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Cantala at Riviera Palm Springs

3.7
581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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(760) 778-6659
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Resort Casual
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Neighborhood
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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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Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Good food, good service.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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1.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on January 1, 2018

No service whatsoever. Very poorly managed.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2017

The decor is cute and the staff is friendly. The food is expensive and it's nothing spectacular. The cocktail cost me $18.00 and it was awful.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2017

We were disappointed, first by the fact that we were looking for Cantala's predecessor, Circa 59. Nowhere on any of the sites we reviewed did we learn that Circa 59 is no more, but is now Cantala. So the next disappointment was the menu we expected to find, but didn't. Cantala's menu is rather limited. Two bright spots - a descent-sized pour of wine, and an excellent Caesar salad. The pork meatball appetizer and the mushroom pizza were ok. The sausage and broccoli rabe pasta was described as having a pesto sauce, but I found no trace of pesto - just a good half cup of olive oil in the bottom of the dish. The service was, to say the least, "unhurried."

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

They have a beautiful patio with a romantic atmosphere for a date. The food was good, service was excellent and the restaurant is reasonably priced for a very nice experience.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2017

I remember in past years the food being excellent, it was not. I love this restaurant for the outdoor fire pit experience, instead they sat us indoors with an ugly plastic tarp pulled down to look at instead of the lovely pool/outdoor where we preferred to sit. Made reservation a long time in advance yet others had priority to sit outside. Pizza ordered was tasteless, my brothers $48 steak was way over cooked. My sisters pasta was suppose to have shrimp and scallops - not one scallop and mostly tomatoes, and LAST but NOT LEAST the RED wine was served COLD. We inquired about it and they said they keep their red wines at 64 degrees - $12 glasses of wine was well colder than 64 degrees and not enjoyable to drink what-so-ever. I saved coming here for a special BD occasion while here for 2 months - the place is remodeled and I wonder if they have an overhaul of entire restaurant too?

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2017

The restaurant has recently opened where Cirque59 was. We ordered the calamari for the group as it sounded interesting, however it smelled burned. The reason is that the onions were cut too thin and we're not coated like the rest of the dish. It was also under seasoned and the capers were all at the bottom. We all ordered the well dressed Caesar salad. Chopped leaves were dressed with an anchovy based dressing but this too lacked seasoning and we couldn't taste any garlic salt or pepper. Add-ons were in small containers located around the plate, which was a nice touch. We then waited for 1/2 hour before out plates were cleared and another 15 to 20 minutes for our entrees. We all generally liked our entrees, but again no seasoning. The chicken Milanese was done well - no seasoning again - and the rocket and fennel salad that accompanied the dish was outstanding and should be a stand alone salad choice. The pastas were a bit above average, and the branzino while good was way over salted. No dessert as it was already 2:45 hours into this meal. Service needs work, tweaking of the menu to check for seasoning should be standard, and the wine list is limited (but some nice choices). Since this relatively new, may try again after a period of time.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Very good food for the price. Waiters and hostess very nice and caring. I would suggest a bit larger menu. Otherwise I very much enjoyed the dinner.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Food was so uninspired and completely mediocre, we felt annoyed after eating here.

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