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Bone marrow is served at Mr. Lyons in Palm Springs.
Bone marrow is served at Mr. Lyons in Palm Springs.
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The 19 Essential Palm Springs Restaurants

Where to dine in Southern California’s desert hideaway

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Bone marrow is served at Mr. Lyons in Palm Springs.
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With it retro vibes, midcentury architecture, and stunning mountain vistas — not to mention weather perfect for chilling-by-the-pool days and warming-by-the-fire nights in the winter and spring — Palm Springs remains a top destination for Southern Californians. This is good news for the charmingly quirky city’s growing array of restaurants. Whether you want to pop back into a go-to favorite or try one of the many newbies on the scene, here are the 19 essential Palm Springs-area restaurants to hit during your next jaunt to the desert.

Added: Norma’s, Johannes, the Colony Club, Sherman’s Deli, Monsoon

Removed: the Heyday, Sandfish by Engin Onural, Del Rey, Rooster and the Pig, French Miso Cafe, the Pantry at Holiday House, Birba

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Boozehounds Palm Springs

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Dogs are encouraged at this massive new restaurant/bar/lounge with an expansive outdoor patio that welcomes both humans and their four-legged friends (dog menu included). The tropical-meets-midcentury space is filled with velvet banquettes, neon signs, plenty of greenery, and a wall dedicated to the owners’ pups. The Asian-influenced menu features some standout crudo, along with sharable plates and a smattering of entrees like miso sea bass fish and chips. The cocktail program is extensive and features frozen and tap offerings as well. During the day, the lounge flips to an espresso bar and co-working space.

1501 Uptown

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Restaurateurs Chad Gardner (Roly China Fusion, 533 Viet Fusion) and Willie Rhine (Eight4Nine) banded together to flip the airy standalone space near the Arrive Hotel into a neighborhood gastropub, utilizing its roll-up glass doors and plenty of wraparound patio space for airy eating. The all-day menu features bar fare, like sweet-and-spicy wings, onion rings, and burgers, along with salads and entrees. There’s also a serious gin cocktail menu and lots of craft beers. The duo’s latest venture Willie’s is located at Rancho Mirage.

Workshop Kitchen + Bar

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Here at chef Michael Beckman’s long-standing hot spot, you’ll find an array of innovative, vegetable-forward, farmers market-driven dishes like chilled melon soup and scarlet runner beans with collard greens and black garlic. There are also heartier offerings like steak au poivre. Workshop Kitchen + Bar opened its long-awaited Los Angeles location in August of this year.

Colony Club Restaurant

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This luxurious restaurant is giving “Don’t Worry Darling” in the best of ways. The restaurant showcases retro Art Deco dining vibes with well-priced entrees; for breakfast, drop by for a pool-side brioche french toast and a bloody mary. For dinner, options range from deviled eggs to caviar service and a prime New York strip steak served with bone marrow gremolata.

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Tac/Quila

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The couple behind the French-inspired Farm is also running this popular modern Mexican spot along the main Palm Canyon drag. The bar boasts innovative margaritas, including versions made with mezcal and grapefruit. Meals might include a bright white fish ceviche, al pastor and carne asada tacos, and a variety of fajitas, nachos, and stuffed poblanos. The outdoor patio now spills out into the sidewalk and street, while an ample space out back offers even more seating.

The Tropicale Palm Springs

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This splashy pink restaurant with an Old Havana supper club vibe has a perennially busy patio, especially during its fabled happy hour when discounted food and bargain drinks are offered. The massive menu skews global with meatballs, rice bowls, skirt steak asada, and the kitchen’s best-selling buttermilk fried chicken with succotash. Look for specialty martinis, tropical-inspired cocktails, and a fun brunch scene. 

Sherman's Deli & Bakery

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This neighborhood favorite has served the community since the 1950s and holds it down some 70 odd years later. Favorites from this traditional deli and greasy spoon include chopped liver and egg salad, Sherman’s Philly, beef n’ latkes, and, as one would hope, a classic grilled cheese. End a meal here the correct way with a slice of cake or cheesecake from the sprawling bakery case.

