Lavender Bistro

4.6
3045 reviews
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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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ML
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous atmosphere! Food was awesome. Entertainment was great! I love this restaurant!

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MT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Spectacular garden. Went on a very cold evening, but they had so many heaters we could comfortably eat outside without coats. Interesting menu. Food was excellent. Service was a bit slow when we first came in, but probably because the restaurant was very crowded. Very expensive.

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MP
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food and service were terrible. Waiter never even asked how the food was. They took my hearted away, while in a short sleeve dress. Bad-

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TG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ended up sitting at the bar and LeAnn the bar manager took care of us. The carpaccio was to die for. The lobster ravioli was good but could have been hotter. Also the food comes out really fast so we were appreciative of LeAnn spacing it so we could take our time. Beautiful spot and live music in the bar

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FB
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good overall

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KE
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 6 people (4 of them were from out of town) and I believe everyone ordered a different entree - all said the food was prepared exactly as they wanted it and that the patio was just a lovely place to be. The wait staff was unobtrusive and attentive.

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S
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavender Bistro is a wonderful restaurant in the desert. The service, ambiance and food are all top notch. Not to be missed on your next trip to the desert. Don’t miss the curry and salmon dishes!

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining outside in their courtyard...one of the most romantic and classy places around...soft music in the background, well decorated lite trees and flowers presented itself as "the" place to be!
From the moment we entered and throughout our dinner the service was well-timed and very friendly...even when we got a bit of the wind chill that night, they quickly re-seated us.

The house chardonnay and cab exceeded our expectations for smoothness and full body flavors. We like to try out different appetizers and entrées when we visit for special occasions and found the Halibut and Rack of Lamb were outstanding with both rich in flavor along with their good accompaniments that made these dishes shine! The dessert was a surprise to me when ordering the apple tart with ice cream and I like to say it had this very nice 'French flair of flavor' - was just plain delicious! ...can't go wrong getting this one.

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MO
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavender Biatro is fabulous! The ambiance outdoors together with the music and lighting is beautiful. The food waals superb-- recommend the halibut and NY steak.

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love sitting on the patio..simply beautiful setting with nice music. The food was a bit off this time, but we’ll come back. Service always good.

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LS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and were told to go wait in the bar and come back to the desk when it was time. Once seated (with no menus), we waited another 10-15 minutes for a menu. Our waiter then did his best to make up for the rocky start, but alas, when the food came, he couldn’t fix the fact that my shrimp dish contained beautiful-looking large shrimp that had been cooked until they were the consistency of concrete. My husband’s paella was mediocre at best (although the shrimp in his dish were cooked appropriately). The dishes were ridiculously over-priced. To be fair, the restaurant didn’t charge me for my entree (after the waiter and chef both agreed the shrimp were inedible) which we appreciated and thought was fair. Needless to say, we will
not be returning....there are plenty of other places to try here!

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OT
Sacramento
49 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

First timers-party if 8. Great table in a cabana. German server. Very good.

Food: (rating after item)

Marys chicken-delicious. Crispy skin. Moist. Did not like mashed potatoes or shiitake mushroom on plate. 8

Ahi- ordered rare. Very cold. Sweet rice with it was horrible and inedible. Bok choi undercooked snd tough to cut 3. (Worst ahi i ever had f 37$ )

2 Pork chop. Big and tender. 9

Salmon. Big portion. Good. 8

Lamb. $49. Rip off. Undercooked- tough. Lacked flavor. 6

Mussels. Big portion. Served with frys. Ok. 8

Beet salad. Small..think they preplate as did not look like freshly made. Should b cubed. were sliced. 5

Mushroom soup. Good 8

Onion soup too much broth. Not enuf onion pieces. 7

Lavender salad. Split f 2. Best dish of night. 10


Big portions but that does not make up f mediocre food

Nice place. Probably won’t return

No manager interaction at table

Hostess slurping noodles from a styrofoam cup at hostess stand on way out


Has mixed reviews on open table and trip advisor. I can see why.

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D
Hawaii
29 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Busy the night we were there. Seated in the courtyard with heaters. Music playing, very nice. My Paella was good. No bowl was provided for the shells
DH had curry shrimp. Too much spice.
Enjoyed the night. Would return😊

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R
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding.

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Patio is lovely. Food was very good but we felt rushed. Barely finished our salad and meal came out. Our server never told us about specials and wasn’t very attentive.

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AV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WARM FEELING AS DOON AS YOU ENTER FRONT DOOR , ATMOSPHERE WAS PHENOMENAL FOOD WAS LIFE CHANGING ! MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER AND I HAD THE BEST TIME !

