Palm Desert, CA 92260
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, French
Hours of Operation:
Cuistot is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30-2:30. 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
Inconsistent quality and rising prices d ...
Inconsistent quality and rising prices describe Cuistot's current offering, and this is truly regrettable given the outstanding selection of wines, beautiful upscale dining room, attentive and professional service and the establishment's longstanding excellent reputation. The lobster ravioli this time just wasn't quite right and the lobster pot pie was equally bland, resulting in at least 2 entrées that were unfit for a New Year's eve menu at $120 a head. Overall a disappointing experience. "Dommage"!
Fine food, as always. The wait staff bro ...
Fine food, as always. The wait staff brought two orders of oysters before 2 of us had finished the first appetizer - not watching the table's dining progress. The sommelier was observed picking his teeth near the washrooms with his wine bottle opener - quite unappealing.
We have always loved Cuistot. This time ...
We have always loved Cuistot. This time we went for a New Year celebration - a day ahead. Typically the food is very good, but no one at our table enjoyed their food very much this particular evening. Portions seemed much smaller than usual for each of us. Also the cuts of meat were oddly shaped almost like discarded cuts, and not very juicy. I didn't have any alcohol, but the pours of wine for others at the table were in no way generous. All of us were excited to come to Cuistot for our celebration, but I think left a little disappointed as compared to our previous experiences there. I don't know if they have purposely cut back on portion sizes for all their food and beverages or what, but they need to be a little more generous, especially for the price. That said, our seating was the best in the house, next to the fireplace. Also, our servers were delightful. We will return to Cuistot but maybe with a little hesitation in terms of food and value.
We arrived on-time for a 7:30 Christmas ...
We arrived on-time for a 7:30 Christmas Eve Prix Fixe reservation, but were told it would be a 30 minute wait. It was obvious that we were upset and the staff then got us to our table after a 15 minute wait. The restaurant was rushed and the wait staff so overwhelmed we weren't greeted by our waitress until another 7 minutes had passed.
After another 10 to 15 minutes had passed, we told by our server that our appetizers would be out shortly and thank you for waiting (oysters rockefeller and lobster raviolis - the ravioli was particularly plump and perfectly cooked and the sauce was excellent).
I reminded her that we had not yet received our amuse bouche - a component of the prix fixe. She then scrambled back to the open kitchen, started to prepare and then came out with our table's amuse as well as two other adjacent tables all at the same time. The entrees were well prepared and tasty however the presentation was sloppy. I had the goose and my spouse had the king salmon.
We paid the corkage and brought our wine, it was nicely decanted tableside at our request, but except for the initial pour and another, we ended up pouring most of it by ourselves throughout the evening.
Perhaps it was the holiday. We'll have to try it after the holidays are well behind us because we left unimpressed compared to experiences at other competitors in the desert such as Le Vallauris or Wally's.
This country French style restaurant is ...
This country French style restaurant is very nice and has a beautiful outside eating patio. One of their specialties is a 'box' lunch that looks like a Japanese bento box, and consists of 4 courses including a green salad, soup du jour, entree du jour, and dessert du jour. Our 'box' lunch included the green salad, a tomato/basil soup with goat cheese, baked salmon surrounded by a bread crust, and an 'island' dessert consisting of a marsh-mellow like center floating in a cream sauce--all was delicious!
This is the first time I haven't given C ...
This is the first time I haven't given Cuistot, 5's across the board. This was our anniversary dinner. We are gluten free and they had no alternative for the bread at the beginning of the meal. The cocktails were a solid 5. The main course was a 5+. The service was a little stuffy. We are very causal diners and the wait staff likes a more formal diner. It's not good when you feel the wait staff is judging you. But the food in the past has been so outstanding, that we keep coming back. So far, we got what we accepted. The turning point was dessert. We have had their soufflés in the past. We loved them. One of the many reasons we kept coming back. So when they arrived, we were surprised to see they were burnt. When we told our waiter, the response was I'm so sorry. So we left with half eaten desserts. The sauce was outstanding. I still can't believe that the chef would like a burnt soufflé leave the kitchen.
Wowwww first time here , my girlfriends ...
Wowwww first time here , my girlfriends and I decided to came for the fashion show , since the beginning everything was perfect , our waiter Jaime was profesional , friendly and fun , he answered ours questions about the menu , he recommended a really nice wine for our food , I like when the waiters knows about it , we see you next week . Thanks Chef Bernard
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.
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