Cuistot is two restaurants in one...the main room with a high-end, expensive Italian menu, and the Bistro with a more moderately priced menu, although the main menu is also available in the bistro. The cassoulet on the bistro menu is excellent as were the moules frites. The wine list is on the expensive side. Service was a little sketchy since the bistro was almost empty.
All-in-all a good experience. Will return.
This is a lovely restaurant. We sat on the patio and it was very pleasant. You could have a nice conversation. But the price was quite high and with four people, all having different entrees, the food only hit the mark about half the time. Oysters appetizer and lobster entree were both fishy. The special fish and the steak were excellent. Duck was dry. Service was fine although I was firmly steered away from the pasta dishes, which makes you wonder if it was the difference in the cost or if they really aren’t very good.
We arrived a tad late for our appointment and had to wait another 20 minutes before being seated (we were offered a seat at the bar, but declined). The wait was worthwhile for the service and food were excellent. Great ambiance with talented piano player. Of course serving Soufflés (Grand Mariner is my wife’s favorite) makes the experience even better. Highly recommended.
Foos was excellent, good service, lovely spot, but expensive, be prepared!
excellent food, great atmosphere. Definately at the top end of price range.
This was a disappointing meal with semi disinterested staff.
Having been with Chef Bernardo ( who was there) from the early days on El Paseo I am disappointed to give this review.
Pasta with morels- morels were dehydrated not fresh and pasta while made in house were not al dente, the water has not been salted resulting in a very tasteless dish.
Caesar Salad-deconstructed and overly dressed.
Spring Salad- average
Chicken - with vegetables-excellent
I know this restaurant can do better, hesitated writing this review, would also mention the waiter was indifferent and lacked an overall attentiveness.
Went in with high expectations, came out very disappointed, considering it’s a fine dining French restaurant. Food was poorly executed. Service was exceptional. Management turned a blind eye to what was coming out of the kitchen and never asked how our meal was. Cesar salad was filled with the hearts of the romaine, no leaf, poorly dressed, and no flavor. Pate was alright, came with a wilted slaw on the side. The fish was cooked well but the plating was very poor. Came with two very thin sliced carrots, yes two, and a sad looking side of potato au gratin, again there was two slices of potato. Couldn’t believe they let it out of the kitchen looking like it did. Felt swindled after paying $100 a person.
Excellent food, friendly staff
Made a big mistake going here for Valentine's day dinner with 3 couples. The food on the prefixed menu was poor. My pork loin was cold in spots and the "molten lava " desert was dry and hard. The service was slow. It took three hours to get our food! With a prefixed menu! And to add injury to insult the meal was very expensive. We will not be back!
Went to Cuistot for Valentine’s dinner. Pluses: great menu, great service, great food! Minuses: not very romantic due to noise.
Lovely evening and good dinner but prices took too much advantage of Valentines Day
Classic French cuisine in an elegant setting. A bit on the pricey side but good for a special occasion. I’ll be back.
The food, service and the entire experience was excellent.
We can’t wait to go back!
We have been meaning to try Cuistot for years and finally decided to go to celebrate my wife's birthday. First thing, this place is a big impersonal restaurant, not a quaint french bistro. We arrived just behind a coach that dropped off 20+ people for a function. We were seated for our 7pm reservation at 7:40 then got to place our food order with our server at 8pm. The server was very pleasant but absent most of the time. the food was good not great. I am always a little surprised to see pasta on a french menu! The food was rather bland and had the mass catered feel of hotel food rather than individually prepared french creations. Think big thick sauces and clunky flavor pairings rather than finesse. This would be fine if the dishes weren't priced like this place has a Michelin star. At the end of the evening we had a visit from the chef who seemed totally disinterested in what we had to say. Fun night out but won't be rushing back.
Unquestionably, Cuistot is the finest restaurant in the Coachella Valley. Authentic, beautifully prepared and presented French cuisine, impeccable service and wonderful ambiance. What more can I say? M. Dervieuix deserves a Michelin star.
Best lamb I have ever had and my husband had the quail with black rice which was delicious!!
Rick our waiter was excellent. Chris the Som was fun and helpful. Excellent food. Was whimsical decor amp dark enjoyed the outside patio. Will go again if I make back to the valley
We took another couple there. Excellent food and overall experience. Pricy wine but the sommelier knows his stuff. We have been to the restaurant several times. The r couple had never been and loved it!
Great food and great service!!!!! Loved our server Morgan and Ruby.
Excellent,great for a special occasions.
First time visiting Cuistot. Food is some of the best in the Valley. Service was a little discombobulated at times, and staff seemed overwhelmed. Definitely not seamless. But everyone was very friendly, and tried to be attentive.
Outstanding in every way.
I have eaten in this restaurant on numerous occasions and it is always excellent. The ambience, service, and quality of the food is at the highest level. This time, the staff created a fabulous vegetarian menu that we savored for more than two hours. Highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.
Wonderful special occasion restaurant especially if you get a table in the room with the fireplace. Loved the rack of lamb and there is a very nice list of wines by the glass.
The food was amazing and the wine was great. We were early so sat in bar before our reservation, then our table was by fireplace--both areas were great for conversation. It is a beautiful building--inside and out. The staff was extremely professional and friendly. Wonderful experience.
Ignore the ratings as we didn't end up eating here. We arrived in time for our 8:15 pm reservation and were told they were still seating their 8:00 pm reservations. When we still weren't seated 40 minutes later, we left. And we weren't they only ones. A family who came in after us who were also told there would be a wait before they could be seated asked for a menu. When they were told it was a special menu, they said they thought they would go elsewhere, at which time the hostess offered them a table right away, which they declined, but which was not offered to us. Cuistot is a beautiful restaurant with delicious food. We have enjoyed celebrations there in the past, but on this night they definitely were not treating their customers very well.
Appetizers were mediocre,dinner proteins were excellent, vegetable accompaniments were terrible, servers were unable to keep up with their sections. Poured our own wine all night and when asked how was your meal it was with indifference. This was the third occasion we have had a similar dining experience there. I think the restaurant is an executive chef away from being a great restaurant. The ambience and general menu are terrific. The details are what let it down.this is not uncommon in the desert cities.
We scheduled Cuistot for my wife's birthday and we had a special meal. The lamb was done to medium rare perfection. They have a great wine list and our service was very good. It is a very nice room with the country French feel and warmth. We will return.
We've had better meals here. This time everything was sub par. I ordered the Lobster Pot Pie at $55 and it was just ok. Would not order again. The Apple Tartan was $15 and was a little more than 3 bites, the crust was thin and soggy. The Spare Rib Ravioli was too salty. The cocktails were good. I would come again and order something different as the first time we came it was excellent. This time it was not worth it.
A few glitches with, I suspect, a new server and a sudden rush. The maitre d was very nice about it. Food was lovely. Would definitely return and recommend it.