Le Vallauris

4.7
1856 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Established in the heart of Palm Springs since 1973, Le Vallauris located at the foot of San Jacinto Mountains has been the highest rated restaurant in the Palm Springs Valley since its inception. Owned and operated by the well known restaurateur Paul Bruggemans who was also owner of the Famous Le St Germain restaurant in Hollywood. The Historic Landmark was built in 1927 and was owned by the owners of the famous Desert Inn which was The hotel in the Valley. Many grand parties were held in the house for guests such as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and many more. It was a favorite place for General Patton when he was based in Palm Springs to stage the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Later on, when the restaurant was established it became a favorite place for Presidents and the Hollywood elite. The renowned Patio lined with Giant Fichus trees is THE place to dine. The Patio is cooled in the Summer and heated in the Winter.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(760) 325-5059
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jean Paul Lair
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Private party facilities
Le Vallauris has 2 inside dining rooms for private parties each one with a capacity for up to 50 persons. The Patio can also be used on a "buy out" basis for up to 150 persons and a tree shaded Gazebo is available for up to 100 guests. These facilities are able to use an array of "prix fixe" menus.
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Private party contact
Omar Haddedou: (866) 971-9532
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Catering
Le Vallauris has developed a famous reputation for outside caterings from 2 to 500 guests. The key to success is that Chef Jean Paul prepares all the food on site, no pre-cooked food is kept in hot boxes for a whole day! Le Vallauris has catered to parties as far as Laguna Beach at the coast. A professional service staff is used to give unobtrusive and friendly service. Weddings and Corporate events are their specialty. Comprehensive packages are available to accommodate budgets. Le Vallauris includes in its packages for up to 200 guests all the equipment needed except tables and chairs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Palm Canyon Road
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Parking details
Le Vallauris offers Complimentary Valet Parking strictly on a tipping basis. For private parties hosts may choose to tip the valet exclusively so guest do not feel obliged to tip.
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Entertainment
Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.
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Special events & promotions
Le Vallauris can arrange for private events according to the wishes of the clients. We like to be known to be a "one stop shop!"
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1856 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional! Staff was extremely attentive. Food was wonderful and the ambience was remarkable. Perfect in every sense!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Second time to visit the restaurant quite disappointed this time over the first time I thought the first time the service the food the ambience was outstanding this time when we went the food was a disappointment the service was good but overall pretty much a disappointment

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t
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful patio and lovely French food. Great service

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SK
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a special birthday dinner and everything was perfect. Service thoughtful and food delicious! Can't wait to go back!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely charming! Great service..food was excellent and the setting was beautiful. Our new ‘favourite restaurant ‘.

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JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

unique setting that feels like a time warp in that it is completely timeless and vintage palm springs. EXCELLENT service along with top quality food that is well portioned, and the bossa nova lounge music pouring out from the bar - perfect night.

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B
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Sunday brunch. It is my favorite place to celebrate my birt6. The staff and wood are wonderful

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MC
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as always and Willi was a great host! Best brunch in the valley by far!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding for those of us who have dined in some of the finest French Restaurants in the world. The pace was longer than we would have liked, but this is common for fine European restaurants. My only complaint was that we had to wait too long to get the check paid.

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PL
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, well worthy of its reputation. Food was excellent, service extremely polished and well-honed.

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C
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant. Unassuming on the outside opens up to a magical world inside. Having just returned from Paris, France I was "iffy" about going to a French restaurant. But I was so very glad we had the opportunity to enjoy this jewel. From the moment we pulled into the driveway and were greeted by the valet to the maitre-d, the owner noticing us and engaging in a snippet of conversation, the entire help staff, our servers, the appetizers, entree, dessert, wine, etc., etc., etc. Absolutely our new favorite restaurant that we will enjoy for any occasion (not just my birthday). On top of all that, there was nice, quiet music in the background that was sheer romance/perfection. Voila. Perfection!

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CL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I feel food used to be better, went in the 80 and it was very classy. Over the years it has slipped, men in shorts and flip flops even a dog!

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PJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always so awesome and we will count the days until they re-open after the summer!

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CT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful service by Willy, gracious welcome offered by owner, Tony

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Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably one of my all time favorite restaurants. The waiters are all delightful, the food is delicious and the outdoor patio is spectacular. We go every time we visit Palm Springs.

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BW
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here whenever we are in the Palm Springs area. The food is, as it should, be the main attraction - superbly prepared French cuisine yet not pretentious. Sunday brunch though not cheap is excellent value for this quality of food, service and ambience - three courses with a good and regularly changing choice for all three courses and unlimited champagne. Professional yet friendly service. Beautiful outdoor dining area which is cool with tree shade and cooling fans even on the hottest days Palm Springs can offer.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service ambiance on a gorgeous patio with trees and swamp coolers to keep you cool on a hot June day..... can’t be beat for Sunday brunch.

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Palm Springs
79 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warmly greeted on arrival. Nice table away from any traffic areas. cocktails arrived exactly as ordered. Extensive menu. Food is very good!

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and wonderful. Stefan was fantastic. Paul the owner said hello and so did most of the staff. Impeccable cuisine and service could not be better. The best restaurant experience we have ever had. Definitely will go back to Palm Springs and eat there again. It was old school style and feeling. The staff were like family and everyone was just incredibly gracious. Thank you to Stefan and all of the wonderful staff. The musicians were wonderful as well.

