By Sharon Apfelbaum
Merging contemporary art and California casual cuisine, Lulu comes with good genes. Located in a building that once housed a major art gallery, it’s now the centerpiece of downtown Palm Springs, with an au courant menu to match the cool modernist design.
Defined by sweeping staircases, the vast, high-ceilinged space is lit by crystal chandeliers wrapped in pastel acrylic shades — a yin-yang reminder that traditional and cutting-edge culinary art work together here, all sprinkled with historic Palm Springs glamour. Water bubbling up in a thick glass column and walls of sparkling mosaic tile create a welcome entry, reflecting the joy of a happy staff, headed by General Manager Willie Rhine. Astoundingly, in its first year, Lulu was named one of the top 100 “hip” restaurants in the United States by OpenTable.
Lulu took a cue from sister restaurant Acqua Pazza, another appealing venue at The River at Rancho Mirage. Acqua’s expanded, shaded waterfront terrace offers diners a view of the Santa Rosa Mountains. A high-arched ceiling gives the restaurant an elegant scale. Warmly painted walls, newly refined interior seating, large tilted mirrors and a new sound-absorbing ceiling create a delightful dining experience.
Both venues boast a lively atmosphere, scenic alfresco dining, and the same extensive menu designed by powerhouse Chef Arturo Casillas. The wide-ranging breakfast and brunch menus; huge California bistro selections; multiple award-winning, affordable three-course feasts; early bird and all-day/all-night happy hour specials make for exciting choices. Plus, gluten-free and vegetarian menus are notably featured.
Be sure to save room for dessert: Perhaps the spectacular Floating Island, a feast for the table served in a Titanic-size champagne glass, or the talk-of-the-town flourless triple chocolate cake. While it’s rumored that “there’s always a party at Lulu,” either restaurant makes for a great celebration.
Acqua Pazza and Lulu are open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. until late evening.
Text the word LULU to the number 90947 or scan below to receive special offers from us and our sister restaurant Aqua Pazza.
Acqua Pazza California Bistro
1800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Lulu California Bistro
200 South Palm Canyon Drive, corner of arenas, Palm Springs, CA 92262
• Tower of Avocado and Ahi Tuna Tartar
• Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash
• Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad
• Mushroom Soup
• Pan-Seared Maine Sea Scallops
• Filet of Fresh Salmon
• Lobster Salad
• Filet Mignon
• Domestic Kobe Beef Burger
• BBQ Baby Back Ribs
• Four Cheese Baked Ziti
• Thin-Crust Pizzas
• Gluten Free and Vegetarian Menus
• Flourless Triple Chocolate Cake
• Floating Island
• Gelato Fantasia
• Traditional and four other Eggs Benedict dishes
• Smoked Salmon Omelette
• American Crêpe Maison
• French Scramble with Boursin cheese
• Cinnamon French Toast
• Extensive wine cellar Hand-picked specialty imported beers
• More than 100 vodkas and tequilas