Lavender Bistro

4.4
2742 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Experience Lavender Bistro. At Lavender we combine the finest meats and seafood with the freshest organic ingredients to create unforgettable dishes. Dine indoors in a warm, cozy atmosphere or on our stunning tree-lined patio. Lavender Bistro also prides itself on providing superb live music daily to set a warm and friendly atmosphere for you and your guests.


For every occasion, to change the ordinary into extraordinary, come join us at Lavender Bistro, "the best kept secret of La Quinta", for a memorable dining experience.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Join us nightly for our popular Happy Hour from 4:00 to Close.
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - close
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Phone number
(760) 564-5353
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Raul Garcia
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Catering
Lavender Bistro's catered events will take our wonderful dining experience into your home or venue of your choice.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Desert Club Drive
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Entertainment
Live Music Nightly - piano and vocals.
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
2,742 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
64%
Very Good
21%
Good
10%
Fair
4%
Poor
2%
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Palm Springs
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Normally a 5 Star but not quite at their top on Father’s Day

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MH
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance,, delicious food and great service! We’ll be back!

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D
Los Angeles
11 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lavender is beautiful, the drinks and food were delicious. The service was good. The online menu did not match the actual menu in the restaurant.

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H
Los Angeles
5 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We went for restaurant week. My husband and I both had the crab cake for starters. I was not great, just okay. I ordered the duck and it was outstanding. Crispy, not fatty and the cherry sauce was to die for. Pureed sweet potato was excellent as was the mashed potatoes. The asparagus was cooked perfectly. My husband order rack of lamb which was cooked to medium rare perfection but he didn't think it was too flavorful. The one desert choice was not worth eating. Given this was the prix fix menu for restaurant week, I would definitely go back for the regular menu. Sadly our server was not very good. Kept us waiting quite awhile for each course. I had to make eye contact with him to get him to come to our table to start the ordering. The bus boy was great!

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AS
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely environment, kind and attentive service. I had the sole, it was disappointing. My clients had Lobster Ravioli and loved it!

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m
Los Angeles
31 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great local gem- closed now until October. always a favorite

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FC
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely and romantic place to dine or just a special get together for the girls! Excellent food, and service.

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K
Palm Springs
13 reviews
2.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

This has been our favorite restaurant for years. Our waiter got a huge table of a dozen and another table of 4. He almost completely ignored us. There was a group of 4 employees just yucking it up for a good 10 minutes. We were there at least a half an hour more than we should have been.

Entree was very good - consistent with the quality we've come to expect. BUT, The dessert was horrible. I've never seen such thick pieces of puff pastry. It was hard to cut, chewy to eat--not flaky and light, just not enjoyable at all. We were just so disappointed.

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Palm Springs
12 reviews
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us took advantage of Restaurant Week to try Lavender Bistro, a restaurant I had heard about for years. We were not disappointed. Our table enjoyed mushroom soup (rich and earthy), pear salad (exquisite) and mini ahi tuna tacos (a tropical sensation). Entrees were lamb chops (big, juicy) and a filet perfectly prepared. This will be a favorite for future special dinners. Oh, and I forgot to mention that they have great selections on the bar menu for happy hour...my girls' group visited recently.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
3.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was bland. Crab cakes were not great and usually one of my favorite things to get. The lamb was a bunch of chops individually roasted not a rack that you can cut.

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t
Palm Springs
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance was great. Even sang my happy birthday which i did not expect fromm what I read. Currently restaurant week special menu plus normal menu. I had the veal special which was superb. My wife had the filet cooked perfectly. My other guests had the salmon which they said was also fantastic and moist. Did not have my wine I liked the waiter but made an equivalent suggestion which to my surprise was spot on. You pay a little more but you get what you pay for. My only minor issue was I thought the tables were too close together for this type pf restaurant which detracted from the intimacy with a higher noise level at the table.
I will be going back

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MF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at Lavenders Bistro for Food Dining Week and thus we all tried something different ! We were all thrilled ! We will definately be back soon...

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a
Palm Springs
2 reviews
3.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our dinner. My only disappointment was the lack of acknowledgement by the management about the fact we indicated it was an anniversary celebration. I mentioned it in my reservation, both me and my friends were celebrating wedding anniversaries.

That said, I didn't think it was necessary to repeat it when we arrived.

That was a missed opportunity to make the service "excellent".

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there for my wife’s birthday. There was no acknowledgement of her birthday by the restaurant. A little disappointed.

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SG
Palm Springs
1 review
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always visit the Lavender Bistro whenever we are in Palm Springs. The food is amazing, and it has one of the prettiest patio dining experiences in the Valley. Would highly recommend the Bistro!! Can't wait to go back!!

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j
Palm Springs
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good except for dessert. Dessert was soggy and tough

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PK
Sacramento
1 review
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I was last here in June 2017 and it was outstanding so that is why I returned. Our first indication that something had changed was there were far fewer people in the restaurant and seemed fairly slow for a Saturday evening. We had reservations and were initially seated in a less than optimal location. With so many empty tables we were quickly able to remedy this, but I ask myself, why should we need to do this? The food was hit and miss. Items such as the crab cakes were still outstanding. Service was acceptable, but a bit slow. The outdoor patio is beautiful but that's just not enough get me running back again.

