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Bar Cecil, Palm Springs, CA

Bar Cecil

4.8
4.8
738 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
We only accept reservations 30 days out.
Proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hrs) will be required to eat or drink inside.

*We have gone cashless! We accept all major credit and debit cards. Thank You!
*All reservations are made online.
*All reservations are for a 2 hour window.
*We welcome parties of 6 or less. Due to the size of our kitchen, tables may not be merged for larger parties.
*Credit card required for parties of 6.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (442) 332-3800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Woo

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 738 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Best Overall

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Best Ambiance

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Hot spot

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Best Overall

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Best Ambiance

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Hot spot

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  1. HP

    HolliP

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was lovely! Service excellent, cocktails were wonderful and the food was delectable!
  2. CB

    CBradshaw

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic martinis!
  3. k

    kemeva

    San Francisco

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently amazing cocktails, food and service Plus, the fresh Palm Springs design and energetic ambiance makes bar Cecil a winner in our fabulous little town!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars at Bar Cecil and are always impressed by its consistently excellent bar, food and service. Shout out to Nolan and Shawn who provided great service. Host Josh and his hostess colleague were welcoming and fantastic as usual.
  5. s

    stevenk

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 out of 5 Great ambience! Delicious food! Best customer service! Perfect for any kind of celebration! Fun!!!
  6. SJ

    StevenJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bistro setting and food with excellent, attentive staff.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, service, food, ambiance.
  8. CS

    CharlesS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wait staff excellent
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 4 days and this was our favorite spot in Palm Springs. Delish!
  10. MJ

    MJCanon

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything. Peek restaurant experience — wonderful drinks, food, service, and ambiance. Could not recommend Bar Cecil more👌
  11. AI

    AIAKISS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    This was our second time dining at Bar Cecil . Our first experience was so great , that we invited a couple that had never been to the restaurant . We were promptly seated at reservation time. 7;15 . Our appetizers and drinks were severed promptly . Salads next and again very prompt . Lastly we had to wait almost 1 hour for the main courses ,arriving at approximately 8;45. I questioned the waiter and the response was "its a small Kitchen so it takes time "..... The restaurant was busy but not that busy . We were embarrassed in front of our friends. There are plenty of other nice restaurants in the area so we will not be back .
  12. LM

    LinhMitchell

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cute place, ambience, place to be for eats, the owner is soooo cute, went by every table to say hi to everyone. Our waiter was amazing ! Food was great! Will be back!
  13. PA

    PeteA

    Pittsburgh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding does not even begin to describe how exceptional this spot is! A+! So glad this place exists in Palm Springs. Everything - e.g. food, drink, ambiance, decor - is perfect. Will definitely be coming here again and again.
  14. BM

    BMDallas

    Dallas

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Palm Springs. I literally put a timer in my phone to go off a month out from the trip to be sure we get a reservation.
  15. JL

    JackL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was good although priced way too high for what is served. Service was very attentive but slow. The music was too loud to enjoy conversation with others.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Excellent food! Everything was delicious (but a bit overpriced). $32 for cacio e pepe being the most overpriced thing on the menu. Our waitress ignored us most of the night. It took forever to get waters, drinks and to place our orders. When you are spending a lot of money to go to a nice place - the service should reflect that. It did not here.
  17. A

    Annie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Holly was absolutely amazing. Attentive and sweet! The food was beyond! We have been there now twice and many more times to come! Thank you Cecil family for the lovely evening!
  18. JE

    JoEllenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Cecil never disappoints. Great atmosphere, service and food!
  19. RF

    RaeF

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is a reason this is the hot ticket in town! Good in sensational, cocktail list superb and the wait staff are all such darlings. Best restaurant in Palm Springs!
  20. w

    winegurl

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, just wow! Fantastic ambience, fantastic meal. Great cocktails! Wish the wine list had more Cali wines. Wish you had a phone number where we could actually talk to a person but …don’t miss out on Bar Cecil! Great date night and can’t wait to go back!
  21. MM

    MichaelM

    Anchorage

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great setting, great menu choices, great drinks, great spot for an intimate dinner with friends.
  22. CK

    CKeats

    Portland

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A (new)classic in South Palm Springs! Delicious food ( grilled artichokes, delicious butter lettuce salad-perfectly dressed & the scallops were fantastic!) Good vibe & great bar to boot
  23. OD

