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The Tropicale

4.6
4.6
8205 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 77 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

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What 8,205 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Good for Groups

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Hot Spot

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Californian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Most Booked

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Good for Groups

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Hot Spot

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Californian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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  1. TO

    TOMMY

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best parking lot conversion to outdoor patio in Palm Springs. BRAVO

  2. JA

    JuanA

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic location for summer outdoor dining. The food was outstanding and the drinks even better!

  3. j

    judigolf

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks & dinner! Love the fried chicken.

  4. R

    Rebasue

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So fun and vibrant. Great food and service. Love it!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic Server Carissa with open honest recommendations . Atmosphere is cool, fun, upbeat. Food is great - will be back soon !

  6. NC

    NativeCAgal

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have eaten at The Tropicale many times and always enjoy it immensely. The food never disappoints - both the specials and the items on the regular menu - and the servers do not leave you waiting. Their brisket burger is one of the best hamburgers my husband and I have ever eaten. The patio always has a party-like ambiance and even in the heat of summer, it stays cool with the misters and ceiling fans. In winter, the patio heaters keep us nice and toasty.

  7. SB

    StaciB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely phenomenal!!! The food was delicious, great ambiance and our waitress was amazing!! Highly recommended

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Kinda had high hopes for Tropicale based on reviews and a friend who hd been before, but I was disappointed. The ambiance is pretty dark which results in multiple people shining their phone flashlights on the menu blinding other diners. Jacob was an awesome waiter and provided nice recommendations and personal conversation. We enjoyed the calamari appetizer. My husband said the carne asada was "decent" and was let down by the quality of store bought tortillas accompanying his meal. After all the amazing reviews for the fried chicken, how could I go wrong ordering it? Sadly, the fried chicken was over battered resulting in thick, gummy, undercooked batter in the crevices. The succotash tasted like it was a frozen mixed that was microwaved & served. The mashed potatoes and congealed gravy were mediocre. By the time our waiter returned to check in on us, I had eaten what I could and told him honestly (and reluctantly) what I thought. He took my comments back to the chef who's concern was not with my experience, but whether I had eaten it. They offered us complementary ice cream, but we declined. I looked at Yelp reviews later to see if it was a one off but sadly others have had poor experiences with the fried chicken as well. Proceed with caution.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Atmosphere and vibe are great! Drinks were good as well as service. We had the pupu platter for appetizer and wasn’t good at all, Meat was dry, deep fried items were kind of cold.

  10. JN

    JoeN

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always consistent go to place. Great from the lovely Michele and Peyton to Mark our server, our delicious dinners and cocktails at the bar apres.

  11. KB

    KathieB

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brandy and Nick were awesome.

  12. R

    Richard

    Palm Springs

    339 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    339 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great dinner, we are weekly diners, brought our out of town family in for dinner. Great service and food, always on top of everything, drinks are great. Highly recommend.

  13. NB

    NickB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was outstanding, and the inside was so chill. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Palm Springs.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Food was terrible. Should have left after we saw a pizza with avocado on it but we tried to stick with the basics and we’re totally underwhelmed. Caesar salad was over dressed and lacked flavor. Pizza was doughy and tasted like a frozen pizza. Coconut shrimp were like long John silver.

  15. FD

    FernandoD

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    We have been to The Tropicale many, many times - this time service was horrific - the food was wonderful as always

  16. MY

    MYRFI

    Palm Springs

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Food is decent; nothing to daring or cutting edge, service can be rushed and spotty at times. The food comes out of the kitchen at lightning-fast speed so if you're in the mood for a leisurely meal this is not the place for you. Turn 'em and burn 'em is the name of the game here. Atmosphere is outstanding.

  17. C

    Christophe777

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I ordered the Boneless Southern Fried Chicken, but this time the chicken was dry. Everything else on my plate was very good.

  18. PG

    PaulG

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had a very good first experience at the Tropicale. The woman who greeted and seated us was delightful and welcoming. She started our visit on just the right note! The waitstaff was equally attentive and professional. The food was tasty and nicely presented. Our only recommendation would be to expand the entree options to include a few more items, as the entree choices seemed a bit limited (another seafood option would be perfect). Overall, we truly enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning to Tropicale.

  19. MK

    MickeyK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The server we had was one of the best we’ve ever experienced!

  20. N

    Neilbax

    Las Vegas

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    First time in The Tropicale. Great to have the greeter seat us and give us options with heat warnings in place. Only there for lunch before a movie, but a good menu. Would certainly come back to try more of the menu and the outdoor vibe. Great mid century tiki theme.

