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About Le Vallauris
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.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
French, Mediterranean, Continental
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 .
Palm Canyon Road
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.
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.
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.
Jean Paul Lair
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
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!"
Le Vallauris Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
As always, Le Ballauris was super - both the food and the service. We have been coming back for almost 20 years (it will be exactly 20 years this June) and hopefully we'll be going back for at least that much. All the servers are super, but Jonathan gave us some extra: reecommendations for super restaurants in Las Vegas. We went two of them already and they were really excellent. Next month we are going to another of his recommendations.
We really love Le Vallauris and we feel that everybody there also loves us.
What a great place for dinner. The outside dining area is spectacular. Dinner starts with a handwritten menu with many choices. When I looked at the menu there were many dishes that I wanted to eat. This is unusual for me. I celebrated a special occasion with a special person. This is the place.The wine was delicious and we were pleasantly bombarded by servers to make sure our evening was perfect.
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