Welcome to Cuistot


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


Now Open for our 30th. Season!

Regular Business Hours:


Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Happy Hour

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


Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm

American Express Accepted

Wine Dinners & Holiday Menus

This 2016-17 Season marks 30 years of Cuistot. What started out in 1987 on El Paseo as a small restaurant with big ambitions, has grown to become the Cuistot you all know and love. To mark this incredibly special Season, we are organising a variety of special events. Watch this space as our calendar fills up and fleshes out.

Wine Events

November 2016

15 November - Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon Dinner

January 2017

17 January - Marta Rich, Talisman Wines Dinner

19 January - Louis Jadot Dinner

26 January Jeff Gafner, Saxon Brown Dinner


6 February - Flora Springs Dinner

9 February - Ryan Hill, Hill Family Estates Dinner

23 February - Diane Trione, Trione Wines Dinner


1 March - Steve Hansel, Walter Hansel Wines

7 March - Heitz Cellars Dinner

22 March - Anderson’s Conn Valley Dinner


5 May - Peter Michael Dinner


Hours and Menus

November 2016

24 November - Thanksgiving
Dinner is served 1-8pm
Special Thanksgiving Menu Only
Regular Menus not available

Thanksgiving Dine-In Menu
Thanksgiving Take-Out Menu

December 2016

24 December - Christmas Eve
Lunch 11:30 - 2:30, regular menu
Dinner from 4:30 - 10pm
Christmas Eve Menu Only
Regular Menus not available

25 December - Christmas Day

31 December - New Year’s Eve
Lunch 11:30 - 2:30, regular menu
Dinner from 5:30, 
Special New Years Eve Menu Only
Regular Menus not available

February 2017

 14 February - Valentine's Day
Lunch 11:30 - 2:30, regular menu
Dinner from 5:30, 
Valentine's Day Menu Only - Regular Menus not available


16 April - Easter Brunch


14 May - Mother’s Day


Wine & Spirits

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 $25. With nearly 200 choices under $75,
we offer great wines for everyone.

Also included are many hard to find wines including DuMol,
Peter Michael, Marcassin, Turley, Kosta Browne, Sea Smoke,
Williams Selyem, Saxum, Blankiet, Amuse Bouche, Quilceda Creek, Abreu, Araujo, Bryant Family, Continuum, Futo, Dana Estates,
Grace Family, Jones Family, Lokoya, Pride, Scarecrow, Spottswoode 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.

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 Michelle Gernand 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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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.


Cuistot Restaurant

72-595 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260


GPS Address: 72597 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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


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