Welcome to Cuistot

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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.

Reservations

Business Hours

Happy Hour Bar Menu
Monday - Sunday 4 - 6 pm
Dinner
Monday to Sunday 5 - 9 pm

American Express Accepted

Holiday Menus & Info

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Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th.

Dinner is Served from 1:30 - 8 pm
Special Thanksgiving Menu only
Regular Menus not available

Prefer Thanksgiving at Home?
Let Chef Bernard to the cooking for you!

For Take - Out Menu click here

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Christmas Eve
Friday, December 24th.

Dinner is Served from 4 - 9 pm
Special Christmas Eve Menu only
Regular Menus not available

We are CLOSED on Christmas Day

Wine Dinners

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Please check back often
This page gets updated frequently 

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Thursday, December 9th.
6:30 pm 
Click here for menu

Menus

Wine & Spirits

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The Wine List is updated frequently;
however, selections, vintages and/or prices
are subject to change at any time.

View Corkage Policy

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 For Spirits Click Here

View Cocktail Menu

Farouk Chaabi is a sommelier, wine consultant, educator, advisor, personal wine buyer and luxury French & Italy wine tour guide. He was born in Tunisia. He grew up in the Northern Rhône Valley, in the heart of Syrah, surrounded by the prestigious appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Cornas, and Saint Péray. He moved to the US pursuing his studies in 1991. Farouk’s appreciation of wine grew as he apprenticed under French and Italian wine experts in the United States. 

Since 2014 Farouk has been a Consultant, educator & advisor, organizing wine tastings, wine dinners, and wine tours across French & Italy wine regions.

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.
760.340.1000
michael@cuistotrestaurant.com


Private Event Menus

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

Rooms
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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.

Contact

Cuistot Restaurant

72-595 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

760.340.1000

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.

760-340-1000

BERNARD DERVIEUX
Chef Propriétaire

MICHAEL SHIMER
General Manager
Sales and Marketing

IVAN ESPINOZA
Manager

FAROUK CHAABI
Sommelier 

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