This tucked-away patio bistro has become a brunch mainstay since lawyers-turned-restaurateurs Liz and Mark Ostoich took over the mostly outdoor eatery. The menu is full of jams, local produce, and really good French press coffee, plus staples of crepes, cheesy omelets, and brioche french toast. With its bougainvillea-covered trellis, rustic wood tables, strung lights, and bubbling fountain, the Provence-inspired venue is extra romantic after dark, when it offers a prix fixe dinner menu (Friday through Tuesday) that rotates monthly.

Johannes

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Are there better places to get schnitzel in Palm Springs than at Johannes? Better yet, in the Los Angeles area at large? While that’s an unscientific and niche line of questioning, the important takeaway is sidling up to Johannes Bacher’s Austrian-born restaurant for a chicken cutlet pounded thin, breaded, and fried is never a mistake.

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

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The fabulous Indian food at Monsoon is not to be slept on. Offering reasonable prices, a full lunch buffet, and lots of options for vegetarians, there’s no reason not to drop by this Palm Springs restaurant for standards like samosas, chicken tikka masala, and palak paneer.

Townie Bagels

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Lead baker and co-owner Andy Wysocki and co-owner Bill Sanderson started selling bagels out of their home and at the Saturday farmers market before opening this casual store in 2015. While the water-boiled bagels are some of the best in Southern California, the kitchen also puts out other baked goods every day.

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Chef Tanya's Kitchen

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Hidden away in an industrial complex is Tanya Petrovna’s bastion of meatless fare. This takeout-only spot offers a selection of sides, such as an eggless egg salad, smoked chicken pasta, and Moroccan-roasted cauliflower, while heartier offerings include entree-sized salads, sandwiches, and tempeh burgers. Over the past few years, Petrovna has rejiggered the small space to become a mini-market with produce, bottled dressings, house-made seitan-based deli meats, take-and-bake lasagna, and plenty of plant-based desserts.

Bar Cecil

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The crew behind boutique hotels Sparrows Lodge and Holiday House transformed this former sushi spot into a posh restaurant anchored by a wood and marble bar and wrapped in bold wallpapers and poppy art. In the kitchen, executive chef Gabe Woo is churning out contemporary bistro fare, putting his own spin on classics and incorporating seasonal ingredients from local farms. Think steak frites, roasted chicken with charred green beans, and grilled California artichokes with house-made aioli.

Gabino's Creperie

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This little-creperie-that-could has become a cult hit with locals, who wait at the window-service spot hidden in a South Palm Springs alley most days. Chef-owner and Palm Springs native Marcel Ramirez has created a menu of poultry-focused “craft crepes,” including barbecue chicken, chicken pesto, and turkey cheddar, plus a salad-stuffed veggie version all served in branded — and ultra-Instagrammable — paper cones.

El Jefe

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The tequila bar and restaurant at the Saguaro hotel continues to serve hip crowds seeking creative Mexican fare served on an attractive covered outdoor patio facing a garden courtyard. Tacos, like the shrimp and chorizo; carne asada with tomatillo-avocado sauce; and crispy Baja-style mahi, rule the day, along with the El Jefe nachos. Taco Tuesdays and Thursdays are especially popular thanks to $5 tacos. 

Mr. Lyons

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The swanky steakhouse has a glam dining room that harkens back to the Rat Pack days of yore. Order up icy martinis, craft cocktails, and meat-centric fare — including such classics as a New York strip — in addition to a serious array of sides, from crispy Brussels sprouts to creamed spinach. And don’t forget the Mr. Lyons signature burger with bacon jam.

King’s Highway

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The roadside diner within the Ace Hotel is always a good go-to for a standout breakfast; among choices are a salmon lox plate and biscuits and gravy stacked with eggs and pork sausage. Come dinner, expect an array of salads, small plates of shareable dips and spreads, and a handful of entrees including steak frites and stripped bass. Grab a booth inside the bustling dining room or take a table by the pool for your open-air enjoyment. Catch live jazz every Wednesday evening.

Counter Reformation

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At this stylish Jonathan Adler-designed wine bar tucked in the back of the Parker hotel, a standout selection of wines is poured by staffers who know their stuff. Pair the vino with an impressive array of small plates. Visitors who aren’t staying at the hotel can only get onto the property with a dining reservation, so make sure to snag one before heading over. 

