Le Vallauris

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2286 reviews
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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. 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.
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RK
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. The patio is amazing as is the food and the service.

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KC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful courtyard ambience. Typical French sized teensy Weensy portions for $$$
Amazing dirty martini
Service could have been more attentive

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SF
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly one of the best meals I’ve had in Palm Springs, food was outstanding!

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TA
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lovely dining area under the trees is just the first sign of how special your experience is going to be. The service was the kind that makes you feel pampered but not intruded upon. The food was delicious & beautiful. This is a place for a special evening in Palm Springs.

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment one walks into the room one is awestruck at the beauty surrounding you. Also, it is a real pleasure to see concierge and waitstaff in formal attire. Lately dining out has become too casual in a fine dining restaurant.

The food was delicious, the drinks generous and the server extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.

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BB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special dinner.

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TH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and excellent service. I felt like I was in the south of France.

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MJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 34th Anniversary with a wonderful dinner!

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LK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nearly perfect, as usual.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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GS
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We decided with the Prix Fixe dinner. The first two courses were very good, especially the salmon which was outstanding. My main course was the scallops [ 2 scallops divided in half]. The scallops were exceptional, but the accompaniments were Ok. My partner ordered the veal and it was a disappointment as was tasteless. Desert was the highlight. Chocolate Mud Cake and Lemon Tart. Both were fantastic. Biggest problem, though, were the flies. All evening we were constantly posted by a large group and basically ruined the whole evening

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TS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!! Food and ambiance outstanding! nice wine selection. Excellent waiters and staff. We had such an enjoyable evening. Thank you Le Vallauris

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DF
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant!!
It never disappoints---year after year!!!
I have never had the same thing twice and have never been anything but thrilled with my selection. The wait staff are fabulous. The patio makes me happy everytime I step under the trees

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M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to that very special place over the years. Consistently excellent quality of food, service and ambiance. The best place in the desert!

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P
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been visiting Palm Springs for over 60 years and for the past forty four Le Vallauris has been the best restaurant in the entire desert area. Great good, outstanding service and a wonderful environment. Simply stated they’re number one!

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MP
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Le Vallauris is an example of old-school fine dining. Waitstaff dressed in tuxedos, live piano playing in the lounge, a massive outdoor dining space (complete with heaters for those chilly Palm Springs nights). Three menus--ala carte which changes every week and two somewhat different pre fixe menus as different prices. We did ala carte and enjoyed two apps and two mains, some wine and then desserts. Visually and in terms of taste, all five dishes were excellent. The place was packed (on a Wednesday night), but the staff seems ample and up to the task of delivering a memorable evening. We chose Le Vallauris as an examplar of an iconic Palm Springs restaurant and we were not disappointed.

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Beautiful courtyard but we were placed at a small table with a tree angled across it. Inconvenient but tolerable. Food was wonderful. We did the tasting menu with wine pairings. Service was slow and not very connecting. The sommelier's recommendation was just a suggestion of the wine types without mentioning the vineyards or giving tasting notes. Worth a try if you are comfortable spending over $300 for dinner for two and taking over three hours to dine.

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n
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Every time. Except this time we were stuck inside even though it was my wife’s birthday Cramped and side room. We’re 15 minutes late regardless will Not eat inside again except for weather

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of the best dining experiences ever. They treat you like Hollywood royalty.

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W
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, especially the outside dining. Food was excellent, so was the service.
We felt that the food was quite overpriced though. The beet salad was puny, and so was the tiny bowl of
berries. Would only recommend to someone who had no budget!

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OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the very best Sunday brunch in the Valley. Wonderful food and exceptional service. Our favourite.

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EB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the place has a lot of history and the food is great!... however, one must keep up with the times and freshen up the look a bit. Keep it historic, but a little updating on the furniture would do.

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S
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful.... consistently perfect

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KA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an anniversary lunch on that patio. The weather was perfect and the tables had small centerpieces of roses and bougainvillea which the waiter said was his creation. I had the prix fixe lunch consisting of a wonderful, yet simple salad of beets, chevre, and pistachios surrounded by petals of very thinly sliced lady apples that were simply dressed in a drizzle of olive oil. The entree was a melt-in-your-mouth filet dressed in a coarsely ground black pepper sauce and served with a generous side of thin-to-medium sized pomme frites. Dessert was the most heavenly grand Marnier souffle that was light and a bit eggy in texture and something that I can only dream of making. My husband had the chicken breast which was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside and served with out-of-this-world truffle ravioli. A great dining experience and reasonably priced considering the high quality of the food and beautiful presentation. We will be back soon!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is perfect

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OT
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. I’ve never had a bad meal there.
The service and ambiance are always outstanding. A truly enjoyable evening.

