About Chez Pierre Bistro

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!

74040 Highway 111
Corner of Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday through Sunday 5pm to 9.30pm

Cross Street:
HWY 111 and Portola Ave, next to the Kaiser Grill

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 346-1818

Website:
http://www.chezpierrebistro.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available in front and back of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Chef/Owner Pierre Pelech

Private Party Facilities:
Small dining room in the bar area that seats up to 16 people.

Private Party Contact:
Pierre Pelech: (760) 346-1818

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Chez Pierre Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.9

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4.4

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4.7

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100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Romantic (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (5)
Casual (4)
Business Meals (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

Great room able to talk and have a conversation with your guest. Super location, super chef, excellent food. I’m very Pleasant and easy evening. Thank you all very much

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Always delicious. Chef Pierre is always fun to talk with and he truly cares about serving fabulous food. I love his frog legs

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful first time visit where we celebrated a birthday dinner. The chef was friendly and accessible. I very much appreciated not being rushed to order or move on to the next course. And the food was top rate.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

Celebrated my birthday. Pate and frog legs were outstanding! The chef comes to the table and shakes your hand!! Service was excellent without being intrusive. Will definately go back and recommend it!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

Great ambiance. Very attentive staff. The owner/chef personally speaks to all of the diners.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Greeted by chef Pierre and service was really good. Limited wine list but what was there was quite good.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I WAS QUITE SURPRISED TO FIND AUTHENTIC FRENCH COUNTRY FOOD. I HAD THE beef TOUNGUE AND I WAS AMAZED.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent all around; enjoyed the veal and the price fix made it a great value.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were disappointed with Google directions sending us to Pierre's old location, after about half hour of wandering we called the restaurant and were given good directions, finally there!
Looking back the place was worth the scramble to get there. Met by very pleasant waiter and seated immediately. Ordered cocktails for my wife and I and relaxed listening to Charles Aznavour singing favorite french song. After 20-25 minutes ordered their special bluepoint oysters and found them fresh, tasty and most delicious at a very reasonable price. I then ordered petites frog legs provencales and my wife orange ruffie, both dishes were excellent, tasty and properly prepared. Though the frogs legs could have used more sautéed garlic to further enhence the delicacy. All in all we rate THIS RESTAURANT FIVE STARS and wish it great success in the future. Nos meullieurs souhaits a Monsieur Pierre et son equipage.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Never Disappoints. We've become regulars at Chez Pierre with its delicious menu selection and wonderful execution. The experience is further enhance by its incredibly priced Prix Fixe option, which allows you to select a three-course meal from the entire menu for a price of only $29.95 making it a true French bistro dinning experience. My wife had the perfectly-prepared Orange Ruffy, while I can't seem to get beyond the Sweetbreads which are alway superb.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2017

What a wonderful find! We loved our whole experience. Chef greated us when we arrived. Pate was excellent, Cesar salad arrived with anchovies, sweetbreads were tender and plentiful. We each had the prix fixe 3 course meal with lots of choices. We may be back this week for the soft shelled crab! This will definitely be one of our regulars when in Palm Desert!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food, ambiance, & service. I am so glad that it is finally open in the summer as well as during the season. We plan to return many times as it has always been one of favorite places to dine at and enjoy some of our favorite dinners.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent and authentic food. Very attentive waiter.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Chef/owner Pierre is a wizard of classic French cuisine. Great Onion Soup is a "must" and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu---HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 1, 2017

chef does not disappoint. the restaurant was surprisingly busy for non season.
waiter did best he could do but he was serving alone at least 7tables, no bus boy.
pate and bread, salad were delightful. my veal was not wonderful however my companion had sweetbreads which were good. martini and wine also served by the waiter were good.
rice pudding for dessert was nice. a nice meal but underwhelming overall.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

There are many good restaurants in Palm Desert, and this is our favorite. Whenever we are in town we always make sure we have a reservations at Chez Pierre's . The food is excellent, and the wait staff is attentive and welcoming. The restaurant is quiet and very special. We definitely have recommended it to our friends and family. We also also always take our guest to Chez Pierre's. We strongly recommend Chez Pierre's.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We have eaten here a number of times, but PIerre was open this summer for the first time in his 16 years so we went once a month since May.

As always, we had a terrific meal. The summer deals are still in effect, so I had the veal stew with a small Caesar salad, & the profiteroles for desert. My wife had a Caesar salad & the soft shell crabs. Both main dishes were excellent.

