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Cuistot

4.7
4.7
2434 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Cuistot offers fine California/French cuisine and is located at the Southwest intersection of Highway 111 and El Paseo. Cuistot has consistently earned top ratings in the Zagat Survey and was named one of six restaurants in the United States to score a perfect 100 for food by the Conde Nast Traveler. Dine under the stars on our beautiful terrace overlooking a desert water oasis or in one of our elegant dining rooms.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 13 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Californian, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 340-1000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bernard Dervieux

  • Private party facilities

    From small, intimate gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests Private Wine Room, Veranda , Fireplace Room, Bistro and Waterfall Terrace For inquiries contact michael@cuistotrestaurant.com

  • Private party contact

    Michael Shimer: (855) 706-5749

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Cross street

    We are located at the corner of Hwy 111 & El Paseo (west end).

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,434 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Fit for Foodies

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Notable Wine List

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Fit for Foodies

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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  1. ER

    EdRa

    Palm Springs

    254 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    254 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary evening…perfect!!! Greeted and treated beautifully…good and service outstanding!!! LOVE the place…have not been in awhile but will be back soon…VERY special!!!!
  2. s

    skibummt

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated another Anniversary at Cuistot, something we have been doing periodically since Cuistot opened on el Paseo in 1987 ... we again were not disappointed ... the staff is exceptional, welcoming and professional from the Maitre de who greeted us upon arriving and knew exactly who we were and had our table beautifully set up with roses and a gift, to an amazing server in Greg, who also remembered us from the past and was super attentive and made excellent wine and meal suggestions... our meal was amazing beginning with the Salmon Paul Bocuse, then the Farfalle Pasta and the Sand Dabs and followed with a special and unexpected delicious raspberry and puff pastry for dessert ... another memorable anniversary evening at Cuistot!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We were very disappointed with the food. The pasta was basically chopped tomatoes, minimal basil & lots of oil. My husband had the pork medallions which were very chewy.
  4. BM

    BettyM

    Palm Springs

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday , the restaurant served a complimentary desert which was very nice.
  5. Z

    Zephyr

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cuistot, for years, has been our “go to” restaurant for not only special occasions but also for a night out with friends or just a nice dinner for the two of us. Chef Bernard has an excellent Team & they consistently deliver on all levels.
  6. CC

    ChaeC

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service from start to finish was exceptional. My branzino was amazing. My husband was very happy with his cassoulet.
  7. KP

    KevinP

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been a customer of this establishment for over 25 years food is always excellent
  8. s

    socasue

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Adriana, and her supporters were fabulous. I had the duck and tasted other dishes which were fantastic. Been meaning to get to Cuistot for years. Glad to be able to enjoy during restaurant week. The floating island dessert for the table was a nice touch. I would have ordered something else if I had known😉. Will be back
  9. LD

    Love2DineOut

    Palm Springs

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for restaurant week. Great choices for the special event. Yummy! Had mussels, branzini fish almondine, flourless chocolate cake for desert. Everything was fantastic.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for my birthday with my best friend. The weather was very kind and he did a great job paying attention to our needs and being attentive. The food was great especially the angel hair pasta. My friend ordered an old fashion and it was literally the best old fashion we had ever had. When we told the waiter this he actually told us the entire recipe for it as it’s not made exactly the same way other restaurants do it. My friend and I will definitely be back next season!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I was disappointed with the branding - it was too heavy and oily. Normal
  12. JA

    JAofthedesert

    Palm Springs

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding as usual, service was great too. Three of the 4 of us had duck, I had chicken stuffed with morell mushrooms. Couldn't ask for better.
  13. TA

    TANDT

    Palm Springs

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was excellent and so was the service. We went for Restaurant Week for the $59.00 menu. The food was a very good value. The wine wasn't. This restaurant needs to decrease the price on their wines by the glass. They're absurd!
  14. JP

    JohnP

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous setting coupled with an incredible menu and wonderful, attentive staff! Whether a special dinner and just a opportunity to get out of the house, I highly recommend Cuistot!
  15. r

    rickster

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    what a lovely place. the food was top notch and well prepared. You could really tell the kitchen cares about the food. The service was excellent as well. I would definitely recommend this place for a date, a family gathering or dinner with freinds. it was a lovely evening.
  16. S

    Sandy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was top of the list. Our waiter was informative, funny and right there when we needed him. The auxiliary waiters were also very accommodating. Overall, extremely worth the price during restaurant week
  17. JL

    JosephL

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Don’t know why the restaurant let a customer in with a dog Keep the dog at home where it belongs It is dog! Put a negative view on the whole evening
  18. D

    Diane

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I had never experienced dining in a fine restaurant and realizing a dog is within a foot of me for the entire evening. It seems that the gals could have been seated in a corner booth instead of at the best table in the house. I have a lifetime allergy to dogs and finally realized the situation of why I was feeling badly when someone told me there was a dog behind me. The food was the best and the waitress was exceptional.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In my quest for a French restaurant in Palm Desert, CA I was truly impressed with the food, service, and wine service that I experienced at Cuistot. The dining experience brought me back to some of the finest restaurants in France such as the Paul Bocuse in Lyon and Auberge de I’ll in Illhaeusern. If your wishes are to experience the fine cuisine of France look no further.
  20. C

