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27 Best Restaurants In Palm Springs

January 05, 2024

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Best Restaurants in Palm Springs

On sunny days in Palm Springs, explore mid-century architecture and feast on cheeky Mexican food. Don’t miss Sherman’s Deli or a Kimpton Rowan speakeasy night!

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Whether you’re in the mood for a cheeky speakeasy adventure or a delightful Mexican food fiesta, Palm Springs has you covered. From Japanese sushi to Mexican street food and classic American cuisine, the options are diverse. Whether it’s a romantic evening out or a casual meal with friends, Palm Springs offers it all. You can explore the culinary delights, from the tantalizing offerings at Sherman’s Deli to the exotic flavors of Los Angeles. If you’re staying at the Kimpton Rowan, your dining experience is elevated, ensuring a memorable time. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with some delightful ice cream. Palm Springs, with its Saints and diverse culinary scene, is a destination that caters to every palate.

 


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Boozehounds restaurant in Palm Springs California

Boozehounds

Boozehounds started because they adore dogs, so they developed a modern, multidimensional area where people can interact with their dogs. The sizable restaurant and lounge, which is situated at the “entrance” to the city, offers a welcoming setting for both dogs and their owners. The 7000 sq. ft. facility has an outdoor patio, outdoor seating, a cabana bar, and an open-air atrium that is dog-friendly. They have a Southern California menu, which has Japanese influences and features regionally grown and seasonally available foods that may be combined with a wide range of specialty beers, wines, and inventive handmade cocktails made especially for their meals. Boozehounds offers amazing happy hour, which is available every day from 2 pm to 5 pm, dinner service starting at 5, and their massively popular weekend brunch on the weekends from 10 am to 2 pm.

2080 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 boozehoundsps.com

 

Le Basil

We stumbled into Le Basil after a night of shopping for home decor and blown away. Heads up, the service is really slow and we weren’t going to stay but we did and had the best Thai food we’ve every had. The pad thai and curries were soooo good. We’ve been back a few times every since. 

72695 CA-111 a10, Palm Desert, CA, lebasilrestaurant.com

 

Birba - best restaurants in Palm Springs

Birba

We dropped into Birba on a random night for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the cozy outdoor dining space with fire pits. The tagliatelle con fiori with squash blossoms and pancetta and Birba pizza with proscuitto, honey, and chili oil was delicious. 

622 N Palm Canyon Dr, birbaps.com

 

Norma's Palm Springs restaurant

Norma’s

Norma’s is located at The Parker Hotel so the restaurant is equally as beautiful as the hotel itself. We had the burger for lunch and it was pretty good!

4200 E Palm Canyon Dr

 

The Heyday

As one of the most distinctive dining places in all Palm Springs restaurants, The Heyday was already featured in Palm Springs Life, LA Times, and The Desert Sun, among others. They offer the best comfort food like fried chicken sando, smash burger, wings, Heyday salad, late-night fries, magic mushroom with plant-based patty, and other menu items. They currently have six cocktail pieces on their cocktail menu. The Heyday also serves wine and domestic and imported beers. The Heyday also offers fantastically designed merchandise like caps and t-shirts. The restaurant is open from 12 pm to 8 pm.

400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 theheydaypalmsprings.com

 

Workshop Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs

Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Formerly a movie house, Workshop Kitchen & Bar dishes out crafty New American cuisine combined with a great selection of seasonal signature cocktails. Popular dishes include the Melon & Burratta, Oyster Mushrooms, Farmer’s Market Vegetables, Diver Scallops, and an 18oz ribeye good for two. Those interested in architecture and interior design will appreciate Chef Michael Beckman and Chef Joe Mourani’s partnership with architect Michel Abboud as they created a modern concrete space that retained the integrity of the historic building.