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AG
1 review
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I recently went to Lavender Bistro for an anniversary with my wife. We ordered the Dine Week special and were underwhelmed. The Risotto my wide ordered was under cooked and the lamb was underdone. I asked for the wine pairing and was charged for two single wines, and the white wine was not delivered. The desert in the special was also not delivered, instead they brought us a small scoop of gelatto as a replacement? Ambiance was nice.

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g
Los Angeles
28 reviews
2.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We have eaten here many times and always had a good meal. We sat outside which was a big mistake. We were swarmed by flies. We asked the waiter, and he said " anytime you order fish you get flies"we look around and most people were not eating fish but were miserable with the flies. They should have told us this. It was a Saturday night and they wanted to sit people outside. The meal was ruined because of the fly situation. I could not fish my steak or have desert because the setting was driving us crazy. Beautiful place, good food, good service but they knew the issue and did not tell us.

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GT
Orange County
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I mentioned that it was my friend’s birthday when I made my reservation. Nothing was done for her birthday so we ordered a desert. Otherwise everything was perfect.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting the area and decided to try somewhere new. We had a great time and a amazing meal. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

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CS
1 review
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

1st time dining here and we chose it during Restaurant Week 2018. All of us ordered different dishes, which would enable us to try a taste of the others dish, if needed. Portions VERY generous, however, 1 person ordered the Risotto w/Pan-Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops, as they love scallops, only to find that the once whole scallop had been diced into small pieces, not as described, it should have been. Disappointed to say the least! Another ordered the Roasted Rack of Lamb, loved it and I ordered the Grilled Flat Iron Steak, which was, in my opinion amazing! Dessert was VERY SAD in its preparation, the “toast”, bread, whatever it was had NO glaze on it and it looked and tasted like a blow torch had been used and burnt the edges. Service at times was a bit wondering, in other words our server seemed a bit overwhelmed. Other staff were great, and so was the waiter, overall, he just seemed a bit out of sorts. But, overall it was an enjoyable evening. I would be back.
Thank you !

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a lovely, charming place!

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CS
1 review
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the prime rib and were delighted that it was so good!

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MP
San Diego
21 reviews
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

A really lovely restaurant, hidden in La Qunita. The spouse and I celebrated my birthday there and this restaurant has a lovely ambiance. Food was good. I had the butternut squash ravioli which was good (although a tad oily). Would have again and just ask for less butter. My husband had the salmon - Very good. We went in May and it was a bit too sunny/warm to sit outside for our liking - so I'd suggest a after sun down reservation time. We will certainly return.

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GC
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated outside, greeting was very welcoming. Service was polite, prompt. Food was excellent for all four dishes main and appetizer. Live music was great. Downsides were the flies which were very annoying and only one choice of Rose wine, no cocktail menu

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OT
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far our new favorite restaurant in La Quinta. Food was delicious and the service couldn’t have been better. We came in for our anniversary and were sat right by the entertainer. He chatted with us and played songs from our wedding and wedding year. Such a beautiful patio with the magical lights. Can’t wait to return! Thank you for making our evening so special!!

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappointed ...... we make a point of coming here each time we visit.

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LY
Miami
16 reviews
3.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were told that we were seated inside, instead of the beautiful outside dining area, because we had booked on Open Table. When we pointed out that there were several large tables available outside they said those were for walk ups. Table service was mediocre at best and the food was good.

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w
Palm Springs
1 review
3.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Been many time but on our last 2 visits the service lacked enthusiasm and the food came way too fast.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had too many misses during the meal for such a highly rated restaurant. The waiter was not attentive, we had to call him over to the table several times, had to remind him to bring us our wine. The salads had already been served. While we ordered the curry medium it was so hot, it just ruined our taste buds. The other items, salads, appetizers were ok, but, nothing special.

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AM
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I were in La Quinta for vacation and someone recommended Lavenders to us so we went. We loved it. The atmosphere was fabulous and the food was phenomenal!

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L
Palm Springs
14 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lavender Bistro. The food and surroundings are fantastic.

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MM
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable dining every time we're at Lavender Bistro! Dinners are beautifully presented and delicious, wait staff are pros, the outdoor patio setting is very lovely, enjoyable live music too!

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MW
1 review
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time we dined at Lavenders was 5 years ago, before we purchases our condo in PGA West. The food is great! The service over the top

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n
Hawaii
5 reviews
2.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

This is a great place if you are only looking for ambiance. Took 30 min before waiter came to table, then water was offered. A hair was found in my husbands salad, a used tooth pick was in the wine glass and the meals all arrived luke warm and took nearly an hour to receive meal after salads. The waiter apologized and deducted charges from our bill but I cannot recommend this experience to anyone. Although I understand accidents with food can happen there is No excuse for poor service and cool food.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
1.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Used to be good. Duck fair.not as good as brasserie in la Quinta. Brussels sprouts almost raw,not al dente. Lump crab was not lump crabmeat! Service stretched to the limit. Looked forward,remembered as good,but diapppointing. With choices available wouldn't go back. Pretty setting though.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a lovely restaurant will defiantly return

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L
San Diego
1 review
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Lovely patio. Terrible food. It was like dining out in 1975.

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SA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night restaurant. The outdoor patio is all lit up and has live music. The service and food are both wonderful! Love it!!!

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