The Tropicale

4.7
7312 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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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The duck was very very dry, but they removed it from the bill and otherwise everything was great.

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vipEdRa
Palm Springs
232 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a friend...again...the place we love to enjoy and share...ambiance, food and service beyond great...coming here for 14 years...no change in sight!!!!

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TimO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great dinner, staff was great, fun experience.

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mammajamma19
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was Sarah and she made our first dining experience with the restaurant very enjoyable and helped us make some great choices for a little taste of everything we like! Loved the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for 4 at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 19. We arrived promptly at 12:00 to find that our table was waiting! We had absolutely no wait and were escorted to our table immediately. Our waiter (unfortunately I don’t recall his name) was great. He was very attentive and kept those bottomless mimosas coming without us having to ask for refills. Overall all staff were great from the front desk to the table runners.
The food: OMG!! Wow! Everything that was ordered was delicious! My wife had the chicken and jalapeño waffles and those were delicious (not spicy; it almost tasted like the jalapeño was infused into the waffles). I had the huevos rancheros with refried beans and chicken sausage….TO DIE FOR! My friend and his wife each had the house special of the day which was chicken milanesa with eggs. That dish was also stupendous.
The restaurant was well kept up and the ambiance was nice. The bathrooms were nice with a dark decor and most importantly they were clean (at least the men’s was). The parking situation on the street is very limited but there’s an empty lot behind the restaurant that you can use and just walk around to the front. Overall great experience and will definitely be returning the next time we are in Palm Springs!

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RinaP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was AMAZING highly recommend. It's very loud but we had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Helpings are huge, even so called small plates. Food very good, GingerAle was NOT. Bad ginger ale? Why?
Anyway, great vibe/ambiance. Friendly attentive staff.

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JohnF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We arrived before our reservation, but were given the option of being seated or going to the bar. We chose our table. Servers worked as a team and were exceptional. Took care of us as we talked and drank through happy hour and then took our dinner orders. Checked on us frequently, kept glasses filled, and made sure all went well.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is an excellent place to enjoy ambience, amazing and varied foods, and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great friendly service from Greg. Always a fun time.

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vipAquaV
San Diego
181 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tropicale is perfect in every way every time. We had the best server, Greg this last time too. He was truly fantastic. (They are usually all fantastic.) But he was exceptional.

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vipGFrasier
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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Luella
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our son's 51st birthday tonight. Had reservations for dinner at 5 p.m. But we got there at 4 and had cocktails and appetizers at the bar. Had so much fun with the wonderful bartenders and guests seated next to us that we asked for a few more minutes before seating in the restaurant. Everyone was so accommodating and pleasant that I can't say enough about their kindness and attention to detail. We had a fabulous dinner. Ashley was exceptional as our server and went above and beyond to help with my husband's special requests and constantly checked in on us. I had the stuffed trout "special." I LOVE trout and understand that normally you are going to deal with bones when you have trout. But, let me tell you, this trout was crispy and bone free. Exceptional food. I am so thrilled with the service, the staff, and the food that we will go again and bring our friends. A special thanks to Ashley and also the young man who helped this ole gal get out of the booth. What a grand time and celebration for our dear son. Good wishes to all of the Tropicale staff.

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CharlesW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While normally fantastic, the Calamari was served cold. But, the delicious brisket burger made up for this mistake in spades!

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vipJohnW
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always love the bar and tables there, very friendly place to make new friends, great food, atmosphere and service.

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ShakirahS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for celebratory brunch, attentive service, generous portions and we enjoyed the patio vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a local I love this restaurant. The wait staff is great, the kitchen is wonderful and the atmosphere is always fun! and of course they have excellent cocktails!

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heatherzalatimo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Service was great as well. They paid attention to the note about it being my moms birthday, so extra points for them!

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vipJesseR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been going back a few times a year and it’s a great experience the decor is a bit tired but everything else doesn’t disappoint !!!

