10 Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs

Why Not Indulge A Bit While You Cool Off?

Palm Springs is the perfect little getaway. With warm temperatures year-round, it provides an escape from the normality of everyday life. Whether it be for the weekend or simply a night, you are bound to have a great time soaking up the sun.

Listed below are 10 best restaurants in greater Palm Springs. They are the locals’ favorite, so you know they must be top-notch. From cold cocktails to three-course steak dinners, there is bound to be something on here to appeal to your taste buds. Located all over the Coachella Valley, none of them should be a long drive from your hotel. Shower off your sunscreen. Put on your best sundress. And hit the town for these delicious hot spots. You will not be disappointed.


1. Workshop Kitchen + Bar

800 N Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760.459.3451 | www.workshoppalmsprings.com

Do you have a fascination for the past? Then you’ll love the vibe of this 1920’s Spanish eclectic building. Step back in time for just a moment while dining at Workshop and admire the beautiful design aesthetics of the space, which was recognized by the James Beard Foundation and won the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design in 2015. Before it was a popular place to eat and drink in the Uptown Design District, the building was a movie theater that first opened in 1926. Now, completely refurbished to include 27′ soaring concrete booths and warm soft lighting, it offers fresh food with ingredients locally grown within an hour of the restaurant. When you visit Workshop, don’t forget to ask if they are offering their “off-menu” whole local sea bass that evening, as it’s only featured a few times a week. The sea bass is seasoned with chermoula and grilled over wood, currently stuffed with a white bean and pancetta salad featuring pickled stone fruit and small tomatoes, lemon and mint. Pair with white Bandol from Pibarnon for the ultimate experience.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Facebook.

2. SO•PA

1050 East Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs, CA 92264

760.323.1858 | www.lhorizonpalmsprings.com

Located inside the L’Horizon Resort and Spa, SO•PA offers an incredible brunch and dinner. First of all, they provide bottomless mimosas which are the perfect refresher for a hot day. If you are looking for something more luxurious, then they offer bottomless Cristal mimosas as well, imported directly from France. From pancakes to smoked salmon, SO•PA ’s menu appeals to all taste buds. This restaurant pulls a unique twist on dinner. While you do have the option of dining in your typical intimate setting, you can also share a communal table with other guests. What better way to meet new people on your vacation? Disclaimer: The age limit at the resort is 18, so your kids will have to stay at home. You are going to love this list of Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by @husvarphoto, Instagram.

3. Le Vallauris Restaurant

385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760.325.5059 | www.levallauris.com

The perfect location for a special night out. Le Vallauris is a five-star restaurant with five-star service. It is a restored historical landmark, but it will not feel that way when you walk through the doors and see Flemish tapestries and Louis-XV furniture. Not only are you leaving the heat behind, but also the States! With delicious French cuisine, you can begin your dinner with sautéed foie gras just as they do in France. If you choose to enjoy our meal outside, then you will be surrounded by beautiful flowers and overhanging trees. Looking for a place to celebrate an anniversary? Your search can stop now because it won’t get much better than this.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by Le Vallauris, Facebook.

4. Mr. Lyons

233 E. Palm Canyon Dr.

Palm Springs, CA 92264

760.327.1551 | www.mrlyonsps.com

A classic steakhouse with green velvet furniture, dark wooden walls, and pressed white tablecloths. Before you start your dinner, order a Mr. Lyons Honest Martini. Even if you are not the biggest martini fan, you will not regret it. Now for the appetizer: Chef’s Seasonal Cheese Trolley. You can pick up to three or five cheeses for a set price, and you have seven options! For your main course, this classy restaurant offers a variety of meats, but they are best known for Mr. Lyons Prime Rib, which is a ten-hour slow roast. You are going to love this list of Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by Audrey Ma.

5. The Edge Steakhouse

68900 Frank Sinatra Drive

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760.321.8282 |  http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/rancho-mirage/dining/the-edge-steakhouse

A great steakhouse, but this one is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. It overlooks the side of a cliff, which is a perfect photo-op to capture your unforgettable vacation. “The Chef invites you to enjoy the Lamb Shank which is slow braised lamb hind shank served with a parsley root puree, charred broccoli rabe and lemon confit vinaigrette.” Sounds delicious right? They also offer their recipe for Chorizo Chickpeas so you can bring an aspect of The Edge home with you! You can check out the required ingredients and instructions for prep right on their website.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
The Edge Steakhouse. Photo by Holly P., Yelp.

