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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

5.0

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
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Great for Lunch (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Authentic (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Scenic View (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

A treasure of the desert! They never disappoint and often surprise.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

My daughters and I went for the fashion low lunch and it was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always perfect & great. Authentically French! Outstanding staff!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Disabled Access
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was delicious. Allot of small portions but plenty of food. Selected from the Saturday Brunch menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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 .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Given it was last game of World Series very quiet. Felt like we were only ones there. Very nice experience. Sauces were exceptional

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food is really outrageous; like being in France.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and she had never experienced the “fashion Show” lunch and we both ordered the Bento Box which is always fabulous ! All in all I’ve never been disappointed at Cuistot! Love it!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food and service at Cuistot. Atmosphere very elegant. Quiet but lively. Had sea bass and rack of lamb. Both were delicious. A little pricey but worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We’ve always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Our waiter, a local I think, tried to speak French. We celebrated a birthday in a quiet, romantic setting. We’ll be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great lunch and fabulous service from Marcos and miguel

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Upscale and inviting ambience. Top notch mushrooms soup and desserts. Personable and impeccable service by Marco and his colleagues.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The staff are very knowledgeable of their menu and wine list. Outdoor terrace have views of the valley. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our dinner, service, and ambience was perfect!!
Thank you

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Not what it used to be. The food was okay, but it lacked a certain flare. The waiter brought us someone else's bill and seemed a bit stiff and formal. The best entree was the filet mignon... Dover Sole was too heavily doused in sauce.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

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!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had a wonderful meal. The asparagus with morel mushrooms and lobster pot pie were both amazing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Best restaurant in the desert. The food was unbelievable and the service was great as was the ambiance on the patio. Can't wait to go again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Cozy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We went for the Tour de France menu and it did not disappoint

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food never disappoints! When asked they will make a delicious amareto souffle.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Fabulous food! The best...

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Excellent restaurant week menu.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Superb! Had dinner during restaurant week. Great value and the food and service was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 8, 2017

This was our first time. It was excellent. The food was creative and delicious. The service was attentive, but not rushed or overbearing. Plan to go back and enjoy this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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