Le Vallauris

4.7
1917 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Established in the heart of Palm Springs since 1973, Le Vallauris located at the foot of San Jacinto Mountains has been the highest rated restaurant in the Palm Springs Valley since its inception. Owned and operated by the well known restaurateur Paul Bruggemans who was also owner of the Famous Le St Germain restaurant in Hollywood. The Historic Landmark was built in 1927 and was owned by the owners of the famous Desert Inn which was The hotel in the Valley. Many grand parties were held in the house for guests such as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and many more. It was a favorite place for General Patton when he was based in Palm Springs to stage the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Later on, when the restaurant was established it became a favorite place for Presidents and the Hollywood elite. The renowned Patio lined with Giant Fichus trees is THE place to dine. The Patio is cooled in the Summer and heated in the Winter.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(760) 325-5059
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jean Paul Lair
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Private party facilities
Le Vallauris has 2 inside dining rooms for private parties each one with a capacity for up to 50 persons. The Patio can also be used on a "buy out" basis for up to 150 persons and a tree shaded Gazebo is available for up to 100 guests. These facilities are able to use an array of "prix fixe" menus.
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Private party contact
Omar Haddedou: (866) 971-9532
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Catering
Le Vallauris has developed a famous reputation for outside caterings from 2 to 500 guests. The key to success is that Chef Jean Paul prepares all the food on site, no pre-cooked food is kept in hot boxes for a whole day! Le Vallauris has catered to parties as far as Laguna Beach at the coast. A professional service staff is used to give unobtrusive and friendly service. Weddings and Corporate events are their specialty. Comprehensive packages are available to accommodate budgets. Le Vallauris includes in its packages for up to 200 guests all the equipment needed except tables and chairs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Palm Canyon Road
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Parking details
Le Vallauris offers Complimentary Valet Parking strictly on a tipping basis. For private parties hosts may choose to tip the valet exclusively so guest do not feel obliged to tip.
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Entertainment
Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.
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Special events & promotions
Le Vallauris can arrange for private events according to the wishes of the clients. We like to be known to be a "one stop shop!"
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Edmonton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is well worth the money

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Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience. Creative menu. Good selection. Everything was delicious.

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Dallas
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time to Le Vallauris. First time was nearly 10 years ago and my wife and I thought it was one of the best restaurant experiences that we have ever had (and we have eaten at some great places). This time, our second visit, we went for our 25th wedding anniversary. The ambiance was awesome, the meal amazing, the staff perfect, and the piano player excellent. Could not have been better. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody who wants a special night out.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening, a most in Palm Springs!

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D
Orange County
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious mushroom soup ever tasted! Organic chicken was juicy and veg fresh and perfect accompaniment. Salmon also well prepared. Professional and friendly service. Y far the best dining spot in the desert towns.

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L
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an enchanting experience from the moment we walked in and we're seated beneath a wonderful out spread tree in the patio. All the staff were friendly and attentive. We had a very delightful 50th anniversary celebration. Excellent food! I can't wait to visit Le Vallauris again!

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D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

#1 favorite Palm Springs restaurant. Never disappoints!

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MC
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BDay. Very enjoyable dinner, great ambiance, great service, unforgettable sommelier, very tasty food. An evening to remember.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great food and service. We always have a great time.

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KB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! Loved it, will definitely be back.

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o
Palm Springs
41 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Palm Springs has to offer in great dining.

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

And pet-friendly! Le Vallauris is always great - best cuisine in the desert.

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v
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection all around !
Truly a wonderful experience, a birthday to remember...

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first dinner at Le Vallauris. The maitre d and waitstaff were a joy and the food was delicious. The mise en bouche of a spoonful of crab was superb. Appetizers of seared tuna and smoked salmon were excellent. And entrees of Scottish salmon and stuffed quail were great, too. My favorite dessert was a grand mariner soufflé that was heavenly. Wonderful table and atmosphere, too. We were totally happy with our dinner.

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R
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice location. Excellent and creative Degustation menu. Expensive but you get quality.

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t
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in The Valley! Period. Great food, ambience, service, & locale.

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l
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Le Vallauris is as good as it gets.

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S
New England
42 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed the food and the ambiance of Le Vallauris many times in the past couple of years. This time we had invited friends for a special occasion. Everybody was delighted the food. As an example I had a veal dish with vegetables that were perfectly cooked to my taste - the veal was medium rare and the vegetables crisp. The service was outstanding. We had a brief chat with the chef and enjoyed the romantic atmosphere.

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J
Palm Springs
45 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first time at the restaurant. It's a really beautiful place. We didn't see much of the indoor restaurant. Bar was nice, cozy and there was live music. We couldn't really hear the music out on the lovely patio where we ate.
Food was all outstanding. Drinks were well made. Service was excellent.
If I had one issue, it was with the staff when we were being seated. There are a lot of staff! And for some reason about 6 of them arrived at the table all at once....a little overwhelming.
I hate music when I'm eating, and at first there was none, then a little and it got louder through the evening so that by dessert it was TOO LOUD. I guess you can't please everyone, but music is not needed. Food and conversation are enough.
Overall we rated this as one of the best meals we've ever had. Expensive though, so probably for special occasions and celebrations.

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ST
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite brunch restaurant for all time. It is best int he valley.

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S
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best atmosphere in Palm Springs

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IC
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been visiting this place for 20+ years. We wrote so many praising reviews that we don't know what more we can say than that you are the "best of the best". We love this place.

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f
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another super meal. Tonight we both had the wild mushroom soup...yum..forestry and delicious. The white fish from Lake Superior was good, though hard to tell if it was from the American or the Canadian side of the lake. The duck was plentiful...delicious skin and tasty, with potato, spinach and a pear...too much food really and shameful to leave any on the plate. Staff are friendly and lovely to interact with. Wow, are we full!

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PS
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an authentic setting. Food and service was perfect, everyone was cordial, professional and welcoming.

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f
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to many restaurants in Palm Springs but this one is by far the best in our book. Great service, interesting variety of food choices, wonderful romantic atmosphere and tasty, exciting food...yum A little on the pricey side but well worth it...the full package...no regrets about spending a bit more.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Environment is awesome, the food not worth it base on the pric

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NC
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The main complaint is noisy customers irritating the other customer with loud voices

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner with friends...amazing as usual!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We indulged and it was amazing. Romantic, delicious, beautiful!

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GB
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! First time here and didn’t disappoint

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and we always come back here when when we come to Palm Springs. Last night though, the service was a little slow and the food took forever, which given we ordered off the prefix menu, I was surprised.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with great food and awesome service.

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FM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Le Vallauris’ ambiance and food. Great service provided by Lane. He made sure our son felt celebrated for this occasion. We always have an excellent dining experience here.

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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, and a lovely place to dine, lighted trees in a quiet natural setting, calm relaxing and the food was a 10 plus, try the caviar, really loved the experience, was my first time

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We’ve been many times before, and the food was amazing - world class in fact. Last night was marginal sadly. We will give it another chance as we’ve had so many wonderful meals in the past, but for the price last night was not worth the trip.

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RE
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding ambiance/outside patio lighted ficus trees...food is exquisite, impeccable service.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating the wedding of two dear friends. Could not of had a better experience.

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Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary and the food and service as usual was wonderful. I always get the lobster ravioli and my husband had the white fish. The team knew that it was our anniversary and went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. I would highly recommend.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch with family on the patio. Beautiful place to be on a beautiful day. Great food, great service from all.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a beautiful setting! They have a nice menu and large selection of wines to choose from.

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