Melvyn's Restaurant
Melvyn's Restaurant

Melvyn's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://inglesideinn.com/melvyns_restaurant.html
  • Phone: (760) 325-2323
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Juan Castaneda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Join us for nightly entertainment in our Piano Bar and dancing in our Casa Blanca Lounge from 8pm. On Sundays join us from 3.30pm till 7.30pm for our weekly Jam session.
  • Special Events: Perfect setting for weddings, meetings or private parties. Custom menus are available for any budget.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available during hours of operation. Public and street parking are also available.
A word from Melvyn's Restaurant
Melvyn's Restaurant was named "One of Ten Best" by the T.V. show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous". Recipient of many top national awards. Melvyn's ambiance is the perfect compliment to gourmet dining. Every detail was selected to reflect gracious elegance and old world charm. Extensive wine list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Melvyn's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (44)special occasion (44)neighborhood gem (29)vibrant bar scene (17)fit for foodies (17)good for groups (17)great for brunch (11)notable wine list (9)hot spot (8)late-night find (8)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • A blast from the past. Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2009
    A blast from the past. Nice and quiet a perfect place for a nice romantic dinner. You can almost imagine the old movie stars in there with you. The grounds are nicely done for a walk in the evening. Service was great! They treat you like a regular. Get dressed up (a little) leave the kids at the hotel and relax here
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great, but OK. We sent
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2009
    Not great, but OK. We sent a note that it was our 42d wedding anniversary on the 2d of September and they did not even acknowledge it. It was very disappointing.
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  • We celebrated our 25th wedding
    BigRWM
    Dined on 9/1/2009
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Melvyn's. Everything about the restaurant was wonderful. The staff, the food (the Steak Diane was fantastic), the piano bar, and the ambience made for a wonderful evening. Would recommend this to anyone that wants to celebrate a special occasion or just a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food - great menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2009
    Excellent food - great menu and wine list. Bar is lovely for pre or post drinks - entertainment in the bar after dinner from a pianist. Highly recommended especially for a date or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melvyn's is one of those classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2009
    Melvyn's is one of those classic spot's you need to try if only for it's wonderful, colorful past.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first time at
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2009
    This was my first time at Melvyns...and I was impressed with the service, and the meal. Very nice presentation, great food and atmosphere. Will definately return & reccomend to others!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • Waiter seemed completely off
    IrishRick
    Dined on 8/23/2009
    Waiter seemed completely off his game. Service had to be picked up by other dining room personnel. While the waiter performed his tableside cooking well, his service in other areas was abysmal. If not for the service from the rest of the staff, I would have complained to management and probably left a poor, if any, tip. This seems unusual for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melvyn's is classic Palm Springs.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2009
    Melvyn's is classic Palm Springs. The atmosphere is old school and the attire is pretty dressy. The dress on Open Table said "smart casual", but when we got there it was much dressier than what I would consider smart casual. Jeans are allowed (barely), but the staff frowns on them. I'm not very fashionable, but I would consider it almost "business casual" (nice shirt and slacks).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Then only thing I want to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2009
    Then only thing I want to mention is that a lot of the sauces are alcohol base and the alcohol doesn't burn off completely like normal so the dishes have a pretty strong distinctive alcohol taste which can be overpowering. The brandy cream sauce is delicious and not to strong with regard to alcohol.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went to Melvyn's for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2009
    We went to Melvyn's for my birthday dinner. We were welcomed very warmly and chose to have a cocktail in the lounge before being seated for dinner. The piano bar was very inviting and the service was immediate and fast. My dinner was excellent although my husband found his pork dish a little bland. We were concerned from a few reviews that the restaurant was only frequented by the over 60 croud, but actually there was a wide range of ages in attendance that night. Overall we enjoyed our experience and would recommend the restaurant for a nice upscale evening.
