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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.

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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 20, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 16, 2015

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2015

Nothing in particular that made this restaurant standout. Wouldn't rate a mention in the Michelin red book

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 8, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 6, 2015

Pierre continues to excel. This is traditional frech food at its best...period.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 6, 2015

Great menu, darling French decor, superb food and charming chef. Love eating there. It is always a treat to dine at Chez Pierre!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 3, 2015

4 for dinner on a Tuesday night. Wonderful escargot, branzino , delicious potatoes ,and celery remoularde . A robust selection of wines by the glass. Always nice to see Chef Pierre stop by each table with a warm greeting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 14, 2015

My wife and I visit this restaurant 3-4 times a year and the food keeps us coming back. One of our favorites and I think better than any other restaurant in the Coachella Valley that serves this is the mussels pommes frites

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2015

The food is excellent with lots of choices. Service is always friendly but not intrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2015

The food was average. Wine list was horrible. Noise was average. Lighting horrible --to bright.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 5, 2015

Chez Pierre and his staff do a terrific job in creating wonderful dishes. It has become one of our regular stops when in Palm Desert.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 31, 2015

Chez Pierre is one of our favorite restaurants in the Coachelle Valley. It has the most authentic French food and the quality of the dishes is consistently high. The frogs legs, escargots and sweetbreads are excellent.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on January 29, 2015

We have been going to Chez Pierre for many years, dating back to the former location by the Trader Joe's. It's hearty provincal cuisine - read "come hungry". It's expensive and I think we've arrived at the point where we don't think it's worth it any more.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 20, 2015

Chez Pierre has an outstanding French menu! Food and service are great and Chef Pierre is always on hand.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2015

We love this restaurant. The food and service is consistently five stars. We try to geat there on a regular basis, and recommend it to our friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 16, 2015

The employees are all very nice, but the food wasn't as good. We like the frog legs and they were served luke warm. The side dish had an unappealing look, the vegetables cauliflower dark in color. We will someday try again.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2015

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...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Excellent ambience, food, and service. Great evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 30, 2014

This is my favorite restaurant not only in the valley, but in the entire state of CA. The food is outstanding and just as importantly within an elegant European atmosphere Pierre and Esther make you feel like you are dining with them at home.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 12, 2014

We celebrated a significant anniversary and found this restaurant a very nice place to have a quite dinner. My one suggestion is to be a bit slower with each course to tie time to enjoy the delicious food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2014

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2014

Beautiful authentic small french restaurant serving classic french dishes very fresh quality ingredients very good service nice but small mostly franchise wines.

Comfortable, not noisy, classy crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 28, 2014

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.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 21, 2014

Comfortable restaurant with decent food, great service and a charming host.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2014

Chicken was dry the sauce needed more flavor.
The beef Bourgogne has very little taste

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 7, 2014

Best Chef in the Desert!
We love Pierre!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 25, 2014

new location
Ambiance is terrible
Food was horrible

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 21, 2014

The Chef is delightful and roams the restaurant with flair.
Service is impeccable.
The menu is sophisticated but many items are included for the not-so-adventurous palate.
We all loved our meals.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 18, 2014

Food and service were excellent! Ambiance could use some improvement.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2014

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.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 17, 2014

What a wonderful menu you have! And food is prepared as only the French can. Really enjoyed our meal!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2014

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 .

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2014

Chez Pierre's delicious bistro is a favorite place for us and our guests whenever we go. Pierre and his staff are masters; making every visit memorable with wonderfully creative specials and outstanding favorites from a great menu.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 12, 2014

Even though I made reservation in July and got a reminder from Open Table 2 days before dinner, was very disappointed to get to the restaurant for a special evening and find the lights off and doors locked. Don't know who screwed up but was very upset.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 2, 2014

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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 27, 2014

You read about them. You fantasize about them but Pierre is truly the real thing.

The desert is richer for his presence. he serves wonderful meals to appreciative clientele. You will not be disappointed.

Bon Appetit

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 26, 2014

The food was very well presented d great tasting. The chef came out and talked to all tables to see how every thig was. Very nice touch. We would absolutely go there again.

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