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Le Cafe des Beaux Arts

73640 El Paseo (Larkspur Ln.) Send to Phone
760-346-0669 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Along El Paseo, Francophiles congregate for a bit of joie de vivre.
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Breakfast Fri.-Mon., Lunch & Dinner daily (closed July 4 to Sept. 3)

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Le Cafe des Beaux Arts, Palm Desert, CA

Le Cafe des Beaux Arts Restaurant Review

: The name means "café of fine arts," and the décor and long and inclusive menu reflect the moniker. Located along tony El Paseo, where the sidewalks could double as a Paris runway during certain times of the year, this charming corner spot celebrates all things French. The fare includes an average --- and sometimes better than average --- array of traditional dishes, including rabbit Dijonnaise and the house specialty bouillabaisse. Standout items are a very acceptable lamb Provençale and duck with fig sauce. The elegant lounge area, with its mix of cozy booths and a horseshoe-shaped bar, is the perfect place to nosh on small plates as you summon up the spirit of Edith Piaf. Champagne would seem the obvious drink of choice in a French bistro, but opt for a Paris martini made with vodka, Chambord and raspberry. If you want to see and be seen, request a table on the wraparound patio, where a parade of passersby are in full view.

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