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Le Vallauris

4.7
4.7
3982 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 50 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, Diners Club, Discover, 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, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,982 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Romantic

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Great for fine wines

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Romantic

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  1. c

    coco

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a special place! The food was absolutely delicious and our servers, Raymond and Myra, were terrific! The patio under a canopy of trees is charming. Highly recommend!!!
  2. j

    joseph

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional dining experience. Superb service, excellent food and lovely setting.
  3. TR

    TRANCEPORTER

    Central Coast

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!
  4. S

    Spokane1

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knowing that Le Vallauris had changed ownership and not having been there since the onset of the pandemic it is good to see that Le Vallauris is still the premier French restaurant in Palm Springs. While there have been staff changes, there were still some familiar faces. The culture of fine, unhurried dining with impeccable service and great menu choices remains. Admittedly, it comes at a price. However, it is not to be missed if you are visiting the area. We enjoyed fresh New Zealand oysters, pear Roquefort salad, lobster, and the signature Grand Marnier souffle for dessert. Cocktails are well made, and the wine list is long. Definitely use the valet parking service ($6). The fully surrounded outdoor patio setting under old growth trees is unique and heaters were plentiful to keep the temperature comfortable. Just an all-around great dining experience, and congratulations to the new ownership for keeping Le Vallauris traditions intact.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Meh. Service was awful
  6. u

    underha

    Las Vegas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John was a delight! Food was phenomenal, cocktails as well. Everything on point! Thank you
  7. w

    wdls

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I have been visiting this restaurant for over 40 years now and my dining experiences have been wonderful. Food quality and service superb. Recent experience was that service was significantly lacking but food quality remains consistent with the past.
  8. c

    carls

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful night under the heaters in the beautiful gardens. The food was superb and the service was better! Really enjoyed the 6 course "Sampler Menu" My first visit there. I will be back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection as always!
  10. Z

    Zack

    Palm Springs

    175 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I have been a customer of Le Vallauris for many years, however, last night was a bit of a disappointment. Even though the inside dinning room was half empty, my party of five was seated at a small round table where it was an issue where thing go. We had to ask to see the tasting menu instead of it being offered upfront. The main course was served lukewarm to where one guest returned the plate to be reheated. There was one minor miss after another. The food was very good…not spectacular. There were no chefs special bites that would appear before or during the meal like I have had on previous visits. None of us felt like we “had arrived”; the feeling one gets at many true fine dining establishments. I like the restaurant, but last night was definitely an off evening.
  11. SK

    SanjitK

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, though it was $650 for 4! Rack of Lamb, Quail, Veal osso buco
  12. T

    Tommy

    Atlanta

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always Exceptional!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Wasn’t disclosed they had a priced fixed menu for thanksgiving. The value of the $89 price fixed menu was more than if you ordered from the standard menu. Nice place for dinner, but a bit overrated and overpriced for what you actually get. The server was lovely and accommodating.
  14. JH

    JimH

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always phenomenal
  15. l

    larry

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    The caesar salad that I had was awful, just the outside leaves of the romaine, not tasty. For entree was Turkey dinner which was served in a bowl, not a pretty presentaion. Then to pay you have a server with a computer who takes your card and the screen show tips to add to bill. Felt like a Dennys Restaurant, not at all pleasant. We usually go to this restaurant at least 6 to seven times per season, since 1984 and after covid it has gone from wonderful to AWFUL>
  16. M

    Mark

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Thanksgiving evening! Dinner was extraordinary. The turkey was cooked to perfection, which cannot be an easy feat for three seatings from 3:00 to 8:00. The staff is always wonderful and we really appreciate their effervescent smiles and attentiveness on a this special holiday.
  17. LF

    LesleyF

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful thanksgiving dinner. We’ve been celebrating thanksgiving at Le Vallauris for many years and it never disappoints. The ambiance outside is magical with the grand trees and bistro lighting. The arugula goat cheese prosciutto salad is so tasty to start. The filet is very tender. Crime brûlée is so creamy. The food is very constant and the service is excellent, Will be back many more times
  18. DD

    DallasDiner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome Thanksgiving meal!
  19. PJ

    PJMc

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our Thanksgiving was superb and the staff made us feel as though we were in our own home ... couldn't have been any better!!!
  20. WE

    WilliamE

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving family dinner. Caesar salad was uninspired and a disappointment. The meal was quite good and service was impeccable.
  21. p

    pghfan

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration of Grandson engagement. Beautiful dinner for the occasion.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Best meal we’ve ever had! Outstanding food service ambience!!!!!!
  23. G