800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 workshopkitchenbar.com/palm-springs.html

 

King’s Highway

King’s Highway is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a unique and eclectic dining experience. This all-day cafe at Ace Hotel & Swim Club offers a Cal-Mexican menu that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Not only is the food delicious, but it’s also locally sourced, which means you’re supporting your community when you eat here. And if that wasn’t enough, King’s Highway also has cheap beer and fresh cocktails!

701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 kingshighwaydiner.com

 

 

Taka Shin

One of Palm Springs’ few Japanese restaurants and sushi bars, Taka Shin is dedicated to bringing Japanese culinary art, elegance, and sophistication to its customers. The Omakase, or Chef’s Choice, is specially prepared on a daily basis to provide diners with the ultimate sushi experience. Fresh seasonal fish and vegetables are chosen in accordance with Chef’s inspiration and techniques to serve guests omakase-style only at the Sushi Bar. Traditional Japanese sashimi, nigiri, and tempura are also available, all prepared with exceptional ingredients and impeccable techniques.

641 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92262 takashin-ps.com

 

Spencer’s Restaurant

Located at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains is a popular Palm Springs culinary tradition that offers a fresh take on classic American cuisine. Spencer’s Restaurant is a four-star American restaurant that offers the ideal blend of stylish elegance and casual comfort with both indoor and outdoor dining. It serves American cuisine with a French-pacific rim influence. Customers can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the restaurant’s award-winning patio. The restaurant was also locally voted Best Sunday Brunch, Outdoor Dining, Power Lunch, Wine List, Chef, Caterer, and Most Romantic. They offer catering and private events. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and all its employees are fully vaccinated.

701 West Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 spencersrestaurant.com

 

Johannes Restaurant

“The Eclectic Chef,” Johannes Bacher, was born and raised in a small mountain village in Tirol, Austria. He is the Executive Chef/Owner, master chef, and restauranteur of Johannes Restaurant and is meticulous in everything he does for his establishment. With its stunning interiors, thoughtful designs, and delicious and healthy food, Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs serves the most innovative, beautifully presented, and fresh desert cuisine. You can also order Mediterranean-diet-friendly food. Menu items at Johannes Restaurant are eclectic, including offerings from Chef Johannes’ native Austria and maybe some Italian touch. Private parties, groups, and special events are all welcome at Johannes Restaurant. If you’re in a hurry, takeout is available.

196 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 johannespalmsprings.com

 

El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana

El Mirasol opened in 1985, and since then, it has been serving artistically prepared Mexican regional cuisine in Palm Springs, California. Their menu includes flavorful margaritas, chilaquiles, huevos Benito, chorizos, carne asadas, tacos, nachos, Pollo en mole poblano, and more other sumptuous, piping hot plates, snacks, and mains. Both El Mirasol locations in the north and south feature a singular focus on wholesome fresh food. Both stores are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. El Mirasol also has a merchandise store that offers beautifully designed t-shirts and hats. Gift certificates are also available for purchase.

North: 266 E Vía Altamira, Palm Springs, CA 92262

South: 140 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 elmirasolrest.com

 

Bar Cecil Palm Springs

Bar Cecil

Bar Cecil is a tribute to Cecil Beaton, a Renaissance man who was an artist, rebel, provocateur, and aristocrat who lived between classical charm and new world rebellion. Bar Cecil is a tribute to Beaton’s philosophy of life and art: a celebration of the positive, a purging of the ostentatious, and the making of memories via fine food, drink, and hospitality. They also serve classical snacks and decadent desserts, from appetizers to the main course. Wine, liquors, and other mixers are, of course, available. Bar Cecil is for people who are inspired to create, be unique, and appreciate diversity by their own drum, horn, or other sources of inspiration.

1555 S Palm Canyon Dr., Suite H-104, Palm Springs, CA 92264 barcecil.com

 

Mr. Lyons Steakhouse

Mr. Lyons Steakhouse makes a contemporary spin on the traditional steakhouse with cuisine that prioritizes regional small farmers that making it one-of-a-kind in all Palm Springs restaurants. Their style is both traditional and contemporary, with a polished edge. The endless sides on the steak-centric menu are served with flawless tableside service. They serve not just your ordinary short ribs, but it’s a hot spot for prime and signature steaks and cuts. You can make reservations for large groups if you want to organize your next event at Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. They also offer catering. Other merchandise like shirts and gift cards are also available.