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  • Melvyn's provides old-fashioned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/9/2009
    Melvyn's provides old-fashioned swank in Palm Springs, from waiters in white cutaway jackets to floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the ladies' room. We ate lunch on a glassed-in patio with a vine-trellis ceiling. My fiance raved over the crab cakes, and both of us appreciated the filet mignon on gold-rimmed china. The attached inn looks delightful, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food was great. The "Unbelievab
    JCCLACAVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2009
    The food was great. The "Unbelievable" daily menu truly was. Prosciutto wrapped filet mignon, 2 shrimp, vegetables, soup or salad and coffee or tea for $19.99 is the best deal around. There were other entree's on this menu as well. The Gran Marnier souffle--DELICIOUS. Sorry if I sound like an advertisement, but to get food like this with such attentive service in a beautiful restaurant is amazing. When I return I will have to order one of the specialities that are prepared tableside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We love Melvyn's each and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2009
    We love Melvyn's each and every time we visit. Outstanding cuisine and wonderful staff! Everyone receives personalized service and the boutique feel of the restaurant is welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was five star, every
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    The food was five star, every dish was different and special and delicious. They had a special three course meal for $19.99 with four selections and they all sounded wonderful. The two we had were done perfectly and we almost went back to try the other two. They have live music in the piano bar every night and a great group on Sunday afternoon. There are great pictures on the wall of the bar of all the famous people that have been there through the years. Quite enchanting. Caters to an older group, and we are younger, but just loved it. We found it by googling 'the best restaurant in palm springs' and it was the best that we went to over five nights.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • My Wife and I spent our 27th
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2009
    My Wife and I spent our 27th wedding anniversary at Melvyn’s and the food and service was stellar! We started by sharing the Pate Mason which is made there by the chief and I was happily surprised that there was more than enough for 2 people to share. Next came the Hot Spinach Salad which was prepared table side and that was done perfectly and once again I was surprised by the size of the salad, my wife and I loved it. After the Spinach Salad we ordered the chicken minestrone soup which was ok but not my favorite. For our main course we had the Chatebriand Bouquetiere for 2 which we ordered to be cooked rare and that’s how it was severed table side with plenty of fresh vegs. The dinner at Melvyn’s was delicious and we had some
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is an incredible "throw-back"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2009
    This is an incredible "throw-back" restaurant to the ambiance of the 50's and 60's. We had tableside service from a man who had been with the restaurant for 35 years! He was incredibly knowledgeable about Palm Springs and did a great job with our food. I give this place my highest recommendation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful find honoring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2009
    A wonderful find honoring old Palm Springs. Food is excellent without the huge servings you get elsewhere. But the service is even better, and lots of fun. We will always return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The selection of wines by
    garyDVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2009
    The selection of wines by the glass was beyond poor & the stemware needs to be updated.
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  • Melvyn's is a Palm Springs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/25/2009
    Melvyn's is a Palm Springs "Institution". I have been going to Melvyn's for dinner and for their wonderful Sunday brunch and the Sunday Jam Session for at least 30 years. From the moment you walk in the door and are greeted by the ever delightful matire d' the experience is wonderful, friendly, efficient and totally pleasant. The staff, without exception, exhibit their enjoyment of serving you. I unconditionally recommend Melvyn's to all my friends and visitors to Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a classic step back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2009
    This is a classic step back in time to the Palm Springs in its heyday - the service is outstanding, right from the start with Brian greeting you when you walk in to the attentive and warm service - the food is outstanding, very classic in its preparation and a tremendous selection - from appetizer to dessert, the overall experience was exceptional and my only wish is that we had found this gem 20 years ago when we first came to Palm Springs - by all means, go and experience what true Palm Springs tradition is all about!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful Ambiance. Food excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Wonderful Ambiance. Food excellent as was the service. Melvin dressed to the nines and dapper as always working the tables and making everyone feel welcome. A beautiful place to dine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/15/2009
    Food was good, service was outstanding, but it was not good enough for the price. The lounge/dance area was far too small. I was disappointed by the experience.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Step back into old Palm Springs
    Warren
    Dined on 5/14/2009
    Step back into old Palm Springs at this legendary spot. The best Cobb Salad too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • This is old world Palm Springs
    Exnerfan
    Dined on 5/5/2009
