Cuistot

4.6
2194 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2194 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Such a beautiful ambiance with a warm and cozy environment, fantastic appetizers, cocktails, extensive wine list and amazing entrées. Even the desserts were out of this world. Can’t wait to go back.

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Susie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the nicest dinner we have experienced in the Desert. I would recommend this to anyone who likes great food and a beautiful place.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. The food and service was spectacular

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vipEllieF
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Cuistot for about 25 years now. It consistently hits the mark for excellence in all ways. It is a special occasion place so a little pricey but worth every penny. Except maybe for the wine. $22 for a glass of Rombauer is a bit steep. 😉

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BarryS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful restaurant is beautiful service was great

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vipGerry2660
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best Restaurant in Palm Springs

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item on menu looked delicious. Hard to choose, but decided on Cassoulet. Started with Quenelles, short rib ravioli and Asparagus for our table of four. Extensive wine list. Sat outside in front of fireplace.....a beautiful setting for best meal we've ever had in the Desert.

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vipmarch
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

hit them on a bad night. service was terrible. food is normally good but not at this dinner. mushroom soup overcooked. terrible ceasar salad w no flavor. ravioli with short ribs was very watery.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Our waiter was amazing !! But manager is rude.

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EarlO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing staff from the valet to the bus boy. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter went above and beyond to recommend drinks and menu items and listened.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We made a reservation a few weeks in advance and was looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner - once seated at 8pm they informed us they were out of Turkey, one of four entrees on the prix fixe menu. We walked out.

Cuistot
Responded on November 27, 2021

Dear Anonymous, you don't indentify yourself making it impossible to call you. Yes, at 8pm we ran out of turkey...not that we are proud of that but after serving 600 people it happened. After almost 2 years of being kept away from friends, family, dining out, shopping, etc. one would hope that just being with the people you love and want to share your time with would more than compensate for no turkey. I would love to invite you back in as my guests as you missed a lot of delicious food!

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Jonathan
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner they ran out of the turkey option. They need to plan better especially for predictable things like this.

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Jcoil
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food- great for a date night or family gathering to celebrate something special

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viplwarnock
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Normally a great and dependable place, but Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing. The food was barely warm and very small portions

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Meggie
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

They ran out of turkey at the early sittings. By 5:30 there was none left.
Who runs out of turkey on Thanksgiving at a restaurant that has a special menu featuring turkey? A major flaw. Poor planning on the part of management.
Service was wonderful, polished and efficient.
Our choices of fish and beef, were fine.

Cuistot
Responded on November 27, 2021

Meggie, I can not locate your reservation from this review....I would appreciate you giving me a call at 760.340.1000.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding everything marvelous!

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AndreaK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Dinner at Cuistot. The service, food and ambiance were perfect. We hope to go back soon.

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JimandLynn
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

At 67.50 for a turkey dinner we felt it was overpriced. The food was Luke warm and the potatoes were actually cold.

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BillH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio seating was very comfortable. The service was attentive without being obsequious. The thanksgiving special was well prepared.

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JamesH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the front patio and it was quiet, inside might have been a little noisy. We don't get to Cuistot very often but when we do it has been consistently good in all aspects.

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AnitaB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our Thanksgiving dinner was delicious and the desserts were just as good.

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vipDianaB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Not my first time to Cuistot (have always been very satisfied), however went for Thanksgiving dinner with moderate expectations of the quality of the dishes due to them being made on such a large scale, however the food was AMAZING! Best turkey I've ever had, and both my son and I normally despise yams, but we both said we would have asked for seconds if we're were at home. Service was great and atmosphere on the patio was lovely. Will definitely do it again!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 6 went to Cuistot. Each person ordered a different dish , and each of us felt the food was nothing short of amazing. Staff was incredible and took the time to explain about the preparation of the food as well as a great description of the flavors for each dish we inquired about. Special attention by the sommelier Farouk was just wonderful.

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vipLaura
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, not too loud. High quality food. Mushroom soup excellent :)

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vipBunny
Calgary
120 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice patio. Service was just ok. Food was good as was the wine list. Kind of pricey but get it.

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vipmdiner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was as fantastic as the food. This was a perfect place for my birthday dinner. We were recommended a few Châteauneuf de Pape wines and they were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The mushroom soup was amazing!!!

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dick
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Booth seating was wonderful, very romantic. Food and wine was wonderful with great help from the sommelier. Overall service was very good. The head waiter was bit frenetic having to consult on many questions. Overall a great experience.

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vipDesertAce
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Checks off all the boxes; superb food, great service, and amazing ambiance. This is definitely a go to place.

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elizabetho
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Relaxing and quiet. Food was excellent. Service also very good.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cuistot is our favorite restaurant on El Paseo. Delicious traditional French preparations, with rich, concentrated flavors. The branzino special, branzino dredged in almond meal and served with a brown butter sauce, was particularly delicious.

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vipCoronado
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience. The food is fantastic and the staff and service is beyond compare. A great evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy coming here. The food is exquisite and the service is perfect for us. We never feel rushed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great birthday dinner. The waitress was very friendly and did a great job during the entire service. The place is a little dated but the food is very good. Nice spot for a special occasion.

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recommendation123
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lobster ravioli filled pasta was not good tasting, even though the filling was good. The sauce was totally not appropriate nor in tune with the dish as it was excessively perfumed. Pork tournedos were fine, but while I was served four of them, the accompanying potatoes and vegetables were very small... waiter tried his best...food did arrive at our table promptly...

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ElizabethC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuistot offers excellent dinners in a charming and relaxed environment. Service was outstanding. You feel like you have actually been to France.

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LondyF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent experience. The food and service was outstanding.

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viprichardh
Palm Springs
35 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

This was our 11th wedding anniversary! It was also indicated with our open table reservation.
The food was outstanding, however the service and front of house quality was deplorable.
This highly rated Palm Desert restaurant has terrific food and beverage. The service staff from hostess to server to bidders are poorly trained in fine dining. It appears to me to be a labor shortage issue.
We were greeted by the hostess with a “How many”!
I indicated I had a reservation and gave my name and she never looked at the reservation system picked up 2 menus and said “follow me”. I felt like I was being seated at Denny’s.
Of course we were seated right at the butler station. Ok so I got a bad seat, no big deal.
It took some time to take a drink order. And forever to take our order. Apparently our 1 server (Marco) taking care of 2 rounds of 8 and 4 tables of 2. So of course the larger tables were always being served while the tables for 2 were catch as catch as catch can.
After our drinks were served all the unused wine glasses were still on the table. I finally asked for an iced tea and when he it was served they asked us to move the unused wine glasses. He said sure and picked up the glasses and placed them on the shelf of the booth we were sitting in right above my wife’s shoulder.
The food was delivered and was simply wonderful.
We finished our meal, was never asked if my wife would like a second glass of wine and never had my ice tea refilled or even asked if I would like more.
Finally I just asked for the check, the server asked if we would like to see the desert menu, we indicated not.
Immediately, within seconds, unlike the very slow and inattentive service with our meal, the check was literally slid on the table. I signed the check and was never acknowledged as a patron whatsoever . Even as we walked out the front door, the hostess and another were engaged in chit chat and never acknowledged us leaving.
Second and last visit to Cuistot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our server did not wear a mask, very uncomfortable for us.
Also she was very disinterested in our orders and serving us.
We had guests and it was a very disappointing night.

FAQs

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

Cuistot is rated 4.6 stars by 2194 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.