Azucar at La Serena Villas

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Azucar, located in La Serena Villas, is dedicated to excellence. We serve modern contemporary cuisine to a sophisticated adult only crowd, focusing on flavor utilizing high quality and local ingredients. We offer both indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are strongly recommended, please be advised that we cannot accommodate any children or persons under 21 at any time.
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ANTHONYM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and good vibes. We stayed at the hotel as well 5 stars all around

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PeggyH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delightful from beginning to end - when we arrived we had a beautiful view of the mountains that faded to pink then dark when the lights and fire of the restaurant took over. Wonderful ambiance. Food was outstanding! At our table we had the beef tenderloin with farrow, watermelon salad, house salad, beet salad and chicken with hominy - all very delicious! Service was perfect - just the right amount! We will return!

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vipAnahavana
New England
37 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luv this hidden gem!!

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LettyT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I was excited about our lunch reservations for this place I had found online prior to our visit to Palm Springs. The décor is amazing.....that's about it. You have to walk through the pool area to get to the small (really small) restaurant. It's awkward and weird. We were seated right away (we had reservation duh) but it took a LONG time to get our food. I ordered the sweet potato fries and Brussel sprouts salad (I'm vegetarian). My 3 friends all got their food; chicken sandwich and fish tacos and I only got my fries. We had to remind them about my salad. I can't imagine it took longer to prepare shaved Brussel sprouts and throw in pomegranate and some dressing than it was to cook chicken and fish ??? They forgot about my salad. Like I mentioned it is a small restaurant. It doesn't make sense how our order took so long and they forgot my salad. It could be because the waiting staff also takes bar orders for everyone at the pool. We weren't asked if we wanted drink refills or another drink from the bar. They had about 4-5 employees there but only one hard working Latino guy was running all the drinks to the pool, taking orders and brining food from the kitchen. Everyone was just chillin. We also noticed that one of the staff people was having an HR moment with 2 people who I am assuming were owners or upper management. They place is small, it was unprofessional...take that to the back. All of this including the fact that they are not Latino owned but have Frida Kahlo portraits everywhere.....we won't be back.

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MeganC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend a beautiful evening in Palm Springs. The decor is gorgeous and I highly recommend sitting outside on the deck. Food was delicious and our server was friendly and attentive. I highly recommend and will be back!

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RichB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Atmosphere was good, very comfortable. The food was poor and it was served cold.

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patrickd
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great environment; great food and wonderful service. Highly recommend Azucar when you are in Palm Springs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance is perfect, bartender Pablo makes the best cocktails ever! Our server had a bit of attitude but we were not there for him “her” so we didn’t care
Everything else was perfect
Will definitely come back
Oh and the manager from Argentina was super nice and gave us a tour...really cool place

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vipMfkolko
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, everything about it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant, from the atmosphere to the food to the service. We will be back for sure!

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vipBobby
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was very mediocre looking. We had a glass of wine and then ate at Workshop. Shocking that they had no Mexican food.

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vipJennMcd
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Beautiful evening and were able to sit outside. Service started out great for drinks, appetizers (watermelon salad, cauliflower risotto) and entrees (tenderloin, stuffed poblano, chicken breast). We were then neglected following completion of our entrees for quite a while as it appeared our waiter instead relieved the bartender with no warning nor attention from other staff - even the hostess standing feet from us. So our plates were left quite a while in front of us and searching for someone to assist. They also appeared to run up and down the stairs to serve Sugar High. Finally, we did get attention and clearing of our entrees and ordered desserts and after-dinner drinks. But got no apology, offer of a free dessert, etc. Food was all very good and wonderful atmosphere. But prompt service and communication were lacking.

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vipJoeSam2
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop was splendid on a beautiful Palm Springs afternoon. Martin was attentive, personable and professional. There was no rush to order and the experience was relaxing. Excellent menu. We loved the fish tacos and the seafood salad.

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MarciaH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the atmosphere with the umbrellas upstairs. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The fish tacos were amazing.Both of us had them. Service was very professional and friendly and we were served quickly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Last day of vacation in Palm Springs. Food was ok but not worth the price.

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vipPhilipS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Usually love this place. It’s gorgeous and the food is quite good. This last visit was very disappointing due to the terrible service. It took at least a half hour for 2 cocktails 1 coffee and 1 Arnold Palmer. Then about another 30’to 45 minutes for our meals. One meal was missing but after 10 minutes we finally alerted the waiter who hadn’t noticed and asked us what it was. You should know I replied.

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vipLovesfoodandwine
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Have dined here several times before; this time service and food were slow, cold food. Disappointed for sure, love the atmosphere. Too many other great choices in PS

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vipMfkolko
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great setting sitting around the beautiful pool.
Delicious food; great menu.

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goodfoodie
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, service a bit slow. Did not get prior info about a possible table upstairs.

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KirstenM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The food was okay - not exceptional given the price. Also the service was so fast that we felt rushed. We had to ask for our main course to be held or we would have finished our meal in less than 30 minutes.

