The Tropicale

4.7
4316 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasion
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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Delivery or takeout
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
Ranz Wienert: (323) 823-9632
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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. There is also parking available in the Casino lot across the street as well as plenty of street parking.
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Entertainment
Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30, 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, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4316 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LE
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Love this restaurant and the staff. The food is creative...always good....the service is the best.

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S
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Love this place. It’s beautiful. It’s like a fancy neighborhood hang out. The drinks are creative, tasty and beautifully served. The food is great, although the portions are humongous. The hosts are amazing. The patio has always been beautiful, yet it’s currently under some sort of remodel... can’t wait to see the finished product. The waiters are all very efficient and very friendly. The bus people can use a little training, but I guess that’s normal. One of them always asks, “May I dismiss your plate?” and it cracks me up every time she says it. Not sure how she came up with that...
Overall, Tropicale is a wonderful place and we love it and highly recommend it!!!

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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great dinner with friends. Great staff and wonderful weekly specials.

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G
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great fresh food! The drinks were pretty good too and the service was friendly. My favorite place in Palm Springs so far!

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GF
5.0Dined 4 days ago

We loved the mood, decor and lighting and especially the exceptional service of Scotty our waiter who was knowledgeable, friendly and understood our requirements. The food was well presented and our request to share was facilitated well and was delicious. Our 8 year old daughter enjoyed the food and experience as well with Sunday Suchi being a hit with her.
Highly recommended for a special evening.

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BD
3.0Dined 5 days ago

This was out 3rd time dining at The Tropicale. The first two experiences were excellent all the way around. This night the food was simply average and everything seemed a little bit disheveled.

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LO
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always a lively and fun place to take people.when they come tomorrow desert. Food is great and people watching always fun.

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OT
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Celebrating my friends Bachelorette Party we decided to leave the house for one outing, brunch.
Sean was our server and he was outstanding. (And patient)
We were slightly hungover and slow to moving on ordering but he recommended some great dishes. I had the fried chicken and waffle which was PERFECT. Better than I expected.
The host and other employees were also very sweet and accommodating. We had a lot of fun. 100% recommended.

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R
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Once again we were not disappointed. The scallops from the weekly special menu were cooked to perfection, the red fish was amazing.

There is never a bad meal at Tropical, Rufo & Mikey our bartenders are the best, the wait staff is the best in town.

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F
2.0Dined 6 days ago

Flavorless bland food. Overpriced and unimpressive. Go elsewhere

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DD
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great place! Would recommend this place to anyone. Definitely visit when you're in Palm Springs.

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BL
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Tropicale is a lush, welcoming, place. The food is original, beautifully prepared and the portions oversized. The cocktails are monumentally delicious. It’s always a treat.

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KC
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

My new favorite! Best onion rings I have ever had. And the service is perfect.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great service. Good food with lots of choices.

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f
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great time for all!

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JG
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Great Food and Great Service. Moderate Prices. Perfect!

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LE
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Tropicale is always a fun place to go to. Great staff...good food and great people watching.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Back again! Live in PS and this is OUR place to be!! With family or friends...food, service, ambiance and welcome feeling always perfect...never disappoints...you will see, too!!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Thank you, Tropicale, for making our 1 year wedding anniversary one for the books! The service was impeccable, and the food was outstanding. Best salmon I’ve had in a very long time, and we were even treated to a complimentary, delicious dessert for our special day! Thank you again, we’ll definitely be back! :)

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ET
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We had brunch with bottomless champagne. Only down fall as soon as you get your bill the champagne stopped.

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TF
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great service, food and vibe. Fun place! The Pu Pu Platter is the way to go and their fried chicken is amazing!

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BB
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Ambiance is great. Food is not. Cocktails weren't good at all. DO NOT order a margarita and expect watered down vodka/tonics etc. - We've tried several.
While my group found the food edible the menu feels disjointed, like it's trying to do too much and as though there's no love or care put into it.

The space is fun and interesting clientele. Don't go hungry and order beer.

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J
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Nice lively atmosphere, good food, good drinks, good service. What else is there?

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L
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Trust me we, the friends, love eating and drinking at Tropicale from day one.
I personally do not drink often, but your bartenders are the only folks in the Coachella Valley who know how to make the very best Rob Roy on the Rocks constantly. When not driving, I'll have two or three.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was excellent. Calamari and trout. Mango Sangria

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R
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food the weekly specials are always perfect. Weekly diners and never been disappointed

Food, drinks, wait staff always the best

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p
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Always the best hot spot in town for food, cocktails and spending time with friends.

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R
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

It was unfortunate the misters were not working on the patio for it was 115 degrees out. However, the swordfish was to die for. I will go back again and again for that same entree. Kudos to the Chef.

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S
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Love the ambience, food, and service! Will always visit when I'm in Palm Springs :)

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CC
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Early dinner on a very hot Monday. Sat indoors, place was jumping, crazy bar crowd, lots of happy noise. Server was Dan, a real pro, efficient yet personable. Food was excellent, goat cheese flatbread for me, big chicken salad for my wife. Good size portions, middle upper prices, great decor, atmosphere and a very well run operation.
Going back soon to try some of the several other interesting menu items.

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LA
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Our service was extremely inconsistent with large gaps of time between seeing the waiter. The food was excellent as always. We have eaten here at least twenty times and have never had a waiter as in the weeds as this one. It was erratic to the point of blood pressure raising.

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J
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Highly recommend if you are staying in or near Palm Springs! This is what a well-run restaurant should be like. The service was outrageously good, food came quickly and was exceptionally good. My only complaint is with one aspect of the decor. I found the black figurines on the walls in a bit of poor taste; they reminded me of mini lawn jockeys.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

This was not my first visit. Always have an exceptional evening. a real Palm Springs experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Food was terrific and Scotty was the best for a table of five guests. He was helpful as well as fun, guiding us through the menu and staying ahead of our needs.

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SW
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Such a wonderful dining experience from start to finish!

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GW
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Been here many times, and have always had good meals. The latest meal was amazing, and the service was really fast. The server was great, and we definitely did not leave hungry.

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e
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

second time to The Tropicale. Food was great. Patio is very nice. They have misters to keep the temperature down. Service was great.

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c
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Our waiter "Jeffrey" was just as kind and considerate as one could ge, made us feel very comfortable, no rush.

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FD
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The Tropicale is a fun place and staffed by friendly and efficient professionals. From our warm greeting through the table clearing of the bussers, everything was truly very, very good! A blend of locals and visitors alike, EVERYONE is welcomed and served with enthusiasm!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Fun and beautiful outdoor patio dining. Great food and large portions. Most importantly the service was outstanding.. Forth time in Palm Springs and The Tropicale is hands down the best restaurant we have visited.

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