The Tropicale

4.7
5186 reviews
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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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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great salad as always and stealing our wartier was the excellent and she remembered what I had from last time.

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MD
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Beautiful patio dining. Great happy hour. Live music. Give it a try.

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J
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and service. Love the fried chicken salad.

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RH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Way to loud could hardly carry on a conservation.

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AB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Favorite place! Rough start this time but the Manager kicked things into gear right away, changed our waitress and it was back to Tropicale perfection! Thank you!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Palm Springs, we try to go every time we are there. The coconut martini is the best!

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JV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great atmosphere. Service (Daniel) was excellent. Definitely recommend it.

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p
Palm Springs
254 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fabulous Sunday brunch at Tropicale. It is the very best weekend brunch in Palm Springs. The food and service is always outstanding. The weather has been perfect to enjoy their outdoor patio.

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TG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

I've always been to The Tropicale for dinner and have never had any complaints. The food has always been great and the ambiance divine. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing for their brunch. I was there this past weekend and the food was simply bad. How can a chicken salad be insipid? The food lacked flavor and condiments and my breakfast burrito was not enjoyable at all. I hope they step up their game when it comes to brunch... you can't serve lukewarm pancakes, who does that? They were chewy and practically cold when they got to our table.

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MD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love management here, and wait staff .... all excellent people who make a great team.
Food is fabulous.

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p
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and good food, Lorrie =great service.

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j
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

We are locals who come to Tropicale at least once a week, sometimes more. This past weekend we had friends in town who were excited to try Tropicale. Everything was good except we couldn't have felt more rushed. Not sure what the issue is exactly- too many people on staff or how they were trained but from the moment we sat down all we felt was rushed. I understand the need to turn tables but not when you're guests have spent well over $300 for 4 people. We mentioned to the waiter from the start that we wanted to enjoy our dining experience and yet every two minutes he came by trying to rush us along. We ordered an appetizer and specifically told our waiter to hold our meals so we could enjoy ourselves and yet 2 minutes after our appetizer came out there were our entrees. We were embarrassed. Just really disappointing. Think Chinese fire drill- which is not a good luck for an otherwise great restaurant. Just out two cents.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was quick and efficient. Atmosphere was welcoming and warm. Food was in excellent proportions and very tasty!! Only complaint is no baby changing table in the bathroom... very strange.

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KP
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Drinks and service were excellent. Problem was that I ordered the filet Mignon. It was OK, but not great for the price. My fault for ordering steak when not in a "steak house". Would try the place again and order other type of things.

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G
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this place and I will happily come here whenever I am in Palm Springs!

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R
Palm Springs
234 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner once again at Tropical.
Tony (owner / chef) created the best mahi mahi tacos and pokie bowl. The food is always to perfection, our bartender kept the drinks flowing and was spot on.

We would highly recommend Tropical for brunch, happy hour and dinner. We are weekly diners and have never had a bad meal.

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OT
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible as always. Every dish is truly special. One of the most consistent restaurants I’ve ever frequented.

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M
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous dining experience. Tropicale is the quintessential Palm Springs restaurant. The atmosphere is lively, fun and energetic. Come here for delicious food and a positive fun time.

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E
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion of old high school friends. A beautiful outdoor setting (indoors was gorgeous as well but the weather meant we could enjoy the evening outside). Everyone enjoyed their meal and our waiter Sean and the staff were impeccable!

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KK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The value here is unparalleled. Everything was delicious and the ambiance was perfect.

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OT
Palm Springs
193 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with great friend...would choose Tropicale first!! And wonderful evening it was...food, service and atmosphere perfect...as always...

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SS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend The Tropicale for brunch, lunch or dinner. It is the best place to go to in Palm Springs. The food is delicious, prepared with care and the best ingredients. The specials menu is always changing with some of the best meals I have had. They now have a cookbook, which is also a recent award winner, I also recommend picking up a copy. This place is always an A+, always reliable and always delish.

