AC3 Restaurant and Bar

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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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AK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening!

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TE
Palm Springs
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have consistently had great food and service here.

HB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

May have been the funnest waiter ever! Outside is quieter and we did need to be able to talk over some decisions that night. Our table for two on the railing was nicely lit - I noticed some of the larger other tables were too bright to be comfy. Inside the music was loud - so glad we reserved outdoor space. The patio doesn't really have a view, so ambience not five star, but our table nicely lit, not too loud, a nice breeze, great food, even greater waiter!

KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was slow. We waited much longer than normal to place our order. Two of the three dishes were excellent. The menu did not describe the lamb kebabs as ground lamb and it was disappointing when served. The manager offer to replace the lamb but it had taken too long to place the order and we did not want to wait

JI
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The waiter was unfriendly..and all but unconscious.. and the service was slow .. the food was ok the Caesar salad had no flavor .. the chocolate desert and manager were ok , overall this is the second time .. doughtful there will be a third

FM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My friends birthday.

I felt the food lacking, this wasn’t my first time and I wanted to try the roast chicken, unfortunately the chicken was the size of a Cornish Hen rather than a chicken. I don’t eat dark meat , I had my guest take it home, the piece of breast was so small it wasn’t satisfying. There was an over abundance of vegetables that I didn’t want and by comparison to the size of the main dish it was overwhelming.

My daughter is a graduate of the Culinary Institute she had a catering business for 28 yrs. if she ever put an entree out like the one I had she wouldn’t have been in business for 8 hrs. It was very disappointing.
My guest loved the beet salad and found his entree lacking as well.
I will return, however I’ll be sure to order something else.i must say Desirae was a wonderful, attentive young woman. Had the service not been great I wouldn’t be inclined to return.
Fern Miller
Rancho Mirage, CA

k
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. Loved the outdoor patio. Service was great!!

c
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food! WOW! I had the lobster BLT-fantastic. The ambiance, we sat on the patio, very El Paso. The server was very appropriate in his timing. We were at lunch. We will definitely go back to try Happy Hour. If it is as good an experience as lunch I know we will love it.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was sent a letter that gave us 15% off if we brought letter in was told we couldn’t use it . Was valid until October 31 , will not come back very bad business on part of restaurant, food and service good it’s a shame

TH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to put into words how great this little gem of a restaurant is. Not my first time there and am always interested to see if they have maintained the same high standards of when they first opened. Happy to report that they have and have gotten even better in some regards. This is a very comfortable place to go - excellent service and food for almost any mood. From fresh Guacamole and chips to a steak dinner - everything I had was just the best. Look forward to my next visit and highly recommend making it a regular hang out for those who live in the area.

BP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance! We dine here at least once a month.

CC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I love the design and atmosphere of AC3. Fantastic service and loved the half priced wine Wednesday deal! I wasn't impressed with the sushi, but the brussel sprouts were yummy as was the melon & prosciutto salad.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere right when I walked in. Nice retro vibe. The staff is super friendly. The service was great and the food was amazing! Can’t wait to go back and try different items!

RH
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here before and will return. We like the atmosphere and the decor. Service has always been great. And shout out to Chad our waiter, he did an awesome job!! Also the drink specials are some of the best in town!

RH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food! My wife loved the sesame encrusted Tofu and the braised short ribs were very good! We stayed at the hotel where the restaurant is located and also had breakfast there the next morning. Breakfast was very good as well. We had the same server, Christin, for both meals and she was awesome! Very personable and energetic and you could tell she enjoyed working there. She was vey attentive and our food came out quickly both times. Would definitely go back!

s
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space and delicious food!

j
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was delicious
Service was nice
Loved the Brussel sprouts appetizer

S
Hampshire
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good
Restaurant was very noisy inside; but that’s Americans, very loud.
Service unusually for American was a bit slow.

CC
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive been quite a few times to AC3. This was for a celebration of my long time friend's birthday. We started our lunch with a glass of champagne which was very nice.

We ordered 2 Lobster Cobb Salads which had more lobster than you can imaging. Lettuce was nice and crisp. The dressing was delicious.
Being decadent, my friend wanted some French Fries for her brithday. OMG. Those were the very best I've had. I will go back just for the fries. They were perfection. Browned nicely, crispy and hot from the kitchen.
Our Waiter, DK, was very cheerful and served us well. The dining room was busy but he watched us every time he passed our table. He brought us some extra dressing for our salads without being prompted.

Great place for lunch with a creative menu and a nice atmosphere.

HA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

No clearly labeled vegan options . In these days it's a must. (And vegans eat more than salad)
Fish & Chips dish too oily/greasy. Fish not crispy.
Slider Burgers were great.

C
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had a wonderful evening at AC3. The food was delicious and we had a wonderful server Jesse. So professional and attentive.

JC
Los Angeles
214 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our first time here and we enjoyed our evening. The restaurant is very modern, with nice bar and outside seating. Our server, Jesse was very friendly and knowledgeable, I just with he'd stopped by the table more often. The food is delicious. We had pork schnitzel, short ribs, salmon and ahi tuna. Everyone loved their food. The prix fixe menu at $29 for three courses is a great deal. Same size portions as the regular menu as well. Blue Cheese and Poached Pear Salad was delicious as were the Three Cheese Potatoes. We would definitely return.

LG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time, our party all ordered from the prix fixe menu which was outstanding!! Our wait person Jesse took very good care of us and was fun to interact with!! We visit Palm Desert every year and will return to AC3.
The decor was great, fun to look at, nice and open. Music was too loud and didn’t really match the mid century modern feel, maybe music from that era or the rat pack type would be fun and easier on the ear!

NL
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service
We had the special and it was great, lots of selection.

FM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great business lunch option. Food and service were wonderful.

C
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

So much better than the first time we dined here. Some minor service faux pas but overall a good experience.

PC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy this restaurant.
The only problem is the noise level. Tonight the restaurant was only half full so the noise level was tolerable. The food was very delicious as usual.

RS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Excellent value dining on the Prix Fixe menu!!! Beautifully executed! Thank you

RZ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our second visit. Visit number one was a Five. This second visit was not as good. Our server Jesse was terrific, the food tasty, however....each course came at a sleepy snails pace. The restaurant did not seem too busy. Hopefully our next stop will be an improved kitchen.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Staff very friendly and helpful.. Food very good and portions general. A good value. I'll be back.

AT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service- ordered our fav dish and Bloody Marys- did not disappoint.

TK
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal, great ambiance and good service. So nice to have this restaurant in PD.

B
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant. We've eaten there several times. Only negative is the acoustics. Very noisy.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went on a Sunday was disappointed that they didn’t have appetizers we wanted to just sit around and have appetizers and drink champagne because it was my birthday. But overall it was great and yes I would recommend it to other people this is my fourth time there

L
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great summer deal for three courses on their special! They were very busy, so the service was a little slow, but everything was very enjoyable. Next time we'll try the bar, looked like a lot of fun.

BF
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, extremely fresh & delicious!

NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was so good! Service was slow. If the service had been better I would have given all five stars!

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