat out big meal at lunch rather than late at night. The patio was quiet and peaceful with a waterfall, and we could talk and catch up conversation. Service is perfect.
This is a wonderful restaurant with fantastic outdoor seating. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful and gives a feeling of being in a chateau in the countryside of France.
Our meal was wonderful. Starting with the appetizer and ending with dessert. Everything was cooked to perfection. There were three of us and we each got something different allowing us to do tastings. My favorite was the Parpadelle Pasta and mushrooms with a light drizzle of truffle oil. It has to be one of the most flavorful things I have ever eaten.
They also have an extensive wine list .
We hadn't been to Cuistot in awhile and decided to try their Saturday brunch. We'd received an e/mail about it. We sat on the terrace on Sat 10/28 it was a gorgeous day. Brunch was lovely, our 1st course of fresh fruit in a honey-lime-mint melange was so refreshing and the fresh croissant was a treat. 2nd course, we both picked soup .. lobster bisque for me (excellent) and wild mushroom for John also very tasty. Our main entrees were beautifully presented, John had the salmon benedict and enjoyed it. I had the chilled seafood platter and everything was so good and fresh. Our mini-trio of desserts was a perfect cap on the meal. All-in-all, a lovely experience.
Four of us to celebrate a birthday . Lovely ambience, attentive service. We were all happy with our starter course; two soups, one beet & cheese, one avocado & cheese. Very tasty. Three out of four entrees were keepers. The three were, rack of lamb, veal chop, and fillet. The fourth was the Scottish salmon. The salmon itself was very good, but the sauce was a little too strong for a delicate fish dish. It could be served on the side perhaps.
The dessert that was provided for the birthday was not the first choice for the “birthday girl” therefore one of us had to sacrifice & eat the Floating Island (not by choice) so that she might have her chocolate dessert.
All in all, a memorable evening — pricey, but worth it for the occasion.
We had a UC Santa Barbara event in their small room. Everyone was very impressed with the physical ambiance + food+ service. Then many of us stayed for dinner...Everyone loved the menu from snails to crispy chicken, great appetizers....all hard to find and delicious. The long
evening was most enjoyable and we thank the chef for coming over to check on us...That means a lot!!! He's always friendly...one reason I keep coming back.
You can't get any better than Cuistot. Absolutely top of the list in just about every rating category .Food quality, white glove service,ambiance,location and presentation.
Deserves all the applause it gets and more. We spent a comfortable two and a half hours enjoying every minute of a superb dining experience. A little pricey,but worth every penny you spend.
We started out a little rough. First the valet guy opened the door for my husband, not me and when he got around to open my door, while I got out I heard him belch.
I noted a birthday dinner on the on line reservation and asked for a nice table in the main dining room. The hostess proceeded to set us at a booth. We said we wanted a table and she set us moved us to the closest one. My husband noted the chairs were not the same as the other tables and we asked for a different table that was much better (athough there were several available and I shouldn't have had to ask for what I asked for in my reservation.
The rest of the meal went better and the food snd service is always excellent.
We have been to this restaurant many times and it seemed a little off, maybe because of new staff and just reopening for the season.
I have enjoyed lunch, dinner and Happy Hour at Cuistot and never been disappointed. It has a beautiful setting for outside seating and the inside is gorgeous. The Happy Hour in the bar is great with small plates and a variety of wines and drinks. The salads served at lunch were excellent. Very special place!!
Cuistot's is always great. Chef Bernard is always on top of everything in the kitchen and nothing leaves the kitchen without his approval. Chef Bernard has his own private garden which produces most of the vegetables served. The ambiance is outstanding and they have two outdoor patio's which offer a great outdoor experience. Always a fabulous experience.
The food at Cuistot was fabulous as usual. The potato leak soup was tasty as was the 4 cheese stuffed chicken. It's all delivered so freshly cooked and piping hot. I've never had a dessert less than perfect and beautifully presented. Ivan, our waiter was excellent and gentlemanly. The comfort and elegance is incomparable. I vote Cuistot my favorite local restaurant.
This was our second time there and just like the first, it was amazing. Yes a little pricey, but places like this that cater to having something original is/are hard to find. The occasion was Fathers Day - I took my uncle since he is the only father I have ever had. I pampered him, and he enjoyed it very much. He got the Lobster Pot Pie and said it was amazing. I should mention, it is hard for him to enjoy a lot of restaurants as he used to be a chef, but he loved everything about this place. The wine selection is extensive and there is one for every price level. I highly recommend this place for any special occasion.
I have written a few "hostile" reviews in the past and this might be considered another. However, I want people to know that I really enjoy almost all meals at Cuistot's. However, some dishes just don't workout. I ordered Roasted Rabbit with leg on Saturday, June 17th. I've ordered this before and loved it. However, the Rabbit was really tough and took really significant effort to chew. In addition, I know Rabbit is mild, there was almost no meaty flavor at all. The sauce and the Savoy cabbage were really good and helped cover the meat's lack of flavor. You can always send a dish back and switch to something else if Cuistot strikes out. They are good about that and have a wide enough choice to do a good recovery. They have a great wine list and I like experimenting with wines that are new to me. In addition, they serve Wine Dinners from time to time also that can be a good way to taste a winery's current major varietals.
This restaurant is simply amazing! When was the last time the chef came around to your table to inquire about your meal. I told him the potatoes were out of this world, and within moments, I had a whole plate of potatoes in front of me - complementary! Now that's a restaurant that know what it is doing. Try it you won't regret it. Take a little extra cash, but only a little.
We took our friend for a birthday lunch. Our party of six included one individual in a wheelchair.
Access was easy, with plenty of space to maneuver her chair, and she was able to easly transfer to a chair with arms.
Marcos was welcoming, informative and friendly. He is one of the best waiters we have encountered in many years of dining out.
Without exception, the food was delicious. Standouts include the mushroom soup, lobster bisque, seabass, eggs benedict and shrimp louie. We look forward to September when Cuistot opens it's doors to a new season.
Saturday brunch. Delightful. Impeccable & friendly service from Marco. Food was to die for. Had smoked salmon Benedict. Unlike previous restaurants where I've ordered this dish, at Cuistot it arrived at the table hot & perfectly cooked. It was accompanied by a delicious dish of mixed fruit & yummy potatoes, topped off with a trio of mini pastries. I only write reviews when I love or am deeply disappointed in a place and this is definitely love love love.
The food at Cuistot was fantastic. My husband request Béarnaise Sauce with his steak and the waiter said he would check with the Chef, who made the best Béarnaise I have ever tasted. If was a beautiful restaurant and I would go back anytime that I was in the Palm Springs area. Loved the pictures of John Lennon, Prince and David Bowe on the walls.
Our server was excellant. Very knowledgeable about champagne and wines. My boyfriend and I came for lunch during restaurant week. The menu selection was good but I was disappointed with my seabass in a pastry. The fish was very greasy and way too salty. Also for the price we only received an entree and desert. The starter was extra. I would suggest that the chef offer the appetizer included with the price and cut back on the entree portions. My fish was too much to eat at lunchtime.
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