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Babaloo Lounge, Palm Desert, CA

Babaloo Lounge

4.0
4
112 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.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Cuban, Peruvian

  • Hours of operation

    Bar
    Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (760) 895-4186

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Gustavo Ungo

  • Catering

    Catering is available for pick up. Price by the pound with a minimum purchase order. Please contact the executive chef for details.

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate for a wide variety of private events. Please contact management for details.

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Cross street

    San Luis Rey & CA Highway 111

  • Parking details

    Park in front or rear.

  • Public transit

    Out front or back parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 112 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3

    As we are familiar with Peruvian Food, we ordered the Lomo saltado, which is a a popular dish, we were very disappointed because flavor wasn’t even close . We thought we were going to get Peruvian chicharrón but instead we got the Mexican chicharrones which are chips . The music is too loud for early dining. The atmosphere is pleasant though. Need a better chef who is familiar with traditional flavors.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    When we arrived, there was a note in the door stating it was closed for the evening due to maintenance issues. I understand emergencies. I do NOT understand why they didn’t call and notify us. Very poor customer service and not conducive to wanting to rebook. There are too many other good restaurants in the valley.

  3. MG

    MattG

    Palm Springs

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time adventure for Mother’s Day brunch. The menu has many choices. We settled for appetizers not breakfast. My wife, Alice, had the escargot, fabulous, and the fried duck wings crispy, great. Being a Philly boy I chose the BA BA LOO PHILLY, a fantastic Philly cheesesteak which were served with fries. GREAT. Service by Emidia and Rolo was friendly and efficient. Will be back.

  4. LN

    LarryN

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    A nice spot for great Cuban inspired food. A bit noisy as we were there and a loud, live band was performing. Next time we would avoid that and move indoors.

  5. S

    Steve

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful experience: Great food, great service from Chris, our server, outstanding music with Cuban Flair

  6. MR

    MarthaR17

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I struggle to even give this place a 1. Terrible food. Have had Cuban good in the past & this was not even close to being Cuban!! Our son was with us and is a chef from Portland, he would not even eat the food. We won't be returning.

  7. J

    Jill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Live Jazz. Good food and drinks. We had a lovely evening.

  8. RG

    RandyG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    We had heard this was a fun place to go and eat, so 4 of us went on a recent Saturday night. It was surprisingly quiet probably due to Coachella concerts, however the food was tasty and the band that played in the lounge (Off da Cuff) played a huge variety of songs and had everyone on their feet dancing. If you are looking for a fun night out, why waste your time waiting in line or paying a cover charge at other clubs or places. Instead head to Babaloo Lounge when Off da Cuff is playing and just have a good time.

  9. N

    Nanc

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Marco was our server, very friendly excellent service! Frank DiSalvo was great sang played guitar, fun nite!

  10. CA

    CristinA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went mid week and it wasn’t crowded. They had live music that was really nice. Few people were dancing and enjoying the band. Food was delicious and the service good .

  11. m

    maryr17

    Palm Springs

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    The service was spotty. Waited 20 minutes for drinks to be served and then only because we asked a table cleaner to see if he could find out what the problem was. The place was not crowded so there was no excuse for the service to be a problem.

  12. OL

    OliviaL

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    The restaurant was short staffed. One of our guests ordered a drink that required basil. They were out of basil. Our other guest ordered a Mexican beer. They were out of the beer she ordered. We returned one appetizer that was under cooked. When I made the reservation, I indicated that the occasion was a birthday. At no time, was that acknowledged. We were disappointed and will not be returning. p.s. We went elsewhere to order dessert for the occasion!

  13. MP

    MaryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely delicious. There were eight of us and the waiter was very helpful in answering our questions. I highly recommend this restaurant. Great service and great foods!

  14. K

    King

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amy, our sever, was amazing. We were celebrating my baptism with my family.

  15. K

    Kimacd

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fun and lively. Great service from Chris.

  16. SA

    StevenA

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were the only ones there, so it's hard to judge things like ambience, etc.

  17. PS

    PSRickCC

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Heard that this new, fun, and nostalgic restaurant had opened in Palm Desert. Go for the great music and entertainment we were told. They said the food was good too. Make reservations or you'll never get in they said. So we went on a Sunday evening and our party added a table to the two already seated. There were several parties outside - they got to listen to music from speakers - inside there was no music, live or recorded/no live crooners strolling thru the restaurant. We were seated right away and given water end menus. We waited 15 minutes to order drinks. The sodas ordered were incorrect and the bar order had to be reordered. While we were ordering and getting our drinks and eating, the restaurant was dark - there were no lights on. As we were finishing the sun went down and the lights finally came on to light the restaurant and the dark corners. The food was good but several of us got the Philly with rib eye- the ribeye was very tender if you could find a piece of it in your sandwich. When we were leaving we saw a sign that stated the very limited days and hours. I May return to see what the entertainment will add but won't hold my breath.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service. Our waitress was the best!!!!! Great food and atmosphere!

