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About The Tropicale

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.

330 East Amado Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, International

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.

Cross Street:
Encilia

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 866-1952

Website:
http://www.thetropicale.com/

Entertainment:
Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.

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.

Parking Details:
Private parking is available in the back of the restaurant. There is also parking available in the Casino lot across the street as well as plenty of street parking.

Executive Chef:
Tony Di Lembo

Private Party Facilities:
Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.

Private Party Contact:
Ranz Wienert: (323) 823-9632

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, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Open 365 days a year. Holiday special menus offered. Please call the restaurant to inquire.

The Tropicale Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (151)
Vibrant Bar Scene (114)
Fun (105)
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People Watching (103)
Hot Spot (99)
Neighborhood Gem (97)
Good for a Date (95)
Special Occasion (95)
Good for Birthdays (87)
Bar Seating (86)
Creative Cuisine (84)
Happy Hour (84)
Good for Anniversaries (80)
Casual (79)
Good for Groups (76)
Romantic (70)
Fit for Foodies (65)
Handcrafted Cocktails (65)
Comfort Food (60)
Great for Brunch (45)
Sunday Lunch (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
Cozy (39)
Authentic (38)
Pre/post Theatre (38)
Great for Lunch (34)
Tapas (33)
Healthy (32)
Late-night Find (31)
Local Ingredients (31)
Business Meals (29)
Live Music (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (23)
Quick Bite (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Gluten Free Options (20)
Seasonal (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Paleo Friendly (15)
Organic (15)
Spicy (13)
Vegan (13)
Scenic View (12)
Great Beer (9)
Live Sports (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

Very friendly, good food and service. Great evening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter JC was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was delicious but came out too fast. We just got our drinks and the meal arrived. The jazz duo was very nice and overall atmosphere wonderful.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Sneaking wasabi into sushi is a sure sign the fish isn’t fresh

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I was there in the past for cocktails and brunch, but for dinner was very disappointed. The entrees were just mediocre by Palm Springs standards, and the service - while super friendly - was spotty. They were there when you didn't need them and gone when you did. For example, from finishing our meal to getting our check paid, it took 20 minutes. I like the Tropicale, but I'll skip it for dinner.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Consistently very good!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place. Enjoyed our visit and will return again.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Other than we had to wait for a table after making a reservation at least a week in advance, we had a great time!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Great meal once again. The cat fish and Pad Thai on the specials menu was cooked to perfection.

We never have a bad meal, would highly recommend, we are weekly diners, Chris at the bar always takes care of us and fixes the best drinks in town.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We are tourists having a wonderful visit, and this dinner will be a great memory.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Tropicale is consistently a wonderful experience. The indoor dining room is beautiful but the patio area is the best. All of the staff are friendly and attentive and the kitchen ensures the food is always prepared to strict standards and in a timely manner. This is our go to for entertaining out of town visitors. It is always memorable.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent experience! Great drinks, food and service. Festive atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

I am a huge fan of the Tropicale and go there quite often. I decided to use OpenTable to book a reservation for Wednesday night, when they have happy hour all evening. However, we were not seated in a section in which happy hour applies. It only applies at the bar and inside and we were seated outside and therefore were not entitled to happy hour prices. I don't know if it's possible and maybe I should have called, but it would be nice if OpenTable had a place where you could request happy hour seating.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Only my second time at Tropicale. Food is very good. Drinks are generous. The ambience is lively bordering on raucous -- but in a good way. The decor is a hoot. Perfect for out of town guests who are eager for a genuine Palm Springs experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I always bring guests visiting me in Palm Springs to The Tropicale...great vintage restaurant and a fabulous outdoor garden space..has great happy hour, great food and wonderful specials and fantastic creative signature cocktails...everyone I bring here just loves it

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very expansive menu. There is something for everyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Tropicale never fails. All our dinners have been excellent -- fine food and enjoyable ambience. We prefer being outside but inside has its pleasures too. Service is generally excellent, altho it was a little rushed in our most recent experience. Out of town guests who went to Tropicale for the first time loved it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food and service. The go to restaurant in Palm Springs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We have utilized Tropicale 4 times in the past 2-years. The first was a tasting evening, then a Patio event for 20 people for a 70th birthday, followed by a small lunch group, and, finally, for an internal dinner with friends from Connecticut, the only night it has ever rained in Palm Springs. We love the atmosphere created both inside and out on the marvelous Patio. Consistently, the wait staff is courteous, professional and attentive. The cocktail menu invites trial and rewards with charm. The food menu also delivers a diverse and intriguing variety of choices. We started with the Pu-Pu platter and followed with a salad and pizza array. Everything was delicious and satisfying.

Do go to Tropicale. And do start on the Patio for Happy Hour. It is always a wonderful venue for large gatherings. And there is always a number of similar groups enjoying the essence of Palm Springs. That is why we drive 1.5 hours.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Whenever in Palm Springs - I go 4 times a year, I always make sure I go to Tropicale. The staff is wonderful, there is a great vibe, the food is always consistently great. Sometimes we go and just have apps at the bar and they are substantial and diverse.

