Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts Restaurants

During the season, restaurants can be busy, as many locals and visitors dine out every night, and some for every meal. An influx of talented chefs has expanded the dining possibilities of a formerly staid scene. The meat-and-potatoes crowd still has plenty of options, but you'll also find fresh seafood superbly prepared and contemporary Californian, Asian, Indian, and vegetarian cuisine, and Mexican food abounds. Most restaurants have early-evening happy hours, with discounted drinks and small-plate menus. Restaurants that remain open in July and August frequently discount deeply; others close in July and August or offer limited service.

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  • 1. 4 Saints

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Perched on the seventh-floor rooftop of the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, where stunning views unfold from nearly every table, 4 Saints serves...Read More

  • 2. Bouchee Café & Deli

    $ | American

    Devotees of this La Quinta favorite come here for farm-to-table Euro-style meals and deli items. Order the salads or gorgeous sandwiches—the...Read More

  • 3. Cheeky's

    $ | American

    The artisanal bacon bar and hangover-halting mimosas attract legions to this breakfast and lunch joint, but brioche French toast and other favorites...Read More

  • 4. Clementine's Gourmet Marketplace and Cafe

    $$ | Eclectic

    A favorite of families, lunching ladies, and couples, Clementine's presents an artful mix of Mediterranean flavors. Diners at the café perch...Read More


    $$$ | American

    The dazzling interior design and eclectic Pacific Coast dishes made from scratch lure locals and visitors alike to this swank yet casual restaurant...Read More

  • 6. Farm Palm Springs

    $ | French

    Farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients and authentic, made-from-scratch, Provençal-style dishes elicit rave reviews of this cozy eatery in...Read More

  • 7. Lavender Bistro

    $$$$ | French

    This romantic bistro with a spacious outdoor atrium decked out with flowers, fountains, and twinkling lights makes diners feel like they've...Read More

  • 8. Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

    $$ | American

    Smack in the middle of what looks like the set of a Western is this cozy saloon where you can have dinner, relax over a drink at the bar, and...Read More

  • 9. Tac/Quila

    $$ | Mexican

    From the lush, flower-laden, "living" walls and vibrant, mid-century modern, Mexico City furnishings to the extensive seafood-focused menu,...Read More

  • 10. Tyler's Burgers

    $ | American

    Families, singles, and couples head to Tyler's for simple lunch fare that appeals to carnivores and vegetarians alike. Expect mid-20th-century...Read More

  • 11. Arnold Palmer's

    $$$ | American

    From the photos on the walls to the trophy-filled display cases, Arnie's essence infuses this restaurant. Families gather in the spacious dining...Read More

  • 12. Carlee's Place

    $$ | American

    Sooner or later most visitors to Borrego Springs wind up at Carlee's Place for a drink and a bite to eat, drawn by an extra-long menu with everything...Read More

  • 13. Carmelita's Mexican Grill and Cantina

    $ | Mexican

    A friendly, family-run eatery tucked into a back corner of what is called "The Mall," Carmelita's draws diners all day, whether it's for a hearty...Read More

  • 14. Catalan

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    At this restaurant, known for its beautifully prepared Mediterranean cuisine, you can dine inside or under the stars in the atrium. The service...Read More

  • 15. Ciro's Ristorante and Pizzeria

    $ | Italian

    Serving pizza and pasta since the 1960s, this popular restaurant has a few unusual pies on the menu, including cashew with three cheeses. The...Read More

  • 16. Copley's on Palm Canyon

    $$$ | Modern American

    Chef Manion Copley prepares innovative cuisine in a setting that's straight out of Hollywood—a hacienda once owned by Cary Grant. Dine in the...Read More

  • 17. Cork & Fork

    $$ | Modern American

    A casual wine bar, restaurant, and popular local hangout in a cozy, contemporary, indoor–outdoor space near Lake La Quinta, Cork and Fork focuses...Read More

  • 18. Coyote Steakhouse

    $$$ | Modern American

    This upscale restaurant at the Palms at Indian Head hotel caters to those who want a fancy dinner, particularly hunks of filet mignon or rack...Read More

  • 19. Crossroads Cafe

    $$ | American

    Mexican breakfasts, chicken-cilantro soup, and hearty sandwiches are among the draws at this Joshua Tree institution for prehike breakfasts...Read More

  • 20. El Mirasol at Los Arboles

    $$ | Mexican

    Chef Felipe Castañeda owns two Mexican restaurants in Palm Springs—this one, part of Los Arboles Hotel, is outside on a charming patio set amid...Read More

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