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The Tropicale

4.6
4.6
8137 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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Booked 113 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:45 am–2:45 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 10:45 am–2:45 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 866-1952

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tony Di Lembo

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    Lacei-Luv Clausen: (760) 866-1952

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Cross street

    Encilia

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:00, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • The Pupu Platter$32.00

    An exotic combination of Coconut Tiger Shrimp, Thai Chicken Satay, Korean Beef Skewers, Vietnamese Spring Rolls & Shanghai Ribs

    • Bowl of Steamed Edamame$14.00

      Tossed in Sea Salt

      • Hawaiian-Style Ahi Poke on a Taro Root Chip$20.00

        Pineapple Pepper Slaw - Chile Soy Vinaigrette

        • Iced Big Ass Shrimp Cocktail$25.00

          Jumbo Selva Prawns - Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce

          • Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Warm Pita$22.00

            Parsley & Mint Tabbouleh - Garbanzo Hummus - Cucumber Raita

            • Spicy Shanghai Ribs$18.00

              pineapple chili pepper slaw

              • Basket of Onion Rings$14.00

                Dijon Remoulade

                • Firecracker Shrimp$19.00

                  Ginger, Garlic & Asian Chili Sauce

                  • Crispy Nori Ahi Tuna Roll$19.00

                    Pickled Ginger - Wasabi Soy Dipping Sauce

                    • Crispy Tempura Jumbo Selva Prawns$23.00

                      Japanese Pickled Veg - Sriracha Aioli

                      • Thai Grilled Chicken Satay$17.00

                        Cucumber Ribbon Salad & Peanut Sauce

                        • Tangerine-Glazed Mandarin Calamari$20.00

                          Green Peppers, Ginger & Mandarin Oranges

                          • Spicy Korean-Style Kobe Steak Skewers$20.00

                            Citrus Kim Chee - Spicy Peanut Sauce

                            • Crispy Coconut Tiger Shrimp$19.00

                              Sweet Pickled Cucumbers - Thai Red Chili Sauce

                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                              What 8,137 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                              4.6
                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.5Food
                              • 4.6Service
                              • 4.7Ambience
                              • 4.2Value

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                                grubsteak

                                Seattle

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fantastic evening. Even with large table of bachelorette parties, this place runs like a well oiled machine. The service was great and the food was impressive. We ordered a wide range of cuisines from Thai, to ribs to Mexican to onion rings - and EVERYTHING had a great distinctive flavor. Only note: the desserts are outrageously expensive. $28 for a piece of cake, $18 for cookies. Not sure why they've done this but it was bizarre. Other than that this was the best food & experience we've had there over many years.

                              2. u

                                undsioux39

                                Seattle

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                2.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall2food2service3ambience1

                                Drinks were less than adequate. Watered down and virtually tasteless.

                              3. WK

                                WendyK

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Love it here. Great food atmosphere and service consistently A fav in PSP

                              4. KP

                                KenP

                                Los Angeles

                                8 reviews

                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Always have a great time at the Tropicale. Love the Happy Menu. Lots of selections and generous portions. Sit in the bar area outside for the best atmosphere and people watching

                              5. DP

                                DavidinPS

                                Palm Springs

                                31 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                31 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food is always good. The service was teeeitic. It wasn’t busy at all so we were able to linger. The outside tables are fantastic. This is my go-to place to bring visitors from out of town and you didn’t disappoint!

                              6. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Palm Springs

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food. Outdoor space was open and perfect for our needs. Temperatures outside were good with misters. Service was quick, precise and professional.

                              7. E

                                Essenguru

                                Calgary

                                39 reviews

                                5.0

                                39 reviews

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                As usual Tropicale did not disappoint!! It is always a hi-light of our visit to the desert!! The food , the service and the ambiance are perfect. The Pu pu platter is amazing, the ribs and beef are to die for!!! Don’t miss this amazing dining experience!!

                              8. S

                                Steve

                                Palm Springs

                                35 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                35 reviews

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                You have to love a consistently good restaurant in food and service. Chef Tony and the entire Tropicale team are gracious, friendly, and creative with their dishes. Whether it's Spaghetti and Meatballs, Pizza, Fish, or Vegetarian, they have you covered.

                              9. TO

                                TamiO

                                Sacramento

                                23 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                23 reviews

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Our favorite of PS! If you are looking for the best service and food that’s so flavorful with an updated nod to tiki bar food, this is your place. The outdoor space has a mister system, you’d never know your in 105 degree weather sitting outdoors. Brunch and Happy Hour are full of energy and yet, the level of service remains equally as great as if you are having dinner in the main room. Do not pass this place up.

                              10. K

                                Kenny

                                Palm Springs

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Another enjoyable evening with friends and family on their patio. Really fun crowd and amazing food.

                              11. R

                                Rushed

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall3food4service1ambience3

                                Food was good. Service was not. We were not even halfway through our appetizers when our entrees were plopped down on the table. Not the experience of the past.

                              12. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Los Angeles

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food is fantastic! Our server Josh was very professional. Had an amazing time. Will go back. Highly recommend!

                              13. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New England

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food was delicious, ambiance romantic, service excellent- pricey but nothing not to love about the experience.

                              14. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Palm Springs

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Always reliable. Never disappointed.

