Catalan is a beautiful restaurant with great dining choices. Wednesday nights all wines are 50% off. Our waiter made a great wine recommendation too.
It was an enjoyable dining experience. My sister was visiting from the Midwest. Our server took very good care of our order. Her recommendations as to he menu were wonderful. We will be back in the future.
I've never had paella before... I know, I know... have I lived under a rock?!! So with nothing to compare it to, it was Delicious! More seafood than rice and enough for two. Wine list was decent but not a lot by the glass. The ambiance was nice. I would definitely go back.
The music and food were on point, I've never had a bad meal here.
The menu was limited,but, The food and the service were exceptional. some items were seriously overpriced.
The ambiance of Catalan was delightful, both understated and elegant. The service was initially attentive then a bit aloof. The fried chicken was moist and tasty while the paella was aromatic, while the rice was crunchy and filled with fish ingredients. I did find it a bit oily however.
The management denied my use of the dining discount card I brought as it was a "special event" but redeemed themselves graciously with a pair of complimentary desserts. Very classy and delicious besides.
HUGE disappointment in most every respect. We likened our experience to those so often occuring in a brand new restaurant that hasn’t gotten the kinks worked out. Noisy! OMG! Imagine eating at center court of your high school gym “during the game.”
Parents, if you hate the looks and glares from diners seated around your table irritated by your brats that you are prone to ignore, take them to Catalan where no one will hear them...promise.
Menu: Very limited for what was supposed to represent tastes and dishes from the Mediterranean part of the world. Olives and bread were nice. We had three dishes - nothing special for the too much money.
Live music consisted of a wonderful solo guitar player. At times, he too could not be heard.
Another positive to share: There is plenty of FREE VALET PARKING.
We have always enjoyed our dining at Catalan, the food is terrific with a menu that updates and changes.
We are foodies who summer in Portland so we welcome having interesting, healthy and delicious ethnic food to the Coachella Valley. Catalan in our opinion is one of the best restaurants in the valley: it has great tapas, delicious paella, and many other options that are an absolute delight. We love their tempranillo wine which we always order when we eat there. The ambiance in there is great, it has warm colors and a pleasant inner courtyard. The efficient, friendly servers make it a delight to dine there. It is so special to have a great option devoted to quality food as opposed to the many restaurants around Palm Springs that often focus on volume rather than quality. I highly recommend eating here. If you want a special occasion-we haven't done this yet-but order a roast suckling pig (for 6 or more, I think you need to order it 72 hours in advance).
We have been to Catalan several times before and always enjoyed it. Therefore, we were excited to go on New Years Eve and try the special menu for that evening. To say we were disappointed would be putting it very, very mildly. The guitar music was so loud that we practically shouted to each other just to be heard. Our waiter also had to shout to take our order. Other tables around us also complained about the noise level. I asked our waiter to have the the music turned down but to no real avail. At previous outings we have ordered the Sangria pitcher which was normally rich, hardy, robust and very flavorful. This time the wine was ice diluted to the point of tastelessness, hardly any citrus slices and no coffee beans. Overall our dinner was tasty, but tepid to lukewarm at best. The top layer of the Crispy Chicken Chicharron was actually cold - not cool, cold - while the bottom layer was barely room temperature. There was no bread to accompany any portion of the the meal, not even with the roasted Bone Marrow. Previous meals have always started with a super selection of bread and olives. My wife ordered the Raw Bar (oysters and shell fish) and no crackers were served. Fortunately our server was able to scrounge up some crackers and for that effort was rewarded with a very good tip . My order of Pan Seared Foie Gras Slider was indeed seared on both the bottom and top of the slice but virtually raw in the middle. Nothing says "yummy" like a cold slice of fat. As of this writing we're not sure if we will return to Catalan. Something has definitely changed and not for the better.