About Le Vallauris
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Established in the heart of Palm Springs since 1973, Le Vallauris located at the foot of San Jacinto Mountains has been the highest rated restaurant in the Palm Springs Valley since its inception. Owned and operated by the well known restaurateur Paul Bruggemans who was also owner of the Famous Le St Germain restaurant in Hollywood. The Historic Landmark was built in 1927 and was owned by the owners of the famous Desert Inn which was The hotel in the Valley. Many grand parties were held in the house for guests such as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and many more. It was a favorite place for General Patton when he was based in Palm Springs to stage the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Later on, when the restaurant was established it became a favorite place for Presidents and the Hollywood elite. The renowned Patio lined with Giant Fichus trees is THE place to dine. The Patio is cooled in the Summer and heated in the Winter.
French, Mediterranean, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Le Vallauris has a policy that requires a credit card for reservations of 8 persons or more. Reservations MUST be cancelled by 9:00AM for LUNCH reservations and by 12:00 noon for DINNER reservations. A charge of $25 per person will be levied for cancellations made AFTER these hours.
Palm Canyon Road
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Le Vallauris has a pianist in the bar.
Le Vallauris has developed a famous reputation for outside caterings from 2 to 500 guests. The key to success is that Chef Jean Paul prepares all the food on site, no pre-cooked food is kept in hot boxes for a whole day! Le Vallauris has catered to parties as far as Laguna Beach at the coast. A professional service staff is used to give unobtrusive and friendly service. Weddings and Corporate events are their specialty. Comprehensive packages are available to accommodate budgets. Le Vallauris includes in its packages for up to 200 guests all the equipment needed except tables and chairs.
Le Vallauris offers Complimentary Valet Parking strictly on a tipping basis. For private parties hosts may choose to tip the valet exclusively so guest do not feel obliged to tip.
Jean Paul Lair
Private Party Facilities:
Le Vallauris has 2 inside dining rooms for private parties each one with a capacity for up to 50 persons. The Patio can also be used on a "buy out" basis for up to 150 persons and a tree shaded Gazebo is available for up to 120 guests. These facilities are able to use an array of "prix fixe" menus.
Private Party Contact:
Omar Haddedou: (866) 971-9532
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Le Vallauris can arrange for private events according to the wishes of the clients. We like to be known to be a "one stop shop!"
Le Vallauris Ratings and Reviews
We have been to this venue a few times. ...
We have been to this venue a few times. We respect what they offer, over all, as it relates to food & service. We went there tonight to celebrate an 80th birthday of one of our party. We enjoy having a cocktail at the bar before proceeding to our table at any venue. We arrived here tonight to discover a previously unannounced private party had exclusive access to the bar. Disappointed, we had to text the rest of our party that we were going to rendezvous with at the bar of the situation. It was a mixed emotion evening for the remainder. The food was excellent, as expected, in spite of a mis-communication as to the protein of the evening's "special" appetizer, which was basically no more than what was on the regular menu. We told the waiter that we were satisfied with our one bottle of wine and did not want any more when suddenly a second bottle appeared, was opened & poured. It seemed that mis-communication was the order of the evening in the small details. Somehow we felt at fault but really should not have. Over all we would consider going back for the food, but would not put this venue high on our priority choice list. The one saving grace in the entire evening was the companionship at our table, not so much where we were. Frankly would not consider seriously returning here any time soon if an enjoyable evening was desired.
We had a very enjoyable birthday dinner ...
We had a very enjoyable birthday dinner for my wife at Le Vallauris. We were visiting Palm Springs and selected the restaurant reading online reviews like this. I was looking for French cuisine because many of our best memories are from many visits to France. I wanted everything to be perfect and the entire team at Le Vallauris made it happen from the way were greeted, and taken care of the entire evening. We had two of our children and they were catered to and thoroughly enjoyed our first time eating at Le Vallauris. We (the adults) enjoyed champagne, wine and their dessert coffees along with assorted appetizers, entrees and desserts (we let the kids eat). Everything was perfectly prepared and generously portioned. We started with indoor seating which I had selected because my wife does not like to be cold and we were there on a January evening, but were treated to dessert on the patio which was very comfortable and enjoyable. My entire family looks forward to returning for another enjoyable meal. My wife said it was perfect. Thank you to all at Le Vallauris.
Our waiter had just the right balance of ...
Our waiter had just the right balance of friendliness and professionalism. He was also very conversant with the menu and the wines. I found the place a bit pricey but not totally unexpected. All in all, I say go for it, but try and sit in the garden area. The ambience there is far superior to the inside.
While we had a memorable New Year's Eve ...
While we had a memorable New Year's Eve dinner here about five years ago , we were a little disappointed this time. The beet soup was very good, the beet salad was standard , the veal filets were tender but the steak entree was tough . The pear tart was uninteresting. The space itself is very appealing ( garden and interior), but awkward tripod daily menu boards are a bad idea and they detract from the ambience. I can't fault the wine list - nice choices. Old style upscale dining although even here people show up in jeans and T shirts.