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KimberlyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant & service! The food was delicious & Mark our server was fantastic. Definitely recommend this restaurant for a truly wonderful dining experience!

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vipNikki
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter mark was incredible. The pu pu platter was unreal and so was the brisket burger. Great service here.

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Rich
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. We go every time we visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was mix, some good some inedible!! The waiter never stayed more than four seconds, he was always running away!! Would not go back for any reason!! Wait I would go back for the bananas Foster crème brûlée.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time.

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vipGaryR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!
Food is consistent, creative and delicious. Chef is talented, indeed. You’re a fool if you don’t make Tropicale part of your Palm Springs vacation repertoire .

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JohnS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so great, fun and efficient, recommended a really good glass of Chardonnay. We weren’t really hungry, so we had three appetizers, which were all delicious.

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vipDrPa
Seattle
71 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This place was recommended to us by friends, so we admittedly had elevated expectations. We sat outside on the patio area, which has a great tropical ambience. The service was very prompt and there were no issues there. The problem we faced was the quality of the food. the menu is enormous, which is usually a red flag to me in a restaurant. We had the Fried Chicken Salad and the Pork Chop, which we were advised by the waiter was their specialties. Both had enormous portions of food, but both dishes were low quality unfortunately. I would much prefer high quality food over enormous portions of mediocre food. It is harsh, but my husband said it reminded him of a gay Dennys :(
This place could be good if they can improve the food situation.

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EdwardM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and service. Really kind of dark. You shouldn't need a flashlight to read the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Made a reservation on Open Table for my birthday. When my party perfect! Some of the servers were quite stand-offish but overall it was an ok experience. We all enjoyed our food even tho the menu was very…limited. Only complaint was the calamari but the rest of our plates were pleasantly good! I’ll definitely make another visit. Oh & at the end, our server ended up bringing me a birthday desert, so sweet! (When I got carded, he noticed it was my birthday)

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RobertB
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was fabulous. Eric, our waiter was extremely accommodating.

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Enamor
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My companion had the pork chop and said it was dry. His lemon drop was not to his liking, he drinks these always so he knows a good one from a weak one. I had the steak and it was good. The platter was good.

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vipjosec
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pork chop is usually the draw, but the cornmeal and tomatillo salsa variation fell flat. Banana’s Foster creme brûlée ended up being marginally better without the bananas, but was cavity-inducing nevertheless. Service was excellent as usual.

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AshleyF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside - really romantic and eclectic vibe. Great sangria and specials! Really enjoyed it. Our waiter was very nice too and made sure to wish us a happy anniversary :)

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SeanW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food were amazing. Great experience!

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vipKari
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ashley is an amazing server. Fun and different menu. Sit on the patio. It's fun and inviting out there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. Captures the mood of what old school Palm Springs would have been like. The cocktails and asian fusion menu choices we made were delicious. We’ll definitely be back when we’re in town!

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vippsguy
Palm Springs
310 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another outstanding Sunday brunch at Tropicale. Great food and excellent service. The best brunch in Palm Springs. Looking forward to cooler weather so we can dine outside in their patio - the best outdoor dining space in Palm Springs.

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vipSnobette
Palm Springs
81 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dear friends with us, and we were comfy in our cozy banquet thanks to the Adorable Ashley, and very fortunate to have Mark as a waiter - then seeing Adorable Ashley at the reception desk was WONDERFUL! Ranz as well! We had a wonderful Brunch, I loved my Fab Shrimp Tacos, and everyone else also tried something different from previous visits, from Eggs Benedict to Giro to The World's Best Hamburger! Even with a Full House, a good time was had by all . . . Those banquet cushions, must absorb a ton of sound! It was nice to see so many happy diners, having a great time. We all agreed that for the quality of food and ambience, we can always count on The Tropicale!

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DavidHKNYC
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent. And I love introducing new friends to Tropicale - our guest loved it! Brunch is always great at Tropicale!

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The Tropicale is rated 4.7 stars by 7312 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.