                              15. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Palm Springs

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Friends visiting from Pennsylvania, great get together. Perfect ambience and the excellent cuisine!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

                              16. T

                                Team

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall2food1service4ambience2

                                Service was great, we got our food super fast. However, the quality was not good, the quality was like a giant restaurant chain quality.

                              17. GG

                                GaryG

                                Los Angeles

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                What a great vibe, great food, and each dish served with a great presentation. This is a special place

                              18. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New York Area

                                3 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Loved everything. Ten stars.

                              19. j

                                jmwdo

                                Oklahoma City

                                95 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                95 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall4food3service3ambience4

                                Very energetic place, quick service, good lunch food.

                              20. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Palm Springs

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                Always a great time at Trop. Food was great, service was great. Just a little loud but that’s a Friday night in the desert.

                              21. s

                                stevens

                                Los Angeles

                                37 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                37 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The service with Jacob was outstanding. He’s engaging, funny, knows the menu and made really good recommendations. Appreciate the service and attention. The food and drinks were AMAZING as always. We love this restaurant!

                              22. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New England

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall4food5service4ambience3

                                Waited a while despite having a reservation

                              23. R

                                Richard

                                Palm Springs

                                338 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                338 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great meal once again and Tropicale. We are weekly diners this week we had the bin bop and the Aii tuna Everything is cooked to perfection and it’s wonderful highly recommend The entire staff is awesome our waitress Carissa is great the bartenders busboys servers are great

                              24. JR

                                JulieR

                                Palm Springs

                                10 reviews

                                5.0

                                10 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We dined at Tropicale to celebrate the sale of our house and we brought in a special bottle of wine our realtor gave us as a gift. We had to pay a rather high corkage fee, but the amazing dinner and apps/cocktails made it all worth it. We had the poke on taro root chip to start and the tomahawk pork chop and the spaghetti and meatballs for main course. And lots of leftovers! Everything is always fresh, delicious and consistent every time. This is a solid restaurant you can always feel confident will not disappoint when you refer a friend or as your “go-to” for that special occasion.

                              25. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Chicago

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food and service! Thank you!!

                              26. TV

                                TrevorV

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                Sat down for happy hour and was given menus, had to ask another server for the happy hour menu.. server not that great.. bus folk were great. Space looks tired.

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great as always!

                              28. RM

                                RonM

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The Best Palm Springs dining experience we’ve had yet.

                              29. JA

                                JohnA

                                San Francisco

                                20 reviews

                                4.0

                                20 reviews

                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                A good Palm Springs staple, especially if you want to enjoy some mid century modern ambience. The food is very good, a little pricey, and the cocktails are excellent. A great place to go with friends especially folks visiting from out of town.

                              30. SL

                                StephanieL

                                Palm Springs

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The Tropicale never disappoints. We had an excellent birthday dinner with friends.

                              31. D

                                Dusty4foodie

                                Palm Springs

                                28 reviews

                                vip
                                2.0

                                28 reviews

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall2food2service1ambience4

                                Over priced, food taste and presentation were lacking, service was neglectful. What a disappointment!

                              32. MJ

                                MileageJunkie

                                Los Angeles

                                40 reviews

                                5.0

                                40 reviews

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food was great. Service was superb. Parking wasn’t too great.

                              33. DD

                                DavidD

                                Los Angeles

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The patio was very tropical and spacious. Quiet and no noise. Service was impeccable. Food delicious. Nice experience.

                              34. GH

                                GordonH

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food, great atmosphere, casual yet caring service. A very nicely curated menu.

                              35. l

                                lbo7000

                                Phoenix

                                11 reviews

                                4.0

                                11 reviews

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall4food3service5ambience5

                                Loved the dinner. The ambiance and service were outstanding. Meals were inconsistent from terrific to fine. But overall really good and a delightful night out!

                              36. DD

                                DebraD

                                Las Vegas

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Tony has done an outstanding job moving the fabulous restaurant forward. Food is outstanding. Service was very good. I’ve been coming for 11 yrs. Celebrate my birthday here. Anytime I’m in Palm Springs the Tropicale is a must! Thank you Deb

                              37. DS

                                DavidS

                                Los Angeles

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great time. Great Food. Great bartender was Edwin

                              38. KR

                                KellyR

                                Los Angeles

                                3 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                overall3food2service4ambience4

                                Fried chicken was definitely below average. Spaghetti was good. Not worth the price

                              39. PB

                                PattiB

                                Los Angeles

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We came for Mother’s Day, we were very happy with our service and food

                              40. JC

                                JonC

                                Palm Springs

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great service Food was amazing Drinks were delicious

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                              The Tropicale is rated 4.6 stars by 8137 OpenTable diners.

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                              Booked 113 times today
                              Google Map for The Tropicale

                              330 East Amado Road Palm Springs, CA 92262

                              Dining areas

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Encilia

                              • Neighborhood

                                Palm Springs

                              • Hours of operation

                                Brunch Sat, Sun 10:45 am–2:45 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 10:45 am–2:45 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Californian, Contemporary American, International

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Elegant

                              • Dress code

                                Casual Dress

                              • 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.

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Tony Di Lembo

                              • Entertainment

                                Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:00, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.

                              • Additional

                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (760) 866-1952

                              • 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.

                              • Private party facilities

                                Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.

                              • Private party contact

                                Lacei-Luv Clausen: (760) 866-1952

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