AAA’s Westways Magazine calls Villa Royale’s Europa Restaurant “a charming hideaway where you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to an intimate castle in Europe.” Europa offers the very best in fine dining in Palm Springs. In fact, for ten consecutive years, AAA has given the restaurant a 4 Diamond Rating, The Wine Spectator has given Europa award after award and Zagat Guide has offered their highest endorsement.
Europa Ratings and Reviews
A very special spot - even more importan ...
A very special spot - even more important when you learn its history. Our waitperson was delightful, interesting, and knew when not to interrupt. We were celebrating our anniversary and being at Europa made the occasion something we will remember. We intend to return every year.
We are frequent diners at Europa. It is ...
We are frequent diners at Europa. It is our first thought for any special occasion, or if we just want a romantic evening. This time we were there with our daughter and her family, and we had a wonderful time. The service is always great - Erin is just the best, and is so knowledgeable and very enthusiastic at presenting their menu. I haven't had scallops for decades, so decided to try them - unbelievable! My husband had the Moroccan Chicken - fantastic. Our daughter had the vegetable risotto - incredible. Europa is such a special place that the line should be forming out the door. It is a hidden gem, though, and a beautiful part of Palm Springs history.
It was very over priced for what we got. ...
It was very over priced for what we got. The soup was flavorful but needed to be hotter. The shortribs were on the fatty side, considering they were $38.00 they should have been excellent. Drinks were expensive but good. It was a Saturday night but only 3 table (including ours) were occupied, this should have told the story.
Europa is a very special place. It is t ...
Europa is a very special place. It is the most romantic restaurant in the valley. Reservations are recommended as it is relatively small and is a favorite among locals. Locals know how unique and rare this place is. It is to be appreciated for all of its nuances, old as they are. In a way I'm glad it is "hidden away", and not as well-known as others, but I also want EVERYONE to experience it! The food is great - never had anything I didn't love. The service is great - never had a server I didn't like. The servers are passionate about what they are serving, which gives you a clue as to the quality. It's not a "happening" place, but for romance, a bit of Palm Springs history, and a place to savor, Europa is it!
Europe at your doorstep
Close your eyes and visualize . Located in a lovely European hotel, Europa excells in most area's. Menu choices range from the best roasted beet salad had in quite awhile.The Sea Bass AKA Branzino (not quite sure which is correct ), enjoyed by my BW ( beautiful wife ) and me as well was good, but not great.Sides of gnocci and a veggie worked well . Worth the drive but not the flight over the pond.
This gem is a wonderful high end restaur ...
This gem is a wonderful high end restaurant that would not disappoint any palate. Generous cocktails, reasonably priced wine list and food that leaves nothing to be desired...all in an eclectic cozy atmosphere. A can't miss!
Not your typical desert bar / restaurant
There were three of us in our party and two of us had never been to the restaurant, so we were excited to try something new and different for us year-round residents. First, the Cosmo that I ordered at the bar tasted more like a vodka and cranberry and the bar couldn't break a $100 bill at 8 PM. Although the restaurant felt more like someones home, it seemed a bit dated. I ordered the veal and it was tasteless. I told my friends that I couldn't tell what I was eating for the $45.00 price, so the experience was very underwhelming and disappointing.
A romantic restaurant
This was your second meal at Europa. The restaurant is magical: European in atmosphere, it is elegant, refined and intimate. The harp soloist added to the atmosphere. Food delectable and wine list good. Menu is ala carte and soup of the day and dinner salads were both $15.00.
We went here for our first visit and the charm, harp player, and elegant service and small atmosphere was just right for the gourmand offerings. Had the Shrimp cocktail with this incredible horseradish pannacotta and fresh beets..., ceaser charred salad --superb (while little over dressed) and split a wonderful steak Del monico. Overall great experience for Palm Springs to match up for larger city expectations.
Lovely experience and we'll be back to enjoy the menu and charm again.
Thanks Europa for a romantic and delicious eve!