My wife, daughter, friend and I left the ...
My wife, daughter, friend and I left the restaurant talking about how wonderful the whole
experience was; food, ambience and service. We shared tastes of each other's dishes and
absolutely loved everything! It was expensive but well worth it. The next morning, we all
had breakfast together and still talked about what a lovely evening we had. Thank-you!
Stumbeled upon this restaurant a month o ...
Stumbeled upon this restaurant a month or so ago - have been back three times since then. I love their French menu - the food and the outdoor patio are outstanding. I just wish they would place an additional restaurant in the San Diego area where we live!
The food is always outstanding. From lob ...
The food is always outstanding. From lobster to crispy duck, you simply can't go wrong.
The outdoor patio is beautiful. The staff can be a bit pretentious but they are exacting and available.
Service is excellent.
We dined on the 2nd of January. It was a ...
We dined on the 2nd of January. It was a slow night since most were out on New Years Eve and on the 1st. The patio is very nice but it was a bit cold so they accommodated moving us inside. Trouble is it was drafty and cold inside as well. The restaurant was almost empty so I don't know why we couldn't get a non drafty table? The service was good but not great. The food was great but with only two alcohol drinks and food for three (one desert) our bill was $264. Not a great value overall. Perhaps on a more vibrant night when the patio is warmer?
New Years was a disaster. Mostly becaus ...
New Years was a disaster. Mostly because of the weather, but the restaurant decided have people packed nose to tail in the bar, with out any comment - maybe that is normal fort this place. Was expecting more for 500 dinner. Happy to spend this amount for a memorable meal. Will try some place else next time no matter the weather.
We made our reservation several weeks in ...
We made our reservation several weeks in advance via OpenTable. The restaurant called and confirmed our reservation weeks in advance. We did not know, or understand, the reservation was for an outside table. The weather did not cooperate, requiring the restaurant to cancel our reservation just before we arrived for our event. When I explained our situation of traveling from out of town, having never been to Palm Springs, or the restaurant, not knowing (or realizing) we were seated outside, they graciously accommodated us and seated us inside for a lovely and delicious meal. We are thankful that the hosts saved our evening under very challenging circumstance and acknowledge their resourcefulness. We are still savoring the memory of the chateaubriand. Merci!
It could be no where else... A gem in P ...
It could be no where else... A gem in Palm Springs. Amazing owners. Good classical food. Very expensive wine list. Difficult to explain why we love it and why we can 't imagine to stay more than two days in Palm Springs without a lunch or dinner in le Vallauris patio.
I've been coming here since 1995. Le Va ...
I've been coming here since 1995. Le Vallauris is always outstanding. This particular night was exceptional. They accommodated our special requests, treated us like royalty and were so fun and friendly we did not want to leave. I brought a friend who was from out of the country and the experience as a first timer blew his mind. Thank you and I will see you on my next visit to PSP!
It was another delicious meal and deligh ...
It was another delicious meal and delightful evening...this time showing off this excellent restaurant to family visiting for the holidays. It wasn't surprising that they were impressed from the moment we were escorted to our table on the tree-covered patio. The big challenge of the evening was selecting from the creative menu, but when I saw venison as an option, my mind was made up. It was perfectly prepare and extraordinarily tender. The desert soufflé is not to be missed. Our waiter and the other service staff were friendly and efficient...something I've found true on every visit to Le Vallauris.
Wow! We have avoided Le Vallauris for ma ...
Wow! We have avoided Le Vallauris for many years because we assumed it would be stuffy, serve food that was overly salty and fatty, and be so overpriced we would not enjoy ourselves. WE WERE WRONG! Don't make the same mistake we made: go to Le Vallauris and you will find yourself transported to a magical site of attentive, warm service (yes, it's French and warm, we swear!); outstanding, creative food that is not overdone in any way; and a lovely, romantic evening that will make you feel as though you never, ever want to leave. We went on Christmas and enjoyed every single moment. We took an aged bottle from our cellar and the server treated it with great care as if it were his own 1990 bottle of wine. Thank you, Le Vallauris, for being such a wonderful restaurant in the heart of Palm Springs. When can we go back?!
Was very excited to eat at a very high e ...
Was very excited to eat at a very high end Palm Springs restaurant for Christmas dinner 2016. Had read a few lukewarm reviews, but decided to go for it anyway. Loved the atmosphere. Got to sit in the courtyard with a heater close enough by. Sommelier was great. Helped me to a decent Oregon Pinot Noir. Waiter was good, if a little distracted. On the downside, everything else seemed less than up to par. Had to ask for water continuously. Did not seem to be many female employees, so the ladies room needed attention. In a bad way. The food was only OK. My dining companion said her turkey was gamy. My rack of lamb was perfect, but the accompaniments were lacking. Glad I had the experience, but would not go again.
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