Chez Pierre Bistro

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822 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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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 Perre’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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(760) 346-1818
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef/Owner Pierre Pelech
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Private party facilities
Small dining room in the bar area that seats up to 16 people.
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Private party contact
Pierre Pelech: (760) 346-1818
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
HWY 111 and Portola Ave, next to the Kaiser Grill
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Parking details
Parking available in front and back of restaurant.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 822 People Are Saying
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DK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely neighborhood gem. Authentic traditional French cuisine. Menu prix fixe is an incredible deal. The patrons are mostly young at heart and, I would guess, locals. So if you’re looking for a quiet, pleasant evening with genuinely delicious French cuisine, and even a warm hello from the chef at some point during the soirée, you will not be disappointed. We’ll definitely be back!

A
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable evening, excellent food, well priced. Visit by owner chef was a special treat.

BD
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Pate absolutely amazing. Portions too large. Great calf’s liver.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious

K
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is always excellent; wait staff is wonderful. It's a small family run business that has attained a great reputation. Love it.

m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my daughter for her 17th birthday. They went out of their way to make it special.

TC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice, great service and food!

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, Chef Pierre greets his guests.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

LM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chez PIERRE has become our favorite restaurant for authentic French cooking. The French know how to expertly prepare fish and Chez Pierre does an outstanding job with fish. Their Sand Dabs are the best I have ever had. My husband loves the Sweetbreads, or veal dishes. All in all Chez Peirre is an amazing Bistro. I highly recommend.

Y
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our neighborhood favorites. Consistently excellent food and service. Chef Pierre works the room. We love him and the restaurant

RG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When dining at Chez Pierre you can almost imagine yourself in France. The casual French-style decor and warm, personal greetings from the owners make this a special place. Pierre's training and work as a chef in Lyon is evident in the quality of preparation of the food. In more than 15 years, we have never had a meal there that was not absolutely delicious.

CC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Idyllwild and drove down to the desert for an overnight. So many fine restaurants to choose from in the desert but it had been a few months since our last dinner at Chez Pierre so that was my choice. The meal was superb. The service, attentive as always. The value is exceptional, especially in the summertime! Wonderful dinner.

OT
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food

K
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the meal. It was my husbands Birthday but we missed not seeing Chef Pierre!

RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Summer Prix Fixe is not to be missed! Chef prepares three (3) delicious courses for $29.95. Everything we tried: the Osso Buco, the Steak Tartare, the Vichysoisse, Goat Cheese Salad, Tarte Tatin, and Creme Brulee was outstanding! Excellent service, quiet atmosphere, great pate served with the bread. One of our favorite places in the area!

RC
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect as on previous visits, the food was excellent, service was helpful and attentive, the 3 course prize fixe for the Summer is a bargain due to the choices on the menu and the generous portions. I love the way Chef Pierre makes it a point to talk to every guest. Marvelous!

TJ
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always good to have the chef/owner visible in a restaurant. Drinks are good and food is great. Try the escargot.

DT
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went during Restaurant Week, so the pricing for 3 courses was only $39.00. We had a party of 10 and everything was great. All our meals were very good and cooked to our liking. The chef and owner talked to us 3 different times to make sure all was well. We will go back

FD
Palm Springs
320 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Pierre Bistro is a delightful establishment with a never-ending desire to please the patrons, who seem to come from all walks of life, but, once inside the restaurant are equally mesmerized by the outstanding cuisine, the attentive service, and the pleasant and convivial atmosphere. What a wonderful evening, we had! We are eager to experience many more. A reservation is a must on many nights!

B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fabulous, the complimentary pate at the start, was delectable.
We had the onion goat cheese tart, escargot, orange roughy, rice pudding and beignets. Everything was excellent. Beautifully presented by thoughtful servers. The chef, Pierre makes the rounds to all the tables to welcome everyone as an honored guest. A great dining experience from start-to the last drop of yummy chocolate sauce on a warm beignet.

JL
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Pierre continues to do a wonderful job of top quality food and presentation.
We LOVE the pate they always serve first. Also, Chef Pierre always comes to the table to make sure everything is OK.
Our meal was delicious in every way and even more if that is possible. The sweetbreads are some of the best we have every tasted including in France.
Oh, the profiteroles with the dark chocolate sauce - to die for!!
We can hardly wait to go back.

LP
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Pierre is one of our most favorite dining spots, and we have never been disappointed -- just like on our recent visit during Restaurant Week. Although the restaurant was completely full, the cuisine and service were absolutely outstanding! Chef Pierre and his wife, Esther, visited our table several times to welcome us and ensure that we enjoying our visit -- and we most certainly were! We could not recommend Chez Pierre more highly!

TJ
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We like it so much we are going back Sunday.

SK
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 4

Chef Pierre was extremely generous with his selection of items he offered for Resturant Week
He presented the very best of his kitchen. Our dinners were delicious and the service impeccable. My friends and I will definitely return. Bravo Chef.

v
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service on my birthday.
My wife had the orange roughy and I had the steak tartare which were absolutely delicious. This is in the top 3 restaurants in the valley.
Prices are very fair for the quality you receive. We are locals and highly recommend this restaurant.

JT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first experience eating French.
I enjoyed every bite from frog legs, to escargot, the onion tart and veal pot roast to the grand finale beignets. Amazing! Why have I waited so long?!
Bon appetit!

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful meal here. Martinis were perfect. Food amazing!!! Service great. Pierre even popped out if the kitchen to speak with guests. I will absolutely be back. Thanks restaurant week for letting me try so many places. But great three course means every night = clothes that no longer fit.

DM
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant turned out to be a gem. We enjoyed all aspects of our experience. Prices are reasonable and portions are ample! We plan on returning soon.

r
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Classic french bistro, food is simple and delicious!

C
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rich flavors and excellent texture as one might expect from good French food. Good presentation, too. We will go again.

JS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant... Pierre greets guests. Reviews the menu... so welcoming.. it feels like family! I love taking friends here! Pate is amazing! Watch out as you will make a meal on this free hors d’oeuvre ... soft shell crabs are the best around and very special during this time of the year...

t
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived 1 day early for the special restaurant week menu (my mistake) but the very kind owner
still honored it. The waiter was so nice; I could not decide on a wine, so he brought a couple samples
for me to try. The food was Delicious..and the service outstanding. We will be back for sure.

JF
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a gem! They are very attentive and you will find food there that you can’t find anywhere else. Delicious bistro style

MM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was not great. Chef Pierre was there and greeted the clients so that was a nice touch.
I had the Beouf Bourginion and it was not very flavorful. I had noted on my reservation that it was a birthday celebration but there was no mention of this when we were there - not even a candle on my profiteroles ! This was my second visit to the restaurant but I am not sure I will return.

B
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversay. Both meals were outstanding! Orange Roughy was fabulous and the cabbage rolls were delicious.

AG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu choices were excellent. My wife and I each had different fish specials and they were both excellent. The pate was also a superb appetizer

P
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant, quiet, food was good. Waiter was ok. I recommend this place. Steak tartare excellent

MS
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second nite in a row with friends and it was wonderful. Great service and excellent food. Duck is always divine and Dover Sole was wonderful.

RH
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. The only drawback to me was the size of the table--just too small for 4 people. I had the Dover Sole and it was outstanding. I definitely recommend and will revisit.

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