The Tropicale

4.6
7127 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive "world cuisine", a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts. The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed - an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.

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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DKDK
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

They won't let you sit unless you give your number. The food wasn't that good and it ended up being super expensive!

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GeorgannG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service, food could be better. We had the pupu platter, was served cold. We also had an ahi tuna roll, very good but we were unable to get wasabi even though it was clearly in the sauce they served. We like spicy, so wanted to add more.

MZ
vipMartinZ
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can’t go wrong here. Best place for brunch or dinner!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best … if not the best in town.

JF
JudyF
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Energetic atmosphere and noisy. Food was good. Loved the people watching

AM
vipAliciaM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful from the moment we walk in to the moment we leave. Large portions of delicious food. Energetic wait staff and the best atmosphere for a fun time. Although still a tad warm when its 115 like it was yesterday, with the misters outside we were actually fine!

Love this place!

KO
KathyO
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great historic vibe with indoor and outdoor bars. We were seated at an indoor table. Experienced exceptional service from Karissa who gave us all the time we needed with great knowledge of the menu. Never wanted to leave. Thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great waitress, and great drinks and food

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was super great our server Ashley was absolutely amazing and outstanding and was a super hard worker

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining. The misters kept us cool.

TJ
ThomasJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have dined at The Tropicale over forty times.

The food and service are consistently good.

Our server last night was Nancy and she is so cordial, knowledgable

and kind.

It was a wonderful evening.

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vipSnobette
Palm Springs
78 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our "Every Wednesday Lunch" at The Tropicale! This week we dined inside on a "hightop" table, and enjoyed not only the fab selections for lunch, but the view of entering and exiting interesting people, as we were pondering over our favorite cuisine choices. Once again, I chose the super spicy and yummy "Firecracker Shrimp" with a half order of the always tasty and perfectly made "Caesar Salad"! Hubby had the "Thai Lime Beef Salad" and loved it. He also loved a few shrimp off my plate. Grrrrrr. Spicy was the theme! Love the Staff, had fun chatting with Ranz, Ashley and our waiter Josh and our gracious Bus Boy! It is sophisticated and fun, comfy and chic without formality. Can't wait til next Wednesday!

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vipEdRa
Palm Springs
228 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a friend…scallops divine!!! Great service…time to visit..good to be back!!

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vipAngelH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My husband’s Pork chop was under cooked with spoke with the waitress and she just ignored our concerns. It was our first visit and we didn’t know portion size. I have 2 small children 4 and 6. I ordered cheese pizza from the happy hour menu for them. I thought it would be a small portion they were as big as a small pizza. The waitress could have mentioned that the portion was large enough for the entire family. I would have only ordered 1 and they could have shared and there would have still been left over pizza. I read so any reviews before choosing the restaurant and was disappointed.

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vipRich
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

This used to be a great spot but the energy has become old and tired. It’s time for a refresh. The vents in the ceilings were covered with black dirt, the entire staff was maskless, the fried chicken was overcooked. I was so disappointed because we used to love this place. The service had a “Denny’s” type vibe, except you’re not paying Denny’s prices. Oh well!

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NolanWood
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal and great service. It was hot tonight and they had us on the covered patio with misters. It was a delightful. A rotating menu of specials make this place exciting every time I visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent top notch food, service as well.

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vipRichard
Palm Springs
307 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are weekly dinners, this week we had from the weekly specials menu, Jumbo Sea Scallops with Smoked Pimentón Butter Saffron Risotto with Spanish Sausage, Baby Clams & Peas - Micro Herbs

It was very good, you will never be disappointed with a meal at Tropicale. Highly recommend lunch, brunch and dinner.

MA
MAM1
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing brunch at The Tropicale from the delicious food to the service and the ambiance! The drinks were perfect too! So great we went back another night for late night drinks. Highly recommend visiting this fun restaurant!

DJ
vipDrJackR
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Staff and food is always amazing and Tropicale bartenders are the best in the desert!!

CA
vipCamiloA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience! Live Carissa the server, she is amazing! Drinks are expensive but large and very strong so well worth it. Food is huge portions. All around enjoyable experience.

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DRJawzz
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun as always but very loud and crowded. Packed with bridesmaid parties.

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JeffS
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant has the vibe of Palm Springs and the food is superb.

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MarkN
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was named Andrea. She was amazing. Extremely pleasant and great sense of humor. Really liked her. The food was good. Had the Salmon with Black Rice. And veggies.

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LarryN
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The entire staff were without masks. Patrons were not required to wear masks as they entered the restaurant. Social distancing in the walk ways was non existent. While the State, County and City mask mandates are in place, Tropicale should comply.
Food was very good and staff friendly/attentive as always.

JD
vipJovaniD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The restaurant is now charging 3.5% for Employee healthcare insurance. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. They are not my employees and I already tip them well. The owner is responsible for their employees and they healthcare not me. I WILL NOT GO BACK THERE.

LR
vipLoRa
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tasty cocktails and good food on a cool patio (misters!!) on a hot night. Fantastic service. Lots of happy energy outside and in the bar.

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vipRichard
Palm Springs
308 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was great once again, we are weekly diners and you never have a bad meal at Tropicale. This week we had the Tropicale Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast & Applewood Bacon Diced Tomatoes, Hard-Cooked Egg, Avocado & Imported Roquefort - Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Great for a warm night in Palm Springs. Highly recommend lunch, brunch, dinner you will not be disappointed.

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vipChuckC
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Okay evening - would have been better but for several large bridal parties that were out if control. Better experience on week days tather than the weekend with the bridal party gauntlet.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since pre-Covid. Great service. Came early and sat us right away.

FA
vipFABI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous and delicious like always!! Amazing ambiance!

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ProceedToTheRoute
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with delicious food & drinks at lunchtime. The covered patio had misters and kept us cool along with our waitress suggested margaritas! woohoo!

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vipRita
Palm Springs
145 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch special was fresh tempura fried catfish and fries. Excellent doesn't even begin to describe the freshness and taste of the catfish

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vipOh4daluvoffood
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great customer service

JC
JacquelynC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and lovely patio for outdoor dining.

AL
AmyL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and the perfect Palm Springs atmosphere

ER
vipEdRa
Palm Springs
228 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside this time…hot weather and different!!! Otherwise, great food (spaghetti/meatballs), service (Aaron at his best!!) and booth(for great conversation)…nothing more to ask!!!

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vipSnobette
Palm Springs
79 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful early afternoon, enjoying our fab Tropical lunch, seeing old friends - including the Staff - Ranz, Ashley & Josh, our Triple Threat to successful dining. The people watching is The Best! ALWAYS goes great with Champagne - and the perfect and yummy hamburger with crispy bacon for the Hubby, and for me, the Caesar Salad with Blackened Chicken, which I adore! The small Caesar is a great partner for any Starter! Nothing like sitting at the fountain as the misters cool you off, as you sip Champagne or an iced tea! We feel like we are on an albeit "short" calming vacay - and no driving or airports! WHOOPEE!

PM
vipPilarM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I visit Palm Springs I always like to dine at Tropicale.
The food is excellent and they accommodate my vegan diet eliminating what I can’t eat.
The patio gives us a pleasant atmosphere and we had a wonderful waiter who advised about drinks, food and he even was friendly with our dog.
Overall, it was a place to go back over and over.

FAQs

The Tropicale is rated 4.6 stars by 7127 OpenTable diners.

The Tropicale does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thetropicale.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.