6. Morgan’s in the Desert

49499 Eisenhower Dr

La Quinta, CA 92253

760.564.7600 | www.morgansinthedesert.com

If you’ve spent all day snacking by the pool and would like a healthier option for dinner, then this is the place for you. Located in La Quinta, Morgan’s in the Desert has been a popular spot for celebrities. Frank Capra, an American-Italian film director, was a consistent guest, and he described it as, “the kind of place everyone was looking for; it is a wonderful green oasis in the middle of the desert, and it is absolutely private.” This restaurant does its best to continue to provide this sort of atmosphere to its guests, as the food is simple yet sophisticated. It is even a great place to stop by for dessert or post-dinner cocktails.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by Morgan’s in the Desert.

7. Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant

70026 Hwy 111

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760.770.9508 | http://www.catalanrestaurant.com

Looking for something outside of the box? This restaurant combines flavors from Spain, Italy and California. Not only does the furniture and decor present a European atmosphere, but the chefs also provide European style dining. Take these influences home with you by taking one of their cooking classes available during select seasons. They also have a really great, authentic Tapas menu that pairs perfectly with their happy hour drinks that are served all night in the bar area. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with their whole roasted suckling pig dinner for six. Chef requires 72-hour advance notice when booking, given it’s a specialty item, so plan ahead!

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by @MichaelRojasPhotography Instagram

8. Copley’s on Palm Canyon

621 North Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760.327.9555 | www.copleyspalmsprings.com

This restaurant and bar has a beautiful view of the mountain range residing next to Palm Springs. It is American cuisine infused with tropical and European tastes. Fun fact: Copley’s on Palm Canyon won “Diner’s Choice” in 2015, 2016 and 2017 thanks to Executive Chef Andrew Copley. He has over 20 years of experience working in five-star restaurants and resorts all over the world. His Hawaiian Ahi Tacos are amazing and absolutely refreshing. Tossed in a ginger soy dressing presented in a sesame miso shell, this appetizer is unforgettable. Vegetarian? Don’t worry; their Sesame Seed Crusted Tofu is a fantastic choice as well. Tip: They will be closed for summer break during 7/2-8/31, and will reopen 9/1/17.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by Copley’s on Palm Canyon, Facebook.

9. dish Creative Cuisine

1107 North Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760.322.7171 | www.dishCreativeCuisine.com

Here’s a quote from the chef, Joane Garcia-Colson: “Our cuisine is innovative and always inspired. We live, breath and dream creative cuisine.” With reservations strongly recommended, dining here is supposed to be a unique experience, not simply a meal. Their appetizers are called “Conversation Starters,” and main courses are called “Main Topics.” How fun is that? If you would like something private and exclusive, then request the Private Chef’s Room. It is separate from the rest of the restaurant, and you can watch the chefs in action through a glass window. It is dinner with a show! Not that this overshadows the American cuisine they are preparing for you. You are going to love this list of Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.

Dish Creative Cuisine, Photography by Neil Husvar.

10. Spencer’s Restaurant

701 West Baristo Road

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760.327.3446 | www.spencersrestaurant.com

With a friendly atmosphere yet elegant style, you are bound to enjoy this American cuisine. Their menu also features French and Pacific Rim influences for those who are a bit more adventurous. Try the Fried Coconut Crusted Shrimp for an appetizer or choose from seven different types of Eggs Benedicts! Renowned Los Angeles restaurant designer, Dodd Mitchell, describes Spencer’s as a “visual feast.” Fine dining should be much more than just what’s on the menu. He created a beautiful aesthetic consisting of patios and greenery purely for the enjoyment of his guests.

Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs
Photography by Spencer’s Restaurant, Facebook.

There you have it! The best places to escape the sweltering sun in the desert. For more information on Palm Springs and fun activities there, be sure to check out www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com. It covers all nine cities in the Coachella Valley with information on hotels, special events, nightlife, golf, hiking, shopping, spas and more places to eat! You can even search specific requests such as dog-friendly restaurants and LGBTQ dining. Whether you decide to go for bottomless mimosas at SO•PA or Hawaiian Ahi Tacos at Copley’s on Palm Canyon, your choice will without a doubt be refreshing. Stop by at one (or more) of the ten mentioned, and you will have nothing but good memories and a satisfied stomach. You are going to love this list of Best Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.

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