Palm Springs' Best Restaurants for Dining in the Desert

Marissa Willman

By , Local Expert, Palm Springs
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Variety is the spice of life and it’s also the defining principal of the Palm Springs restaurant scene. Local restaurants offer a mix of flavors and styles sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The Coachella Valley’s best restaurants range from the upscale and elegant to the hole-in-the-walls servings some of the desert’s best-kept secrets.

Most Palm Springs restaurant owners and chefs are as well known as their establishments, and it’s not uncommon to run into an owner or a chef while dining around Palm Springs. Many restaurants update their menus regularly, incorporating new trends, seasonally produce and customer...  Read more »

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    Spencer's Restaurant

    Spencer's Restaurant has continually won praise for its fine dining menu and unbeatable ambiance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Looking for the perfect setting to get some business done over lunch or have a romantic rendezvous in Palm Springs? There's no better lunch restaurant than Spencer's."

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    Copley's on Palm Canyon

    Copley's on Palm Canyon is one of the desert's best choices for fine contemporary cuisine, and the garden dining can't be beat.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sign up for one of the monthly cooking classes held throughout the season (October through May)."

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    Le Vallauris Restaurant

    Le Vallauris Restaurant serves the most elegant French cuisine to be found in Palm Springs.

    Local Expert Tip: "Learn to make seasonal gourmet dishes from the master chefs themselves at the restaurant's monthly cooking demonstrations. Once a month, the executive chef and head pastry chef create a special menu and demonstrate how to prepare it on the canopied patio."

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    Melvyn's Restaurant

    Melvyn's Restaurant is one of the only in the desert where your maitre'd wears a full tuxedo to pour your wine and prepare dishes tableside.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dress up and bring your dancing shoes. This high-class dining experience spills onto the dance floor in the evening as hits by Elvis and Frank Sinatra ring out from the piano bar."

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    Jake's Palm Springs

    Jake's Palm Springs has a fine continental dining menu, a beautiful al fresco dining area and an epic dessert case that can't be beat.

    Local Expert Tip: "Save room for dessert. You won't want to miss the peanut butter cupcake, a Jake's special drizzled with Bailey's, or the coconut cake, which is soaked in amaretto."

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    TRIO Restaurant

    TRIO is consistently considered one of Palm Springs' top restaurants for both its food and service.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're looking for a spot to host a bachelorette party in Palm Springs, TRIO is it. Not only will the staff go the extra mile to decorate your table and tend to your party's needs, but you'll also be treated to a special bachelorette cake at the end of your night."

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    Workshop Kitchen + Bar

    • Cuisine: American
    • Neighborhood: Palm Springs

    Workshop Kitchen + Bar brings farm-fresh cuisine to the next level with both small plates and communal dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the octopus carpaccio, Chef Michael Beckman's favorite dish. For large format dining, try the ribeye or whole grilled chicken. Don't miss the punch bowls that can serve up to 12 guests."

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    DISH Creative Cuisine

    • Cuisine: American
    • Neighborhood: Cathedral City

    DISH Creative Cuisine offers an unmatched take on gastronomy, using unique pairings and creative combinations to keep diners' tastebuds on their toes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations early. The nine tables in this intimate hotspot fill up quickly."

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    Tinto is owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces and offers a pristine menu of Basque-style pintxos.

    Local Expert Tip: "First time at Tinto? Opt for the Chef's Menu with the optional wine pairing for your inaugural Tinto experience."

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    Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

    Pacifica Seafood Restaurant offers the best of everything: dining, dishes and drinks.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pacifica Seafood Restaurant is located on the upper level of The Gardens on El Paseo, an outdoor shopping complex with trendy labels like Bebe and anchor stores like Saks 5th Avenue. Plan to spend a few hours before or after your meal exploring the gardens and surrounding shops."



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