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“The Magic Is Gone” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Clementine Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe

Clementine Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe
72990 El Paseo, Suite 3, Palm Desert, CA 92260
+1 760-834-8814
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Ranked #5 of 240 Restaurants in Palm Desert
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Clementine Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe is a beautiful homage to the bright marketplaces of "The Countries of the Sun"- Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, and other countries along the Mediterranean. We are pleased to offer a wide array of take-home deli items, delicate desserts, dine-in breakfast and lunch options, and fabulously unique gifts. Whether you are looking to bring home an effortless dinner, or stop in for a lunch with friends, Clementine has something for you. We greet our guests as family, and share a passion for authentic European foods, fine gourmet gifts, and delightful treats. Anyone who enters Clementine arrives a stranger and leaves a friend; our success hinges on our authenticity, affordability, and gracious hospitality.
Coachella Valley California
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“The Magic Is Gone”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I used to love this place but I am growing weary of it lately. The prices have recently increased,
which is unfortunate. The menu puzzles me and I am hard pressed to find anything I am excited about ordering. The desserts are really good, but the café au lait has lost its magic for me.

The owners are lovely people; very hospitable. I am just afraid that Clementine has fallen victim to its locale. The Palm Desert crowd doesn't demand much on a culinary level and Clementine is settling into the set standard. I am sad that I can no longer justify my weekly trek from Palm Springs for my French fix. C'est la vie!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Arlington, Virginia
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193 reviews 193 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Wow! Hidden gem with authentic French food and hard to find imported beverages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Simply incredible gourmet cooking and import marketplace. The food was the best we had all week in the area and a fabulous place for breakfast. The only downside for breakfast is that they don't open until 8am--forced us to go elsewhere on a day we really wanted to go back. They carry a great selection of hard to find import rose' wines and even "spritz" drinks (a veneto region of Italy cocktail staple). Bottom line, if you're looking for French Gourmet in the Palm Springs area, this is as good as it gets!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ClemGourmet, Owner at Clementine Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Hi ltw52 ~ Thanks for writing such a nice review! So cool that you knew what a SPRITZ is!

Grazie!

ps: Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter if you don't already. "ClemGourmet"
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Los Angeles, California
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Great place with imaginative & high quality items from which to choose.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

If you haven't been to Clementine's you should put it on your short list. It's a little like a "girls lunch place" but that isn't in a bad way. Maybe that's just because it very stylish and really well put together inside. The food a really good!

Fantastic

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Away from the malls and resorts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

At some point in time... you are going to have to brave the world and leave either your hotel or great-aunt's estate in Palm Springs in search of a slice of the outside world.

If such a thought posesses you, especially at either breakfast or lunch time- I highly recommend that you motor along Hwy 111 and have an restorative meal of carbs and butter fat at Clementine.

Once you get past the strip-mall exterior and "mall art" that is hung on the walls here, Clementine is a welcome jewel in the often times epicurean desert of Ranch Mirage.

This restaurant/ bakery/deli offers a superior food to go as well as a cafe with table service. The cafe is lined by two central long common tables and a smattering of smaller tables. For breakfast they offer great panni's, egg dishes as well as oatmeal and a knockout yogurt, granola and fresh fruit plate. Lunch has delish salads, sandwiches and soups. There is an expansive about of dessert and bakery options as well.

Coffee is strong and served in generous amounts. A must for the late risers.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“One A Kind Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We are breakfast here two days in a row. The maple, brown sugar bacon is amazing! Both of their breakfast sandwiches are spectacular. They also have wonderful pastries!
Keep in mind they will be close during the month of August.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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