  21. MH

    MichaelH

    Palm Springs

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always enjoy dining here. Great food and great service!!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Nice experience will definitely come back again

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved this place! Great variety & great ambiance!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We’ve been coming to The Tropicale for many years. Although the food was never great, it was decent enough for us to keep coming back years after years, because of its fun atmosphere. We met with our friends who were visiting from LA, the night was full of people celebrating their bachelorette parties (just like Abbey in LA, the gay bars are gradually being taken over by the bachelorette parties), it was definitely louder than the past. Our server wasn’t mostly attentive, she was rather short with us, maybe she had bigger table to tend to. I got their fried chicken, which was extremely disappointing. It was mostly thick layers of hard chewy batter. My friends dishes were much better either. Disappointing!!

  25. S

    Spud

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great vibe. All around fantastic evening

  26. KD

    KrisD

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came for Palm Springs restaurant week, and tried the small plates menu. The ribs were amazing and meaty! The goat cheese salad was beautiful as well as delicious. We also had a mango margarita and a cucumber martini.

  27. C

    Chicagoman

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    The food was good! Everything is more expensive than it should be. There are fine restaurants in Palm Springs that are similarly priced and much better and more unique. The service was terrible except for the bus staff. This one time jewel of Palm Springs is consistently going downhill.

  28. SM

    SheMon

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Tropicale is always dependable for a few basics. Food quality is consistent and the service is usually good. Their fried chicken and pizzas are both very good, especially the NY style pizza. The atmosphere is really what I go for as I'm often taking guests from out of town or meeting some local friends. I don't like that they charge customers directly for the health insurance of their employees. Just raise the prices a bit and keep that off the bill.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4

    Waiter lost his way to us after greeting- took half an hour for him to resurface to take our food order and another 20 minutes for him to return after dropping the check. Food was ok, vibe was cool.

  30. AO

    AndrewO

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous evening, the patio is definitely the place to be in the evening, fans and misters keep you lovely and cool while you enjoy your meal! Delicious food and very attentive staff, incredibly place to take photos as well!

  31. N

    Nanna

    Palm Springs

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The waitstaff was great. Our only problem was the noise level where we sat which was next to the bar. I know that there is no way to plan who will be loud so we tried to ignore it especially because we did want to be on the patio. It was fun being there for Restaurant Week and sampling some of the small plates you offered. Can't wait until lunch to have the Lamb Meat Ball. I was too full to have even a taste after the first two plates. Tasted the peach cobbler which was excellent but, sadly enough I wasted it!

  32. S

    Spencer

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Tropicale has sold out to the bachelorette party crowd. We had already heard that it was no longer what it used to be, but the rumors are true. On the night we were there, there were at least four tables of noisy bachelorettes celebrating a drunken bride-to-be. It felt like the restaurant was being run by someone else. The food had dropped a couple of notches as well. The only constant was the service, which has always been excellent. It is sad to see such a fixture (and a gay one at that) become totally tacky and trashy and deliberately catering to hoards of young women who are only thinking of themselves.

  33. LS

    LeonardS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Tony Di Lembo is clearly on the job! Best beef satay we've had anywhere; exotic spicy sauce on the ribs; just the right amount of sesame oil in the ahi poke! These dishes clearly outshone the chicken offerings. Also remarkable is the ambiance. The lighting, murals, and decorations (especially the lamps with Caribbean drummers as the base) maintain a 60s tropical vibe. Fun!

  34. LS

    LeoS

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappoints! Absolutely the BEST food in Palm Springs, the drinks are superb, and the staff is pure perfection. We’ve been going for years and cannot wait to go back!!

  35. J

    Jjln

    Orange County

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my second time dining here, did not disappoint! We were celebrating sons birthday with friends and it was great, food, ambiance, service, overall best place to eat in Palm Springs

  36. R

    Russ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Classic Palm Springs of the 50’s with the atmosphere of a supper club. Interesting menu and good music.

  37. RL

    RichardL

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love The Tropicale! Food quality and service is consistently excellent. Our server, Aaron, was the best server ever. And you must incorporate the firecracker shrimp into your meal! You won’t be disappointed.

  38. I

    Iren

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Always great energy. And fun waiter.

  39. BG

    BarrGirl

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were celebrating a 87th birthday and everything was fabulous. The firecracker shrimp were succulent and just spicy enough...all 6 of us shared them, along with the edamame and onion rings. 3 of us had the salmon bowls...perfectly cooked salmon and vegetables. Our server (Nicole I think!) was delightful. Attentive, professional and so helpful. We had a great experience!

  40. RH

    RHBD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Service not up to par, food poorly seasoned and over cooked.

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The Tropicale is rated 4.6 stars by 8205 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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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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