    Cyndy

    Palm Springs

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience! The tables are spaced in such a way that everyone can have an intimate conversation without hearing the conversations of the nearby tables. The dining room is beautiful. The food was superb! We started with the beet napoleon with smoked salmon. The salmon was so tender and cut just right that it melted in your mouth. Entrees were duck and branzino. Branzino was done with an almond coating in an almond sauce. Cocktails and wine were good. Service is attentive and warm. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the desert.
  21. KR

    KRae

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best meal we have had in the desert. Highly recommend the mushroom soup, lobster ravioli, and lemon meringue for desert.
  22. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place in the desert for 30 years Chef is a great guy, Farouk the SOMM is knowledgeable and entertaining
  23. DD

    DreamyDame

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant Week in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, La Quinta! I can not express how thrilled I was with my dinner last night! Wonderful atmosphere, superior waitstaff, plus spectacular food!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
  24. B

    Bafoodie

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Service was good, professional and prompt. Ambience is lovely. Two of us had outstanding meals (Asparagus Vichyssoise, Bronzino and apple caramel desert fabulous!). A third was ok. The fourth diner had a Potato salad with sausage that was tasteless and profiteroles were average. Although duck was ordered rare, it was overcooked, dry and lacked flavor. Disappointing as we have had other meals at Cristot that were much better.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The dining areas were quiet even as it filled up. The service was good, the Tartare de Tomate, was excellent, the Fingerling Potato Salad with [sausage] was good. The almond crust branzino excellent as was the New York paver medium rare was perfectly cooked My wife said the toilet seats were dangerously loose
  26. m

    margareth

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Really enjoyed it in all ways. Will definitely go back when I return in the Fall. Highly recommend this restaurant to all fine dining lovers!
  27. k

    kathyp

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food. Loved the service. We will be back!!
  28. L

    Linder

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We loved the ambiance, food and the service was pretty good. Unfortunately we were seated in a room off the main dining room which was extremely noisy… poor acoustics. But the food was excellent and very nice choices on the menu.
  29. OC

    OCBonVivants

    Orange County

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t believe we just found this gem of a restaurant. Felt like a French Lodge with excellent food, beautiful surroundings, attentive service and great prices. Everything was outstanding but the Branzino really was excellent. The chicken with morels was also outstanding!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant; lovely outdoor space with fire pit Indoor space is spacious and lovely First night sat by open kitchen So good, went back a second time before we left palm desert The tasting menu was delicious and a great value and more than just a tasting You can’t miss with this restaurant if you are looking for an upscale dining experience Not your typical French restaurant; no onion soup
  31. VT

    VictoriaT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cuistot was always in our list to try and Palm Springs restaurant week was just the time to try it. It definitely was not a disappointment. From the choice of the appetizers to the entrees to the dessert, everything was delicious. Service was attentive without being intrusive and the restaurant was like a French chateau. One of THE restaurants in the Coachella Valley
  32. C

    Chuck

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Friendly and knowledgeable service. Food presented nicely. All dishes reflected complex flavors blended well into a cohesive taste. Highly recommended both for intimate dinners as well as celebrations.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing! Food was great, service was fast and they were so friendly. The feel of the place was fancy and romantic. Perfect for a date I think or intimate get together. Food was great portions. Not too big or small and it was filling but delicious. I will definitely be back!
  34. N

    None

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite dining venues...Ask for Gregory; best waiter ever.
  35. m

    marran

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive.
  36. MS

    MichaelS

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food A+ as usual.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional gem of the desert. The sommelier Farouk is excellent and knowledgeable about pairing each course to the palate of the taster. Beautifully done with service by Cole and loved the summer tasting menu. Cuistot is such a beautiful ambience with freshly prepared meals that can accommodate a deciphering palate. Again, I cannot wait to return for such a beautifully executed dinner from service to wine pairing to food execution and quality. It was a truly well done understated birthday dinner. Thank you for the details to the meal.
  38. B

    Bruce

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside by the fireplace. Lovely atmosphere. Delicious food!!!
  39. K

    Kathy

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had the 3 course tasting menu.. Excellent Good value
  40. KS

    KarenS

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, ambiance and service. The duck entree was about the best I’ve ever had, with a wonderful sauce and beautiful presentation. And hot! An elegant French chateau feel, although a few of the selections on the audio system were a little jarring ( like Little Richard!). Our biggest negative was the pricing on the wine list, with most if not all the wines hovering in the mid-$100 and up price range. Even the California wines were outrageous and we were very disappointed that none of the very fine wines we usually enjoy were on the list. We would return to Cuistot for the food but next time bring our own wine, despite the rather expensive corkage.

FAQs

Cuistot offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 340-1000.

Cuistot is rated 4.7 stars by 2434 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Cuistot

72595 El Paseo Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located at the corner of Hwy 111 & El Paseo (west end).

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Californian, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bernard Dervieux

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 340-1000

  • Private party facilities

    From small, intimate gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests Private Wine Room, Veranda , Fireplace Room, Bistro and Waterfall Terrace For inquiries contact michael@cuistotrestaurant.com

  • Private party contact

    Michael Shimer: (855) 706-5749

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