Escena Lounge & Grill
Escena Lounge & Grill

Escena Lounge & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://escenagrill.com/
  • Phone: 7609920002x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Monday: 7:30am - 3:00pm
    Tuesday - Saturday: 7:30am - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch served Sundays from 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Live Entertainment Friday 5pm-9pm
    Dinner/Bar Menu served from 3pm Tues-Sat
    Happy Hour 3p-6p PLUS special drink prices all day, every day!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Tuesday - Thursday, 5pm-9pm (seasonal November - May; acts subject to change)
    Tuesday: John Stanley King
    Wednesday: Rose Mallet
    Thursday: Lola Rossi

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vista Chino, just east of Gene Autry
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Abundant free parking adjacent to building with convenient drop-off and pick-up at main entry.
A word from Escena Lounge & Grill
Enjoy happy hour from 3p-6p Tues-Sat and other great specails throughout the week all summer long! Visit our website for details.

Escena Lounge and Grill pairs delectable California-fusion cuisine with eye-popping design and a playful, retro vibe. Spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas frame majestic views of the towering San Jacinto Mountains. Voted Best New Restaurant of 2010 by readers of Palm Springs Life, Escena Lounge + Grill is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour. Hours, menus and live entertainment schedules vary seasonally; please call or check our website for current information. Escena Lounge + Grill is located within the Escena Palm Springs community and is connected to the stunning Escena Golf Club. Dining and golf are open to the public year-round. Enter from Vista Chino 200 yards east of Gene Autry Trail.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Escena Lounge & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (79)great for outdoor dining (72)great for lunch (49)great for brunch (47)special occasion (38)good for groups (35)neighborhood gem (34)romantic (26)fit for foodies (25)hot spot (10)notable wine list (6)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There were 4 of us and all enjoyed the meals very much. A little pricy on the drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although it was too hot to eat outside, we opted to stay indoors and it was just a wonderful experience. The service was spot on, the food delicious and the decor was upscale modern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    MarioVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our meal was excellent we had the prime rib dinner a great deal and the wedge salad was also very good and the views were incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • COMING BACK
    tinkerbel
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a great place the servers are very friendly and helpful the service is fast and very good, the food is excellent. We will come back and put in a good word on facebook to spread the word. Thank you very much, Annemarie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service a bit slow
    kparis
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It could have been our fault --- we turned our server away because we weren't ready to order .....but it took a really long time for dinner. BUT, we loved the popovers and the complimentary mussel....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable quality food
    MoreoverVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have been here on several occasions and please every time with the quality of the food, the portions, and service. Plus you get a great view while dining and during cooler months, it is a joy to dine outside. Weekends there is usually a singer performing adding to the vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's not to like?
    tomronVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Escena came through with flying colors. Although it was a very slow night (Thursday in the Desert Summer Heat), everything was up to snuff. The Thursday apecial is 1-1/2 pound lobster, and it was excellent (following a lovely salad), and priced right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!!!!!!
    Happiest
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Got engage in the patio over the bridge, i will never forget!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dissapointed
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    How come I don't get any points or rewards for being a loyal customer at Open Table?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed dinner at this very romantic and beautiful spot on Friday evening. Great views of the mountains surrounding Palm Springs, service was attentive and food was excellent. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice surprise!
    Yearrounder
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Took two other couples. Everyone was delighted with our selection and I know will return. Each of us really enjoyed our meal. Presentation and other little details make it a special place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most beautiful view in the Valley
    JewelOfCochellaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you have guests coming from out of town and want to show them them best meal and view ever, Escena is the place to go! Outstand food, service and view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great suprise
    VRodriguez
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I searched internet pages to find a nice location for wife's birthday as we were visiting Palm Springs. The place was a surprise indeed. The restaurant was quiet and dimmly lit. The servers were excellent and even offered us the Chef's special with a discount rate. The food was excellent and were creatively placed on the dinner plates. Even the salad was set nicely. There was an acoustic guitar player that was very talented and the music selection was very nice. The views were incredible with outdoor seating areas and ponds. This place had it all and was affordable compared to many of the higher priced P.S restaurants. I would definately vist again for a special occasion with no hesitation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinners great; Lunch needs work
    Philip
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have had several dinners here where the service and food were excellent. That being said, our first lunch experience was less than expected. The service was simple and good. The food however was odd and bland. The chefs idea of "Fish&Chips left much to be desired. All said though, this is a fine restaurant; maybe it was just a chefs experiment that needs re-thinking?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jillVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    having eaten as Escena many times, I introduced my husband and some friends to dinner in the dining room..Previously, I had eaten many times after golf....we all loved our experience and plan to go back and bring more people
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always the best
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is our first time (or me) to have a Prime Rib. The best and will always come back for more Prrime Rib.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a new find
    dcmb2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Easy drive from Orange County. Beautiful scenery from every seat. Food was great. Service was excellent and friendly. Reasonably priced. Overall a winner for meeting friends for brunch. Golf and country club vibe with a contemporary twist.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    desertdiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The setting was beautiful. The service was great. My halibut was too dry, but the other people in my party really enjoyed their meals. We will go back again - am looking forward to having brunch there
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Valleys bests
    JewelOfCochellaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Have been going to Escena for several years now. Never ever get disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Beautiful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The view is beautiful! Everyone had a great meal. Service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!!
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a great time with good friends...as wanted and expected here! A pleasure to be greeted warmly and for all to be perfect...never to fear!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Joan
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wanted to grab a quick lunch before heading to the airport with my guest. Encena was the perfect spot. The view of the mountains, over the golf course is stunning. The food was excellent, the service pleasant and prompt. Overall, a great place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place!!
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always a wonderful place for friends or family...beautiful setting...great food...service great...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very noisy with kids running around - and it seems in off season not everything is fresh - one of the parties ordered a burger and it was spoiled meat - how can u even begin to eat after that nasty experience and taste !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sadly, the poor service continues.
    Luv2DineOut
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    From the time the hostess called to confirm our reservation (and wouldn't allow us to add 2 additional people to our party without the GM intervening on our behalf) to the manager, Kelly, telling us that the poor service we were receiving (we sat for 40 minutes before our waiter took our drink order and all the parties at nearby tables who were seated after us got served before we did) was because we and others changed our reservations, our dining experience was horrendous. We live in the Escena community and have been hoping in our two years there that the service will change. It never does. They are on manager #5 in 2 years. Its truly a shame because the food is quite good and the views are the best in Palm Springs. Poorly trained staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4th July
    Iona
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It was a beautful evening! Everything was perfect. The food could not hve been better, service excellent. We had a a wonderful view of the firerworks. Will defintiely do the next year. Irene
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable!!
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A place of style and comfort with great Palm Springs feelings... Friends oramily!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner fail
    Rjuliansf
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Escena just can't get it together on their dinners. The calamari was so overcooked and over breaded it tasted like rubber coated with cornflakes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    DiningForJim
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Escena has GREAT views! Outdoor seating is perfect. Misters and shade make it even bearable on a fairly hot noon day. The food is fine. Stick with breakfast items or burgers and sandwiches. The bowl of potato chips at lunchtime is a treat. But Escena's service is almost ALWAYS slow. There's one guy at breakfast that is fantastic. The rest are just so undertrained. None of the waitstaff has a bad attitude, everyone is pleasant. It's just that they are either understaffed or undertrained or both. I still recommend Escena because the view on that patio is THAT good! So order two drinks and an appetizer when you get seated. Cause the entree is gonna be awhile.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh Yes! Great Food
    palmspringspastry
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This place has really changed for the good. Delicious in every way, with wonderful views and service. It is a great go to place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Escena Review
    Escena
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We originally booked so that we could see our friend perform there. But it was end of season for him and he was not playing that night. Food was good, service was slow, prices were high.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bdaylady
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food and view were fantastic. Chef Oscar has a wonderful menu for restaurant week and the scallops appetizer was the best I can remembering having in a very long time. We are going back just to have the scallops again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    Canadiansinthesun
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had this place recommended and they were bang on. A nice quiet setting, great views on the patio of the golf course, Palm Springs and the mountains. Food was exceptional and portions were big. Service was great, very attentive and looked after us well. Restaurant was not overly busy at the time we went. We probably didn't need our reservation but was nice to be able to do it online. Will be back next time we are in the area for sure
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best view in town
    RittreviewsVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The Dining Room and patio at Escena are beautiful spaces. It's like having dinner at your private club. The view at lunch is spectacular and its fun at night to watch the airplanes come and go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Lunch at Escena
    psguyVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Escena has a great lunch menu. A lot of choices. The food is always very good. The service is very good but can be a little slow. But it was a relaxing lunch -- so not a problem. The restaurant has THE best views in Palm Springs. Always a delight to watch the planes take off especially on Memorial Day. I always bring out-of-town guests to enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter in training
    psaudiguy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great atmosphere but mediocre food and service. There is nothing like arriving to a restaurant 30 minutes and being greeted with " I am so glad you came early so we can leave early tonight". Our waiter was supposedly in training but we think he was actually the bar back. Once he took our order - we never saw him after the food was delivered. We heard the bar tender say our drinks were ready 5 minutes before they actually arrived.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 244 reviews are from the Escena Lounge & Grill reviews archive.
  • Best View in the valley!
    norm
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    A great place to bring guest to show off the beautiful Valley we live in and to top it off the food is outstanding. The service is excellent and the decor is classic. Don't miss this gem! Casual and elegant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was OK
    DesertGeorgiaPeach
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Lunch with a view and blow sand and a road runner, but some tables outside were partially protected and we were very comfortable. The pulled pork sandwich was passable and would have been little better had it been served at a warmer temp. Hubby had the tuna sandwich which tasted like a tuna sandwich. It needed more flavor. Besides the view, the best part of our large portion meals was the complimentary homemade potato chips served with a dip before our meals arrived.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have never been disappointed with anything and have tried many of the menu items. The service is prompt and efficient and the setting if like a picture from a travel magazine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always
    tomronVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    As always, the visit to Escena did not fail in any way. All three of us wee well satisfied, and especially with the quantity of the foods offered.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate