We celebrated my wife's birthday here. It was our second visit. The ambiance and food were tops. The service was disappointing Our waiter was not at all attentive. Towards the end, we sat and waited to pay our bill. Finally, another waiter came to pick up our credit card. However, that aside, it was a very pleasant evening.
Lovely building well maintained and prepare for the busy season here in the desert. Liked seeing the chef come to individual tables to talk. Sommelier was graceful and helpful. Place was half empty, which may or may not reflect the beginning of the season. This restaurant lacks nothing but a vibe, which on the night we were there didn't exist. Needs oomph provided by a packed house or sense of action.. In short, the place radiated competence but not joy. Don't know exactly how to fix that. Cuistot has everything going for it to include exquisite food.
We have eaten at this restaurant over a period of mamy years when we visit Palm Desert. We discovered it when they were in their first small place behind a dress shop on El Paseo. They have been in their beautiful new home for ten years. We often go on our anniversary, at least every few years. The food is excellent, the service is outstanding, the sommelier is very helpful and we had a nice bottle of wine. It was a great evening. We look forward to eating there again in the future. I had the quail stuffed with sweetbreads, as I like to get something I do not normally find on a menu. I had it last year, too, as it is very tasty. My husband had the New York steak which he said was perfect. We love Cuistot.
Excellent dining again & again!
Amazing experience. Let Fred, the Sommelier lead you on a wine adventure
Nice atmosphere and good value wine selection. But food was quite disappointing. Of the four entrees, only one was enjoyable. We could our should have returned our meals but unfortunately, I was with international business associates and that would have been even more awkward.
For many years this restaurant used to be our favorite place to dine in Palm Desert. However, tupon arrival at 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday and finding only one other dining party there, we should have known that something had changed. The food was horrible on all level and the wine was overpriced for sure. The only positive was sitting on the patio. When we left at about 7:30 there were only three our four other dining parties. This used to be a real "hot spot." Don't know what happened, but I certainly would not recommend this restaurant and certainly will not be returning..
We are very particular about French food which we love. This restaurant is one of the best we've ever dined at. Fabulous.
Great food! The special app was short rib raviolis. Unbelievable. Lamb chops and veal chops were also very good. Wine recommended -Coho red blend that went well with all the food. It's still off season so they were not busy. Service was excellent.
Had a wonderful meal the other evening. Started with their reknowned wild mushroom soup brought to the table in individual pots and then poured into our bowls in unison. Two of us had the quail w/ sweetbreads and were quite pleased.It was served with a wild rice that was prepared almost like a risotto. Another one had the dover sole and it was excellent, firm yet delicate. The star dish, however, was one of the specials of the evening, a sea bass filet en croute. The pastry was flaky and golden brown, the bass virtually melted in ones mouth and the sauce had hints of fennel and tarragon that blended so well. The sommelier, Fred, steered us to a phenomanal Macon Verze white burgandy that paired well with all of our dishes.
Excellent service, superb food in a tasteful décor.
A wine list that really has no equal as well.
Local and beautiful ambiance. Celebrity hangout. Greeted by the chef. Friendly too!
Who walked in for lunch but Ms DOLLY! ...Carol Chaning, what a treat! We had a lovely afternoon lunch. GREAT for "Ladies that Lunch" and gents too!
My husband and I went here on a trip to Palm Springs. It was the greatest experience. The food was absolutely perfect, down to the pieces of fruit with the desert. The fish melted in your mouth, and I thought my husband was going to lick the plate of his short ribs. The atmosphere was exceptional, service was above and beyond, and the wine list had to be at least 15 pages. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone, the seabass and the short ribs were cooked perfectly. Greatest dining experience for us! Thank you!!!!
We took the opportunity to visit in the last few days before the annual closure for the summer. The food and wine selections were superb as usual, absolutely top of the line. Chef/owner Bernard Dervieux came out from the kitchen to chat with diners later in the evening; it's always a pleasure to talk with him. Overall: a wonderful dining experience.
Chef Bernard never ceases to amaze. The Food, Sevice, and ambiance is what you would expect to receive in the finest Restuarants in the world and that is what you get. Although the building has high ceilings it is very quiet. I travel considerably all over the U.S. and this is my favorite Restuarant. If you are visiting or live in Palm Springs area this is a MUST.
Loved all 3 courses of the Tour de France June 22 meal. The strawberry soufflé was just incredible. Great job. Wish I lived here and could enjoy it more often.
This place is great. Fred makes it such a great experience. The food is awesome (we had caviar, mushroom soup, pasta and duck).
Sit in the main dining room, not next to the kitchen (its too bright).
Cuisot is Chef owned and Chef Bernard is always there. The BEST food and service that exists today. If you want to be pampered and enjoy "fine dining" this is the place. They know the what service and quality is.
We had a lovely dinner with excellent service, wonderful French wine, and delicious as well as beautifully presented meal. The restaurant is new and beautifully furnished space that reminded us of a romantic French Farmhouse.
We were celebrating my husband's 80th birthday, and I chose Cuistot as it is his favorite restaurant in the desert. He loves the veal chop and orders it every time we go. I had the Restaurant Week 3-course menu and all courses were delicious. Their sommelier has been there for many years and always chooses the perfect wine to complement your entree. My only disappointment was that the waiter brought a dessert for my husband's birthday but never asked me for my choice from the 3-course menu.
I was dissappointed. Food lacked seasoning, over-sauced appetizers, cheesecake tasted store bought. and the server had to be asked for dessert and the bill. Last visit a few years ago was great. What's happened?
As always, food was excellent as well as the presentation and server
Creative friendly (comes out to the tables) chef-owned restaurant appealing to the finest palates.
My wife and I took advantage of Restaurant Week with its prix fixe menu and price. The potato leek soup was superb - the sea bass was cooked to perfection also the sirloin. The standout of the evening was the dessert - a floating meringue that was simply too delicious to share. Gorgeous dining room and the owner/chef came to our table. Cuistot's is wonderful.
The annual Palm Springs Desert Resort Restaurant Weeks offer prix fix dinners during two weeks in June. We enjoy this event since it provides opportunities to try restaurants for the first time with special dinners. If I were a restauranteur, I would put my best plate forward knowing new diners would be judging my restaurant. I don't think Cuistot had the same idea. Our party of 4 ordered a variety of dishes off the menu, none of which were very good, not horrible, just not as expected from a very pricey menu. Wait staff was not friendly, they just did their jobs. We weren't there for entertainment, but a friendly and attentive staff is expected at a restaurant of this caliber. The sommelier was, however, especially warm and helpful.
I liked my fish very much. Neither of us liked the lamb.The cheesecake I liked but husband didn"t. I had only been there once before and liked it better then.The service was great but no one was there. I might go bacvk.
Everything is great but don't miss the wild mushroom soup which is heavenly
this restaurant never fails to please. bernard is a fine chef, his dihes are always a treat. fred who knows more about wine then most of us is excellent. expensive and very wort the dollars for fine food and ambience
The truffle pasta was good, and the salad was excellent. I was disappointed in the spinach flan, lobster claw appetizer and especially the lemon meringue tart for dessert. The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was tranquil.
Have been to Cuistot for dinner a couple of the times, and the food and service were great. However, the food and service for brunch not so great.
THIS IS ONE RESTAURANTS IN THE DESERT. WE HAVE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES FOR LUNCH, DINNER, AND HAPPY HOUR. I LIKED THIS RESTAURANT SO MUCH I INVITED MY FAMILY FOR MOTHERS DAY. I WAS TOTALLY EMBARRASSED! THE FOOD-FOUR MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY HAD AN EGG DISH. THE POACHED EGGS WERE OVER DONE. MY COUSIN HAD HALF AN EGG SHELL ON HER PLATE. THE WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE WAS DIVINE. THE SERVICE-IN ONE WORD-HORRIBLE. MY HUSBAND ASKED THE MAITRE'D IF THEY ONLY HIRED THE SERVERS FOR THE DAY. SHE TOLD HIM THEY WERE REGULAR STAFF. I HAD TO WAIT ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE. AND IT GOES ON. I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED THAT WE WILL NOT GO BACK.
I live in Newport Beach and only get to our home in Palm Desert when my husband drags me there (I love the water he loves to play golf) but this was a special weekend I was going to have lunch with a friend of 40 years that I hadn't seen in 15 years along with her mother and sister. I was bringing my mother and my grown son and his fiance. Not knowing where to have this reunion I relied on OpenTable and websites. I wanted someplace where we could talk and have a leisurely lunch and good food. Cuistot was the PERFECT place the atmosphere was lovely, the wait staff very attentive and food superb! The Chef/Owner stopped by twice to make sure we were pleased. We stayed 3½ hours! It is expensive but worth every dollar! You won't be disappointed!
We had as personalized-as-service-can-be service. Not only a knowledgeable waiter, but a lot of attention from the sommelier, as well as the chef-owner. Needless to say, we had a superb experience food, wine , and comfort wise. Fantastic preparation of the meal, and a superbly crafted wine list, with equally superb pricing. Believe me they certainly have Domaine Romanee Conti on the list, but also a lot of very well selected more modestly prices offerings. Even at that, in virtually every case, they had the "right" vintage rather than the "wrong" vintage in their selections. Bravo.
We have dined at Cuistot a number of times over the years and have always found the food and service to be consistent. We recently dined at the restaurant when they were serving two large groups. When we walked in, we were a bit worried we would be "forgotten" by the servers, but it was obvious they tried to keep track of us and we had no issues. Food was great, I always try to go with the specials for that evening. Try to dine on the patio if available and the weather is nice - great ambience.
I was at Cuistot for a 'special event' dinner - a wine dinner featuring Willamette Winery. It was all very delicious.
And I would go again for another wine event.
We attended the Williamette Valley wine dinner. The food was not nearly up to the standard we have come to expect from Cuistot. The veal was so under-cooked and not tender at all. Some veggies were overlooked while others were undercooked. The wine was good, but did not seem to pair very well with each course.
Great experience. Quiet, great design, good for more planned dinning out times. Recommend. bit expensive but worth it.
My friend and I had a lovely lunch at Cuistot. I had the scallop salad which was divine and she had a shrimp salad which she said was yummy as well. Our server was very attentive and the overall ambiance of the restaurant is just lovely. The only thing I didn't like was that apparently they offer fashion shows during lunch (which we were not aware of) and the model was going around from table to table before the show to talk about the store where she models and what they offer. I found that intrusive - I was there to enjoy a nice lunch with a friend who was moving away, not to watch a fashion show, and it put a damper on an otherwise wonderful experience.
Except for the front manager, this is an outstanding restaurant. The manager is generally not friendly and his overall manners are lacking. A high end restaurant should have a better representative dealing directly with the public.
The Cheese souffle for lunch was fabulous. Enjoyed a lively room and informal modeling from local retailers.