Cantala at Riviera Palm Springs

3.3
607 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was too salty and heavy.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

no heating in the restaurant. bizarre, so we left. it wes freezing

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Closed for business. It doesn’t exist.

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LW
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So we turned up for our booking at Cantala restaurant, which we chose because we had seen good reviews and because we had looked into the room a couple of days previously whilst visiting the hotel's pool cafe for lunch.

When we arrived we were told that the restaurant was no longer being used for dinner and that we would be seated in the Cafe Palmetto next door. This room had all the ambiance of a hospital canteen, bright lights and only one table occupied. They suggested we try the bar instead, but this was even worse.

So we left, hungry and very disappointed at being so misled. It being the 23rd of December we were unable to dine anywhere else worth visiting.

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RZ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had to provide low ratings b cause this restaurant, Cantala, no longer exists, despite accepting my reservation! Instead, we were seated in an adjacent restaurant cafe, Palmetto, which is located in a cold hallway with less than average food!

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Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Thanksgiving Day menu was absolutely delicious. And a great price to boot. The ambiance was pleasant and noise level low to array on good conversation.

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Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure why most of the bathrooms were out of order. I was sent to the back of the pool area, in the dark, with no signage of where I was going, to find a restroom. Of course by the time I found my way back to our table, our food had arrived, and getting cold.

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KM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were staying at the hotel and had a credit to the restaurant and our experience was amazing! It was our anniversary so they gave us each a free glass of champagne. The food was very well priced and delicious! We both got a steak and it comes with your choice of a veggie, a sauce, and some type of potato. Our server was also excellent and so friendly which made the experience so much better. The atmosphere was great since it wasn’t super fancy but the quality was definitely there, and just what we were looking for. Will definitely be back!

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G
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

This place could be great. It’s a cool location and interesting room but the food and drink was subpar. You need to know how to make an old fashioned if you’re a bartender. The food was not prepared well and was just not good. Our server was really nice but that didn’t help the food.

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SP
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit and we were able to have a nice not rushed experience. Weather allowing, outdoors would be perfect. I really enjoyed my dinner, other guests not as happy as I was.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here was wonderful. They setup the private dining room and made our dinner extra special as we were celebrating two birthdays. The food was great and our server was very attentive and patient with us. Will be back!

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

There was a distinct lack of air conditioning during our dinning experience. We know that it was on the hottest day, this year. We were surprised as to how difficult it was to enjoy our meal. I should have realized this and have our party of 4 leave and take ourselves to a locale that would have accorded our comfort while dinning. The dinning room felt at least 80 degrees. The food was very good, service was good, and the dinning ambience very poor. Please fix this issue or just close for the season.

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CF
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loud with another group and splash house

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OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hadn’t been there in awhile
It’s a little gem, steak was done very nice, desert was good
The service personnel were too eager to clean up though :)

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great night! We came with a group of of 7 and they were totally accomodating...we even had to push the reservation by an hour and they ere happy to do so. The food was enjoyable, the service was attentive, and the drinks were perfect. And they didn't double the price of everything just because it's at a hotel. I would definitely come back here again!

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l
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Horrible experience. I would not eat here again, and do not recommend this restaurant. We often stay at the Riviera but had never eaten dinner at the restaurant. The food was good, but the service was horrible. Took forever for our entree to come out and our waitress disappeared and never returned, even after we asked 3 separate people to go get her so we could order more drinks. The manager was apologetic and professional. Very disappointing.

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g
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

What a disappointment not anymore what it used to be. Very limited menu on a piece of dirty paper. Waiter did not know what he was doing except chit chatting with the other waitresses in the back. The food was ok but not for that price point. This time we rented a house but coming back in August and had a reservation at the Rivera hotel. I will cancel that since I’m scared now the hotel is gotten as bad as the restaurant

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MJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my bachelorette party dinner here and it was amazing! Everyone kept saying it was the perfect spot.

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RL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There was not much consistency with service or food quality. My husbands meal was excellent and mine was awful. Several friends actually felt quite ill after eating. While our staff was friendly he seemed run off his feet so wasn't able to give great service and forgot a few things...perhaps they were under staffed. The room itself was nice and the hotel is lovely.

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FD
Palm Springs
257 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is yet another lovely dining spots within Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. Though arriving vrey late for our reservation, the staff was quite pleasant throughtful. it’s a great addiition to Palm Sorings📈

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JB
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, super friendly staff, they specifically acknowledged us as locals and thanked us for our patronage. The food was all excellent, truly a great meal and an overall amazing experience. We will definitely be back again and again !!!

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JE
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This was a business trip and the conference was being held on-site. Because we came in a day early, we decided to try the Cantala despite the reviews. That was a poor decision. It took nearly an hour for our steaks (there were four of us) to be delivered to the table and was brought out by the manager that apologized for the wait and promised that the steaks were cooked to perfection and worth the wait. Well... three of the four plates were in correct and/or missing items. One steak, that was ordered as medium was so over cooked that it could hardly be sliced and another ordered a filet but received a flat iron cut which was not eaten. That manager that made the promise never came back to the table and the unbeaten steak was cleared without question as to why it was not eaten and of course we were charged for all four steaks. The server did comp the $11 appetizer vs. the $27 uneaten steak.
Would not recommend eating here. It’s worrh the Uber / Lyft to go find something different. Even if only a McDonalds.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantata is quite possibly the best patio in Palm Springs. It is beautifully decorated with perfect lighting for dinner. The food and drinks are really well done and the service was great. Whenever we are in Palm Springs we make sure to go for dinner.