    This is old world Palm Springs dining at its best. Do not be put off by the formal maitre d' or the over-the-top decor. The service and food were outstanding, and we all had a very fun dining experience, especially my mom who was turning 84. We were treated like celebrities, and because we were warm to the staff, we were treated with genuine warmth in return. All the food was excellent, but the steak Diane and cherries jubilee were especially noteworthy, because they were both made tableside. We will definitely return to Melvyn's when in Palm Springs again.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Historical spot with much
    s2artrVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2009
    Historical spot with much ambience. Formal setting with dim lighting and large chandelliers. Attentive service. Romantic. Great $19.95 4 course price-fixe meal with many choices of entrees. We throroughly enjoyed our evening. Piano bar in lounge with nostalgic melodies.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melvyns is a classic in old
    EnsenadaAl
    Dined on 5/2/2009
    Melvyns is a classic in old Palm Springs. Clientel is largely older, and the fare is what you would expect in an upscale Old Palm Springs restaurant. Service is always friendly, thorough and yet unobtrusive. I chose on this occasion to book a table at Melvyns to visit with longtime friends who had moved to nearby Rancho Mirage. We had a solid meal, decent wine and a nice long visit in a very comfortable atmosphere. There are many trendier (and noisier) places abounding nearby, but on this night Melvyns was the perfect selection.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great restaurant
    karenz
    Dined on 4/20/2009
    This is a great restaurant - been here various times thru the years and is always a favorite. Charm and class in all areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We love Melvyns. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    We love Melvyns. The food is always well prepared and the service is impeccable. Prices are surprisingly reasonable for a fine dining restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    Great atmosphere, awesome service, good food at very reasonable prices. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Our waitress was awesome,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2009
    Our waitress was awesome, however, the Easter special menu and exhorbitant price were not put on the website, so were felt blindsided. It was a apred down regular brunch menu but twice the price!!!! Even dessert was extra. Usually if you're going to charge more because it's Easter, at least there is something "extra" on the menu. Especially in this slow economy, the price should have reflected the less choices menu! And, we didn't get to sit on the patio 'cause those tables are for parties of 4, very disappointed.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although I requested the garden
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2009
    Although I requested the garden room, when we arrived we were seated in the dining room with no acknowledgement that the room I requested was unavailable. There were six of us eating and the majority of them thought the food was average, meal served lukewarm and thought it was not worthy to return for dinner again. Very disappointed after hearing good reviews from other people we know.
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  • Excellent service, delicious
    AliceWZVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2009
    Excellent service, delicious food, lovely ambiance...adults can have a real conversation because it is relatively quiet. One of most favorite in Palm Springs.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Was very pleased with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/10/2009
    Was very pleased with the service, food, and friendly staff.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant is excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/9/2009
    This restaurant is excellent but know that it is very "old-school". They make no pretenses about the menu being very old and consistent with the finest of dining from years ago. If you are looking for the latest in Califonia "fusion" cuisine, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for an elegant dining experience with tuxedo wearing servers who cook things tableside, then look no further.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • As Always, Melvin's was great.From
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/9/2009
    As Always, Melvin's was great.From the Maitre D's welcome and the first class table service the dining experience was memorable. The Squash soup is one of my favourite choices on the menu. It is a great way to begin any meal. I have been to the restaurant 5 times now, and it is a great place to bring out of town guests. Wonderful ambience, food and service
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • It was a busy night, Valentines
    PSJohn
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    It was a busy night, Valentines Day. We were seated in a timely manner and the service was prompt and efficient. The restaurant is quintessential old style Palm Springs. The music in the bar was great. That night there was a set price menu, which had interesting choices. Both of us enjoyed our orders. All in all a wonderful Valentine experience.
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  • Not recommended. Service very
    BBetter
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    Not recommended. Service very slow. Dinner took more than two hours. Cancelled dessert.
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  • Melvyn's is living on its
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2009
    Melvyn's is living on its reputation. The main entrée was hot but the vegetables were cold. Each dish had exactly the same sides it was apparent that this was a production line. When asking for description of the entrees the waiter was indifferent to our questions. The deserts were not fresh. More coffee was offered but never came. Do not go The Chop House and The Falls are much better.
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