Palm Springs' Best Restaurants for Dining with a Group

With plenty of sunshine and warm weather to go around all year long, Palm Springs is the perfect place to round up your friends and family for a get-together. Whether you’re in the desert to celebrate a wedding, anniversary, birthday or family reunion, you’ll need reservations at a restaurant that can accommodate your entire group. From steakhouses to sushi, these group-friendly Palm Springs restaurants will please your entire party.

A winner on multiple fronts, Workshop Kitchen + Bar has made waves in Palm Springs for its post-modern architecture, communal dining concept and regional farm-to-table fare. A private dining room can be reserved for your special party, or your group can spread out along the main dining room’s long communal table to make new friends as you try Workshop’s fresh continental dishes.

If seafood is a must, your group can make a reservation for Pacifica Seafood Restaurant in Palm Desert or Okura Sushi in La Quinta. At Pacifica, your group can enjoy dining in the wine cellar or on the second story restaurant’s private patio. Meanwhile, Okura’s intimate dining spaces will make it feel as if your group has the entire sushi joint to themselves.

If it’s a view you’re after, take your group to Rancho Mirage’s Acqua Pazza at The River or Matchbox in downtown Palm Springs. Acqua Pazza sits on the water feature of The River, while Matchbox overlooks the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive.

Check out the full list of the desert’s best restaurants for group dining below.



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...  Read More



Set in the posh shopping district of El Paseo, Mitch's caused quite the buzz when it opened its doors in 2013. Serving sushi, seafood and steaks, Mitch's on El Paseo has a broad concept to please all sorts of palettes, from meat-eaters to sushi...  Read More



TRIO Restaurant prides itself on being where Palm Springs eats and drinks--and for good reason. This trendy restaurant serves a variety of American dishes in a chicly decorated dining area that embraces Palm Springs' modernism roots. The dishes...  Read More



If you're thinking about doing a pizza night in Palm Springs, forget the greasy delivery joints and head downtown to Brickworks. This pizza joint specializes in quality wood-fired pizza that keeps the locals coming all year long. The...  Read More



This Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in La Quinta offers a taste of the Pacific Rim in the heart of the desert. You can sit at the sushi bar or in the intimate dining room and sample some of Okura's top dishes, including the Kobe Beef...  Read More



While Palm Springs might be more than 100 miles away from the ocean, locals can still enjoy fresh seafood at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant in Palm Desert. This fine dining restaurant offers fresh catches daily, and popular Pacifica dishes include...  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



The Uptown Palm Springs district is known for its modernist architecture, retro art and chic decor. Now, a farm-to-table restaurant is blending the modern architecture that made the city famous with a menu inspired by locally sourced...  Read More


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