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Bonta Restaurant & Bar, Cathedral City, CA

Bonta Restaurant & Bar

4.4
4.4
162 Reviews
$30 and under
German
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, Argentinean, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 832-6100

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Hector Salvatierra

  • Catering

    We offer onsite and offsite custom catering. Please contact us at 760-832-6100

  • Private party facilities

    for private parties please contact us directly at 760-832-6100

  • Private party contact

    Hector or Petra Salvatierra: (760) 832-6100

  • Neighborhood

    Cathedral City

  • Cross street

    Cathedral Canyon Drive

  • Parking details

    There is Parking in front of our restaurant as well in a large Parking structure behind the restaurant accessible via Avenida Lalo Guerro. Since the new CVREP theater just opened up their is valet parking available as well in front of building at this time at no cost to customer.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. MS

    MarkS

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great friendly service, priced well. Highly recommend
  2. NV

    NancyV

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 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!!!
  3. RW

    RonW

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 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.
  4. JE

    JohnE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 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.
  5. KS

    KevinS

    Palm Springs

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really great place Friendly service Great food
  6. CF

    CarlF

    Palm Springs

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 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.
  7. JN

    JohnN

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 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.
  8. ER

    EdRa

    Palm Springs

    247 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    247 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 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...
  9. r

    relativeunknown

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 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.
  10. PL

    PtownLover

    Palm Springs

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    German - Argentinian cuisine. Nothing fancy but good food and reasonably priced
  11. H

    Handsome

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 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.
  12. CF

    CarlF

    Palm Springs

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 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.
  13. CG

    CGould1

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very busy night but service was still good and the food excellent!
  14. Z

    Zack

    Palm Springs

    168 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 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.
  15. MR

    MikenRick

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 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!
  16. J

    James

    Palm Springs

    189 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 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.
  17. CF

    CarlF

    Palm Springs

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 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.
  18. NI

    NeedsImprovements

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 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.
  19. RS

    RobertS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service. Petra and Chef Hector are the best. Friendly and accommodating with special requests..
  20. j

    jackh

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great local restaurant. Good portions for share. Overall excellent choice with reasonable prices
  21. FF

    FoodFanForever

    Palm Springs

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 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.
  22. j

    jade

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The very best apple strudel in the area.
  23. IP

    tcInPS

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 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.
  24. J

    Jimmy

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff! Friendly and attentive! Varied menu and great preparation! We will definitely return! Thank you!
  25. D

    Diner

    New York Area

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Servers could use a bit more training, but the food is excellent.
  26. p

    psguy

    Palm Springs

    324 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    324 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 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.
  27. d

    debb

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 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.
  28. DD

    DeborahD

    Chicago

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 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!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 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!
  30. s

    smfguy

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 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.
  31. R

    Rita

    Palm Springs

    151 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Service was great but they were out of sauerbratten and meatloaf, exactly what we came for. Very disappointing.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Bonta is exceptional!!! Chef Hector and Petra are the greatest hosts, we love going there !!
  33. p

    paulb

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 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.
  34. D

    David

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 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.
  35. CF

    CarlF

    Palm Springs

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 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.
  36. S

    Sharing

    Palm Springs

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, very attentive service. We went for the first time and will definitely come back.
  37. E

    Elsa

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 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 & BarResponded on December 1, 2018Dear 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.

  38. E

    Esalita

    Vancouver

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 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 & BarResponded on December 1, 2018Dear 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.

  39. TP

    TonyP

    Los Angeles

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most delicious food in the valley. Great family owned and run! We will be back soon!
  40. LI

    LITTLE

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE, EXTENSIVE GREAT MENU,FOOD WAS AMAZING

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Bonta Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cathedral Canyon Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Cathedral City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, Argentinean, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is Parking in front of our restaurant as well in a large Parking structure behind the restaurant accessible via Avenida Lalo Guerro. Since the new CVREP theater just opened up their is valet parking available as well in front of building at this time at no cost to customer.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hector Salvatierra

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 832-6100

  • Catering

    We offer onsite and offsite custom catering. Please contact us at 760-832-6100

  • Private party facilities

    for private parties please contact us directly at 760-832-6100

  • Private party contact

    Hector or Petra Salvatierra: (760) 832-6100

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