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Le Vallauris, Palm Springs

385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 325 5059's insider take:

For more than 30 years, chef-owner Paul Bruggemans has fed Hollywood royalty—Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and so on—with his trademark French cuisine. Be prepared to spend a small fortune for such delicacies as foie gras, cured duck breast salad, rack of lamb, veal chop, or the popular seared whitefish with mustard sauce. For high rollers, there's the $85 Russian caviar appetizer or the $70 grilled rib eye. Daily specials are scribbled on a chalkboard at the landmark Roberson House, built in 1924 and now filled with Flemish tapestries and Louis XV furnishings. There's also a lovely patio shaded by ficus trees.

Lunch and dinner. Closed July and August.

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