    Garren

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, food exceeded expectations and we love to come here for special occasions.
  24. EM

    ErinnM

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service Very romantic setting
  25. L

    Lorenzo

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Such a special place - great ambience, staff, and food is very good. My only issue was the selection of wine - though impressive, I would have liked to see an option that was less than $22 by the glass.
  26. AH

    AlanH

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    still the best atmosphere, service and menu in town.
  27. RR

    RRM855

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Not as great as it used to be before it closed for a remodel earlier this year. Food seemed like it had been prepared in advance and sat. Things were under-seasoned or at least lacked salt. Service not on par with these prices, e.g., waiting long periods of time to be served, reaching over the table to place silverware and deliver plates, serving from the wrong sides, bringing bread to the table with butter plate stacked on top and just leaving it, etc. Miss its former incarnation. It is back to Spencers for us.
  28. PJ

    PJMc

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous brunch as always ... creative offerings, impeccable service and lovely setting on the patio.
  29. L

    Lorilynn

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was top notch! Service was outstanding and such a value with the free flowing champagne! Thank you for another lovely brunch experience.
  30. RE

    RichE

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been lucky enough to enjoy Le Vallauris for over 30 years. The servers and staff are amazing. The food is always a treat for the senses.
  31. L

    Like2dine

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite always
  32. H

    Hank

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, ambiance, and service. Chef even came by. Can’t wait until next time.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous ambiance, impressive menu and exceptional service really set this place apart. They bring the seasonal menu to your table and make sure that every item you order is properly coursed. The drinks were delicious as was the food. In particular, we enjoyed the oysters, escargot, and lobster salad. The beef cheeks were cooked to perfection, and the warm fresh-baked bread was a nice touch. I wasn’t crazy about the seafood terrine, though my husband devoured my portion with glee — nor were either of us too impressed with the chicken liver pâté, but it to say it wasn’t good would be a stretch. For dessert, we tried the panna cotta and grand marnier soufflé, both of which were interesting but not incredible. The beautiful lighting at the restaurant and lovely trees surrounding the outdoor dining area were stunning, and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. One down side is that the chef requests for diners to put in the entire order at one, which does create a seamless dining experience, but it doesn’t allow one to go with the flow and order less/more as the evening wanes. Either way, it was a wondeful experience. Highly recommended for any special occasion!
  34. RA

    RossA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A particular pleasure was the Sommelier and young waiter, both of whom were pitch perfect. Ellis Ross Anderson
  35. BC

    BrianC

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Lovely venue, attentive and effective staff, good food. We caught up with some friends who were visiting and, never having been before, we decided to try Le Vallauris. The hosts greeted us with some French bonne hommie and brought us to the delightful outdoor dining room. So beautiful and comfortable, even in the cool nights of the late fall. Things continued in that same comfortable, though not outstanding, way for the rest of the evening. Our cocktails were good, though pricey at $20+. Our waiter was so-so but our busboy, a very dignified thin young man, was perfect. I wish I had caught his name, but he is terrific and never let my water glass go dry (I drink a lot of water). The food was good, though uneven. The soup special, a lobster bisque, was as expected and the escargot was buttery and garlicky. The bread was a real let down being so dry and brittle it was more crust than anything. The special of veal sweetbreads in caper sauce was delicious but the beef cheeks were bland and fatty. My husband would have sent them back but didn't want to spoil the mood for our guests. The souffles were light but not as flavorful as we would have liked. In all, we wouldn't mind going back but we'll try other places first.
  36. D

    David

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Vallauris is a superb restaurant in every way. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining, and the food was excellent. It's our favorite restaurant in the Palm Springs area.
  37. H

    Hoky

    Omaha

    189 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! We started with 3 fabulous appetizers…poached pear stuffed with Roquefort, smoked salmon and escargot. Our entrees, Dover Sole Meunière and Sweetbreads were also outstanding! Service, attention to detail and friendliness enhanced the amazing cuisine.
  38. VD

    VickyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to all the wonderful staff but specially Bruce! For the wonderful evening. Highly recommend.
  39. GA

    GAYLEW

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We sat on their beautiful patio with wonderful soft lighting, heaters, if needed, are everywhere. Menu is on a chalk board brought to the table. I had the lobster, amazing, my husband had the halibut and loved it. Highly recommend for a lovely experience.
  40. S

    Sam21

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always a pleasure coming back to this restaurant.

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 3982 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 50 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, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jean Paul Lair

  • Entertainment

    Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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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