Chez Pierre Bistro

4.8
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900 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Chez Pierre Bistro is an authentic French Bistro, one everybody wishes they had in their neighborhood. Most of the dining is in the charming covered patio where the ambiance is intimate, friendly and always very professional. Prepared by Chef Pierre with the knowledge, passion and respect of the seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market, the food is superb. The specials on the blackboard are impressive, unusual and follow the seasons. In winter you can find Chef Pierre’s famous cassoulet to wild game; In the spring shad roe and soft shell crabs; and in the summer you can find paella, steak tartar, and pomme frites.

It’s no surprise that Chez Pierre has been voted The Best French Restaurant of the Desert for the past six years and has been rated “Dining Excellence” by Zagat and Gayot.

You may be tempted to sign up in Chef Pierre’s cooking classes every Monday followed by lunch.

Bon Appetit!
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vipMP7699
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice small family get-together. Food, service and ambiance were all excellent.

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vipRobS
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visiting this Restautant but it won’t be our last - a fantastic gem of a restaurant with great service and a personable chef/owner who made a point of meeting his guests personally - haven’t seen that level of care and concern in a while. We’ll definitely go back and suggest everyone should as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistantly great. Great selections, very will prepared. Like being in France. Pierre makes a point to always come to our table, describe the specials and answer questions. This is how a great restaurant should be.

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vipDesertdiner
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another marvelous meal at Chez Pierre!! Starters of mushroom soup and frisée salad delicious followed by Dover sole, veal piccata, perfect! And the floating island of meringue for desert completed an amazing dinner. We feel like we’re in a Paris bistro. Thank you Pierre!

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Cito
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service are excellent. The menu is large and varied with many great options, making it tough to decide what to have. Every time we've dined here, Pierre has always visited our table to say hello. Staff is friendly and accommodating. It's a bit pricey for frequent visits, but great for a special occasion.

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vipStltom
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful staff, professional and great food

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vipLoverofFrenchcuisine
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful and the highlight of our trip to Palm Desert this time. Wonderful decor, personable, engaging and attentive servers, and delicious authentic cuisine. Of special note was the pate served with the basket of French bread, the delicious onion soup and beautifully prepared entrees. Having never seen the Floating Island dessert on a menu before, I was anxious to try it since it was one of the best desserts my grandmother made when I was a child. It didn't disappoint and tasted just as I had remembered. Chef Pierre's visit to each table was a very nice and appreciated gesture. We loved the Eiffel Tower centerpieces on the tables and were tickled by the various Eiffel Tower motifs on all the servers' ties. Just wish I had taken a photo of them. Such a pleasurable experience in every way and we look forward to duplicating it on our next visit to the desert.

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KevinH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Chef Pierre comes out to greet customers and the wait staff is outstanding and many have been there for years.

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vipLongtimefan
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Food and Service. Outstanding time after time

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Ashleigh
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We started with the goat cheese and onion appetizer and that was fantastic! However, my husbands steak was not cooked as he requested And that ruined it for us. And in the middle of our dinner the restaurant got really hot - not sure what was going on. We won’t be back.

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LeeK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was excellent and service good first half of meal....then disappeared!

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vipkalcheb
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Chez Pierre and Chef Pierre provide a lovely ambiance and wonderful food and service. Simply, one of our very favorite restaurants!

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vipFauxfoodie
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience, the owner goes to each table and this is a great touch. The Coq au Vin was awesome. The steak au poivre was done nicely as well My wife and I shared the mussel and mushroom salad... Yummy. The targon and light dressing on the salad were perfectly paired. We had cassoulet for our main and the smoked sauges pulled the whole dish together.... This restaurant is a big recommend for us. My mother is already planning her return

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vipAlexanderP
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had a very bumpy start; we ended up changing tables 2 times. After being seated wayyy in the back, we asked for a better table in the main part of the restaurant. The hostess passed by so many empty tables on our way to the back - why was she seating us in the back corner? We were re-seated at another table in a nicer part of the restaurant, but it turned out that was right under a vent and cold air was blowing right on us. We moved to the adjacent table, but that was one, it turns out, was reserved for a patron who specificlaly always must sit at that table for some reason. The staff apologized and we were asked to move once again!
After finally being setlled in, the rest of the evening was fine. Our server was very good. The food was not exceptional, but good standard French fare.
Another minus for me - valet parking only.

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Chuck
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with sublime sauces! Attentive courteous service. Memorable desserts. Great choice for all types of occasions from romantic dining to small groups.

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vipRosie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic from start to finish. It will be the first restaurant we visit the next time we
are in Palm Desert. Great date place. The staff is top notch.

