Lavender Bistro

4.6
2868 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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.
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.
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
What 2868 People Are Saying
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LH
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Slow to get started at least 20 minutes before waiter came over ! We have eaten here many times! Fish was dry and chewy , lamb was scimpy and had no flavor ! Very disappointing!

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I am on the fence about recommending this restaurant. I would certainly describe my experience to a friend and let them make their own decision.

Here is my experience:

* we froze even though we were inside. There was a draft from the front to the back of the restaurant that made it uncomfortably cold. I asked for a blanket at one point with no response.
* we had a constant stream of people passing our table to get to the outside patio. Distracting with loud bursts of conversation by people eager to get on with their evening (but who unfortunately interfered with ours). There were other open tables in the restaurant that could have accommodated our group - they were never filled while we were there.
* there was too much food on the plate. Less is actually more visually. Take something away and make me want to savor each taste rather than overwhelm me with volume.
* the beet appetizer was wonderful
* the serving staff were attentive

On the way out of the restaurant I asked about a reservation that I made some time ago for an upcoming special event dinner. They told me that they didn't have it. When I went home I found the OpenTable confirmation without any difficulty. That was just the icing on a so-so experience. (I canceled on OpenTable.)

We had looked forward to this evening. It will be awhile before we even think about going back. Just not great.

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SF
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is over the top for ambience. And, the food is good.

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TM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was courteous let us take our time to order efficient food which tasted great

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening!
Perfect to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

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OT
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been there more then a dozen times.
Our guest had to pour wine 2 times.
We were celebrating a
Birthday. Realize we did not order dessert but 3 other tables seemed to have some acknowledgement of a birthday celebration.
Our guests loved the food/evening. My husband and I were a tad bit disappointed.
It is still my husbands favorite restaurant in the desert.
We will definitely be back but feel like it it is a better place for a party if 2 then 4.
I had called in the day before to make the reservation for 4 instead of 2 and when we arrived it appeared to be a huge deal??

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JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had high expectations. We went to celebrate a special birthday and friends had recommended Lavender as a special place to celebrate. The food was ok. One of us was very happy with the carpaccio and ahí tuna. I had the butternut squash ravioli, which was very bland, and the prime rib was mediocre. But most disappointing, we let them know through open table and a subsequent telephone call that we were there celebrating a birthday. Absolutely no acknowledgement of this event. It wasn't super busy so there was no excuse. We felt rushed; weren't even offered coffee, which we don't drink, but seemed like another example of very poor service. Given the prices and the hype it was a disappointment.

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, what a treat. We sat on the back patio, which looked like a fairyland with lights in every tree, and heaters, so that temperatures in the 40's was never an issue! The food was perfect, and our server, Natalie,
was wonderful. She knew exactly when to check on us, and was just delightful. We ate here 2 days in a row,
because it was so fun....

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CA
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time to have dinner-food is excellent!! Beautiful setting on patio with all the white lights! Will be back!!

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KB
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at Lavender Bistro celebrating my sister's birthday. The outdoor setting with lighted-trees in enchanting and beautiful. The food was amazing and the drinks were delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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F
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was OK, not great - the temperature of the food was not good; came out so fast too.
The busperson removed the bread and butter before we even had been served our entree and it seemed like we were being rushed through the meal.

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B
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fresh, creatively prepared and tasty.
Ambiance is the best in the desert. Always look forward to an evening here

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NC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely decorated for Xmas. Plenty of heaters for cooler evenings. Very enjoyable evening celebrating our anniversary

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SA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavender is always a local favorite! Great food, great service, great ambiance!

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O
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurant's--Food is fantastic, only one comment, had trouble understanding our waitress. Always a great time!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably amazing!!!!! Fantastic service, sat outside and it was magical. Wine, appetizers, dinner and desserts all FIVE STARS!
Can’t wait to return 👏👏👏

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CS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Setting is beautiful and food was delicious! I had the sole, others had paella, muscled and duck. Everything was a great experience. I was impressed and will definitely be going to Lavender Bistro again.

