Cafe Palmetto at Riviera Palm Springs

3.8
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33 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian

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Young, bright and light-hearted, Cafe Palmetto plays with mixed geometries, scale and fun pop-art inspired colors. From the graphic Matthew Williamson palm wall covering to touches of navy and grass green throughout the space invites you in for a happy and healthy meal. Café Palmetto is open for breakfast and lunch offering simple, clean and bold flavors of California. Bring your friends and spend some time in our casual café or beautiful outdoor patio overlooking our pool deck for dishes that embody seasonality and ingenuity.
What 33 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.7
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Located in a hotel
Hard to find

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Positive:
First I’ll start by stating the food itself is not bad. I came this past Sunday for brunch with some friends, and all of us enjoyed our meal. The time it took from ordering our food to the food arriving at our table was the most prompt service we received the entire time we were there.
The ambiance (outside patio) was wondering. The outdoor patio is comfortable and chic. The decor on the inside of the hotel gives you a mid century modern feel and is fun to stroll through and see the refurbishment the hotel underwent.

Negative:
From the moment we pulled up to valet we should have known that customer service was not a priority at the Riviera. The valets seemed to have no urgency in helping anyone. A group of them stood around chit chatting as cars pulled up, not interested in extending a helpful hand.
When we got to Cafe Palmetto the hostess was rude, simply stating my reservation could not be found. No, apology or rectification-Just sorry we don’t have you on our list. Usually a restaurant that cares about customer service would have said “I can’t seem to find your reservation but don’t worry we can get you seated in just a moment” I instead had to then ask if there was a table available. Another woman jumped in and said there was a table available and that we could be seated.
Once seated it took almost 15 minutes for our server to come to the table. Nonchalant at that as if he was too busy to do his actual job. We ordered drinks and flagged him down again so we could order our breakfast. Once our food came, which was brought by a “runner” (thank goodness or who knows how long we would have waited) we never saw our waiter again. There was no “how is everything”, “ can I get you anything else”, refills on drinks.... nothing. The waiter finally brought us our check and again, he never returned. I had to track someone down to actually pay my bill. In the downtown Palm Springs setting, on a holiday weekend, I expected more. It’s a shame really!

GC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a pleasant outdoor experience. The service is courteous, fast and the food is delicious.

KL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and best service
This is the best hotel for the service provided

PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, good food and very pleasant service. We will revert.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Promptly seated. Food is nicely prepared and played it. Several people checking on our dining experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived at the The Riviera...had reservations for 11pm Saturday night. Showed up and they were closed!!! Why would you make the time available if you’re closed!!!

a
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Saw the pics of this restaurant online. Looked beautiful and serene. When we arrived, there was a private party blaring horrible music like you were in a bar. To be specific, there were playing line dance songs like crazy chicken, etc. Our server was great and attentive, the hostess was pleasant but the whole expertise felt like the hard Rock Cafe in Palm springs before it closed. And that place should've been closed like 5 years ago. I did like the lobby walk and the Slim Aaron's photos featured among different mid-century furniture vignettes.

b
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Restaurant Week 2019 luncheon here! Maria, our server was delightful and provided excellent service. The food was terrific, and of course a bargain during Restaurant Week. Highly recommend!

HH
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Restaurant Week Lunch is the best deal around!

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was great food and great atmosphere

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our server was so sweet. I don’t remember is his name, unfortunately, but he was wonderful. We went on a Sunday morning so it was pretty crowded with the Buffett going on as well, but with the Opentable reservation, we were seated right away.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was slow. Food was mediocre, not bad but for the price I would expect a bit more.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Birthday
But we asked for a candle on a dessert and never got it.

RT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor setting, ate off the appetizer menu and the three items we ordered were delicious and priced Right. I'm already planning my next visit and recommending to others. I'm a local.

RM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic spot for late afternoon lunch. Beautiful outdoor seating and a charming server. The salmon lomi lomi, shrimp scampi and parmasan fries were delicious.

c
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delightful breakfast! The avocado toast was delicious. My husband had the eggs Benedict... nothing was left on his plate!!! Beautiful eating area. Very Miami feeling!! Service was great!! Can’t wait to go back!!

G
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe Palmetto is a quiet, shady, fun place to go for a nice lunch. Food was excellent, service (Chase) was perfect! Avocado toast was delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The napkins were dirty. Spoons dirty. I order an entree salad that was about 8 bites. Was overpriced for what you got. I would not recommend.

S
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were disappointed. Service was nominal, food choices just ok. We felt rushed, like everyone was at the end of their shift. We went for the ambiance but that was overshadowed by a lower than expected experience.

S
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Very small portions for the price.
Nice new decor but we won’t be back.

D
Palm Springs
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There were sliding glass doors directly in front of our booth. Although there were heaters in the outside area it was quite cold when waiters entered and exited the restaurant. That was really disappointing bc the rest of the evening was fantastic. Great service and food. Even the ambiance was lovely. At the end of the day the cold weather (while seated indoors) was just plain uncomfortable.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great private room for family reunion dinner.

SP
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready, seated off in a quiet corner as requested. Our server Maria could not have been nicer and the food was great. Some of us ordered all carte, some had buffet. All were completely satisfied with the meal.

KP
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with friend. Great waiter, Salvador, was polite, positive attitude and efficient. Look forward to returning soon.

NH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my experience here. We were staying at the hotel and it was both fun and sunny

LA
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Restaurant Week prix fixe lunch, but ended up getting the Sunday Brunch buffet instead because it look very good. It was. Excellent omelet station with good ingredients (the omelet maker made me a yummy one stuffed with mushrooms!).

Also, great grilled veggies, including excellent asparagus and red peppers.

Finished off with nice ripe fruit and very fresh pastries and danishes.

r
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent breakfast buffet in an iconic Palm Springs hotel. They have beautiful grounds. It was difficult to find a parking spot though since they had a special event while we were there.

BE
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

All was great except for an annoying fly that wouldn't give up attacking our food.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s was very nice.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Among other things, we were served fish tacos with a shredded rubber glove in them.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had Easter Brunch / three courses. Checked in at The Riviera Palm Springs. Hostess was able to seat us quickly and earlier than reservation which worked out since we were waiting for our room/bell hop. Was seated inside with green/wood decor. Loved the indoor/outdoor space. Food was good/plating was traditional/clean - good size portions. We ordered salads, steak and eggs and mimosas as well as panna cotta. Main service was good. Timing was off but didn’t ruin the overall experience once we weren’t in a rush or famished. (Entrees took 40 min then dessert was served while we were still eating entree).

F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was pretty empty as summer is the season in Palm Springs, but the food was really good. I enjoyed the croissant French toast, as it was a unique find that I have never seen on a menu before.

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