    OjaiDiner317

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to Bar Cecil. The service was excellent again as was the food. Definitely worth making a reservation, but you have to plan it in advance!
  24. EP

    EdwardP

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Made a reservation a month in advance and we were seated at a table at the end of the bar where servers come in and out . Requested a different table and were moved to a better location. Food was good but the noise level was so high that it made it very difficult to carry on a conversation.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! Favorite restaurant in any city!
  26. w

    whoknew

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fun and everything perfect from food to drinks to service! Unanimous thumbs up from all six in our party.
  27. KV

    KenV

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Six stars for ambiance!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu and drinks selection. The vibes were great and music upbeat. Very unique restaurant and a must in Palm Springs!
  29. S

    Sant

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best from start to finish. Not just martinis.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I have dined here before and loved it. I made this reservation weeks ago to take out of town guests there and our table was very poorly located so I asked to be moved. They moved us but it was a big kafuffle and made us feel a bit unwelcome, then they moved us again. Our waitress was surly and we are actually very easygoing people. I had been here twice before and had a great experience on both those occasions and was excited to take my friends there. I have recommended this restaurant to so many people. Unfortunately this experience made me feel the tide has turned and not in its favor. I won’t be recommending it anymore.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st wedding anniversary. Food was fantastic, and our server Amanda was super attentive and made our anniversary dinner really special. We will be back for sure!
  32. JA

    JimA

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hard to get a reservation, but worth it once you do. GREAT staff. Love the food and atmosphere.
  33. MG

    MelissaG

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our mains were amazing! We had the pork chop and mushroom risotto. The pork chop was a hefty portion, well-seasoned and well-cooked. The risotto was beautifully cooked (separate grains) and mushrooms were made to look like scallops! Other dishes ordered: onion tart (okay), side of green beans (yum), pavlova for dessert. Service was great, no complaints. We were seated in a booth, which we really liked. The bathroom decor was cool too. All in all, a lovely dinner experience.
  34. PP

    PaulP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food, drink, presentation are excellent. One of the best meals in Palm Springs. Service was slow, maybe understaffed, but food server was friendly, knowledgeable, but waited long time for drinks order and food order.
  35. SF

    SFRobert

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    It was our 2nd visit here and we’re so excited because the 1sr visit was so fabulous. When we got here everything was on par to be the same experience. The hostess was fabulous and gave us a great table outside. We ordered fabulous cocktails from Ciera and they came out immediately. We placed our dinner order and the two apps (oysters and mussels) and they came out right appropriately one after each other. Both were delicious as we were sharing. After that, it went downhill. The heater outside wasn’t working and would go in and out and suddenly it was very cold. They should look into pride blankets if half your tables are outside, We alerted staff but they didn’t know how to fix. No problem if our food came but I swear we waited almost 45 minutes after appetizers came and still no food. They moved us inside as tables were free but the entrees were still not ready, I didn’t feel they were understaffed and I watched wait staff take plates away, clear and set tables just fine. Issue was the kitchen and timing. They brought one entree out first because we were hungry and then brought their bread appetizer. The scallops and bread were the best thing we had all night. Finally they bring the final entree - which was the nightly special 10-15 minutes later. The short ribs were so dry it did not melt or come apart. The server mentioned that the short ribs seemed dry all night so chef just added more sauce. They should have 86ed that special and left it to the normal menu. The mashed potatoes on the side was cold and bland. Our service was amazing and she did everything she could. The ambience and service is still great but the food service needs a lot of help, it’s so difficult to make reservations and I made another one in a few weeks when my close friends from Dallas come visit, but now I am second guessing which experience I will get.
  36. l

    laureni

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary dinner was amazing. I requested a booth and we got the best table in the place. The mushroom risotto was our favorite. We will definitely go back next time we visit Palm Springs
  37. MC

    MicheleC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing and beautiful, including the imported ice cubes!
  38. j

    jellen

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place with amazing service. Food excellent
  39. ES

    EstelleS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible experience all around - ambiance - service - our meal - simply awesome.
  40. IM

    ImMarq

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is always excellent. Since we don't generally get desert we tried some this time. They were good but not exceptional.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Cecil is rated 4.8 stars by 738 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for Bar Cecil

1555 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Woo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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