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The Tropicale

4.7
4.7
8513 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 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 8,513 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What's not to like about The Tropicale? We were reminded last night -- a COLD November night in the desert -- that The Tropicale offers two very different dining experiences. The patio is marvelous, but just a tad more casual than the indoor dining room. We ate in the indoor dining room for the first time in many, many visits, and we were reminded how truly special it can be. The level of service out is very good... but the indoor service is truly superb. What a marvelous evening. We loved being treated with such care and professionalism by the hosting and service staff.
  2. MJ

    MJCanon

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Best part is the ambiance, with its 1950s/60s vibe — executed with a nice attention to detail. You feel like you could look over and see Joan Crawford or Frank Sinatra. Food and cocktails were good, not great. Service, very good and attentive. As a vacationer, would go again on a return visit.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance, food, drinks, and people watching, were all amazing. This place is a must in Palm Springs!
  4. L

    Linny

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!!!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu for all needs. Fun Polynesian ambience and lots of availability for groups!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    I found the service to be good in the beginning, but as the dinner went along with the service sort of lacked, and the food was unbelievably horrible. They took off one of the entrées second entrée was not as good either. It seems like it must be a really good bar scene but I asked for food I would never recommend this place.
  7. LA

    LuisA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, awesome atmosphere and service!
  8. SR

    ShoshanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambience & service. Wonderful experience!
  9. S

    Stan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience. Our waiter (forgot his name) was amazing. Cannot wait to return to Tropicale.
  10. JB

    JamieB

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great ambience, service and value.
  11. TH

    TimothyH

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very impressed with the selection and variety of menu items. Our food was prepared perfectly and presented in a pleasing way. We will be going back in the very near future.
  12. RT

    RoTyRo

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Always a splendid evening at Tropicale...a lively crowd, a sense of celebration in the air, you cannot help but feel happy there. Some nitpicks: felt a tad rushed by the server, as though they wanted to turn the 2-top table quickly (our reservation was at 7:15 p.m.)...and the fried chicken salad was a bit bland (the chicken, while plentiful, needed some seasoning, or more dressing needs to be provided on the side)...but those are more personal quibbles than our overall impression, which is always a good one.
  13. DL

    DavidL

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We keep giving The Tropicale opportunities to prove it worthy of the cost of meals. Unfortunately, they didn’t deliver this time around. The thanksgiving special was not worth the $75 cost. Cold mashed potatoes, cole and under cooked Brussels sprouts. My steak was as good but how difficult is it to make a flat iron steak? Our server was pleasant. Debating on whether or not we need to go back.
  14. DL

    DelL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. Everything is perfect. Great food, great service, great live music when they have it. It has gotten a lot more expensive however, so we only go for very special occasions.
  15. S

    Scott

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Mediocre turkey dinner
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    I have been going to this restaurant for decades. Great place but Thanksgiving dinner cuisine is not their forte!
  17. NC

    NCDiners

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day.
  18. b

    bille2450

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From beginning to end, the attentiveness of everyone was superb. Great personalities and always smiling. A great day to spend the Holiday or any time.
  19. m

    meggie

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great turkey meal. This is our third time for thanksgiving. Service was wonderful. Andrea is a lovely server. One small complaint. Bus boy, rather than walking around table to serve, would pass the plates over to the people on the other side of table. Passing across guests is a flaw that should be corrected. Otherwise, The Tropicale made our meal with friends memorable.
  20. j

    jiror

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall food portions are more than normal I thought. They are tasty and flavorful. I initially thought that the menu items are pricey but they all are justifiably and worth it. Definitely coming back when we are in town. Food, service and everything was great!
  21. JT

    JillT

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food was just meh...we had a nice time, but would choose somewhere else next time
  22. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful time. Thank you to everyone at Tropicale.
  23. T

    Travelgal

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! I’ve been thinking about it ever since and can’t wait to come back. Aaron our server was so lovely and patient with us and the drinks were awesome. Highly recommend
  24. j

    johnm

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing. Atmosphere is mod/chill/tiki🥰 Costumer service is on point!!!
  25. CA

    CharlesA

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    Ordered the “Works pizza” good, but super salty. Also had the “ Mexican “ pizza. Underwhelming, disappointing. First time not having good food there. Nice place.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service great - drinks amazing - food cold- too loud - no parking!
  27. MH

    MichaelH

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Food was awesome as well as the service. From the host at the front door to the server (Nick), it just makes for a solid visit!
  28. TS

    ToniS

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first brunch at Tropicale and it did not disappoint! I had the chicken hash with perfectly poached eggs and the best hollandaise I have ever eaten. Accompanied by a muddled strawberry champagne. To die for! Service and friendliness was top notch!
  29. RC

    RonC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff is always so friendly and professional. Food tastes so fresh and delicious. Great atmosphere. Good drinks.
  30. DB

    DonB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Food and drinks always great and good place to take visiting guests.
  31. MH

    MichaelH

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Karissa our wait person is amazing. So personable and energetic. Knows the menu very well and is always a pleasure to have as a waiter!
  32. g

    ger3sf

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive and friendly service. Excellent portions for small plates.
  33. MR

    MarkR

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a great place to have a meal. Perhaps the most fun and energetic restaurant in Palm Springs. My only complaint is the Shanghai spareribs, (which are spectacular) need to be served hot. This the second time they were cool.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch. Waiter and food both superb. And those Bloody Mary's...
  35. JS

    JulieS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Felt rushed and herded through like cattle. Food was on the cool side and just ok. Waitress was not interested in making us feel welcome. Very busy inside should probably have sat outdoors. Ambiance was ok expected more. I was disappointed as it was the only reservation I made ahead of our trip.
  36. RB

    ReneeB

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable. Friendly and fast and accommodating of our two small poms. The vibe was festive and the place was packed as always. Everyone loved their meal. My food was tasty as well but there were a couple things I wanted to note. The beet salad was a bit sweet for me and I wish the veg pizza I ordered had more ingredient details as it included surprising ingredients like corn, snap peas and was without sauce. Normally I would have asked for the ingredients but it was really busy so I opted to just go for it. I never eat corn unless it's organic so I ended up picking it off my pizza.
  37. CJ

    CurtisJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great and fabulous ambiance!! Getting pricey but, no different than any other place…
  38. T

    Timmer

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We requested to sit outside on the patio. I had only eaten on the original patio never the new patio. We were sat in the new patio and o was a little up set about that but I said I’ll try it do to that I love the old patio with all the hustle & busil going on I love that. But to my surprise the new patio was outstanding ! It’s as beautiful as the older patio ! We all look bed it very much.
  39. AJ

    AJT1

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really lovely patio for a delicious lunch or dinner. So good!
  40. LN

    LaurieN

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the Tropicale for a birthday dinner and we were not disappointed. We ordered the Pupu platter which was outstanding, the calamari and the onion rings and everything was unbelievably delicious. We loved everything about the Tropicale and we all agreed we would definitely go back.

FAQs

The Tropicale is rated 4.7 stars by 8513 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 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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