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:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday: 5:30 pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30 pm - 9:00pm
BARcelona Lounge: Happy Hour Tuesday-Sunday 4:00pm-6:00pm Bar Menu: 14 Not so small plates $9.50 and under.
$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
Typical Lyon quality
My wife and I always look to Cuistot for a quality meal and impeccable service. We also have another reservation for next month before they close for the summer.
Terrace dining at Cuistot-beautiful
Enjoyed a date night and Chef Bernard and his team did a fantastic job and putting together a special menu and wine pairing. It's the way to go.
This is, in my opinion, by far the best ...
This is, in my opinion, by far the best restaurant in the Coachella Valley. The food and sauces are artfully prepared and delicious. Sharon Miller
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 came for Mother's Day brunch and it w ...
We came for Mother's Day brunch and it was everything expected. From the bottomless mimosas to the set me ur choices! Our waiter was outstanding as well!
Excellent outside dining patio however t ...
Excellent outside dining patio however the food was mediocre. I will not return
Best of the Best
Eating out for five nights at all great places, but this was the best of the best! Food preparation exceptional! David
It was a beautiful evening, we chose to ...
It was a beautiful evening, we chose to sit outside on the patio. Service was excellent. Our dinners were great!
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!!
Such a beautiful spot with excellent foo ...
Such a beautiful spot with excellent food, service, and outside seating.
Lovely indoor-outdoor garden setting for ...
Lovely indoor-outdoor garden setting for lunch. The Wild Mushroom Soup is superb! Service friendly and professional. Thank you, Chef Bernard; we'll be back soon.
Another restaurant with fantastic food, ...
Another restaurant with fantastic food, and wine list are a wow wow Wine lover Must Must try Cuistot .
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
Overpriced with OK food
The ambiance is nice but the prices are crazy for very mediocre food. I was very unimpressed. I got the tagliatelle which was an expensive version of Fettuccine Alfredo. The only good thing was the champagne ($19 a glass...).
Always nice to come here for lunch and t ...
Always nice to come here for lunch and the informal modeling on Fridays...
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.
Too expensive for the value. Food medioc ...
Too expensive for the value. Food mediocre. Place was empty. I guess other people agree with me.
We had the opportunity to lunch on March ...
We had the opportunity to lunch on March 17 as we took a break from Indian Wells tennis. We were greeted by Mike, the Sales and Marketing Manager and had the pleasure of being served by Jimmy, each of whom expertly and pleasantly guided us through wine and entree options. The menu options were expansive and we were more than delighted by the tenderloin medallions and the vinegar chicken. The outdoor patio was very pleasant and we walked through the other dining and lounge rooms - very well done. We look forward to returning on our next visit to the desert.
A Quiet Gem
The atmosphere is very nice and the premises are gorgeous. Great food and a great find.
Superb dining experience
Once again, Cuistot's did not disappoint. From the mushroom soup, the moderne Caesar salad, the beets cream cheese and salmon app, and the asparagus app through to dinner and desserts, EVERYTHING was excellent. I had the veal chop, which was prepared well and was accompanied by very tasty veggies. My cousin had the lamb, which was also presented well, though a bit undercooked. Our wives each had two apps, rather than an entree, and were delighted with their choices. Desserts were both attractively presented and delicious. Finally, our server, Adriana, was friendly, helpful and attentive. Al in all, a memorable meal--with a memorable price.
Fabulous Friday's ... Great food Models ...
Fabulous Friday's ... Great food Models with great jewelry and clothes... Consistently good..
The food was uneven. The lobster ravioli ...
The food was uneven. The lobster ravioli were generously stuffed with a mixture of a nondescript whitefish with a hint of lobster and served in a delectable reduction sauce. The beet, cream cheese, salmon Napoleon appetizer was masterfully prepared. The veal chop was perfect though the accompanying vegetables were limp. The lobster pot pie was outstanding. The raspberry feuillette dessert was a disaster and should not have been served as the pastry was burned and the custard was grainy. The coffee was not up to the standard of a fine restaurant.
This restaurant is tops in every area. W ...
This restaurant is tops in every area. We love it!
Excellent ambience, good food and outsta ...
Excellent ambience, good food and outstanding service (John)
A wonderful place for outdoor dining.
Located next door to the Palm Springs museum in Palm Desert which has a wonderful outdoor garden with sculptures. We had, overall, a fun time.
Another great meal!
Had another excellent meal at Cuistot! Rabbit and quail are our favorites!
Excellent for years - getting even better. Varied, imaginative menu, welcoming atmosphere, superb food preparation and presentation, and outstanding service. A total delight.
Beautiful dinner on patio. Don't know about back patio/happy hour as it looked crowded.
Great food & ambiance. Outside patio is ...
Great food & ambiance. Outside patio is great for large or small parties. Attentive service. This is one of our favorites in Palm Desert!
Continued Favorite in the Desert
Everything about Wally's is done to perfection. The sommelier is very knowledgeable and the wine list is quite extensive and varied.
Cuistot is wonderful
Wonderful evening with friends because of the cuisine and ambience
Very quiet place
Visited on a weeknight. No crowds. Very quiet. The service staff was great. Outside seating is very pretty.
Very Consistent Food and Service
A true gem in the desert. Everytime I come here the food and service are very good. Just love the Wild Mushroom soup! Great variety of menu items too!
Excellent service & food
amazing food , our waiter was super attentive and very friendly , jaime thank you very much for your service. The food, the atmosphere, everything is perfect , we are going back for my wife's birthday. For dinner , I hope we have the same waiter
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