AC3 Restaurant and Bar

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635 reviews
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AMERICAN FOOD WITH A TWIST
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Daily Prix Fixe & Happy Hour in the Heart of El Paseo - Palm Desert, CA • Voted "Best New Restaurant" by The Desert Sun
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had been at AC3 before & we thought to bring 2 good friends to experience the food options. They both raged about how good the food was. Yes, we will be back. This seems to be our go to restaurant with friends. Jesse our server was awesome‼️We shall be back for breakfast & lunch.

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday . Lovely evening

TE
Palm Springs
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner. We had the prix fixe dinner. My wife had salmon and I had a pork loin dish. Both were excellent and our server was great. One caveat: The bar sits in the dining room. There was a very noisy large group in the bar area. Don't expect a quiet dining experience.

HG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Food, excellent service

JA
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fixed price menu was excellent; and the service was great. We will be back to try them again.

DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and great ambience. The shrimp and lobster pot pie and short ribs were excellent! I definitely recommend this restaurant!

R
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the ambiance and artwork decor. Food was excellent and service even better!

CM
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience having lunch with a family member visiting from out of town. Service was first rate, something which is unfortunately often lacking at other Coachella Valley establishments in my opinion. Food was quite good, I had the seared Ahi salad. One of the other members of our group had the lobster cobb salad and said it was fantastic. Lots of lobster for only $20.

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good. Very cheery and artful. Service was good. Food reasonably good.

D
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the fabulous Lobster Salad! It’s amazing. Favorite day to visit is Tuesday- half off bottle of wines!

PR
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hipster vibe. Attentive wait staff. Fixed priced 3 course dinner was a good value.

RC
Palm Springs
204 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dining here for lunch every week for weeks now! I really love AC3!! The decor, service and food are first rate. Elizabeth is my favorite server! I had the crab cake this time. It’s the best I’ve ever had!!

IT
Palm Springs
36 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at AC3 yesterday. We were treated as VIPs by the server. The food was amazing, as always. I especially loved the small Creme Brûlée being served together with the beet salad. What a fantastic idea. At the end of the meal the server presented us with a Happy Anniversary card, handwritten and signed. I was very touched. All in all, a wonderful experience.

TW
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place - menu is diverse and eclectic with wonderful healthy options, service is so friendly and professional! Love the atmosphere - hip and relaxed.

JH
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great summer menu special dinners. We will probably go back many times this summer.

c
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the menu and drinks. Very good value and excellent service. I live in Palm Springs and drive to Palm Desert just to enjoy the food!

JA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance,Service has always been great/ Servers very nice and attentive to your needs. There Salmon is excellent. Love the Decor its also very good for Breakfast when the desert is in Season ---Nov--May when you can eat outside on their patio. If you are not hungry go to their bar very nice also.

N
Palm Springs
80 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite brunch spot in all of the valley! The avocado toast cannot be beat. Pickled onions, burrata, greens, and poached eggs to boot. Just delish!

RC
Palm Springs
204 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants! I love the menu and decor. The service is great. Ask for Elizabeth! She is wonderful! I’ve had the Ahi Poke bowl, grilled beef Asian salad, lobster salad and the Asian grilled shrimp salad. All are excellent. We tried the apple crisp. It tastes like I made it and I’m an excellent cook/baker so I was very impressed!!!

JA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend their to celebrate her birthday. Had a fabulous time. She had never been there before and loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and hotel. Great Dinner----Great Server did not rush us at all we got there at 6:30 and left at 9:45. I have eaten there many times and always enjoy it. Andrew Copley has done a great job.

LH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Food and service were great However I would not return for dinner anyway as the noise level was unbearable.

NL
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great, casual place with great food. Such friendly servers and bartenders.

RC
Palm Springs
204 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I love this restaurant! It is very cool - the setting, decor and menu are all great. I always enjoy my meals here and this time did not disappoint! We had the Lobster salad which was excellent and the Beef tenderloin Asian salad that was a real winner! Our poor server had to wait on at least 15 tables all by herself so the service was a bit slow. It wasn't her fault! I am glad they are so busy! I'll be back!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always make a reservation at AC3 (inside the Hotel Paseo) when we are in town. Our server DK was fabulous! He kept the meal at a leisurely pace but didn't let it drag, his recommendations were spot on, and he even offered a dog bowl for the guide dig that joined our group! We were fortunate to see a photo shoot for the September Guide section of Palm Springs Life!

You can choose to sit indoors or outside, and obviously the weather will dictate your choice but both are lovely. I highly recommend AC3 for your next meal or event; you will not be disappointed!

OT
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful lunch spot off of El Paseo. Lobster salad is delish as are the bloody mary's

BV
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Star Hotel and Ambience on Patio great. Service personnel were a little removed..( not completely attentive like 15 minutes w/o checking in)
We are locals... Overall nice experience. Will come back to go to bar and Dine inside. Weekender Menu nice! Maybe add an Ahi Tuna Tartar?...

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, DK, went above and beyond. Excellent service, delicious food (burger was exceptional), and had an unexpected late happy hour. Highly recommend!

PO
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chad was amazing! we are initially sat next to a really noisy group of children but he saw that we were uncomfortable and moved us right away to a table in a quiet corner of the restaurant. he was also very friendly and helpful with the menu including paying close attention to my wife's food allergies. Amazing service. Will definitely come back.

V
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

W
San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was a Tuesday lunch and very few diners. Unfortunately t our bartender was our waitress too and there was a lag in getting both our drink orders and food orders in. She tried to get our food order when she took our drink order but we weren’t ready. Food was served timely and was good. Beautiful,modern room.

SA
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal - prix fixe menu was a great deal. Will be back.

JH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was so noisy, they really need to find a way to cut down on the noise. We could not even hear our friends when they were talking. I had the AC3 salad which I have had before and this time it had no vinegar in the dressing just oil, so I am guessing they have changed the salad and not for the better. I also got the pasta which I used to really love, but not this time as that recipe has also changed. We were disappointed and a bit embarrassed as we took some friends there that have never been before.

DR
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

From the moment we arrived we were wowed with excellent service. The food was also delicious,but the service was the winner.
Thank you!

JG
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for lunch. Wonderful Lobster Cobb salad and the service is outstanding!

MZ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food prepared beautifully, tasty, great ambiance and friendly staff.

i
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Interior is a bit austere and the acoustics are awful so if the restaurant and bar are full it can be very noisy. Other than that it's a go to place.

W
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm impressed! The food and service were truly outstanding!

AH
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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KZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I think because of the flooring and all the windows the place can be a bit loud, no where for the noise to go, and the chairs could have been a bit more comfy, very bright inside, very art deco like the hotel

OT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service

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