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MustangGirl
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard very good things. Was very excited to be able to get a reservation and dine there for our first time. We will definitely be back when we are in town next year!!

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vipRonG
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customers are appreciated at this establishment. The chef circulates and speaks to his customers. Besides the outstanding regular menu choices are the excellent specials of the evening. The waiters are attentive and efficient. This is a "feel good" restaurant.

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MichaelS
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Chez Pierre, and the reason I'm saying that, is that it won't be our last. We really enjoyed the whole evening, and what particularly impressed me was that Pierre came out and did the rounds of meeting, and checking to see that you were well informed about the menu. A very sincere and engaging owner and chef.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and saw many friends too.

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vipPandB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great service.

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vipJerryJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for Valentine's dinner. We expect it to be equally great for everyday dining. Best French food since a few months ago in Provence--and that is saying a lot!

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vipScottA
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Wonderful service, outstanding food, and Pierre’s table side chats are always appreciated.

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RichardC
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great dining experience. Orange roughy was amazing but sweetbreads were a disappointment. Bread and pate were exceptional and the service and ambiance were both top notch. We highly recommend Chez Pierre and love the fact the chef & owner makes his way to each table to welcome his guests. Very nice touch.

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RogerC
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food and service was excellent. Chef Pierre explained the specials whilst visiting our table. Every table was taken, deservedly so as this restaurant is a superb neighborhood gem. We loved every mouthful and had a wonderful evening.

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vipK2steward
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had guests in from England and when I made the reservation on Open Table ,I asked for a window table. They gave us a beautiful table and as usual , the food was terrific and the service excellent. Chef Pierre visited our table and explained what was special that evening. As usual, every meal ordered was terrific and prepared perfectly. Wonderful restaurant!!

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PStP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Chez Pierre. The food has always been outstanding. I had the duck breast which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. My wife had the breaded octopus steak and was a little disappointed and wouldn't order it again, but everything else was perfect, so definitely will return!

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JanieS
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Chez Pierre, but it won't be our last time. The service was great, including a visit from the chef himself, and the food was excellent. I got an orange roughy special that was honestly the best fish dish I've had here in the desert. Our entire table was pleased with their selections which varied from veal to stuffed cabbage. We will definitely be back!

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vipmenge
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was—don’t know how to describe it to do it justice. My husband’s escargot and the duck—suffice it to say I know the look that comes to his face when he is in food nirvana. My dinner of frisée salad which—in typically French fashion—featured a poached egg on top, incomparable bacon lardons and the most wonderful vinaigrette was so good. Sand dabs, anyone? Get them here—perfectly cooked! Superb flavors. And the service, and reception by Chef Pierre’s wife, Esther—made the entire experience exceptional, comfortable and personal. There is no doubt that we’ll be back.
M & M

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vipRosalindH
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roughy was melt in your mouth as always. Delicious Caesar salad, liver pate was memorable and whipped so it was light and flavorful.
Out in plenty of time for theatre.

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Kippy
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional. We had a party of eleven and everyone loved it. Keep up the good work.

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vipDonP
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simpliy a fabulous experience and value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect.

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vipFrankR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit here. Warm and friendly. Food was outstanding. Service attentive. Will be back.

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KaBu
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband always order the onion tart with goat cheese and I always order the veal kidney with mustard sauce, just love it, wish the portion was a little bigger and with fries.

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LaurenceK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have already recommended this restaurant to friends. We were told by others that it was excellent, and that description was accurate. This restaurant serves the best food we've had in the Coachella Valley, and we've been living here 12 years having gone to virtually every other "fine dining" restaurant that is in the area in that period of time. Chef Pierre greets each group of diners at their respective tables--a nice, caring "touch."

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mimb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Pierre never disappoints!
Fabulous made to order food & Pierre always has a smile for the diners.

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FredA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service were both very good . Different menu than many restaurants and that adds to the whole experience .

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LaurenceM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food for the money. Excellent French cuisine. Will return. What a surprise!

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vipwhycook
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chex Pierre is my favorite French restaurant in Palm Desert. I have been there several times and have not been disappointed. Our evening started with a visit from the Chef, who told us about the specials. We ordered a nice bottle of red wine from Bordeaux. The Chef told us that his speciality was the cassoulet. So, of course, I had to order that. It was delicious. It was a casserole of 2 different kinds of sausage, duck, and some pork for flavor cooked with beans. My husband went for the beef bourgonoigne, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
We also liked the pate and French bread that was served free of charge as an appetizer. I couldn't resist the profiteroles. Since we were stuffed, we asked to share the dessert. We each received a beautiful plate with a profiterole stuffed with vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.
The service was great and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We will definitely be returning.

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Chez Pierre Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 900 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.