The Tropicale

4.7
4311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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
Ranz Wienert: (323) 823-9632
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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. There is also parking available in the Casino lot across the street as well as plenty of street parking.
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Entertainment
Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30, 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, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4311 People Are Saying
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BD
Palm Springs
23 reviews
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was out 3rd time dining at The Tropicale. The first two experiences were excellent all the way around. This night the food was simply average and everything seemed a little bit disheveled.

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LO
Portland
8 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a lively and fun place to take people.when they come tomorrow desert. Food is great and people watching always fun.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my friends Bachelorette Party we decided to leave the house for one outing, brunch.
Sean was our server and he was outstanding. (And patient)
We were slightly hungover and slow to moving on ordering but he recommended some great dishes. I had the fried chicken and waffle which was PERFECT. Better than I expected.
The host and other employees were also very sweet and accommodating. We had a lot of fun. 100% recommended.

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R
Palm Springs
194 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we were not disappointed. The scallops from the weekly special menu were cooked to perfection, the red fish was amazing.

There is never a bad meal at Tropical, Rufo & Mikey our bartenders are the best, the wait staff is the best in town.

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F
Cincinnati
35 reviews
2.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Flavorless bland food. Overpriced and unimpressive. Go elsewhere

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DD
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place! Would recommend this place to anyone. Definitely visit when you're in Palm Springs.

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BL
Palm Springs
9 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tropicale is a lush, welcoming, place. The food is original, beautifully prepared and the portions oversized. The cocktails are monumentally delicious. It’s always a treat.

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KC
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite! Best onion rings I have ever had. And the service is perfect.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Good food with lots of choices.

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f
Denver
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time for all!

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JG
Palm Springs
7 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food and Great Service. Moderate Prices. Perfect!

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LE
Chicago
73 reviews
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tropicale is always a fun place to go to. Great staff...good food and great people watching.

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OT
Palm Springs
165 reviews
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back again! Live in PS and this is OUR place to be!! With family or friends...food, service, ambiance and welcome feeling always perfect...never disappoints...you will see, too!!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, Tropicale, for making our 1 year wedding anniversary one for the books! The service was impeccable, and the food was outstanding. Best salmon I’ve had in a very long time, and we were even treated to a complimentary, delicious dessert for our special day! Thank you again, we’ll definitely be back! :)

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ET
Palm Springs
1 review
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brunch with bottomless champagne. Only down fall as soon as you get your bill the champagne stopped.

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TF
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and vibe. Fun place! The Pu Pu Platter is the way to go and their fried chicken is amazing!

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BB
1 review
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Ambiance is great. Food is not. Cocktails weren't good at all. DO NOT order a margarita and expect watered down vodka/tonics etc. - We've tried several.
While my group found the food edible the menu feels disjointed, like it's trying to do too much and as though there's no love or care put into it.

The space is fun and interesting clientele. Don't go hungry and order beer.

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J
Palm Springs
10 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice lively atmosphere, good food, good drinks, good service. What else is there?

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L
Palm Springs
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trust me we, the friends, love eating and drinking at Tropicale from day one.
I personally do not drink often, but your bartenders are the only folks in the Coachella Valley who know how to make the very best Rob Roy on the Rocks constantly. When not driving, I'll have two or three.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Calamari and trout. Mango Sangria

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R
Palm Springs
193 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food the weekly specials are always perfect. Weekly diners and never been disappointed

Food, drinks, wait staff always the best

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p
Palm Springs
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best hot spot in town for food, cocktails and spending time with friends.

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R
Palm Springs
3 reviews
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was unfortunate the misters were not working on the patio for it was 115 degrees out. However, the swordfish was to die for. I will go back again and again for that same entree. Kudos to the Chef.

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S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience, food, and service! Will always visit when I'm in Palm Springs :)

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CC
Los Angeles
76 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early dinner on a very hot Monday. Sat indoors, place was jumping, crazy bar crowd, lots of happy noise. Server was Dan, a real pro, efficient yet personable. Food was excellent, goat cheese flatbread for me, big chicken salad for my wife. Good size portions, middle upper prices, great decor, atmosphere and a very well run operation.
Going back soon to try some of the several other interesting menu items.

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LA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our service was extremely inconsistent with large gaps of time between seeing the waiter. The food was excellent as always. We have eaten here at least twenty times and have never had a waiter as in the weeds as this one. It was erratic to the point of blood pressure raising.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend if you are staying in or near Palm Springs! This is what a well-run restaurant should be like. The service was outrageously good, food came quickly and was exceptionally good. My only complaint is with one aspect of the decor. I found the black figurines on the walls in a bit of poor taste; they reminded me of mini lawn jockeys.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was not my first visit. Always have an exceptional evening. a real Palm Springs experience.

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Houston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific and Scotty was the best for a table of five guests. He was helpful as well as fun, guiding us through the menu and staying ahead of our needs.

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SW
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful dining experience from start to finish!

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GW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times, and have always had good meals. The latest meal was amazing, and the service was really fast. The server was great, and we definitely did not leave hungry.

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e
Palm Springs
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

second time to The Tropicale. Food was great. Patio is very nice. They have misters to keep the temperature down. Service was great.

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c
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter "Jeffrey" was just as kind and considerate as one could ge, made us feel very comfortable, no rush.

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FD
Palm Springs
187 reviews
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Tropicale is a fun place and staffed by friendly and efficient professionals. From our warm greeting through the table clearing of the bussers, everything was truly very, very good! A blend of locals and visitors alike, EVERYONE is welcomed and served with enthusiasm!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun and beautiful outdoor patio dining. Great food and large portions. Most importantly the service was outstanding.. Forth time in Palm Springs and The Tropicale is hands down the best restaurant we have visited.

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BO
Austin
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. The Salmon Black Rice bowl was amazing, as was the Vietnamese pork chop. If you don’t like spicy, ask that the chili flakes not be added. Excellent service and ambiance. Made reservations as we left for Sunday brunch.

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MH
1 review
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Made a reservation a week ahead of time for 2 for my friends birthday. Upon arriving I was informed that there was no table available inside where reserved but we could wait or sit on the patio. This has happened to mY friend before and I took it with a grain of salt. The desk staff were rude and short. The waiter was good but obviously too busy to pay much attention, the support staff was great the menu limited and a bit disappointing. I’ve had better and I’ve had worse so 3 out of 5.

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D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. One of the top 5 in Palm Springs!

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JI
Los Angeles
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience!!! Great cocktails, excellent food and the best service!!! Love this place!!!

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MI
Hawaii
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience it was our 1st time. We will be going back.

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