  19. KJ

    KimJ

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4

    With a 6:30 reservation, the hostess took 10 minutes to get our table “ready”. By 7:25 all 5 of us finally received our drinks. Not mixed drinks, 1 coke, 1 wine & 3 beers. Ridiculous. Our waistress was brand new, no big deal, but she had no help or guidance and they gave her a party of 16 outdoors with individual checks. Our starters arrived after our mains! The bus boys were rookies and also poorly trained. Every part of the service was terrible. While walking out I asked to speak to the manager, there wasn’t one. Best part(s)…the food was GREAT and the live music, although too loud, was enjoyable. We probably won’t go back…

  20. GV

    GloriaV

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    my friend and I had a reservation and we were seated pretty quickly and our drink order was taken. Maybe 10 minutes later the drinks arrived and we ordered appetizers. Again it was a very long time before the appetizers came— a salad and tostones. since we had chosen a Cuban restaurant that advertised music, we thought it would be Latin music. It was a very bad rock ‘n’ roll band who were very loud. We were praying they would take a break. We ordered our entrées and they came very late as well although they were very good. The waitress knew she had screwed up so she comped my second Mojito and my friends glass of wine, and sent us a cheesecake dessert as a peace offering. I would not go there again nor would I recommend it to any friends. It was a real disappointment.

  21. CA

    CharlesA

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good is fantastic! Can’t wait to go back. Live music is great. Fun place.

  22. S

    Steve

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    8 of us had dinner inside on a Tuesday evening. Enjoyed the music greatly. Tony and Cynthia are very talented. Food was excellent. Selections were many. Cocktails and wine were very good. Server Chris was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. Arrived at 6:15pm with reservations and service was a little slow getting started but once we got to know our server, all was good. Will definitely return,

  23. PG

    PeterG

    Palm Springs

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jalapeño Poppers were delicious as were the frog legs and lamb appetizers. The Lechon Asado was outstanding as was the burger. The service was efficient, friendly and attentive

  24. JH

    JovanH

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2

    We were indoor and is smelled like the due wage was backed up. Outdoor entertainment sounded awesome. We were just stuck inside with the sewage box. Food was pretty good, menu was good and eclectic.

  25. LB

    LimelightBoy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ian was a wonderful server. We had a great time.

  26. GG

    GarrettG

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lots of fun. Need to be patient but the staff is hustling and working hard to make a great experience.

  27. s

    sylvias

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1

    Before I state all my disappoints with this establishment let me say that the food was outstanding. We ordered 3 large dishes and a side of plantains for a group of 6 and it was plenty of food. First of all, it is located in the desert which mean HEAT! The A/C was not running at full force and the restaurant was packed. Once we started eating and drinking it was warm and uncomfortable. We asked 2 employees to turn up the A/C, but it didn't help. Secondly, I have a dog and take it along to many places, but there should not be any animals inside a restaurant. A women had her dog in her hand walking around the restaurant, the dance floor and at her table. I'm all for patio seating for the furry little friends, but inside dining for pooches is unacceptable. And then the music...we were so looking forward to a salsa band playing the bongos with great lively Latin tunes. Womp! Womp! Why is there a tribute couple singing Elvis, Jonny Cash and Frank Sinatra in a Cuban/Peruvian restaurant? I couldn't get out of there fast enough. What a disappointment that was. I should have ordered take out and streamed some Latin music by the pool. I get that they have a following and that they play good music, but they should be at the JW Marriott lounge not at a Latin restaurants. I own a Mexican Deli in East Los Angeles and would never play gangsta rap or classical music at my establishment. Know your audience.

  28. M

    Momg

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    The restaurant was beautiful, BUT the music was so extremely LOUD that we couldn’t talk with anybody in the table, and hurt my ears. Not planning on ever going back!

  29. s

    stepehenm

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    TERRIBLE, REALLY BAD!! we arrived on time, it took over 30 mins for us to get a drink. After an hour we left as we still had not received any food. Perhaps the worst restaurant I have ever patronized. In all fairness, we cant judge the food as we never got any. There was an unbelievably terrible singer playing very loud in the bar. Service was abysmal!

