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Babaloo Lounge, Palm Desert, CA

Babaloo Lounge

4.1
4.1
126 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
We are a gastropub specializing in Cuban and Peruvian flavors. While still adhering to age old family recipes, we strive to be innovative and open minded, just as our ancestors were when these flavors were first imagined. Here at BaBaLoo, we want to take on this multicultural challenge by providing the most authentic dining experience that Lake Havasu City and Palm Desert have to offer. Cuba and Peru are rich in history, and nothing tells that tale better than their diverse flavor combinations. We take ideas from cuisines around the world; Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Caribbean, and African flavors have heavily influenced Cuban and Peruvian food throughout history.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Cuban, Peruvian

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (760) 895-4186

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Gustavo Ungo

  • Catering

    Catering is available for pick up. Price by the pound with a minimum purchase order. Please contact the executive chef for details.

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate for a wide variety of private events. Please contact management for details.

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Cross street

    San Luis Rey & CA Highway 111

  • Parking details

    Park in front or rear.

  • Public transit

    Out front or back parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 126 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Hot Spot

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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  1. MG

    MattG

    Palm Springs

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    BABALOO Philly nice. Service great.
  2. DS

    DebraS

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our wait staff was very attentive, pleasant and helpful with wine and food selections. The food is unique and very good! The band the Desert Crows played and they are really good. They played ballads during dinner and then dance music later. Really fun evening!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Babaloo and we enjoyed our experience immensely! The staff was very engaging and friendly, food was fabulous and the music was a blast. We will be back!!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really interesting place, the bar is impressive and the food was good. Service was great so would definitely return. It was pretty busy for a Monday night which I guess says a lot!
  5. CS

    CrankinSoCal

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Great ambiance! A great find in the desert! If you like Cuban/Peruvian/other dishes this is the place for you. A long, impressive bar with lots of seating just rounds out the experience. Yes I would go again and recommend it to a friend.
  6. K

    Katsi

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything. The food, service and the music. Loved the menu, the choices were outstanding. The deserts were yummy. We will for sure come back and dance again.
  7. AM

    AlvinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambiance , decor and live brunch entertainment. Emi our server waa Excellent!! 1st visit , will definitely be back!!!
  8. N

    Nanc

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service, really enjoyed Frank DiSalvo!
  9. DR

    DesertRodent

    Palm Springs

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    BABALOO who hoo!!! We came for lunch and were treated to on-going entertainment from Joe, our bartender and waiter... We each ordered our wine and enjoyed ourselves, then delving into the very interesting menu...it is a Peruvian and Cuban themed cuisine after all !! The Ham Croquettes were very good and the Calamari was delicious and a wonderful thing to share...but the El Cubana sandwich was beyond compare...oh so tasty.... This venue is obviously set up to be an evening spot for entertainment and we need to come back for a taste of that too!!
  10. NV

    NormaV

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Drove in from Huntington Beach to one of my favorite places in the desert Babaloo’s. Looking forward to celebrate a friends 84th Birthday we Called in our reservation for 5:30, get to the restaurant and it’s closed! It would have been nice if the voicemail reservation number had been modified to inform people that the restaurant would be closed that day. We saw others arrive to find you were closed. Left disappointed and hungry 🙁
  11. SL

    SujeiL

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! My husband and I are lake havasu part timers and we found this restaurant. We were amazed how good the food is and the live music was an extra.
  12. DM

    DarylM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Pretty much everything on the menu is high in carbs and high in sugar. Had a stirfry that had such a sweet sauce it overpowered the ingredients. Ordered an appetizer that came with a long black hair in it. They replaced the appetizer, and did charge for it. You would probably want to avoid this place if diabetic.
  13. RH

    RayH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Visited in the early afternoon and it was empty so we did not experience the supper club vibe. It is a great place with the musical vibe. Our server Sonny was very helpful. we will try to return when there is live music.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    As we are familiar with Peruvian Food, we ordered the Lomo saltado, which is a a popular dish, we were very disappointed because flavor wasn’t even close . We thought we were going to get Peruvian chicharrón but instead we got the Mexican chicharrones which are chips . The music is too loud for early dining. The atmosphere is pleasant though. Need a better chef who is familiar with traditional flavors.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When we arrived, there was a note in the door stating it was closed for the evening due to maintenance issues. I understand emergencies. I do NOT understand why they didn’t call and notify us. Very poor customer service and not conducive to wanting to rebook. There are too many other good restaurants in the valley.
  16. MG

    MattG

    Palm Springs

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time adventure for Mother’s Day brunch. The menu has many choices. We settled for appetizers not breakfast. My wife, Alice, had the escargot, fabulous, and the fried duck wings crispy, great. Being a Philly boy I chose the BA BA LOO PHILLY, a fantastic Philly cheesesteak which were served with fries. GREAT. Service by Emidia and Rolo was friendly and efficient. Will be back.
  17. n

    nippy

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time visiting Babaloo Lounge, but won't be the last. Nice dining experience, Our waiter, Marco, was very gracious, friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and food.
  18. LN

    LarryN

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    A nice spot for great Cuban inspired food. A bit noisy as we were there and a loud, live band was performing. Next time we would avoid that and move indoors.
  19. S

    Steve

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful experience: Great food, great service from Chris, our server, outstanding music with Cuban Flair
  20. MR

    MarthaR17

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I struggle to even give this place a 1. Terrible food. Have had Cuban good in the past & this was not even close to being Cuban!! Our son was with us and is a chef from Portland, he would not even eat the food. We won't be returning.
  21. J

    Jill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live Jazz. Good food and drinks. We had a lovely evening.
  22. RG

