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7:00 PM
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1310 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary French / American, Californian, French
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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!
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Phone number
(760) 340-1000
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Bernard Dervieux
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Cross street
Highway 111
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Plenty of parking
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

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From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests

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What 1310 People Are Saying
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vipsusbuzz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined a day ago

The food was delicious. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance. I will definitely return.

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Cuistot is two restaurants in one...the main room with a high-end, expensive Italian menu, and the Bistro with a more moderately priced menu, although the main menu is also available in the bistro. The cassoulet on the bistro menu is excellent as were the moules frites. The wine list is on the expensive side. Service was a little sketchy since the bistro was almost empty.
All-in-all a good experience. Will return.

3.0  Dined 7 days ago

This is a lovely restaurant. We sat on the patio and it was very pleasant. You could have a nice conversation. But the price was quite high and with four people, all having different entrees, the food only hit the mark about half the time. Oysters appetizer and lobster entree were both fishy. The special fish and the steak were excellent. Duck was dry. Service was fine although I was firmly steered away from the pasta dishes, which makes you wonder if it was the difference in the cost or if they really aren’t very good.

vipJTCaz (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We arrived a tad late for our appointment and had to wait another 20 minutes before being seated (we were offered a seat at the bar, but declined). The wait was worthwhile for the service and food were excellent. Great ambiance with talented piano player. Of course serving Soufflés (Grand Mariner is my wife’s favorite) makes the experience even better. Highly recommended.

vipqueeney (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Foos was excellent, good service, lovely spot, but expensive, be prepared!

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

excellent food, great atmosphere. Definately at the top end of price range.

pdxer1 (Portland)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This was a disappointing meal with semi disinterested staff.
Having been with Chef Bernardo ( who was there) from the early days on El Paseo I am disappointed to give this review.

Pasta with morels- morels were dehydrated not fresh and pasta while made in house were not al dente, the water has not been salted resulting in a very tasteless dish.
Caesar Salad-deconstructed and overly dressed.
Spring Salad- average
Chicken - with vegetables-excellent

I know this restaurant can do better, hesitated writing this review, would also mention the waiter was indifferent and lacked an overall attentiveness.

OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Went in with high expectations, came out very disappointed, considering it’s a fine dining French restaurant. Food was poorly executed. Service was exceptional. Management turned a blind eye to what was coming out of the kitchen and never asked how our meal was. Cesar salad was filled with the hearts of the romaine, no leaf, poorly dressed, and no flavor. Pate was alright, came with a wilted slaw on the side. The fish was cooked well but the plating was very poor. Came with two very thin sliced carrots, yes two, and a sad looking side of potato au gratin, again there was two slices of potato. Couldn’t believe they let it out of the kitchen looking like it did. Felt swindled after paying $100 a person.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food, friendly staff

vipRobert (Palm Springs)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Made a big mistake going here for Valentine's day dinner with 3 couples. The food on the prefixed menu was poor. My pork loin was cold in spots and the "molten lava " desert was dry and hard. The service was slow. It took three hours to get our food! With a prefixed menu! And to add injury to insult the meal was very expensive. We will not be back!

vipMissouz (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to Cuistot for Valentine’s dinner. Pluses: great menu, great service, great food! Minuses: not very romantic due to noise.

Jack (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lovely evening and good dinner but prices took too much advantage of Valentines Day

vipFrank (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Classic French cuisine in an elegant setting. A bit on the pricey side but good for a special occasion. I’ll be back.

vipJoan (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The food, service and the entire experience was excellent.
We can’t wait to go back!

vipPhilandHeather (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been meaning to try Cuistot for years and finally decided to go to celebrate my wife's birthday. First thing, this place is a big impersonal restaurant, not a quaint french bistro. We arrived just behind a coach that dropped off 20+ people for a function. We were seated for our 7pm reservation at 7:40 then got to place our food order with our server at 8pm. The server was very pleasant but absent most of the time. the food was good not great. I am always a little surprised to see pasta on a french menu! The food was rather bland and had the mass catered feel of hotel food rather than individually prepared french creations. Think big thick sauces and clunky flavor pairings rather than finesse. This would be fine if the dishes weren't priced like this place has a Michelin star. At the end of the evening we had a visit from the chef who seemed totally disinterested in what we had to say. Fun night out but won't be rushing back.