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Cuistot

4.6
1790 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1790 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFrankD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful ambiance. Extensive and varied wine list.

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Nithoma
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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AllButOne
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful welcome, good sommelier, and outstanding appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

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EdwardP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic with the outdoor fireplace and waterfall below. Gentlemen if you want to earn points take her here!!

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Janpc
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out to a restaurant since the pandemic hit. Excellence food, exemplary service

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CharlesD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLocalFOODlover
Palm Springs
72 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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+++.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipGinaL
San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipScottR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!!

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vipTdrex
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipDriver
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Joan
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.)

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vipDianeG
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipYoucancallmerj
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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Bill
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting on patio. Food and service are top notch. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!

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RandyR
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Coachella Valley. Recommend for any occasion or just a great night out. Always outstanding

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Donghia
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here and enjoy Bernard’a fine cooking.

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Chuck
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Always great food from their comprehensive french menu. Beautiful decor.

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vipExcellent
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little dated. Typical palm desert crowd. Boring. Food decent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect -a totally delightful experience.

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joelK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Brunch last Sunday out on the patio. A sublime experience.

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vipJenja
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Kelly
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant ! Wonderful service and fabulous food. Beautiful and fun Friday fashion show, very enjoyable!!

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alaskalady
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MichelleG
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fireplace, piano, soft lighting, relaxed environment with courteous staff and delicious food. Romantic, leisurely and elegant.k Jill
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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GwenethL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dining establishment. Unassuming staff, exquisite cuisine, charming old world venue. It was a wonderful, fine dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GO!!!

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lisab
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Beautiful porch dining. Plenty of food options. Delicious.

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Annie
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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Cabosandra
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuistot truly does it right. The service is impeccable. The food is wonderful. I would return in a heartbeat.

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vipgreenee
Palm Springs
44 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Although the restaurant was not crowded at all, service was slow. We like leisurely service, but this was slow.

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GayleN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with delicious food and great service.

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Mira
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AdanC
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipTomB347
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class in all respects. Old style French dining in the main room. Bistro area looks like a viable option too.

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PJMac
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

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.