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Permanently Closed - WP Kitchen + Bar - Palm Desert

4.2
159 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - WP Kitchen + Bar is Wolfgang Puck’s newest restaurant concept serving globally-influenced fare in a family-style format. Inspired by how the acclaimed chef dines and entertains at home, the menu boasts a seasonal offering of small plates, fresh salads, pizzas and handmade pastas as well as a variety of seafood, steak and other proteins. Located on El Paseo in Palm Desert, the newly-renovated restaurant is open at 3pm daily. Be sure to join us for happy hour every day from 3-6PM in our bar, lounge and patio.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday 3-9pm
Sunday-Monday Closed
Happy Hour 3pm-6pm

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Phone number
(760) 568-2700
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Erik Dandee
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On El Paseo between Ocotillo & Sage
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Parking details
Free parking available on El Paseo with public lots in the back of the restaurant
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Entertainment
Flat screen TV's and music throughout the dining room
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Special events & promotions
Please give us a call! We're happy to work with you on any and all of your special event needs.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent food and Service. Recommend this to everyone

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

It's a great local place for lunch or dinner. Bartender Robert is great!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Great Food-especially onion rings and potato chips with blue!! And the meat pizza was great. Our Server was attentive with a great personality and the Server's Asst fun too !

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent as usual! Exquisitely prepared dishes. Great service.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The chopped salad was great, with a variety of crunchy vegetables. The turkey burger looked good, but the patty tasted like pork sausage. The fries were excellent. Overall a fun experience.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2017

The menu was quite diverse and limited. The food was quite good. Portions were just right, not huge. Service was very good. The cost value factor was in. Heck. The value and quality were in sync.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Went for Restaurant Week and we were very pleased with the offerings . The chopped salad was filled with crunchy veggies, the burger perfectly cooked and the caramel dessert silky smooth and tasty.

A couple of slight flaws: we had to request the Restaurant Week menu, ask for refills on water, and the waiter was uninformed about the wines.

That said, I definitely look forward to returning.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

The staff was phenomenal and the good was very good, I enjoyed the food but the difference maker was the staff for us

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

I have never been disappointed at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and this was no exception. I loved the thin crust roasted mushroom pizza. The pear martini was so good that I had two! (I never have two cocktails) great desserts: salted caramel pudding and the fresh peach tart. Service was excellent. Many seating options to keep it fun, and liked the modern rustic decor.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2017

We went for my sons last night before moving to Madison, we were seated... Got drinks, great service, but once our waiter got to us we were told they were out of salmon (my son wanted) steak frites ( other son wanted) meatballs (appetizer son wanted) turkey burgers.So we ordered what they had left. No comps. $160.00 for a party of three for food we didn't want to order
Not special.Good. Younger son had turkey bolognese. We wanted to leave and go elsewhere but were stuck.Waiter was great though.Not his fault.(My son is a chef and said in his kitchen they would have sent someone to Whole Foods to get supplies)

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2017

I can't believe Wolfgang Puck put his name on this place. It was so bad I had the Chop Salad with no lettuce and mostly hard to chew raw carrot and cauliflower. Also waiter did not know what oil and vinegar was so he brought me straight oil twice when I asked for vinegar to go with oil . All millennials there and they need an older person to show them good manners.
My husband had the turkey burger and it was excellent so I guess you could say it's a good burger joint at big prices.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

GREAT dining experience on Mother's Day. We've eaten at WP's several times before and have always been happy with the food and the service. This Mother's Day lunch was no exception - service was fantastic and food was delicious. Would definitely recommend giving it a try!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We went for Mother's Day. Service was amazing on all levels. Food was great as well. Only down side was that we took my 80 year old parents and the awesomeness was lost on them. They didn't understand the clean, simple menu or the concept of California cuisine. We've been there many times and love it. Now we know not everyone appreciates the vibe, even tho we do. Still had a great time and ate the leftovers for breakfast. Yum!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

We came here for our anniversary on Saturday Night. We love this restaurant as it is modern and classy. The menu isn't huge but what is on the menu is really good. WP Kitchen has a Cucumber Gimlet that is so good! Nice beer and wine selection as well as crafted cocktails. We had the calamari for a starter. Then we ordered the meat pizza and a caesar salad. Everything was really good. Salted caramel pudding for dessert! Robert our server was outstanding. Really great service and pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent service and great food. Will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

A good alternative to the high prices restaurants on El Paseo. Food was good and the atmosphere pleasant.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2017

I have to say I love all of wolfgangs properties but this was very disappointing. The service was terrible and so was the food. Salads were great entrees all dry and over cooked

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2017

We made a reservation and mentioned it was a 50th birthday celebration. No one mentioned it.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Go to place when we in the Desert

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Excellent food and service. Reasonably priced. Great location.

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2.0Dined on April 25, 2017

Nothing special about the menu, food quality or the decor. I had sea bass and the saucing was over done and salty. We sat on the patio and it was dark and didn't provide a good El Paseo vibe. The poorest Puck dining venue I've experienced. Pass.

