The Tropicale

4.7
4504 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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 4504 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

7 of us gathered to celebrate a birthday and while the service, drinks and atmosphere were consistent with previous visits we were all surprised at how salty all of our dishes tasted, especially the Pasta and Chicken Fried Stake. Hoping this gets attended to or we won’t be able to continue to patronize what was one of our Palm Springs favorites.

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LD
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Wonderful staff and great atmosphere.

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

Great dinner on the patio
Our waitress was awesome
We had the fried chicken salad and flatbread chicken arugula pizza

We are weakly diners never a bad meal

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B
Portland
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here every year when we visit Palm Springs! Fab food, amazing staff and stunning terrace

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C
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sterling was our server and she was amazing! So sweet and attentive, recommended great dishes and drinks! Can’t wait to go back!

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R
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Always a sure bet for entertaining.

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BO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Servers seem way to stressed. No smiles, just what do you want and here you go. No additional value added. So unfortunate for such a cool environment.

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

Celebrated by sister's 60th birthday here! We all loved the ambiance and our food choices! Relaxing and quiet atmosphere.

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l
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeffrey was our server and was very pleasant without being to friendly, very professional. The spaghetti and meatballs are the best I have ever had. Great have been to the restaurant many times. Great food and very pleasant restaurant.

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DW
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Too many pickled vegetables on the Bloody Mary drink.

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JA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to dine. The ambience is comfortable and conducive to conversation. On this visit I had the breakfast ramen bowl with poached egg. It was delicious and filling. The service is always efficient and friendly. Always a great experience.

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RG
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Unlimited mimosas were on point! Brunch menu was delicious.

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V
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite place in Palm Springs.

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I didn’t like how the menus are laid on top of the cutlery and plates as you sit down . Menus are rarely cleaned and Im sorry but i asked for new cutlery and plates. This practice is not good

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Palm Springs! Great food, Great atmosphere, reasonable prices and Great Fried Chicken (dinner & salad)!!

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TD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our server was wonderful. He successfully managed our food allergy limitations while maintaining and professional and understanding demeanor. The food was good.

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TP
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Busy night, but food was great, sangria's we amazing and Scotty was awesome!

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KL
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a fun atmosphere!!

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NF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried chicken was out of this world - and I NEVER order fried chicken at a restaurant!! The vibe was so fun, service attentive, drinks fabulous (Hula Hula Martini was divine!), and good was delectable. Will definitely be back!

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M
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Tropical - - - Service and Food are always good and it is a vibrant and happening place . Always feel Special there

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E
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I booked my reservation online, super easy and had my requests entered. I called to confirm my reservation and was told it would be out in the patio which I requested so I was very happy about. Once at the restaurant we were seated in a booth which was requested as well but when I confirmed over the phone I was given patio. I was not dressed for inside I was very cold and patio seating wait time was 45 minutes. We ended up dining in and the food and drinks were great. Ambiance is great. Service was ok, they rarely came around to check on us. Overall it was very good. Hopefully next time reservation can be confirmed correctly.

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MO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our go-to restaurants in Palm Springs! The staff is amazing and the menu is delicious and interesting. Chef Tony is constantly changing the menu, so as often as we go, there is always something i am excited about eating!

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OT
Palm Springs
175 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend for dinner on the patio...beautiful evening, food, service and atmosphere...always good to see staff and friends we know...this is our "home away from home" for family and friends...live in PS and frequently enjoy this dining...for over 10 years...nothing more to add!!

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BT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific service all throughout the evening from the bar and restaurant staff. We had a great time and will be back on our next visit to PS

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LF
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter, Scotty! Restaurant is fun and great food!

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JT
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining at Tropicale is an upbeat and fun experience .... it just a place that always feels right. You're probably not going to walk out saying its the greatest meal you've every had. But you probably will leave feeling you had an interesting good meal ... in a great place.

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N
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Good food- took long time to get drinks and order. Great patio seating

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RM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit my wife and I make to Palm Springs includes an energy boost by going to Tropicale. We love the pace, people we meet, and our servers always have a sense of humor. Apparently the owners just returned from Asia and our specials showed it: fresh and melt-in-your mouth ahi poke with avocado and a delicious five-spice noodle dish with scallops and prawns in a savory broth. Perfectly matched to our tastes. We happened to be there the night Space-X launched from Vandenberg AFB which gave an eerie bright aura over San Jacinto and lots of speculation if it was an alien invasion. It's always something in Palm Springs (thank goodness!)

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p
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tropicale is the place to dine in the Coachella Valley area. Prompt, courteous servers with great knowledge of the menu are a pleasure.

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DJ
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the desert hands down. We love Tropicale!!

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S
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Tropicale!! We go there all the time and each time we have a wonderful experience! Owners and staff really know what they are doing!

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BN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived on a very busy evening with reservations at 7:45. We were seated within 2-3 minutes. Just enough time to order a martini at the bar before being called. Dinner and service were wonderful. The couple next to us became our new best friends. Great experience overall!

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R
Palm Springs
206 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal once again. We are weekly diners this week from the weekly specials was a awesome braised catfish over rice and a noodle bowl inspired from a recent trip to the orient.

You will never have a bad meal, great drinks as well, service is spot on.

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DB
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Friends of mine wanted to go here, so I obliged. I have had subpar food here before and vowed not to go back. The quality of the meal was not improved unfortunately. I may be in the minority judging by how busy the restaurant was, but I would not recommend it.

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Outdoor area is great!

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PM
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience. As usual here. The new retractable roof outside was very useful when a light sprinkle blew through.

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere, food and service. Tropical is our favorite restaurant in Palm Springs. Their monthly special menu is always terrific, so many choices, well thoughtout and interesting. The party vibe is contagious, so much fun and the staff compliments the whole experience, from food to drink. Guaranteed a good time will be had by all with sumptuous eats.

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JC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, we enjoyed fully ourselves. Loved the Poke & homemade Margaritas. Thank you!

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GP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant meal. We were seated in a quiet table at our request. In the final minutes a noisy party came next to us - so we were relieved to be leaving. Waiter was helpful and appropriately attentive without hovering. Food was good - we had simple choices (fried chicken and pasta but we were well pleased. Date cake at end — one order split between two of us — was really outstanding.

In sum, we were well satisfied and our orders were insufficiently adventurist to permit the kitchen to show all they can do.

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OT
Palm Springs
175 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just my husband and I...where else to have a special evening together...wonderful atmosphere on the patio, great friendly service with staff we know, and perfect food!!! And it all met our expectations as we knew it would...again and again...you will be so pleased and return so often...as WE do!!!!

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