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“Stunning food in the desert. Seasonal (closed c.end May to mid Sept )” 5 of 5 stars
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Pastels Bistro
Tecopa Hot Springs Rd, near Noonday Rd, Tecopa, CA
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Tecopa
Cuisines: American
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Guernsey, Channel Islands
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Stunning food in the desert. Seasonal (closed c.end May to mid Sept )”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Be aware this is not open year-round. Shame because the food is just terrific. This inviting restaurant has limited menu choices however everything is delivered fresh as it gets and to a high standard. Deserts are always good to. Highly recommended. Pricy ($36 inc gratuity for main course/desert) however well worth it for the quality

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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Tucson
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great meal in the middle of nowhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We went there as a group of 10, having already made a reservation and ordered ahead of time. It was kind of a special treat as we'd been camping out for several days and cooking for ourselves. Our group leader had been there before and knew all the little details which some other reviewers hadn't known, so we came with cash and booze. We were graciously received by Shelley & John, sat outside and had our drinks (there's no liquor licence and a corkage fee is charged if you take your bottles in). We were all served promptly. The menu was varied and everything was delicious and fresh. The restaurant is tiny and it soon filled up, it's a popular place. We would definitely go back!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palm Springs, California
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28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Who knew?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is a fabulous little find in the middle of no where! Open Friday- Monday for lunch and dinner with a delicious menu with great veggie choices- seriously incredible food! Loved the salad and the curried veggie dinner selection, the soup was fabulous and so was the veggie pasta dish. It was so good we had to go back for lunch the next day and the chocolate cake for desert was oh so chocolatey and delicious-- this is 3 1/2 hours away from home and I want to go back just for another fantastic dinner!

  • Visited February 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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“Oasis of yum in a culinary desert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Open weekends and sometimes during the week, may close early so check first. The menu is tiny and the night I was there there was a disappointing choice between chicken noodle soup and rigatoni primavera with carrots and cauliflower plus marinara sauce, with an optional side of sausage. Rigatoni is not a favorite pasta of mine, with carrots and cauliflower sounds like hippie-vegan's delight, and marinara sauce is so ordinary. Except this was extraordinary. I can only compare it to my rare meals at the Chez Panisse culinary mecca, where simple ingredients are handled in such a way that they reach perfection. The marinara sauce was layers of deep tomato flavor that I'd never had before, the dreaded veggies were slow roasted sweet nuggets within the sauce, and the sausage was homemade, an almost crisp porky richness. If they're not open, better bring your own food from Vegas!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Twentynine Palms, California, United States
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“Bonus!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Lovely little place in the middle of no where! Small menu with a great selection, everything tasted great! The salad was great, the Chicken Marsala was to die for! and our chocolate cake we took to go was delish. If you like wine with your meal, bring your own. We will be back. Check their hours before going out there.

Visited April 2012
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