Lulu California Bistro

4.4
3512 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • People Watching
At Palm Springs newest and hippest restaurant, Lulu California Bistro combines talent, expertise and a passion for great food to produce a captivating California Bistro dining experience. Our menu options are many, varied and value-priced, and the quality is always high. Our generous portions are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and a dash of innovation from our award-winning chefs. Freshly baked bread and decadent desserts are made in-house daily, and are perfectly complimented by a cappuccino, latte or an endless pot of coffee. At our exciting bar area, we feature the desert's best Happy Hour – all-day, all-night, 12-hours long!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Sunday through Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00am - 11pm (bar & Happy Hour til midnight)
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Phone number
(760) 327-5858
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Please e-mail GabeT@lulups.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

A private event held at LULU is always an event to remember. Our interior dining space can be divided to suit the needs of your private party, with seating available up to 500 guests. We have developed several menus to choose from, each coordinated with large, varied parties in mind.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Food was amazing

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered corned beef hash which on the menu says homemade, it definitely was not homemade and the poached eggs on top were hard boiled so I ask for new eggs and she brought me one instead of two!

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HC
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here many times. Our favorite for lunch is the Lobster Salad. It’s delicious!

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FA
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Had Chilean sea bass. It was very good. Restaurant is very noisy from 11:30 until about 1:00 pm. They have a great variety on their menu.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food but service was lacking.

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JD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Patio seating along the railing is always fun for people-watching. And you cannot beat the 3-course meal for $19.95. Plus, it's the place to see and be seen in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.

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BM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. We have dined here twice before on visits from the UK and have never been disappointed. The restaurant is clean, has a great ambience, the waiting staff are excellent and attentive and above all the food was of a very high standard.
We saw 4ladoes looking at the menu outside and they seemed undecided as to whether to dine there, we gave them our recommendation and they went in, I'm sure they would have enjoyed ut too.
I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

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SB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Palm Springs for the evening and this restaurant was recommended to us. Good food, great value for the money. They had a 3 or 4 course meal for between $20 - $40. Service was excellent. Only problem was the noise. We would go there again if we are in Palm Springs

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Have been to LuLu’s many times and enjoy dining g there. Food is consistently good and we enjoy the vibe. The major complaint for this experience was the seating. We had a party of 6 and requested a table near the front of the restaurant near the windows. I had made reservations earlier in th week. Specifically did not ask for an outside table since it was to be around 110 degrees that day. Upon arrival we were brought to an outside table. When I said we had requested an inside table, we were told there were none available at the time and we would have a longer wait to see if one may become available. We decided to stay at the out door table.
The table was at the end of the patio near the street corner. A couple of the end misters seemed to be blocked so the area was quite hot and uncomfortable. Additionally, a man was sitting on the sidewalk planter near our table smoking a cigar during part of our meal. Very unpleasant. The food was good as usual but we were all ready to leave and get into a cooler environment by the end of the meal. We were bringing family members there who had never been to Palm Springs before since the place is usually fun. They certainly got a feel for our hot desert weather.

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding, never disappointing! Always come to Lulus anytime we’re able to visit from Los Angeles. Besides fantastic food and atmosphere…ask for Ramon...he is the B-E-S-T!

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

This is the place to dine in Palm Springs, incredible service and the food is to die for you.

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OT
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're fortunate enough to be seated in Claudia's section with Juan S. as the backup server, consider yourself lucky. Great service, personable and really makes a guest feel special. Delicious meals too.

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MU
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall. I had marked our reservations as special occasion. They did not pay any attention to this.

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second dinner at LuLu and had a good time. Brought my nieces and nephew-in-law, along with a great niece who is 3 1/2 years old. She was mesmerized by the activity in the dining room, didn't become bored or inattentive. Should've seen her expression when her dessert came - a LARGE Sunday glass filled with cotton candy. PRICELESS!!

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GL
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

been eating there for years. Dinner on Monday was disappointing.
2 meals were to cool. 1 meal was just not how eggplant Parmesan should be made.
I am 71, I have a good idea. Also the chicken piccata was breaded, both men have eaten frequently,
they can not recall having it breaded there before. I have no idea, as I never eat chicken piccata.
this a disappoint meal for us three.

