Bonta Restaurant & Bar

4.4
162 Reviews
$30 and under
German

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We offer delicious German, Italian and Argentinean dishes that represent our Argentinean and Austrian/German heritage. We offer a diverse Bar Menu with food items starting from 5.50, available all night at the bar. We also have great Happy Hour Drink Specials starting from 4.75- to 6.50, including Martinis, House Wines, Draft Beers and other specialty cocktails in our bar lounge area all night long.
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
3.9
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4.4
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MarkS
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great friendly service, priced well. Highly recommend

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vipNancyV
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I lived in Germany and am always trying to find authentic German food.. this place was amazing... had goulash. Daughter had Schnitzel and was in heaven!!!

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RonW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant with great food for a great price. Service was excellent from the wait staff to the owner. All made us feel like old friends. I had the jeager schnitzel with mushroom sauce. A perfect meal. Looking forward to returning.

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JohnE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Bonta numerous times, always being warmly welcomed. Food is consistently very tasty and good value. It's one of our favorite restaurants here in the desert.

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vipKevinS
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really great place
Friendly service
Great food

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vipCarlF
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal here is perfection. That is one reason we keep coming back. In fact this was our second night in a row. Another reason is that the owners Hector and Petra make you feel so at home. Good value. A must try.

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vipJohnN
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was average quality. Service was very slow, nearly an hour before our main courses were served. Went before a CV Rep performance so restaurant was busy. More server staff would have helped. Venue is very noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
210 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food good but service slow and inattentive...table always seemed messy and cluttered...drinks placed ANYWHERE and very slow to get water refills and orders...

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relativeunknown
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

I agree with the customers who found the food mediocre, and the experience meh. Hard chairs, tables devoid of candles or anything charming, mismatched silverware, garish lighting, loud atmosphere. Quite a disappointment. Agree with the review who said they got bored with their food after a while. It's a lot of food, but keep the salt shaker handy to make it palatable. Our waiter was great, though. If the service had been bad, then it would have been a complete wash. Lots of folks seem to like it, though, as it was fairly busy for a Friday night. Mostly old folks, though. Certainly no kind of energetic vibe. No reason to drive all the way out there from Palm Desert.

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vipPtownLover
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

German - Argentinian cuisine. Nothing fancy but good food and reasonably priced

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Picky
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently wonderful, the restaurant is lovely, and the owners as well as the entire staff work hard to make sure everyone has a great experience.

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vipCarlF
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot find a better, friendlier, tastier place to dine. We go here over and over again. You will leave here feeling happy every time.

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vipCGould1
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very busy night but service was still good and the food excellent!

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vipZack
Palm Springs
167 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Big negative, not seated for 45 minutes after our reservation. Smaller negative, told that they were sold out of my selection 10 minutes after the order was taken. After all that, food was great and the server did his best to make up for the difficulties. Will go back.

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vipMikenRick
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We’ve eaten at Bonta before, but I can NEVER remember getting better service. Our server was delightful. He got us cocktails from the bar and allowed us to visit with no pressure. He knew we were going to a play at CV Rep afterwards and approached our table to tell us he was about to take a large order from another table and suggested we order before the larger order was placed to ensure we received our meal more quickly and to give us enough time to eat before the theatre. He had a wonderful personality with a great sense of humor and continued to check on us throughout our stay. The best!

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vipJames
Palm Springs
166 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first time. A varied menu of Argentinian, Italian, German. Something for everyone to try. The restaurant is very lively with high ceilings, so a bit loud and festive. Not for a romantic, quiet dinner. Our meals were very good. Service was better than most restaurants. We'll probably return with people we know would really appreciate the eclectic menu. Definitely check it out if you haven't been.

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vipCarlF
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy eating at Bonta. The German plate is our favorite, but we also enjoy the 2kinds of schnitzels. There is something here for everyone, German, Argentinian, Italian, and a variety of fish dishes. This coupled with a friendly staff and almost always the owners stop by to say hi and make sure everything was to your liking. Never leave without having the best strudel outside of Germany and Austria. An excellent family run restaurant awaits you. Now with the CVRep theater next door, it may be best to make reservations. Catch a meal before or after a performance.

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vipPSDining
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was decent. Ordered the rouladen “German stuffed beef roll” which was quite dry and the sweet red cabbage was bland and very mushy. The restaurant is quite loud and hard to talk and hear conversation at the table.

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RobertS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. Petra and Chef Hector are the best. Friendly and accommodating with special requests..

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jackh
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great local restaurant. Good portions for share. Overall excellent choice with reasonable prices

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vipFoodFanForever
Palm Springs
64 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal at Bonta from the beginning to the end. Our waitress was very friendly and checked on us frequently. There were many options on the menu that sounded interesting and we had a hard time deciding what to order. Our meal was excellent and prepared well. We look forward to returning and trying other items on the menu.

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vipjade
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The very best apple strudel in the area.

