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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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4.8

service

4.7

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4.3

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4.4

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98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (20)
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Special Occasion (18)
Authentic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Cozy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Chef Pierre is always hospitable and greets all who dine in his restaurant. The food is excellent but many of our friends are “put off” by the organ meat entrees. He always has specials to include fish and vegetable choices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Each time we go to Chez Pierre, the chef/ owner stops by your table and personally greets you and (with his great sense of humor) explains the many specials for the evening . It is a wonderful, welcoming touch!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very nice place, the owner (chef) and his wife were delightful and visited our table 2-3 times to be sure we were satisfied. The restaurant participated in the Wine Vault of the Desert program as well. Could not have been better

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Chez Pierre was a perfect choice for a group of No Cal friends. The menu was interesting, and our dishes were delicious. The Chef's appearances at our table (more than once) were fun and lively. It was a terrific night and a great dining experience!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 11, 2018

THIS WAS A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE OF FOOD,WINE AND CHARM

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We felt the waiter was rude, probably won't go back again. Food was OK but nothing special for the price.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Small, french oriented restaurant. Thought the reviews were somewhat overrated, but the meals were good as was the limited wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

An excellent choice for a quiet meal , with attentive service and good food

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This restaurant is consistently excellent. The food is consistently prepared. Our wait staff, Auturo, was attentive and welcoming but not intrusive. My husband and I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Chez Pierre for New Years Eve and had a wonderful meal and great service. The staff was so nice and friendly. I was especially impressed that there wasn't a limited or special menu as some restaurants do for NYE. We highly recommend Chez Pierre for any occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

First time here, wife and I. Waiter was corteous and explained menu items and specials. Both ordered wild mushroom soup was delicious. I ordered frog legs and wife ordered roast duck.
Bread and pate were provided and the pate, which was a chicken/duck combine was excellent. eCould have had that for a meal, by it's self. Frog legs were prepared and served just right and wife's duck was excellent. Deserts f0llowed and were a wonderful finish to a great meal. Chef Pierre came by the table to make sure everything was good. We have discovered a new favorite restaurant and plan on trying out their early bar menu for our soon to be next visit. Highly recommend for special occasion or just a nice dinner out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I love Chez Pierre because I’m never disappointed. The quality of the food and the service are both excellent. The best thing for me is that there are veal kidneys on the menu and they never disappoint.

Delicious, straight forward French cuisine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

wonderful French restaurant, with real French food, skillfully prepared by Chef Pierre. He has years of experience. He made a point of coming to our table and visiting with us on how he prepared the meal. The food was outstanding. The menu was extensive but not over the top. The wine list was classic French wine and very reasonable prices It is simple French cuisine that you can tell has been made by loving hands and with the customer in mind. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We can't wait to go back!!! A huge ramekin of pate and fabulous bread is served shortly after being seated. The menu is fairly large and Pierre listed at least another 12 mouthwatering entrees. It was extremely hard to decide what to order. Two of our foursome had the Burgundy Style Escargot and couldn't stop raving about how delicious they tasted. The Veal Piccata, Duck Breast, Beef Bourguignon and Calf Liver were all done to perfection and served with style and class. Thank you Chez Pierre for a wonderful dinning experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious food. The chef came out to chat, very friendly. Wait staff great.
Good French cuisine

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The total experience was wonderful. Our waiter explained all the dishes and made some excellent recommendations. All the food was delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Lovely food, exceptional service. We felt as if we had just found a delightful bistro on La Rive Droite. Definitely worth the drive from Palm Springs.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent service. Great food. Waitstaff gave excellent descriptions of specials. Fish was well prepared and very tasty. One of which we ordered was called skate. I believe it was really ray. But it great. Skipped desert, had espresso. Bill was a little pricy. So be prepared to spend, but worth it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent service, the sweetbreads were unreal. Loved that the chef made an appearance tableside. Very nice touch. And complimentary pate, you gots to be kidding! The house made chocolate mousse and whipped cream I received for birthday dessert were fantastic, and I loathe both those things usually. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

There were 4 of us and we had 4 different dishes. All very tasty. Great service. Well recommended!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Would go back in an instant. Good food prepared/overseen by Chef and Owner, Chef Pierre, who visits everyone at their table. Drinks are generous as are the portions. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We have eaten here many times. On this occasion we took my sister, who was visiting and had never been to Chez Pierre. We really enjoy dining here since the food is so much like the great food in a small French city with a quality bistro on the main square.

Everything we ordered was excellent and I think the mousse here (shared by the three of us) is the best I've had anywhere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Good food. Nice service; I appreciate that Pierre comes out of the kitchen to say hello.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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