Acqua California Bistro

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710 reviews
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Come join us at the River for a unique dining experience with beautiful views of the mountains and our wonderful, diverse menus.
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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine.

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service made it a great dining experience. I am never disappointed here.

PS
Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great setting, wonderful service. Had the salmon and it was the perfect choice. Wait staff were personable and attentive. Enjoyed Acqua much more than its sister restaurant Lulus in Palm Springs. Not as hectic nor as noisy. Great choice for fun dining in Rancho Mirage

V
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit this place at least once a year. Love it, especially 3 course $19.99 menu.

DI
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value, nice ambience, great service............food was outstanding and arrived quickly. Great choice for a Sunday Brunch.

s
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

SR
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We hadn't had a chance to try this new incarnation (formerly Acqua Pazza) but had friends visiting and decided to give it a go. It's far too busy in the season, but was quiet and very enjoyable for our late breakfast. We were seated immediately, and our server was excellent. My crab cakes Benedict were wonderful; crispy and chock-full of crab, not filler. The side of fruit was fresh and seasonal, with a variety of berries, not just the usual sad melon chunks. My husband's short ribs Benedict were equally delicious, and our friends were very pleased as well. Coffee is served in substantial mugs, not little cups better suited for afternoon tea, and I was very pleased to see they offer Stevia along with all the other standard sweeteners. We will definitely be back!

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Acqua are exceptional and make the overall dining experience a solid 5 stars!

T
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Jacob our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. My wife’s pork chop was tender, juicy and tasty. The early bird 3 course meal can’t be beat.

J
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here many times and have never had less that stellar service and great food. This time the four of us tried the 3-course early-bird dinner menu. All the food was terrific and it's quite a bargain.

LM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running late for our reservation so did not make it on time. They graciously seated us when we got there at a later time. We enjoyed a nice meal with excellent service.

KW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and service is always excellent at Acqua. The restaurant and restrooms are always clean and tidy. We go at least once a month with friends and we enjoy it every time. They have an extensive menu with lots of options for every diet.

K
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The prefix dinners are value for money and good quality and decent portions.
Ambience is conducive for groups and audible conversation.
Staff is efficient and professional

PB
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was great and the food is amazing thank you. There was just a couple of tables by are having a good time that’s all. Enjoyed our time will definitely come back

JL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for all your amazing gluten free options.

m
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Acqua is very consistent, just like Lulu - we have been to both many times. And, usually, you can count on consistency of food and service. This visit was no exception - everything was good and prepared as expected. Service was fast, but not too fast, and friendly. Khai was an awesome server!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were sitting outside for breakfast. The venue is beautiful with the water around and the food was outstanding. Then the surprise cotton candy for my Birthday, so cool!
They have a beautiful indoor venue for Broadway music events, including a 3 course meal for $45. Sounds like a must do... so We booked to attend the July 11th event, that is Phantom of the Opera. Love this place!!!

A
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I believe this is the first time that I give 5 stars! My wife and I went to Acqua California Bistro for the 3-Course Sunday brunch and everything was absolutely fresh, delicious and nicely served! The several combination offers are all tempting and will surely please all tastes. We ordered the Tower of Avocado Eggs with Sirloin Steak as a main for each of us; Tiramisu and fresh fruit as desserts. Portions sizes are perfect: not too big, not too small. The view on the water river is beautifully relaxing and the noise inside was really moderate. Highly recommended!

RS
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a very good restaurant. I suspect most customers use one of the special combination offers. There are several of different price ranges, which accommodates most tastes and pocketbooks. The choices are wide and the quality of the food is pretty good. One negative unrelated to this: I used to like the lobster salad. Lately, the amount of the lobster is much reduced and it is shredded, possibly in part to hide the fact that much less lobster is being included than used to be. I used to like it but I don’t recommend it any longer. However everything else is very good. The cappuccino ice cream for dessert is almost unique and a must if you eat there.

KW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always have great food and service at Acqua. The menu has something for everyone and several prix fixe options. We've been several times and have never been disappointed.

E
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent variety of food on the menus. Well prepared and served. Nice ambiance by the small lake called the river.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everyone in our party said everything they ate was the best they've had. I personally had the salmon - absolutely dang amazing. My mom had the pork chop, she said it was the best she ever had - so moist and flavorful. The cappuccino ice cream, absolutely to die for. Went for my brother's girlfriend's birthday and I felt like it was my birthday because everything I ate was so good.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our reservation was at 5:15 & it took about 20 minutes til our drink order was taken. After that slow start the good & service was fine.

JW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service was fantastic and the cotton candy is the best!

MC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is our favorite restaurant in the desert. We go there as often as we can and always take visitors there when they are in the desert.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents and I had a great time! Food was really good and my Mother and I ( not my Dad, but meant more for us 😀) so enjoyed the cotton candy birthday dessert given by the restaurant! That was gone in 15 minutes...... how fun!!

MD
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good deal for lunch!

OT
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day Brunch and it was a lot of fun!

SC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Nice staff. But, service is slow. My guess is that they are not organizing their service processes optimally. This has been the only issue I have had with this restaurant. We would probably go there more often if the service was faster.

OT
Palm Springs
63 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant and Staff. Good food, prepared nicely and served hot. Thanks again for a lovely meal.

JW
Palm Springs
58 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Aqua. Been to Lulu the sister restaurant many times. Aqua and Lulu are both excellent!

P
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Great cocktails! Great server- Johnathon H! Enjoyed our evening. Will come back for sure!!

C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

I wanted to give 3.5 stars...but there's no way to do so. While the entrees were fairly good...the consensus from our party of 6 was that the entrees were flavorful and well prepared, the soups were decidedly on the thin side, the desserts just okay, and appy's generally good. Overall, 4 stars for the food instead of 3.

The menu takes a minute or two to understand with the variable prix fixe 3 to 4-course specials .
(Caveat Emptor; Your 20% hotel-flyer discount only applies to a la carte items, so if you really didn't want dessert, or an appy, pass up the seemingly better prix fixe deal, and order a la carte, and take the 20% off what you actually want)

The atmosphere is eclectic, appealing and vibrant: the joint was lit and buzzing.

What lowered the overall experience, was our waitperson. She refused to take ownership of any the minor, but numerous issues we had, from mis-delivered items, to missing food and table service items, and discounts not applied, and most of all, there was nothing we could do to elevate her disposition, which was dour at best...and we are a loose and easy-going lot!

She could have easily addressed each of the minor issues with a simple, "My apologies, let me take care of that for you.", but chose to blame everyone else working there for everything that happened, and would then disappear.

While it in no way ruined the evening, it was a blemish that lowered, rather than elevated the experience.

R
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu, a great value! glad we went. starter of melon salad, filet mignon and ice cream sandwich for dessert. Our server, Kaia? in the police academy delightful and attentive.

JW
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

TU
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

MY DAUGHTER AND I ENJOYED OUR DINNER VERY MUCH. THE CHICKEN PICCATA AND
EGGPLANT PARMESAN WERE DELICIOUS. OUR SERVER WAS ATTENTIVE AND QUITE NICE.
WE SAT ON THE PATIO ENJOYING THE RIVER VIEW. i HAVE EATEN HERE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS
AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD A GOOD EXPERIENCE.

OT
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

F
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food , great service. Will go back . Highly recommend this restaurant.

ER
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Food is very good. Great value. Interior design isn't that great. It looks cheap and a strange color arrangement.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

How can you ruin a salad. They figured it out. Tastes liked bagged greens. Chicken dry and almost dessicated. Been here many times before and never had an experience like this. Hope it isnt their new way of doing businrss

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