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The Tropicale

4.6
4.6
8215 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive "world cuisine", a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts. The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed - an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.

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2 people

20:30


Booked 102 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:45–14:45 Lunch Wed–Fri 10:45–14:45 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–19:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    (760) 866-1952

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Tony Di Lembo

  • Catering

    Order wonderful Tropicale creations for any occasion. Call, place an order and we will have it ready for pick up. If you'd like to bring in your own special platters we can plate your choice of food and have them ready whenever you'd like.

  • Private party facilities

    Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    Lacei-Luv Clausen: (760) 866-1952

  • Area

    Palm Springs

  • Cross Street

    Encilia

  • Parking Details

    Private parking is available in the back of the restaurant but can be limited. There is also parking available in the Casino parking structure across the street as well as plenty of street parking.

  • Entertainment

    Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:00, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 8,215 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. PD

    PaulD

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fun and memorable experience!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julian was excellent. Love Tropicale. Always great. Best place in PS. Thank you Renz accommodating us tonite
  3. TS

    ThomasS

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were fantastic and delicious. Ashley rocked and helped make our last night in Palm Springs special. Big thanks to all the delightful folks at the Tropical!
  4. PS

    PSILUVU

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a great meal and vibe at Tropicale. Our server Damon? was excellent .
  5. J

    Jain

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Treated like gold! Very quiet when we were there…unfortunately 😳. They treated us like gold and the food was perfect. Best chicken sandwich in the world!! Aioli to die for!!!
  6. B

    Bruno

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The buttermilk chicken reminds me of my mother's - delicious. The poke rice bowl was nice, but a little too many jalapenos for our taste. All the salads are creative, fresh and tasty. Also should mention the portion sizes are very generous.
  7. GL

    GlutenfreeLiv

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Servers were very knowledgeable about gluten free options on the menu. Carne Asada, Salmon Bowl and Poke Bowl were all delicious. Appetizers were fine. Be warned: the desserts are HUGE!
  8. L

    Lolita

    Palm Springs

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just excellent food, service and ambiance. Our waiter was knowledgeable, efficient, funny and knew what he was doing! Refreshing
  9. CL

    ChanningL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    YOU MUST PUT that amazing crispy Halibut sandwich on the permanent menu!!! It’s fantastic!!
  10. RP

    RobertP

    Palm Springs

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Consistently good dining and bar experience. Always something new to try, but still have the usual favorites.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was great. Great attention to detail when it comes to customers needs
  12. TS

    ThomasS

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, outstanding team, and our favorite brunch patio in Palm Springs. Big thanks to everyone at the Tropical for their friendly awesomeness!
  13. TO

    TOMMY

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best parking lot conversion to outdoor patio in Palm Springs. BRAVO
  14. JA

    JuanA

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic location for summer outdoor dining. The food was outstanding and the drinks even better!
  15. j

    judigolf

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks & dinner! Love the fried chicken.
  16. R

    Rebasue

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun and vibrant. Great food and service. Love it!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Server Carissa with open honest recommendations . Atmosphere is cool, fun, upbeat. Food is great - will be back soon !
  18. NC

    NativeCAgal

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten at The Tropicale many times and always enjoy it immensely. The food never disappoints - both the specials and the items on the regular menu - and the servers do not leave you waiting. Their brisket burger is one of the best hamburgers my husband and I have ever eaten. The patio always has a party-like ambiance and even in the heat of summer, it stays cool with the misters and ceiling fans. In winter, the patio heaters keep us nice and toasty.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tropicale has brunch down to a science. Team members not only moved with grace and efficiency, they looked like they were having fun and enjoyed each other’s company. My party and I were very impressed. Thank you for a fun experience! We’ll be back!
  20. SB

    StaciB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal!!! The food was delicious, great ambiance and our waitress was amazing!! Highly recommended
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Kinda had high hopes for Tropicale based on reviews and a friend who hd been before, but I was disappointed. The ambiance is pretty dark which results in multiple people shining their phone flashlights on the menu blinding other diners. Jacob was an awesome waiter and provided nice recommendations and personal conversation. We enjoyed the calamari appetizer. My husband said the carne asada was "decent" and was let down by the quality of store bought tortillas accompanying his meal. After all the amazing reviews for the fried chicken, how could I go wrong ordering it? Sadly, the fried chicken was over battered resulting in thick, gummy, undercooked batter in the crevices. The succotash tasted like it was a frozen mixed that was microwaved & served. The mashed potatoes and congealed gravy were mediocre. By the time our waiter returned to check in on us, I had eaten what I could and told him honestly (and reluctantly) what I thought. He took my comments back to the chef who's concern was not with my experience, but whether I had eaten it. They offered us complementary ice cream, but we declined. I looked at Yelp reviews later to see if it was a one off but sadly others have had poor experiences with the fried chicken as well. Proceed with caution.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Atmosphere and vibe are great! Drinks were good as well as service. We had the pupu platter for appetizer and wasn’t good at all, Meat was dry, deep fried items were kind of cold.
  23. JN

