Welcome to Cuistot

Cuistot is a beautiful Restaurant with excellent French cuisine. Chef-Owner Bernard Dervieux.
Award winning wine list with moderate prices. Swiss Sommelier. Outdoor Dining. Located near Palm Springs, 2 hours from Los Angeles and San Diego.



Sunday, April 5th from 10:30 am – 2:15 pm
(special Easter Brunch Menu only,
regular menus not available)


Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
(regular lunch menu plus brunch menu)

Happy Hour

“High Top Table” Bar Menu
Monday to Sunday from 4 – 6 pm
In the Bar and on Bar Patio only


Monday to Sunday from 5:30 pm

American Express Accepted





Sommelier Fred Gerber is a graduate of Hotel School Belvoir Park in Zurich Switzerland.

After establishing himself at the St. Francis Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco he developed Award Winning wine programs in Maui Hawaii, Portland Oregon and the Coachella Valley before joining Cuistot in 1997.

While in Portland, Fred achieved Certification by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Cuistot is proud to be the only restaurant in the valley to have earned the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine every year since 2005. We’re also the valley’s only recipient of the Award of Unique Distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Our attractively priced List offers approximately 650 Wines starting at $24. With over 210 choices under $75, we offer great wines for everyone.

Also included are many hard to find wines including DuMol, Peter Michael, Marcassin, Turley, Rochioli, Kosta Browne, Sea Smoke, Williams Selyem, Saxum, Blankiet, Amuse Bouche, Quilceda Creek, Abreu, Araujo, Bryant Family, Continuum, Futo, Dana Estates, Dancing Hares, Grace Family, Jones Family, Karl Lawrence, Lokoya, Robert Foley, Pride, Scarecrow, Spottswoode, Staglin, Vellum, Viader and many more.

Our extensive selections from France include wines from the Loire Valley, Rhône Valley and Burgundy, with several vintages of Romanée Conti, plus a large selection of Bordeaux including Château Cheval Blanc, Château Margaux, Château Lynch Bages, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild.

Fred’s annual summer visits to Europe provide him with wine purchasing opportunities not readily available locally.

Private Dining

Cuistot is the Perfect Venue
for Private Parties,
Meetings and Events

From small, intimate Gatherings to large Receptions
and Dinners for up to 320 Guests.

Please contact Michael Shimer for details or to book
your event. Click here or call 760.340.1000

Private Event Menus

You can also customize your Menu by including items
from our Regular Dinner Menu.

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Cuistot Restaurant

72-595 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

GPS Address

72597 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Note: Our proper address does not work well with some GPS devices. Please use the above "GPS Address" when using GPS.


Chef Propriétaire

Director of Sales and Marketing



About Chef / Owner Bernard Dervieux

Bernard Dervieux

Bernard was born in Condrieu, France in 1953. His family operated a farm and this is where Bernard gained his appreciation for fresh, tasteful food. His father wanted him to pick up a trade, so at age 13, he became an apprentice charcutier and worked in Vienne until 1972. He worked under the direction of Chef Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France from 1972 to 1974 as a cuisinier and with Roger Verge in Le Moulin de Mougin. Bernard was sent by Paul Bocuse to the United States in 1974 to work at Le Francais in Wheeling, Illinois as a saucier/sous chef under the supervision of Jean Bachet. He then worked at the Pump Room in Chicago, Illinois from 1978 until 1980 as Executive Chef.

Bernard was hired in 1980 at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the recommendation of Wolfgang Puck. He was Executive Chef at the hotel until 1986. After leaving the Beverly Hills Hotel, Bernard went to the Grand Champions Resort in Indians Wells and also to Aspen, Colorado serving as Executive Chef until opening Cuistot in 1987.

When you have a thriving restaurant, widely regarded as one of the best, even perhaps the best in the desert, why on earth would you want to move? A Chef’s life is stressful enough! To take on the extra challenge of moving everything from a well-established location to a totally new venue seems like a choice of a workaholic run amok. But the opportunity to purchase the land at the intersection of two of the most traveled and renowned thoroughfares in the desert only presents itself once in a lifetime. So in 2003 Bernard and his wife Susan broke ground on their new location. The building incorporates a rustic French farmhouse theme conceived by the Dervieuxs and executed by Design Development in Agoura Hills, CA.

Spacious dining areas are separated into four major rooms to accommodate up to 290 diners, including 80 on the heated, outdoor terrace. For private parties there is a comfortable Wine Room which seats up to 40. The largest dining room features a giant fireplace reminiscent of the one in Dervieux’s childhood home near Lyon, France. Bernard’s Room overlooks the gleaming exposition kitchen for those wishing to experience the creative energy of the Chef and his staff in action.

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