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Acqua California Bistro

4.0
4
875 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Acqua California Bistro welcomes guests to its beautiful, shaded outdoor Pazza Terrace and lively indoor dining rooms along The River’s signature waterfront. From the festive, fun décor to the meticulous choice of incredible dishes on the menu, everything at Acqua is designed to provide guests with an unforgettable dining experience.

Over the years, Acqua has been awarded many Desert Sun “Best of the Valley” awards including BEST: new restaurant, happy hour, weekend brunch, romantic ambiance, pet-friendly dining and martini, and the readers of Palm Springs Life have voted Acqua BEST in Rancho Mirage for alfresco dining, American cuisine, breakfast, burger, caterer, continental cuisine, craft cocktail, pizza, romantic dining, Sunday brunch and vegan/vegetarian menu.

At Aqua, we serve smiles!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 862-9800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    For events from grand galas to in home parties, please contact Lulu Catering & Events. www.catering.lulupalmsprings.com

  • Private party facilities

    ​Acqua California Bistro features expansive dining areas, an inviting outdoor patio and Acqua's new "River Room", a private dining for parties, corporate events and special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Bella Lucas: (877) 934-2517

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Cross street

    Hwy 111

  • Parking details

    The center has parking and offers valet services as well.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 875 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. JA

    JaimeA

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the looks and ambient of the place , great food and service
  2. p

    patti

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    My salmon was dry, too salty to eat, I sent it back with Ruth, our lovely server. The replacement was still dry and smelled bad. I sent that back and by then it was too late to re-order
  3. CG

    CarolG

    Palm Springs

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love dining at Acqua. The food and service are consistently good, athe prices are very reasonable too. My friend had the tuna tower and I had bagel, cream cheese and lox. Both were delicious.
  4. MC

    MarkC

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy popping in for lunch. The food and service is always wonderful!
  5. a

    arthurf

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Uninteresting menu, recipes, taste and overpriced. This used to be a very nice Restaraunt, never again
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Pizzas are wonderful. Ultra thin crust and quality ingredients. Lots of great choices for everyone.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was not great. Service was not great.
  8. MM

    MelodyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going with my son from New York I will be back for sure
  9. WG

    WagonGirl

    Hawaii

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food as always was excellent. The service however was not up to Acqua’s usual standards.
  10. RG

    RobertG

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Restaurant has taken no precautions to protect customers from coronavirus. No hand sanitizer available, tables have salt and pepper, oil and other stuff on them that are not cleaned after each guest. Cleaning person using the same rag to wipe down tables one after the other. No sanitation of tables or chairs. Not a good place to go during a pandemic.
  11. RH

    RubenH

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My rating on service was four stars. The main reason was I felt our service was not happy being there that afternoon. Not once was there a smile or to check on our table. Overall everything else was fine.
  12. PS

    PalmSpringsDiner

    Palm Springs

    526 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    526 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This is a beautiful restaurant with pleasant service an a menu that offers something for everyone! If your group has a variety of food preferences, each is certain to find something desirable at this establishment.
  13. PD

    PalmDesertnomad

    Detroit

    313 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    313 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We would recommend acqua only because of the food and the value of the three course dinner. Service was non-existent. Our server virtually forgot about us after he took our orders.
  14. JK

    JayKay

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have been a fan of this place for years, always make a point o go there when I am in town and always introduce new people to it. My visit this week was not impressive. Food was just OK, I had the pannini with ham, turkey and swiss. The bread was barely toasted and there was hardly any filling inside the sandwich. I would not order it again. Service was just OK, I have had better at this restaurant. The place was barely half full, and I am used to it being packed. Maybe something is going on here. It would be a shame. It is a great location with a menu with something for everyone. My experience this week makes me want to explore new spots.
  15. E

    Eric

    Miami

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My visit to Rancho Mirage / Palm Springs was when the Coronovirus outbreak was becoming more worrying, so the restaurant was nearly empty, but food was very good and service too.
  16. JL

    JayL

    Palm Springs

    72 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    At best a very mediocre restaurant that happens to have a good location. Sadly, it isn’t any better than its sister restaurant , Lulus in Palm Springs. The 3 course menu seems to be its fascination with people that eat there but the food is simply fair. It’s bland and some things were overcooked. It’s staff is pleasant but I will not return to this restaurant or Lulus. These restaurants are really nothing more than tourist traps. The locals know much better places to go for a good meal. You may ask- why did I go in the first place? I wish I had a good answer but I guess I was hoping they upped their game since the last time I went. They have not.
  17. CA