233 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264 mrlyonsps.com

 

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

2017 is the start of Chef Tanya’s Kitchen. Starting as a tempeh and seitan production plant, it developed into a take-out deli and curated marketplace where the Cubano and Chupacabra sandwiches go down in the history of sandwiches. There is now the CTK Tempeh Power Burger. The sandwiches menu doesn’t just include your typical chicken sandwiches, they have modern hippie veggie, BLTA, Bahn Mi and You, El Cubano, Chupacabra Chick’n Pastrami Mami, Sriracha Cheese Panini, and more creative dishes and entrées. Make-your-own sandwiches are also available as they have different kinds of deli meats. The shop is also available at Palm Desert and offers online orders, pick up, catering and delivery.

706 S. Eugene Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92264 cheftanyaskitchen.com

 

1501 Uptown Gastropub

Established in 2020, 1501 Uptown Gastropub has become game-changing drinking and dining hot spot of uptown palm springs. The elegant gastropub is created by renowned architect Chris Pardo. Your hosts, Willie Rhine of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge and Chad Gardner of 533 Viet Fusion and Roly China Fusion, bring their combined successful histories to this new culinary endeavor. Happy hour is every day from 3 pm to 5 pm. Small plates include avocado toast, cheese and charcuterie, sweet and spicy BBQ wings, panko-breaded onion rings, and more. They offer a variety of seasonally appropriate, freshly prepared food, a wide selection of drinks, and first-rate service.

1501 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 1501uptown.com

 

Wilma & Frieda in Palm Springs restaurant

Wilma & Frieda

Wilma and Frieda’s is a cafe near Rancho Mirage that takes its inspiration from the owner’s two grandmothers. The menu is always changing, but you can always expect fresh, made-from-scratch food. The decor is cozy and comfortable, with private meeting space for small groups and a casual seating area for larger gatherings. Their menu includes a variety of French toast, crispy chicken sandwiches, and many others. They have two locations, one in Palm Springs and one in Palm Desert. In their farmhouse café, they serve all of your childhood favorites with an adult flavor profile.

Palm Desert: 73575 El Paseo Dr., Suite #2310, Palm Desert, CA

Palm Springs: 155 S Palm Canyon Dr., Suite A21-A27, Palm Springs, CA wilmafrieda.com

 

Farm Palm Springs

FARM

The ambiance at the Farm transports you to the picturesque South of France, where a traditional Provencal-style restaurant awaits. The menu is comprised of classic French dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Unfortunately, Farm does not accommodate vegans, but coffee is served French-press style, and house-made jams are available. The quaint atmosphere and impeccable service make Farm the perfect spot for an intimate gathering with friends or loved ones. However, Farm cannot accommodate parties larger than 10 people.

6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262 farmpalmsprings.com

 

Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey

Chef and owner Engin Onural launches Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey, a small, upscale venue that specializes in sushi and Japanese seafood dishes. The restaurant is a mix of fine dining and comfort food, and they have a wide selection of whiskey and craft cocktails, making it a popular choice for those looking for a hip and trendy dining experience. They offer amazing appetizers like stuffed zucchini blossoms, shishito peppers, spicy tuna tostada, and more. For the more adventurous, you have to try their Omakase “Chef’s Tasting Menu.”

1556 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262 sandfishps.com

 

Tac/Quila

For the restaurant business, Tac/Quila’s business strategy is uncommon. They invest in the greatest ingredients and employees while concentrating efforts on presentation and surroundings. Tac/Quila believes that a good meal should be a creative fusion of flavor, scent, and color, just as a good cocktail should be the author’s creative expression. Their menu consists of a cocktail menu, wine list, beers, Chavela & Kombucha menu, appetizers, entrees, hot and cold plates, snacks, sides, and of course, tequilas. They also believe that a true eating experience should stimulate all of the senses, and Tac/Quila wishes to delight their visitors with this pleasure often.