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GM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was a bit slow and I had a corner table upstairs by the walk way which people kept hitting my chair

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

8 oz. steak was very tough. Had trouble cutting and chewing it

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Legendary restaurant that seriously has got to start taking consideration of their well known service issues. 9 of the last 10 times I have gone there, the night BEGINS with the waiter apalogiyzing. When will they fix it?

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BC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor and ambiance. Huge menu but everything is done extremely. Service is above and beyond. Strong drinks. Amazing deserts.
I did ask for my steak to be medium and it came out more on the rare side. They took it back and quickly had it back to me at medium with over cooking it.
We absolutely loved this place!!

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RL
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Normally we love Lulu but this last visit was not so good. The front desk was great but the quality of the food was mediocre. Three of us had the seafood benedict, big mistake. Of the six poached eggs, one had no hollandaise sauce at all. Another egg had less than a teaspoon of sauce. How did the waiter not see this? And once the hollandaise sauce was delivered, it tasted canned. Of the three orders, none of the English muffins were toasted. Will not be ordering that meal again. All four of us were pretty disappointed.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible value for money at $19.99 for Sunday brunch - don't know how they do it at that price - no wonder the place was full. Had a reservation for 1.30 and table was ready despite being so busy. All 3 courses were exceptional - great to have discovered this gem - will call again for sure!

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JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It’s an okay place - the brunch menu is rather silly with things not being able to ordered without coming in a package of three
- the food is pleasant enough but I’d never wait longer than five min for a table

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K
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I drove 30 minutes from Palm Desert and this place did not disappoint. The 3 course Sunday brunch was amazing and worth the price. We will definitely be back and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits the Palm Springs area.

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RR
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and service. Make sure to get reservations for the weekend, or you’ll end up waiting a long time.

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DA
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Its always fun to go to Lulu's every now and again. The service is a hit or miss.. but usually good.

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B
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this place. We went for brunch on a Fri afternoon and service, food was outstanding. On Sat night with a reservation, food and service still terrific. The only issue was with the up front folks to check in with for the reeervation. They were sloppy, disorganized and seemed to want to seat friends ahead of folks who had reservations and had already checked in. Had to kind of reminder them 3 times of our reservations. This had not been my previous experience with lulu’s so hopefully this was a “one off”. Really do love this place.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time as always. The staff is always attentive and helpful

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JA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Kind of disappointing. We only get to Lulus for breakfast when we stay overnight. This is rare since we live just 35 minutes away in Joshua Tree. Normally we’re there for dinner but when we have been lucky enough to share breakfast it’s always been fabulous. Sadly this time it was not. I was asked inside or out. I asked for outside and we were shoved against a window where wait staff were rushing past even though we had reservations and asked to be outside. And it wasn’t even bust. Lots of open tables. So I moved us. We waited a really long time for coffee. We never got refills on that or water. And I received the wrong oatmeal. Not the norm for certain. But definitely disappointing especially when after a long wait out bill came out immediately.

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V
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. Food is good and service is good.

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OT
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun meal with a fun staff at a fun place with fun people. Lots of FUN... Thanks

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ... love sitting outside and people watching while having dinner.
Love the cotton candy as a dessert option

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v
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come at Lulu every time we come in Palm Springs and it’s always perfect. The tuna tower is simply fantastic
We will come again and again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good that my guests are asking if they have restaurants in other locations

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FG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth time, and it keeps getting better and better. The service was freindly and prompt. My wife ordered the glazed pork chop and she loved what they did with it. I ordered the American Kobe burger and it was delicious. We will be returning every time we visit Palm Springs.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. I had a reservation and they sat us quickly and offered to store my birthday cake in their fridge. Martin, our server, was very professional, friendly and fun.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late for our reservation and they still were happy to seat us in a timely manner. Food was delicious and service was great! We’ll be back next time we’re in Palm Springs!

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good are server Ginger was very good the ambiance was very nice location was easy access. The hostess was very pleasant. Our table was in a nice area of the restaurant. So you can see over the whole restroom.

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L
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite since it opened, and wonderful servers, busboys and especially young manager Hunter. We always feel special...like guests instead of merely patrons. Food is excellent and prices are reasonable.

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VD
Orange County
98 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view of San Jacinto Mts. and Palm Canyon Drive. Great food (try the 3-course or 4-course meals)! Good service and cocktails. Lulu adds to the Palm Springs experience!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Service gentil mais très approximatif.
Cuisine : ils sont incapables de cuire correctement un poisson malgré le renvoi de ma première assiette. Inacceptable...

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