Best Steakhouses in Palm Springs for Fresh Cuts Cooked to Perfection
By Marissa Willman
Palm Springs Local Expert
If you're hungry for a steak dinner in the desert, 10Best has you covered. Palm Springs has a number of locally-owned and chain steakhouses offering succulent steak cuts, extensive wine menus and atmosphere to boot.
Mastro's Steakhouse, one of the newest restaurant to enter the local steakhouse scene, has quickly carved out a reputation for itself as one of the top steakhouses in Palm Springs. With hand-cut steaks served on sizzling, 400-degree plates, you won't be disappointed after dining at Mastro's. Another steakhouse that shouldn't be missed by steak lovers is LG's Prime Steakhouse, often considered by locals to be the gold standard of steakhouses in the desert. Its porterhouses, offered in 24-ounce and 30-ounce servings, are dry-aged to perfection at the facility. If you're looking for live music to accompany your steak, be sure to try Sullivan's on El Paseo. This steakhouse offers live jazz and piano performances, the perfect accompaniment to their hand-shaken martinis. Another great option for dinner and entertainment is the Steakhouse at the Spa. Located in the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, you can dine at the Steakhouse before heading to Cascade Lounge for after-dinner drinks or trying your luck on the casino floor.
If you're looking for steak in the desert, here are the 10 best steakhouses where you can enjoy a fresh cut of beef in Palm Springs.
10 Morgan's in the Desert
Led by Chef Jimmy Schmidt, Morgan's in the Desert is known for its seasonal menus that incorporate fresh produce from the Coachella Valley and beyond. The James Beard-award winning chef is known for his innovative menu offerings, such as pan-roasted maple leaf duck breast. Steak lovers will enjoy Morgan's in the Desert, which is renowned for its thick, quality cuts of beef. Indulge in a juicy porterhouse or a thick New York strip steak--you won't be disappointed. You'll also be pleasantly surprised with classic sides like macaroni and cheese and garlic steak fries. Plus, with the extensive wine menu, its easy to find the perfect wine to match with your dinner choice. ((760) 564-7600)
9 Steakhouse at the Spa
The Steakhouse at the Spa is a well-kept secret just outside of Palm Springs. Located inside the Spa Resort Casino, this steakhouse serves some of the top prime rib, filet mignon and veal in the city. The dining room is intimate and its lighting is dim--so dim, in fact, that the menus light up. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening with your special someone, and the steak cuts are sure to impress. Steaks come with complimentary bread served with whipped butter, and the Caesar salad with fresh ground pepper and shredded cheese is a crowd favorite. To take your steak experience to a new level, pair your cut with a wine from the restaurant's award-winning list. (7608831060)
8 Falls Prime Steakhouse & Martini Bar
Balcony dining, upscale atmosphere, fabulous steaks, and a lively, classy bar scene all come together at this popular steak house. While you pore over the menu, sip a smokin' martini, so named for its addition of dry ice. Cuts of beef include a bone-in rib-eye, a porterhouse, and several weights of prime rib; for added kick, try your steak with roquefort butter or a cracked pepper, dijon, and horseradish crust. Other options include sesame-seared ahi, cioppino, and Kurobota pork short ribs. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, Falls Prime Steakhouse accommodates all kinds of clientele, whether you're looking to talk business or have a romantic night out in the desert. (760-416-8664)
7 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
This steakhouse nestled in the heart of The River shopping center is known for its hearty steaks and modern dining atmosphere. Fleming's serves quality cuts of USDA beef, cooked to perfection and served with crisp salads and decadent sides. The restaurant also offers an extensive seafood menu, including fresh crab legs, shrimp cocktails and sweet chili calamari. Wine lovers shouldn't miss the "Fleming's 100," a wine list that boasts 100 varieties of wines served by the glass. For a steakhouse experience that doesn't break the bank, be sure to stop by Fleming's during their popular happy hour, when you can enjoy popular menu items like the prime rib burger ($14) for less than half price. (7607766685)
6 Chop House
