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Counter Reformation, Palm Springs, CA
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Counter Reformation

4.8
4.8
212 Reviews
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
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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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 770-5000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pedro Baroso

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What 212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. BH

    BrandonH

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wine selection and delicious small bites!
  2. EC

    ElleC

    New York Area

    183 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    183 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent…fantastic creative well-executed dishes! Love the Parker Hotel decor & vibe.

    Counter ReformationResponded on June 27, 2022Dear ElleC, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed Counter Reformation We look forward to welcoming you back for more!

  3. AH

    AnnH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere. Great wine. Amazing food. Definitely going back

    Counter ReformationResponded on June 27, 2022Thank you!

  4. BH

    BrandonH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Great, speakeasy vibe. Food has been better on previous visits. Service was amateur. They rushed the plates out. Timing was completely off. We had to ask them to slow down so that we could enjoy each course. They provided an excuse for why they were coming out so quickly that simply made no sense. A simple acknowledgement and continuing with our meal at a pace we could enjoy would've been sufficient. The two women behind the bar sending out the food could use some training. I'd still return as we've had wonderful experiences in the past. It could be they just had an off night.

    Counter ReformationResponded on May 8, 2022Dear BrandonH, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.  We are sorry that your visit was not 100% and not a true Counter-Reformation experience this time; please allow us to express our sincerest apologies. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent any future occurrences. We appreciate the time you took to share your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the future.

  5. LM

    LaurenM

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner. The food was great, wine was exceptional and the service was some of the best I’ve had. Would definitely return every time I’m in Palm Springs.

    Counter ReformationResponded on May 5, 2022Dear LaurenM, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your dinner and we look forward to welcoming you back for more.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful wine selection, staff, and ambience. The food was devine, we had the salmon and tuna dish. Lovely.
  7. SS

    SuzySez

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine choices, especially the Bouza red! Cozy atmosphere with delicious small bites to share. Roasted artichokes were my fav.
  8. l

    love2dine

    Palm Springs

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always we had an exceptional experience at Counter Reformation! The food was delicious, the wine choices excellent and the service was outstanding. Joselyn (sp?) our server was absolutely delightful and knowledgeable. Truly one of our favorite date night spots!
  9. AM

    AliceM

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    An amazing wine bar with attentive staff and fantastic food. Just walking through the lobby is worth the trip!! A trip back to the 70's vibe & stunning Jonathan Adler design.
  10. m

    mikeseats

    Portland

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. It was crowded when we arrived, but by the time we left it had cleared out. We each had 3 small plates. They were well prepared and very tasty. I loved the presentation of the plates. The wine choices were limited but offered the taste spectrum. I particularly liked the Picpoul de Pinet. They were well priced. The music is loud, the space is small so that detracted somewhat from the overall experience. This is really a date night experience and not a dinner experience.
  11. h

    happyyogi

    Vancouver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had an awesome time. The food was delicious. The wine list is very interesting with some unusual varietals. We tried 3 different white wines and enjoyed them all immensely. The service was on point as well.
  12. FA

    FrancaA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    People without a reservation next to us got their orders faster than us. We ordered 5 things off the menu, they only gave us one after a long wait and then gave us a french baguette in a paper bag after we asked where our food was… waited for an hour no check in with us or explanations. Decided to leave
  13. N

    Naramama

    Vancouver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always our favorite place in PS to have dinner
  14. m

    mbrianm

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have now been twice and love this place. The concept is unique, the space is unique, and the wines and dishes are great!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, but even better service! Laura was amazing!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe. Amazing service.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Made a 10pm reservation showed up at 10:10 said they were closed. I said we made a reservation. They reluctantly served us. Didnt offer us drinks, only wine, only offered two appetizers . Just don’t take 10pm reservations if we can’t order what we want or drink what we want or be rushed out the door
  18. KC

    KateC

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The wine, the food, the servers! Thank you!! We'll be back!
  19. LU

    LauraU

    Phoenix

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Looking forward to going back
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Restaurant is amazing, the hotel gives off a weird vibe though. They definitely don’t want you there but the food is worth it.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday party spot for a few friends!
  22. K

    Kate

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wine selection, great food, great atmosphere
  23. BN

    BrendaN

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the ladies who run the show in Counter Reformation make the evening! They are so knowledgeable and helpful and fun. They know the food and the wine in equal measure. Always a great night. My only slight issue- was we had to book 2 separate reservations for 2x2 and when I called to let them know we are a party of 4 - there was a very unhelpful and snooty guy who took the call. He was no help at all as we tried to get our party in at the same time- as it turns out the ladies in the bar were able to sit us together.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was very personal and appreciated
  25. DN

