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About Lavender Bistro
Experience Lavender Bistro. At Lavender we combine the finest meats and seafood with the freshest organic ingredients to create unforgettable dishes. Dine indoors in a warm, cozy atmosphere or on our stunning tree-lined patio. Lavender Bistro also prides itself on providing superb live music daily to set a warm and friendly atmosphere for you and your guests.
For every occasion, to change the ordinary into extraordinary, come join us at Lavender Bistro, "the best kept secret of La Quinta", for a memorable dining experience.
La Quinta, CA 92253
Californian, Seafood, American
Hours of Operation:
Join us nightly for our popular Happy Hour from 4:00 to Close.
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - close
Desert Club Drive
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music Nightly - piano and vocals.
Lavender Bistro's catered events will take our wonderful dining experience into your home or venue of your choice.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Lavender Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Food and service were outstanding; the only thing that could be improved is to not feel rushed. The first course came out way too fast - we would have liked more time to enjoy our cocktails. And our reservation was for 7 pm, so it's not like they needed to turn the table. No one was waiting when we left at 8:15.
I didn't answer if I would recommend Lavenders.....there is no maybe as a choice. We had a nice enough dinner during restaurant week...didn't think it was anything special. My rack of lamb came out VERY rare, almost raw. Service was ok, but server didn't have much of a personality...although that is not a criteria for dining out. The atmosphere is lovely, music is good. I haven't done the bar menu in a few years.....maybe need to try that. Last time I did it was good.
This is by far one of the best restaurants in the Coachella Valley. Granted, it's a haul from Palm Springs, but worth the trip. We went during restaurant week, where participating restaurants create a specific menu for guests. LB may you feel as though it was a normal dining experience and treated us as regulars. We had a party of six, and everybody had very positive comments regarding the entire experience.
When I arrived I noticed the beautiful lighting and flowers. It seems that they added to the ambiance. I hadn't been there in a year.we were seated and waited on immediately. We were a group of six and ordered rack of lamb and filet of sole. Both were delicious. The taco appetizer was so good and served in a cute way. We also liked the Caesar Salad. Dessert was delicious and our meal was enjoyed by all. A special evening with a special meal.
Very nice courtyard and live music but the meal was highly overpriced for the quality. My steak was so tough that I only managed to eat half of it. Plus, I ordered it medium and it was blood red. Should have sent it back but did not want to cause a problem in front of friends. Probably will give the place another chance but not any time soon.
I have wanted to try this restaurant for awhile, and so I made a reservation for Tuesday night during restaurant week; the place was busy but not slammed ... we were served water right away by the busboy, but after waiting 15 minutes for a server to come take our drink order, one of us went back to the hostess stand and asked where our waiter was ... he did come over rather quickly after that and we placed our cocktail/wine order ... bottles of wine start at $45, glasses were each $15 ... food was presented very nicely and was tasty; we dine out a lot and this meal was at most 4* ... there are many other very fine restaurants closer to us so we probably won't go back.
Lavender is our favorite restaurant and we alway bring guest to the desert there for the great, enchanting, outdoor eating. We came early this time and unfortunately had some trouble with flies. They seemed to die down as we were leaving around 7pm however. The food was interesting and tasty. When the bill came is was for way too much! This was restaurant week so it was easy to calculate with the fixed price. The waitress said it was a computer error but I believe she should have picked that up before giving it to us.
This is a review of the 3 course Restaurant Week dinner with a date. The short review -- 5 star wonderful!!
From the moment we arrived until the time we left, it was a perfect evening.
For our first course, we each had the poached pear. It was beautifully presented, perfectly prepared and tasted terrific.
For entries we had sea scallops and the rack of lamb. Again both dishes were attractive and mouth watering. The rack of lamb was a generous serving of three double chops -- indeed it was a rack of lamb. Every chop was meaty relatively lean and perfectly done.
The timing between courses was excellent and our waiter attentively refilled our wine glasses when needed.
The desert was special! Almond ice cream and a crepe filled with perfect chocolate moose.
As an extra bonus wine by the bottle was half price. Since Lavender's normal wine pricing is not out of line, half price makes it comparable to retail wine shop pricing.
We dined outdoors because we wanted the beautiful setting. We knew that there might be a few flies but accepted that as part of the trade-off. There were a couple. However the diners at the next table were not happy with the fly problem and asked to be moved inside. As they were moving I heard the waiter say, no problem we're sorry and we will prepare a new entry for you. Now that is classy!
Lavender Bistro has the well deserved reputation as the one of best restaurants in the valley because they are and they earn it every time.
Thank you for another a memorable meal.
