The Restaurant @ Two Bunch Palms
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Our first visit to Two Bunch Palms was for lunch and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The food is fresh and delicious with many healthy choices. Service was spot on. We’ll be back.
Wanted something away from hustle and bustle of Palm Springs. 20 minute drive brought us to a quiet sanctuary. Enjoyed a healthy lunch on the terrace. Great service.
Healthy options and the best gluten free waffles I've ever had! Definitely recommend the bloody mary. We sat down right away and the staff was very attentive. Will for sure go back.
The host and servers were excellent. The room and view were very nice but the lighting was too dim.
The food was good quality but a bit over thought. The burrata had too much cheese to bread ratio. The salad was drowning in dressing. The black cod was very good. Less saucy and spicy options would be better, but overall the food was good.
New menu just released. So delicious.
Service very uneven. Menu items misrepresented dishes (Bison strip steak: menu said served with fingerling potatoes actually served with new potatoes and grilled asparagus. I am perfectly fine with new potatoes and grilled asparagus, but that is *not* what I ordered). Dinner took 2½ hours for three courses. Food was pretty good, but at $100 per person, it really should be excellent. Steak temperature was correct, beet salad was good—although the arugula was pretty beat up, and 2/3 of our salad plates were chipped, which isn’t a good look. We tipped a mere 15%, which is not something that we *ever* do.
Perfect, thank you very much. :)
always great, whined about it the last time we went but they had an under construction menu. also they turn off open table occasionally, there next essence is in Tokyo
The duck tacos weren’t very good, unfortunately. The bison steak was good, a bit light on the vegetable accompanying the dish. The location is beautiful, but the menu could be improved, particularly in this price range.
OMG a gem! Located in a zen-sational resort, Essence offers you fresh farm-to-table delicacies and a staff that feels like family. We felt blessed to have found this haven of scrumptiousness.
This is a very nice restaurant, the food os great quality and many options for veggie, gluten free, keto and the like. The service is a little bit random. we ate here several nights, some night with great service and others not. But the vibe is relaxed and chill so we didn't mind as much.
Restaurant week dinner with friends. The room is lovely with a beautiful view of Mount San Jacinto. Desiree,our server, was pleasant,courteous, and efficient. The food was unique- duck tacos, bison steak, charred wedge salad- and so delicious. Another winner from Chef Joshua. Delightful evening. Our guests from Modesto,CA loved it.
If you are into nostalgia, legend, or lore, then a trip to Essense at Two Bunch Palms is a must. By California standards, it is historic, if not epic. The meals at Essense are very fairly priced, which is not what one might expect at an establishment with such toney clientele. However, it's Southern California (and the desert, at that), so everyone is very welcome and comfortable. We hope to return quite often!
Wonderful menu, great wine list, and the best view in the Coachella Valley! The staff is amazingly friendly and helpful.
Very pricey overall... Example my husband and I had fish tacos, eggs Benedict, coffee (each person) and a side of fries for $70
Restaurant week brunch- first time there. Beautiful setting and view from the dining room. Staff very prompt, courteous and friendly particularly waiter Augustin and chef Joshua. Food unique, beautifully presented and delicious. Will be back.
Nothing really special about the restaurant or the food. Portions were small - I had shrimp and grits and I was hard pressed to find the grits. Service was adequate, but certainly not great. The facility was stark - looked more like a lodge at a national park than a fine dining room. There could be outstanding views, but the dining room does not take advantage of the possibilities. The price was on a par with a fine dining establishment, but nothing else was.
We like taking visitors to see Cabot’s Pueblo, topped off with a visit to Two Bunch Palms for lunch. We have eaten there several times. The view and the room are lovely and the food is very tasty. But the food now seems over priced and the wait staff is slow.
Excellent food and service. Great venue with beautiful grounds.
The directions link in the app pointed us to a totally wrong address. We were surprised to see guests in bath robes in the dining room. The food was nothing special considering the price. The waiter was kind but inexperienced.
Good food and drink is to be found at this classic venue. This spot could add a nice little piano lounge, and it would fit right in !