- ps- need fresh bluecheese olives for martinis...or be able to make a few.
What a disappointment. After confirming ...
What a disappointment. After confirming our reservation by phone earlier, they could not find us in their computer, but put us in. Said had new chef who served a cracker with a slice of cucumber and slice of cheese...looked like a kindergarteners first try at food. Chicken breast was over cooked. Have eaten here before, but never again.
Dinner at Europa
My wife and I dined at Europa this past week. This was our fourth visit. Excellent service from our server (Erin) along with wonderful old world ambience created a delightful evening. My wife had the Lobster/Crab entire and I had the lamb. I would recommend both dishes to anyone. This restaurant is located in the Villa Royal Hotel and is a bit on the pricey side especially the cocktails at $14 per glass and most entrees are $30 and up.
Gorgeous location and delicious meal!
One of our favorite spots in Palm Springs, this gem is hidden away off Highway 111 but is worth finding. I had the short rib dish and my husband had the mushroom risotto special while our friends both ordered the lobster and shrimp carbonara. We each enjoyed the heck out of our meals, so delicious! The short ribs were incredible, perfectly done and so tender. The risotto was also fantastic, I snuck a bite haha then a taste of the carbonara, which had bug chunks of succulent lobster...yum...such a treat! Our server was also fab, fun and attentive.
I enjoy going to Europa. It is a lovely ...
I enjoy going to Europa. It is a lovely place. The main problem for me is the cost. It is too expensive. I would only go there on a very special occasion.
I would say my before dinner drink was one of the best I have had. The attention of our service people was outstanding, however there were only three tables occupied.
Romantic Fine Dining
Europa is a very romantic restaurant with fantastic food! The Old World cozy atmosphere is very comfortable and you feel like you are in a hidden away private gem in Europe. The service is excellent, and the food is remarkably great - especially their Osso Buco - to die for. Europa is one of my most favorite restaurants in the desert!
My third visit
First two visits were wonderful, but I found the service awful. Couldn't find the server after the main course was served. Food was fair, but not as good as the other times we visited. Pork chop was not tender and the dessert was boring....ice cream and hard cookies. Three choices of cookies....all baked. Ambiance is nice, but there are lots of better places to eat in the Valley.
Shallow flavors, distant service
Was quite disappointed - the flavors lacked complexity and clarity and the service - while quite friendly - was lacking. We had to ask three times to get water, they couldn't remember who had ordered what dish...many better choices in the Valley.
Escape Palm Springs
If you are looking to escape palm springs and get transported away to some other place in some other time this is the restaurant for you. A french inspired menu with brick floor, white tablecloth, old world inspired ( but a bit dated ) decor this is the place.
There is a new chef and a slightly updated menu. The food is good, the service is good, and the grounds are wonderful.
A bit salty but nothing that a suggestion for them to reduce the salt during prep wouldn't take care of.
Pay cash thieves at work!
Quaint hotel and charming restaurant with very nice staff and excellent food. Server was Angela and had the Pekin Duck (yes, Pekin, as Written on menu) very good)and onion soup for starter which was ok. 2 ladies I was with had Salmon and Duck and beet salad all good.
Nice Pinot noir wine recommend. When check arrived they did not accept AMEX, so used my VISA which I rarely do. Next morning get a fraud alert for my credit card. Only time that card was out of my possession in the past 2 days. This has happened before and 9 out of 10 times whe information is stolen there is a small charge ( mine was for 8 $ tried before the big one. My fraud alert caught it. So I will get a new card which is a pain, but not as bad as most folks who don't have protection have it. A bumme!!
I called to speak with the manager the next day and restaurant does not open until 4. The hotel staff answered the phone and assured me that they would have the owner or manager call me, for a lost item, and I did not hear back. Now I need to drive back to Palm Springs police department to file a police report. If you have your identy stolen always file a report. My wife did whe Her identy was stolen and the culprit went to jail! Otherwise an enjoyable evening. PS our server Angela was delightful and professional and she may have had someone process the transaction.
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