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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Morgan's in the Desert offers thick steaks prepared by James Beard-award winning chef Jimmy Schmidt.
Marissa's expert tip: Throughout the year, Chef Jimmy Schmidt will create an original prix fixe menu highlighting seasonal offerings. Be sure to ask your server about Chef Schmidt's current special menu.
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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: The Steakhouse at the Spa serves choice filets, veal cuts and prime rib in the heart of Palm Springs.
Marissa's expert tip: The steakhouse is located inside the Spa Resort Casino, making it the perfect destination if you're looking for a night of dinner and entertainment. After enjoying your steak, head to Cascade Lounge for music and dancing or hit the casino floor and enjoy the various slots and table games.
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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse at The River offers a modern steakhouse experience in Rancho Mirage.
Marissa's expert tip: Complement your steak with a round of dessert. The lava cake is Fleming's signature dessert and shouldn't be missed.
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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Sullivan's Steakhouse on El Paseo is known for its prime cuts and live entertainment.
Marissa's expert tip: Go in the evenings on the weekend to enjoy some of the desert's best jazz and piano performances.
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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Morton's, The Steakhouse in Palm Desert has a stellar reputation for both steaks and service.
Marissa's expert tip: Try the filet mignon sliders and wash them down with a pick from Morton's extensive wine list.
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 Steakhouses because: Ruth's Chris Steak House is the nine-time consecutive winner of the "Best Steakhouse in the Desert" award.
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.
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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Mastro's Steakhouse offers hand-cut steaks in an intimate dining room reminiscent of Old Hollywood's heyday.
Marissa's expert tip: Leave room to try one of M Bar's signature cocktails and Mastro's signature warm butter cake.
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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: LG's Prime Steakhouse specializes in high-quality, USDA Prime steaks with an impressive presentation.
Marissa's expert tip: As one of the desert's top steakhouses, it can be challenging to get a reservation with short notice. Try making a reservation after the dinner rush if you're looking for a same-day or next-day reservation.