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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.
Corner of Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday through Sunday 5pm to 9.30pm
HWY 111 and Portola Ave, next to the Kaiser Grill
$31 to $50
Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Parking available in front and back of restaurant.
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
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
Impeccable service, friendly proprietors, and traditional food perfectly prepared. The classic coquilles saint Jacques was exactly right; the foie gras delightful; the liver pate served along with butter just enough livery; the lamp chops and steaks cooked to medium rare temperature fit for photographing; the frites thin and crispy; the marrow nearly too salty but instead fine; celery remoulade just enough crisp; frog legs tender and delicious as usual; wild boar pasta the same; French onion soup another classic done right; salads were crisp, dressed just right, and tasty; the soup du jour, a lentil with a bacon flavor, lovely; nice wine list fairly priced even at the high end; corkage of $20 per bottle for what we brought; profiteroles made for a lovely desert along with a complimentary birthday chocolate mousse shared by all. If you are in the desert and can get a reservation, this is the place to go. We live in Oakland now, but would never visit SoCal without a stop at this wonderful restaurant. Minus points for a little crowded and uninspired vegetable sides to the dinner; plus points for everything else.
Wonderful meal on our first visit to Chez Pierre. We ordered the foie gras special, which was served with endive and tasty apples, and was delicious. Our entrees were the Orange Roughy and skate wing specials, both served in similar fashion, and both very tasty, especially since neither fish is common on restaurant menus. We only get to this area once or twice a winter, but we will definiteely go back to Chez Pierre.
The restaurant is located in an unexpected location behind some buildings off of Hwy 111. Once you're inside, however, it's charming and inviting. There seemed to be more locals there than tourists, which we consider a good sign. All of our meals were excellent and the wine list was reasonable. The chef came out to greet the diners beforehand, which was a nice touch. We will definitely go back for more wonderful French food!
Pierre and his wife run a lovely restaurant. A great menu with all of the French standards you would expect. The specials are where the menu shines; especially the seafood dishes. I always look forward to eating here. Pierre is an active and vibrant part of the dining experience. Great desserts as well. I have and will always recommend this gem.
While our Veal Piccata was the most delicious we've ever consumed, the service from our waiter was brusk and hurried throughout our dining experience. Polar opposite to our waiter, Chef Pierre was warm, gracious and convivial. It was a delight when he visited our table.
The wines by the glass list was in need of upgrading, however, the bottles offered were good.
This is a long-established genuine French bistro (there really is a "Pierre") with some
traditional dishes that are hard to find anymore. However, the atmosphere is not
fussy but very relaxed, and the prices are quite reasonable relative to the quality.
Our group of four was happy with things like oysters on the half shell, steak tartare,
fish soup, coquilles St. Jacques, and sand dabs. Everything was consistently well-prepared
and delicious, and we hope to get back there at least once every time we're in the area.
Who would think that such an extensive, and thoroughly executed, menu would be found in this tiny bistro hiding in a strip mall on the 111? The service here is extremely top notch and the selection is mind boggling. My only suggestion is to up the ambience ...perhaps a soft carpet and acoustic ceiling ?? If you close your eyes and open your mouth you could swear you were at the Rue Magots...
Very nice charming little place. Everyone is so friendly - hostess, chef, waiter - you feel,like you are having dinner with friends. The sweatbreads were excellent, as was the sand dab special. I loved the little pot of pate served with the bread and butter.
Our steak au poivre and pommes frites were really good though my hubby had to send his first steak back because it had a vein of gristle through it. It happens. Absolutely no issue with the problem. It's a cozy, comfy French Bistro that delivers good food to comfort the soul. My only issue is with the horrible smell of drains in the restaurant particularly in the front. We almost left. Puts you off your food.
This was our second time at the new Chez Pierre on Hwy. 111 in Palm Desert. This time my wife had soft shell crab in an unbelievable sauce. It was the best ever. I had the steak tartar which was light and wonderful. The chef came out to see how we were doing and spent a few minutes talking with us, as he did with other diners. It is still early in the "season" here in Palm Desert and he may not be able to do too much of that as the restaurant will get busier as the "season" goes on.
A little pricy especially considering the food was rather poor…The veal chop was overcooked and the Beignets were terrible, over cooked outside while the inside was still doughy. The coffee tasted like Sanka. Too bad we were hoping for a good French experience .
This was our second visit to Chez Pierre. We were greeted at the door by the owner who epitomizes the 'French Chef' vibe. The atmosphere is fun and sophisticated with excellent food, a mean vodka martini and amazing bread. Have enjoyed both visits and look forward to returning - soon.
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