Acqua California Bistro

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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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Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great food, and great service.

DI
Miami
210 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Attended the Monday night Bistro show and dinner. It is an excellent way to get off the couch ,see a Broadway type show and enjoy a 3 course dinner at Acqua Bistro. The show was Nunsense which was staged by local Coachella Valley resident actors and a very fine Broadway professional actress as Reverend Mother. The meal was just okay and probably Acqua should have offered a more upgraded choice of entrees. Overall the evening didn't max out my credit card ,service was great and a good time was had by all.

T
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Light, bright, colorful setting. Wait staff very attentive. The small garden salad with citrus dressing is light and delicious.

P
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast! Really good coffee. Nice selection of omelets with some unusual entrees. Would definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh was fantastic! He provided excellent service, and made our dining experience lots of fun!

JW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress was very attentive to our family dine out experience.

LQ
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very slow service. After our server finally arrived, it took 30 minutes for our food to arrive. Then had to wait for our server to return so we could ask for a desert menu. Another 30 minute wait for desert. These are actual wait times. The server did not waste any time presenting us with our bill, however. Management: please hire more servers.

s
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The same menu as its sister restaurant Lulu, Acqua offers the same excellent food in a picturesque setting at the River. Joshua is an excellent waiter.

HB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for a birthday dinner and we were well treated by friendly staff. It was our first visit so we had lots of questions which our server was happy to answer. The server went on to recognize the special occasion by providing a treat for dessert. We would definitely recommend this to our friends and look forward to our next visit to Palm Springs so we can return for another visit.

JZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting out on the patio with the misters. Food terrific!

SS
Cincinnati
72 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Big menu so lots of choices. Price was reasonable. Quality was good, but not outstanding. Really need to have the center’s management update the directory so it’s easier to find.

t
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience.

DI
Miami
210 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I can think of a lot of descriptive adjectives to describe the evening meal at Acqua Bistro. A few that come to mind immediately are affordable, relaxing, scenic, and delicious.
You can’t beat their three course dinner @ $19.99. Sitting outside on the patio overlooking the water. menu choices are vast, service is great, and of course the food is excellent.
How could you go wrong ?

MM
Palm Springs
156 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful reunion with a friend on the outside patio - Thank you it was lovely.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall, we enjoyed the experience at Acqua maybe even just a little more than it’s sister store in Palm Springs. The people watching wasn’t as fun but it was relatively quite and the outside patio was very nice.

a
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service.

PP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so happy to be able to enjoy the delicious vegan options along with traditional fare for our guests. Lovely atmosphere and attentive service. We will be back!

p
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, location, and view. Great parking but must be able to walk short distances.

JS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have always had a pleasurable dining experience at Acqua.

J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I think the chilaquiles should be served with salsa and avocado to brighten the plate and enhance the meal.

The service was awkward.

LR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

First, they reported our reservation made via opentable as a no show. I had to argue with the waiter about not microwaving the bread. My partner's desert was not what he asked for.

LH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the three course pre-fix and thought it was great. Outstanding choices and a great value. The service was excellent.

f
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I requested a table away from the busy area since this was a support group meeting with a new attendee. The waitstaff was outstanding and did not hurry us in making a luncheon selection. They checked on us often to make sure our drink glasses were full and we did not need anything. I would recommend lunch at Acqua California Bistro for all..

M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant! I’ve been 5 times in the past two months. It’s a pleasure to come because the food is yummy and the restaurant is beautiful. That being said, it’s the staff that makes it so amazing. John, the CEO, and Jerry, the owner - are two terrific guys. They are accessible, and friendly, and truly want your dining experience to be fantastic. Additionally, the servers are awesome. Last Thursday, I went to a live performance there with my mom. We started out by having a couple of drinks in the bar. The wait staff is soooo nice! Our bartender was Stephanie, and our waiter was Chris. They both went way beyond to make sure we had every little thing we needed. They are knowledgeable and fast, but most importantly kind. I’ve had other servers on different nights, and they’ve always been great too. I ordered the grilled salmon with dill sauce ... delicious! My mom had meatloaf and she also loved hers. Plus, for the wine drinkers out there, Acqua offers one of the most extensive “by the glass” wine lists that I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend it!

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine.

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

PS
Palm Springs
64 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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
17 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
15 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
12 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.

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