Norma's

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The outdoor seating at this Palm Springs favorite, the sister restaurant to NYC’s now-shuttered Norma’s at the Parker Meridien, is reason enough to visit: think mod tables, cheery orange cushions, and shade courtesy of the city’s eponymous trees. The all-day, all-night breakfast here is a home run, with highlights including the restaurant’s iconic pancakes, griddle cakes, and chocolate decadence french toast, though dinner is not to be missed either.

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Boozehounds Palm Springs

Dogs are encouraged at this massive new restaurant/bar/lounge with an expansive outdoor patio that welcomes both humans and their four-legged friends (dog menu included). The tropical-meets-midcentury space is filled with velvet banquettes, neon signs, plenty of greenery, and a wall dedicated to the owners’ pups. The Asian-influenced menu features some standout crudo, along with sharable plates and a smattering of entrees like miso sea bass fish and chips. The cocktail program is extensive and features frozen and tap offerings as well. During the day, the lounge flips to an espresso bar and co-working space.

1501 Uptown

Restaurateurs Chad Gardner (Roly China Fusion, 533 Viet Fusion) and Willie Rhine (Eight4Nine) banded together to flip the airy standalone space near the Arrive Hotel into a neighborhood gastropub, utilizing its roll-up glass doors and plenty of wraparound patio space for airy eating. The all-day menu features bar fare, like sweet-and-spicy wings, onion rings, and burgers, along with salads and entrees. There’s also a serious gin cocktail menu and lots of craft beers. The duo’s latest venture Willie’s is located at Rancho Mirage.

Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Here at chef Michael Beckman’s long-standing hot spot, you’ll find an array of innovative, vegetable-forward, farmers market-driven dishes like chilled melon soup and scarlet runner beans with collard greens and black garlic. There are also heartier offerings like steak au poivre. Workshop Kitchen + Bar opened its long-awaited Los Angeles location in August of this year.

Colony Club Restaurant

This luxurious restaurant is giving “Don’t Worry Darling” in the best of ways. The restaurant showcases retro Art Deco dining vibes with well-priced entrees; for breakfast, drop by for a pool-side brioche french toast and a bloody mary. For dinner, options range from deviled eggs to caviar service and a prime New York strip steak served with bone marrow gremolata.

Colony Club Restaurant

Tac/Quila

The couple behind the French-inspired Farm is also running this popular modern Mexican spot along the main Palm Canyon drag. The bar boasts innovative margaritas, including versions made with mezcal and grapefruit. Meals might include a bright white fish ceviche, al pastor and carne asada tacos, and a variety of fajitas, nachos, and stuffed poblanos. The outdoor patio now spills out into the sidewalk and street, while an ample space out back offers even more seating.

The Tropicale Palm Springs

This splashy pink restaurant with an Old Havana supper club vibe has a perennially busy patio, especially during its fabled happy hour when discounted food and bargain drinks are offered. The massive menu skews global with meatballs, rice bowls, skirt steak asada, and the kitchen’s best-selling buttermilk fried chicken with succotash. Look for specialty martinis, tropical-inspired cocktails, and a fun brunch scene. 

Sherman's Deli & Bakery

This neighborhood favorite has served the community since the 1950s and holds it down some 70 odd years later. Favorites from this traditional deli and greasy spoon include chopped liver and egg salad, Sherman’s Philly, beef n’ latkes, and, as one would hope, a classic grilled cheese. End a meal here the correct way with a slice of cake or cheesecake from the sprawling bakery case.

Farm

This tucked-away patio bistro has become a brunch mainstay since lawyers-turned-restaurateurs Liz and Mark Ostoich took over the mostly outdoor eatery. The menu is full of jams, local produce, and really good French press coffee, plus staples of crepes, cheesy omelets, and brioche french toast. With its bougainvillea-covered trellis, rustic wood tables, strung lights, and bubbling fountain, the Provence-inspired venue is extra romantic after dark, when it offers a prix fixe dinner menu (Friday through Tuesday) that rotates monthly.

