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Le Vallauris

4.7
4.7
4137 Reviews
$50 and over
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 Coachella Valley since its inception. The exquisite cuisine at Le Vallauris is prepared by Executive Chef, Jean-Paul Lair, who has graced the restaurant for over 25 years. The Historic Landmark was built in 1927 as a home for the Roberson family, who managed Palm Springs' first hotel, The Desert Inn. Many grand parties were held in the house for guests such as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and many more. Later on, when the restaurant was established it became a favorite place for Presidents and the Hollywood elite. The renowned patio, adorned with giant Ficus trees, is THE place to dine. The patio is cooled in the Summer and heated in the Winter.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 65 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Mediterranean, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 325-5059

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jean Paul Lair

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Omar Haddedou: (760) 325-5059

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Cross street

    Palm Canyon Road

  • Parking details

    Le Vallauris proposes Valet Parking operated by a third party.The suggested fee is $4 per car.

  • Entertainment

    Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,137 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Great for fine wines

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Romantic

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Great for fine wines

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was uniformly excellent. I particularly recommend the veal filet. Grand Marnier souflee is delicious. Our waiter Edgar was superb. Both knowledgeable and charming. A wonderful way to celebrate my wife's 75th birthday!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance, food was honestly one of the best meals I have had. My girlfriend and I had the hamachi tartare and escargot as the appetizers, both amazing, as well as the lamb and veal for entree. The Lamb had so much flavor, especially with the veggies that came with it, and the veal was insanely tender but full of flavor. We finished off our dinner with a creme brûlée, and I also had a Le Vallauris Manhattan to go with my meal. Very strong drink. My bill was about $230 with tip. Could not have asked for a better birthday dinner.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great ambiance. Good service. We got the rack of lamb and quail. Both were very good. The crème brûlée was delicious as well. Definitely worth a visit.
  4. CG

    CappieG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in Palm Springs! Quiet and low key elegance.
  5. E

    Eric

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely garden courtyard setting under the lit up trees, pacing was a little slow for the appetizers to come out but the staff was very attentive. Food was wonderful but they were out of several of that night’s specials. Restaurant is good for a special occasion or romantic evening.
  6. g

    gorbeck

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    After seating we waited much too long for ordering and arrival of order.
  7. D

    David

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was outstanding, wonderful waiter, great atmosphere but very snarly wine steward.
  8. M

    Meow

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing service!
  9. T

    Tommy

    Atlanta

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful!!
  10. CP

    ChuckP

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Very expensive with a fantastic ambiance, but Very Pricey. The souffle was outstanding, escargot good, soup decent to, but pate was disappointing. Drinks are crazy expensive at $24 IMHO, the duck was very good and the lobster so so. Service was good until the end when we waited a long time, about 15 minutes for a check, then another waiter came to have us pay our bill who was rude, rude, which put a damper on a $350 dinner with tip.
  11. H

    Hungrygak

    Edmonton

    156 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    156 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Did the Tasting Menu, and it was very good. My only issue is maybe it was served a little too fast, but other than that, Great Meal, Loved the Tasting Menu, Great Company and sat outside in the lovely courtyard.
  12. AM

    AnneM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner under the trees with twinkling lights. Food and service were exceptional.
  13. GG

    GeorgeG

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had not been to this excellent restaurant since the ownership change and were happy to see it that it was as good,if not better,than before. The chef came by our table to engage us and be sure we enjoyed everything. Class act from start to sumptuous finish.
  14. NY

    NYCFoodie

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. Our first time here. It’s always been on our list and we made it. Escargot, lobster ravioli, dover sole and soufflé. What a night ! Best wine list in the desert.
  15. PJ

    PJPierce

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely beautiful dining courtyard, and the best lobster ravioli I have ever had. Full of knuckle and claw meat. This is a must visit. The chef came to each table to make sure everything was great
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance, our server Chad was awesome and the food amazing!
  17. G

    Glory

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to this restaurant is a truly special occasion for us. Love love love to eat here!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place to eat. Food was beyond expectations and server was awesome and very attentive.
  19. WH

    WilfordH

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First rate
  20. JM

    JoshM

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been there many times. Always outstanding. Professional service, incredible food and perfect setting. Not to be missed.
  21. AC

    AndyC

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    This was our third visit and first disappointment after two wonderful experiences. From $6 valet to park in open spots, to $16 for dessert berries (refunded) from what was mentioned as if it would be complimentary (“we like to do something for our guests who are having birthdays”, after we initially declined dessert), this was all very overpriced, even allowing for the gorgeous movie set type setting. In my previous visits, I had delicious chicken and lamb chop meals. My white fish on this visit was astonishingly bland. I’m guessing that I got 4 to 5 ounces of tender fish for the $41. But it wasn’t seasoned! No gourmet flavours in this meal! They might as well have used a canned cream of mushroom soup! I also received exactly one canned anchovy in my $19 Caesar salad, although they brought more when I pointed this out. I don’t know if the regular chef was off. But this wasn’t close to value for money and the food was remarkably ordinary. I don’t believe in one strike and you’re out. But I won’t be rushing back here on my next visit.

    Le VallaurisResponded on January 29, 2023Hello Sir. This is Jean-Paul the executive chef for the last 28 years, I am very sorry to see your disappointment You should have ordered the Chicken or the lamb that you like previously. The white fish that we serve you is a standard dish here that we serve for a very long time, it is very much appreciated. The portion that we serve and the prices are never an issue with the clientele. You add dinner with us before, our price shouldn't be such a surprise. Have a nice day. Le Vallauris Team.

