The Tropicale

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$30 and under
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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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come enjoy an amazing 3-course dinner at one of Palm Springs hottest destination restaurants, The Tropicale - and start your new year off right! Menu $130 per person, patio & dining room seating, the regular menu will not be available.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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CH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit Palm Springs a couple times a year.
This is absolutely my favorite place.
Always great service & food.

MV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we have visitors now, we take them to Tropicale. Because every time we eat there we have yummy cocktails, delicious food, prompt excellent service by charming servers with a smile, and fantastic mid-century throw-back ambiance. It's a little bit Polynesian, a little bit elegant supper room. We had a party of 9 with varied dietary needs: vegetarian, gluten free, nut allergy, dairy free, etc. All our needs were met correctly the first time. Everyone in our party agreed it was the best meal they had in their week-long visit here over Thanksgiving. Better than Stuft Pizza (which you might expect), better than Arnold Palmer's steakhouse, better than Castelli's, although all of those were great. Keep up the excellent work!

P
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We continue to visit Tropicale as our favourite Palm Springs restaurant. Excellent food, excellent service!

Only regret is the noise level

d
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's simple: Tropicale is the most fun restaurant and bar in Palm Springs, and the food is excellent. Go!

TF
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were skeptical about trying a restaurant with an art-deco SouthBeach Miami-esk vibe. Half their logo-light was out on the outside of the building too, creating hesitation for this first timer. From our greeting at the door to our departure from the restaurant, everything was great. Server was amazing. Thoroughly explained the menu items that we had questions on. Food was exceptional and created comfort. From the brussel sprout salad, fried chicken dinner, and massive tomahawk pork chop... all amazing. The focaccia bread at the start was ok. Nothing to remember but all in all we enjoyed our experience at the Tropicale. It’s a def ‘try’ if you are up for some delicious comfort food.

KC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us ordered Huevos Rancheros without discussion. All of us agreed the best ever. The spicy chicken sausage was excellent and the side of guacamole was more than enough.n Bottomless mimosas and sparkling wine are always a brunch plus. The other three meals were equally good.

R
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You always take good care of us, and our guests - thank you! That's why we keep coming back over, and over again. ;)

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance was all great.

GF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in town! Great food, service and ambience!

O
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal
Always fabulous ambiance
Always great service

LL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibe, great service, Jesse, nicely heated outside dining and bar! Will definitely return!

t
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. We sat on the in closed patio and it was warm and inviting. The staff was great.
My only concern was how tight it was in there. The staff had a hard time maneuvering around. ( I’m sure they are use to it ).

RT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Long time patron. Food was disappointing
No flavor. Soup & salad very good
Service excellent as usual.
Next year I’ll cook the turkey!
Still luv you. Rich

RM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Snoopy used to start a story in Peanuts "It was a dark and stormy night..." So true for Thanksgiving Day in Palm Springs. Tropicale was a warm delight my wife and I appreciated after some difficulty getting there. They gave us the kind of seating we requested and we were intrigued by what might be Tropicale's version of a Thanksgiving dinner. It was terrific and included the turkey cuts I had requested along with a delicious light broth with veal meatballs as a warm-up. The red mashed potatoes and vegetables accompaniment were nicely prepared. The grand finale was our choice of desserts: mine a cappuccino gelato and my wife an apple pie with ice cream. Our experience was once again terrific and we appreciate the vibe, good humor, and excellent dining. Our thanks.

DD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was horrible. Not sure what’s was up. That’s the first bad meal I’ve ever had there. Very very disappointing.

H
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We have been there many times before and our guests enjoyed the food however I waited 30 minutes for a glass of wine had an unapologetic waitress they did not remove the charge from our bill and when I asked the manager about it he was rude. Ultimately and unapologetically the grudgingly remove the charge from the bill I will not be back we have been there many times before and our guests enjoyed the food however I waited 30 minutes for a glass of wine had an unapologetic waitress they did not remove the charge from our bill and when I asked the manager about it he was rude. Ultimately and unapologetically they grudgingly removed the charge from the bill I will not be back

M
Nashville
49 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner experience at The Tropicale. It was a chilly rainy night and we were apprehensive about being seated on their outdoor patio but it was covered and well-heated and lovely. Our food was amazing... We went with several small plates including coconut shrimp, chicken satay, spring rolls and shrimp tacos. We also had a wonderful salad of greens with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and gorgonzola and walnuts. Delicious! We ended with chocolate cake for dessert.... A really huge piece of cake that we divided in half and split one of the halves and took home the other half and split again the next day... One serving provided really 4 servings.... Sooooo good. Raymond was our server and he was knowledgeable and friendly. We would return and it was a great find on our visit to Palm Springs.

