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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
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.
Rated it fair because nothing really special jumped out. We sat outside for lunch and not many people were there. Food choices were great and food was fair/good, again nothing special. The vibe was too low key for us. Inside looked lovely and romantic. I may give it another shot and inside next time. Wanted to like it more, but did not.
Although the food was good, it is too far from being as refined as French food should be, especially with the big Lyon sign in the main living dining room. The $70 cote de beouf had a fantastic look to it but unfortunately was drowsed in a cheap bourguignon sauce which was more sweet than it should have been. Here, some herbes de Provence and sea salt would have been sufficient to make this exquisite. Again, an indication that sous chefs and perhaps unqualified kitchen staff are prepping the meals versus having a true chef in the back. One of the things that we all noticed was the red wines, Including desert, were served too chilled. The restaurant must learn to keep some of their wines at correct temperature. We were pleased to see however that Pichet of wine were available. A nice touch reminiscent of true French restaurant dining.
Lastly, we were quite disappointed that by 830 on a Friday night the restaurant was left empty… perhaps this is common in Palm Desert California.
We enjoyed Cuistot very much each time we have eaten there this year. The food is served hot and tastes delicious. The desserts are very attractive and tasty. The chef adds some unique presentations and additions to the plate to add to a complete experience. Service was very good. We had no hiccups in service. All good. Just go if you can afford it. Prices are a little high but not higher than the same caliber restaurants in the area.
Cuistot is one of our most favored desert restaurants. First, there is Chef Bernard and his French food which is heavenly. He is a product of Lyon and that school led by the "Master", Paul Bocuse. The restaurant itself is stand alone and lovely with lots of classic mirrors on the wall. Valentine's Day is always a bit of a zoo at any restaurant and service might be a step slower than normal due to the sheer volume of diners. Still, the servers managed all of this and did so with a smile. Cuistot is not inexpensive but certainly not outrageously so. There are no bad menu items, but if I had to point to one, it would be the "branzino" (sea bass). It is wonderful.
It was Valentine's Day dinner for 3 couples. We were seated near the fireplace in the main room. The service and food was excellent. The pate followed by the tomato bisque and branzino were beautifully prepared and served. All I can say is the restaurant could not have been more welcoming and considerate. A definite do again!!!
My wife and I went to Cuistot for Valentine's Day, the location of our first date 13 years ago. Cuistot is a beautiful restaurant. We were seated on the outside patio near the huge fireplace. The setting was romantic, with stars above and the glowing fireplace; however, since this was Valentine's Day, we were hoping for some live, soft, romantic entertainment, but none was provided. There was recorded music playing, but the volume was very low and inaudible and since this was supposed to be THE day of romance (Valentine's Day), we were disappointed that very little was done to create a more romantic atmosphere other than the normal ambiance of the already beautiful restaurant. Although it was a "fixed" menu, we both had the Sea Bass which was pricey but excellent. The service was very good. We were not rushed through our meal.
On any other day, I would say Cuistot is excellent all around; but for special occassions like Valentine's Day, I would suggest a little extra enhancement would have been nice, such as the aforementioned live romantic music and perhaps a rose on the table for the ladies.
Reservation requested over a week ago. Asked for indoor seating. Hostess tried to seat on secondary patio facing parking lot were no one else was seated. Moved to another patio which was very nice. Food was good, not great. Appetizer was excellent. Pate and small salad. Entree was pork loin which was actually cool. Didn't send back because of time it took to get entree. Dessert was very good but to much for even two people. Overall would try them again, but not on a special menu night.
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