Backstreet Bistro
Backstreet Bistro

Backstreet Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.backstreet-bistro.com/
  • Phone: (760) 346-6393
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 1:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call for catering information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining is available for up to 150 people. Reservations are required.
  • Private Party Contact: Lavane Hause 7603466393x
  • Entertainment: Backstreet Bistro is known as one of the best local jazz venues in the area, featuring popular local favorites such as Steve Madaio, Linda Peterson, The Brian Nova Trio, Jason Peterson De Laire and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monterey
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Backstreet Bistro
"Where Friends Meet Friends" is what the locals say about Backstreet Bistro…and that is exactly what you"ll find at this Tuscan inspired hidden gem just blocks from the busy El Paseo scene. Dishes are a blend of rustic Italian cuisine and family recipes that feature a wide array of fresh fish, pastas, soups and salads. Lunch and Dinner specials are available daily, along with a full bar and specialty cocktail menu. Enjoy dining in the relaxing ambiance indoors or on the pet-friendly outdoor patio as you gaze upon the beautiful views of the San Jacinto Mountains. This local favorite is also one of the area's best live jazz venues with popular valley musicians performing every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 12:30pm to 3pm. Prices are under $30 at $12-$15 per person.
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Backstreet Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (16)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (6)romantic (4)special occasion (3)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Not So Good
    winendine42VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Nice setting unfortunately not very good. Waitress was not very attentive, main dish was decent. Took a very long time to get our order taken. Did not get bread until after we were served our main dish which took 55 minutes approximately. Ordered the calamari which was burnt. Would not recommend.
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  • BSB is a reliable, moderately priced spot
    KenGVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    BSB is a reliable moderately priced choice. We eat there. At least once every time we are visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good music
    bdot
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a good dinner the other night. I had the lamb which was very good. We work at the Historical Society of Palm Desert across the street and I enjoy sitting on our porch in the afternoon when they have their jazz performances listing to the music. We have had lunch there before and it was also very good. We hosted a small group of about 30 people for lunch a couple of years ago and they handled the group with ease.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with a few friends
    DinesWithFriends
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Back Street Bistro provides really good fresh food, well served, and a terrific locale for enjoying a conversation with a few friends. Four seems to be the ideal table here, and the outdoor patio, although it is in a parking lot, has enough plants and quiet to make it an enjoyable atmosphere where a good conversation is unimpeded by external noise. Even on a cool evening, the heaters keep the air comfortable. The waitstaff is just attentive enough without being intrusive. A most enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desert Secret
    Dmtss
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great local Bistro with friendly atmosphere, great service and a nice outdoor patio. Almost feels like home.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go 4 It
    dezertguy
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Food and service were superior. We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    rozee
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    lovely spot for outdoor dining in the evening. very good food. generous portions. friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • quite good
    rozee
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    stopped going to backstreet bistro about a year ago. decided to try again. everything seemed much improved. 4 of us had different entrees and were all pleased. seafood pasta exceptional as was the sausage & pepper appetizer. others enjoyed the eggplant parmesan and chicken/artichoke pasta. service friendly. outdoor area lovely. going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super hidden jem
    DesertWomen
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had made a reservation, but the bistro was quiet. We were a mixed group of 6 people. The ambience is lovely, the patio area is splendid, the service great. The food was good too, a lot of signature touches to dishes, very very nice dining experience. We will use this Bistro again for social and business events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • caseysmomVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Reservation was accepted although the restaurante never answered the phone for me to reconfirm. Message indicated they were closed. Not willing to drive over to be disappointed -- went will wait until it reopens.
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  • RESTAURANT WAS CLOSED
    Hungry
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I received a confirmation back from the restaurant stating how pleased they were to serve us and could not wait for us to enjoy their restaurant and when we got there a sign was on the door CLOSED UNTIL SEPT. 23, and what is even the kicker. I called a few days before and the recording said they would be reopening the night of our reservation.... That should not happen. So we just went up the street to their competition THE DAILY GRILL, and had a wonderful dinner..... Open Table and the RESTAURANT should talk........
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 200 reviews are from the Backstreet Bistro reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We made the reservation for a special event and sadly, left before we ordered because they would not honor a coupon purchased (with no expiration date). We won't be going back.
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  • sfirish
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Service was excellent This was my fourth visit and I will be sure to visit frequently. Prices are reasonable good ambience have already recommended to my new friends as a great place for italian food. I have only been in the desert for three yrs. and their are many fine restuarnts in the Valley (my location Rancho La Quinta) so leaving in the San Francisco Bay Area (SF& San Rafael) I have been experienced the best. The Cochella Valley has resturants that are just as good. That is saying a lot for a SF Native
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    desertlunch
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A disappointing lunch. Too hot for the patio and there were no misters to make it pleasant. Indoors was on the dark side and fairly noisy. I ordered a scoop of egg salad and tuna salad. Both were very plain, no additions. My partner had the special sandwich of the day and the bread was nothing special and the filling was sparse. Sorry but we probably won't return.
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  • If you don't like crouds,
    RSS1VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    this place will be great for you. We dined at 6:45 PM on a Thursday in late May. The dining room was so hot we asked to be seated outside on the parking lot patio. No one was dining in the dining room, three couples were outside with us. By 8 PM all were gone. The bread was excellent, the soup very good and the shrimp were large. The scampi, however, lacked proper flavoring. Our bill was fair with four drinks a salad and one bowl of soup. It was not expensive, nor was it inexpensive at $149 with tip.
