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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.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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
Beautiful and quiet outdoor garden setting made for a nice evening. The many interesting menu selections made for difficult choices and although the "blackboard" was lacking in essential information regarding preparation and accompaniments (the website is much better), everything we had was very good. In general the meat (lamb and beef) we ordered was on the tough side/not as tender as desired. Unfortunately the service we had was lacking. Our main waiter hurried to take our order then disappeared while others delivered the plates. He never checked back. Another wait person asked if we wanted coffee and although we said yes, he never delivered. When our main waiter asked for our desert order and asked again we told him we had already ordered coffee. He then had a bus person bring coffee but he did not bring a spoon for the cream. We asked him for one but never got it. So, when the desert arrived and the coffee was (by then cold), we asked them to remove the coffee from the table and the bill. The best service we got was getting and paying the bill; very prompt and efficient.
We found out afterwards that our main waiter, who had also greeted/seated us had not checked us off their reservation list and Open Table sent us an E-mail asking if we had made our reservation, which of course we had.
We have been to Le Vallarius many times. It was always delicious. We were celebrating my birthday and thought the drive in from Indian Wells was worth it.
Our first problem was when they tried to put us right next to the kitchen, even tho there were many other tables.
We ordered drinks and they were so watered down that you couldn't detect any alcohol. They were remade and we were happy.
My duck was the driest, flavorless, piece of fowl that I have ever had.
I'm sure they just had an off day.
The ONLY sure bet FIVE-Star restaurant on the planet!!
Brunch is very busy, but Bruce was on the spot with champagne poured and the menu board on queue... Always a difficult choice, but there was my Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon (their own done on premises!), and Donald chose Prawns with Prawn Ravioli...two EXCELLENT choices as if one could go wrong here. The Lobster Bisque was the very best ever, and the Beet, Feta Cheese, Apple salad was incomparable.
TWO hours flew by topped off with Crème Brulee ....OMG! Could NOT eat is all...
Missed Paul this time (on SEABOURN ENCORE in the Mediterranean), but chatted with brother Tony who had everything under good control as always!!
Staff here are all on autopilot and just seem to know what to do and when!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
Our lunch could not have been more perfect--delicious food, lovely presentation, attentive service, glorious setting! And the Grand Marnier soufflé was a little piece of heaven!! The owner came to our table and even gave us a delightful "history lesson" of Le Vallauris. It just doesn't get any better than this!
We've been to Le Vallauris many many times over the past 20 years and are always overwhelmed by the amazing cuisine and exceptional service. Add the absolutely gorgeous romantic atmosphere and Le Vallauris rates on our top 10 list of restaurants to visit in the world. This is coming from a true foodie that has dined in 30 countries with food prepared by some of the most celebrated chefs. Kudus to Le Vallauris for your consistent outstanding excellence in dining!
I was invited for a birthday dinner and was very disappointed with the food quality and service.
I ordered the crispy duck. It was soggy and Luke warm. They forgot to put the candle in the desert. My friend invited me so didn't want to complain and make a scene. My water glass was empty half the time. Very disappointed after anticipating it for a long time.
I brought my wife here for her birthday. I had the rack of lamb and it was actually the best rack I have ever eaten. The meat was very tender. I took a bite of my wife's dish which was the Lobster Ravioli. It was very delicious. Everyone spoke English with a French accent. I thought that was coo. I would highly recommend it. The food was pretty pricey. But you do get what you pay for. The ambiance really made you feel like you are in Europe. It was our first time there. Would I go again? Yes.
This restaurant is very pretty and service was very good. But all of our food was disappointing. Bland, not very warm and just okay tasting. We had the sautéed lobster, sauce was flavorless. The lobster ravioli, seemed like they used same sauce as the sauté lobster. We also had the salmon roll, had no flavor. Just salmon wrapped I. Rice paper and deep fried. The duck four gras was good. But not the traditional preparation. Was served while and very rare. The only real notable item was the egg soufflé. Our bill was over $400 for 3 people and definitely not worth it. Our friends are there later the same night and when I spoke with them the next day. They said they were disappointed by the food too. That their food temperatures were cold and the food wasn't good.
Excellent French restaurant, with a focus on providing great food in a beautiful atmosphere with outstanding service.
The menu choices are varied and provide a choice of Price Fix options or al la carte. The rack of lamb was delicious and the sauce outstanding. Desert was a Grand Marine soufflé that was outstanding.
Definitely will be eating here again on next trip to Palm Springs.
Beautiful patio with sun dappled effect on white tablecloths. Excellent service.
Three course menu with rich, decadent beet and basil gazpacho, perfectly cooked Lake Superior whitefish, sorbets of ethereal coconut, dense mango and luscious homemade blackberry. New Zealand seabass also had the same lemon/lime honey green peppercorn sauce as the whitefish. Carrots (too al dente for me)), zucchini and fennel. Earl Grey tea and Random Path 2014 Pinot Noir. Wine was so good we are ordering a case delivered in San Diego. This is our go-to place in Palm Springs, each time we arrive, we head to le Vallauris.
This instantly became one of our 3 favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. Everything was top notch from the friendly greeting when we arrived to the time we left. The four of us all enjoyed each of our dishes, which is, for regular diners-out, a unique experience. The duck got the most raves, but the Maine lobster (not) was very interesting and quite large. Vanilla on lobster doesn't sound like it would work, but it did. The cold lobster was good but I'd go with the hot lobster. Le Vallauris will definitely be on the list again for our next trip to Palm Springs.
This place meets the image of one's ideal restaurant. Formal but not stuffy. Beautiful patio or indoor dinning, you choice. Varied menu and cooked when ordered and served hot. Comfortable bar with live music and no rock and roll atmosphere. You will like it!
This was our third visit to La Vallauris. When we arrived the patio was almost completely empty but we were told there was no room for us to sit there. I've been seated in the patio the two other times I had visited the restaurant. So I was disappointed from the get-go. I had also raved to my guests about how funny and fun and terrific the waiters are. Unfortunately our waiter was none of those things. What made matters worse as when we were almost finished with our meal we saw that the patio was still open with plenty of tables.
We have always enjoyed having a special dinner here when visiting Palm Springs, but our experience here last Saturday was a little disappointing. The restaurant was quite busy and for the first time we had to sit in the dining room instead of the patio. The noise level was a little higher than we'd have liked, as there was live music in the bar. Our appetizers were great, a beet salad topped with Bouceron cheese and crabmeat kataifi. My veal filet was excellent but my husbands lobster tail was over cooked and therefore a little tough. The creme brûlée for dessert was excellent. Overall, the atmosphere was a little too hectic, and we'll return only on a weeknight when we can sit on the patio.
If this had been my first time at Le Vallauris, my rating would have been much lower. The waiter seemed completely indifferent. He acted like he really wasn't interested in being there, mumbled through the menu. It wasn't busy, so no real excuse. At these prices, you expect a lot more. The food, as always, was great. Service - not so great.
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