The Tropicale

4.7
4664 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday Patio Brunch: 11:am to 2:45pm; Daily Happy Hour (Bar and Lounge) 4:pm-7:pm, All night long Happy Hour (Bar and Lounge) Wednesday night; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm. On Sundays nights we offer our dinner menu and also feature the best Sushi in town.
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Phone number
(760) 866-1952
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Di Lembo
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Private party facilities
Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.
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Private party contact
Lacei-Luv Clausen: (760) 866-1952
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Encilia
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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.
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Entertainment
Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:00, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.
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Special events & promotions
Open 365 days a year. Holiday special menus offered. Please call the restaurant to inquire.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special 3-course menu will be provided. Details to come!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 4664 People Are Saying
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J
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropicale is always good. The specials are wonderful and most visits I never look at the regular menu 'cause there is always something interesting among the specials.

We love sitting outside which is very pretty and good people watching. Service is good as well.

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HF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took mother-in-law for a Christmas present. Paid for by her son who is working as an accountant, his treat! First time he has ever done so, the last time we ate here was her treat for his graduation. This is a special restaurant for special occasions like those!

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Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tropicale is always fun to go to. Six of us met for brunch on the patio and we had a great time. The food can sometimes be hit or miss, but our meal this time was great. The service is always good and the cocktails are great. When we want to go somewhere festive, Tropicale is our go to place.

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J
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch on Sundays, our server was wonderful. I am celiac and she really looked after me. Best Bloody Marys in Palm Springs.

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D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While on a date celebrating 6 months with my beau, we were seated next to a couple of gentlemen who were very negative and complained about everything, and one kept using he cell phone flashlight to read the menu. He blinded me several times, and the restaurant was not at all dark enough for such behavior. One complained about the food before he even put it in his mouth! In addition, they began arguing over the nuances and minutia of different sects of christianity. At a dinner in what I consider to be quite a nice place, I felt their behavior was despicable and their choice of argumentative conversation distasteful. I quietly asked our incredible and understanding server if we could be moved, and explained that I just didn't want to be seated next to such negative people for the duration of my celebratory meal. Not only were we accommodated immediately, but the food was exquisite and the recommended wine was perfect. They really went above and beyond to turn my experience around, even though the situation was no fault of theirs. On top of that, when I told them we were celebrating 6 months together, we were treated to a delicious chocolate cake to share at the end of our meal. Thank you, thank you, thank you to our gracious server and the incredible management at this fine establishment. We will see you soon!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The evening was ok, I struggle with the review. Service was prompt but we had to ask for everything from bread to salt & pepper. The guest next to me spilt his glass of wine on the bench seat next to me and it got on my clothes. He dried it up and he got another glass of wine from the server but no one checked on me and I had to ask for napkins. I do appreciate the manager asking us how the night was because we “weren’t looking like we were having a good time”. However, once he found out a customer spilled wine and not a staff member he was finished the conversation and left.

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R
Palm Springs
213 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, we had the weekly special sea bass fixed to perfection. Our bartenders Mikey and Fernando were great. Never a bad meal or drink. We are weekly dinners and would highly recommend.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Always great, but for some reason, the fried chicken was subpar this time. 5 of us ordered it and they were all lukewarm and not super crispy. Everything else was great.

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MS
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A regular spot for us. Interesting menu, wonderful specials, great service. Go there!

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OM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When friends come to town - often (yes!) - We always hit Tropicale. Total Palm Springs experience. Wonderful staff, excellent food. Check the Specials. Uptown Casual.

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

Wonderful evening with family on the patio. Great food, terrific service!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our meals at Tropicale

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Tropicale! It’s our “go to” place when we want a special evening out. We are a little sad that they felt they needed to cover the patio dining area. We miss the old ambience, but we’ll adjust in time. Still our fave!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vacation find . We had an early dinner and then went to the street fair. I had the sword fish entree that was prepared with a wonderful tasting Thai coconut milk Curry. Cathy had the lamb meatballs small plate which she enjoyed. The small plate had 1 only two meat balls, but the humas and pita bread made the dish entree size.

The live jazz was a real plus.

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LE
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love...love....love Tropicale. The food and staff are the best

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here based on our hotel’s recommendation and we were so blown away we ate their both nights we were in Palm Springs. I had my sixty-five year old aunt and my ninety year old grandmother with me and they both loved it. I was a bit nervous it would be too loud for my grandmother but for some reason the booths and the ceiling absorbed the noise well.

