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 Monday Evenings
for Happy Hour and Dinner

Regular Business Hours:


Tuesday - Friday 11:30 - 2:30
Saturday Lunch & Brunch 11:00 - 2:30 

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

Monday - Sunday from 5:30 pm

American Express Accepted

Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 1st
10:30 am - 2 pm

Special Brunch Menu Only; Regular Menus Not Available 

Info and Menu

Wine Events

Please check back often

as this page is updated frequently

Wednesday, March 28th.

Trefethen Winery 50th. Anniversary
Winemaker Dinner
Menu and Info 


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 for details or to book your event.  760.340.1000  michelle@cuistotrestaurant.com

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

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does not work well.
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Chef Propriétaire

General Manager

Director of Sales and Marketing


Assistant Sommelier

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