We lived in the Washington, DC area for 36 years and soft shells are a specialty in the Baltimore-Washington area. I can say the way they are cooked here is as good as you can find in the mid-Atlantic. I have had them elsewhere in the valley & they are OK. Pierre does them justice.

He also cooks veal as well as it can be done and this stew is fabulous. Try it is you have not. The meat is tender and perfectly seasoned.

This is a really good restaurant and we will continue to be regulars.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Nice French food with BYOB corkage available. Attentive service in attractive space.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good value for the money. Bread, pate, salads, frog legs and beef were delicious. Friendly,
excellent service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was fantastic! Service was great. We will definitely be going back!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Love this quiet, small restaurant that offers some outstanding food. Love the white tablecloths and the little bit of Paris atmosphere. Love that the chef is actually there and cares about the food that leaves the kitchen. Love the prix fixed menu as well as the soft shell crab that is sometimes offered on the specials. Love that it isn't too far a drive from La Quinta.

That being said, I really hope that Chef Pierre will continue to belong to the Wine Vault program. There are severak excellent wines on restaurant wine list, many at reasonable prices, but for those of us with Wine Vault memberships, this is a greatly added value and allows us to dine here more frequently.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Chef Pierre came by our table to tell us about their entrees and introduce himself. The food was wonderful. I had veal pot roast and it was divine! My husband had the Bistro steak which was great as well. The price fixe dinner included an appetizer, entree and dessert for a very reasonable price.

It was a totally delightful dining experience while celebrating our anniversary and we will go again n when in the mood for authentic French food!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We just enjoyed an excellent, very authentic diner. While our comments are minimal, we highly recommend this restaurant! Comments: cut the sauce on the Tarte Tatin - it takes away from the quality of the pastry and add more ice cream to the profiteroles! Salad with goat cheese --excellent. Chicken Paillarde and veal Milanese excellent. Servers couldn't be better. Hostess lovely and chef visited tables. Great night! PS - espresso was week and didn't do justice to the dinner.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Delicious, delicious, delicious. The food, the atmosphere, the location and the company

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food is consistently good. It is very well prepared high quality food. The service is excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The staff an owners were very friendly and warm Food and presentation were very nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Every time we return to Chez Pierre, it seems the experience simply gets better and better. On our most recent visit, we tried the Chef's special summer prix fixe menu. And it was terrific, offering a wide choice of both appetizers and entrees as well as some classic desserts. Not only was the cuisine excellent -- the service was outstanding, too. You can't go wrong by dining at Chez Pierre!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 23, 2017

GREAT RESTAURANT.....NEVER DISAPPOINTED.....EASY MENU AND GOOD

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

As usual, we and our guess had a very good meal and excellent service.

We dine out at your restaurant almost once a month (or more) and we always enjoy it.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Loving Pierres, especially since they have joined the Wine Vault! Exceptional food, good service and a real chef on the premises who cares about the food preparation as well as his patrons. It's a small restaurant with tablecloths and an intimate atmosphere. It's definitely one of the best this side of the desert. But shhh, don't tell everybody. Oh, and they have a very reasonable 3-course dinner during the summer.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This first time visit will not be our last as the food was fabulous. More than generous portions of difficult to find, delicious dishes. Steak Tartare, Sweet Breads, Frogs Legs, yum. Prices are reasonable and the 3 course meal has many choices for only $30.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Chez Pierre continues to delight. Sand dabs were delicious and the ratatouille equally tasty. Love!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We love this place. Always great service and good food. We will continue to come back. It is so nice that even in the off season they remain open. In addition they provide valet parking as the lot is small and also accommodates the Kaiser Grill.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 9, 2017

went for the steak tartare.. it was not up to my expectations, however my husband had the orange roughy , so delicious and the escargot was good also.....

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Chez Pierre Bistro is a wonderful experience, providing an excellent dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Incredible!!!!

As fine a restaurant there is, anywhere. Chef Pierre is charming and a wicked good chef.

Don't miss this wonderful experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Good service and good food. Nice ambiance. A nice place to take another couple for dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent food and friendly service, as always! Pierre and his staff are willing to modify foods for my gluten free son and they still taste great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. We will definitely make this one of our regular spots.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Chez Pierre is in our top ten desert restaurants. We have been going there since he opened next to Trader Joe's. It is always fun talking with Pierre, that why we go early when it isn't crowded. Pierre even fixed us a small tasting of Sweetbeards that we explained never tried. That's how costumer conscious he is. Oh ... yes. Arturo is a "professional" waiter!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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