    CARRIEC

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Service was terrible and there weren't that many people there. The waiter ordered the wrong entree for two of the four of us. A bottle of wine we ordered sat on a countertop for 20 minutes. Food is always pretty reliable though.
  18. FU

    FUNINPS

    Palm Springs

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Had a reservation for Sunday Brunch. Seated promptly at a perfect table on the patio. Food was very good but the service was unbelievably slow. Everything, and I mean everything, took forever. Our brunch took two hours to complete. Thank goodness we were not in any hurry and it was a beautiful Sunday so we could enjoy sitting outside by the water.
  19. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall everything is wonderful. Every time we choose to dine there, the food is excellent and the service great. We will eat there again and after ten years of experiencing their ambiance; who would not.
  20. EC

    1ECS

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for a quiet early dinner. The seafood pasta and the Tilapia dish were both delicious. The only improvement would be for us to sit outdoors but that was not available in our time frame.
  21. M

    Marsha

    Palm Springs

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the patio! The food and service was a perfect 10!
  22. D

    Devine

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I ordered roasted chicken and it was very dry
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved all of the options, and how they had a full vegan and separate gluten free menu. There is something for everyone here, even the pickiest of eaters. Our salads were fresh, the soup was homemade and delicious. In fact, I loved my salad so much I attempted to recreate it at home ( arugula + lemon vinaigrette + chickpeas + goat cheese + beets = delicious). We enjoyed our entrees and dessert too.
  24. F

    Foodgrazer

    Portland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal on the patio. Our server, Melina (Mel) was very attentive and made sure our every need was met. We’ll be back.
  25. s

    souperwoman

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Delicious!!
  26. GB

    GaryB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very pleasant dining experience. Food, service and value were top notch.
  27. RM

    RobertM

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The service was probably the worst we ever had. Huge delay in every aspect- first drink, placing food order, getting the bill, etc. The appetizers that we ordered were “forgotten,” the entrees were barely passable, then had to remind the waiter, who consistently had an aloof and neglectful attitude, to please bring the desserts that were ordered, and to please bring the bill. Odd, since the outdoor patio was by no means full of patrons. We will not ever dine there again.
  28. a

    arnie

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always happy to take guests for meals... Never disapointed Good value
  29. RP

    RuthP

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely outdoor setting; good food, good value. Would go again.
  30. JL

    JohnL

    Edmonton

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Everything was great except waitress charge me to much tried to void it then had my card credit card lock up. This was not only embarrassing to my wife and I but we had guests with us which was extremely embarrassing to my wife and I as it looked like we had no monies to pay for our dinner.
  31. TS

    TerryS

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is our "go-to" restaurant when we have out of town guests. Always super service and a great menu.
  32. RM

    RuthM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out-of-town guests were delighted with the expansive menu and the interior style. They will want to repeat the experience on their next visit!
  33. KA

    KAON

    Charleston

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice outdoor dining; good food; outstanding service; great price (3 course for $20).
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall- very good.
  35. C

    Carol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My guests loved the brunch and the outside area we dined in. Everyone was happy and the ambiance is great by the water on a beautiful Sunday.
  36. P

    Pattid

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Pork chop was very tender and flavorful. Linguine Alfredo was also good. Tasty chocolate cake but the slice of strawberry included was bad. The staff should pay more attention to what they put on a plate.
  37. PS

    PS2Boston

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Perfect place to eat and enjoy the afternoon on the patio. Food is good and not overly priced.
  38. g

    ginav

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone is always ver nice and helpful.
  39. P

    Paniginny

    Palm Springs

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu, good food and prompt friendly service.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a lovely lunch with friends!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Acqua California Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 862-9800.

Acqua California Bistro is rated 4 stars by 875 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hwy 111

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The center has parking and offers valet services as well.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 862-9800

  • Catering

    For events from grand galas to in home parties, please contact Lulu Catering & Events. www.catering.lulupalmsprings.com

  • Private party facilities

    ​Acqua California Bistro features expansive dining areas, an inviting outdoor patio and Acqua's new "River Room", a private dining for parties, corporate events and special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Bella Lucas: (877) 934-2517

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