The 10 Best Restaurants In Palm Springs, California

Photo of Jenni Chattaway
9 February 2017

Palm Springs, a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, is known for its alfresco dining under the crystal blue skies and sunshine. Located within the famous Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is full of signature restaurants and poolside hotel lounges where guests can enjoy a range of tastes. Here is our list of the 10 best restaurants in Palm Springs.


Trio is known for its wonderful architecture. In the front entrance alone, there is a wall safe, a time capsule dating back to the landmark building that was once an Old Las Palmas bank. The interior is a mid-century multi-room space with extravagant chandeliers in each room. Owner Mark Van Laanen and his partner Tony Marchese also organise music and charity evenings. The menu includes lamb shanks braised in Burgundy, rosemary and garlic, served with lentils. Trio is open for lunch and brunch, as well as offering a food-to-go service.

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Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Workshop Kitchen + Bar is an innovative restaurant with architecture to match. The menu is based around seasonal produce supporting the local farms. Chef Michael, who was trained at the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, uses techniques includes wood-fired pizza ovens, wood-fired grills and a custom sous-vide station. The bar, on the other hand, focuses on using unusual ingredients to make their own individual cocktails. Workshop Kitchen + Bar is located in Uptown Palm Springs, an area is known for its architecturally minded new constructions. This can certainly be seen in Workshop Kitchen + Bar, with Manhattan based Soma Architects designing the restaurant to have a Modernist feel, with a cathedral’s ceiling, pillars, and barn-like windows.

The Purple Palm

Located at the fabulous Colony Palm’s Hotel, The Purple Palm restaurant overlooks the gardens and pool of the nearby hotel. The Purple Palm restaurant was named after the Purple Gang, a member of which, Al Wertheimer, built the hotel in 1936. The gang used the hotel to smuggle alcohol contraband during the prohibition out of the country to Canada. Now, the Purple Palm restaurant, named after the Purple Gang serves a delightful dinner menu of maple-glazed pork belly, chilled shrimp salad, or Spanish octopus.


Cheeky’s is popular with the celebrities after gaining a lot of publicity recently and focusing primarily on health. Cheeky’s is located between the San Jacinto Mountains and focuses on serving seasonal, locally grown, and organic food. With this in mind, Cheeky’s, serving only breakfast and lunch, change their menu on a weekly basis depending on the freshest produce at the local markets that week. Cheeky’s also make healthy drinks such as watermelon agua fresca, or antioxidant smoothies with acai berries. For those less health-conscious customers, Cheeky’s provide an array of pastries made by pastry chef Deb Menduno.

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Mister Parker’s

Located at the Parker resort in Palm Springs, Mister Parker’s serves fabulous bistro food from Wednesday through to Sunday. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with many art works on the walls, as well as carpeted floors, and dark wooden chairs and tables giving the restaurant a dark, seductive feel. Mister Parker’s menu includes red wine braised short ribs with white sweet potato puree, or Loch Duart Salmon filet with braised leeks, manila clams and young coconut cream, or Schezuan cumin crusted duck breast with braised turnips, roasted mango, confit baby fennel and Madeira thyme reduction. Mister Parker’s dinner and desert choices are certainly to be admired.

Le Vallauris

Le Vallauris , a typically French restaurant, is located in a restored historical landmark with Flemish tapestries and furniture designed to look like it was from the era of France’s Louis XV. The menu continues this historical context, offering French cuisine such as sautéed foie gras, crab cakes, a roast rack of lamb, or tender veal chops with Grand Marnier soufflé to finish. Le Vallauris also provides outdoor seating on the beautiful garden patio that is surrounded by lupe ficus trees and fresh flowers. Owner Paul Bruggemans is known in Palm Springs for providing delightful French cuisine whether that is for an intimate family meal, cocktail party, wedding or even cooking classes.


Miro’s restaurant, established in 1994, serves Mediterranean cuisine in beautiful Palm Springs. Miro’s is run by the Terzic family, who immigrated from Mostar in Yugoslavia. Miro runs the restaurant with his wife and mother who use home style cooking to create Slavic, Hungarian, Italian, Greek and German meals.


Copley’s was opened in December of 2004 in the heart of Palm Springs and soon became one of the best-known and respected restaurant in Palm Springs gaining both local and national recognition. Copley’s is a casual restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. Zagat’s and the New York Times have rated it the top restaurant in the valley. The menu at Copley’s focuses on American dishes with plates such as sesame seed crusted tofu over a bed of Wasabi potato and asparagus with citrus ponzu sauce, or slow braised veal cheeks with Maine lobster served over a bed of garlic potato, sautéed wild mushrooms and asparagus.

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Spencer’s Restaurant

Spencer’s Restaurant was voted the Best Sunday Brunch, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Power Lunch, Best Wine List, Best Chef, Best Caterer and Most Romantic by local papers and publications, so it’s safe to asy this place is popular. Nestled at the base of San Jacinto Mountains, Spencer’s serves classic cuisine such as Chinese style kung pao calamari, pan-fried Lake Superior white fish, and a New York strip steak with parmesan-truffle fries. Spencer’s Restaurant also boasts of a wonderful wine list.

Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar and Grill

Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar and Grill is run by the infamous brothers Ruben and Ozzy. The pair has been working in the Palm Springs restaurant scene for the past 25 years, cooking at the Beach house in Rancho Mirage and then moving on to Shanghai Reds before opening their own Oyster Bar and Grill. The brothers have built up a wonderful and loyal following of customers who enjoy watching the chefs prepare the guests’ dinners in front of them at the oyster bar. The patio also has some wonderful mountain views.

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