Lavender Bistro

4.6
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3686 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lavender Bistro thanks all our patrons for another successful year. We are closed for summer and look forward to serving you again on September 26th. 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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4.5
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OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner...

SG
Phoenix
96 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Sedona, AZ and always love stopping in La Quinta to dine at Lavender Bistro. The ambiance could not be more romantic and beautiful. Their menu is extensive the food is always superior. They offer a wide wine selection as well. The service is usually excellent. Some nights it is quite busy and there is quite an energetic vibe. One of our favorite restaurants!

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We had a 6 pm reservation . We arrived on time and were seated right away . Service was rushed we had a drink I had soup and we both had entrees and dinner was finished at 640. They gave us no time between courses . Not really a find dining experience although prices were upper scale restaurAnt prices.

EB
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting and they loved the place. It really is a beautiful atmosphere with excellent food.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It's all about the patio...
Rained the day we went. Seated inside the service was spotty and the food was poor.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday for my husband with 8 other friends and family. Very lovely evening

P
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a rainy night so no one could sit on the patio. However, Lavender did an excellent job of seating everyone and providing good service under adverse circumstances.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

We had a 5:30 reservation. It was a very rainy night and we arrived at 5:17. The hostess said “I can’t seat you until 5:30” others were arriving early as well. Hostess just looked down at her computer. Basically ignoring us.
We were all just hanging out at entrance because of the rain. Finally a gal came over to seat everyone.
The “ I can’t seat you” reply soured me to the experience of a romantic dinner to celebrate my husbands birthday. Really? “Can’t seat you” you’re in a service industry! We were 13 minutes early. That’s a problem for them or her?! Terrible won’t go back. And we’ve been going for tv e past 10 years.

C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved everything about it.

L
Kansas City
106 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointing. Perhaps it was an off night. The oysters tasted “off” and the sauce served with them was a watery tomato mix. We sent it back

L
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Will definitely be returning.

r
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lavender Bistro! The food is always outstanding. I ordered the Butter Fish. It was melt in your mouth wonderful. The outdoor patio is beautiful. This time, however, I felt the service was a little hurried.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We have been going to this restaurant for years during each visit to La Quinta and are usually very pleased. This time, not so much. The food was just "ok" and they had all the heaters on around us on a nice night. I asked to turn a few off and they only turned one off. It is not fun eating when you are hot and sweaty.

JN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal, friendly staff and the outdoor setting couldn’t be prettier!!

Plus the beautiful Peacock sculpture greeting you is amazing!!

AH
Baja California
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

charming outdoor patio with light music..our meal was perfect!

GR
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to dining here when in the desert.

n
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a nice dinner and fabulous atmosphere.

LK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice waiter named Oscar made our stay and experience at Lavender Bistro really special.

MK
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok not great. The duck was slightly overcooked. Service
was fine.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and the patio is spectacular!

KJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our 8th grade teacher here who was in town for a class reunion. It was a perfect place for a special get together. Food was excellent, service great and the ambiance outstanding! Really enjoyed our evening here.

OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

When lavender bistro is on its game, it’s fantastic. The problem I have with them is they’re inconsistent. We were there two weeks prior to this visit and the food was fantastic. This visit the food was mediocre. The fish was bland and all of our food came out Luke warm. We called the waiter over, he took my husbands plate, and returned with the fish he ordered but with completely different sides. By the time we had all eaten and didn’t bother sending it back. The waiter was wonderful and comped a dessert for us so he tried to make amends. Lavender bistro needs to be more consistent for the money they charge for their dinners.

q
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, great ambiance. Service a little iffy

JM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

This was our fourth visit to Lavender Bistro as it is a splurge when we visit the desert. We were disappointed with our visit on March 6, 2020 for two reasons. First, I came away from the restaurant with grease stains on my pants. On thinking back I remembered that the underneath of the chair felt greasy. After trying to wash the pants the stain would not come out. When I called Christa at the restaurant she was dismissive but did say she would pass my concern along. I have received no follow-up from the restaurant. Second, our waiter Frank was friendly at the start and end of the meal but otherwise absent. We had to ask twice about the fish special and did not receive proper information. Frank never came to check on our main course or ask if I needed another glass of wine. We shared a cake for dessert and had to ask for side plates. When the bill came we asked to have it split between two couples and this seemed like an unreasonable request to Frank. For a 'high end' restaurant the service and attitude of the staff did not meet the mark. We will not return.

WB
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely evening

L
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice night at Lavender; delicious food in a beautiful setting. The best part about our night was the incredible service we received from Oscar. He truly enhanced our dining experience.

DJ
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend to enjoy our favorite restaurant. It certainly did not disappoint. Every detail was excellent as always. The owner runs a tight ship and assures his guests are well served.

DG
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY GOOD !!!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We’ve been going up Lavender for many years on vacation to Palm Desert. I’m always conflicted about this restaurant but grinds like to come here do we do - the ambience is the best

OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and our waiter was very good. It’s our place to bring first time guests

G
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lavender Bistro 💜. Our sister in laws s from Paris and North Carolina we’re very impressed by the restaurant and the ever so beautiful patio. Dinner was fabulous and desert was a lovely. Always a great place to dine.
🤍

KB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavenders is always consistently good. We’ll be back.

MS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We went to Lavender Bistro to celebrate my friend getting married. There was a group of 6 young women. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was really good. What brought my ratings down was our service. Our waiter was completely unprofessional. He treated us terribly. You could tell he did not like serving our table because we, unlike all the other patrons at the restaurant, were a lot younger and not spending $400 on a bottle of wine. At the end of the night, he came to ask us if we wanted dessert. We politely said no thank you. He proceeded to laugh at us and go talk to another waiter about is while pointing out our table. We paid our bill in cash to make it as simple for him as possible. When he brought back our bill, he did not include the receipt with it, but included the change. We asked to see the receipt and he gave it back to us. Upon counting up our change, we realized that he short-changed us. He pocketed $10 of what should have been our change from our bill. He realized that we had figured this out and hovered around our table until we left. We went to talk to the bar manager after this incident before we left. She told us that the manager had left for the evening and that she was sorry for this incident and that someone from the restaurant would contact us. We have not been contacted since and this happened two weekends ago. Such a bummer because other than the waitstaff and way this was handled, I would have recommended this place. Now, not so much. And warning, if you have a server named Carlos, run for the hills because he will take your money.

CH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I loved the ambiance and the service was quick and efficient, we enjoyed the patio and the live music

I would have liked to see more actual lavender plants in the landscape

t
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Very disappointed. Mediocre Caesar salad and the portion of chicken was a joke - boneless chicken was two very small pieces on a bone. Two of us ordered it and the other person had a small but ok amount whereas mine needed a microscope. Servers should have known better than to serve it seeing the difference. Perhaps they ran out or? But really it was a joke for $31 and should not have served it. And the preparation was not great either. Not very tasty. I didn’t complain as we brought a guest. Would have expected a restaurant that charges high prices would do better.

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We held our post-wedding celebration (10 people) on the patio and it could not have been a lovelier evening! Great service, ambiance and food - we weren’t rushed and many around us sent well-wishes! Just a beautiful ending to an (almost) perfect day- thank you,Lavender Bistro!

JA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Tables were way to close to each other that night and our table kept being bumped by the staff that the wine almost fell over 3 x's. Meal great service was just o.k.

JT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, large patio. Seated right at our reservation time. Juan Carlos was a very engaging and knowledgeable waiter. Fun and great server. Nice addition is the music they provide both inside and out. It's a special place.

KF
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We will definitely be back and will recommend to everyone

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