Le Vallauris

4.7
2102 reviews
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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.
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our second visit we found the food to be excellent, presentation wonderful and service flawless. We had requested a table in the outdoor area but found the one we had was away from the heaters. The Maitre d’ worked hard to move us to a table closer to heaters. The owner then brought my wife a blanket for her legs. Service personified. Again this year we were fortunate to have Mark as our waiter. He is superbly professional and not afraid to offer his opinion on various menu selections.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was a bit bland, lacking in much flavor, but the front of the house staff was very attentive.

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o
Palm Springs
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second dinner at Le Vallauris in less than a week. We'd taken a houseguest for dinner on Friday. On Sunday, she announced that she wanted to take us out for a farewell dinner the evening before she departed. Her choice for the special occasion was Le Vallauris, and an excellent choice it was. She flew back to Chicago a new fan of our favorite Palm Springs restaurant.

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BW
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for fine dining! The food and service were both outstanding

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WK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

This was the second time we had visited there. The first time was great. So I took my husband there for his birthday expecting the same. It was quite different. The waitress took our drink order. We had to ask for some bread. Then she came with the menu board & we made the selections. The food arrived in a reasonable time & was of the quality we had previously experienced. Then the waitress disappeared. She acted as if we did not exist & our table was empty. After 30 minutes the owner came by & I asked him if we might see the dessert menu. He was very gracious & brought us those & made recommendations. Someone else whom we'd not previously seen brought the dessert. The original waitress still did not appear. We finished & were waiting for the bill, but no one seemed interested. Finally I asked another waiter if we might have the check & he brought it. However, we could not get anyone to take the check. Finally we got up to head to the front desk. All of a sudden the original waitress appeared & said she would take the check. I told her we intended to pay the manager & discuss the problem with her. I told her that she was about the worst waitress I'd ever encountered. She completely ignored us. The manager was very apologetic & graciously deducted the desserts from the bill & gave us his card & told us to please return & ask for him. This waitress needs to find another line of work.

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

As always, a lovely time was had by all (3) of us.

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JR
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is as fine a dining experience as there is in Palm Springs. The food, service, ambience are above reproach. Every customer is treated like a regular. In our top five restaurants anywhere.

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g
Montana
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class experience in every way. Staff exceptionally professional. Best meal we’ve ever had in Palm Springs.

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M
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant that we’ve been a few times. The food and service has always been great. This time we were inside where the tables were a bit tight. Try to sit int patio garden area.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor setting is lovely and well heated for cool nights. Beautiful French cuisine at its finest. You can’t go wrong with choosing anything on the menu - simply delicious. Wonderful and attentive staff.

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A
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The escargot, quail and lobster ravioli were all deliciously prepared, beautifully presented and served. We had a wonderful experience and plan to visit this restaurant again soon.

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b
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing as always. Food was over the top delicious. Still among my top favorite places for special occasions.

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o
Palm Springs
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been frequenting Le Vallauris for five years. The food and staff consistently surpassed expectations. It is our go-to place for special occasions and to show out-of-town guests what fine dining in Palm Springs is all about.

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DD
Pittsburgh
163 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Put simply Le Vallauris is one of my favorite restaurants in the world! I highly recommend the prix fixe lunch and be sure to enjoy the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert.

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

Continues to be one of our all time favorite restaurants!!

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b
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest restaurants in Palm Springs. The food, service and ambience are outstanding!

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b
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine here whenever we are in Palm Springs.It is wonderful and all the staff make you feel so good.
Back again in March!

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s
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly a wonderful dining experience. The food the service and the environment were superb. Of course it helped I was with Stan Paul and Mamie who knew the owner and the maitre d and the management very very very well...thanx stephen levitt,md

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p
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Our special place each year.
Never a disappointment!! One of the best places a special dinner.
Food, service and ambiance is excellent!!

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FD
Palm Springs
256 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Vallauris continues to be one of the best in a region with many exquisite dining establishments. Everything is "just right," and the prices are fair. Gracious and relaxed elegance in a comfortable setting. Delightful!

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PC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is above and beyond incredible. They make the meal.

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B
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Everyone’s dinner was over the top delicious! Service was excellent!

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p
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic French fare, served by an army of highly attentive (but not overly so) waitstaff and sommeliers. Goes against the fad of local sourcing, to get amazing whitefish from Lake Superior, lobster from Maine, etc., focusing on great ingredients and classic preparation. Impressive wine list, somewhat intimidating, though there is a first page with simpler, more familiar, and more reasonably priced suggestions.

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MA
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular as always! Like dining in la salle à manger de vos grand-mère. Parfait!

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KM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overhyped. Felt rushed. Halibut was tasteless, bland.

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L
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday

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PH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st experience and loved it, food and presentation are excellent , we'll be back :-)

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DE
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The few negative reviews focus on perceived pretentiousness of staff.Our experience was quite the opposite. Our interaction with the servers and other staff was positive.The restaurant is quite popular with the affluent and older clientele.There is however an industrialized feel to the operation rather than an intimate dining experience. The exterior dining area is really quite spectacular and the preparation of the food was very good. The dishes are for the most part excellent preparations of standards .This is not the spot for innovative or cutting edge cuisine however. The wine list is extensive and the sommelier excellent.Overall a very lovely evening and meal but comparisons to world class or top tier fine dining are overstated.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous experience. Food was excellent as was the service.

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GO
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience . We celebrated my husband's 60 th birthday there. First time in Palm Springs and at this restaurant and NOT the last. We will be back next year for sure.

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PT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We found the food very overpriced and mediocre. The beet salad tasted like it used canned beets. The branzini fish was delicate but with little flavor. The outdoor setting is very lovely but it was highly compensation for the overpriced boring food.

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s
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent experience from start to finish as usual - a very special place for dinner for two or a group from out of town as it is a memorable one of a kind place

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KH
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A lovely restaurant, which I have enjoyed for years. Sunday brunch was very pleasant even though we had to sit indoors as the terrace was packed full. Food was wonderful. Service not so much as the wait staff kept mixing up the orders and omitting some of those ordered. However, they were cheerful about being corrected and brought the correct items promptly.

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PJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ALWAYS, our brunch was exquisite!!! ... the chef was graciously willing to prepare a special diet surprise dish for me and I could not have been more pleased! Thank you all!!!

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LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food and service at this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

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PT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every aspect of our dinner. The entire staff was professional without being stuffy and the food is amazing. Perfect special occasion restaurant but also whenever you want to treat yourself to an exceptional dining experience.

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EL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful meal on the tree-shaded patio.

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EB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard about this place so we gave it a try. Outstanding. We will be back many times because of the quality of food, the high level of service, and location

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S
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest restaurant

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CT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Hidden gem in Palm Springs

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