By Pamela Bieri
New and returning patrons of Café des Beaux-Arts have relished the second season of Le Bar that has added a European elegance to this charming French patio bistro overlooking El Paseo at Larkspur. With live jazz on Wednesday and Friday evenings and a tantalizing “Small Bites” menu, Café des Beaux-Arts is the perfect place to gather for the most sophisticated clientele.
The curved covered patio extends comfortable seating and is the ideal spot from which to people watch on El Paseo. Diners can choose from delectable appetizers, salads, light dinners and vegetarian dishes as well as Café des Beaux-Arts’ signature Bouillabaisse, Duck à l 'Orange and Braised Short Ribs Bourguignonne.
Many selections are offered as both half and full plates for those wanting a smaller meal or for the adventurous epicureans that like to sample several dishes. A studied variety of French and California wines have been selected to complement your meal.
For lunch, choose among exquisite salads, sandwiches, pastas and crêpes — all with a Mediterranean French touch — and specialties such as Coq au Vin and Quiche Lorraine.
Breakfast is served four days a week but with specialties like homemade French crêpes, a vegetable and cheese frittata, and mouthwatering Belgian waffles, you don’t want to miss it.
Open for breakfast Friday through Monday and for lunch and dinner daily. Children’s menu offered. Café des Beaux-Arts also accommodates private parties. Ample parking is located directly behind the restaurant.
Café des Beaux-Arts
73640 El Paseo (at Larkspur), Palm Desert, CA 92260
• Ahi Tartar Wonton Chips, Pickled Ginger, Avocado Fan
• Escargots Bourguignonne
• Steamed Mussels and Baby Clams Marinière
• Seafood Feuilleté
• Roasted Rack of Lamb Provençal
• Duckling à l 'Orange
• Chocolate Profiterolles
• Tarte Tatin
• Crèpes Suzette
• Far Niente, Chardonnay
• Joseph Drouhin, Meursault
• Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio
• Chimney Rock, Cabernet Sauvignon
• Gevrey Chambertin, Joseph Drouhin
• Parisian Martini - Chambord, Vodka
• Swiss Chocolatini - Godiva Liqueur, White Crème de Cacao
• Mediterranean Martini - Pomegranate Liqueur, Triple Sec, Lemon