Top Restaurant Options for Fine Dining in Palm Springs

Dining in Palm Springs can be an unforgettable affair, especially if your itinerary includes a night of pampering at one of the desert’s top choices for fine dining. Whether you prefer French cuisine, contemporary menus or a finely presented plate of hand-cut steak, you’ll find just the fine dining experience to please your palate in Palm Springs.

If you only have a chance to splurge on one fine dining experience, make it at Wally’s Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage. Long heralded as one of the top restaurants in the Coachella Valley, Wally’s Desert Turtle leaves a lasting impression with its immaculately decorated dining room and fine French cuisine.

Speaking of fine French dining, you won’t be disappointed at the charming Le Vallauris in Palm Springs, either. Housed in a ranch-style house outfitted with classic French decor, this upscale restaurant is known for its grand menu items and spectacular service.

Beyond French food, fine dining options in the desert include the continental cuisine of Spencer’s and Copley’s on Palm Canyon, two highly rated restaurants in Palm Springs. Steak-lovers won’t want to miss the quality cuts or impeccable service of LG’s Prime Steakhouse or Mastro’s Steakhouse, either.

Explore the full list of the desert’s 10 best restaurants for fine dining below.



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Cork Tree Restaurant


Renowned throughout the desert for its upscale California cuisine, Cork Tree Restaurant uses local products to bring Chef Herve's creations to life. Start with an organic rainbow beet salad with local dates, then try the demitasse soup tasting,...  Read More

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...  Read More

Mister Parker's


Boldly patterned textiles and carpeting, reflective ceilings, expressive artwork, and a tension between light and dark hues add a certain quirky elegance to this estimable hotel restaurant. Located in the famed Parker hotel in South Palm Canyon,...  Read More

Copley's on Palm Canyon


Star power is on call at this Uptown Palm Springs restaurant; not only was it a hangout for Cary Grant, but it's also under the masterful tutelage of celebrity chef Andrew Manion Copley, and it attracts personalities like Anderson Cooper....  Read More

Spencer's Restaurant


If you're searching for a lunch restaurant soaked in quintessential Palm Springs style, make a reservation at Spencer's Restaurant. This award-winning restaurant in Palm Springs serves American fare influenced by French and Pacific Rim cuisine,...  Read More



If you've ever wondered where Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor dined after shooting their latest films, head to Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn. No detail was overlooked in the design and decoration of Melvyn's, which exudes...  Read More

Le Vallauris Restaurant


Le Vallauris is one of the finest culinary destinations in Palm Springs. Located just off Palm Canyon Drive in a historic ranch-style house, Le Vallauris specializes in five-star dining and first-class service. The menu includes upscale dishes...  Read More



One of the desert's most-awarded restaurants, Wally's boasts a curious name but promises an impeccable experience. The elegant establishment is given to fine dining, and murals, a mirrored ceiling, and ancient Peruvian artifacts set the scene....  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Marissa