    DaveN

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine selection and the food was amazing. This will be the first place we’ll book when we come back to Palm Springs.
  26. k

    khakio

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fun spot with excellent wines by the glass and terrific small plates.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    It was good. Wine was good. Food was good. Proximity to other people (you are literally elbow to elbow) was a bit anxiety inducing but perhaps that’s just residual COVID sensitivity. We concluded that we enjoyed ourselves and it’s a great option if you really want to stay on the Parker grounds. But personally, for the price, we’d probably rather have gone into town for dinner/drinks. The scallops and the AN2 wine were great.
  28. a

    alwayshungry4more

    Denver

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fun experience. Great Vibe. Maybe food is just a bit too innovative.... But worth a visit.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Great spot, beautiful and well done.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very creative small plates that complement the wine selection. The staff was very knowledgeable about the wines and let us know try several before deciding. Definitely save room for the incredible fois gras macaron!
  31. FP

    FoodPros

    Atlanta

    86 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Two of our four plates were ‘ok’. The fontina grilled cheese and mushrooms were very average. The atmosphere is very cool but a bit cramped. I was surprised with Covid that people could be crammed along a bar but the hotel did not have their steakhouse open— I am sure there is a good reason.
  32. SB

    SuzanneB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Generally a good experience, but some of the food was disappointing. Might be time to rework the menu
  33. JG

    JoanneG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We were looking forward to our visit at The Parker hotel. We had reservations for 5pm at The Counter Reformation and were asked to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier. We did, as did 5 other people that weren't in our party. No one was there to receive us at 455pm, no music, no bsrtender/server. When the bartender /server arrived she seemed surprised to see us all there waiting and said that the place didn't open til 5pm so that she actually still had a few minutes to set up and get the systems going. We waited. Then she turned on music and it was quite loud. We excused ourselves and left. We spoke to an attendant in the main lobby of the hotel, explained our experience and proceeded to have a lovely evening at The Mini Bar with Tony as our bartender. He truly made our evening a great one.

    Counter ReformationResponded on February 17, 2022Dear JoanneG, Please accept our apologies for this incredibly disappointing experience. It is not representative of Parker Palm Springs. We will review this with the team to ensure it is not repeated. We are thrilled to read Tony delivered to your expectations. We will share your comments with him. I'd welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally. If you would be willing, please feel free to contact me directly. Private message has been sent. Sincerely, Noe Maldonado

  34. JM

    JamesM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A charming gem hidden in the back of the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. Great for couples. Wouldn’t recommend for groups of three or more due to counter seating. The servings are small yet flavorful (our favorites being the Jamón Iberíco and the quail eggs). The servers are friendly and helpful. They’ll happily answer questions about the food and wine. The music was a bit on the louder side, however the playlist was familiar and occasionally inspired impromptu clap alongs from the staff. Making a reservation is necessary. Due both to Covid restrictions and the popularity of the restaurant. Make sure to bring your vaccine card or proof of negative Covid test or you will be turned away at the hotel entrance.
  35. B

    Brit

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I’d suggest for pre dinner The oysters and beef carpaccio are very good everything else was ok to good (we also had the caviar brioche and braised artichoke) Bubbles were dry and effervescent, loved! The Armenian red was a little unique, loved to try for something different.
  36. G

    Gilly

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Too much attitude for what the patron got- overly squeezed into a bar with no space for your food and drink. Would rather take my money elsewhere.

    Counter ReformationResponded on February 17, 2022Dear Gilly, Thank you for your review and please accept my sincere apologies for this unacceptable and disappointing experience, this is not a representation of Parker Palm Springs. This experience will be revised with the team to ensure it won't happen again. I'd like the opportunity to speak with you personally. If you would be willing, please feel free to contact me directly. Private message has been sent. Sincerely, Noe Maldonado.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We left after arriving and seeing that there was not actually space at the bar for all of the people who had reservations and we were made to squeeze in but could not actually have our stools face the bar and would have had to eat from a distance of about three feet from our plates.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Excellent wine choices - love that you can do small pours to try more. Great service - including Raul the Valet!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this restaurant! Food is great and ambiance is awesome. Noise level a bit high at times… would management consider some sound deadening? Thanks for the good times!
  40. MB

    MiBa

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was amazing! Knowledgeable, courteous and personable! Food and atmosphere was very original.

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Counter Reformation is rated 4.8 stars by 212 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking only

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pedro Baroso

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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