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Sadly, this restaurant was a huge disappointment...how has it remained open as long as it has. The food was flavorless. The only positive I can state is that our waiter was extremely courteous, professional and polite. My friend ordered the salad and it contained more celery than anything else. I ordered the trout and it was bland. With Wolfgang Puck's name on this restaurant, I expected exceptional flavors and sauces...Another gal ordered the calamari and it was average at best compared to other desert restaurants such as Pacifica and Stuffed Pizza. The 4th diner ordered an Italian dish...her critique...nothing special. There were no rolls; not even salt and pepper on the table. My preseco was just ok; cabarnet ordered average; I believe a gum drop martini - it was red - was ordered and it was found to be tasty. The 4th diner ordered diet coke. Honestly, we all were completely underwhelmed and the comment made by each of us was..."been there, done that"...never again. Sorry to be so critical but dining on El Paseo is supposed to be a cut above the rest...our dinners and the experience were definitely sub par.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Great Lunch Menu!
Hard to choose-everything was deelish!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

My husband and I wanted to go eat to different place other than chain restaurants and found WP and decided to try it. Great food and wonderful service.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2017

We chose this restaurant because we have been so pleased with the consistently delivered quality experience that Wolfgang Puck's establishments have delivered. This particular visit was not at all up to expectations. They were out of bread and blamed it on being a Sunday night. The waiter didn't say something like "Oh by the way, we're so terribly sorry but we do not have bread, not for the table and not for orders like the meatball appetizers but we would sure like to make up for it in another area". Instead, he said in a totally flat and very unapologetic mater-of-fact way, "We don't have bread tonight so the meatball appetizer doesn't have any bread and we don't have any for the tables either." Meanwhile, we're thinking why in the heck in a fairly cosmopolitain area don't they send someone from the restaurant on a bread run to the local supermarket who has VERY fresh, perfectly nice quality bread (we know, because we were there a few minutes after dinner). Who cares if it isn't the bread they usually serve? For heaven's sake, just get some decent bread on the table. Or roll some of that WP pizza dough into breadsticks. DON'T RUN OUT OF BREAD. If this is such a common Sunday problem, why doesn't Chef have backup frozen dough on hand ALWAYS????

One other unpleasant surprise: the restaurant was in Palm Springs. The menu had exactly two California chardonnays by the glass. That's not enough. One was WP's "own" label, unoaked, non-butttery; the other was an inferior brand. You're in California. Come on. People want their oak and they want their butter. If they don't, they order a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio. Put a Rombauer Chardonnay or a Newton Unfiltered or another medium to high-end chardonnay on the menu, by the glass.

Flavors were mostly good but not outstanding and service was fine, but again, not exceptional. We won't be back, but if you're in the area and don't want fast food, WP will suffice.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2017

Expected so much more from a WP restaurant. Hong Kong style sea bass was just ok. Octopus terrible- slimy consistency. Nice bc there weren't many people there and it was quiet but food was not good.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2017

One of our favorite places to dine al fresco. Our meal was enjoyable and well prepared. Another enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

lots of great things on the menu - love the Chopped salad

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Our first time to this WP location. Food was great! Service was great! Drinks were ok.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Very disappointed in the Pizza. Very thin crust except on the corners. Soggy to pickup to eat.
9 Ounces of wine for $24!!!!!

Chopped salad was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Great food, good atmosphere. Very ighly recommended

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Really enjoyed this restaurant! Great food and service. Loved the decor and atmosphere. Will go back when we are next in Palm Desert.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Visited WP kitchen on a Wednesday night and it was 1/2 price on a bottle of wine. 3 delicious appetizers (loved the truffle chips with blue cheese fondue) had chopped salad and apple salad, topped off with the salmon caviar pizza. What fresh tasting delicious food.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2017

I booked a reservation online at opentable and the restaurant had our reservation and gave us the table we requested all at 6:15PM. Good work

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Great food, no complaints!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Great spot for lunch on El Paseo. The salads were fresh and incredibly good. The pizza is also worth ordering. Wine list is decent, pricing is average...what's not to like? It has become my favorite lunch spot in the desert.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Good food, okay service. Kind of lackadasical later in the evening [9PMish].

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Wife's fish had terrible aged fish smell
She did not eat the meal
Very disappointing given name and reputation
Of the restaurant

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Love this place since they brought back the old menu (or similar to) after changing it to some quirky items awhile back. We shared the Calamari, Italian meat pizza, Meatballs and the the mouthwatering Oriechette. Great family style way of eating but you can easily have your own meal. WP house wines are excellent. The service is usually very good - casual and relaxed - but this time we got a guy who was very nice but was so high strung and over the top it was border line uncomfortable. That being said it won't stop us from going back. We try and go at least once a week for lunch or dinner. A great local place to spend time with friends!

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2017

We made lunch reservation for 6 people (4were visiting)
At noon they had no chicken!
How about walking over to Jensen's so you have lunch covered!

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