Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine

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Family owned & operated, Catalan is situated on HWY 111 in Rancho Mirage. The restaurant specializes in Western Mediterranean cuisine bringing forth tastes from Italy & Spain. Known to offer one of the most authentic Paella and Spanish Tapas experience in the Desert.
The decor provides a rustic yet modern atmosphere that is bound to make you have a comprehensive experience of the food. We take immense pride in our FOH & BOH staff who are very committed to offering you the best quality of food and service.
The adjacent Boqueria Bar specializes in house-made infusions drinks like the Pineapple Infused Vodka, Cucumber Collins and more. As well as different innovative cocktails such as the popular Pomegranate & Basil Martini.

Awards:
Palm Springs Best New Restaurant of the Year 2012.
RAMMY Award - Best Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2014.
Palm Springs Life Best of the Best 2014.
Palm Springs LIfe Best Mediterranean Restaurant 2015.

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Ring in the New Year with us! Offering a fixed menu only for $125++ per person. Inclusive of champagne toast & Kal David live band from 9pm - 1am. Party favors, fabulous music & food and a full bar. What more can you ask for? View our selections online.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been to Catalan many times before and have always been very satisfied with the overall experience. This time we were accompanied by our neighbors and had another good dinner. They ordered the paella for two and they had enough leftover to take home. Very satisfying to them. My wife and I ordered the beef short ribs and had different results. Hers was very tender and didn't have much fat but mine was just the opposite not so tender and a little too much fat. Couldn't figure out why since I assumed they were cooked at the same time. The price per glass of wine is overpriced. You'd be better off ordering the bottle but we weren't in the mood for a full bottle.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded a day ago

It's always a pleasure to serve you luvitalian! I'm thrilled your friends enjoyed the paella. I'm sorry your short ribs did not meet your expectations. Our goal is to create a wonderful culinary experience for our guests. If you would like to discuss your evening further, please contact Cynthiadavis@catalanrestaurant. I hope to see you again soon. - Drew Davis, Chef

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PS
Palm Springs
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went with some friends for an early bite. Quickly seated and ordered a good bottle of wine. Everyone had something different and no food went uneaten. Server was always attentive to our needs. I had the Jadori chicken with an ample side of carrots. seasoned correctly and cooked just right. The others had salmon, short ribs and scallops; all prepared perfectly and brought to our table hot. I want to come back and try the all you can eat tapas that is served in the bar area. All and all a very good evening and restaurant.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded 3 days ago

PSRod, I couldn’t have ask for a better review than this – thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful feedback with us! It was a pleasure hosting your group, and it’s great to hear that you are such a fan of our place. I hope we have the pleasure of hosting you again soon! Cheers, Drew Davis – Chef

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was not what I expected as I have been to the restaurant before. The first time was extremely good and food was excellent. This time, eh! not so much. Service was okay, but almost as if they were indifferent to us being there. The paella was mediocre when in the past it had been superb. Not good quality for the money.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded a day ago

MikeG - I appreciate your feedback and apologize that we did not meet your expectations. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at cynthiadavis@catalanrestaurant. We hope you'll give us another chance to WOW you! - Drew Davis, Chef

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday night fried chicken special. Delicious food very pleasant and attentive staff. Will definitely visit this restaurant often!!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on December 4, 2019

BruceS - I am thrilled to hear that our place has made your short list of go-to places! It's truly a pleasure to cook for you, and hope to do it again soon. Your support means everything to us, so thanks for spreading the work. Cheers! - Drew Davis, Chef

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RM
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always at Catalan! I highly recommend this restaurant.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on December 4, 2019

RonM - We love having you visit! Honest-to-goodness Spanish cooking is what we're all about - and it sounds like your experience lived up to every word. I can't wait to have you back! - Drew Davis, Chef

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I was disappointed with the Paella but my husband said the scallops were very good and our friend enjoyed the short ribs. Also the live guitar music was very nice.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on December 2, 2019

I appreciate your feedback. We cook with the intention of offering Catalan flavors with California flair. We’re taking classic recipes and putting our own spin on them. I hope that you will give us another chance to show you this! Take care, Drew Davis – Chef

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L
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

A bit too pretentious for us - we are totally in to cooking at home so we expect dining out to be a real treat. Food was good (not great), presentation was beautiful. The menu was pricey for what they offered.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 30, 2019

LisaL - I appreciate your feedback. We cook with the intention of offering Catalan flavors with California flair. We're taking classic recipes and putting our own spin on them. I hope you will give us another chance to show you this! Take care. - Drew Davis, Chef

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D
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is alwways creative and very well presented, not to mention VERY TASTY! I LOVE Catalan!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 26, 2019

StuartD - I am thrilled to hear that CATALAN has made your short list of go-to places! It's truly a pleasure to cook for you, and we hope to do it again soon. Your support means everything to us! Cheers! - Drew Davis - Chef

