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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests
Cuistot Ratings and Reviews
While a lovely restaurant, we were expec ...
While a lovely restaurant, we were expecting more. And easily this place could up my opinion if they just did a few things differently.
My seasonal salad had almost no salad greens and way too much apple and barely any blue cheese. Needed more greens, less apple.
Our sole entrees, the fish was delicious, but plating needed help. Hardly any veggies, and over white rice? Plating in a French restaurant should be much better.
We told them several times we were gluten free, but bread kept being delivered. Server told us she was required to bring bread to the table with cheese even when we made it clear we did not want it. Similar thing with wine ice bucket. We told the server that the wine was cold enough, but she said it was required by the sommelier to provide an ice bucket. Really? I doubt the issue is with the server. Provided our feedback directly to the restaurant manager.
Anyway, we won't be back. Just seems a dated and old style place.
Service is the most important part of an ...
Service is the most important part of any restaurant , we had the best lunch in a very long time at Cuistot ,
From the fast efficient and friendly service, the attention of the staff was present the right way.
Our server Jaime recommended the oyster they were just perfect .
Everything was so good , from the appetizer to the desert , the best part ? The excellent customer service couldn't have been happier
Not on their usual game on this visit. S ...
Not on their usual game on this visit. Service was slow and they had an issue with a neighbor.
I'll go back and give them another chance but they need to step up their game.
Food was top notch though just took awhile to get to us.
Friendly folks and they tried to fix it.
My wife and I had a fabulous meal on our ...
My wife and I had a fabulous meal on our first visit to Cuistot. Chef Bernard came out to our table during our meal to introduce himself and make sure we were enjoying . We ordered 2 special appetizers that were delicious as well as the Rabbit, and Quail entrees which were both fabulous. With Ben the Sommeliers' help we found a great bottle of wine at a great price. Cuistot is a great find and we will be back again soon!
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 Went to The Tour de France special me ...
We Went to The Tour de France special menue and enjoyed it very much. The food was outstanding. We subsequently made a reservation for a future night. The staff was friendly and helpful without being overbearing.
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!!
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