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t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Came here Friday night to celebrate a birthday. Food was on point as usual. What was a huge disappointment was the rushed service. We could not even finish our first cocktail and our meal was there. Then they came over every fee minutes to ask if we were through. We felt so rushed, ordered desserts and same thing, seems they just wanted to get us out to turn the table. Again, love the restaurant and food but the rushed service ruined what should have been a great Birthday dinner.

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L
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Always like Lavender Bistro however I was very disappointed in the prime rib special. The meat was tough and fairly tasteless.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance and fantastic musician ... enjoyed our evening very much

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t
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Beautiful outdoor patio filled with white lights on trees and plenty of heaters! Great food!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was a great way to celebrate a special birthday. The food was delicious and the setting beautiful. I would just note that the service is incredibly slow, but we chose to look at it as them giving us more time to enjoy our night. Also, the prices are very high.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lavender Bistro’s food is consistently excellent.

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D
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lavender Bistro was fantastic! The service was impeccable, the food great, the music enjoyable, and made for a great evening.

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DW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

After being to Lavender Bistro many times before and always loving it this time not so much. We had a 5:30 reservation so it was just starting to fill up on the patio. My husband ordered the filet Medium Well! It came Medium RARE! Very bloody. The waiter took it back and brought another piece that was only little bit better. At this point the rest of us were 3/4 done. Also didn't appear to be the same piece of meat which my husband told him just to cook more. Much smaller! My Mom had the special which was risotto and shrimp. She thought the risotto was really mushy. I ordered the sole and it was fishy tasting, carrots and spinach had no flavor . Really boring for the price. Needless today we were disappointed!

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AD
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect in every way. The lobster salad is divine. The staff is on top of it. Just always on their game.

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BK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavender Bistro is one of our very favorites. An exceptional combination of atmosphere, offering, and service.
Great guitar player this evening for the perfect background music.
Nathalie provided outstanding professional, knowledgeable, and personal service.
Thank you!

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LL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I've had brunch several times at the Lavender Bistro and every time our experience was fantastic, a "5" in every category. Unfortunately, our Thanksgiving Dinner didn't measure up. Things started off on a positive note. Our starter dishes were served quickly and they were very tasty. The main turkey course was also served timely; but, there was nothing about the cooking to distinguish the dish. It tasted like something we could have gotten at Denny's; but, Denny's doesn't charge $62. Then, things fell apart. We had ordered pumpkin pie and after 20 minutes we had to flag down one of the managers to complain about the delay. She then spoke to our server and about 5 minutes later we finally our got our pie. It tasted right out of the freezer. I guess they didn't defrost enough pie. I ordered a cup of coffee with my pie and they brought me warm brown water that tasted nothing like coffee. I'd still highly recommend Lavender Bistro for brunch; but, dinner didn't impress me.

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F
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Thanksgiving meal.

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DB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was outstanding and our sever, Morgan, provided excellent service. We will be back...very soon!

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G
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we have had Thanksgiving Dinner here. The food and service eee excellent but we were disappointed that even though we arrived early we were told they only had large tables for outside dining 😕 however we did enjoy our meal.

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MB
Palm Springs
72 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant in La Quinta. We go there several times a season since it opened 11 years ago. Love the outdoor patio ambience! Servers & wait staff are generally good and the quality & consistency of menu items is very good. Generally the restaurant is full. Nicholas, owner, is a "hand-on" manager.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Lavender Bistro. The patio was beautiful and the food was spectacular. We’ll definitely be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The rating is based mainly on the food. It was fine but definitely not excellent.

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OT
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was pretty good but the service and wait in between courses was far too long. The most surprising part was we asked the manager/owner if he could kindly check on the status of our entrees after waiting 45 minutes after our starters were cleared. He said he would check but never returned. The food arrived about 10 minutes later. The staff seemed to fawn over a VIP table on the upper terrace and clearly directed their attention toward them and not us.

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HA
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance very good, but food came barely warm and coffee was made from instant powder - not what you would expect from a seamingly very popular restaurant.

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner with friends last night was spectacular!! They never disappoint. It is our favorite place

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CM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a date night. Superb food, service and ambiance.

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WD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely setting, got to dine outside and the food was excellent. Wait service was lacking and we were seated right next to the service area which took away from the ambiance a bit, but overall we enjoyed our dining experience very much.

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