About Le Vallauris
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: Daily: 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.
North 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: 8669719532
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
The outdoor dining area here is the most ...
The outdoor dining area here is the most attractive in the Palm Springs area. You dine in a courtyard under a canopy of the interwoven branches of four or five huge old trees. Their shade and some inconspicuous air-conditioning units kept us cool at lunch even as the temperature just steps outside the restaurant reached 94 degrees.
The waiter was attentive and very friendly. He seemed to have been with the restaurant for many years. We also appreciated the owner's stopping by our table to chat briefly. The menu included some unusual offerings (e.g., beef cheeks raviolis, which we tried), but all the dishes were rather formal. By that I mean that no sandwiches or the like were listed. So, this is a superb spot for a special lunch, perhaps the best in the Valley, but not a good choice for a quick noon bite.
This was my second time dining here and ...
This was my second time dining here and it was once again terrific; from the impeccable service to the wonderful food to the amazing ambiance. We sat outside under the giant ficus trees and had a great leisurely meal with friends. It is a bit expensive but well worth it!
The ambiance is great. The food was ver ...
The ambiance is great. The food was very good, but a little over priced. For the price the service should be perfect; it was not. The waiter that took our drink order ignored one of the people at our table and walked away without asking him if he wanted a drink (we only had 4 people). It was as if he was in a rush. At the end of the meal, the waitress was no where to be found. We were one of the last tables and they all seemed to be in the kitchen.
If you are in for ambiance and presentat ...
If you are in for ambiance and presentation you will like this place. If you are looking for excellent or even good food, this is not the place. Overpriced. And the food when eaten, as opposed to looked at, is fair at best. Service is strange. Two parties arrived after we did and were approached by an overly friendly waiter before we do. Something has gone wrong with this place with the kitchen and service. This used to be one of the places to go in Palm Springs.
This restaurant has always been one of m ...
This restaurant has always been one of my all time favorites. Whenever I am in the area I make a reservation to dine and soak in the ambience, the wonderful food, the exquisite service, and the out of this world feeling of being in another time and another place!
One of the best restaurants I've been to ...
One of the best restaurants I've been to in a long time that had it all...beautiful ambiance, superb staff and fantastic food. Every course was delicious...from the special eggplant appetizer to the whitefish entree to the special apple tart dessert. Would definitely go back...many times.
This is one of the best restaurants in P ...
This is one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs. Maybe even the best. Every detail is attended to by their gracious, knowledgeable staff, as it should be in a restaurant at this level. One of the most remarkable things to me is the fact that there is nothing snooty or pretentious about the food or staff. It is a special place for us. We usually save it for birthdays and anniversaries, but it's worth visiting any night at all.
Let's get this straight: it's really a b ...
Let's get this straight: it's really a beautiful terrace to dine on. The lighting is fantastic and you're beneath these very large trees. Immediately when you walk in, you are greeted by some very nice people for whom service clearly matters. The wine list is large, and the sommelier is a boisterous and lovable man who made appropriate recommendations. That's the good.
Here's the not-so-good... In truth, the menu is dated and the food is pricey. My wife and I absolutely NEVER have any qualms with the concept of paying a lot for a great meal. It's a little like this restaurant never left the 1980's: the food presentation is very old-world (my lobster was taken from its shell and "beautifully" reconstituted to look like ...you guessed it... a lobster without it's shell on my plate in a very "tada! you're having lobster" fashion), the ingredients are classic with old and worn-out pairings of sauces and sides (lemon and caper sauce on pretty much all the white fish options, mashed potatoes and warmed carrots on the side), the waiters are dressed like the ones you saw in the 80's Ritz-like settings of yore. This place needs a new menu (and/or a new chef), new decor, and an image re-do...STAT. $235 later for two people and we felt like it simply wasn't worth it: the food was not worth what it was priced at, and $22 for a glass of white that can be had for $17/bottle at BevMo just hurts. In the end, we really didn't understand why this restaurant had so many rave-reviews (maybe we're too "new-gen" for this place?): apart from the friendly and attentive staff and the setting, there's really little else for this restaurant to rest on.
You can't go to the desert and not go to ...
You can't go to the desert and not go to Le Vallauris. Is it pricey? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. The menu is constantly changing and we've yet to have something less than spectacular, although the Lobster Ravioli probably remains my favorite. The atmosphere is stunning, and the food matches that. If you have time, grab a drink at the bar before being seated. The live music is always enjoyable!
Lovely restaurant with amazing service. ...
Lovely restaurant with amazing service. Food was ok for the price. If you're looking for nice service, romantic dinner, with good food - this place will definitely work. Ask for a spot outside. If you're a foodie - I would try another.
Our first visit, but this restaurant has ...
Our first visit, but this restaurant has been at the same location for over 40 years!
It offers fine dinning with well a prepared traditional menu served by an experienced, professional staff. Very pricy wine list.
The outdoor dinning area is covered by a canopy of the trees planted by the same owner.
A lovely setting.
Amazing service and food. Staff very kn ...
Amazing service and food. Staff very knowledgeable and good with suggestions if your are undecided. Very attentive without being 'annoying'. Can't wait to be in the area again to return.
Everything was a step above the best res ...
Everything was a step above the best restaurants. My guests and I loved it from the moment we arrived until we reluctantly left. Every dish we ordered was well presented and had flavors that surprised the taste beyond expectations. The service was impeccable and the ambiance of the patio was wonderful to enjoy.
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