The food was incredible. The brie and prosciutto pizza was one of the best I’ve ever eaten in my life. Nana loves the spaghetti and meatballs. And the wine pours were generous! Very delicious Cobb salads and goat cheese salads as well. Excellent service. We will be back!

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g
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always. Rarely disappoints.

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AS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites Palm Springs restaurants over the years. Food is always very tasty and creative. Service is exceptional.
Thank you Tropicale.

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Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were nicely greeted right away and shown to a patio seat. Our food was delicious & service beyond reproach. Sean is terrific & we are looking forward to our next experience there.

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Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a very pleasant brunch at Tropicale! Sean my favorite waiter was perfect! Food was yummy and served hot. Great place for brunch or just drinks and a snack!

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H
Edinburgh
50 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We were disappointed. Friends had recommended the restaurant but we felt rushed and as if the restaurant was sort of an up-scaled Denny's. The seating was fairly "commercial." The server seemed committed to getting our order quickly (we thought because he likely got paid based on the number of tables he could turn in a night). We had a taster's plate and a salad. The taster plate was sort of thrown together with a Vietnamese spring roll mashed up against a cucumber salad. The net result was that the spring-roll self-destructed as soon as we picked them up. The flavors were OK but we would prefer a higher quality and nicer presentation. Wine prices were at least 25% higher than they should have been for the quality of the wine. We will NOT return there.

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JB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropicale never ceases to please. Great, attentive service. Fun staff. Quality food. Puts some other pricier Palm Springs restaurants to shame. Always a wonderful evening!

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The fried chicken was amazing. The service outstanding.

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service even better. Very attentive staff. Atmosphere was perfect! 5 stars! We will be back!

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h
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We were a party of 4 on Friday December 7th and as usual I am in love with Tropicale. All of our food was wonderful EXCEPT the fried chicken which I have ordered many times. The issue was not the chicken but the presentation was very unappetizing. The spinach was grey and slimy. This has never happened before. I was with my granddaughter and she said she would be embarrassed if I sent it back (which I wanted to believe me!).

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Palm Springs
177 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With friends...a choice we OFTEN make...always wonderful for food, service and ambiance...always feel welcomed and leave PERFECTLY happy with the evening...AND our friends and family have a great time!!!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service

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Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Prompt seating, good service, friendly staff, clean, good food. Waiter gave us time to visit before ordering. Good selection. High noise level in the area we were seated.

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KS
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exxellent attentive service the menu was excellent and everyone in my party enjoyed their choices

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PG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

After dining here, my wife and I were surprised at how highly this place was. The food was okay, but certainly not worthy of any acclaim. I had the duck and my wife had a pasta dish. The duck was flavorful but not particularly interesting. The pasta was fine, but again not outstanding by any means. The space and service were fine, but the waiter kind of annoyed 1us after pushing the significantly more expensive wine at us when we asked him to describe them.

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Palm Springs
44 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tropicale is one of those places that is quintessential Palm Springs and absolutely perfect for out-of-town guests. The food is always excellent, from the starters through dessert. The service is impeccable. The drinks are fantastic. AND, a night here with friends will not blow your budget out of the water.

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Palm Springs
178 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always THE place to go to be with friends and family over great food, perfect surroundings and friendly/attentive service!! Never disappointed...live in PS and here often...

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t
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visit Tropicale about 2-3 times a week. Whether it's merely for cocktails, a brunch or dinner, they never disappoint. The environment is amazing and soooooooooooo Palm Springs; and the service is always attentive and uber friendly. There are a few restaurants in PS that have phenomenal food (and a price point to match), but none are as convivial as Tropicale.

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DH
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there. Pricey but tasty and creative dishes.

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WS
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always love Tropicale. Great supper club ambience and always good foods, from small plates to a full dinner. Grea5 cocktail menu too.

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Palm Springs
54 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The atmosphere was somewhat frenetic as there was a large crowd. Service was extremely slow and very occasional. We never did get the soup which we had ordered. Waited forever for the main course, which was a good but way too large schnitzel. The accompanying broccoli was cold. The chocolate chip gelato was good.

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BC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Excellent staff. The ambience was perfect and easy to talk and hear each other

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p
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and service was really good EXCEPT the meal came out on top of ordering cocktails. I felt rushed.

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantantastic Eggs Benedict, and a relaxing patio. Service is attentive.

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food. Best outdoor patio in the valley.

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