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About Lavender Bistro

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.

78073 Calle Barcelona
La Quinta, CA 92253
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Join us nightly for our popular Happy Hour from 4:00 to Close.
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - close

Cross Street:
Desert Club Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 564-5353

Website:
http://www.lavenderbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music Nightly - piano and vocals.

Catering:
Lavender Bistro's catered events will take our wonderful dining experience into your home or venue of your choice.

Executive Chef:
Raul Garcia

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

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Lavender Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.8

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (166)
Romantic (133)
Special Occasion (127)
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Good for Anniversaries (109)
Good for a Date (108)
Good for Birthdays (107)
Live Music (99)
Creative Cuisine (69)
Neighborhood Gem (68)
Worth the Drive (68)
Fit for Foodies (62)
Good for Groups (49)
Quiet Conversation (45)
Notable Wine List (43)
Cozy (40)
Fun (37)
Happy Hour (37)
Bar Seating (27)
Healthy (25)
Authentic (24)
Hot Spot (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Scenic View (20)
Seasonal (20)
Casual (19)
People Watching (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Business Meals (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Organic (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Spicy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 hours ago

Outstanding ! Entrees were excellent !!
Side of Brussel sprouts were not cooked !
Ambiance is spectacular !!

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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Everything was great except for VERY ANGRY, CONDESCENDING AND UNPLEASANT receptionist despite fact that we had proper reservations and are frequent diners at this restaurant.

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·Dined a day ago

A very lovely dinner in stunning location. Great meal, great service

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·Dined 2 days ago

I'm not going to go into the setting as there are plenty of reviews for that. This may have been an off night, but the service was deplorable. We were seated at 7:45 P.M. and didn't receive our first order of drinks until 8:30 and still hadn't had an opportunity to order our food. We just didn't trust that the evening would get any better and asked for our check without ordering food. (Rated food as poor only because we weren't able to taste it and a rating is required.)We saw another table leave as the waitress was bringing their desert. At this price point the service should be second to none. The waitress was very apologetic; the management seems disinterested. :-(

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·Dined 2 days ago

I enjoy Lavendar but Sunday they missed the mark. We ordered the House Smoked Scottish Salmon with toast points. To my surprise it was plain white bread that was toasted quickly, soggy and burnt. We ask the waiter to pls bring us a new batch but it was the same. We ordered 2 main courses (1) veal (2) Roasted Honey Brine Pork Chop which was mine. The sides potatoes, braised cabbage, were very flavorful but the pork chop was tough no flavor. Very disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

A wonderful evening enjoyed by all. Beautiful outdoor setting and wonderful food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

Very disappointed in this visit to Lavender. The service was terrible. Even though we had a reservation we waited twenty minutes to be seated. The service was ridiculously slow. By the time we received our food it was barely lukewarm. We couldn’t fathom sending it back as we had waited over two hours. Extremely disappointing.

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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Horribly disappointing
Food and service way below average.
We we not the only guests that were unhappy. Tables around us sent back their food and drinks.
Do Not recommend.

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·Dined 4 days ago

This is my second dining experience at Lavende Bristo.
I loved it so much the first time.
This time my meal was just fair, luke warm, old shrimp with no crisp crunch.
I did not complain because it was a business gathering.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

It was our first time to the Lavendar Bistro and would go again for sure. The food was excellent, we sat on the patio which was lovely. Highly recommend

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Nice outdoor patio and live dinner. Great experience.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

Had reservations, but were still put inside. Could not hear the music and the waitress was having issues with the table next to us. Was not a great experience. Ahi Tuna with coconut was not my favourite. Normally we have a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant and will return.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service seemed a little slower and less friendly than usual.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Wife had the duck because it was excellent the first time we came for dinner. This time the duck was over cooked & dry. We also had to wave down our waiter to get drinks or service. The couple with us were visiting and did not complain about the meal, until I asked on the way out the door how their dinner was. His steak was tough, but he didn't want to say anything because he was my guest.
We won't be back,

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We made a Valentines reservation based on a recommendation of a work colleague. We drove 1 and a 1/2 hour to get their. Google maps took us on a weird detour which meant we were 10 minutes late. The hostess had us wait 3 minutes and then returned to say they could not seat us as they had sent the cooks home.
They could have offered us a drink, bread or appetizers, especially after I told them how far we drove. We turned around and drove home with no food. Not good service and not the way to spend Valentines!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

It was great definitely going back

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

We found (and always find) Lavendar's Bistro to be just the right place to celebrate any special occasion like birthdays, Valentine's Day and anniversaries. We can't wait for another occasion to eat at Lavendars. The ambience is par excellent!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The price fix menu was significantly overpriced.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

The Lavender Bistro was as good as ever but the fixed menu at $80 each was a bit of a surprise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Probably our best Valentines ever!! Everything was perfect!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 7 days ago

It was the best Valentine’s Day the service was perfect the table was perfect and the food was wonderful

