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Le Vallauris

4.7
1577 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Le Vallauris has a policy that requires a credit card for reservations of 6 persons or more.. A $25 charge per person will be levied for same day cancellations .
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Phone number
(760) 325-5059
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jean Paul Lair
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Palm Canyon Road
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Parking details
Le Vallauris offers Complimentary Valet Parking strictly on a tipping basis. For private parties hosts may choose to tip the valet exclusively so guest do not feel obliged to tip.
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Entertainment
Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.
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Special events & promotions
Le Vallauris can arrange for private events according to the wishes of the clients. We like to be known to be a "one stop shop!"
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

The place to go for a great dining experience in the Palm Springs area.
Every course was beautifully served, wonderfully tasty and made from the best and freshest ingredients. Each course was a creation in it's own right. The stuffed pear appetizer was a taste sensation. And the sorbet trio desert was the best sorbet I've ever had and that includes lots of sorbet from France and the rest of Europe.
The service as always attentive and the whole staff is a pleasure to watch.
All are dressed to perfection -- with formal attire for the captains, dinner jackets for the waiters and chic striped aprons for the serving staff members. All of them operating as a practiced team.

Le Vallauris provides the best dining experience in the desert and probably one of the best in California.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We ate in the lovely garden setting. It is great for friendly conversation as it is quite. Food was outstanding and especially liked the fixed price brunch menu, with something for every taste. Service was very attentive. It is a place to go for an outstanding leisurely meal with friends or to celebrate a special occasion.

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HRN3 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food in a delightful atmosphere. Our table was in the patio as we requested. The service was very professional with no glitches or mistakes. Attentive without being fussy. We were surprised at the lack of service in the bar as we waited for our table. The matre de did get our drinks. The live music in the bar was very good.

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vipBobnbonnie (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Some of the negative reviews caused us to wait a long time before we tried Le Vallauris. That was a mistake. We dined there Feb 16 for dinner and were delighted. The warm ambiance, superb service and wonderfully presented food made for a great night. In my opinion this was our finest dinning experience in the Valley.

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vipGourmetFoodie (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

While the ambiance and service lived up to the many years of our experience of special events here the food was seriously below par. Our chief complaint was my wife’s Chilean Sea Bass. Actually the worst Chilean Sea Bass either of us ever tasted.

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vipDowntownDrew (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Quite simply Le Vallauris is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. The outdoor dining area is elegant, the menu is broad, the food perfectly prepared. The three course prix fixe lunch at $42 is a bargain.

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vipOpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

This was a very busy evening with the Art Fair and Modernism Week .
The staff always handles the crowds and the stress very well.
Always a beautiful experience , wonderful food and a good wine list.
We do this every year.

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

this is One of my favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. Very nice staff. The food is very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s pre-fixe dinner was a lovely night out. Food is outstanding and prepared beautifully. We are from Chicago, so we do have slightly higher expectations for a Service in a meal with a $94 price tag. We were not disappointed, per se, but some things fell short. At a restaurant of this quality, we are used to their laying our napkins on our laps, after asking if we preferred a black or white one. I was wearing black velvet pants, so given a choice, I would have opted for black. I ended up with white fuzzies. Charger plates were removed before we even ordered. The bread was unceremoniously dropped on the table without a comment of “warm French bread.” Service was a bit frenetic, but to be fair, it was Valentine’s and the place was packed. Proper dress is not a thing, a gent was seated in cargo shorts and dirty gym shoes. Sheesh! Typically, a meal starts at a place of this caliber with an amuse bouche and includes a palate cleanser between courses, and maybe a chocolate truffle with the bill. All those potential special touches, to raise the bar were, missing. There was an excellent combo playing music in the bar. It contributed nice background. The patio area looked dreamy, with trees lit by strings of lights. As to the food—which IS why we came, it was delicious. Ahi tuna tartare and lobster cocktails were superb, with lots of tuna and lobster. Rack of lamb was cooked to perfection and the veal filet with truffle ravioli was truly wonderful and cooked just right. Little slices of truffle were a tasty surprise. Creme brûlée was crunchy and creamy, while the vanilla ice cream (delice) with berries was a bit of a disappointment. The ice cream is not made there and was not anything special. We were disappointed to learn this after eating it. They had a “special composition plate” as a dessert item. Prior to ordering, we asked what it was. The waiter “had come late” and did not know. We suggested he ask. All in all great food that fell a bit short for service.

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great service

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Creative menu option, superb service, romantic atmosphere, tree covered patio and outdoor dining option.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Most romantic place my wife has ever been to including nyc,Italy,Paris etc
Awesome

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Everything we had hoped for. From the greeting to the excellent service to outstanding food made for a very pleasurable dining experience.

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vipDufnMacsPicks (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

It never disappoints! The wait staff is impeccable and the food excellent. It’s very romantic on the twinkle lighted patio but there were plenty of big all girlfriend or guy buddy tables. The history/their story is pretty cool and they take the time to tell you if you want. There’s music too which is a great backdrop. It’s an annual favorite!

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vipGrandpa (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Fabulously reliable for a marvelous experience!

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vipMarmae (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Exquisite!! This was beautiful and delicious and a true old world treasure.

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vipmimi (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food generally is dynamite, but not peak performance this time. However, excellent service and lovely patio made it still worth the visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyable setting. Dated food.

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vipKenneth (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Special Place for a Special Occasion. Great Food and Great Service. One of the best in the Valley.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

As good as ever

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vipCDMA (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

A memorable meal in a memorable location. A classic dining experience. Some throw-back dishes and some new perspectives. Service is crisp and hospitable. Beautiful outdoor garden.

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viphbfoodlover (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

FABULOUS . WE WENT FOR LUNCH ON A SATURDAY. THE PATIO GARDEN IS SO LOVELY! THE SERVICE IS IMPECCABLE! THE FOOD IS SUPERB!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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windpig (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The outside dining area at Le Vallauris is gorgeous. It's actually an walled area back yard of an old house, with several large ficus trees. Our server was personable, and efficient, while not over-bearing. The food was spectacular; beet gazpacho delicious, with a little bit of crunch. The cod dish with a green pepper and lemon butter sauce, was perfectly cooked, and accompanied by the most petits petits pois. The duck ravioli with pork belly equally wonderful. All this is expensive, of course, even by Palm Springs standards, but as a splurge it was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Delightful and delicious

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vipCKNYC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

This restaurant is a must go to for anyone visiting Palm Springs ! The owners and staff are so professional and understand the true meaning of hospitality ! Each of us loved each of our courses !

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GaryB (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Our best dinner in Palm Springs. A classic restaurant and the patio is tree canopied and lovely. We had the dégustation menu and it was incredible. Will return next time we are in PS.

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vipjudithm (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Had not been here for some time. Still the same ambiance, great food and service. Eating on the patio is a delight don't know why we stayed away so long. Definitely on the recommend to friends list.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was not quite what we would have expected for an iconic restaurant like Le Vallauris. I was disappointed that the Fanny Bay oysters were very uneven in size (some way too large) and were void of any “liquor.” Whoever shucked them apparently let all that goodness drain away. And the crispy duck, although wonderfully flavored, was unevenly cooked - some parts perfect, but others overdone. All that aside, I’m willing to forgive a couple of lapses from the kitchen, as the service and ambiance were incomparable - truly outstanding - making the overall experience memorable. We will definitely be back.

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vipRobert (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Le Vallauris is always outstanding!

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