Essence, in it's past two incarnations - as a full spa restaurant and then an Asian fusion restaurant when the new owners purchased the spa, was a lovely place to eat in terms of the service and the food. The latest incarnation needs quite a bit of work to find its footing, as the quality of the service staff has declined considerably - perhaps the new owners were too hasty in their renovations?
I had the best avocado toast I’ve ever had at a restaurant. Service was great and ambience was very warm and cozy. We would definitely go back again.
The restaurant is located in the very nicely appointed Twin Palms Resort. The only downside is the mandatory valet parking, as it was cold and windy to wait for the car to arrive.
This restaurant must have a new chef, because our food was much, much better than during our last visit to this spa resort. Too often, a rather isolated resort like Two Bunch Palms pays too little attention to the food offered since it has a captive customer base. But our last meal here was tasty enough that we would consider driving here just to eat.
Had our first bad meal at essence in years of coming here (#avoidthepasta), this is usually one of our most favorite spots. That said brunch (eggs benedict and avocado toast) was superb. All in all a great experience, just have to order better.
The food was excellent. The burrata and the strip steak were the highlights. A cozy fire was burning on a cold night which made it a very romantic dinner. All the staff was very friendly and attentive.
Complete let down for a very explosive hotel resort dining room.
Upon entry my wife commented on how dirty the floor was; we should have take the hint and turned around.
There was no supervisory oversight in the whole dining room.
Wait staff were green and did their best but were way out of their comfort level.
I was served a different wine by the glass than I ordered - an expensive glass of Cabernet - I got a zin.
Chef’s idea of seasoning is to add more garlic.
Numerous items on an already short menu were NA...waiter couldn’t explain why.
And upon leaving, at 8P, with three couples waiting to be seated - we head a waitress tell the patrons that the chef was closing the kitchen early... reaction was what one would expect ...a complete & epic fail.
Outstanding service & delicious food! It was my first time dining there and I will definitely return!!
always a treat, superb menu, great drinks, ridiculous sofas
When in Palm Desert this is the place to eat for healthy options, fair prices and desert ambience
You have to update your information. Went for our lunch only to find out it has been closed for renovations. Will reopen soon
So, they are apparently closed for renovations... Somehow I was still able to book a table and waste my time driving over. Not even their website expresses their closure... It's moronic.
Went with a group of friends and we were all very delighted. Friendly staff, excellent food, great atmosphere. Will be back!
This is the only decent restaurant in DHS for a business meal, even if most diners are still wearing their robe from the spa.
This food was fabulous. My favorites were the asparagus salad my husband ordered and the salmon we each ordered. Both were unusually good - rewarding in both rexture taste and aroms. They had a good wone list abd we loved our chocolate gateau for desert. Really delicious and relaxing and fun ambience to boot.
We had a fabulous friends lunch at Essense! The food is terrific as is the service and the environment is fun and fresh yet quiet enough for relaxed conversation! A great spot for lunch even if you aren't staying at the resort!
Essence is one of our favorite restaurants. We've been impressed with the wonderful craft cocktails that we've had and this last visit didn't disappoint. We also appreciate the creative
cuisine and the fact that there is an emphasis on local and organic. I'm a vegetarian (mostly vegan) and I've been able to find many wonderful items on the menu.
We own a restaurant in the desert and we're always looking for great places to eat when we are fortunate enough to have time off.
The staff is both uninformed and disorganized, with various members coming by our table is no apparent order. They could not correctly describe the food. The menu also misrepresented the dishes: a “broccoli and sorrel salad” is actually a mound of arugula with two small bits of broccoli and no sorrel. The appearance of whole orchids as garnish in no less than two appetizers and two desserts was unappealing and pathetic, as if the chefs were utterly clueless about the art of presentation, believing sticking a Christmas bow on every plate will improve it. The gnocchi with mushroom ragu was fine, if dull. The pistachio and chocolate cakes were over sweet, and completely lost in a mess of coulis, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cookies and powdered sugar: more evidence of a bewildered kitchen throwing whatever they can find on the plates. At $200 for two of us, we regretted visiting Essense.
Gnocchi with fennel sausage had big chunks of fennel, virtually no sausage, and not a lot of gnocchi. This restaurant has gone way downhill. It now is mostly vegetarian and vegan, so it's great if that's your thing, but otherwise forget it.