A must to try!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The patio was colorful, fun and energetic for Sunday brunch. Brunch menu items were delicious. So much so that we went back for Happy Hour later in the week and it was equally fun and tasty. Highly recommend!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The Tropicale is a fun place! We dined outdoors, and the atmosphere was convivial. Nicely "mixed" crowd (locals, tourists, trend-seekers and comfortable diners). Everyone seemed to enjoy him/ herself. Great evening!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always great food and service. Our server is very professional pleasant and takes very good care of us.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It's difficult for me to leave this review of a restaurant I like a lot.
There were two of us - I had an excellent starter and an excellent main. My guest however, was not so fortunate. His starter was good, but the beet pho was a disgrace. An attempt at a main course which would hardly have made the grade as an appetizer. Quantity - minescule; flavor - hard to pin because it was literally flavorless.
Whereas I had to box BOTH my over ample and delicious octopus appetizer, and my equally ample and tasty wild mushroom noodle dish for dinner the next day, my guest left hungry.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I called ahead to make a special request to have my wine on ice when I arrived and everything was ready and perfect thank you very much!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I’ve eaten at Tropicale many times and it continues to be my favorite restaurant. From small plates to full dinners, the food and the prices are without peer. It’s a classic Palm Springs joint with a touch of South Beach.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Romantic, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Authentic, Quick Bite
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This is an awesome restaurant. Food is superb, drinks are over top, and service can't be beat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good food service was great at the beginning but fell by the wayside as the evening went on. Portions are ridiculously large but all food was very tasty.. funny atmosphere. Sort of expected Tony Bennet to walk in and do a set! Ace was hopping and it was a Tuesday night!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great Food with Awesome service, even though we had to wait 20 minutes for our reservation.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I had a gift certificate from OpenTable and Tropicale refused to honor it

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience! The staff at The Tropicale are top notch! The hostess was friendly and provided us with a great table near the fountain on the beautifully lit patio. Our waiter was attentive and the service was excellent! Our meals were delicious and we would definitely return!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Have gone many times and found the food to be consistently fair to good (but that's all of Palm Springs). Went for New Year's Eve dinner with a $110 prix fixe menu and was hesitant to pay that much with prior experiences. Surprisingly the food was very good and I think was worth it for a New Year's experience.

It's the other diners that make the experience fun and interesting here, along with the outdoor setting, the inside decor and the bar. The food is fair to good (like all of Palm Springs) and my only other minor complaint is that the service is very efficient, but not very professional and lacks polish.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I eat here every time we’re in Palm Springs. It’s hands down our favorite dinner restaurant in the area. We love taking family and friends here. Great food and lovely atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Made the reservation and two weeks prior (too late to book into another venue) I received a call stating they would be having a price fixed menu for $110 per person for the evening. Our reservation was at 7pm so we would be out prior to NYE festivities. They also could not tell me the menu. Our table was a 6 foot folding table they popped up in the patio. The amuse Bouche was seafood round crab cake that sat on a small spoon. Three of us had the leek soup as a starter (which was great) one had the steak tartare. We had bread plates set. I asked for some and the waiter said “ we were told since it’s a price fixed menu we will not be serving bread” ( I think he mistook our $110pp price with the discounted blue plate special somewhere else) Main dish selection was a fish veal pork or a vegetarian. I had the veal chop which was so full of fat and the side of polenta was dried out. Dessert was one choice some raspberry, pistachio, chocolate thing. No coffee was served or offered. Only about 40% of the outside tables were full. The wait staff could have been dressed better then their dirty polo/T-shirt’s. My view was the end of the bar which I was able to watch him eat a plate of food while working.

I have eaten here many times and will think twice before coming back. It was more then price gouging it was service the food selection gouging too.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent service, friendly staff, great food. Always a fun atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious 4-course New Year's Eve dinner. Impeccable service and ambiance.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was great

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tropicale is quintessential Palm Springs and a beautiful place to eat. The food is increasingly mediocre and the service increasingly inconsistent. That said, it’s an appropriate place to start the Palm Springs experience with out-of-towners.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The menu is too diverse, they should specialize in one or two types of food and do that really well. Appetizers were ok. But the fried chicken which was recommended, was not cooked enough. The batter was still raw. Waiter was good. Pretty patio.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great dinner once again, the sea food special with sword fish, octopus was great actually ordered it twice.

The food and drinking are always great, the service from Chris and Mickey at the bar is outstanding and Dan one of our waiters is great as well.

We would recommend any meal or drink from Tropical. We are weekly diners.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Seasonal, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Dinner on the patio was sublime. The service was speedy, the food delicious, the noise, well the fountain helped mellow it out. Amazing that every single table was occupied with happy eaters before 6:00p.m. The choices are wonderful and the eating, well, wonderful.

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