Palm Springs, CA 92264
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
Service, food and atomphere all come together at this quaint European influenced restaurant. From start to finish the evening was perfect. First time ever we had a sever ask if we were enjoying the pace of the evening. An experience to remember. Wonderful.
Onion soup was very good; the flatbread dough was not home made and the toppings to heavy; Our amuse came only after the entree and not before as been told. By the way an amuse should be served before the appetizer. The entrees were not very delicate plated. However the duck was of great great quality and well prepared. The veal ossobuco was very good. Maybe they need a very good person at the front of the house.
We were very disappointed with the fact that they did not have 3 different wines that were on the wine list. The waiter and the Asst manager had very limited wine knowledge, but when they deferred to the Manager, she blamed the wine vendors for not having what we wanted and said that the wine list was obsolete. It seems that she could make the effort to select new ones and type some new lists. Als when we entered, we asked two different diners how their dinners were and one said the Sablefish was just so so and do not order it, the other said the same thing about the Osso Buco. With such a limited menu, this leaves little to choose.. Sorry, but you need to make several improvements.
Perfect dining experience at Europa! Everything was charming and delicious! The menu is limited but, the salad of the day and the beef entree were cooked to perfection. This is a great hide away restaurant for romantic dining. In the past it had been a hit or miss at Europa. I have to say Europa exceeded my expectations and have the thank the staff for an amazing evening!
Went there on a ptivate couple of friends night. The grounds were wonderful lush and serene. We were immediately greeting at the bar by the acting hostess and seated right away. The harpist was playing as we received the appetizers which were niecly balanced to not overfill you. Then we recieved main course and the scallops that I ordered were light and seasoned with such a wonderful blend of spices that were just fantastic. Our waitress was right on que with everything, knew here venues history and had a smile that was contageous as was her uplifting spirit. All in all, Europa was a well balanced, luxureously appointed, escape from the world experience.
We went to Europa for Thanksgiving dinner. How can a restaurant make a disaster of Thanksgiving? Europa found myriad ways. The first course was tasteless. The second course took an hour to arrive and was awful. Tough porchetta. Over cooked salmon with the same tasteless sauce as the first course. Vegetables that were either over cooked or almost raw. We waited another hour for a desert that never arrived. How long does it take to slice some pie? To top it off, service was tragic. The space is charming. It would be a great venue for a chef and some management who knew how to run a restaurant.
What a lovely, romantic place! The decor is lovely and having a live harpist certainly contributes to the atmosphere. The smallish menu is very nice. We both opted for the duck which sounded marvelous - and was. The wine list has good options in medium-priced wines. We had a delightful evening.
Not the liveliest place in Palm Springs, by any stretch. But for a quiet, intimate dinner, with really fantastic Continental cuisine, and a small, but well-thought out, reasonable wine list, Europa is a great place to visit. Service can be a little informal for a place like this, and not 100% attentive. But everyone is really friendly. For this type of food in Palm Springs, most people would think Le Vallauris, but honestly, I think the food at Europa gets the nod.
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 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. 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 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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