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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.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Contemporary French / American, Californian, French
Hours of Operation:
Cuistot is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30-2:30pm. Saturday Brunch from 11:00-2:30pm. Dinner is served nightly from 5:30, and happy hour is everyday from 4-6 pm.
$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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions and Dinners for up to 320 Guests
Cuistot Ratings and Reviews
As always, this visit to Cuistot was a delight. All four of us were pleased with the exceptional quality and taste of our selections. I opted for a "special" selection of soft shell crabs. The flavor was simply exceptional and probably contained that special touch of Chef Bernard.
If you haven't been to this restaurant and aren't expecting fast food prices, by all means go soon.
we had a 5 star service, since the entrance to the last minute we were at the restaurant, host welcomed us he was very nice, server and all staff were always making sure we did not run out of water, wine etc, server told us the specials, she clearly had knowledge about the menu, she was very attentive and the food runner was exceptional, the chef came out and i noticed he went to every table to make sure everyone was satisfied with the food, something that i rarely see when i go out for dinner, we will definitely coming back, thank you to all the staff.
2 for Saturday Brunch. Quiet inside...we really enjoyed the 4 course brunch; warm croissants, the famous and delicious mushroom soup, the best eggs Benedict my husband ever had..and a trio of tasty desserts. Lovely selection of wines by the glass, we enjoyed the French Sauvignon Blanc. We look forward to visiting again...
Superb restaurant overseen by a delightful French chef/owner, Bernard. He uses the best and freshest ingredients and the dishes always arrive hot and beautifully presented. Tasty.
Best soups in the desert! Charming, attentive staff in a original and rather grand setting. Highly recommended.
After many years of dining at Cuistot, we still like to go during the week for special occasions. However, this visit, I again forgot and ordered the Cream of Asparagus soup. As has always been the case with Cuistot, the soup was thin and without significant taste to be acceptable. All soup I've ordered has been very poor and without flavor. The Rabbit entrée was delicious and made the dinner worth this visit. The service is always very good, without frequent visits that allows a calm pleasant dinner. I do recommend this restaurant for good food (just not any soup).
the restaurant is a wonderful experience. When you first enter you find the restaurant is extremely tastefully decorated, albeit more like that of a fine steakhouse. Th outdoor patio is wonderful with an outdoor fire-pit and the garden and water feature behind.
The food is unparalleled but I would ask the server what they recommend. The specials are always excellent, but I confess that repeatedly gravitate to the the Lobster Ravioli appetizer (absolutely amazing) and for dinner either the Dover Sole or the Rack of Lamb.
In all the time I have been there, I have never been disappointed
The atmosphere and ambience was very inviting and set a nice tone for the meal. Both the wine sommelier and server were super gracious and helpful. It looked like this was going to be a great dinner, but sadly was not impressed with the food. The salad, pasta dish and fish special of the night were all very average. The best part of the meal was the wine and cookies for dessert. Very good wine list with some outstanding wines available by the glass. I was hoping for more from this restaurant. I am willing to go another time and try a few other dishes.
Food was excellent. I use a walker (as many do in the Valley) and tghe host made no effort to make a path for me to my table. During the meal some function was going on in the other room where a microphone was used which clearly decreased the ambiance. I will go back because the food is so good, just hope they can improve the general experience.
After waiting 55 minutes for a table WITH A RESERVATION and NO APOLOGIES GIVEN things went downhill from there. Brought to a table, not given menus or greeted for 12 minutes. Once the food came (which was good) no one stopped back to check on us. Overall very, very disappointing. Unfortunately, although the food was good, I would NOT recommend this due to lack of service and poor communication.
We had a 7 pm reservation. We arrived on time but we're not seated till 7:30. A private party on the patio apparently threw them into a tizzy The sommelier took our wine order and returned to the table with a decanter to pour the wine. Instead of letting the wine breathe, which is the whole purpose of the decanter, he poured it and then straight into our wine glasses without letting it breathe. The waiter took our food order and everything was very rushed. Dinner for 4 was done in an hour. We have been to Cuistot a couple of times and never had this experience. The food is excellent. If it weren't for our positive previous meals we probably would not return. We will give it another chance down the road.
We were enchanted and delighted with the Cuistot lunch experience. Ambience on the back patio is outstanding, right down to the appropriate background music which was very enjoyable.
The service was both attentive and very capable and knowledgeable. The food was varied, delicious with interesting presentation.
The value for price paid was very good. We would not hesitate or recommend to friends.
We had a horrible experience. The four of us were there for lunch celebrating 3 birthdays. They were having issues with their computer system. The service was painfully slow. When our waiter did finally came over to take our order - we had been waiting almost a half hour. He was rude and just barked at us asking - what do you want to eat!! We brought a bottle of wine and he was annoyed that we needed a ice bucket and glasses. He just kept disappearing and finally arrived again with 3 glasses - there were four of us. The manager brought over another waiter who was very pleasant. The second half of our order arrived at about 1 1/2 hours after we arrived. We understand that things happen but the recovery from the waiter & the manager was not good. We won't be back.
The food was absolutely amazing! One of the best meals that I have had in a very long time. My friend and I enjoyed the beet appetizer and lobster ravioli with black truffles. To this day, I am still thinking how amazing the beet appetizer was and how I need to make a reservation soon. Our dinner entrees were prefectly prepared and the merringue dessert was a perfect ending to our dinner. Our server was attentive and we enjoyed her professionalism. Thank you for an amazing dinner.
Worst service we have ever had at this restaurant. It was noted in our reservation that we had theatre at 7:30p.m. We ask for a table in a quieter section due to the fact that the hostess of the dinner is 103 years old. Instead we were placed surrounded by a six top, twelve top and another six top. It took forever for our waitress to show up....orders were placed and arrived very slowly. Sauce for ravioli was burnt. No wine was offered to the guests during the meal but instead after the meal. We arrived at 5:15p.m and did not get until 7:30p.m. We missed our show due to the lousy service. What was a top notch restaurant has surely been diminished by this experience.
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