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Lavender Bistro

4.5
2617 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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.
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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 2617 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.8
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 20 hours ago

Reservation was @ 6pm. Were given menus and seated. Took to 6:45 before taking our order. Presentation of the food serving was pathetic at best. Nothing like what is pictured in their advertising. Very disappointing!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

AMAZING SERVICES, OUR RUNNER ALWAYS DELIVERED OUR FOOD PROMPTLY ON TIME, AND THE BUSSER NEVER LET OUR GLASSES RUN OUT OF WATER ... THE SERVER WAS EXCELENT AS WELL. GREAT FOOD, GREAT WINE.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely dinner. The beet salad and ravioli were amazing. Love the ambiance and music! Generally an older crowd.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We dined on the patio with friends and it was a lovely evening to be outdoors. Lavender has one of the nicest patios in the La Quinta area. The food was good, not great. However, as with other times we have eaten there, the service was indifferent and inattentive. Our table for four was very uncomfortable - couldn't fit our legs under the table because of the position of the table frame. And the music was loud enough to make conversation difficult. For the price, I expect better.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Three dishes were very good . My flounder was mediocre. The jasmine rice was bland.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Have been to Lavender Bistro many times before and had always enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. This visit was different. The service was poor and our waiter was very disengaged. There simply was no service. Took forever to just order a cocktail. To our utter surprise after ordering our food, it was delivered within five minutes. In other words it must have prepared earlier and held under a warming lamp. The food could not have been prepared for our specific order and the meals were very bland. We were very disappointed and will not return.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding service with fantastic atmosphere. Outdoor dining at its best...

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Superb food, great service great music, great ambiance!

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

As always, it was superb! From the table location, food and service - everything was perfect.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This was our second time at Lavender Bistro. This time, we brought friends with us. We had a great meal in a beautiful setting! We'll be back!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Lavender Bistro. The four of us shared the generous calamari appetizer which was delicious. The shrimp curry, duck and brined pork chop were well prepared and presented with an array of vegetables. The sea bass special was a bit dry, but tasty. We dined outdoors in the lovely courtyard and listened to the live musician when not chatting with each other. The servers were attentive, but not over-bearing. All in all it was a very nice meal albeit a bit pricey. We would go again for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Perfect night out!!

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our guests dinner (the prime rib special) was returned to the kitchen three times because it was cold. After the third time he left without eating.

Very poor experience.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I have been to Lavender Bistro 3 times. The food is consistently good, fresh with a nice presentation. The atmosphere is very special with lighted trees etc. This past time we were celebrating 2 friends birthdays. The service was very disappointing. They forgot to bring requested salad dressing and a side vegetable dish that was ordered. The salad got eaten without the dressing and when we called their attention to the vegetables we were practically through the dinner and chose to cancel it. The staff seemed preoccupied with setting the tables for the following day vs being attentive to our table of 5.
I will go again, but will be more assertive in getting the attention we deserved!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Didn't expect it to be that crowded at 7:30 on a Tuesday evening. I was a bit disappointed on the scope of the menu. Would have liked some scallops or a different choice of chicken. Ambiance was great.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Wonderful service. We arrived early at sat at the bar for a drink. The bartender was very helpful with the wine list. Our server on the patio was great. The ambiance was lovely and the food was great. Definitely will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

DINNER WAS WONDERFUL. MY GIRLFRIEND & I HAD THE COLD LOBSTER OVER SALAD, PERFECT FOR A WARM EVENING. MY HUSBAND THOUGHT THE MUSHROOM SOUP & LOBSTER RAVIOLI WERE EXCELLENT AS WELL. WE ENJOYED THE SANCERRE TOO. THE OUTDOOR PATIO ALWAYS LOOKS SO PRETTY WITH THE LIGHTS AROUND THE TREES TOO.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Lavender never disappoints for ambience, menu, quiet live music, wine list and service. Only complaint was annoying black flies, who seemed to like curried shrimp (prawns). A five star experience nonetheless.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Loved it. It is such a welcoming setting and the staff and food are terrific. And multiple places to sit and enjoy live music, indoor or out... great job Lavender!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Lovely evening under the beautifully light trees. Scottish salmon was perfectly done and thoroughly enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This is an amazing place...it’s our go to place every time we are in palm desert. Food, service, ambiance, wonderful soft music🎶🎶💑...everything is perfection!!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Beautiful ambience. A special place with amazing customer service.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Excellent!!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Steak was burnt. Asked for salad never got. Asked for decaf coffee pretty sure was regular.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We loved our waiter David!
He is 1st class

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Has been one of our favorites because of the ambiance. But this time the food was a real disappointment. The fish was utterly flavorless...and my wifes steak was overcooked and tough.

Service was slow and unengaging. For $250 we expect much more. Doubt we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We are on vacation and we brought our kids (age 7 and 9). We appreciate that you were kind and accommodating to them in such an “adult” restaurant. We all had a wonderful time, thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful service, beautiful ambiance. A true gem! A beautiful oasis, great good, great energy, great service! Not our first experience and definitely not our last!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with friends. The only negative one could say was the abundance of flies. Perhaps some type of netting might be incorporated to help this situation.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Such a beautiful courtyard, great ambiance. The waiter asked what we wanted to drink but there was no drink menu on the table. Other than that it was great and loved my mushroom soup and lavender salad. Everyone else enjoyed their meals too.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Restaurant seems too large for kitchen and staff to handle. Two of five people liked the food. We
were so disappointed as several friends told us this was their favorite place in the area.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very special place... Favorite.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

One of my all time favorites.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Finding the restaurant was a challenge, this was not the issue over which the restaurant had any control, this is an issue with the city of La Quinta, the street names are difficult to find.

Upon entering, the set up was very elegant, our first waiter was very courteous, we ordered our drinks, the menu was quite extensive. For myself, having previewed the menu on line, my selection was made easy.
Overall, the ambiance was a delight, the musician played music for background and did not interfere with our conversation.
I look forward to returning.
Manny R

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

First time dining at Lavender Bistro and we would definitely come back. We went for my birthday and the singer sang me happy birthday which made me feel special. The outdoor patio was beautiful! Great food and great service.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Everything was fantastic!! The service was outstanding (thank you David and Thomas!) and our dinner was delicious...
We recommend you ask to be seated outside in their patio, you won't be disappointed!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My wife and I had made our reservations two months in advance for this very popular restaurant that has lovely outdoor seating and lighting. When we arrived at the restaurant to be seated the hostess tried to seat us at a table for two right in the traffic pattern back and forth to the kitchen, and next to a speaker for the canned music and the entertainer later that evening. We declined to sit there and requested a different table. The hostess then showed us to another table for two under the patio cover. It had been a hot afternoon and there were no fans so the air was stifling. We declined this table as well. The hostess said she had one more possibility. It is 6 o'clock in the afternoon and the restaurant is mostly empty with plenty of tables for two people available. Finally we settled on a table next to a wall and another speaker. But we were okay with this choice. The waiter shows up fairly quickly but then disappeared for what seemed like an inordinate amount of time before he returned and took our order. When he was pouring the wine we ordered, he spills wine on the table and down the side of my glass. No apology. The food arrived promptly, as ordered, and cooked properly. Since it was my wife's birthday, they did provide a nice dessert. The setting is lovely and quite popular for the patio seating during the evening because of the lighting. This was our first experience eating here and though we had some bumps, we will probably come again and hope for a better overall dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Amazing dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Nice setting, great food.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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