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“Wilted in the Desert Sun”
Review of The Nest

The Nest
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Our friends who frequent this area of the Coachella Valley more than us recommended this restaurant for dinner one night. In their defense they also believed we could stick around after dinner and enjoy the music that is played here on weekends. That is their only defense.

The entrance takes you right into the bar where the music is being played. The hostess greeted up promptly and brought is into a dining room where we were seated. The music, a guy with an organ and a synthesizer, sang away loudly through the opening into the bar.

Service by our server was good. The attending bus boy was even better. Prompt to refill water glasses, ever present to pick up empty dishes, the service was far and away the highlight of the evening. On this Friday night, however, my first pick of the Chef's special was gone. My second pick off the menu was also not available. My third pick, an entree salad finally got me some food.

My wife's steak entree was tough. She had ordered medium well, she got well. Her accompanying potatoes were average. The asparagus spears were under cooked. She did not eat her whole meal.

Finally, with an expensive price paid for a below quality of meal, the bar was so crowded with senior citizen hipsters, we elected to leave. I am in my late fifties but this crowd made me look young. I won't ever return to The Nest unless I am writing a book about lonely senior citizens.

1  Thank KenVicLee
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We went there specifically because it was recommended as a nightspot that was frequented by an older crowd rather than the twenty-something crowd at other nightspots. And, since the bar/lounge/nightclub had an adjoining restaurant, we went for a late dinner at time where the music/dancing had already started.

We had the ideal spot... the restaurant table closest to the open archway entrance to the nightclub. We were able to listen to and watch the nightclub action while waiting on our meal, eating our meal, and after our meal. For us, this was great since we had planned for the nightclub. But, if anyone was planning a quiet dinner, the ambiance would have been lost to the loud music.

The server was great, very attentive and very helpful. And, the owner also stopped by a few times through the meal...at the end of the meal, she even introduced herself and bought us a drink. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT...and the owner really cares about the patrons.

For Palm Springs area, the prices may not have been high, but for us... if it is more than $20/meal it is expensive...and "almost all" meals were over $25, with many between $30 and $40.

The food was cooked exactly as requested...well done meaning well done. So that was great. But, the overall meal, while not bad...was not more than average... flavor just did not leave a distinct impression. Too bad... since the ambiance (without the music) was very nice, the service great, and the owner engaged and very personable,

Then there was the music... Good selection of songs, where people from 40 - 65 would readily recognize the tunes and be able to sing along to most. BUT... almost any of the patrons could have done better than the band when it came to vocals... The whole ambiance would have been better if the music were instrumental only (and we do not go out to nightclubs that are instrumental only...but would have been better...). Out of about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, there were only 2 or 3 songs that were even remotely close to decent vocals. The rest ranged from very poor knockoffs to absolutely abysmal. This nightclub does get a lot of business, and would suspect it is due to the fact that it is the only one catering to this age group and music genre. So, truly believe the owner could have an absolutely incredible business if the bad were changed out for one that could sing too...

We did enjoy the experience, but did not dance... We wish the owner all the best, as she truly puts her all into it and deserves the best...and truly has a shot at being #1 in Palm Springs area, not just in Indian Wells... just a few tweaks and this could be a real gem.

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Reviewed June 2, 2012

As we pulled up my wife commented on the outside and the since 1965 sign. She said this could be like a "Restuarant Impossible" The valet opened the front door and we were pleasantly surprised. The ambiance was soft and romantic. The service attentive, and the food delicious. Prices were very reasonable, and a vibrant bar with live music is there for continuing your evening. We will definitely be back.

1  Thank 60ireland
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Hailed to us 4 middle-aged women as a "cougar bar", it really was full of middle-aged women AND men. The entertainment is lively and talented...kept us singing and dancing all night. Great place to go where you won't feel like a senior looking after 20 year olds. We went twice during our stay and weren't disappointed once! There is a dining lounge attached which we didn't try out. Its busy and if you want to avoid line- up...get there early or dine in and stay! I'll be coming back on my next visit to the Palm Springs area for sure.

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

If you want a date 0r want to dance and your over 50 this is the place to be! The valets are wonderful. The local women jump out and hug and kiss them the local men get their beer bottles taken so they don't get in trouble driving. There are golfers and beautiful people and some others that have gone back in time to being 21 again. Oh the food.... Very nice and the service people and managers do care on this side of the restaraunt what you think about food and service. It is calmer here. As you can watch the crazy dance floor and DJ from the other room from afar.

1  Thank justjoe2
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