The Vista Lounge

4.5
40 reviews
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$30 and under
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Set against the backdrop of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains, The Vista Lounge offers high quality food with tremendous views. Chef Richard prepares an amazing menu that changes as much as the weather in the Coachella Valley. You'll never get board with the food and flavors offered at The Vista Lounge on Monday & Thursday.
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AN
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Richard and staff are the best. Chef Greg does excellent grilled meats.

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great prime rib buffet at such a reasonable price. The twice baked stuffed potatoes were outstanding as well. Vista Lounge has such a great view.

MG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great...service is always wonderful!!

JM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great and has been since we hired chef Richard !!! Service is always slow. But that an be fixed with a little update on the system. Derek should be constantly looking for ways to improve speed on getting drinks and receipts.

N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great event celebrating veterans. My husband and I are veterans and really appreciated the discounted meal, patriotic decor, and over the top food. Great taste and super big portions. It was a great event. The club did an awesome job.

b
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The vista lounge is not an attractive place. Rather stark looking. Plain walls, carpet, tables and chairs. I thought the food was mediocre. Tough brisket, limited choice of desserts. Two intense chocolate ones, a commercial lemon bar? That's it?

Service was sparse. I nursed my Arnold Palmer through dinner. Server appeared very rushed. I assumed someone didn't show up as planned. The ribs were also mediocre. Maybe the sauce wasn't to my liking.

Still I had a good time attributed to my table companions.

FU
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted 6 friends for Easter Sunday Brunch. Everything was perfect. What a wonderful time we had and everyone was so complimentary of the venue. Wish we could do that more often.

CH
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Cocktail club with the small tapas plates are delicious and a great value.
Plus it's so much fun chatting with everyone (who can fit).

OM
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Hawaiian Luau was a great event - fun to be with friends to enjoy great entertainment and some dancing to a very nice band.

PH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vista Lounge was very comfortable and relaxing. Really liked the friendly vibs from servers, chefs, bartender and my neighbors. The linens on the tables were very nice. The pasta creations were made to order by the chefs! Choice of pasta and sauces and lots of great ingredients like shrimp, scallops, artichokes, mushrooms, cheese and everything else. The lasagna was Great! Everyone there at Pasta night ate, drank and were merry!!! I can hardly wait for Monday night Prime Rib and the Outstanding Easter Brunch!!!

DC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had a 6:30 seating and the baked potatoes were gone by the time we got to the food table.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful food. Moldy strawberries, bun so cheap and stale that it fell apart, cheap lunch meat in my club sandwich. This isn’t really a restaurant. It is the restaurant at a golf club. The dining room looked like an empty conference room until a bunch of golfers came in and it was transformed into a room so loud you could not hold a conversation. No tablecloths. I made the reservation based upon the high rating and took two clients. I will take grief for this for years. Honestly, if you just played at this golf club and you needed a beer and a quick bite, this would suffice, but it is NOT a restaurant and has no business being on the app.

Nice waitress. I could tell she was mortified.

The Vista Lounge
Responded on March 28, 2019

I am so sorry for the bad experience you and your guest had at Woodhaven Country Club I can't change what happened. I can say that we really do try to make our food great for what it is; we are not a gourmet restaurant we are a Small Country Club with a Restaurant. Most of the reviews that you read are for our Monday Night Buffets witch are very successful. Once again we are extremely sorry for your experience. Chef - Richard Perez

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M
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu was very good and very well presented, however the food was warm and then did not have the same good flavor. Also the vegetables--carrots, cabbage and potatoes were not steamed enough. We do like our vegetables crisp, but not under cooked. The guests near us had the same critique. Our appointment time was 5:30 and perhaps the kitchen was not quite ready. As members we come to the Vista Lounge often and have made reservations for the prime rib buffet on Monday, March 25 for 10 people.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Invited good friends and their grown-up kids out for a meal and we all really enjoyed the Vista Lounge experience. It was Pasta Night and the made to order pasta bar provided everyone with a wide variety of delicious options for their tastes. The salads and other hot entrees were also very delicious and nicely presented. Everyone enjoyed themselves and enjoyed their meals. I certainly would go again.
Derek and his team also went the extra mile to sort out a table for us that was larger that expected. Thanks again.

