Las Casuelas Nuevas
Why We Like This Place
One of the most popular dining destinations in Greater Palm Springs is Las Casuelas Nuevas, which boasts a long tradition of hearty food and warm hospitality. It’s also considered the showcase venue of the Delgado family, whose Coachella Valley restaurants have made significant contributions to the local culinary scene. In 1958, inspired by recipes passed down from his grandmother, Florencio Delgado launched the very first Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. By popular demand, other eateries followed and in 1973 the opening of Las Casuelas Nuevas paved the way for “restaurant row” in posh Rancho Mirage. Today, Nuevas, as it’s sometimes known, is run by 4th-generation Delgado restaurateurs who are enthusiastic about sharing their rich heritage with their patrons.
Las Casuelas’ eye-catching design has a tropical Mexican flair that echoes the family’s roots in coastal Mazatlan. The butterscotch façade is topped with a red-tiled roof and graced with slender palms. An Old World-style fountain offers a refreshing welcome, and imposing carved wood doors open to a quaint hacienda-inspired layout. Versatile and spacious, Nuevas’ private dining rooms and terracotta-tiled patios invite festive gatherings both large and small.
It’s hard to resist holding at least part of your celebration on the sprawling bi-level courtyard. Mature ficus trees provide a leafy canopy overhead, and splashing fountains, potted plants and wrought-iron details convey the relaxed vibe of a balmy South-of-the-Border hideaway. As the sun sets, antique lamps and market lights lend a fairy-tale ambiance, enticing some couples to hold an intimate ceremony in a secluded corner patio, accompanied by the soothing strains of flowing water.
Afterwards, guests toast the newlyweds with frosty margaritas on the neighboring patio that surrounds the huge Three Ladies fountain. Convene for dinner and dancing on the lush adjoining terrazas, where dining tables are set up family-style. Buffet tables come decorated with colorful serapes and floral arrangements, so little additional embellishment is needed.
Our favorite indoor banquet space is the Cantera Room, named after its four archways fashioned of fine cantera stone. The room is shaped like a rotunda whose high ceiling holds a huge wrought-iron chandelier reminiscent of a renaissance castle. Pale yellow walls display antique plates, and the room is well-suited to classically elegant styling of white linens and candlelight. But if you want to embrace la vida Mexicana, why not have the restaurant’s strolling Mariachis to serenade your guests? After all, as one reviewer put it, “Everything is better when there’s a mariachi band.” The archways connect to a broad windowed breezeway, so there’s plenty of room for dancing.
Your hosts Andres and Tajah Delgado are some of the nicest folks around, and they’ve put together wedding packages for a range of budgets. In addition to Mexican fare, dishes include carved prime rib, pasta and fresh fish, and they’re happy to customize your menu. One more thing—if you want to extend the revels until midnight, that can be arranged, too.
Thinking beyond the reception, Las Casuelas is a wonderful choice for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and bachelorette parties, and their award-winning Sunday Brunch is perfect for your day-after get-together. After experiencing this enchanting venue first-hand, we wholeheartedly agree with Las Casuelas Nuevas’ motto: “Why have a party when you can have a fiesta?”
Max. Seated Indoors: 0
Max. Seated Outdoors: 85
Max. Seated Indoors: 110
Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
Max. Standing Indoors: 160
Max. Standing Outdoors: 250
|Max. Seated: 100|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site can accommodate 85 seated guests outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site holds 110 seated or 160 standing guests indoors, and 200 seated or 250 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 100 seated guests.
Fees & Deposits
A $200–500 deposit is required to reserve your date and the balance is due at the conclusion of the event. Wedding packages start at $35/person. Tax, alcohol and an 18% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Site ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
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