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GM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaVallauris is our favorite Restaurant in the valley for special occasions. Paul and Omar always come by to say Hi. The food and preparation are superb.
The patio is fabulous and very cool even on the hottest days. The staff is VERY attentive, cordial, and professional. We give them a solid 10!!!!

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PR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic ambiance, beautiful restaurant. Outside courtyard is beautifully decorated. Terrific food and service.

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j
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The outdoor seating is so magical! Very romantic. Great for special occasions. The rack of lamb was perfect. I had the grand marnier souffle for dessert. It's probably cooked the way it should be however I am use to eating it a bit cooked longer.

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SS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant in the desert ! The food and service is excellent - great people watching with many stars in attendance.. Love this place

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening! Food was really delicious. Ambience could not have been better. Intimate and friendly with a beautiful patio with remarkable trees. Magical. Service was terrific. And the owners are hands on stopping by all to greet and insure that every diner is delighted. It is a level of food and service that we don’t come across often. The area is lucky to have such a world class chef. No one rushes you. Great vibe and terrific music. Bravo for maintaining excellence in all areas for decades. A real oasis in the desert.

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for her birthday to this French restaurant based on stars and reviews.
I was absolutely thrilled with my choice. We recommend sitting on the patio underneath the trees. The temperature at night in the summer is absolutely perfect for Palm Springs.
The food is gourmet and the service impeccable and perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant established for decades. It is a true value and a true gem. I will go back !!

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As 2 year residents of Palm Springs our visit to Le Vallauris was much over due. We are planning our next trip to Paris with friends and to celebrate came to your restaurant. My husband and I have been to Paris almost every year for a past 20 years. Once inside your lovely restaurant we could have easily imagined ourselves in one of our favorite restaurants in Paris. In most US restaurants people are constantly talking over each other and the restaurants are always load. Your establishment is wonderfully quiet and allow people to speak more intimately. This adds so much to the experience. Also the act of not being rushed to turn the table over is also evident. We truly felt the Parisian experience by enjoying much conversation prior to ordering dinner. Our waiter encouraged us to take our time. The food was amazing and creative. Lastly the ambiance was spectacular, warm, cozy, and relaxing. We could not have enjoyed ourselves more.

We will return again and again soon. Merci et à bientôt

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s
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I went for restaurant week. I thought this would be a way of giving the restaurant a chance.
The setting is great and the staff are attentive but not as attentive unless you are a regular there. Some patrons got a lot of attention and it appeared that they are known there. We, who are new could be your regulars too, just saying!
But then I probably would not be going back because the food was not up to the caliber on this level of a restaurant.
Fish was good, steak was fair, beet salad was ok, desserts were good.
Is good enough? not for this type of restaurant. You need to be very good and this did not hit the mark. disappointed and I would not rush to go there. I guess I will not be a regular there. And that blackboard with the food options did not work at all. Again not at a restaurant at this price level.
Restaurant week is a way of getting people to try expensive restaurants and what an opportunity. Too bad but others I tried were great. Good to take a chance because sometimes you really hit it right.

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a fabulous evening with excellent service and incredible food. Will make this a regular!

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JI
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!! There's a reason they have been around so long.

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F
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday with an excellent dinner of Caesar Salad, Lobster Ravioli and Creme Brûlée. Our waiter was the best.

Le Vallauris has an excellent menu selection and we will definitely be back.

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s
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Palm Springs!!! We were seated out in the courtyard (don't worry--you won't melt!) Our waiter, Manny, was very knowledgeable about each dish and helped make our dining experience one to remember. Portions were adequate. My souffle was the fluffiest I've ever eaten. It's Restaurant Week in Palm Springs, so this is an opportunity to try a new restaurant at a reasonable price. Can't wait to go back and try something new.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food in a lovely setting

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G
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food you'll ever have. The wine list and service are excellent! :) A must go

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RB
Palm Springs
167 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and beautiful ambiance. The food is well prepared and perfectly presented. But factoring in the price, it just isn't worth it for a return visit.

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LM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A wonderful evening. The fried oyster appetizer was a standout as was their vichyssoise. Impeccable service.

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K
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous dinner. The food was fantastic and the service was great. I would have given it an over all 5 stars except for a couple minor things. The trees outside in the courtyard continued to drop leaves and seeds on the table. It was messy when we arrived and continued through dinner. Also once the check was paid and we stayed and talked with each other for a bit - no water was offered or a refill on coffee. Service just stopped. but over all the restaurant courtyard is beautiful. It is quiet enough to hear each other. It is a very expensive restaurant but worth it for a special occasion.

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b
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite 100+ degrees, the patio was comfortably cooled. Service was unobtrusive and impeccable. The entire meal was delicious and presented nicely.. by far, the best restaurant in the Palm Springs area.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect representation for French food and service . excellent

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Avery lovely meal here. It was restaurant week so they had a fixed three course menu. There were gluten free options which I always appreciate. The trio of seafood appetizer was to die for. And everyone else loves theirs as well. The brilliant wines Pinot noir was delicious but the burgundy was not worth the higher cost in our opinion. I told the sommelier up to $150 and he immediately recommended one for $210. The ambience was excellent. The service very attentive. Highly recommend you visit this restaurant.

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RD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure.

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