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. 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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R
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Champagne brunch is real treat here where they greet you by name seat. You in lovely spot under the trees and pour the delicious champagne - from Oregon - who knew!
Food and ambiance wonderful and service with a smile. As a European visitor who enjoys Food the style of French cuisine with American style gets full marks. Portions generous and everything looks good as well a# tastes good.

CK
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff and atmosphere were all fabulous. We will certainly return. I would highly recommend this for special occasions.

JC
Denver
136 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding, our waiter was funny and engaging. The location was great, the patio was closed due to rain but I would definitely go back.

AR
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a wonderful setting!!

RL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting under the lights

CR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful service, delicious food. Go!

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way. Thanksgiving dinner was the best I have ever had.

H
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Thanksgiving meal, our true complements to the whole kitchen staff! Everything was perfect. When we first arrived we got put at a table that was less than satisfactory and we asked them to move us and they put us at a lovely table by the fireplace, great night!.

DT
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had booked Thanksgiving dinner at Le Vallauris for ourselves and our houseguest about a month in advance - Le Vallauris is an old favorite of ours and we eat dinner there several times each winter, often bringing along houseguests, and it’s always a hit. , especially dining in the central patio under the magnificent ficus trees.

Of course, this year, the cold and wet weather meant that the patio could not be used, so the restaurant management had to fit all Thanksgiving dinner guests into any inside space they could find. In our case (5:00 pm reservation), we were squeezed into a table in the cocktail bar, which had been filled with tables and chairs to accommodate overflow dinner guests. Our table was right against the bar itself, opposite the door to the restaurant entry and right next to everyone’s path of travel. Between the cold draft we felt each time the restaurant’s front door was opened, the occasional bump from a passerby and the very tight seating arrangement, it wasn’t ideal - probably the worst table in the restaurant that cold and wet evening. Our meals, however, were top-notch, as always. We promised our houseguest that we’d bring her back to Le Vallauris when we could get a table in the patio and enjoy the full Le Vallauris experience.

G
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner with limited menu. The turkey was way too salty but all else was fine. Think I prefer the regular daily menu.

D
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rain forced everything inside but the professional staff responded with aplomb. The meal was perfect, excellent wine pairing, c’etait tout comme il faut”

o
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite cold, rainy weather that required patio reservations to be reseated inside, the servers and kitchen staff performed flawlessly and navigated skillfully around their Thanksgiving guests. All this done with professionalism and a sense of humor.

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server, Christine, was so lovely and professional and helpful . We were there for a birthday celebration and Laurent made us a special birthday cake, which was, according to my nephew "the best cake I ever had".

totally delightful, even in the rain!!

F
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is French haute cuisine at its best. Big selection and memorable flavors. A great place for special occasions.

S
Palm Springs
65 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed greatly the beautifully lit outside patio garden, which is a superb setting! The menu choices were prolific as were the specials of the evening, which the four of us enjoyed. We especially liked our waiter "Steve", his expertise and help with the menu selections. We did order based on his suggestions, which were spot on. When we return, we definitely will ask for the outside patio. And Steve!

LB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunions

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c
San Diego
90 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Le Vallauris and all I can say is "Spectacular". Everything was absolutely as you would expect for a fine dinner - special occasion or not. We really enjoyed our time there and I would have to comment that it may have been the finest meal that we have had within the continental United States.

b
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fine dining restaurant. High prices, but good quality gourmet food.
Wine selection VERY expensive. No moderate choices. This fact will discourage us from returning.

DA
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with impeccable service and creative yet superb menu. Will definitely return for another dining experience, although, as expected, it is pricey.

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Palm Springs restaurant. Soothing ambiance, Refined service. Tuxedo suited staff, varied menu, Great food. Reasonable prices. A real PS oldie, nothing like it remains.

C
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Service and food presentation is a food of art. This one is a must do for Lunch,Sunday Brunch, or dinner! Waiters are at your service!

SR
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steve is the Best waiter. Kind, attentive and affable.
Owner is very considerate of his guests. He personally greets each guest.
The patio is lovely and the food is excellent l

JL
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Vallauris continues to be on of our favorite restaurants in the desert?
From the owner greeting us to the wait staff - it is all perfect!

K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful

LA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always they never disappoint!

NC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my Favorite PS Restaurants! If you're in PS you must give it a try!

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finest Restaurant in the Desert

s
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Love this restaurant - took my aunt and uncle for lunch and they are going to bring their friends.

Le Vallauris
Responded on November 24, 2019

Hello and thank you for your review. Reading your comment and seeing that you have awarded only one star it seems like you meant to award 5 star rating ? We are very happy that you had a great experience at Le Vallauris. Sincerely Omar

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g
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gracious host and wait staff. Classic romantic feel. Wonderful atmosphere. Amazing wine list. We made a very late, last minute reservation yet we were treated graciously and were not rushed. Food was very very good. Will definitely go back on our next Palm Springs visit.

d
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Underwhelming.. looks very old fashioned and food was solid but not extra special. Service great. Seriously in need of an update

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
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.

JS
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be the best experience you can have for a meal in the desert, especially for lunch on Sunday.

S
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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!

PO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
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!

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