Counter Reformation

4.9
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$30 and under
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Wine Bar
RESERVATIONS ONLY

Bar seating and ledge-leaning is the rule of thumb -- think Paris tabac or the zinc -- the heat of local life, crowded with regulars at the counter waiting for their vin rouge. Here you'll find our Cave à Manger, an eclectic curation of wines by the glass offered with a menu of small plated savory delicacies created for this tasting smorgasbord. More than an amuse-bouche, less than a serving. Range, variety, exploration and discovery are the point.
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.9
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vipMartinKiel
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a 4:30pm reservation on Thursday, March 12th. That day it rained significantly. We pulled up to the Parker Hotel and the gentleman at the driveway verified our name was on the list and sent us on our way to the valet. When we pull up to the valet they ask where we are going and we tell them “Counter Reformation”. They say -“it’s closed to the public”. We then leave and let the gentleman at the driveway entrance know it was closed. No one emailed, texted or called me to let me know this. It’s completely unacceptable in 2020 that no one could take the time to contact guests with reservations. I am deeply disappointed.

Counter Reformation
Responded on March 16, 2020

Dear Mr. Kiel, Greetings from Parker Palm Springs and accept our sincere apologies on the miscommunication done by our colleagues . Unfortunately, with today's Emergency Deceleration Order and closure of bars , we also closed our bar until further notice. However, once we all leave these terrible times behind, I would lobe to invite yo back for a dinner on us at Counter Reformation. Please contact me directly , so I can arrange all the details , Sincerely, Yagmur Gursoy Hotel Manager

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PattyL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place while visiting Palm Springs. (We went twice!) The food was excellent and beautifully prepared with a good selection of wine. Loved the playlist! Thank you for making our trip memorable.

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CharmianS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates of delicious and well-crafted food. Wines are priced by pour size. Good selections. It can be very noisy but its a very cool place

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palmspringsfoody4u
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Tapas, staff are amazing from the valet all the way to the servers. Great location, Bianca the server is on top of everything and makes absolutely everybody feel welcome

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food, ambiance and service is perfect.

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dianeg
Pinehurst
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a little treasure this wine bar is. Wonderful selection of wines, fabulous innovative small plates and charming, knowledgeable bartenders.

The only minor downote is that they still charge for parking even when spending $$$ A little tacky.

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vipBarbaraS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was great and the food creative and exceptional. A wonderful hidden gem at the Parker.

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Concierge
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service Morea is outstanding!
The Parker Palm Springs is first class from the Valet Parker's and
everyone we encountered!

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MichelleK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve recommended a tons of times already! Those fabulous erveranrock! Chef is amazing!
Best experience in the desert!

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vipIheartjamon
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and wine were amazing! They could do with a hostess to coordinate the reservations as they come in.

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vipALFM2082
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here many times before. Love both the food and the ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Service - excellent, atmosphere - excellent, wine - excellent, food - absolutely terrible. Dishes were inedible!!!!

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vipKnoxvilleGuy
E. Tennessee
223 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit -- what a find! It's a bit hard to locate at the resort, but the front desk guided us over. Once inside, it's a small place with bar seating and great tapas and wine. We shared about 4-5 plates and 3-4 wines. The staff was awesome. All the food was great and nicely plated and sized for sharing. Definitely would recommend reservations due to the size. The cost was very reasonable. Give it a shot, you won't be sorry!

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jefft
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this experience was great. Even the music was great! Bartender/server Elisse was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unforgettable!

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
450 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Counter Reformation is a lot of fun, reasonably-priced, and staffed by delightful and attentive professionals. I'd been there a few days before, and I liked it so much that I quickly returned with my wife, who agreed that this is THE spot for a nice wine and small plate. Very interesting menu - limited enough to be creative, fresh, and savory, but sufficient enough that everyone can find something to enjoy. The plates are small, but the flavors are rich and robust.

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
450 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Counter Reformation is a fun, quirky little European style wine bar with sufficient wine and snack offerings for "just the right amount" of libations and tastes. There is an authentic and genteel feel about the place that is, as it self-describes, familiar to the Tabac or Cave-like neighborhood finds in Paris or similar cities.

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vipRickyB
Palm Springs
188 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Only went for drinks. Couldn't submit this review without putting something in the "food" category. Wine selection is terrific and moderately priced. The servers are friendly and gave great advice when asking about different wine choices. Had a pleasant "speak easy" atmosphere.

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vipNormC
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very loud and crowded. Must have reservations which we did. Really packed in at the bar. Interesting crowd and atmosphere. I thought it was going to be a more romantic atmosphere. Once I adjusted to the noise and crowd we were fine. We would stop in again.

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LisaT
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the most amazing dinners I’ve had in a long time. I almost don’t want to write a good review to keep it a secret! The food was outstanding. The carpaccio, caviar and mushrooms were amazing, but the fois macaroons you must have with a glass of bubbles, trust me, they were one of the most Andi g things I’ve ever eaten. You won’t want to miss this place!

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Counter Reformation is rated 4.9 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.