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
Friday's are a wonderful time to lunch a ...
Friday's are a wonderful time to lunch at Cuistot. Many of the fine shops on El Paseo take part in a fashion show. All 7 of us enjoyed every bit of our meal and the service was outstanding. Our new go to place in Palm Desert
Cuistot? What can one say? The child of ...
Cuistot? What can one say? The child of Chef Bernard and his wife Susan now going on 15. A wonderful place for a superb meal at any time, but with a special 4 course menu for Thanksgiving --- can't be better than this. Choice of three main dishes (Turkey, Sirloin of Beef and Sea Bass ...) something for everyone. My wife had the sea bass and it was superb as was its accompanying sauce ... I had the turkey and requested all dark meat ... and not only did I get dark meat, but I got a whole drumstick as well. ... thank you Chef!
Another highlight was the wine list ... I's been expanded quite a bit since I was here a bit more than a year ago, but what stunned me was the fact that there was a WHOLE PAGE of viogniers. I consider myself fortunate if I find one on a list, but seven (7!) WOW! In any case I had to ask for advice from the Sommelier who recommended one that was absolutely superb ... so good in fact that after drinking one with dinner, I bought another one to take home. (Who knew that Cuistot had an off-site sale license??)
Bottom line --- indulge yourself in a superb meal when you are in Palm Springs. You won't be sorry.
I've been a fan of Cuistot for years. T ...
I've been a fan of Cuistot for years. The food is wonderful, unique and always filled with flavor. The Thanksgiving meal was not the usual Cuistot fare. There were just three options, turkey, roast beef and fish. We had the roast beef and while it was OK it wasn't wonderful. The special experience of being at Cuistot just wasn't there. We'll go back but not on a holiday.
This was our third or fourth visit, our ...
This was our third or fourth visit, our second Thanksgiving, arriving at 2:00 PM. Very French Country ambiance with a soaring massive beamed ceiling, stonework walls, a glowing fireplace plus excellent, accommodating service. Fresh, crusty bread accompanied the suggested nice wine. For the special day, the menu was limited so I chose the chillean sea bass. The appetizer provided was a tablespoon (literally) of a half-inch sliver of salmon atop chopped something celeric(?). Next came a flavorful ginger carrot soup in a small tureen, then my sea bass, smothered with slivered something resembling cabbage, though I am sure the menu identified it properly. The sea bass was not the usual 3/4" white tender chilean sea bass, but was thinner, darker, more firm and pretty tasteless. No other accompaniment. Limited dessert offerings so I had a simple vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate. Husband had a nice salad but the turkey dinner was really disappointing: chopped pieces of dark meat, sparse dressing and mashed potatoes, barely any gravy and few green beans, and we are not large-portion diners. His unappetizing pumpkin pie tasted store-bought. It may be awhile before we return.
The atmosphere is great, the wild mushro ...
The atmosphere is great, the wild mushroom soup and the lobster ravioli were to dye for!
However, the cassoulet had very lilttle meat, and really just an overpriced serving of beans. When we mentioned that, they did not seem overly concerned or willing to do much about it.
Not sure we will hurry back, except for the ravioli!
It really tries to be more than it reall ...
It really tries to be more than it really is. We did enjoy the patio with the exception of the highway noise from the very busy Highway 111 that is cleverly camouflaged with a growing assortment of desert plants. Our wait person was efficient but did not give any description of any of the food items. We were also very surprised not to have been asked for or told what was available for desert at the end of our meal. After the table was cleared the bill was delivered and we left. Ice cream at home was certainly more reasonably priced. Doubtful that we will return. This could explain why it was not busy at all on a Saturday night!
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!
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