M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent ambiance and always a lot of fun at the Vista Lounge at Woodhaven Country Club.

JK
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed our evening. All aspects were first rate. As usual Wendy was excellent. Bill was quickly presented to us and no errors. Throughout the evening our plates were removed and service was very friendly. Jane and John Klassen

GK
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Richard continues to amaze. Congrats to him and all his crew. Ask for Rosa as your server. She is fantastic

b
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and value excellent. Very loud. They need to do something to dampen the noise.

CS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The PRIME RIB was delicious and the Sand Dabs something I would order again. The staff were WONDERFUL. Only complaint was it was a bit noisy, but guess that isn't unexpected with a buffet. Hope you do it again in the fall!!!!

LJ
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food choice and quality, great service! Looking forward to returning.

M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful thanks to Chef Richard and his staff. Italian buffet night is one of my favorites- especially the lasagna although the pasta stations were getting a lot of action as well

OM
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Convenient - great service - good food - a fun time had by all.

PA
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chef in the Valley. Buffet Style dinner, Prime rib Carving station, Great salad bar! Variety of other delicious dishes, Fish, Meat, vegetables, potatoes, noodles and extras. Assorted desserts. Friendly wait staff. All you can eat!

AN
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Richard does a fabulous dinner every time. All entrees and sides are the best.

d
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent for every dish on the buffet. Usually some aren’t as good as others. Great food planning AND quality. Wait staff really fun and service oriented!! Price was perfect. Can’t wait to go back for another buffet night.

JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

-Excellent dinner. Many choices and all well prepared. the staff couldn't have been more attentive or helpful. We had guests and they were very impressed.

We will be back!!

M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always good for the Monday buffets. The seafood buffet especially a good bargain!

JW
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We had to cancel. We did come to happy hour and didn't get waited on. John was not feeling well so after about 10 minutes we left, not having gotten waited on.

FU
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Nice evening with good food and service but the "Vista Lounge" needs some help with the decor and lighting. Feels like an old folks home - bright lights and everything is beige - no color - no candles - no table cloths - boring.

M
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food choices and quantity was great. Service was great. Food quality was generally good, but nothing special.
Ambience was OK. I would have preferred less choices with a little better quality.

FU
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch / brunch with friends. The buffet was absolutely fantastic and so was the service. The only thing that would have made the experience much better would have been outdoor seating which could have been done very easily. I felt like we were in a retirement home meeting room. Wish the main dining room was open more often. Will be back soon.

OT
Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was Thanksgiving brunch and there was such a variety of food; breakfast and lunch. From scrambled eggs to carved turkey and prime rib. The brussel sprouts were amazing as was the salmon. The servers were attentive and the chef was always checking to see if any food needed to be refreshed.

J
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food
Awesome service
Awesome cost
Wish this was available more often!

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a newly remodeled country club venue serving wonderfully prepared and presented dining options. I highly recommend it to the public who are always welcome to share this wonderful restaurant with the homeowners and club members.

GB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a very fun evening with friends. Music was not as upbeat as we would have liked requests made did not materialize. But had a great time anyway

GP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guest and I were very impressed with the salad bar! Crispy lettuce with a great selection of ingredients. The Italian pasta bar was exceptional, with baby scallops, shrimp, clams and meatballs. I will never miss an Italian night again. Delicious!!!

b
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here often Staff very friendly. Plenty of quality food

ND
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken dinner was so so good. The chicken was nice and tender. The Mac and cheese was awesome. The whole dinner and people was great

PH
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the pasta and ordered it with anything and everything on it. I had the shrimp, with artichokes, mushrooms in alfredo sauce all mixed up and cooked right in front of me just the way I wanted. Lots of other ingredients like meatballs, vegies crab, and sauces to choose from and different pastas. There was also a big salad bar and other goodies like lasagna which was awesome, not to mention all of the desserts. Nice wine list. Servers were great and it was very yummy! Liked Pasta Night! Nice happy crowd!

SD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were amazing and the service was excellent. The price is reasonable and the wine list is good. An overall enjoyable experience. We’re already booked for Monday night for the Prine Rib.