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Cantala at Riviera Palm Springs

568 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Cozy
It’s all about cravings. Satisfying the ones you have, and creating sensory experiences that are totally unexpected. Fine dining is re-defined in Cantala, taking the stage with eco-friendly fish, delicious premium cuts of meat, locally grown farm fresh produce and “sharables” you’ll have difficulty, well, sharing.

Our Then & Now dinner menu features dishes popular during the ’60s, when the Rat Pack members were frequent guests, alongside contemporary American favorites. Cantala is a popular destination for both hotel guests and locals, known for its quality seafood, premium cut meats and locally grown Coachella Valley produce.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday through Thursday
5:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday through Saturday
5:30pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(760) 778-6659
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Cross street
Vista Chino
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking with restaurant validation. Enter at front entrance to Riviera Palm Springs.
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Public transit
On the weekends, Buzz Trolley offers free transportation throughout Downtown Palm Springs. There is a Trolley Stop directly across the street from the Riviera entrance.
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Private Dining

Cozy and intimate, the private dining room is a cork lined chamber with eclectic art, featuring a collection of baskets made by hand to support disadvantaged communities around the world.

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What 568 People Are Saying
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3.6  based on recent ratings
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57% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Manitoba)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Beautiful courtyard setting that was marred by squealing heaters, whining children and a very loud talker at a table placed very close - her husband cheated on her and she was not afraid to share. The restaurant was basically empty but the noise was distracting and annoying.
The menu was was underwhelming and there were no specials or additions. No sparkling wine by the glass and a poor beer selection.
The server was lovely enough but had limited knowledge of the menu and did not bring a steak knife for my husband’s lukewarm steak. That said, my salmon was delicious; I enjoyed every bite.
Overall the price was steep for a meal that we were happy to finish and leave, not to return.

5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Easy to make reservations and we even arrived a bit early and was seated right away. We came for the preset Valentine meal. Delicious and a wonderful choice of food. The ambiance on the patio is wonderful and beautiful lighting. The stray cats surprised me at first then I got used to them and seemed fine. Service was a bit slow. There were a few times no one seemed to pay attention to us. Also the music had some kind of loud whistle sound going on for awhile which was annoying. But overall definitely a beautiful setting and will surely come for a meal or appetizers again.

MikeL (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food and Service were excellent. I had a fish dish with scallops.

vipmarissa (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was extremely disappointing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a staff so careless. We waited over an hour and 45 minutes to get our food and it arrived cold and far from worth the wait. They apologized but it followed with a very weak excuse. If there was ownership I would be ok but there was none. I would never go back.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

My wife and I, made reservations for her Birthday, only to find out that there was a private wine tasting. Hostest did not apologize only told us we can sit at the bar by the lobby. Unfortunately, we did not get to experience Cantala.

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
1.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

No service whatsoever. Very poorly managed.

SB81 (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a reservation for NYE for a group of 6. We were promptly seated outside with no heater despite every other table having 2 heaters. We asked the hostess, we asked bus boys, we asked anyone that worked there for heat since it was pretty chilly that night. Everyone said they would look in to it. Eventually we were told that we had to wait for another table to finish eating and that they would bring a heater over. So an hour later we finally got a heater that died 15 minutes later and again we couldn't get a replacement tank.

When we arrived all we got was bread and water. 20 minutes later without seeing our server we asked one of the bus boys for our server. They came back and said that the server was busy and asked them to cover for him. She took our order and drinks and did a great job. Eventually our food showed up (which was delicious), but by that point I just wanted to get out of there.

JamesHunt (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent service, attentive staff, good food and reasonably priced, okay ambience. Love the hotel design and decor.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner 2017 was a bit dissapointing. Overbooked and understaffed. Main dish was sold out (lamb), and we got salmon (which was good) and steak (too well done) in stead. Also sparkling wine was sold out (!?), except for a cheap spanish option which they tried to pour us as if it were mumm napa (hiding the etiquette). Poor waiter was busy serving many tables, and made mistakes with our bill. At the end the dinner was ok value for money after complaining about the bill, but didn't meet the ezpectations for a pre-booked christmas dinner.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

The chicken was perfectly cooked - tender and juicy and served with roasted Brussel sprouts!
Our waitress was the best and very attentive.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

DK was an awesome waiter. The food was excellent. The ambiance was relaxing and quiet. It would have been nice to have some soft music in the background. I was surprised to see a dog in the restaurant and then a hotel cat, but they weren't really bothersome.

Great birthday dinner for my man.

vipDandyandy (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

The host did not show my reservation but it wasn't an issue as we were the only couple in the restaurant for about 45 minutes, when a 2nd couple arrived. The menu has changed from Italian centric to more generic with a steak house focus, but the pasta was excellent nonetheless. Service was friendly.

vipNini (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

We stayed at The Riviera and tried their new fine dining restaurant. We have stayed there several times and loved the previous restaurant, Circa 50-something.....
The new Cantala looks the same, albeit not as clean and tidy. The menu, at first glance, looks like a fine selection of California cuisine. The product is unimaginative at best, however. My husband's pork chop was grossly undercooked (oozing blood around the bone) and, when pointed out to the waiter, he made no effort to send it back and/or replace it. Never mind crediting anything on the tab! Overall, it was a disappointment and, given all the choices in PS, we would not return.

vipTomJ (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

Service was horrid ... no greeter, no water and when we complained the menu was incomplete... because the featured "then & now" menu referring to Sinatra's favorites was not present --- the waiter said they need to update that ... offered no apology OR personality to offset their gaffe.... and then served the most grisly steak I have had in years. Run don't walk away from the awlful place.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

DK was our server and he was WONDERFUL! I loved the food, service and decor. I will be back!

MundayNightLife (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Our experience was great. The food was top notch, service was excellent, and the people watching at the pool was very entertaining! We will definitely be back.

vipDandyandy (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

Wonderful, imaginative preparation of classic Italian dishes served in a suitably contemporary setting. Portions are quite large, so I suggest sharing dishes or be prepared for take home bags.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2017

We eat here every time we're in Palm Springs. Always a great meal. DK is our favorite waiter. Friendly and knowledgeable.

WendyJune78 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

My boyfriend and I stayed at the resort for his birthday and made reservations for Saturday at 7:30, which is when we arrived. I was very excited about this place after seeing all the photos of the patio and the menu online. Despite the restaurant being largely empty, we were told we should come back later so the servers could catch up. We came back at 8, and were told we "might want to wait a little longer." We were finally seated around 8:15. We had the Tuna Crudo as an appetizer, which tasted a little fishier than it should've. We had the Brussels sprouts, which were rather bland. Even more bland was the Saffron Tagliatelle. It was surprisingly tasteless, even after adding a generous amount of salt and pepper. I pretty much stopped eating it because it wasn't worth the calories! The pizza and the Mac n cheese that came with the chicken were very good and the best thing about dinner. Overall, I wish we would've eaten somewhere downtown. The experience was just disappointing for what we paid and expected.

vipDave (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Heat lamps don't work. Stay inside if it's windy!