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  • wonderful find
    megDusTVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    we stumbled upon this hidden gem by our craving for italian while visiting palm desert - we were very pleased! lovely patio weather and we thoroughly enjoyed our time spent. it was the best cioppino i've ever had!! my husband was torn between the rack of lamb & veal parmigiana - he wished he would have gone lamb... overall, a very nice dining experience for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boston/providence
    Lavacat
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My wife and i have dined in some of the best and most notable restaurants in the italian sections of boston(north end) and providence(federal hill). Back street bistro 's dining experience was as satisfying as either one of these venues
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Patio
    Janice
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great patio dining, excellent menu selections with superb service from all the waiters
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good music
    SophieVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    This is a very fun place with good food at a reasonable price. There is music on the patio every night . Staff is very welcoming and service is great! We will definitely go back next time we are in the desert!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and Easy
    HowieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Walked right in shown our table ordered food and wham it was there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Love it.
    mjm56
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Have been before and would return in a heart beat. Great food. The Moffetts from Saratoga CA
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Eat on El Paseo
    Colorado
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This is a wonderful gem of a restaurant. The menu is yummy, and whether eating indoors or on the patio the service is superb.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little bit of France
    Mike
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Pleasant patio setting. Nice bistro menu. A comfortable, casual place for a relaxed dinner.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ate at Backstreet Bistro.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We ate at Backstreet Bistro. That is probably the succinct comment to make. Just not a place for us (my bride and me). Obviously, others due to the level of patronage.
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  • RETURN GUEST
    CAiR
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We brought friends and they enjoyed the restaurant like we always do. Our waitress was fabulous and all made us feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed the 3 course special
    LRkrVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Enjoyed the 3 course special (pork chop & filet) and the cost was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were skeptical but did really enjoy our dining experience. Sat outside (needed the heat lamps and it was quite comfortable), good service and good food. I would visit Backstreet again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food!
    Andi
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Loved the food, service was great and the jazz band was a wonderful addition!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We took a chance...
    JustgreatfoodandwineVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Several other locations were recommended, but this one popped up on Open Table. We were all ver happy with the outdoor dining, the food, and while they were very busy, staff worked hard to make sure everyone had a wonderful time. I would recommend Backstreet Bistro anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but....
    DrDeeVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    An Italian restaurant that serves potatoes with Veal Parm? Never in Chicago. Server mentioned after the meal that you can ask for pasta. Would have been helpful before hand to know. Portions very small. Overall food was good but just did not merit more than 3 stars.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dependable place for dinner
    Bonappetite
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is a lovely setting both indoors and out. The inside is cozy, the outside very pretty. Food is standard and could actually use a bit of adventure. The focus is on pasta. Well prepared, nicely presented. Updating the menu to bring it forward into the food revolution would be a good idea. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fix your reservation system
    ragetsVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    When we arrived, they had trouble finding our reservation. When we said we did through Open Table. She glared at us, then finally found it. Then she ushered us to a table back in the corner inside. When we told her that we requested outside, she said, sorry, next time call direct and maybe she'll "negotiate" a place to sit next time. Open table requests are not really something they do. (needless to say, nothing with a smile) It was really warm inside. 10 minutes later, water arrived. 5 minutes after that, no wait staff, so we walked out. Nothing said to us as we left. Have no idea what the food is like, but after the poor greeting and service, probably never will.
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  • Poor Open Table Service
    reets
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I received all emails confirming my reservation, but because I did not state on open table reservation inside, not patio, they put all open table reservations outside. The winds were huge that night. We ended up going to 3rd Corner Bistro and it was wonderful. With all the confirmed emails you would think one would have asked inside or out with the winds as high as they were.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Neighborhood spot
    VisitingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We have a great meal with friends who are vegetarian. Really enjoyed the food, service and patio. Love the slogan---Where friends meet friends!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We so enjoy this restaurant- good food, nice wine, neighborhood favorite. Always go when we are in town
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Recommended
    TedC
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our first try. Recommended byfriends. I agree and would recommend to others
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food excellent service
    eatoutlover
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Food was excellent. We had the lasagna and the grandma's veal dish. Both very flavourful and nicely presented. Portions are large and reasonably priced. We started with a Caesar salad Wine list is good and well priced. We sat on the patio which was very pleasant. Service was prompt and friendly We liked it so much we returned the following night. We would highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ANOTHER GOOD EXPERIENCE
    hungryboomers
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We gave Backstreet Bistro another try after a very average experience just 3 days earlier. They MUST have had a different chef Sun. night, as dinner on Wed. was delicious as usual. So we now feel comfortable recommending it again. They are always so busy by 6:30 that service can be slow. It is always (except once) worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SURPRISINGLY MEDIOCRE
    hungryboomers
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We have been here many times and always thought it was VERY good. We have taken friends there and referred The Bistro to others. Went on a Sunday, maybe a part time chef or not as much help in the kitchen? I always order Veal Marsala as they do it wonderfully, my husband ordered "Grandma Pat's" and THAT was what we both got!. I noticed right away but we were with friends and I didn't want to send it back, wait etc. Frankly I figured it would be something good too. Wrong. Dish was bland and the veal was over cooked, easy to do with veal, on both plates. Scalloped potatoes were just o.k. Our friends didn't seem that impressed with their meals either. We were disappointed but will try it again and hope we just got an off night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed. We took
    LackingVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Very disappointed. We took our niece and she ordered the salmon. It was off, the server came to check on our dinners and we told him. He did offer to replace it but if the salmon was bad do you want it again?
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