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11 Best Palm Springs Restaurants You Can’t Miss

11 Best Palm Springs Restaurants You Can’t Miss

Is Palm Springs on your list of places to go this summer? Are you reminiscing on the past days of Coachella? While this article might not be about one of the biggest parties in the country every year, it is going to be about places you can eat before or after you’re done partying.

Before you book your next adventure to California, make sure and remember to look at this list of top Palm Springs restaurants. Palm Springs isn’t just about the parties or the architecture, there is wonderful food, people, and culture, all wrapped up together.

Don’t miss out on your next California adventure by going to one of the same old destinations that everyone chooses. See what Palm Springs has to offer, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Let’s get munching and take a look at the top options for restaurants in Palm Springs, California.

1. Jake’s

Jake's Restaurant Palm Springs, California

People from Palm Springs know that if there is on place to go for dinner, Jake’s is the place most everyone is going to recommend. This perfect restaurant setting takes pride in making sure their customers are comfortable, always having fun, and of course that the food is undoubtably good.

The charming courtyard atmosphere is set under the desert sky with the peaceful sounds of a fountain in the center. Of course, dine inside the establishment if it gets a bit chilly outside (although this isn’t likely).

The vibe at Jake’s is “always have a good time”. The co-owners wanted it to feel like you’re at a dinner party with friends every time you visit.

Sadly, Jake the West Highland Terrier passed away a few years ago, whom the restaurant is named after. But keep your eye out for Jackson, Jake’s great great grandson, who runs around the restaurant from time to time if he isn’t napping in the upstairs office!

Make sure when you’re paying for the delicious meal at Jake’s that you use your American Express Platinum card.

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2. Bill’s Pizza

Pizza Close-up Shot

Bill’s Pizza is sure to not leave you disappointed. If you ever talk to anyone from Palm Springs they will tell you if you’re looking for a pizza parlor, Bill’s is the only acceptable answer.

Bill was on a quest to create some of the best pizza in the world, which led him to Italy and all over the United States. He explored a wide range of pizza-making techniques and opened Bill’s Pizza shortly after.

Together, the award-winning kitchen staff of Bill’s Pizza has over 70 years of collective experience in the culinary arts. You can’t get much better hands to make you a delicious world-class pizza! They were also named as one of the Top 100 Pizzerias in the U.S awarded by James Beard.

Try one of 22 different varieties of pizza combinations they have, otherwise there is a build-your-own option, of course. Their gas-fired brick ovens deliver a fast, high-heat to your pizza to cook it evenly and efficiently. I’m getting hungry for pizza just from looking at all of their pictures!

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3. LULU California Bistro

Restaurant Entrance and Patio

Opening in 2011, LULU California Bistro has become one of Palm Springs “hippest restaurants”. The expertly crafted menu has designated LULU as one of the hot spots in Coachella Valley.

The lively bar scene is matched with the peaceful setting of downtown Palm Springs. There are several menus throughout the day, as well as award-winning catering services, and a modern venue to host private parties and events.

LULU was named by OpenTable as one of the Top 100 Dining Hot Spots in the U.S. and has been awarded multiple Diners Choice Awards. This is definitely the spot to be on a beautiful summer night in downtown Palm Springs.

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4. La Bonita’s

Restaurant with La Bonita's Sign

This no-frills Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs has everything you could possibly ever need from a small establishment.

There is no fancy “deconstructed taco” dish or a $30 margarita. It is just a simple place to get simple dishes. You get what you order, and it comes to you piping hot, no-frills, no-fuss.

They have all the classic dishes, and I heard if you’re a local or special customer there is a secret menu that you can order from. I got to see a sneak peek of the secret menu, and something that popped out to me was a “Flaming Hot Cheeto taco shell”, anyone who knows me knows that Flaming Hot Cheetos are one of my weaknesses.

They have just a big enough menu that your belly will be full and you’ll be pleased with your dining choice in Palm Springs. Of course, the make-your-own-taco menu and kids menu are always available.

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5. Al Dente

Restaurant Patio

Considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Palm Springs, Al Dente is known to cook up some of the most delicious Italian food in the entire valley.

The classic dishes of course include pasta, risotto, meat, and fish dishes, and decadent dessert options to fulfill that sweet tooth. And of course, we can’t forget the wine. I’ve heard they steam their mussels to perfection as well!

This establishment is perfect for a variety of occasions including birthdays, work meetings, or simply a friendly get-together. Al Dente is sure to make the most of your evening with friends and family.

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6. Pomme Frite

French Dishes and Bottle of Wine

Are you craving French food while you are enjoying your time in Palm Springs? Look no further because this is the ultimate French restaurant in Palm Springs.

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the authentic European feel will bring you directly to the vibe and ambiance of Brussels.

Since opening, Pomme Frite has gained serious attraction from self-proclaimed foodies to food experts. Their simple dishes are served with that extra love and care that every food dish deserves.

Choose from a variety of different options on the menu, which specialize in Belgian dishes. Who could pass up steamed mussels and a Flemish-style beef stew simmered in Belgian beer?

Everyone who comes through the doors is always commenting on how good it always smells, with different aromas that permeate the air in a way other cooking cannot compete with.

And this place is truly known for its mussels, so shellfish lovers; come with empty stomachs because they will surely be full after finishing a meal at Pomme Frite!