  30. JW

    JosephW

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2

    Menu variety is great! Good value given the high prices during Covid. Biggest complaint from customers, and even from servers, live music to way too loud! We sat outside to get away from the loud music, and we’re still shouting across the table to hear one another. Even the hostess who sat us said she thought the music was way too loud !

  31. JE

    JohnE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were pleasantly surprised. We were prepared for goofy music, but it was nice and not too loud. Service was very attentive. Portions of food were very ample; we took half our food home.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    We liked the look of the restaurant but various negatives popped up, starting with being brought to a dirty table on the patio. The server didn’t notice and we just moved ahead with the experience. Multiple server errors, several needing second and even third requests. We ordered a drink and a glass of soda water with a lime; the drink arrived, but not the soda water. We asked about that any minutes later a different server brought a glass with a lemon it in: it was sprite and not soda water. That got corrected after a while. Food was brought to the table, but without plates to eat from; we had to ask for plates several times. The menu looks very interesting but we were disappointed with several dishes. The ceviche mixto was very good. The chicharones were way too salty as was the ham and fried bananas dish. We ordered the frogs legs with Cuban mojo sauce, but the server brought them with the sweet soy sauce. The Babaloo Salad was misleading: the menu describes sliced heirloom tomatoes, but it is really a big lettuce salad with several halved cherry tomatoes. Several female staff were cheerful and helpful following up on errors by the male staff. We won’t go there again.

  33. EM

    EileenM

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Food quality was poor and the service not attentive to the customers needs.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are staying in Palm Springs for the winter and wanted to find a Cuban restaurant near us for lunch with a Dog friendly patio. We have 2 Dalmatians and love taking them out to lunch with us. OMG. I could not have found a better place. Beautiful Patio. A koi pond. The food is Cuban and Peruvian. My partner had a classic Cuban sandwich which was beautiful and tasty. I had shrimp Peruvian stir fry which was probably the best stir fry I ever had in my life of 60 years: Our waiter Javier could not have been any more pleasant and professional. Joe the manager came out and personally welcomed us and loved on our dogs . Big servings of food. And a beautiful presentation. I already have made reservations for lunch to go back in 2 days. Inside it’s a gorgeous venue. Feels like a swanky south Miami kinda place. Highly recommend This restaurant 😍😍

  35. RI

    RICHARDC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My second time here at BaBaloos, Great authentic Cubano food !!. Server and ambience was superb. I am a new transplant to the desert and this has been added to my go to list of favorites

  36. RL

    RebeccaL

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere! Dined outside and could listen to the music from the patio. Inside it was quite loud!

  37. G

    Getz

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Tried it once before and it was horrible. Never did get our food after two hours. Thought we'd give it one more try. It was just as bad. Horrible service. We were there for ten minutes before the waiter even acknowledged us. Chicken lollipop appetizers were raw. Finally had to tell the bus boy because the waiter was nowhere to be found. When the bus boy found him , I told him we weren't paying for it, which he said was no problem and then charged us anyway. Didn't get to order until we were there well over an hour. About half hour before we got out of there, the place started to stink like sewer. Of course they charged us a 20% tip on our bill because no one would ever give that guy a penny. Worst ever. Music was way too loud. Couldn't hear yourself think or talk to anyone at your own table. NEVER going back. Place will probably be closed in less than a year. Maybe that's why it was 3/4 empty on a Saturday night during prime time high season. Just a matter of time. Brutal.

  38. GL

    GinaL

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GR8 food...AWESOME service...WONDERFUL ambiance! There is an entire crafted menu waiting to enjoy!!

  39. FE

    FadedElegance

    Palm Springs

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    7 of us (including three kids - 6, 8 and 12j had a lovely dinner on the patio. Good service (thanks, Hector), easy for the kids, perfect variety of kid friendly food on the menu. Ceviche, ali de gallina, picadillo, lamb and chicken lollipops, gator bites all gobbled up. We could hardly have asked for a nicer family night out, not to mention a Pisco sour as good as those we had in Peru. Very highly recommended.

  40. G

    Gary

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hector was an outstanding server -- took time to explain the various dishes we were not familiar with. Our first experience at Cuban food, we found it unbelievably delicious and will definitely return.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Babaloo Lounge is rated 4 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Babaloo Lounge

73833 CA-111 Palm Desert, CA 92260-4005

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Luis Rey & CA Highway 111

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Bar
    Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Cuban, Peruvian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Park in front or rear.

  • Public transit

    Out front or back parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Gustavo Ungo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 895-4186

  • Catering

    Catering is available for pick up. Price by the pound with a minimum purchase order. Please contact the executive chef for details.

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate for a wide variety of private events. Please contact management for details.

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