RK
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Group of 7 - we were Seated on patio on a chilly night - heaters not working well and too dark to see what we were eating. Service was good. Food good but over salted. We particularly liked the salmon and black rice bowl. Inside much noisier, but also warmer.

P
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Once again, we enjoyed our visit to Tropicale. The pu pu platter and a glass of wine makes for a wonderful light dinner , and topped of with a coffee and plate of cookies to share . We will always include a vist or two to Tropicale when we come to Palm Springs!

B
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The main complaint would be that we felt rushed. The food came very quickly and we were still enjoying our cocktails. The plates were gathered up before everyone had finished their meals. However, the food was good and when my husband’s meat was not cooked as he requested the server was very kind about taking it back to the kitchen for more cooking.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Terrible service and mediocre food. Usually much better.

RL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic, very friendly and informative staff , good recommendations on food choices , atmosphere fitting for Palm Springs retro theme

d
Palm Springs
43 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed, yet again, a great meal at Tropicale. The Brisket Burger with Brie was perfectly cooked and delicious, as were two of the week's specials: Ricotta & Parmesan Ravioli in mouthwatering Butter Tomato Sauce, and the Soft Polenta and Lamb Sugo with grilled Italian Sausage. Best of all was the outstanding service we received from our Server - Sterling. Tropicale has continued to maintain it's record for delicious food, served by attentive & caring staff, in a very comfortable and pleasing environment.

JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It’s a great place to go in Palm Springs it very close to down town area.it does get very busy and very loud and if you’re looking for private dining to talk this is not it but a very nice dining experience

R
Palm Springs
260 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This week we had the cobb salad and filet mignon. The service and food are excellent here, you will not have a bad meal.

We are weekly diners, the entire staff is wonderful the bartenders make the best drinks, waiters are friendly and service is quick. The front desk staff is great quickly seats you for your reservation.

The food is done perfectly, highly recommend.

DR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Management should find a way to deliver consistently good food from the kitchen. You never know how it's going to go. Sometimes it's excellent. Sometimes it's quite terrible...like the last time I was there. Shredded chicken in the lettuce wraps was tough, chewy, tasting like leftovers. The signature buttermilk chicken was crunchy and dried out, with watery sauce and a cold pile of collard greens. No flavor, nothing to recommend. This lack of consistency is unacceptable, given the loyal crowd who frequent the place, and its reputation as Palm Springs' "living room." Management...STEP It UP!

DC
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with patio improvements with lighting and heating. Service was perfectly timed and attentive. Our favorite restaurant and bar in Palm Springs.

PF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and staff. Maybe the best restaurant in Palm Springs for the three reasons above.. highly recommend... perfect place

j
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dinner. Food ambiance decor. I go at 2 times a week.

PA
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight. Great food and perfect people watching.

K
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot in Palm
Springs!

G
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The Sunday night sushi menu is now only rolls...big disappointment. Everything tasted alike.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday. Always a good meal and ambiance At Tropicale when visiting PS.

S
Palm Springs
64 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Another wonderful Sunday Brunch at The Tropicale! Great Salads! (Mrs. Wong's Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad & Caesar with Blackened Salmon! SUPER YUM X 2! The flavor and grill on the salmon was to die for . . . Tasty dressings and great people-watching! Always a great place to hang. We love the hightop tables in the bar area for great people watching! Always fun, and always running into peeps we know. FYI, Great cocktails & wine choices.

K
Palm Springs
121 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After show dinner for 4. Great food and service, we love Tropical and visit often.

C
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got seated early for our reservation on the patio and it had beautiful ambiance. Our server Sean was very nice and accommodating. We order a bunch of appetizers and they were all delicious. The Pupu Platter had the most amazing spicy cucumber salad underneath all the meat skewers; the onion rings had a delicious batter and dipping sauce; the Mediterranean meatball plate was so flavorful, filled with delicious spices and textures.

OT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tropicale is always a fun place to go with friends. The outside patio is great.Make sure you ask to sit in the main the patio area and not the side patio.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had reservations for 2 but 3 friends showed up and everyone was so sweet to put us all together, which we understood that they didn't have too. From the water person to the waiter and peeps who brought out the food were all wonderful Everyone was so helpful and friendly. The food was to die for, couldn't have ask for anything better... thank you so much,,, we will be back again soon. We are locals, and tell all our friends about Tropicale..












We had reservations for 2 but 3 friends showed up, and they were wonderful about sitting us together, which we know they didn't have to do.. The waiter was knowledgeable and very friendly along with the water person and the peeps who brought out the food,, Everyone made the night special. The food was to die for, all was perfect..We are locals and tell all our friends who haven't been here to try it.. We will be back!!! Thank you.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. 5 stars.

DS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was as expected and very nice, the waiter was very efficient