    JoeN

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent go to place. Great from the lovely Michele and Peyton to Mark our server, our delicious dinners and cocktails at the bar apres.
  24. KB

    KathieB

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brandy and Nick were awesome.
  25. R

    Richard

    Palm Springs

    339 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    339 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great dinner, we are weekly diners, brought our out of town family in for dinner. Great service and food, always on top of everything, drinks are great. Highly recommend.
  26. NB

    NickB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding, and the inside was so chill. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Palm Springs.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was terrible. Should have left after we saw a pizza with avocado on it but we tried to stick with the basics and we’re totally underwhelmed. Caesar salad was over dressed and lacked flavor. Pizza was doughy and tasted like a frozen pizza. Coconut shrimp were like long John silver.
  28. FD

    FernandoD

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    We have been to The Tropicale many, many times - this time service was horrific - the food was wonderful as always
  29. MY

    MYRFI

    Palm Springs

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Food is decent; nothing to daring or cutting edge, service can be rushed and spotty at times. The food comes out of the kitchen at lightning-fast speed so if you're in the mood for a leisurely meal this is not the place for you. Turn 'em and burn 'em is the name of the game here. Atmosphere is outstanding.
  30. C

    Christophe777

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I ordered the Boneless Southern Fried Chicken, but this time the chicken was dry. Everything else on my plate was very good.
  31. PG

    PaulG

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a very good first experience at the Tropicale. The woman who greeted and seated us was delightful and welcoming. She started our visit on just the right note! The waitstaff was equally attentive and professional. The food was tasty and nicely presented. Our only recommendation would be to expand the entree options to include a few more items, as the entree choices seemed a bit limited (another seafood option would be perfect). Overall, we truly enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning to Tropicale.
  32. MK

    MickeyK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server we had was one of the best we’ve ever experienced!
  33. N

    Neilbax

    Las Vegas

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time in The Tropicale. Great to have the greeter seat us and give us options with heat warnings in place. Only there for lunch before a movie, but a good menu. Would certainly come back to try more of the menu and the outdoor vibe. Great mid century tiki theme.
  34. MH

    MichaelH

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy dining here. Great food and great service!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice experience will definitely come back again
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Great variety & great ambiance!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We’ve been coming to The Tropicale for many years. Although the food was never great, it was decent enough for us to keep coming back years after years, because of its fun atmosphere. We met with our friends who were visiting from LA, the night was full of people celebrating their bachelorette parties (just like Abbey in LA, the gay bars are gradually being taken over by the bachelorette parties), it was definitely louder than the past. Our server wasn’t mostly attentive, she was rather short with us, maybe she had bigger table to tend to. I got their fried chicken, which was extremely disappointing. It was mostly thick layers of hard chewy batter. My friends dishes were much better either. Disappointing!!
  38. S

    Spud

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great vibe. All around fantastic evening
  39. KD

    KrisD

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for Palm Springs restaurant week, and tried the small plates menu. The ribs were amazing and meaty! The goat cheese salad was beautiful as well as delicious. We also had a mango margarita and a cucumber martini.
  40. C

    Chicagoman

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The food was good! Everything is more expensive than it should be. There are fine restaurants in Palm Springs that are similarly priced and much better and more unique. The service was terrible except for the bus staff. This one time jewel of Palm Springs is consistently going downhill.

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The Tropicale is rated 4.6 stars by 8215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

20:30


Booked 102 times today
Google Map for The Tropicale

330 East Amado Road Palm Springs, CA 92262

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Encilia

  • Area

    Palm Springs

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:45–14:45 Lunch Wed–Fri 10:45–14:45 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–19:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private parking is available in the back of the restaurant but can be limited. There is also parking available in the Casino parking structure across the street as well as plenty of street parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Tony Di Lembo

  • Entertainment

    Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:00, it's renowned jazz musician Derrik Lewis and his trio at the keyboard.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 866-1952

  • Catering

    Order wonderful Tropicale creations for any occasion. Call, place an order and we will have it ready for pick up. If you'd like to bring in your own special platters we can plate your choice of food and have them ready whenever you'd like.

  • Private party facilities

    Our wonderful patio can be rented out for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    Lacei-Luv Clausen: (760) 866-1952

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