This restaurant was reccomended by a friend and we're glad we took the time to drive to La Quinta to give it a try. We met friends there and enjoyed the Palm Springs restaurant week menu, a 3 course, prix fixe dinner. Everyone enjoyed his choice and our cocktails were well made. We look forward to dining here again.
Have enjoyed dinner here before. Came in for the Sunday no corkage on the bar menu. After showing the no corkage on the open table website for Lavendar Bristo to our server and manager on the bar menu who both said this did not apply in the bar. The manager was very argumentative with me when i showed him this and said this did not apply.
We then sat at a dining room table and for ten minutes servers walked by, then our server appeared as we were preparing to leave. He said he was working a private party across the restaurant along with tables.
We left. It appears that most of the inseason servers who perform exceptionally have left before the summer closure. May return in the fall if there act is together.
Lavender Bistro never fails to meet the expectations and then some. Service is good as the wait staff always try to go the extra mile. Food is delicious and has just a little difference to make you appreciate the quality of the ingredients. Normally the ambiance is the best in the area, both inside and out. Unfortunately, the first hour of our dining in the beautiful patio was disturbed by the many flies. Our waitperson did her best to situate a floor fan to blow away the pests however, it took a while for the flies to subside. Not sure if it is fair to hold the restaurant responsible for the flies. Probably this is the reason Lavender's shuts down during the summer.
What a gem this is. It serves amazing food done very well. Service was top notch. Starting with a cocktail in the bar, which we carried to the table, we went for restaurant week , meaning a complete dinner was $39 per person for three courses. I had the flank steak and my wife had the Nantucket scallops, both of which were outstanding. We spoke with the chef to congratulate him on his excellent preparation and presentation.
One issue was the presence of annoying small flies, since we ate outdoors. Seems that it is not uncommon since the flies come from a nearby lake bed, according to Chris, our server. We would have rather not had the flies, but that's a small thing compared to the meal we had and enjoyed,
A fantastic place for sure.
Almost everything was excellent. The food was great. The ambiance was very charming. The service was perfect. The only caveat is the "older" red-headed hostess made an unnecessary, derogatory quip about my name. If I go there again, I will most certainly avoid her.
This was our first dining experience at Lavender Bistro. We took advantage of restaurant week to try their special menu.
We ordered the ahi tacos as starters that were delicious. I had the Lamb chops for my main course and my husband had the flat iron steak both made to order.
We ordered the white and red wine pairings to accompany the meal which were a perfect selection.
We will definitely be returning.
we were there for restaurant week the outside patio was VERY crowded and it was very hot out there were a ton of flies getting on our food and glasses. we finally requested to go inside to finish desert.. A friend became ill after eating the wedge salad. Usually this place is wonderful this experience was uncomfortable
We went here to celebrate our 15th anniversary and were surprised at the delicious meal selections and the beautiful garden setting. The menu was thoughtfully crafted and our server was fantastic. We did end up going during the first ever Restaurant Week in Palm Springs for this restaurant, so service got delayed near the end of our meal when the restaurant got too overwhelmed by the crowds. However, that was a special week, and clearly this restaurant is of high caliber and makes everyone feel special. We will be back!
Ambiance on the patio with the trees lit and the live music by singing guitar player was delightful. Food was well prepared and well presented. Hanger steak was a bit tough to work around the connective tissue, Pear with Roquefort was excellent as were the lamb chops. Server was great and it was restaurant week so that was an added bonus.
The beautiful patio is larger than you think. Very pretty with raised "cabanas" a few steps up from the main floor. That's where we were seated. Down side is the lack of overhead fans. They really need those up there. It's a great vantage point though and I would ask to be seated there again.
Music was not appropriate to the venue, mediocre and a little too loud. All in all though, it was a lovely dinner. Food is beautifully presented and the service was excellent. They seem to be very well staffed. Large patio was packed but no delays in getting our food.
Overall the food was good. My food was not hot and almost cold when served which was disappointing. We dined on the patio and flies were a problem. I had several bites on my feet. I had mentioned in my reservation that it was my birthday. No effort was made to help me celebrate. My friend actually asked the waiter after he brought to desert to put a candle in the crepe. The singer playing on the patio was wonderful. The overall setting is beautiful. The food presentation was very good.
Had a reservation and when we arrived we were told it was Palm Springs Restaurant Week.
What a plus!!! The trio of cold soups was amazing and the pear salad was beautifully presented
and delicious. Lamb chops were cooked to perfection and scallops were fabulous.
The desert crepes were good. Wish they had 2 desert choices.
It is one of our favorite restaurants and we will definitely go back. The waitress was lovely
and took great care of us.
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