415 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262-5602 tacquila.com

 

Paul Bar/Food

Paul Bar and Food is an amazing eatery in Palm Springs that offers a variety of menu options. Their small plates include chicken wings, meatballs, fried calamari, fries, hummus, and pita. Iceberg wedge, arugula, and red cabbage are 2 of their best salads. They offer big plates like Paulburger, short ribs, chicken sandwiches, steak frites, bone-in pork chop, pan-roasted salmon, vegan yellow curry and chicken schnitzel. Hungry for sweets? They offer caramel pot de crem and chocolate pot de crem. Lastly, their cocktail menu consists of Paul Cosmo, Frozen Sidecar, Margaritta, and Black Manhattan. PaulBar is open for dining in from 4 to 10 pm and cocktails till 11 pm & midnight on Friday and Saturday.

3700 E. Vista Chino, Palm Springs, CA 92262 thepaulbarps.com

 

AsiaSF Palm Springs

AsiaSF, a cabaret dinner show that has delighted audiences in San Francisco for 24 years, has selected Palm Springs as its first venue outside of the Bay Area. The transgender women who perform for AsiaSF show their individual personalities in lip-synced covers of Broadway and pop favorites. In dining, you can have your first course, main course, and dessert can be served as prix fixe. Variety includes salmon, labs, ribs, scallops, soba noodles, and more. For dessert, you can have cream cones, sorbet cones, banana lumpia split, sweetened ricotta crepes, coconut black rice pudding, green tea cheesecake, and mini chocolate cakes. You can also have your bachelorette party at AsiaSF Palm Springs, as well as birthday and nightly specials. They also offer a pool lounge/poolside event venue at The Sonoran. Visit their website for more information.

1555 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 palmsprings.asiasf.com

 

Roly China Fusion

Roly China Fusion, a bar and restaurant serving contemporary Chinese food with an Asian fusion twist, is owned and operated by Palm Springs chef and restaurateur Chad Gardner who has 20 years experience in restaurants. The restaurant offers diners in the Palm Springs area a lively, quirky, and refined eating experience because it was inspired by Chad’s husband, Roly. As one of the best restaurants, you can indulge in savory Chinese food in their cozy dining room, Dim Sum and other light nibbles at their pet-friendly outdoor bar overlooking Palm Canyon Drive, a cocktail in the lounge while a live DJ spins, or the Chef’s Table, a private VIP dining experience featuring our most opulent dishes. They are open for indoor, open air, and outdoor poolside, and rooftop dining.

1107 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 rolychinafusion.com

 

Blackbook

The understated cocktail bar Blackbook has a small kitchen but a large heart. Blackbook bar provides award-winning artisan signature cocktails and traditional American comfort food so excellent that they were crowned Palm Springs’ best restaurant. Everyone is welcome at the Blackbook. Their famed mixologists are happy to serve you a traditional cocktail or one of their original concoctions. In addition to a constantly changing menu of specialty beers, seltzers, and spiked kombucha, they have a well-curated whiskey list with more than 450 bottles. Everything is freshly prepared on-site using only the best ingredients. They also provide vegan choices. Their menu items include Shishito peppers, housemade chips, garlic adobo yuca fries, wings, nachos, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

315 East Arenas Rd., Palm Springs blackbookbar.com

 

Persimmon Bistro & Wine Bar

Nestled in downtown Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Persimmon is a sliver of heaven in the center of the Meyerman Sculpture Garden, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Here, you can enjoy their expansive wine and beer list and relax in their rustic and eclectic fare that’s fresh and bright. Whilst spending the day viewing the Meyerman Sculpture Garden, you can enjoy wine-driven bistro classics with a twist. Everything from salads, charcuterie, paninis, and wood-fired pizzas to California wine, beer, and espresso drinks can be found here. Other menu items are wood fire pizza, house-made hummus, sandwich and paninis, salads, and soups.

