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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.


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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.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Ruth's Chris Steak House offers flexible options for group dining, including private dining rooms for cocktail receptions and sit-down dinners.

Marissa's expert tip: Feel free to bring the family, as the staff at Ruth's Chris goes out of their way to please the kids. From fruit plates to crayons, your kids will taken care of while you enjoy your freshly served steak.

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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 fanatics. Speaking of sushi, Mitch's on El Paseo brought sushi master James Holder on board to head up the restaurant's seafood menu. Holder helped launch the sushi scene in San Diego before creating rolls like the 808 for Mitch's. Grab a seat on the intimate courtyard for a view of the surrounding greenery, or head upstairs for a private table overlooking El Paseo.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Mitch's on El Paseo overflows with event space for groups, from its scenic garden to its upstairs patio overlooking the city.

Marissa's expert tip: Try the signature 808 roll, which includes shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado, spicy tuna and macadamia nuts.

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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 are well-prepared and elegantly served, but lack the pretentiousness often found in other dining establishments. The staff strives to make every diner's experience impeccable, from offering the perfect recommendations to being attentive throughout the meal. Best of all, TRIO tends to draw a rather friendly crowd, making it easy to make a few new Palm Springs pals in TRIO's bar area. This restaurant is perfect for families, couples and large groups.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: TRIO Restaurant is known for going out of its way to accommodate groups hosting special events like bachelorette parties or birthdays.

Marissa's 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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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 restaurant's combination of freshly made dough and artisan toppings have earned it the title of "Best Pizza in the Desert" for several years. Popular pies include the chicken pesto and the Q special, and all pizzas are served with thin crusts. The menu also includes American fare like grilled steak, fish and chips, and pan-seared salmon. Located upstairs, this pizza bistro also offers some of the best views of Palm Canyon Drive and Mercado Plaza below.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Brickworks boasts a spacious dining room where groups can enjoy artisan pizzas and bistro fare.

Marissa's expert tip: Brickworks' daily happy hour includes an extensive food menu, in addition to cocktails, beers and margaritas. Fare includes pizza, sliders, ahi tempura rolls and bruschetta. Go during Matchbox for a full meal at a fraction of the price.

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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 Carpaccio, Seafood Gratin and Crispy Spicy Tuna. The sushi bar covers the entire gambit, from blue fin fatty tuna sashimi to sea urchin sushi and specialty rolls like the Lobster Tempura and Baked Alaskan. You can wash down your meal with a Japanese beer or a container of hot sake, or you can try a specialty cocktail like the sweet Sakura Hana (coconut rum, creme de banana, pineapple juice and soda) or the Saketini L'orange (vodka, sake, orange cura�ao and simple syrup).

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar in La Quinta offers spacious yet intimate space for groups in its partitioned dining room.

Marissa's expert tip: Head to Okura between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to enjoy happy hour pricing on appetizers, sushi rolls and house cocktails.

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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 the Surf 'n' Turf, which includes steak and lobster, and the Seared Ahi Tuna. For a seafood splurge, try the Butter-Poached Australian Lobster Tail, which is just as decadent as it sounds. Not a seafood lover? Don't fret--Pacifica offers plenty of beef, chicken and vegetarian options, too. For before- or after-dinner drinks, pull up a stool at the Vodka Bar, which boasts more than 140 different types of vodka from around the world.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Pacifica Seafood Restaurant offers group dining in its wine cellar, dining room and private patio.

Marissa's 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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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, and attracts locals, tourists and celebrities alike. At midday, the express lunch option--served with soup or salad, bread, an entree and pastry, is perfect for a filling midday meal. Other options include a lobster club sandwich, wild mushroom ravioli, an Ahi tuna nicoise salad. Reserve a table on the canopied outdoor patio to enjoy a Palm Springs lunch surrounded by Mount San Jacinto, palm trees and sunshine.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Spencer's Restaurant can accommodate groups in its dining room and patio, as well as in its private Bougainvillea Room.

Marissa's expert tip: Looking for the perfect setting to get some business done over lunch or have a memorable getaway in Palm Springs? There's no better lunch restaurant than Spencer's.

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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 ingredients. After much anticipation, Workshop Kitchen + Bar opened in the historic El Paseo building on Palm Canyon Drive. Chefs and owners Michael Beckman and Joseph Mourani work with roughly a dozen local farms, many within an hour of the Coachella Valley, to source fresh ingredients for their rotating menu. Menu items include market veggie enchiladas, a huevos rancheros bowl and slow-roasted lamb tajine. A farmhouse-style table and a selection of large format plates allow patrons to meet new friends over a shared ribeye or grilled chicken. Combined with an alcoholic punch bowl that can serve up to 12 people, you're not likely to dine alone at Workshop.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Workshop Kitchen + Bar offers a private dining room, as well as communal seating and dining options to suit any group.

Marissa's 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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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

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