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RobertS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I ordered the Swordfish entree. The size of the entree was like a small appetizer. Even with the vegetables. I felt hungry. Just not satisfying. It was a ridiculously small portion . The waiter felt bad and reduced the cost of my entree by 25%. ...but even then I was still very hungry.

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BrianF
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday lunch

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vipPerfectDiningIsHardToFind
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting from Minnesota

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vipSherryStyle
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The design quotient is a 10, and the service is on par with that. There are options for more quiet or vibrant table seating areas - inside or out. There are heaters and umbrellas for the outdoor areas so comfort is considered. The quality, flavors and presentation of the food are bot authentic and creative. We selected Azucar based only on reviews as we were traveling from out of town, and enjoyed my birthday dinner very much!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Azucar was such a great dining experience. The ambience is perfect with the mountains as the backdrop and the Mediterranean feel of the space. I went with my mom for her birthday and we were treated so well. Scott was our server and was perfectly attentive. He also gave us plenty of awesome recommendations for us in Palm Springs as we are from out of town. The rooftop where we dined was so awesome and had lounges for us to move to for tea when we finished our meal. If I come back to Palm Springs I am 100% going to Azucar. Thank you for a great birthday dinner for my mom!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop deck is especially spectacular for dinner. I have the beef tenderloin and the cauliflower risotto is always fabulous. Everyone seem to love their meal

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LolaOak
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always love this place, but the service was short this time. We were asked if we had a reservation when we walked in past the reservation desk, again at the host podium, again by someone random. Was odd. We were seated in time, then waited 25 minutes for a server to ask if we want drinks. Then another 15 to get them- almost 45 minutes after our reservation. Ouch. Food took a long time. Once it got there it was good, so were the drinks. But most likely a staff problem in a busy restaurant.
I am hoping this was a one time thing

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Mads
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner with my mother. Great food in a beautiful setting. The service was really outstanding.
Can’t say enough about this place

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Elisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service - our server Mark was attentive, gave us perfect recommendations and made our lunch a great experience - totally recommended for vegetarians!

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vipDanL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Poor service on Presidents’ Day

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JaimeP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

After we arrived for our 8pm reservation, they sat us outside under a plastic awning with no heating in a fairly frigid evening.

We all asked for cocktails and while two in our party ordered only appetizers, the other two ordered main courses. The waiter brought two of the appetizers in a reasonable time. After waiting for the main courses for 45 mins, the waiter told us that they had a party of 15 downstairs but offered no other relief or compensation. The main courses actually arrived after 1 hour.

All in all a very disappointing experience.

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vipGiraffe
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining at this fun and fashionable restaurant. We sat inside; charming decor. Our service was excellent. The food was prepared exactly right. Highly recommended.

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Isaidyes
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, attractive decor and people watching. The watermelon salad was fantastic. Unfortunately, the vegan abondigas soup had way too much salt that it was inedible and I had to send it back, something I haven’t done in years. We were next to an exuberant party and it was very loud and unpleasant.

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vipEski
Palm Springs
46 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience5

This was a BD dinner celebration tasted like burnt pan drippings with excessive salt; the impossible meatballs were tough & tasteless. By the time this order was replaced, we'd all finished our meals. Another order of ours was of scallops, quite pricey for only 3 large scallops which were too salty. Another order was swordfish, only fair and too salty. The server was overly solicitous, too much detail, not telling us what we actually needed to know. He really talked up the special creations, which were indeed very creative, but the chef's taste buds and/or experience were sorely lacking! This is a somewhat pricey restaurant that was disappointing at best. When the $230 bill arrived, we drank no alcohol & didn't order dessert, there was nothing credited to us for the inedible meal. Overall, a very poor dining experience. Thankfully we enjoy each other's company enough that we still had a good time. I'd like the restaurant owner/manager to contact me to address this terribly negative experience. We 4 will tell our friends about this dining fiasco and never return to Azucar again.

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MarkT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Backed up due to Valentine’s Day. You’d think they would plan for it since reservations were required and it was a prix fix dinner. Dropping $200 for 2 people I would expect better. Will be back on a regular day. The place is charming.

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BillW
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. This was a price fix Valentine dinner
The desert choices were disappointing considering the occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It is hidden gems. Beautiful and elegant. We came for Valentine’s Day. Good foods but pricey.
The only down side was the dessert . It was very very tiny .

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vipSammy
Toronto
88 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Azucar is a total delight! Martin is Top Service with a smile and an amazing ambassador for La Serena Villas. Great food and service. Plus Sugar High for cocktails is perfect! Can’t wait to go back’

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Don’t go for breakfast. Service nonexistent.

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Ahos123
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the only restaurant in PS that we enjoyed our food at. Seriously. The drinks are tasty and the food was delicious and actually had flavor. Unlike so many other restaurants in the DT area.

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Azucar at La Serena Villas offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 832-8044.

Azucar at La Serena Villas is rated 4.5 stars by 596 OpenTable diners.

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