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7. Thai Smile

Restaurant Patio

Thai Smile was opened in 1991 by Yim which means “smile” in Thai. The current owners are Yim’s son and his wife. This has been a staple in Thai food in Palm Springs for many years, and many years to come.

The food is so good that Thai Smile was awarded the Thai Select Seal of Approval by none other than the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Commerce. This is a prestigious award that isn’t given very easily.

Dedicated to serving the freshest and most authentic handcrafted Thai dishes, Thai Smile uses only fresh and young vegetables that are delivered daily. Premium cuts of meat and seafood are paired with authentic Thai spices and herbs that give each and every dish that true Thai taste.

Each dish is handcrafted and expertly prepared from scratch. Using high-flame woks, the chefs prepare each meal with attention to detail and care for each and every ingredient used.

The establishment respectfully asks customers to wait 20-40 minutes depending on volume, to receive their dish. Taking all the proper steps to prepare each dish with this amount of care takes time, as we know, a perfect dish can never be rushed.

If you are looking for the top Thai restaurant in Palm Springs, search no more because you’ve already found it.

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8. Copely’s on Palm Canyon

Two Glasses of Wine

When the New York Times does a review of your restaurant you know your establishment is kind of a big deal.

They had this to say about Copley’s: “The hottest place is Copley’s on Palm Canyon, a lively restaurant in a rustic-chic cottage that was once home of Cary Grant.”

The 1940’s former guesthouse of Cary Grant, the famous 1940s and 50s actor, has been converted into Copley’s on Palm Canyon.

This establishment is a casual restaurant with a sophisticated feel to it. Sit in either a friendly section of the indoor or outdoor seating areas for a beautiful night in Palm Springs.

Opening its doors in 2004, Copley’s on Palm Canyon became one of the premier restaurants in Palm Springs and has been serving superior quality and food ever since.

The menu is a staple of contemporary American dishes filled with unique and exciting elements. This is why they’ve been rated time and time again by Zagat’s and New York Times.

The best part about the outdoor patio is the fact that they are dog-friendly! This is one of the few dog-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs.

So bring your pooches to enjoy the sunshine on the patio while you savor your delicious meal at Copley’s on Palm Canyon.

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9. FARM

Cocktails

After traveling to the South of France, owner Liz Ostoich fell in love with her travels to the region. She wanted to share her experiences with everyone and decided she wanted to open a restaurant that served similar style food from the beloved region of France.

The owners and staff of FARM want every dish to deliver a unique and extraordinary sensory impression that is long-lasting on your tastebuds.

The garden patio and floral landscaping really shine in the desert sun during the summer months. The authentic menu transports you to parts of France that just aren’t achievable at most establishments.

The restaurant itself is traditional Provencal-style, and the menu is carefully crafted to create dishes that hold French traditions.

The dishes that are created by the chefs at FARM are locally sourced, which include all of their eggs, produce, and artisanal meats. FARM is considered a farm-to-table restaurant in Palm Springs.

Coffee is served French-press and each tea is loose-leaf, meaning it takes longer to brew because they have to wait for the leaf to open up and be pressed.

Jams and sauces are made in-house with attention to detail in every dish, keeping a close eye on tastes, aromas, and textures. There are zero freezers and microwaves, as each dish is hand-prepared by chefs with incredible attention to detail.

Sit in the peaceful setting of downtown Palm Springs and soak up some sun while eating at one of the only farm-to-table restaurants in Palm Springs.

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10. Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey

Chopsticks and Sushi Nigiri

Engin Onural’s newest establishment is on the rise in Palm Springs. Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey is a new up-and-coming sushi bar that is stocked with just about every whiskey you could possibly imagine.

With new, fresh, and elevated dishes, Chef Engin is bringing new levels of taste to the sushi game.

Sandfish Sushi - Palm Springs

With patio seating and to-go orders, Sandfish is the popular choice among foodies in Palm Springs right now. The Scandinavian-designed interior pairs nicely with the food that you’ll be eating (or should I say experiencing).

Start the night off right with hand-crafted sushi and whiskey pairings. Choose from a number of different appetizers, and follow them up by ordering a number of delicious rolls and/or Nigiri Sushi.

End the night with matcha cheesecake and their French-press coffee.

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11. Cheeky’s

Eggs in a Pan

According to their website, Cheeky’s started an egg revolution in Palm Springs! They’ve been open for over a decade and they’ve gained quite the cult following both from Palm Springs locals, and the well-versed travelers.

Their home-style comfort food is now paired with the name Cheeky’s and is well-known throughout Palm Springs.

Only open for breakfast and lunch, their innovative and fresh menu changes weekly.

They use the freshest local ingredients, sourced from Palm Springs and surrounding areas. There are fresh takes on the classic breakfast, brunch, and lunch items, with all the good vibes the desert sun can provide. There is a lovely outdoor patio, as well as indoor seating.

Pastries are a Palm Springs-famous menu item at Cheeky’s. Handcrafted and rolled by a man known as Phil, these decedent cinnamon rolls are freshly made every day and are almost always sold out by the end of the day.

Let me just leave this right here…they have a bacon flight. I don’t think I need to say anymore.

Five strips of different types of bacon right in front of you, what more could you ask for?

I’ll wait for your response.

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