Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Brunch restaurants in Palm Springs and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Melvyn's Restaurant thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Sherman's Deli and Bakery, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Brunch.

10 Le Vallauris Restaurant
Although it's located in a historic ranch-style house near the hubbub of Palm Canyon Drive, this restaurant seems a world away from the fray. The magical interior features priceless tapestries and Louis XV furniture, and the outdoor patio boasts lush trees, fragrant flowers, and tables adorned with crisp linens, fine china, and candles. The five-star, award-winning restaurant serves delicacies like a veal chop flavored with calvados, Maine lobster ravioli with basil bisque, and roasted rack of lamb with thyme, rosemary and garlic. Considered by most to be the town's finest restaurant. (760-325-5059, 888-525-5852)

9 The Daily Grill
The Daily Grill's casually elegant decor — dark woods, leather booths, and a black-and-white checked floor — serves as the backdrop for an American menu that features char-broiled meats, burgers, steaks, salads, soups, specialty sandwiches, pastas, and seafood. Two outdoor patios ensure pleasant meals in the sun and afford great people-watching. Bob Spivak's brainchild, established in 1984 in Beverly Hills, now boasts a number of locations in Southern California and nationwide. (760-779-9911)

8 Norma's
Inside, white-painted brick and hardwood ceilings and floors add great texture to this spare restaurant, which also sports leather chairs and booths. It and the outdoor patio (great for people-watching) are prime terrain for sampling exquisite breakfast dishes like banana-macadamia nut flapjacks, a seared rock lobster and asparagus omelet, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Should money be no expense, try the lobster frittata, which comes in two versions: With an ounce of Sevruga caviar, it's only $100; with 10 ounces of the stuff, the price leaps to $1000. Good morning! (760-770-5000, 760 321-4630)

7 Melvyn's Restaurant
This inn restaurant has been touted as one of the town's best by a number of upscale publications. The elegant place features continental cuisine beyond compare and a gleaming antique oak and mahogany bar known as Casablanca's. Entree selections include fresh filet of sole piccata, filet mignon en croute (stuffed with oysters and dressed with herb tomato sauce), and the signature veal Ingleside with mousseline sauce and fettuccine. Melvyn's also boasts two world-class wine cellars with premium vintages from around the world. The ultimate in fine dining, it's an excellent place to spot celebrities — past guests have included Bob Hope, John Travolta, and Gerald Ford. (760-325-2323)

6 The Cheesecake Factory
This popular chain's New American menu features a broad array of dishes, from avocado egg rolls and Mexican chicken pizza to Jamaican shrimp and shepherd's pie. However, desserts really steal the show, and it's easy to see why once you've taken a gander at Linda's fudge cake, white chocolate raspberry truffle, chocolate mousse cheesecake, and coffee Heath Bar Crunch cheesecake. A perfect place for a late-afternoon respite, accompanied by gourmet coffee, good conversation, and, of course, one of 40 delectable cheesecakes. (760-404-1400)

5 Cheeky's
Locals love Cheeky's, an uptown Palm Springs restaurant specializing in breakfast, brunch and light lunch fare. And locals and visitors alike find themselves braving the lines and returning week after week to sample Chef Tara Lazar's continually rotating breakfast and lunch menu. Every Wednesday, a new menu debuts at Cheeky's, incorporating the freshest local produce and seasonal ingredients into its contemporary dishes. Dishes include fresh eggs scrambled with seasonal vegetables, sandwiches and salads featuring fresh fish and French toast with fresh fruit and cr?me fraiche. Enjoy your locally sourced breakfast at Cheeky's with a cup of organic coffee or fresh squeezed juice. ((760) 327-7595)

4 Spencer's Restaurant
For a luxurious breakfast or brunch in Palm Springs, there's no better choice than Spencer's Restaurant. This upscale restaurant is renowned for its outdoor patio, romantic ambiance and classic American cuisine. Start your day off with a special breakfast in a beautiful setting at Spencer's. Enjoy the warm morning air by sitting in the courtyard with a carafe of orange juice and your favorite breakfast plate. The expansive menu includes old-fashioned favorites like potato pancakes, eggs benedict and croissant sandwiches, as well as dishes like spinach and wild mushroom frittatas, Maine lobster and eggs and crab cake benedict. Don't hesitate to try Spencer's "Eye-Openers" menu, which includes morning cocktails like mimosas, bellinis and melon mojitos. (7603273446)

3 Sherman's Deli and Bakery
Where else in Palm Springs could you enjoy an authentic New York-style bagel with cream cheese? Sherman's Deli and Bakery is a true Manhattan-style deli just around the corner from downtown Palm Springs. Specializing in bagels, breakfast and sandwiches, Sherman's Deli and Bakery tends to draw a crowd on most mornings. Bagels, bread and desserts are baked fresh daily and used in the deli's signature dishes throughout the day. Grab a table on the patio and enjoy the restaurant's signature Reuben sandwich, which includes several inches of pastrami, slices of Swiss cheese and zesty sauerkraut stacked between fresh rye bread. (760-325-1199)

2 Pinocchio In the Desert
While the Forever Marilyn statue has been getting a lot of attention for celebrating the iconic actress in her most famous pose, this downtown restaurant has long been celebrating with a life-sized statue of the blonde bombshell. With large portions and reasonable prices, breakfast at Pinocchio's in the Desert is one of the best values in town. This local favorite serves breakfast staples like omelettes, buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict. Try a protein heavy breakfast off the egg menu, which combines eggs with your choice of bacon, sausage, corned beef hash, ham steak or pork chops. The extensive eggs benedict menu includes salmon, lox and lobster. ((760) 322-3776)

1 Don and Sweet Sue's Cafe
Hearty breakfast plates and generous portion sizes are the name of the game at Don and Sweet Sue's Cafe. This diner in the heart of Cathedral City specializes in old-fashioned American breakfast fare, a perfect way to start your day in Palm Springs. Come hungry, because you'll find it hard not to finish off your overflowing plate. From waffles and French toast to eggs benedict, chicken-fried steak and corned beef hash, Don and Sweet Sue have you covered. For lighter options, try the hot oatmeal or a la carte buttermilk pancakes. There's no need to rush over to this country-style caf�, either: Breakfast is served all day. ((760) 770-2760)


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Le Vallauris Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Palm Springs
COST: $$$
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The Daily Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Delivery, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Palm Desert
COST: $$
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Norma's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Palm Springs
COST: $$
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Melvyn's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Palm Springs
COST: $$$
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The Cheesecake Factory 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Rancho Mirage
COST: $$
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Cheeky's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Palm Springs
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Spencer's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, European, French
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$
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Sherman's Deli and Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Don and Sweet Sue's Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Neighborhood: Cathedral City
COST: $