  22. RT

    RobT

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We looked for a high end restaurant to celebrate a birthday with a special dinner. We spoke to 2 people at this establishment by telephone and were both assured that a special meal could be created by the chef based on what he found at the market that day. We were excited. We arrived at the restaurant only to find the menu was on a handwritten board that was difficult to decipher but the final result was that there was little to no selection for vegetarians. We asked if we could alter other dishes, ie. could we have the grilled cheese without the ham but were told that these were premade and could not be changed. That was true for several other dishes listed as well. Fine dining with premade dishes? There was no attempt to offer us anything other than a stuffed pear and the chef’s vegetable plate. My husband had the stuffed pear and a clump of ratatouille, not exactly inspired. I had the vegetable plate which was simply the vegetable bits from other dishes put on a plate. A clump of ratatouille, a few fingerling potatoes, 3 horrible raviolis, and a few carrots. The also added a clump of stewed spinach and charged an extra 7 dollars for it. None of it had any flavour or thought put in to it. It was a complete disappointment and we would never dine here again. I cannot recommend it to anyone; they seem to specialize in pretensions and not much else. Not a fine dining experience after we tried so hard to make sure it would be. Originally we were told if the chef had ingredients to make a crepe, that would be possible. On the night, we were told the kitchen did not even have a crepe pan. The next night, my husband made us all a delicious asparagus crepe using a large regular frying pan. A restaurant who holds their clientele in disdain will not long have clientele.
  23. SF

    StevenF

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a pleasure to eat at this restaurant we have never been disappointed and the new ownership is as good if not better than the fella who owned it for many years the food the service is always first rate the people are friendly nice and treat us well thanks
  24. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lobster, great duck, great champagne and meh Grand Marnier soufflé.
  25. SB

    SteveB

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Incredible meal. I rank Le Vallauris as the best in Palm Springs. You will not find a better restaurant.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Over the top excellence
  27. RB

    RobertB

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great time. The ambiance, food and service can’t be beat. Olivier, Nicholas and Cruz took great care of us. Can’t wait to return!
  28. CB

    ColleenB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with excellent food and service.
  29. KL

    KLYfoodie

    Seattle

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a birthday party at Le Valauris for 10. They were a dream to work with in planning the event. We had excellent service with incredible food. Very innovative in how the food was plated. Very enjoyable evening. Definitely one of my Palm Springs favs.
  30. JS

    JamesS

    Palm Springs

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and setting are superlative! Among the top five restaurants in the desert.
  31. GK

    GailK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and atmosphere and the food was amazing. We really appreciated the pacing of the courses, allowing time to enjoy the food as well as relax in between courses. No rush, no pressure; time to savor our food, enjoy conversation and admire the beautiful setting, Made for a perfect birthday celebration! Can't wait to go back in the evening when the trees on the patio are lit up.
  32. MM

    MichelleM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful from the moment you step out of your car! A culinary and social experience everyone should savour
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The portions of the food were very disappointing for the price we paid.

    Le VallaurisResponded on January 22, 2023Hello, my name is Jean-Paul I have been the executive chef for the last 28 years. I was surprised about the complaint you made. Can you tell me what you had for dinner? In general, we don't have any issues regarding the portions we serve. We hope to see you again Best regards Jean-Paul & Le Vallauris Team.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as always! This is our number one stop for wonderful French cuisine when visiting the desert. Year after year, it’s never a disappointment.
  35. PD

    PapaDave

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect.
  36. MG

    MonaG

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly authentic French experience. Diverse menu, impeccable service and beautiful ambiance. The ambiance is so amazing under the tree canopy! Stuffed Pear Roquefort and grilled marinated quail with figs for apps. Mona enjoyed the salmon with a lovely sweet savory glaze, and I had the best Chilean sea bass of my life!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We’ve been going to Le Vallauris for years and sadly Soho House has ruined this fine institution. Our martinis were undrinkable and our white wine was warm. This is because no employees are allowed to taste the drinks—including the bartender and the sommelier. That is ridiculous and just as stupid as a chef not being allowed to taste the food. Most of the employees who had been there for many years are no longer there and those that remain must be unhappy. The employees were a big part of what made Le Vallauris special. We miss you Willy!

    Le VallaurisResponded on January 22, 2023Hello, My name is jean-Paul I have been the Executive Chef for 28 years, like the Sommelier Bruce the bartender Carlos, Olivier, and many more we have been working for the Vallauris with Paul for decades. We have the same respect for the name Le Vallauris now as when the original Owner was here. Our dedication is still the same None of us have changed our way of working. I am sorry if your wine wasn't served at the proper temperature, Soho house has nothing to do with that. Le Vallauris Team

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience was amazing with my beautiful date! We loved the food & atmosphere! The waiter was informative & so nice. It is spendy but worth coming every so often. Everything was good!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the evening was spectacular!
  40. d

    dfish

    Las Vegas

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambiance, escargot was delicious, Rack of Lamb & Roasted Duck with Cherry Sauce was also delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Le Vallauris is rated 4.7 stars by 4137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 65 times today
Google Map for Le Vallauris

385 West Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Palm Canyon Road

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Mediterranean, Continental

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Le Vallauris proposes Valet Parking operated by a third party.The suggested fee is $4 per car.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jean Paul Lair

  • Entertainment

    Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 325-5059

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Omar Haddedou: (760) 325-5059

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