Acqua California Bistro

4.3
867 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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MelodyM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going with my son from New York I will be back for sure

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vipWagonGirl
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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

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vipRobertG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 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.

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vipRubenH
Palm Springs
4 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.

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
466 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.

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vipPalmDesertnomad
Detroit
285 reviews
Dined on March 11, 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.

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vipJayKay
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 9, 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.

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Eric
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
59 reviews
Dined on March 8, 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.

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vipCARRIEC
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 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.

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vipFUNINPS
Palm Springs
49 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.

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BrianM
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.

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1ECS
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 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.

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vipMarsha
Palm Springs
57 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the patio! The food and service was a perfect 10!

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vipDevine
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I ordered roasted chicken and it was very dry

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 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.

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Foodgrazer
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 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.

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souperwoman
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious!!

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GaryB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RobertM
Palm Springs
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.

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arnie
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RuthP
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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JohnL
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 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.

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TerryS
Palm Springs
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.

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RuthM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 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!

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vipKAON
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall- very good.

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Carol
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.

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vipPattid
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 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.

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PS2Boston
Palm Springs
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.

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vipPaniginny
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, good food and prompt friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely lunch with friends!

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vipSweetcin
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely quiet dinner next to the pond.

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TracyS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everything about this place was mediocre. The food, the service and the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was so poor.
My granddaughter’s pizza order wasn’t put it.
So consequently came late to the table.
Three of the six people were served their food a good 15 minutes before the others.

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SharonH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Hubby and I had Lobster rolls and Lobster Quesadillas. Friends had Fish and chips. Our Lobster tasted like crabmeat. Nothing to rave about. I had a Lemon Drop Martini. The service was amazing. The food was below average . The view and ambiance was above average

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JeffW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We recently returned to the Palm Desert to vacation after a few years absence and had always a nice experience at this restaurant. However, this visit was extremely disappointing. It took quite a while to order and then receive our drinks and then some time to order our meal which we indicated that we wanted it timed appropriately (appetizer, soup, and then entree). After waiting another lengthy period, the appetizers and soup came out at the same time followed within 2 mi utes of our entrees. We sent the entrees back and when they were returned to our table, they had obviously just been placed under a heat lamp which ruined two of the four dinners at our table by becoming overcooked, dry and tough. We never received an apology and our waiter failed to return to our table during the meal other than to drop off the check. Needless to say, we will not return and would encourage others not to waste their time and money at this restaurant either. There are many other quality dining locations to choose from.

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vipSteve
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio with friends and with our little dog. Our server and other staff were great! Food was delicious, of course. It was nice to sit outside in the beautiful weather.

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Cgonzal52
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

While I enjoy their normal multi course meals, the valentines day service was more than disappointing.

To begin, the soup which was a large part of my decision to make a reservation was unavailable for the later diners, myself included.

While trying to maneuver plates around the table, my glass fell over leaving a rather sizeable pile of ice on the table. My waitress made regular glances at the piles of melting ice every time she passed, without making a comment about it.

By the time dessert came around, the ice was gone, completely soaking the 3x3 tablecloth where we were seated at.

Our waitress also neglected to offer the champagne which was supposed to be offered until we asked about it halfway through dessert.

On top of the service there was a 20% non-optional tip, that was far from deserved by our waitress, which made the already slightly disappointing event that much more irksome.

Again, the food was good, but i wont be reserving for an event like that again. And will be sticking to normal dinner service instead.

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LoriK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends on Valentine’s Day. Food was very good and service perfect

FAQs

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

Acqua California Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 867 OpenTable diners.

Acqua California Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.acquaranchomirage.com/gift-cards.html.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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