    RandyG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We had heard this was a fun place to go and eat, so 4 of us went on a recent Saturday night. It was surprisingly quiet probably due to Coachella concerts, however the food was tasty and the band that played in the lounge (Off da Cuff) played a huge variety of songs and had everyone on their feet dancing. If you are looking for a fun night out, why waste your time waiting in line or paying a cover charge at other clubs or places. Instead head to Babaloo Lounge when Off da Cuff is playing and just have a good time.
  23. N

    Nanc

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marco was our server, very friendly excellent service! Frank DiSalvo was great sang played guitar, fun nite!
  24. CA

    CristinA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went mid week and it wasn’t crowded. They had live music that was really nice. Few people were dancing and enjoying the band. Food was delicious and the service good .
  25. m

    maryr17

    Palm Springs

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service was spotty. Waited 20 minutes for drinks to be served and then only because we asked a table cleaner to see if he could find out what the problem was. The place was not crowded so there was no excuse for the service to be a problem.
  26. OL

    OliviaL

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The restaurant was short staffed. One of our guests ordered a drink that required basil. They were out of basil. Our other guest ordered a Mexican beer. They were out of the beer she ordered. We returned one appetizer that was under cooked. When I made the reservation, I indicated that the occasion was a birthday. At no time, was that acknowledged. We were disappointed and will not be returning. p.s. We went elsewhere to order dessert for the occasion!
  27. MP

    MaryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious. There were eight of us and the waiter was very helpful in answering our questions. I highly recommend this restaurant. Great service and great foods!
  28. K

    King

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amy, our sever, was amazing. We were celebrating my baptism with my family.
  29. K

    Kimacd

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun and lively. Great service from Chris.
  30. SA

    StevenA

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were the only ones there, so it's hard to judge things like ambience, etc.
  31. PS

    PSRickCC

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Heard that this new, fun, and nostalgic restaurant had opened in Palm Desert. Go for the great music and entertainment we were told. They said the food was good too. Make reservations or you'll never get in they said. So we went on a Sunday evening and our party added a table to the two already seated. There were several parties outside - they got to listen to music from speakers - inside there was no music, live or recorded/no live crooners strolling thru the restaurant. We were seated right away and given water end menus. We waited 15 minutes to order drinks. The sodas ordered were incorrect and the bar order had to be reordered. While we were ordering and getting our drinks and eating, the restaurant was dark - there were no lights on. As we were finishing the sun went down and the lights finally came on to light the restaurant and the dark corners. The food was good but several of us got the Philly with rib eye- the ribeye was very tender if you could find a piece of it in your sandwich. When we were leaving we saw a sign that stated the very limited days and hours. I May return to see what the entertainment will add but won't hold my breath.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Our waitress was the best!!!!! Great food and atmosphere!
  33. KJ

    KimJ

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    With a 6:30 reservation, the hostess took 10 minutes to get our table “ready”. By 7:25 all 5 of us finally received our drinks. Not mixed drinks, 1 coke, 1 wine & 3 beers. Ridiculous. Our waistress was brand new, no big deal, but she had no help or guidance and they gave her a party of 16 outdoors with individual checks. Our starters arrived after our mains! The bus boys were rookies and also poorly trained. Every part of the service was terrible. While walking out I asked to speak to the manager, there wasn’t one. Best part(s)…the food was GREAT and the live music, although too loud, was enjoyable. We probably won’t go back…
  34. GV

    GloriaV

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    my friend and I had a reservation and we were seated pretty quickly and our drink order was taken. Maybe 10 minutes later the drinks arrived and we ordered appetizers. Again it was a very long time before the appetizers came— a salad and tostones. since we had chosen a Cuban restaurant that advertised music, we thought it would be Latin music. It was a very bad rock ‘n’ roll band who were very loud. We were praying they would take a break. We ordered our entrées and they came very late as well although they were very good. The waitress knew she had screwed up so she comped my second Mojito and my friends glass of wine, and sent us a cheesecake dessert as a peace offering. I would not go there again nor would I recommend it to any friends. It was a real disappointment.
  35. CA

    CharlesA

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good is fantastic! Can’t wait to go back. Live music is great. Fun place.
  36. S

    Steve

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    8 of us had dinner inside on a Tuesday evening. Enjoyed the music greatly. Tony and Cynthia are very talented. Food was excellent. Selections were many. Cocktails and wine were very good. Server Chris was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. Arrived at 6:15pm with reservations and service was a little slow getting started but once we got to know our server, all was good. Will definitely return,
  37. PG

    PeterG

    Palm Springs

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jalapeño Poppers were delicious as were the frog legs and lamb appetizers. The Lechon Asado was outstanding as was the burger. The service was efficient, friendly and attentive
  38. JH

    JovanH

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We were indoor and is smelled like the due wage was backed up. Outdoor entertainment sounded awesome. We were just stuck inside with the sewage box. Food was pretty good, menu was good and eclectic.
  39. LB

    LimelightBoy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ian was a wonderful server. We had a great time.
  40. GG

    GarrettG

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lots of fun. Need to be patient but the staff is hustling and working hard to make a great experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Babaloo Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 895-4186.

Babaloo Lounge is rated 4.1 stars by 126 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Babaloo Lounge

73833 CA-111 Palm Desert, CA 92260-4005

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Luis Rey & CA Highway 111

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Cuban, Peruvian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Park in front or rear.

  • Public transit

    Out front or back parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Gustavo Ungo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 895-4186

  • Catering

    Catering is available for pick up. Price by the pound with a minimum purchase order. Please contact the executive chef for details.

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate for a wide variety of private events. Please contact management for details.

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