Le Vallauris

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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. Le Vallauris is owned and operated by the well known restaurateur Paul Bruggemans and Partner Omar Haddedou. 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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b
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional cuisine and service. Patio dining under the trees is magical. Outstanding!

H
Edmonton
117 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never disappoints!!!!

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LT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had heard that the food was great and as my wife is from Paris we had to try it. It was a wonderful evening and met all of our rather elevated expectations. Well done Le Vallauris!

BB
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal. Beautiful setting. Great service. Terrific food and wine. 5 stars for sure. Great place to celebrate my birthday.

EA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was a new customer. From the moment I walked in, I was made to feel welcome. The maitre'd was charming, my server was knowledgeable and accommodating, and by the time Paul Bruggemans himself said hello at my table, I was thoroughly in love with the place. I ordered a la carte but will try the menu degustation next time. My business as a book editor is calling me to Palm Springs often, and I will visit Le Vallauris often as my home away from L.A.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous every time.

w
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. I’ve been coming here for years and it is a “must to” destination whenever I’m in town. Only issue this time was a wobbly table that resisted balancing despite attempts to correct it.

SF
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Vallauris has set the standard for excellence since the 80’s and the tradition continues. The sommelier suggested a reasonably priced Zin that was excellent and our server was charming and helpful. The food was delicious! This is still the classiest restaurant in the dessert and does not disappoint.

SF
Miami
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of Palm Springs’ better restaurants. Cozy, great service. Try the white fish. it’s spectacular.

C
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Wonderful dining experience. Highly highly recommend! Service is outstanding - the staff makes you feel special and so welcome. Food is excellent.

p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way!

W
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food1service4ambience5

I eat here often, a lovely environment. This both our meat entrée's were ordered medium rare and they were presented very rare. The service was not up to par this time. I will be back though.

B
Las Vegas
74 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is the best. We have known Paul for many, many years. Not only is the restaurant fabulous, so is the owner. We have been locals for 40 years and it is always nice to go to a first class restaurant and feel as thouugh you are visiting a friend, not just having a meal.

RS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the Sunday brunch with 6 friends and had a great experience. $55 prix fixed menu with Champagne included. Great atmosphere and service was very attentive. We all had a great time.
The food and variety of the menu was terrific. We shall return.

K
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes -- It is one of our very favorites in Palm Springs.

G
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around - we're in from LA, but if Le Vallauris was in my neighborhood I would be a regular.

b
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. Great food, service and atmosphere. Incredible wine list.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a friend who has not been there in years.
She is coming back next week.

KE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for an elegant, delicious lunch.

b
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decidedly one of the BEST places in Palm Springs. Outstanding wait staff and excellent food.

U
Los Angeles
140 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dear friends (and foodies) were in town and we celebrated Valentines’ Day at LeVal. Everything was perfect and Paul, Omar and the entire team are as gracious and professional as you could ever imagine. The veal and lamb were both cooked with immense skill and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. An absolute masterpiece!

PC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the whole experience, the owner visited each table, wow.

JL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school beautiful ambiance.

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!! One of the best restaurants and meals of my life. Great Valentines!!!

M
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible V Day
No one mentioned it was the set menu and the food was pre-cooked came out dry and not very fresh

E
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was good. Corkage fee very high. Our indoor table was in high traffic area. Suggest an outside table. Restrooms were not up to the standards of the restaurant with boxes of hand towels stacked up by the sink—tacky. The service and food were excellent which made up for most of the shortcomings mentioned.

LB
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine’s dinner. The restaurant had a beautiful ambiance. Food was delicious and the service was great.

KH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day. Elegant, great service and food. This was our first time in Palm Springs and we will definitely be back here. I chose this restaurant based on the menu, reviews and its history.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day. I was extremely disappointed that the menu was reduced to just one pre fixed menu. Usually they have a $65 pre fix and a $93 pre fix menu with an a la carts menu. Today they had only a $97 pre fixed menu which was disappointing...

FK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even with two months advance reservation, my request to eat in the garden was now achieved.

DM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible customer service. GM Omar is a rude liar. Called to change a reservation time within ample time. Said he'd call me back because he needed to check. No call, no nothing. Called back multiple times to no answer. I sent an email to OpenTable and still no response. Come to find a cancelation fee of $120. Called the next day to deal with management. They lied and pretended they knew nothing. Disputed charge with Amex and sent copies of phone records and emails as proof. Garbage tasteless restaurant.

M
Central Coast
55 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day. The ambience of the courtyard was outstanding which matched the food, presentation, and service. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

FM
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed by the elegant Maitre D' Willie, an old friend for many years in PS on Valentines Day in the beautiful garden setting of the Le Vallauris. The Sommelier Bruce introduced us to an affordable lovely Chardonnay, The Frank Family. The chef sent out an exciting amuse followed by a superb prefix menu. This restaurant has endeared itself to generations of elegant dinners the want the best the desert has to offer. Pricy, of course. Bon Appetite.
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CM
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were all good. What I didn't appreciate was a $45.00 corkage fee to open a bottle of wine that I brought. I understand that there should be a charge, but felt that it was excessive and insulting to a returning diner. This was my third visit to Vallauris to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday. It very well may be my last.

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED Le Vallauris! We have been coming to Palm Springs in February for the last 4 years and every year we have thought Le Vallauris is THE BEST restaurant in town. Costly, yes, but you get so much for your money that it's worth every penny. Most recently we had the Degustation, a parade of superbly beautiful and wonderful-tasting dishes, and a sweet, efficient server maned Michelle who put up with us two cranky old gay guys. The highlight for me came when a very kind and polite, very well-dressed gentleman stopped by our table and identified himself as the restaurant's owner and asked us if we were having a good time. I wanted to bow down before him on my knees. From the smoked salmon amuse bouche, through the luscious quail and the scrumptious crab cake, to the poached lobster and Grand Marnier souffles---what a meal!!! 5 stars from me,, 55 stars, THE BEST. LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!!

WW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must when in the Palm Springs area...perfect in every way.

LS
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outdoor dining is a beautiful setting with open evening sky, trees with lights and heaters to control temperature. The area was walled in giving the impression of a room with a pulled-back sky roof. Candice was our outstanding server. Just 15 months moved from her home, Paris, France, she brought an authenticity to this French restaurant.
There was a choice of the many, many items listed on a portable whiteboard or one of two Price-Fix menus; a 3 course or 5 course. A highlight was the owner, Paul Bruggemans coming to our table to welcome us and share a bit about his establishment; “I planted these trees 46 years ago.”

Le Vallaruis deserves the rating of Best Restaurant in the Desert.

RM
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic Palm Springs dining experience. Wonderful cuisine, impeccable service, elegant ambiance.

JL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in Palm Springs!! Nothing else comes close.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner we go there every year for our anniversary!!

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