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MD
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice ambiance and the Paella was marvelous! Servings were large.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 22, 2019

MikeD, thanks for being such a fan of what we do here! Hope you';; be back our way again soon. - Drew Davis, Chef

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AH
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First visit. Nice ambiance, friendly staff. Interesting combinations - I would say more “ Spanish” than Mediterranean. I had the diver scallops w/ Brussel sprouts & squash puree. Friends had paella - looked like a small serving but neither (both men) finished. Said good taste, but dry. My scallops done perfectly and beautifully presented. However, pricing was high compared to other area restaurants for dinner. I’d say tapas offerings are better value for what you get.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for stopping by AnnH! I appreciate your feedback. Hoping to see you again soon! - Drew Davis, Chef

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MH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Paella was not our favorite...smoked sausage flavor was too overpowering. Scallops were outstanding...beef cheek was not a fav either... olives were fabulous!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 22, 2019

MarlaH, I appreciate your feedback. It's great to hear that you are a fan of our scallops and olives. We cook with the intention of offering Catalan flavors with California flair. We're taking classic recipes and putting our own spin on them. I hope that you will give us another chance to show you this! Take care, Drew Davis- Chif

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OT
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We sat out in the courtyard. There was a guitar player near the bar at the front door. Food and service were good, I just thought the prices were a little high.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 18, 2019

I appreciate your feedback. It’s great to hear that you are a fan of our food and service! We cook with the intention of offering Catalan flavors with California flair. We’re taking classic recipes and putting our own spin on them. I hope that you will give us another chance to show you this! Take care, Drew Davis – Chef

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D
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i had read some reviews and we found the service to above and beyond. our birthday person was greeted how are you enjoying you birthday. food was great.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 18, 2019

Our goals are fabulous food and service, always, so I’m thrilled you experienced both, thomasD! Looking forward to seeing you and yours soon. Salud! Drew Davis, Chef

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FM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We are in the atrium because it’s not as noisy and it doesn’t get crowded till later. It was very nice.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 18, 2019

FernM I am glad that you’re such a fan of our patio, and service! I’m looking forward to cooking for you again soon. Thanks for making my Monday even better! – Drew Davis, Chef

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GF
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service! Terrific regular “go to” spot in the Rancho Mirage/ Palm Desert area!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 11, 2019

GaryF, I am thrilled to hear that our place has made your short list of go-to places! It’s truly a pleasure to cook for you, and hope to do it again soon. Your support means everything to us, so thanks for spreading the word. Cheers! Drew Davis – Chef

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I don't understand how anyone insists on opening a Spanish food restaurant without having much idea of ​​what it means. When I ordered jabugo ham they brought a cheap prosciutto that if you are not from Spain you do not find out and they cheat you. The music they play live has nothing to do with Spanish music, the atmosphere, the decoration are not referents either. The wine selection is fine. The Menu does not convince me. I am not sure if I will be back.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 11, 2019

JavierV, it is unfortunate to hear this was your experience. We truly apologize for not meeting your expectations. Please contact me at cynthiadavis@catalanrestaurant. I would like to hear more about your particular visit and resolve this particular situation. Looking forward to hearing from you. Drew Davis, Chef

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Waitress was not great. Food was.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 11, 2019

You rock, thanks for sharing your experience. Let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to discuss. You may reach out team at cynthiadavis@catalanrestaurant. Saludos! Chef - Drew Davis

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C
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The decor and ambiance are lovely, and exceeded only by the welcoming and attentive staff. We sat outside in an interior courtyard under an early evening sky. The food—paella and fried chicken—were tasty. We were pleasantly surprised with a caramel custard dessert to mark our special occasion. We plan to return for Happy Hour to try the tapas special.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 6, 2019

Crabcakes , I’m touched by your incredible compliments! Thanks for taking the time to share this review with me. It sounds like you all enjoyed everything you ordered, -- you can’t go wrong with (whatever they ordered that made reference to.) Cheers, Drew Davis, Chef.

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LR
Palm Springs
35 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu items. We always enjoy this restaurant, food is flavorful, service is good and we like the atmosphere.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 6, 2019

LRoss, I am thrilled to hear that our place has made your short list of go-to places! It’s truly a pleasure to cook for you, and hope to do it again soon. Your support means everything to us, so thanks for spreading the word. Cheers! Drew Davis – Chef

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RM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Short Rib undercooked and tough. Brussels sprouts raw and when sent back to be promised crispy came after rest of meal was done. Server was pleasant and prompt. Great interior courtyard seating.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 8, 2019

RobertM - It is unfortunate to hear this was your experience. We truly apologize for not meeting your expectations. Please contact me at cynthiadavie@catalanrestaurant I would like to hear more about your particular visit and resolve this particular situation. Looking forward to hearing from you. Drew Davis, Chef

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World team tennis dinner. The atrium was perfect for our group. We loved the crispy potatoes

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thanks for stopping by! Always nice to hear great feedback like this, so I really appreciate you taking the time to review us. I look forward to welcoming you back in soon! – Drew Davis, Chef

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KT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food excellent
Service fait

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 8, 2019

You rock, thanks for sharing your experience. Let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to discuss. You may reach out team at cynthiadavis@catalanrestaurant Saludos! Chef - Drew Davis

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RK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! Service and food were excellent. We will be back!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for stopping by Carl! Hoping to see you again soon. – Drew Davis, Chef.

