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415 S. Belardo Rd. (Baristo Rd.) Send to Phone
Opt for the poolside patio over the diminutive dining room and savor the innovative, seasonal French cuisine at this classic Palm Springs hotel.
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Dining room at Citron, Palm Springs, CA

Citron Restaurant Review

: Executive chef Patrice Martineau's culinary career has taken him all over the world, from his native France to New York, London, Tokyo and, most recently, California. He initially landed on the coast at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, then came out to the desert to elevate the level of gastronomy at Citron at the iconic Viceroy Palm Springs hotel. His cuisine is well worth seeking out, though the restaurant's setting is less than ideal. The interior dining room --- all done up in white and yellow in honor of the citrus trees on the property --- has low ceilings and feels a bit cramped. (There are also several chairs at the bar.) The tables on the poolside patio are preferable, though some are positioned uncomfortably close to the hot tub. Martineau's seasonal French/California fare marries excellent technique with local, organic ingredients. For example, date purée complements the Peruvian hamachi ceviche with coconut whipped cream and purple potatoes. Flowers are incorporated into the pleasing presentations of nearly every dish, including the chilled carrot velouté and grilled Colorado lamb chops. Slow baked Scottish salmon with yuzu-kosho crust and a citrus broth brings flavors ranging from sweet to peppery on the finish. We were also impressed by the roasted Chateaubriand beef filet accompanied by crushed red potatoes with fresh herbs, creamed spinach and béarnaise sabayon. End the meal on a high note with oeufs à la neige (a French dessert also known as a floating island) composed of meringue in a pool of crème anglaise with a caramel "cage" on top. There's a selection of specialty cocktails and a short wine list highlighting quality wineries, with many options available by both the glass and bottle. Meanwhile, the breakfast menu keeps things simple and the lunch offerings present more casual choices like a burger.

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