Le Vallauris

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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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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff takes care of you and the food was as good if not better as any I’ve had in Paris or the French countryside. You leave full but not stuffed. And the soufflé was the best I’ve ever had including the one we had at the Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower.

S
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience! The bar area is a fabulous throwback, as was the trio playing music at just the right level. Next time we go we want to come early and have our first cocktail at the bar. Outdoor dining twinkle lights hanging from huge trunk trees - a splendor. Waiter 5 star. Delicious French entrees. French baker personalized fresh baked apple tart.

W
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. The outdoor patio looked fantastic, but we could only get a table inside, which felt a bit stuffy. Overall, a good French restaurant.

GS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. A wide choice of dishes and outstanding desserts. Service is always outstanding. A bit pricy but worth the cost.

A
Palm Springs
175 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing outdoor ambience under the trees

Always great French flair food....and impeccable service.

A little pricey...so it might be for a special occasion.

m
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Vallauris is our favorite restaurant in the desert. We come twice a year. Mainly because of the personal, kind treatment by the handsome and capable Frenchmen! But not only that...the tranquil terrace shaded by huge trees, the proper white tablecloths and silverware...

The cuisine is superb. Rare .Scottish salmon with carrots, green beans in a honey lemon and green peppercorn sauce. Velvety beet gazpacho with basil shreds. Blue crab stack with corn on top, asparagus, watercress and a fan of ripe avocado with a sort of mayonnaise, homemade. Trio of sorbets, coconut, pear, mango, delicious. Berries with Grand Marnier on the side.

Glass of .Ferrari-Carano 2015 Merlot, and Bruliam Sonoma 2016 Pinot Noir, San Giacomo vineyard, excellent.

As usual, attentive service by Raymond and the team.

See you in March 2020!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine list always extraordinarily highly priced.

TH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional quality meal and service. Blue crab and lobster ravioli were epic. Both very happy on anniversary!

M
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and I highly recommend the escargot. Service was OUTSTANDING.

P
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Le Vallauris in close to 20 years. It was as wonderful as I remembered it...the food, the ambiance, the staff. In fact, many of the staff were still there, from my last visit, which speaks volumes about the quality of the ownership/management.

SG
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Birthday Dinner in every way!

JG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a warm welcome w relaxed service. Beautifully prepared food. The setting is a rare treat.

t
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful environment with very good friendly service and delicious food. Be ready to pay for it.

A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, impeccable service, and a beautiful setting. Expensive, but worth every penny.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Really nice setting for dinner outside under the lights.

OT
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect!!

TS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for wife was spectacular.

S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a highlight of our desert stays. The prettiest outdoor dining patio in the desert, and maybe California. The food and service never disappoints. Getting a greeting from the owner who still famously walks from table to table to say hello.
Old school charm with unsurpassed standards and quality keep this gem glowing maintaining the top French resturant in the desert.

b
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants! They are the absolute best!

S
New England
47 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Le Vallauris for four reasons: 1) it is a safe bet for variety and quality of the food and drinks, 2) we enjoy the mixture of Euro-American culture at its best, 3) we wanted to invite very good friends for a goodbye dinner and 4) it was our anniversary in Palm Springs. With high expectations it couldn’t be but Le Vallauris. All of that turned out perfect. A big thank you to the kind staff, to the owner who took time to speak with us and to the beautiful surroundings where we enjoyed a special evening.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Always lovely with our young family.

C
New York Area
392 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our first time dining at Le Vallauris and overall we were very happy with our meal, the atmosphere and the service. Two people in our party picked the larger menu option, one the smaller menu option and one ordered a la carte. Everything was very good but the dessert on the smaller menu was the most bizarre thing I have ever eaten. It was described as a rice pudding with exotic fruit but the consistency was particularly odd. I love rice pudding but they chopped the fruit into tiny squares and it just didn't mix well with the rice pudding consistency since it was all mixed together and the overall dish tasted strange. Clearly their pastry chef was trying to do something different but sadly he/she did not succeed and instead of ending the meal on a high note it ended just the opposite.

GG
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always impressive! This is truly a gem with incredible food, outstanding service and a beautiful courtyard to dine under the trees and the stars. Magical.

AW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in Palm Springs. Scores high in my book across the board.

FD
Palm Springs
364 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a league of its own, Le Vallauris offers a combination of nostalgia, romance, an excellent menu (and kitchen), and flawless service. Moreover, it's apparent that everyone on site is dedicated to pleasing every guest. Le Vallauris is a wonderful restaurant, but, even more, it is a venerable "institution."

DS
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite "go to" celebration spot. Everything about it is perfect including the host! Thank you for always making us feel special!

LR
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. the best restaurant in Palm Springs with a cadre of long service staff who look after guests every need . Fabulous food x

L
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our meal was lovely and service was excellent. Our only complaint came with our entrees. Mine was not very flavorful (veal) and my friend's was close to inedible (monkfish). Which was a shocker because everything else on the table was wonderful. I would definitely try this restaurant again to see if we caught them on a bad night.

H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful setting with some nicely prepared dishes, namely the vichyssoise and the lobster ravioli.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly delightful. Old Palm Springs at its best.

PS
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for special dinners. Welcoming, gracious, great menu. Staff is professional and very attentive without being intrusive.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’m the service was outstanding and the ambiance was lovely for our anniversary. I was expecting to be wowed and the food was good but just not what I expected for the price.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given a gift certificate to Le Vallauris so used it for my husband's birthday. Probably wouldn't have gone otherwise because of the prices. We are so glad we did, though. For someone of modest means it is a super place for a special occasion. The atmosphere, food and service are fantastic. Our server, Mark was friendly, helpful, and took the time to answer any questions we had, whether about the food or the restaurant. His recommendations were perfect. If we had the means, this would become a regular treat for us. As it is, we will be sure to use Le Vallauris for special occasions in the future. We highly recommend!

p
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio wonderful food and service.

t
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unrivaled experience in a beautiful courtyard. Service was outstanding. The food even more so.

MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. I highly recommended this restaurant. Great service and food.

S
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Some of the food was not as warm as expected.

t
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!

FR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional. I was very disappointed that we could not be seated on the patio. The waiter told us we had to request that when we made our reservations. Open Table did NOT indicate this. They have a very extensive wine list and the selection is amazing but pricey. I bought my own bottle in and the corkage fee was $85.00! $85.00!!!

The restaurant was fabulous, the food and service were fantastic. I just hate surprises and would have liked to know about requesting the patio and would suggest they put something on their website about the corkage fee.

TC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Always a great time

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