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EB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place hits all the marks. A hidden gem with amazing food. Service was on point, music was lovely and the staff had a grace to themselves that complemented the flavors here. Best paella I've had in years. Definitely worth visiting!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on November 8, 2019

EdwardB -I am thrilled to hear that our place has made your short list of go-to places! It’s truly a pleasure to cook for you, and hope to do it again soon. Your support means everything to us, so thanks for spreading the word. Cheers! Drew Davis – Chef

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j
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent food. Service was warm and smooth. Our second time visiting and we wish we could go every week!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

I absolutely love your enthusiasm! Thanks for giving us a chance, and for sharing this feedback with us. I look forward to hosting you again soon – hope you have a wonderful week! – Drew Davis, Chef

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! I recommend for everyone to go

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Wow what a review! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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DD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. The chef came to clarify and ensure that the dietary allergy of my wife was completely managed. An Oscar for the chef! The Paella was very fine provided one really likes the chorizo content. It reduced the flavour of the shrimp, mussels, etc. The salmon was Awesome. My wife really enjoyed it and the portion was handsome!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

I am a big believer in hearty portions, so I am glad you left feeling happy and full, Derek. Thanks for spending your evening with us! – Drew Davis, Chef

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k
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice evening out with friends. I loved the salmon and the cabbage side!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thanks for stopping by Karen. Always nice to hear great feedback like this, so I really appreciate you taking the time to review us. I look forward to welcoming you back in soon. – Drew Davis, Chef

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place with incredible food!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you for coming by! We’re thrilled you’re a fan. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. – Drew Davis, Chef

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SR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner. Visiting from PA

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for this feedback, Sarah! We are so grateful that you choose to support local businesses by dining with us. We’ll keep up the good work, so I hope you’ll keep coming back! – Drew Davis, Chef

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and great time!!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Wow what a review! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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c
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything under the control of the restaurant was fine.There was a family at a table near us whom had a young child who was very loud and disruptive for other patrons trying to have a quiet meal. Not sure how
this can be controlled by restaurant staff but this made what should have been a delightful evening into a
night we will remember form the wrong reasons.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Charles, We apologize and thank you for stopping by! Hoping to see you again soon. – Drew Davis, Chef.

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, excellent food never disappointed

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Wow what a review, your support and admiration for our food mean everything! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! – Drew Davis, Chef

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DW
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Been here a few times and always special.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Our goals is fabulous food and service, always, so I’m thrilled you experienced both, David! Our tapas and bottles of wine are perfect for sharing with friends, too. Looking forward to seeing you and yours soon. Salud! -Drew Davis, Chef

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JA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD REALLY GOOD! SERVICE, EVEN BETTER! THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT!

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Wow what a review, your support and admiration for our food mean everything! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! – Drew Davis, Chef

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SA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to celebrate in style this is where you go. Excellent food, drinks, dessert and service

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

We are so happy to see reviews like this, Sahar! We hope to see you in again soon. – Drew Davis, Chef

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SM
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good option. Healthy, well prepared Spanish cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Favorite dishes for us on the current menu are the Scallops, Roasted Chicken and Veal Milanese. Tapas are a fun way to start the meal...fried calamari, empanadas and chorizo are highly recommended. Complimentary bread with almond pesto is also delicious.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Wow what a review! Thanks for sharing it with us! Come back soon.

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a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing find...... The food, presentation and service was impeccable .
Started with a charcuterie board with amazing fresh meats imported from Spain a homemade mustard and honey side sauce , relish.
Main enters were big portions, scallops, hanger steak , linguine pesto and shrimp each better than the other.
Dessert Fresh mango sorbet, salted caramel custard delicious...
Super service and recommendations from waiter Juan Pablo added to a great evening
Great atmosphere , lovely courtyard , great bar ..... cant wait to go back

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Wow what a review, your support and admiration for our food mean everything! Looking forward to seeing you again soon for one of our new charcuterie boards offered! – Drew Davis, Chef

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! Lots of GF options. The service is excellent and prices are below what I would expect for such quality. I highly recommend Catalan.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you for stopping by, Mike! Hoping to see you again soon. – Drew Davis, Chef.

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LQ
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Couples Dinner. Our first time there. The food was very good but pretty expensive. We were surprised by the quiet atmosphere. Overall we were a little disappointed.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thanks for being such a fan of what we do here, Mike. Hope you’ll be back our way again soon for our All You Can Eat Tapas! – Drew Davis, Chef

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