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tcInPS
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We don't eat meat, so I'll preface this by saying a meat eater would probably appreciate the choices more. We both found something appealing, but the prices were a little on the high side and we grew a little tired of what we were eating after a little while. We were able to enjoy a few bites of each other's meal at least to keep things from being to boring. The wine was a good deal, though, and our server was super nice and attentive. A good place to go if you are doing dinner and a movie at the Mary Pickford and want to try something different with the variety of German, Argentinean, and Italian.

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vipJimmy
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff! Friendly and attentive! Varied menu and great preparation! We will definitely return! Thank you!

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vipDiner
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Servers could use a bit more training, but the food is excellent.

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vippsguy
Palm Springs
288 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bonta is becoming one of my favorite restaurants in the Palm Springs area. The Argentinian dishes are unique and excellent. Their Italian dishes are very good too. The service is outstanding. I will be back.

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debb
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My 4 guests and I enjoyed our food and the service here during our Film festival weekend. Food highlights were the Sole, Piccata, and Empanadas.

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vipDeborahD
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant has an eclectic mix of food items, all cooked to perfection by a talented chef. If you appreciate tradition Austrian/German food, the sauerbraten with red cabbage and spatzle was incredible. I felt like I was back in my Oma's house. My husband had fantastic meatballs, with a delicious sauce. Yes-Italian and German both perfect. This is a beautiful melding of an Argentinian chef and his Austrian wife! Our only regret was that we were too full to eat a piece of apple strudel, which was apparently just out of the oven!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bonta is one of our favorite restaurants. The owners are very involved in making sure you are comfortably enjoying their delicious cuisine! And it is delicious!

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smfguy
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding friendly service. Nice ambience, nothing elaborate. Food was cooked “home style” which for the most part was good, generous portions, but no “wow” factor in any of the 4 dishes we tried. Prices are comparable to some higher end local fine dining restaurants, so it seemed a bit overpriced.

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vipRita
Palm Springs
138 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was great but they were out of sauerbratten and meatloaf, exactly what we came for. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Bonta is exceptional!!! Chef Hector and Petra are the greatest hosts, we love going there !!

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vippaulb
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a pleasant surprise. Outstanding service and terrific food. Varied menu Cooked with care. We will add this restaurant to our regular list. Speaking of lists the wine list could use a little help.

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David
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight we tried the Argentinian side of the menu. Started with the bruschetta appetizer which was crispy and flavorful, the balsamic was a little spicier which is a nice change from normal. Entrees we had Argentinian chicken and gaucho pasta. Both were quite good. The chicken was very crispy with lots of flavor with a chimichurri sauce, Gaucho pasta was it a little bit spicy and full of flavor. Our service was outstanding both from the host and our server. I wish this restaurant was closer to our home as it is kind of tucked away by the Mary Pickford theater. It was a memorable birthday and we will definitely be back.

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vipCarlF
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of those places that is so friendly you feel like you are eating with family. Top-notch food service and friendliness. We often go there several times a week.

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vipSharing
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, very attentive service. We went for the first time and will definitely come back.

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Elsa
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My family and I enjoyed our night out at Bonta's and the food was very good. The service is a little bit slow, the noise level is a little bit high, and we were disappointed that the restaurant didn't offer a children's menu. We did order a 1/2 pasta dish for my granddaughter that was still big, but my grandson had to order from the regular menu and the portion was way too much for him.
Luckily, we were going back home after dinner so we were able to box the rest and take it with us.

Bonta Restaurant & Bar
Responded on December 1, 2018

Dear Elsa, Thank you for visiting our restaurant. We are happy you enjoyed our food. We do not have a printed kids menu, but we do have smaller items for kids. We have half orders of pasta dishes like spaghette meat ball, or meat sauce, marinara or butter and cheese, we also have a small order of Fish&Chips, Sausage Sandwich and Chicken Strips with Fries. We will address your comment to our front staff to make sure there is the right communication with our guests in regards to the kids option.

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vipEsalita
Vancouver
73 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Unfortunately there was a hot air balloon event happening at the adjacent property, so that created chaos and a lot of very loud noise from a band, which they had no control over but it affected our dining experience. We chose to dine early to take advantage of the early bird three-course meal special but we were told that it was not in effect on the weekend. It did not state this on their online menu and the server and hostess acknowledge that but said they could not provide the special, so that was a little disappointing but we made the best of it. You were able to purchase a salad with any entree for a small fee. All the food was fresh and delicious prepared on site. We all enjoyed our schnitzel, meatloaf, goulash and pasta. We likely will go back again but next time on a weekday when we can take advantage of the 3 course special.

Bonta Restaurant & Bar
Responded on December 1, 2018

Dear Esalita, Thank you for visiting us at Bonta with your friends. Sorry that the Balloon Fest activity affected your dining experience with us in a negative way. It only happens once a year and it is a City Event and I agree the music is always far to loud. In regards to the 3-Course Early Bird Special it is available Tuesday - Sunday, but not on Holiday Weekends and Special Event Days. We checked with Open Tabel and our Website Provider that the right information is posted.

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vipTonyP
Los Angeles
192 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious food in the valley. Great family owned and run! We will be back soon!

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LITTLE
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE, EXTENSIVE GREAT MENU,FOOD WAS AMAZING

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