Dedicated to old-school elegance and service, the Chop House features stone accent walls, a voluminous space, and ancient artifacts. Premium steaks are aged and cut in-house, ensuring quality and flavor, whether you choose a porterhouse, filet mignon, or New York strip. The Chop House prides itself on serving juicy, melt-in-your-mouth cuts of steak, and their prime cuts never disappoint. Rack of Colorado lamb, double-cut pork chops, and fresh seafood also take their rightful place on the menu. An extensive wine list ensures that every meal has an appropriate vintage, and an upstairs bar and lounge provides well-mixed drinks and after-dinner dancing. (760-320-4500, 760-779-8946)
5 Sullivan's Steakhouse - Palm Desert
If you're looking for steak, ambiance and entertainment all under one roof, head to Sullivan's in Palm Desert. This steakhouse delivers prime cuts, stiff drinks and an atmosphere that can't be beat. Upon entering Sullivan's in the El Paseo Gardens shopping center, you might expect to see Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack hanging out at the bar, enjoying sizzling steaks and stiff cocktails. If you enjoy live music, sip on a hand-shaken martini and enjoy the live jazz and piano performances as you wait for your freshly cooked steak to arrive. Known locally for its lively bar and happy hour offerings, Sullivan's is a steakhouse with plenty of character. (7603413560)
4 Morton's, The Steakhouse
Morton's is an upscale chain that serves a lot more than American Angus. The decor is masculine; the atmosphere, classy. Yes, praise has been showered on Morton's, but that doesn't mean it's content to hide behind a sterling reputation. Expect to be treated like royalty by the friendly waitstaff, who present dinner selections by bringing out a cart of options and giving you the low-down on choices that range from a double-cut filet mignon to a 24-ounce porterhouse, from lamb chops to fresh Maine lobster. While the price tag is on the higher end, you'll find the meal and experience are well worth it. (760-340-6865)
3 Ruth's Chris Steak House
This beloved chain of steakhouses bills itself as the "Home of Serious Steaks," and one visit will tell you that they mean business. Nine-time consecutive winner of the "Best Steakhouse in the Desert" award, Ruth's Chris is known for its sizzling steaks, topped with a dollop of butter. Ruth's Chris isn't intended for calorie-counters; it's a true steak lover's haven. Steak cuts include the bone-in cowboy ribeye, T-bone steak and porterhouse for two. Seafood lovers will enjoy lobster and the fresest catches of the day. Can't make up your mind? Opt for the Surf and Turf, which pairs a 6-ounce filet with your choice of lobster tail or Alaskan King Crab legs. The establishment also takes pride in its great service, extensive wine list, and comfortable elegance. (760-779-1998)
2 Mastro's Steakhouse
Since Mastro's opened its doors in the desert, Palm Springs has a new favorite steakhouse. The upscale steakhouse chain opened in Palm Desert's ritzy El Paseo district in late 2011, offering a dining experience with a glamorous, Old Hollywood atmosphere that fits the desert perfectly. Mastro's Steakhouse is well-known for its succulent, hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood dishes. From bone-in T-bones to lobster mashed potatoes, Mastro's is sure to please the pickiest of carnivores. The thick, USDA steaks are cooked to order, but be careful before digging in--steaks are served on 400-degree plates, and a fresh helping of mouthwatering sizzle. Enjoy your cut of choice with a glass of wine from the extensive list, featuring more than 500 varieties from around the world. (760-776-6777)
1 LG's Prime Steakhouse
Regularly lauded as one of the desert's best steakhouses, LG's gets kudos for its excellent beef and attentive service. The portions at LG's can't be beat, from the 24-ounce porterhouse for its 30-ounce big brother, known as "The Gold Strike 49er." Both porterhouses are cured in an "on premises" dry-age facility, and all cuts are strictly USDA Prime. Steaks are served with a sizzle of butter and can be accompanied by Bearnaise or peppercorn sauce. Other star players at LG's include a Colossal Poupon Lobster Tail, King Crab Legs and oven-roasted Chicken Breast. Meals are complimented by a Caesar salad, tossed fresh at your table side. (760-416-1779)
About Marissa Willman
Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert destination through her travel writing. In a previous life, she worked as an English teacher in South Korea and spent months traveling throughout Asia. Today, Marissa prefers to explore her backyard in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, while occasionally jetsetting as her wanderlust strikes.
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