The Tropicale

4.7
4595 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday Patio Brunch: 11:am to 2:45pm; Daily Happy Hour (Bar and Lounge) 4:pm-7:pm, All night long Happy Hour (Bar and Lounge) Wednesday night; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm. On Sundays nights we offer our dinner menu and also feature the best Sushi in town.
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Phone number
(760) 866-1952
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Di Lembo
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Private party facilities
Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.
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Private party contact
Lacei-Luv Clausen: (760) 866-1952
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Catering
Order wonderful Tropicale creations for any occasion. Call, place an order and we will have it ready for pick up. If you'd like to bring in your own special platters we can plate your choice of food and have them ready whenever you'd like.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Encilia
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Parking details
Private parking is available in the back of the restaurant but can be limited. There is also parking available in the Casino parking structure across the street as well as plenty of street parking.
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Entertainment
Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:00, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.
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Special events & promotions
Open 365 days a year. Holiday special menus offered. Please call the restaurant to inquire.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Special 3-course menu will be provided. Details to come!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special 3-course menu will be provided. Details to come!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 4595 People Are Saying
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AH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Tropicale. My brother recommended this place and we LOVED it. It;s a great place for drinks, lots of friends or a couples' dinner. Loved it, will go again.

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QW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite "special occasion" restaurant in Palm Springs.. We were there to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary this time and were not disappointed with the overall experience. Excellent service and food..

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p
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a fun place to eat! The outdoor area is so pretty. My steak mango steak salad was delicious!!

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PS
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropical is one of my Favorite spots in Palm Springs. Best Martini by Far.

Calimari with Citrus Glaze always a starter.

Lump Crap Ceasar a splurge, but the Green Goddess Dressing is to die for!

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DS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Favorite place in PSP to meet friends.
Never disappoints.
Beautiful new look to the patio.

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R
Palm Springs
210 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food once again. We had the chow mien from the weekly specials menu. Spicy cooked to perfection.

Our bartender Rufo is always great, quick on the drinks made the way we like them, great food.

Weekly diners would highly recommend.

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JP
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food always consistant--Excellent. I always enjoy eating here.

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday- excellent all around!

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EW
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tropicale is always consistent. We can always count on the food being prepared and served with pride. The food is great and the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. We will be having our Thanksgiving dinner their as well. Totally a Palm Springs gem!

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h
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere, but kitchen is not turning out great food... lentils overcooked, duck undercooked... Go for the people-watching and cocktails perhaps, rather than dinner.

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful time. We were seated on a covered patio (new covering) which didn't have heating lamps installed yet, so we kept our coats on. I think heaters are coming soon. Just wish that the entire patio wasn't covered - it was great to see the stars before.

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

It's always fun at Tropicale. We wanted to sit outside on the patio and made the reservation as such. (The current info said that there were heaters outside). But then we got there, and discovered that they "updated" the patio and removed the heaters, for some odd reason. Just walking to the patio table, we could feel that it was WAY too chilly out there. The heaters need to come back. The current arrangement of no heaters just doesn't work in the Palm Springs weather. So we went back in, had to then wait for an inside table and it was fine, as usual. The patio and ambiance is way too popular for the management to make an error like this. We need heaters on outdoor patios in the winters here (whether the patio is covered or not).

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MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good ambience; very buzzy and attractive setting. The food was quite good but not worth the price ticket. It’s obviously a very popular restaurant for Palm Springs but probably would not go back.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

We were seated outside and it was feezing. They have no heating and no blankets. The host that seated us was completely apathetic about providing us with a warmer option. Overall, it was really hard to enjoy our meal being so cold and uncomfortable. Really disappointed.

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JP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great people watching and atmosphere on patio. Food continues to be at best ok. Last 2 visits not impressed which is to bad as I used to recommend all the time.

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S
Palm Springs
55 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our two Sunday Brunch favs, so we share equally to be fair! LOVE the food, atmosphere, The staff et al! Comfy & fun, indoors or out. We both had pizza this visit, and it was superb! Crispy crust! I come here for a pizza fix, and got to know the bar menu during Happy Hours long ago! Such yummy bits of goodness, sampling many cuisines! Difficult not to order one of everything to share! The Chef & kitchen is on point! And I don’t mean toe shoes!

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B
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We love Tropicale and come for brunch often. This time our server was horrible. It took forever to get waited on. Everyone around us was getting service except us. We ordered the bottomless mimosa's and we had to ask for refills.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate there for a bachelorette dinner.

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The service was outstanding. However, the quality of some of the dishes did not meet my expectation. The pizza was under-cooked and was not a Hawaiian Pizza as ordered. The spaghetti was under-cooked as well with not enough sauce. The meatballs were okay. The appetizers of satay chicken was good but the peanut sauce was over spiced. The hummus and lamb meatball we're good. The salad with shrimp was also very good. A special thank you to the server who helped this disabled vet get out of the very low chairs along with my partner was appreciated and cause no attention to my issue. Thank you.

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WS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, varied menu, good service and nice atmosphere

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great time!!

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R
Palm Springs
211 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner once again. The chow mien from the weekly specials was perfection, the scallops were cooked just right. Great place for dinner or brunch, we are weekly diners never a bad dinner or drink.

Our waiter Scottie was awesome always ask for him and our bartender Mikey is the best always ask for him.

We would highly recommend any time.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were very good. Just very loud.

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l
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE the Sunday brunch- very fun to sit at the bar. The service is excellent, the food is fantastic and it’s a really fun place.

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NN
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-wedding dinner

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CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tropicale always strikes me as "very Southern California." It's lively but not pretentious. Flattering lighting makes everyone look great! Well made, large cocktails, and food has never disappointed me. Portions are large; you'll always have leftovers to take home. You'll spend some dollars, but you won't be disappointed.

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must visit in Palm Springs! If I had to choose one restaurant to visit - this would be it. Always great food, staff/service is top notch, and the atmosphere makes you feel special.

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take out of town guests for the Palm Springs experience.

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S
Portland
61 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting during Pride Weekend and we were not disappointed! The surprise was the dessert, it stole the show!

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GJ
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent creative cuisine served in a beautiful restaurant with professional staff. Highly recommend!

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This used to be our goto place. Unfortunately the menu is in need of a refresh.

Also, a couple without a reservation got there right before us and were not only accommodated but placed at a wonderful location. We on the other hand who are locals and had reservations were then stuck at a table in an area where we were constantly jostled by both staff and patrons. We’ll probably skip Tropicale for awhile...too many other places in town which have opened.

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P
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fun place! Great menu and cocktails. Portions were hefty. Great place to hang out too

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The four meals eaten were terrific. Some items were a little pricey but very good quality. Love the cocktails too.

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F
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropicale is always is a wonderful experience!! One of my favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. The service, food and ambiance are exceptional!

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p
Palm Springs
233 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding Sunday brunch at Tropicale. It is the best weekend brunch spot in Palm Springs. Outstanding service and food!! Love the remodeled patio!

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T
Palm Springs
75 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent as always!

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GH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for food and fun. Great outdoor atmosphere. Great service.

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