101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 persimmonbistro.com

 

Lulu Palm Springs

Lulu California Bistro

Since LULU California Bistro officially opened its doors on August 22, 2011, over 2.5 million visitors have enjoyed their delectable California cuisine. Everything about the restaurant is intended to give the guests the impression that they are dining in the Coachella Valley’s “hot spot.” They have a variety of menu categories like appetizers, soups and appetizer salads, entrée salads, desserts, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, pasta, and pizza. They also have been awarded the ‘Diner’s Choice Award’ and has been reviewed by The Desert Sun. Lulu California Bistro offers catering, event planning, and private parties. They were voted number one Catering in the Desert Sun’s 2019 Best of the Coachella Valley.

200 S Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 lulupalmsprings.com

 

Counter Reformation

Looking for an adventurous dining experience? Counter Reformation offers an urban luxury with creative and delicious food, available on big and small plates, with plenty of meat and vegetarian options. The atmosphere is hip and cozy. Due to the bar seating set, the small room can hold a good number of individuals. They have a great wine selection and a knowledgeable sommelier. The staff is knowledgeable about beverage options and happy to assist guests in finding the ideal method to blend flavors.

You can visit them for a full-tasting menu experience or choose a glass of wine to go with your tapas-style meal. When you’re searching for a variety of dinner alternatives, this is a great restaurant to stop by. It serves up small plates with strong tastes and a menu designed for sharing. Popular dishes here are Seared Bay Scallops, Charred Black Pepper Beef Carpaccio, Braised Artichokes, Jamon Iberico, and Truffle and Fontina Club. These are not only delicious but are fantastically creative, well-executed dishes. They are closed every Tuesday and Wednesday.

4200 E Palm Canyon Palm Springs, CA 92264

 

Fuzion Five

Not only do Vietnam and Laos share a border that runs from north to south, but they also enjoy cooking using spices and herbs that give each meal a distinct flavor and aroma. Fuzion Five serves up the finest Vietnamese and Lao food combining traditional cooking methods and cutting-edge plating. They upgrade conventional flavors using only the freshest ingredients, which will stimulate your five senses and produce a memorable experience.

Their menu has famous Vietnamese food items like egg rolls, firecracker shrimp, tiger wings, lettuce wrap, Bahn xeo, fried tofu, Vietnamese spring rolls, sandwiches and salads, Vietnamese Pho style rice noodle soup, and other Vietnamese noodle soups.

285 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs 92262 fuzionfive.com

 

Copley’s Restaurant

Copley’s is a unique and charming restaurant located in the heart of Palm Springs. Copley’s offers both indoor and outdoor dining, perfect for a casual yet sophisticated meal. The contemporary American dishes are filled with unique elements, making for a truly memorable dining experience.

621 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 copleyspalmsprings.com

 

Rooster and the Pig

For a unique Southeast Asian dining experience, Rooster and the Pig is the perfect place to visit. This Vietnamese-oriented restaurant offers a stylish, industrial-chic atmosphere that’s perfect for enjoying delicious Vietnamese cuisine. In addition to traditional wines, beers, and sake, they also have vibrant cocktails with a unique Southeast Asian take on them. The menu changes often, so you’ll always be able to enjoy something new when you visit.

356 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 roosterandthepig.com

 

 

If you’re looking for a delicious meal in a fun and relaxed setting, one of the restaurants in Palm Springs is sure to fit the bill. Whether you’re from New York or a local, you’ll surely find something to whet your appetite. With such a wide range of food options available, there’s something for everyone, from the meat-eaters to plant-based fares. And don’t forget to enjoy cocktails or beer/wine with your meal – many of these restaurants have bars on site!

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