Johannes

Are there better places to get schnitzel in Palm Springs than at Johannes? Better yet, in the Los Angeles area at large? While that’s an unscientific and niche line of questioning, the important takeaway is sidling up to Johannes Bacher’s Austrian-born restaurant for a chicken cutlet pounded thin, breaded, and fried is never a mistake.

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

The fabulous Indian food at Monsoon is not to be slept on. Offering reasonable prices, a full lunch buffet, and lots of options for vegetarians, there’s no reason not to drop by this Palm Springs restaurant for standards like samosas, chicken tikka masala, and palak paneer.

Townie Bagels

Lead baker and co-owner Andy Wysocki and co-owner Bill Sanderson started selling bagels out of their home and at the Saturday farmers market before opening this casual store in 2015. While the water-boiled bagels are some of the best in Southern California, the kitchen also puts out other baked goods every day.

Townie Bagels
Townie bagel sandwich
Matthew Kang

Chef Tanya's Kitchen

Hidden away in an industrial complex is Tanya Petrovna’s bastion of meatless fare. This takeout-only spot offers a selection of sides, such as an eggless egg salad, smoked chicken pasta, and Moroccan-roasted cauliflower, while heartier offerings include entree-sized salads, sandwiches, and tempeh burgers. Over the past few years, Petrovna has rejiggered the small space to become a mini-market with produce, bottled dressings, house-made seitan-based deli meats, take-and-bake lasagna, and plenty of plant-based desserts.

Bar Cecil

The crew behind boutique hotels Sparrows Lodge and Holiday House transformed this former sushi spot into a posh restaurant anchored by a wood and marble bar and wrapped in bold wallpapers and poppy art. In the kitchen, executive chef Gabe Woo is churning out contemporary bistro fare, putting his own spin on classics and incorporating seasonal ingredients from local farms. Think steak frites, roasted chicken with charred green beans, and grilled California artichokes with house-made aioli.

Gabino's Creperie

This little-creperie-that-could has become a cult hit with locals, who wait at the window-service spot hidden in a South Palm Springs alley most days. Chef-owner and Palm Springs native Marcel Ramirez has created a menu of poultry-focused “craft crepes,” including barbecue chicken, chicken pesto, and turkey cheddar, plus a salad-stuffed veggie version all served in branded — and ultra-Instagrammable — paper cones.

El Jefe

The tequila bar and restaurant at the Saguaro hotel continues to serve hip crowds seeking creative Mexican fare served on an attractive covered outdoor patio facing a garden courtyard. Tacos, like the shrimp and chorizo; carne asada with tomatillo-avocado sauce; and crispy Baja-style mahi, rule the day, along with the El Jefe nachos. Taco Tuesdays and Thursdays are especially popular thanks to $5 tacos. 

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Mr. Lyons

The swanky steakhouse has a glam dining room that harkens back to the Rat Pack days of yore. Order up icy martinis, craft cocktails, and meat-centric fare — including such classics as a New York strip — in addition to a serious array of sides, from crispy Brussels sprouts to creamed spinach. And don’t forget the Mr. Lyons signature burger with bacon jam.

King’s Highway

The roadside diner within the Ace Hotel is always a good go-to for a standout breakfast; among choices are a salmon lox plate and biscuits and gravy stacked with eggs and pork sausage. Come dinner, expect an array of salads, small plates of shareable dips and spreads, and a handful of entrees including steak frites and stripped bass. Grab a booth inside the bustling dining room or take a table by the pool for your open-air enjoyment. Catch live jazz every Wednesday evening.

Counter Reformation

At this stylish Jonathan Adler-designed wine bar tucked in the back of the Parker hotel, a standout selection of wines is poured by staffers who know their stuff. Pair the vino with an impressive array of small plates. Visitors who aren’t staying at the hotel can only get onto the property with a dining reservation, so make sure to snag one before heading over. 

Norma's

The outdoor seating at this Palm Springs favorite, the sister restaurant to NYC’s now-shuttered Norma’s at the Parker Meridien, is reason enough to visit: think mod tables, cheery orange cushions, and shade courtesy of the city’s eponymous trees. The all-day, all-night breakfast here is a home run, with highlights including the restaurant’s iconic pancakes, griddle cakes, and chocolate decadence french toast, though dinner is not to be missed either.

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