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Cuistot

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72-595 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260
760 340 1000
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Surprise

was not sure what to expect from this French restaurant. The service and food were excellent. Best Dover Sole I have had in ages

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
howardr530
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Monsey, New York
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Monsey, New York
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

was not sure what to expect from this French restaurant. The service and food were excellent. Best Dover Sole I have had in ages

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Lansing, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Recently had dinner here. We were able to walk from our hotel and really enjoyed walking through the adjacent sculpture gallery. Larry was especially helpful in returning a forgotten item and securing a cab home. The avocado fan was delightful.

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Had the best mushroom soup ever. But things went down hill from there. I had the rabbit, It was undercooked and tough. It was served with vastly overcooked cabbage. The pairing left the plate a single color and without any variation in texture. My wife's fish was no better than average. What makes this place standout was the sommelier. He... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The food was excellent. We had the Dover Sole and Lobster Pot pie. Both were great. We had a decent wine that went well with the food. The service was impeccable. We also were given a special desert that was a merengue with caramelized sugar in a bed of vanilla crème custard. It was to die for. This was one... More 

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Brunswick, Maine
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We entered the nearly empty restaurant and spent three hours mainly waiting for our beverages and meals. Our waiter and any staff disappeared. We are experienced restaurant diners and this has to have been one of the worst service experiences we have had in the United States. The kicker was it was an empty restaurant. Plus, when my poached salmon... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Enthusiastic greeting upon entering the restaurant. Dined in the bistro with friends--my treat. This restaurant isn't clear on the concept of bistro food which should be fresh, delicious and inexpensive. The food was reasonably priced but the pasta portions were skimpy and served lukewarm. When we pointed out that the pasta needed more heat, the server took the pasta dishes... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Cuistort was recommended by a friend who had lived in Palm sprinds. It lived up to everything. On entry, a delicious aroma or the servings and elegant decor.thecservice was great and the wine list extensive. We were wonderfully helped by Fred, the sommelier to pick a wine that matched our meals. He suggested a nice French Chardonnay, 2009 meursault which... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I visit lots of restaurants, and usually don't bother to post a review because my comments would merely echo what everyone else has written. Cuistot is different. I have eaten here 4 times in the past 2 years, twice on Christmas Eve, and believe it is consistently worth 2 stars. You can find more detail in my 2-star review from... More 

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Minneapolis
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were visiting the sculpture garden right next door when we spotted the Cuistot's outdoor seating area with the huge fireplace. We went to look at the front of the building and spotted the happy hour sign. It was the right time and we just wanted to see what the happy hour consisted of but were convinced to be seated.... More 

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Arguably the best food you will find in the Palm Springs area. Every dish I've had, lunch and dinner, has been top drawer. A standout is their mushroom soup, a real masterpiece. Service is always excellent and when the weather is nice (which it pretty much always is in this area) the patio is very nice.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 72-595 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: 760 340 1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 60
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?