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Have been to Lavenders many times and always had a pleasant experience. Always sat outside, but tried inside this time and were placed right next to a very loud couple even though the rest of the large room was empty, and a hopefully quiet date night turned into a struggle to hear each other. They easily could have sat us further apart. The menu was limited to accommodate Valentines Day and the choices were not good for me. The staff hovered to clear the table, again even though we were just two of four people in the entire room. Very, very annoying. Overall cost was exorbitant. Sorry Lavenders. You blew it this time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Dining at the Lavender Bistro is always enjoyable.....elegant ambiance, interesting menu and attentive service. It's our "go to" place for any special occasion as well as entertaining out-of-town guests.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Very romantic evening. Decorations and lighting on the patio were spectacular. Electronic piano and voice entertainment was perfectly played in the background by a live musician. Great food. Perfect evening.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our early Valentine’s Day celebration. Seated in the outdoor garden area at, unfortunately, a very busy corner table near the waiter’s station. Not many tables for two available this evening. Waiter recommended the calamari appetizer which we shared - ample portion, enough for 3, really. Split a Cesar salad which, again, was more than ample for two. Hubby had the recommended Grilled Pork Chop which was a huge chop perfectly done and I had the rack of lamb, also perfectly done, although somewhat disappointing that it was served at room temp. It was a cool evening and the heat lamp ran out of propane during our entree. Interestingly, the waiter also had to tend to replacing the tank...not what you’d expect at a “high end” restaurant. All in all, enjoyable evening and, as luck would have it, most bottled wines are half price on Tuesdays so we were pleasantly surprised when the check came.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 13, 2018

First timer! Definitely a go to. The food was amazing! The menu has plenty of variety. If you're on a budget I'd go elsewhere because when you look at this menu your going to want everything! The servers were on point and ready to serve you they were also very organized. The ambience just makes you happy if you sit outside which I recommend. There was something about this place that I will return soon. The owner of this restaurant should be proud. I've been to a few higher end restaurant's and have been disappointed but not this one! Loved it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We choose to eat inside as winds strong that night. Would love to return to enjoy their beautiful outdoor dining garden.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 11, 2018

THE best restaurant while we were in Palm Springs. Can't wait to go back. Make your reservations early. They couldn't accommodate us early evening outside but they saved us a table next to the outside. They thought of everything. Wait staff was very attentive but not constantly bothering you. Food was impeccable! I can't say enough good things about this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was mediocre at best This is the second time we experienced at least one of the four meals being unsatisfactory . For the price it certainly is not worth it. Much ado about nothing.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Steak was sent back as it was not cooked to order. Side of asparagus tips with parmigiana cheese ordered was forgotten. After relaying this to the server, whole asparagus spears were delivered without he cheese. Another order was put in but came back as full spears with cheese. Servers were polite and apologetic but would benefit from additional training. While making the reservation, a note was made that this was a birthday/anniversary occasion. No mention of this was made by the staff or servers. Why ask this question only for it to be ignored?
Additionally, although handicapped parking was provided in the parking lot, illegally parked vehicles prohibited van access to a person using an electric wheelchair. These spots should be better marked and lit or policed.
Overall experience was very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lavender Bistro never disappoints. We come to the Desert every year for 2 weeks and always make sure we dine there. Love the food, ambience and setting. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lavender Bistro had the very best ambiance we have ever experienced on a patio setting. The food was also fantastic! The live music was beautiful at just the right volume. Loved everything about this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very nice place to have a date and setting was nice for a Romantic night out. Will return again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very romantic! Loved everything about the experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Huge disappointment. We looked forward to a special evening here for our first time visit. This place has loads of ambiance...and tons of people. Picture a football field with tables and lighted trees. Enormous and surprisingly loud. Had reservations for 3 weeks ahead and they tried to put us at junk tables, twice. Finally seated and eventually speculated about how long it would take for a server to show up. We saw our main server 3 times, each of which was requested and relayed through the water server. Outrageous. And the coup de grace was the astonishingly mediocre food. In my humble opinion, this place is all hype, a place for the beautiful people to be seen and that is it. And for this, you have the privilege of having to sell a kidney to pay the check. P.T Barnum lives. Try Arnold Palmers if you want a great meal, authentic ambiance, and no attitude.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Anniversary. Everyone was very nice and the ambiance was fantastic. Already made reservations for New Year’s eve. David was our server. Hostesses were very accommodating!!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Have never had Chris as our wait person before, he did a great job!! We were close to one of the speakers for the guitarist, that was a little too loud. Would like the see the menu change up a bit.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Perfect evening. Juan Carlos’ attentive service backed up by Diego’s kind support and Mark’s amazing live music made our evening perfect. The bacon wrapped dates were decadent yet satisfying. And the lamb chops were awe inspiring.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Lavender never disappoints. Creatively prepared fresh ingredients prepared with a European flair. Service is prompt and friendly. An extra super addition to the La Quinta restaurant scene.
Worth a trip from anywhere.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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