Babaloo Lounge

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33 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
We are a gastropub specializing in Cuban and Peruvian flavors. While still adhering to age old family recipes, we strive to be innovative and open minded, just as our ancestors were when these flavors were first imagined. Here at BaBaLoo, we want to take on this multicultural challenge by providing the most authentic dining experience that Lake Havasu City and Palm Desert have to offer. Cuba and Peru are rich in history, and nothing tells that tale better than their diverse flavor combinations. We take ideas from cuisines around the world; Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Caribbean, and African flavors have heavily influenced Cuban and Peruvian food throughout history.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 33 people are saying
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GeorgeA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall we felt that the restaurant provided a very nice experience. The quality of the food was very high though we felt that the dishes were a bit dry and would have benefited from sauces. The only downside was the music volume which made it a bit uncomfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were very disappointed in the food and noise. We had an early 6:15 reservation so I ignored the comments about loud music thinking it would be after 9 and certainly not during dinner hour. I should not of! The food was fair. My sister in law had the only good meal of Peruvian version of chicken stir fry. Where we sat also had the smell of a sewer at times:(. I would be surprised if they survive the season. Pick up and clean up service was very good.

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ToreyL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, great service

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SuzFromLA
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was wonderful but the band was so loud that it was hard to have a conversation. Either the band needs to lower the volume or the restaurant needs to install doors that will allow the dining room to have a quieter ambiance. We will return when the band isn’t there. Side note: the band and vocalists aren’t that good.

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EdieL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

DJ music was way too loud for dining.

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Nanc
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great, band was good just a little too loud

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Restaurateur
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great entertainment but loud. Live singer was great but band was loud. Food was well flavored. Pretty place. Attentive staff.

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vipOntheroad
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was ok, but the service was weak. Because of COVID concerns, we asked to be seated outside. We were often neglected. I was troubled by the number of people working without masks (currently not permitted in CA). When we finally got menus and were able to order~~some 30 minutes after being seated—we hoped for better. Appetizers, though, arrived before cocktails, and we had to chase our drinks down. And so went the night.

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Hopeee
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was extremely poor. We waited an hour for our food and one item never came so we cancelled it. In addition they automatically added 20% for tip which we would not have done given the poor service. There were people who came at the same time as us and they were served and done before we even got served.

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vipDesertDweller
Palm Springs
42 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The music was so loud you couldn’t hear yourself talk… and we were in the other room…the service was beyond slow… took over 30 minutes to get a drink order in… then cocktails came with dinner. Drinks are expensive but overall there is very little value for the money considering the lack of any ambiance and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, but music was too loud and inappropriate.

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vipCLOBRO
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Music was great, service excellent. Food average, wine good . Food did not match up with cost.

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vipTomE
Palm Springs
90 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was pretty good. Service was spotty. The music from the lounge band was overpowering (and not particularly good).

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JamesG
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Well...I have mixed feeling about this place. We got there at our confirmed reservation and were promptly seated in a booth with our menus. It took a bit; but our waiter finally arrived and took our drink orders. We also ordered two appetizers at the same time. The drinks were great; however, appetizers were awful...stuff mushrooms and fried Totones. No favor at all. We didn't finish them. Terrible. Our waiter took our entrée orders which came out pretty fast. Tasty; but nothing to write home about. Typical bar food; but nicely plated. Now, there was a band and they were fabulous; but they were very loud so much so to have any table conversation was simply impossible. They did have an intermission and did play some softer song so that was a nice change of pace. Our booth was facing away from the band so you couldn't even see them without having to turn your head 180 degrees which was very inconvenient. I think this place has a lot of potential; but I'm not sold on it yet. But I think next time I'll come back for just drinks and music. So if you looking for a great drink & music venue this is it. With the food I'll need to give it a second chance.

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vipLindaJ
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Could not hear yourself think as well
As having a conversation due to the extremely loud dance lounge. Very disappointed. Even moved tables but could not get away from the very loud dance music. They need to close off the open lounge from the resturant

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Horrible! We will not return

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had Kevin as the server. Service was excellent food came out very fast. Owner came out and talked to us all. We all had a great experience

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BruceC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to some Cuban restaurants and Babaloo Lounge was one of the best I have dined at.

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TammyP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved our dinner tonight at Babaloo! Yes not much going on in the desert in the late July 111 degree heat and the lounge was fairly quiet but the food was so yummy (especially my gooey shrimp bowl - to die for) and my mango habanero margarita (omg so HOT and so good)- and the service from our waiter Hector was wonderful and he was so friendly and helpful with the menu, especially with the Cuban ingredients we weren't familiar with. The bar was very pretty and lots of tvs if only the Padres game hadn't been rained out we would have stayed much longer...We will be back next time to try the Cubano sando very soon!

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vip2Valentine
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, unusual interesting for a non-Latin like my wife and I. We had lamb lolipops, great tacos and Philly steak sandwiches. Great music and dancing we are going back tonight.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Babaloo, and boy it did not disappoint! Definitely our new favorite spot in the valley. The service and drinks from bartenders Joe and Jared was spot on. We had the Loma Saltado and El Jinete (Swordfish). Live music every night! This restaurant and bar has everything you could ever ask for. We will be regulars.

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vipTerrilm
Palm Springs
93 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Loved the music and dancing. Is Peruvian and cuban food. Lots of meat. I had a shrimp cocktail and beans and rice and jalapeño poppers as I do not eat meat. Would like a few more salad choices. The cocktails were good. Servers were helpful. Booths are huge...very deep seating..Need pillows for people to lean against.
We will come back for the entertainment and appetizers. Would like a few lighter main dishes. Good parking in back and easy to get to.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent, I made reservations for a nice booth Accommodations where excellent. Had the Peruvian ceviche, one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Very much recommend. Can’t wait to visit again.

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vipChantyL
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food great and friendly service

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LynetteB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fathers Day Dinner

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vipJanA
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My food was OVER SALTED, and friends veggie sauté the mushrooms were burnt!!! We told the manager who said sorry we need to pay the bill as is, we asked for maybe another appetizer and we’d be happy, but she refused and slammed the bill back down and said you are paying the bill as is!! I was stunned!!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all really enjoyed our dinner. Everything was really good and there are a lot of very original dishes and drinks not found anywhere else in the whole Coachella Valley. Will definitely go back and bring more people to see this wonderful place

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DarleneT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Several younger friends recommended Babaloo as a new experience. That's what it was. I'm not crazy about the food - meat was delicious and black beans I loved, but the plate lacked something...a big lump of rice, a bowl of beans, and lump of meat. Boring. I don't know if we'd come back at this point. Our waiter was great, drinks were great...but ho hum. We came for the music to hear Tim but there was another group that was too loud (and we were in the next room. ) Oh well, we're in our mid-80's, and it's probably best for the younger crowd.

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annam
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for Cuban food! Hostess , staff and manager were so accommodating and friendly! Will definitely be going back again!

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vipDonghia
Palm Springs
50 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good band but way way too loud for gracious dining. Excellent meal.

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vipMO4HAVEN
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around , it will be a regular stop for us
The food was amazing and can't wait to enjoy the evening entertainment

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24summerheat
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First timers at the Babaloo Lounge. Sat inside, pretty much in the middle of things. Music started at 6PM. Quite enjoyable. A bit loud at times, but, I'd rather it be that way in lieu of things being on the quiet side. Food was good, although, I cheated and had the Western Burger. It was great. Wife had a large Chef Salad. It also looked great. We will return.

FAQs

Babaloo Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 895-4186.

Babaloo Lounge is rated 4 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

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.