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PD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. So delightfully French; our little piece of FRANCE in California.

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R
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious prix fix. Everything I want in a fine dining experience.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful location (amazing garden patio nicely lit under trees) with a very attentive/professional service. Great wine list and truly amazing French food - pate, lobster pasta and veal cheeks were simply perfect; the pavlova was a great balance of sweetness and freshness.A great dining experience for all senses.

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CG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening, we took friends that had never been and they LOVED it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience service and food were both top notch . The owner greeted us at our table the waiter was excellent .

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu is Prix Fixe (wish I'd known). And while I went for brunch, the selections on the dinner and lunch menus vary little. $75 for eggs benedict, 6 oz. of soup and a fruit tart is acceptable occasionally, IF the food is exceptional, or perhaps spectacularly presented or with unique ingredients. In my experience it was none of these.

Value however is not my primary complaint. I was amazed and disgusted seeing several (impeccably and stylishly dressed and coiffed) dogs occupying restaurant chairs, on tables being served off plates, posing with guests, AND being handled, petted and oogled over by wait staff including the person serving my food! The dog's owners gushed... And I suspect the gratuities reflected their appreciation and approval.

Someone , call the health department!

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b
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was a wonderful lunch - didn’t feel rushed which is always appreciated

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VD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in the country! I have been coming here for 25+ year and have never been disappointed! The food is exquisite, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I love that the owner always takes the time to come and speak with you at the table. While the staff are all amazing my absolute favorite waiter is Olivio! 5 stars all the way and if I could give 10 stars I would!!

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday lunch, and it was absolutely wonderful. Gorgeous setting outdoors, delicious food and wine, and the most amazing service. Perfect!

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent atmosphere.

This place is old school cool in all the right ways. From the band in the bar, to the well dressed (and well mannered) waitstaff, and the classic but delicious French cuisine, Le Vallauris is everything I was hoping for in a Palm Springs dining experience.

And for anyone concerned it might be too uptight, for Palm Springs this might be on the “stuffy” end of the spectrum, but if you’re from NYC, Chicago, etc. you’ll find it’s actually a pretty relaxed and inviting place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Sea bass was average

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EG
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We came to Le Vallauris at the recommendation of my parents who eat here frequently and had inquired but not tried a vegan meal there. My husband had an excellent salmon meal and enjoyed his other Prix Fixe entrees. I ordered a vegan meal which was a medley of veggies (same as on my husband's salmon plate) with some oil but no flavor, not even garlic that was noticeable and 5-6 deep fried potato chips for $28. I have had creative vegan/vegetarian meals across the world and a good chef should be able to at least put together a decent meal. The service was very inattentive. I don't mind a slow relaxed meal and we had planned on that but a glass of wine to sit with would be nice! Our reservation was at 8 and we waited in the bar for 20 minutes without one person taking a drink order. Then, once seated, we waited about the same until a menu was brought with drink requests. Two ladies that came in right as we were getting our table went straight to their table and were helped about 10 minutes before. That didn't help the hangry. For the price, MANY better options especially if you might have a vegetarian/vegan in your party.

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OT
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!! Romance, ambiance, service all outside on a beautiful desert evening. This is a cant miss romantic restaurant in the heart of Palm Springs. Can’t remember our waiter’s name, but he was professional, informative, helpful, and fun. All good in our book! The patio is exquisite.
He recommended a wonderful medium priced Syrah first. Hard to get quality escargot, but not here. Just the right combination of garlic and butter. Great for bread dipping also! Wife enjoyed her sea bass, I had the duck which was perfectly seasoned and cooked. A wonderful dining experience.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I made the reservation on line, then called the morning of the reservation to advise that one of my guests was celebrating a birthday. I live in the desert and have eaten at Le Vallauris a number of times through the years. I was disappointed on 1 level in particular. I assumed that we would be seated outside. It was the birthday guests' first visit to Le Vallauis. We were seated inside , in a pleasant dining room with a view of the parking lot and cars! Disappointing because we had talked up the garden to the birthday guest. Is it necessary these days to request the garden? How does one do that with online booking? I did book about 9 days in advance.

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