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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.
Palm Springs, CA 92264
This was my wife 65 birthday. We dined outside with the fireplace on - very romantic settings. Service was excellent great food too. A little costly, but than we did have a bottle of champagne and the special appetizers and entries. I highly recommend for special occasions.
I loved the grilled Caesar salad and duck. My dinner partner was likewise impressed with the beet salad and scallops. The chef is a master. The atmosphere is charmingly a European cottage with a patina consistent with age. It formerly was the estate of Sonja Henie.
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.
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