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AG
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Loved the outside ambiance.

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Palm Springs
65 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Outside patio was really dirty covered in dead leaves and stains on tiles. Moved to inside which was very quiet and pleasant. Server was very inexperienced but tried hard and always had a smile. Wine was reasonably priced and served cold with an ice bucket. Salad was excellent. Main. Course fish and chips were not so good. Soggy undercooked fries. Nice batter on the fish but the fish itself was mushy- probably frozen, and little flavour. Dessert was nothing special.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was nice but service and food were just ok . There were items that were forgotten and I had to almost walk in the kitchen to find someone to bring out the rest of our order. I waited at our table for so long and didn’t see our waitress or another employee so I went in search of someone.
Also, we had an incident with a spilled glass of water and the waitress that brought us additional napkins didn’t remove the huge pile of napkins we had used up that were in the center of the table or offer any assistance with all the wet table mats we were holding in our hands.
We will not be returning.

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s
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, this is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at and I’m 68 years old who considers herself a gourmand of sorts with discerning taste for quality food and creative presentation. My husband and I ate here twice — dinner on food Friday and then easter dinner. I ordered the braised short ribs on Good Friday and quite frankly, I’ve never had better— the meat just fell off the bone. My husband has the oven roasted pork t-bone which he said was moist and cooked to perfection. On easter, I had the Caesar salad with chicken — the dressing was amazing!! My husband decided on the pappardelle with chicken and he said it was just fabulous— almost too much to eat the portion was so large.

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AM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

The kitchen was very slow tonight. We waited an hour for a pizza. Our server was very polite and did keep us informed to the best of his abilities. Still and hour and a half for everyone to be served was excessive.

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TB
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We took another couple to dinner here and enjoyed meeting the manager. The food we ordered for 3 of the 4 of us was quite good however the service was extremely slow and our waitperson pretty much neglected us the entire evening. The 4th meal was totally incorrect and when sent back, all they changed was one of the sides - still the wrong entree. It might not have been so bad had we been served in a timely manner but it took well over an hour after having our salads to get our entrees. Thankfully the manager came by and apologized but the server never really apologized and we are not sure where the foul up occurred. We will go back and give it another try maybe with a different server.

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SV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family group of 11, everyone enjoyed the delicious food. Lovely space, great value, great service. Loved it.

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HP
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Super cute space inside the hotel. The servers were nice, just absolutely forgetful or something...they had to be asked twice for the menus for kids, 3 times for the bread they offered us, 2 times for the glass of wine I ordered (I ordered a cocktail first but didn't drink it as it tasted like just soda water - I didn't want to give them another reason to give poor service so didn't say anything and just ordered a glass of wine instead). The food was fine - nothing impressive - crab cakes were super salty and the one of the kids ordered salmon, which she usually loves, but wouldn't eat it (she said it tasted "farm raised" so that may just be a picky/specific palate). The kids meals came with ice cream sundaes but they took forever to arrive (but they did look amazing!). I would understand if the restaurant was busy, but there were several empty tables.
Nice enough staff, just seemed like maybe they were all new or just not that on it that night!

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Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Menu was limited and then wrong entree served to my husband . So in lieu of dining together my husband watched me eat, then I watched him. And for this the waitress proudly announced that she didn’t charge us for the bottle of water we drank. !!!!! (Charged for wine and food though)

My advice—-Have a drink in the bar and then head out for dinner.

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AD
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Tried the restaurant 1959 dinner special and the bbq ribs were quite tasty. Service was a little off, but nothing that got in the way of having a good time. The value of the meal was excellent.

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GM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service.

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LS
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Hi we were there for a nice evening dinner, the waiter was very quick right on top of things at first and the soup was wonderful but we had to wait an hour for our main entrée and by the time it came we were so full of bread that we could not eat our meal. They had a large table and served the large table 1st because we had ordered soup. They were very apologetic and gave us a free dessert so they were very nice. The fillet was good but not great, the mashed potatoes were awesome!

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F
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this place.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the private dining room. The heat was not on in the room, and the music system wasn’t working, so we played some music on a friend’s iPhone. They sat us next to a door that didn’t seal, so it was very cold. We asked to be moved, and they accommodated is by moving us away from the draft. We finally just turned on the heat ourselves, and it was fine after about 20 minutes. Overall, the experience felt a little clunky and sad. Not a good way to wrap up our trip to Palm Springs.

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KS
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food has improved from our last visit. They have a new menu compared to our prior visits and we were pleased with the quality and flavor of the meal. Our server was a bit slow getting our first round of cocktails - as if she had forgotten about us. Overall the service could have been better, especially considering it wasn't overly busy. We do like the ambiance here, especially on the patio. Now that the food is improved, we will be back.

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C
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was a real disappointment!!

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OT
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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