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PP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

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NM
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Based on recommendations from several friends we made reservations at Lavender Bistro for Valentines Dinner. Upon arrival my wife was handed a red rose (a nice touch) and were seated in the patio area. While it was a cool evening there were plenty of heaters to keep us warm. The menu was fixed price with choice of starters, entrees and one choice for dessert- all for $80.00 per person. Initially service seemed a bit disorganized. A few minutes after being seated a waiter came to the table to take our drink orders. We asked for a wine list and the waiter disappeared. About 5 minutes later a different waiter arrived at the table and asked if we wanted drinks. We again asked for a wine list. A few minutes later the first waiter brought the wine list. A short time later we ordered wine and gave our choices for dinner. Moments later the starters arrived. The wine arrived a few minutes later. No sooner did we finish the starters when they were whisked away and a moment later the entrees were delivered to the table. Moments after finishing our entrees they were cleared away and within a minute dessert was dropped off at the table.

The food was first rate - I have no complaints there. What left us with a negative impression was the feeling that we were being rushed through as quickly as possible. For $250 including wine, but before gratuity, we were treated to the fast food experience. Rather than a nice relaxed dinner out we just felt rushed, as though they were trying to turn over the table as quickly as possible.

Based on our first experience at the Lavender, I doubt that we will return. We can get the fast food experience elsewhere for a lot less money.

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WS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Rain prevented outside seating this time. The inside seating was not ideal, only acceptable. The food and service were excellent. Lavenders is truly a gem of a Bistro in La Quinta. Have been there many times and will keep going back for those special dinners. Highly recommended.

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JG
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

As always the service and food were wonderful. However we had a party of 6 and tho we arrived within 5 mi utes of each other, the hostess set one couple off by themselves assuring them she would bring us to the table when we arrived. She told us the same story...but sat us on the opposite side of the patio! We did eventually connect, but the hostess training program certainly needs some work!

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G
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite restaurant for special occasions

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TT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for a romantic outdoor dining environment with delicious food and amazing service- look no further. Lavender Bistro is a fabulous place to share a special meal with someone special. Best of the best in La Quinta!

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l
Nashville
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended by almost everyone here who we asked for restaurant advice. I could attempt to wax poetic about the setting, bread (fresh and exceptional), wine list, menu, food quality and service. Suffice it to say that in the 38 months since retirement and many cities and restaurants visited, this meal was as good as or better than any we've had anywhere.

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AO
Dallas
142 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Lavender Bistro several times now. We have never been disappointed. The food is always well prepared. The ambiance is great! Service was great this night as well. they have a nice wine list. We were not disappointed and will be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sea bass is excellent. The patio is so lovely. Our experience was fabulous, if a bit pricey.

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C
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint little place with great food & great service. Very friendly and attentive staff. Highly recommend!

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Patrol sole was disappointing. Small dab like portions...not a true filet.

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T
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Table next to speaker on wall...could not hear people across table. Asked waiter what could be done, and he argued that people elsewhere could not hear it if he did. No offer to move table, or??
-Waited 20 minutes to order drinks.
-Table for 6 served dinner two plates at a time - not even ladies first.
- Refilled our own wine glasses

Am a local and have dined hear often; this was so bad it makes me think they changed management.

It takes more than ambiance to make a great restaurant.

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MM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, had a great time with friends in a wonderful atmosphere. Had a new server that might have been a little over loaded, so service was a little off from what we usually get, but still our favorite pot and first choice for dining out in LQ

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S
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service, while good, seemed a bit rushed for our party of 8.
Food is always good and ambiance exceptional.

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JW
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at LB. Love the patio dining. We had a very nice early Valentines dinner there. Many gluten free options.

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BC
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fourth time at Lavender and each time has been excellent. We have always dined in the outdoor patio and thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere. Service is very good. The menu has a lot of variety and we have tried something different each time.

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CD
New England
47 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Delicious dinner in a charming South-of-France setting. Food was very good and ambiance was as expected. A delightful place to celebrate a life-event

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JW
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 20th wedding anniversary was so beautiful at Lavendar Bistro. The food was amazing and our waitress, Natalie, was the most amazing waitress we have ever had. She made the whole evening extra special and one we will never forget. The tiny white lights on the trees and the live piano music made our evening complete. Thank you for making our special celebration extra special in every way!

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D
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Probably the 10th time we've eaten there. The server," Carlos" who we had last year remembered us and made us feel welcome. Service was excellent as well as the food and Sunday osmo corkage fee so you can bring your own. A great deal as the wine prices are a little high.

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KW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

There were 5 of us and the service was very good and the food itself was good. Our only problem was that 2 of our friends said their food was so hot they had to wait for it to cool down and the other 3 of us had cold food. None of us wanted to complain since we were entertaining our friends.

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OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

We have been there many times.
Two of us had the prime steak special and it was tasty but not tender.
I had mentioned we had birthdays to celebrate on the reservation and they did not transfer that information.
I mentioned that as we left.

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San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not a positive experience with my dinner. Rack of Lamb was not at all what the menu said ... pistachio crusted rack of lamb. I had to send it back for the pistachio crust .... it was terrible. Needless to say I was highly disappointed!!!! Very unfortunate!!!

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SC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was wonderful and the service was good. The food was also good but the dessert we had was disappointing. The chocolate lava cake tasted like a square marshmallow on top of chocolate syrup and some additional syrup. So that was not good however the rest of the food was good.

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