AC3 Restaurant and Bar

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$30 and under
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American
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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NK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attractive venue. Our server was very friendly and responsive.

a
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We enjoyed the outside seating and the decor. My gal had the roast chicken. She said the chicken was nothing special but the vegetables were quite good. I had the paella. I thought it disappointing as it really only had one flavor; no subtlety at all. The shrimp were overcooked and quite chewy.

LB
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was beautifully presented and delicious! I highly recommend the Beef Salad with Goat Cheese Creme Brûlée. Such a unique dish and one of the best I have ever had! Service was very good and the outdoor patio was lovely.

b
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked the menu and variety of food. Nice open atmosphere.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall very good!

J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delish! We had the most amazing server; Jesse. Highly recommend giving this place a try because you won’t be disappointed.

T
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miguel, our waiter was the best. He was very patient with us (7 ladies) for lunch.

BA
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We've been to AC3 several times. Service this evening was very good, but not excellent. Our waiter was clear about the early bird prefix menu and we were all confused as to whether we could order from it. The restaurant was nearly empty and he also had excuses about separate checks for each couple. Just not the customer service to which we are accustomed. Maybe he was new?
The food this evening was not as good as past meals. Surprising, since the food at their mother restaurant Copley's, ranks as some of the best in the Coachella Valley.
Not sure if this was an off night or if they are slipping.

CK
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great & everyone involved with service (waitress, those who delivered dishes, etc.) was knowledgeable—even with wine selection.

t
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Crab Cake was approved by a baltimorian. high standards.
Seafood black squid ink was awesome.
service a bit on the slow side but still very good.

M
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The menu gives super varied choices. We went at noon. I had breakfast and my friends had lunch. Pretty delicious all round.

S
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so glad we ventured out from our resort to eat here! Best meal of the trip by far. Everything was delicious! Cocktails, brussel sprouts, salmon entree all fantastic! Nice decor and great service as well. Highly recommend!

JG
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food is innovative and delicious without being pretentious.
Acoustics need improvement. Get a medium sized group in the dining room and you’ll find yourself talking way too loudly to be heard.
Art is spectacular.

CH
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

If you are too baked (define baked anyway you want) to leave the Hotel Paseo, AC3 offers a fair value for the dollar spent. But, if your intent is to have a splendid weekend in the desert there are too many other good choices within walking distance. There was nothing splendid about AC3.

BD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wonderful evening! Thanks for making it special. Great cocktails too!

L
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fun ambiance, beautifully modern decor, delicious food! And, afterwards a wonderful walk through the Hotel Paseo to review the modern art collection. A fabulous evening at a fabulous venue with good friends!

C
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ate on the patio on a beautiful Coachella Valley evening. We had a very attentive, courteous and knowledgeable waiter who didn't rush us into ordering, which can be the downfall of many a good restaurant. The food was good to very good. The prices were on the high side, especially for wine. But overall, the combination of good food, excellent service and a great location, made for a most enjoyable evening out.

KB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service was very bad and the restaurant wasn't even busy. We had to wait for menus, water, he never asked is we wanted pepper on our salad, never came back to check if the food was good, had to find someone for water, had to ask twice for coffee. Steak was tough and fatty. Steaks are better at Costco. Martini's came in the wrong glass. Not a good experience at all. No need to go back.

j
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food!

DP
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first to a comfortable, welcoming place to celebrate our anniversary. Outdoor seating was comfortable heated on a moderately cool evening. Food was well prepared and presented. Staff is friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. We have already made a return reservation..

b
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic! Service was great, my meal was ok but the rest of the choices made by my family were excellent.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was new, but informed!! Fantastic service!! They were accommodating to our needs!!! Food was wonderful!!
We hope to come back here next time we are in Palm Desert!!

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal celebrating my husband's birthday! Steaks cooked to perfection and wonderful service by DJ. Will definitely return.

S
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We especially love the appetizers. They are the best in town! We usually order four or five for our table of four and a couple bottles of wine and we are good!

MM
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time at AC3 and, after our very positive experience, knew we’d be back. Delicious food served by very friendly staff in modern, comfortable surroundings.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great patio, great service, great food. I would absolutely return!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We were really looking forward to eating there we had a very nice table outside but anytime we were finished with a drink or an appetizer or a salad or entre the plates sat there forever we had to ask them to clear everything all the time and the restaurant was not very busy

SD
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at AC3. We were delighted with a new server, Jeanette, a lovely person filled with smiles and great service. We will be back soon.

KD
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was disappointed. We both ordered the lobster salad. It was very bland. The salad was very lightly dressed & it was pretty flavorless. We asked for more dressing which they happily brought us, but it still didn’t improve the salad very much. I was looking forward to trying a new Copley restaurant. We won’t be back.

KT
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent value and tasty food with the Prix Fixe. We know it can be noisy inside so sat on patio. Only complaint was that we asked for two checks but were given only one.

PC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My lobster hash was very runny they didn’t drain something which kind of ruined the hollandaise sauce

PB
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary brunch. Great experience. Waitress brought us a dessert and anniversary card! Always love going to AC3.

n
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoyed everything from ambience to food to service we had a wonderful time
and our waiter Jessie was terrific

AK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. Would highly recommend and will return in the future!

SK
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

AC3 is a great find! Casual dining inside or on the patio. Food is excellent. We all had the catch of the day which was scallops! Perfect in every way!
Our appetizer: Shrimp with avocado. A must try.
They have a really nice bar. Contemporary decor.

After dinner, check out the hotel. Contemporary, fun art!

Highly recommend a night out at AC3.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening!

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TE
Palm Springs
53 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have consistently had great food and service here.

HB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with great service and food. The steak was huge and cooked to perfection. Will definitely return soon.

BY
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. My 3rd visit in just over a month and will come back again. The lobster BLT is fantastic!

M
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service! Highly recommend!