Lavender Bistro

4.7
2764 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 2764 People Are Saying
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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went there for my wife's birthday. Nice ambiance. Attentive waiters. Great food. A bit pricey but once in a while its OK, especially if its an occasion. Hard to have a memorable dinner at Pollo Loco. We will go back. Probably frequently.

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MK
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always. Spontaneous celebration date. Beautiful setting, excellent and attentive wait staff, soft music.

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s
Grand Rapids
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was very marginal. Otherwise great experience.

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JB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the one restaurant that I must visit when I am in the Palm Springs/Palm Dessert area. The food and atmosphere are second to none. The staff are awesome and always more than accommodating.

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SV
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought friends from LA. We were all impressed. Food and drinks perfect.

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r
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the restaurant based on Trip advisor reviews indicating the restaurant was in the Top 10 for the area. The recommendation was absolutely correct and right on point. You have many seating choices at the restaurant. Bar, Patio, inside and a large open patio which is well appointed and the decor is appropriate. Obviously the theme is lavender which is seen throughout the restaurant. The napkins and wait staff have some item reflecting "Lavender" on them. You meals are individually prepared and to taste. Generally you will have a assigned wait staff person and a second assistant, so your water glass or other needs are always met. Fresh warm bread and toppings are provided. The shrimp cocktail is served on a huge plate of ice and shelled for you. Nothing to complain about.

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SR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was excellent! Food was good, but not great. Service was excellent.

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SC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply delightful and excellent food, service and ambiance !

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

It is a lovely place where I have been a few times. This time I ordered the Risotto and wanted to add a protein - I chose the lobster. Bad choice as the Risotto was $28 and they ended up charging me $38 for the 8oz. of lobster - definitely not 8 oz. added to my order - and not worth $66. Nothing on the menu more than $48 which was the rack of lamb. I should have ordered that instead!!! My girlfriend ordered the Maine Lobster Ravioli which was excellent at $38. Great food … great ambiance --- shame on me for not asking the price --- but double shame on the waiter for not advising me of the added crazy cost for the added lobster.

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FM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere with lovely outdoor dining and good background music and delicious food.

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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS. Lavender is our go to restaurant

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f
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We have loved Lavender in the past, especially their Indian dishes. This has been removed and is one of the main reasons we go there. Makes it different from the many other restaurants in the area.
We had the special which turned out to be anything but special. It went back and we ordered the hanger steak which turned out to be stringy and hard to chew.
We still love the ambiance an will try again.

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b
Tahoe
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our relatives to dinner here after enjoying this great restaurant a year ago and it was again fabulous. David was our waiter and had the right balance of professional and personality. The food was fabulous and the setting outdoors has to be one of the best anywhere in S. California.

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c
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here many times & it's always a delightful experience to dine under the twinkley tree lights & be outside on a warm evening. The food is very consistent. I had the mussels with truffle oil French fries...delicious. The service is always excellent. There are many items on the menu that I don't make at home so it is always a treat to dine at Lavander Bistro. romantic setting outside.

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l
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great music, nice atmosphere, quiet conversation, great service. Need I say more?

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LM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. It was our first time there and we would go again.

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M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful gem. Our first time and it was delightful. A little pricey but still worth it.

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m
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this neighborhood spot...so happy when its back open...best server..natalie!

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J
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my wife's birthday. The patio seating was very pretty and romantic; however, misters would have been nice in this extremely hot weather. The live music was too loud and at times made conversation difficult.
The service was excellent and the food good, although a little pricey.

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D
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Halibut special was excellent; but duck confit should have been crispy. Limited selection of wines by the glass - curious, as this is California after all. Great ambiance and wonderful service

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and we enjoyed it very much! We have eaten there on several occasions throughout the years and will certainly continue!

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Z
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
13 reviews
Dined 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
8 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
38 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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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CA
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
5 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
33 reviews
Dined 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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