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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
California Sand Dabs
with mashed potatoes, capers, lemon herb sauce
with truffle and chive sauce
Chilled Seafood Platter
Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout, Shrimp, Tuna Salad With Sliced with Tomato and Red Onion with Capers
Great food. Wonderful ambiance. Extensive and varied wine list.
4 instead of 5 stars ... the food was lukewarm by the time it was served ... in our case mussels and isles flottante, the sand-dabs were perfect ... the quality of the food is excellent, service attentive ... too bad about the temperature of the food served
Wonderful welcome, good sommelier, and outstanding appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
Very romantic with the outdoor fireplace and waterfall below. Gentlemen if you want to earn points take her here!!
First time out to a restaurant since the pandemic hit. Excellence food, exemplary service
Great dining environment. Chef is wonderful and visits table as time permits. A must visit for desert visitors and desserts are a must try one. A bit pricey but there are moderate priced items on the dinner menu. You will not be disappointed.
So surprised at how much I disliked their halibut. It was $57 ala carte and tasted as if it had been frozen and sitting around a while. The ONLY reason I didn’t send it back was because it would have destroyed the cadence of the table. The waiter, when we asked for separate checks said” “we can’t do that because of COVID “. What?
Duck meals were exceptional. Sommelier Farouk is so amazing, he needs to be in a restaurant worthy of his exceptional knowledge.
Final bill was well over $600 without a bottle of wine (we ordered by the glass, some of us don’t drink) and with tip: $700+++.
I was looking for a special place to take my grandma for her birthday after this depressing year and cuistos was a great choice! My family enjoyed the terrific food and ambience and as long as you go knowing you're going to spend a pretty penny, it totally meets expectations! The servers were attentive and polite which is refreshing in this covid world and my whole family was blessed by the experience!
We started with the wedge salad and while not traditional, was very good. I had the sand dabs and my companion had the meatloaf, we both enjoyed them very much. The service was friendly and very attentive. I would go back.
Outstanding as always!!
As always and we dine here often, Cuistot came through with flying colors, specially in these difficult, virus, times. We dined on the terrace where tables where properly spaced and the food and service were impeccable. Chef Bernard visited all the tables and chatted with us about what can be done to make it even better. Being outdoors on a beautiful night with a balmy light breeze enhanced the entire evening. Wonderful food, great service and a great atmosphere makes Cuistot highly recommended. We had a special appetizer of smoked salmon bits over a wonderful pasta, a favorite and always reminiscent of Paris, stake frites, pork medallions in a light tarragon sauce and a devine peach cobbler that came with an amazing crust like in a sufle. Oh, the Cesar salad was also great. Thank you Team Cuistot.
We celebrated my husband's birthday with caviar and other special wine(s). The patio was dreamy. Party of 6 made it extra special. Be sure and go there. Time was about 6:30 when we sat down...Great temperature.
Cuistot is a special setting to meet with guests from out of town. The patio was a lovely and relaxed place for lunch. We had our son's rehearsal dinner there a couple of years ago and it was a beautiful setting at night by the large fireplace for a gathering of 50 friends and family. The food is always good. On this visit as it was a warm afternoon I ordered a salad and it was fine. No complaints.
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Cuistot. Everything was excellent. We sat outside and there was only one other table out there, so we had plenty of social distance between us. The food was fantastic. I got the filet of beef and my husband got the steak frites, both excellent. We even got a bonus dessert to go! (The creme brûlée was perfect.)
The drive up to Cuistot is very impressive. Due to Covid we self parked but valet was available. The interior is beautiful but very bright. We enjoy a bit of dim ambient light for dinner dining. The booth was comfortable and the service was very good. The menu was expected. Nothing out of the ordinary . I had the lamb and my partner had the pork. He definitely picked the best of the two. The overall experience was fine but a bit pricey . Reserve for a very special occasion or be prepared to dole out a load of cash
Celebrating my husband’s birthday was wonderful! It was so great because we were able to dine at our favorite restaurant. The food, drinks and service were outstanding as always. Looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner this year at Cuistot!!
