Renewed water feature at The River creates pleasant outdoor dining all summer long

June 26, 2018 (RANCHO MIRAGE) – Acqua California Bistro is welcoming the return of the refreshed water feature in front of the restaurant and along Highway 111, which has brought the signature cool look and feel of The River’s most prominent design element back to its pristine clear and blue quality.

Acqua’s frontage along The River’s promenade on Highway 111 offers amazing views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains from its lively bar, elegant dining rooms, patio, and waterfront terrace, and the renewed water feature sets a welcoming, relaxed tone for guests sitting outdoors.

“We’re thrilled to have The River’s own unique water feature refreshed for summertime,” said Jerry Keller, creator of Acqua and Lulu California Bistros. “Our guests enjoy breakfast and sunset dinners from our patio and waterfront terrace all year long, but especially in the summertime when dining adjacent to The River’s lake offers a restorative and picturesque experience.”

Acqua is lively, fun and festive and brings energy and excitement to The River, just as Lulu does in Palm Springs. From the upbeat décor to the meticulous choice of incredible dishes on the menu, everything at Acqua is designed to provide guests with an unforgettable dining experience in this new, award-winning, popular spot of the Coachella Valley.

Within its first year of opening at The River, Acqua was named “Best of the Valley” by Desert Sun readers for best new restaurant, happy hour, weekend brunch, romantic ambience, pet-friendly dining and martini. Readers of Palm Springs Life voted Acqua best in Rancho Mirage for alfresco dining, American cuisine, breakfast, burger, caterer, continental cuisine, craft cocktail, pizza, romantic dining, Sunday brunch and vegan/vegetarian menu.

Acqua and Lulu offer one of the largest menus of any restaurant in the Coachella Valley with delicious selections spanning breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner (including their now famous $19.99 three-course, $29.99 and $39.99 four-course dinners), and all day happy hour at the bar with its own deal-priced drink and dining menu.

The floorplan at Acqua features an open kitchen and pantry where guests can see the chefs at work. Windows from the bar and main dining areas overlook The River’s water feature with amazing mountain views and the River Room has sliding glass doors that disappear into the wall and open the room to a sidewalk patio that offers misted outdoor seating. On very warm days and nights, indoor air-conditioned mountain and river view seating is available. The interior design is fresh, colorful and fun with seating options at comfortable tables or in plush booths in both dining rooms.

The restaurant façade showcases the unique art of local artists Tony and Karen Barone called “Forks on Their Way to Nirvana”. Their gorgeous sculpture flows into a playful installation of colorful over-sized forks dancing across the building and is one of the most popular Instagram-able attractions in the Coachella Valley.

But perhaps the most beautiful feature of Acqua is a family affair. Many areas of the restaurant house “Papa’s Walls” — galleries of bright contemporary and modernist paintings by Barbara Keller’s 106 year old father, Marvin Cohn.

Acqua is the latest creation from the Keller family. Jerry and Barbara Keller are also the owners of Lulu California Bistro, a staple of downtown Palm Springs that is often credited for being an integral part of the revitalized energy along Palm Canyon Drive. Lulu has been honored with multiple annual “Best of” dining awards, including Open Table’s “Best Brunches in America”. Lulu celebrates its seventh anniversary in August.

There’s “always a party at Lulu” and “we’re serving smiles at Acqua”.

Acqua is open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM, with later hours on weekends, and is located at The River in Rancho Mirage, at 71-800 Highway 111. Reservations can be made by calling 760-862-9800, or visiting Acqua’s website: