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.
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - close
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!
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.
This restaurant is over the top for ambience. And, the food is good.
Everyone was courteous let us take our time to order efficient food which tasted great
We had a lovely evening!
Perfect to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.
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??
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.
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....
Second time to have dinner-food is excellent!! Beautiful setting on patio with all the white lights! Will be back!!
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!
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.
Food is always fresh, creatively prepared and tasty.
Ambiance is the best in the desert. Always look forward to an evening here
Nicely decorated for Xmas. Plenty of heaters for cooler evenings. Very enjoyable evening celebrating our anniversary
Lavender is always a local favorite! Great food, great service, great ambiance!
One of our favorite restaurant's--Food is fantastic, only one comment, had trouble understanding our waitress. Always a great time!
Unbelievably amazing!!!!! Fantastic service, sat outside and it was magical. Wine, appetizers, dinner and desserts all FIVE STARS!
Can’t wait to return 👏👏👏
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.
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.
Always like Lavender Bistro however I was very disappointed in the prime rib special. The meat was tough and fairly tasteless.
It was wonderful. Thank you for a lovely evening.
Great food, great ambiance and fantastic musician ... enjoyed our evening very much
Our favorite restaurant. Beautiful outdoor patio filled with white lights on trees and plenty of heaters! Great food!
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.
Lavender Bistro’s food is consistently excellent.
Lavender Bistro was fantastic! The service was impeccable, the food great, the music enjoyable, and made for a great evening.
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!
Absolutely perfect in every way. The lobster salad is divine. The staff is on top of it. Just always on their game.
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.
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.
We went for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was outstanding and our sever, Morgan, provided excellent service. We will be back...very soon!
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.
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.
We loved the Lavender Bistro. The patio was beautiful and the food was spectacular. We’ll definitely be back.
The rating is based mainly on the food. It was fine but definitely not excellent.
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.
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.
Our dinner with friends last night was spectacular!! They never disappoint. It is our favorite place
Perfect place for a date night. Superb food, service and ambiance.
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.