Cuistot offers fine California/French cuisine and is located at the Southwest intersection of Highway 111 and El Paseo. Cuistot has consistently earned top ratings in the Zagat Survey and was named one of six restaurants in the United States to score a perfect 100 for food by the Conde Nast Traveler. Dine under the stars on our beautiful terrace overlooking a desert water oasis or in one of our elegant dining rooms.
Contemporary French / American, Californian, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Cuistot is currently closed for summer vacation. We will re-open on Thursday September 22, 2016
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Plenty of parking
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests
Cuistot Ratings and Reviews
Very nice service, food and atmosphere. ...
Very nice service, food and atmosphere. My husband an I have been at Cuistot before and we always enjoy it. However, I have to admit that the prices are getting to be a little bit high, and I also wish they offered smaller dishes for those of us that can't eat a big entree.
This was our first trip to the Palm Desert area. Cuistot was a recommendation from a friend. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a old style steakhouse. Very brown and old school. The service was ok but my steak (ordered medium) was well done so we sent it back and basically just shared my wife's steak (also ordered medium and it was done perfectly).
Overall it wasn't anything special and we had been told it was. I wouldn't go back.
Restaurant Week visit
had a wonderful dinner at Cuistot on the Restaurant Week prixe fixe menu $38/pp. Our waiter Cole was charming and helpful. Although the fixed menu had an appetizer, entree and dessert, we decided to splurge on the special appetizer that evening, Fois Gras w/an apple cider and apricot compote. It was pretty amazing, and so was the price (which we did not ask about beforehand) .. so we got quite the "sticker-shock" when we saw how much it cost ($40)! But it was, for us, a once-in-a-lifetime treat and we're glad we had it, esp prepared by such an excellent French chef. The restaurant is lovely and comfortable to be in. We will look forward to returning again.
Cuistot's is a beautiful restaurant and ...
Cuistot's is a beautiful restaurant and the Restaurant Week menu was quite appealing. We were seated right away but had to sit there for about 10 minutes waiting for our waitress to show up. (She was busy on the other side of the room, but she should have come by and let us know she'd be with us shortly.) Although the service was quite slow, the food had a good taste and a good look. Then we got our bill and we were sorely disappointed in that they charged us $15.90 for a coke and a diet coke (with one refill each). This charge was ridiculous (and so unnecessary) and put a pale on the whole evening. All of us at the table are millionaires so it wasn't that we couldn't afford being there...but we all became millionaires because of a sense of price : value and Cuistot's really missed the mark here. We probably won't be back and we won't recommend Cuistot's unless we pass along this upsetting management fact.
My husband and I dined at Cuistot for our anniversary. It was our third time there in three weeks. The food was delicious and the service very good. Chef Bernard came around to the table and asked about everything. I replied that the food was outstanding as usual and that we had really enjoyed the Chicken with Morels a few nights earlier. I told him that it was probably the best chicken dish that I had ever tasted. He promptly walked away with no comment. We were perplexed at his reaction. Also, we had take home boxes, and we couldn't quite get a bag to hold the boxes. Not a good end to what had been a superb experience.
My husband and I dined at Cuistot with a friend to take advantage of their Special Culinary Tour de France Menu for $39.00. Everything was wonderful from start to finish. The Chicken with Morels was probably the best chicken dish I have ever had. Outstanding in every way!
It was the first visit to Cuistot for my ...
It was the first visit to Cuistot for my husband and me. It was like dining in a way out restaurant in Provence. The setting was elegant, seductive and comfortable. Service throughout was discreet, smooth and very professional.
The wine list blew us away ; it is not everyday that you see DRC on a wine list. Awesome!!!
We decided to try the menu Bordelais , with a side order of foie gras, as an extra.
The foie gras was done to a T - fast saute, melt in your mouth feel. The brioche toast with it was a perfect compliment. i wouldn't mind it as French toast for breakfast!
The hanger steak was perfect medium rare, sauced with peppercorns and Roquefort. Classic!!!
We will be back .
We took our grandson and wife for lunch here because we had h ad such a beautiful dinner here last month. We ate on the patio and our lunch was superb. The "Lunchbox" special was really enjoyed by my husband and grandson.....a very clever idea served in a kind of "bento box", making it fun to eat. Husband had the duck confit and I had the shrimp Louie, both of which were extremely good and attractively served. Service was excellent . A lovely restaurant!
We had not visited the desert in several years and were excited to visit Cuistot's again. The atmosphere, service and food were still excellent as we remembered. We dined there 2 nights during our week of vacation. A desert gem and a must to visit!!
2 for lunch on a Friday...restaurant was packed, with large groups...we were seated promptly,on the outside patio - and forgotten! It was quiet, but had to ask 3 times for a waiter and when he finally arrived he told us no one had advised him we had even been seated there ( patio tables were full) that being said, our waiter was terrific and we enjoyed the seafood quenelles, salmon and leek soup. The pate was not great. The Sancerre wine was terrific. We will return but, hope to be seated at a banquette the next time.
Could do better
The food was generally excellent with a few notable exceptions. Avocado salad was served on a HOT plate (not warm, hot!) Lamb and Dover Sole were superb. Had to ask 3 times for water. Interior dining room decor is very old world comfortable, outside seating is not very inviting for dinner; fine for cocktails. A bit noisy from traffic. Pricey and Le Vallauris offers equal quality food in a more pleasant atmosphere at slightly lower prices.
Under the stars
This is always one of my favorite restaurants, especially for a romantic dinner or celebration because they treat you like royalty. This was the first time we enjoyed dinner, outside under the stars. With a park-like setting and the sound of the waterfalls behind us, it was perfect. Ben the sommelier is fantastic. He has an incredibly large and diverse wine selection. With a brief discussion, he can always find the perfect wine - and it's never too expensive. For food, atmosphere and service, you can't beat this place.
Good but overpriced
Cuistot is a lovely place and we would maybe go back for a really special occasion. The Service and atmosphere were superb, but the food was a bit of a disappointment for the prices charged. If I am going to spend that excessive amount of money, the food had better be way above average. We were celebrating our friends anniversary, and they did make it special for them, so all in all it was a good experience. Just be advised this restaurant is very expensive.
Second time's a charm
Our second visit was on Easter Sunday, but not for the offered vastly-arrayed brunch. The dinner crowd, in primarily casual short-sleeves and spring attire, filled tables surrounded by the inviting french country decor with massive beams, soaring ceiling and and stone walls. My husband and I shared a cheery chiffonade salad with apples and a slightly spicy mustard vinaigrette and warm crusty bread followed by his order of perfectly-cooked rack of lamb atop an amazing sauce. I chose a rather hearty, dense wild mushroom soup, followed by another appetizer, two small lobster bits atop four (I believe) large scallops resting in yet another amazing sauce. My taste buds had a field day! Everything was just so delicious. Appropriate wine from an extensive fine selection accompanied. Service, from valet parking to the final thank-you with several "Bon appetites" between, was impeccable. I am already thinking of the next occasion to return.
Most elegant restaurant in the desert wi ...
Most elegant restaurant in the desert with incredible attention to detail and a warm, friendly attitude. Superb French cuisine and the fo is groi shouldn't be missed. Service was attentive and not obtrusive. My only complaint is that it's too far from home to visit weekly
unfortunately to our mind it did not live up to our expectations/reviews. My wIfe's salad was overpowering with too strong a goats cheese and dressing for the avocado. My short rib ravioli was very good. For entrees mushroom pasta was very light on the mushrooms while my seabass was overly greasy. Will not revisit.
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