Beautiful setting on patio. Food and service are top notch. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
Food and service were great!
One of my favorite restaurants in Coachella Valley. Recommend for any occasion or just a great night out. Always outstanding
Always a pleasure to dine here and enjoy Bernard’a fine cooking.
One of my favorite restaurants. Always great food from their comprehensive french menu. Beautiful decor.
A little dated. Typical palm desert crowd. Boring. Food decent
Perfect -a totally delightful experience.
Had a wonderful Brunch last Sunday out on the patio. A sublime experience.
First time at Cuistot. Amazing french food. I had the cassoulet and my mother had the rack of lamb. The sommelier at the restaurant helped us pair wine with your entrees and Mushroom soup. Will definitely go back. Such a beautiful environment. Got a drink before dinner in the bar and they were having Happy Hour.
Gorgeous restaurant ! Wonderful service and fabulous food. Beautiful and fun Friday fashion show, very enjoyable!!
We enjoyed the weekend brunch. All in our party of four enjoyed our food selections and the lovely ambiance. Particularly enjoyable was the live music, piano and violin. We will certainly visit Cuistot again!
Fireplace, piano, soft lighting, relaxed environment with courteous staff and delicious food. Romantic, leisurely and elegant.k Jill
It was pricey for sure but great on every scale. The food was delicately seasoned and perfectly cooked and prepared. Drinks were strong and perfect. The service was attentive but didn't rush us.
Exceptional dining establishment. Unassuming staff, exquisite cuisine, charming old world venue. It was a wonderful, fine dining experience.
My wife and I dined here Saturday, March 7. What a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Fabulous food, remarkable service and very European ambiance combined to make this an evening we will not soon forget.
Our server, Paula, employed well honed time management skills, never pressuring us for an order. In fact, she asked if we would like to enjoy our first glass of wine before she brought the menus. That small gesture spoke volumes about her training.
We shared the short rib ravioli to start. They were AMAZING! In fact, we discussed returning to sit at the bar to enjoy these delightful little pillows with a glass of wine and dessert. Our entrees included the halibut special and the cassoulet. Both were expertly prepared and bursting with flavor. For a peasant dish the cassoulet was to die for!
We capped the evening with the piece de resistance, the peach cobbler. Oh my, it was over the top good and not as heavy as you might expect.
The restaurants in which we have had the great fortune to indulge that have garnered five stars are Alinea, Daniel and Le Bernadin, for the price this was every bit as delightful.
Impeccable service. Beautiful porch dining. Plenty of food options. Delicious.
Lovely restaurant and food. Our server was very busy but attentive. We were brought the wrong food twice, however the server quickly corrected the mistakes. We would absolutely go back the next time we are in Palm Desert.
Cuistot truly does it right. The service is impeccable. The food is wonderful. I would return in a heartbeat.
Although the restaurant was not crowded at all, service was slow. We like leisurely service, but this was slow.
Wonderful evening with delicious food and great service.
Ambiance was heightened due to the non-stop gorgeous music provided by the pianist and the violinist. Their own obvious enjoyment was worth watching. Wonderful experience. Food was delicious and the variety and portions were just right.
The service was AMAZING - everyone went above and beyond to make our brunch amazing. The server provided great insights and recommendations (and didn't try to oversell) - the food runners, the manager... everyone made our brunch great. The food was delicious and great value for all the courses and champagne. I highly recommend this place for a cozy brunch.
First class in all respects. Old style French dining in the main room. Bistro area looks like a viable option too.
We visited twice in the week. The first was for happy hour on the patio. We had mussels, papradella with truffles and lamb sliders. All 3 were amazing. The Pinot noir was exceptional. We came back for my wife’s birthday and the service was fantastic. A great evening with great food and wine. The ambiance was really warm and comfortable. We will definitely return
Cuistot offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 340-1000.
Cuistot is rated 4.6 stars by 1790 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.