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GE
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Tropicale is one of my favorite restaurants and the food is great. My problem with them is the service is really below par. I was there Monday with a friend and it was not very busy. Yet we sat there for 15 minutes before a waiter showed up to take our drink order. We never got bread until we asked not once but three times. We weren’t even finished with our appetizer when our entree came and the waiter had to cram all this food on our little table. I always recommend Tropicale to friends but if they don’t up their service there are plenty of other choices out there.

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PS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love sitting out on the patio. Booked an earlier dinner table (5:30pm) and the weather was perfect and not as crowded as later in the evening. Food was terrific though my special of pasta carbonara was a bit watery. Service was great as usual!!

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and server was very knowledgeable starting at cocktails through to dessert. Was my sisters bday and they brought a desert with a candle. Can’t wait until my next visit to Palm Springs and my next meal here!

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tropicale has become one of our favorites since moving to Palm Springs. It is one of several of our go to restaurants. Some of my favorite dishes have been found here on their weekly special menu. The adult beverages have all been fantastic. Daniel always takes good care of us too.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As we usually do, we had a perfect evening at Tropicale. Food, service and atmosphere were all superior.

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CM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Tropicale!!

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JS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to return to one of our favorite watering holes. The service and the food were outstanding. You can feel free to experiment here as it's hard to go wrong. The chef really understands flavor pairings.

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Wonderful food! Beautiful patio to have a great meal!

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S
Palm Springs
58 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropicale is always a wonderful experience, thanks to the hospitality of the owners. Thank you, Ranz, for another lovely lunch! We can always count a scrumptious meal and fab drinks, including wine. I loved my Brisket Burger, and it is now difficult to make another choice! Love the chicken and waffles as well. The Pizza is great! Our guests always select the Eggs Benedict and stick with it. So many great choices, so little time! So comfortable just to be there, whether it is outside or in a booth. It is always the first place to dine when friends come to town, especially for dinner outside, near the fountain. Great vibe, great staff who love their jobs!

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Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had the best server ever.. Lorrie.
we go there a lot the Lorrie is by far the best server we have ever had.

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Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Laurie was exceptional in her service, friendliness and attitude. We would request her in the future visits. Prices seemed to be higher than they used to be.

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S
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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G
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropical is always a good experience, but this time we had the added benefit of having Sterling as our server, who was, in a word, sterling! Cute, fun, engaging and very much on her game.

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OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5/11/2019: I’ve had so many good experiences at Tropicale. That said, it’s really the service that is far superior to the remainder of the restaurants in the valley. Jose’ continues to be my favorite. He never forgets a drink order, he always knows the menu backwards and forwards. These days, I not only recommend the restaurant to friends and family but I tell them to ask for Jose’. I can’t remember me doing that before. Anyway, tonight I was reminded of just how much I enjoy having dinner at Tropicale and how I enjoy having Jose’ guide me through my meal. The cocktails were perfect, the rib app was tasty and the seas bass was delicious and hot to the table. Thanks Jose’ and congrats to Tropicale for the Silver medal award for their recent cookbook. Be back soon!

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JM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our trips to Palm Springs are never complete without a dinner at Tropicale. The food is never disappointing and the energy is always upbeat and lively. Great place to people watch.
The outdoor patio dining is always fun and we always make sure to fill a large table with our friends for a great evening.

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MD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely request patio seating - great ambiance and noise level is appropriate. Our table of 3 ordered 3 small plates and the Fried Chicken Entree (AWESOME)! That food and a few drinks made a great meal. We got there for 5:15 p.m. reservation and by the time we left place was busy and hopping! Highly recommend.

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R
Palm Springs
235 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner once again.
We had the steak, and jumbo prawns from weekly special menu. Perfectly cooked, great new desert from Chef / Owner Tony.

Highly recommend we are weekly diners never a bad meal

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C
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropicale is always a great experience. Our visit to Palm Springs would not be complete without a stop at Tropicale. Great menu, fabulous cocktails and amazing service!

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