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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Melvyn's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (43)special occasion (43)neighborhood gem (29)vibrant bar scene (16)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (15)great for brunch (11)notable wine list (10)late-night find (8)great for lunch (7)hot spot (7)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Overall Great Night!
    Renz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The night went really well until we had two of the waiter's start arguing and yelling at each other in front of all their guest, however do not let that change tour mind about melvyns place is awesome!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The WORST !!!
    JPpalmsprings
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Have been familiar with Melvyn's for more than 20 years, the atmosphere is,very romantic, so decided to go there for Valentines . We had a 8:15 reservation & arrived at 7:30. After checking with the maitre'd was told that we couldn't be seated earlier but were on schedule for 8:15. Checked again at 8:30 and was told it would be any minute now…And finally at 9;00 told that there were five couples ahead of us ! Never once hearing the word "sorry" Not even when telling them to forget it ! They completely succeeded in ruining Valentines Day !!!!! It was bad enough to accept a reservation when incapable of keeping it, but completely despicable to hold us captive with lies !!!!!! IT USED TO BE SOMETHING…IT'S BECOME A TOURIST TRAP !!!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First timer here!
    EatatJoes
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I feel was overbooked staff overwhelmed! Had reservations, still waited over an hour for table. Was nastalgic in bar....Waiting for Ole Blues to pop in.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Dinner
    PoodleVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wonderful as always, but even though we made a reservation weeks ahead for 7:30pm, we weren't seated until 8:30.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Jocko
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    First visit, will be last. Waited one hour fifteen minutes past reservation time to be seated. Wait staff excellent. Food average, nothing special. Old Hollywood ambiance, way out of date. Great place to take Great Grandma and Pa.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day
    Hattie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner. Very fun decor for the special night. The chicken pot pie was excellent, not to mention the filet mignon and lobster tail! We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Valentines day dinner
    Webwevers
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here many years ago, and wanted to go back. The Food was great and the atmosphere was better. This place just keeps getting better and better. Good to see some of the same people working here from before. Very classy we will be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    BBarnes
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice Valentines Day dinner. Was hoping to order from the menu but it was a set course option instead. Even though it was a set course, the food was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We just discovered this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We just discovered this place and celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. Wish we found it years ago. It's a great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time shot...
    steve3410
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    old fashion elegance.....perfect service...superior food quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Anniversary
    LMR1
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    It was our 46th anniversary we were greeted by the Maître d' and seated right away. The service was wonderful and we felt we were being pampered. The food was great as well as the ambiance. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have to say not impressed
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Ate hear 6 - 7 years ago. Went on Saturday 2/8/14, this reminded me why I hadn't been back since. We sat in the patio next to a very cold window. Dining room was busy, waited to long for dinner. When it arrived the rack for $72.00 was cooked well done. I had ordered it medium rare. The waiter carved it table side and still served it knowing how I ordered it. When I informed him that it was to well done, his response was, "This item takes the longest to overcook" NOT IMPRESSED when paying this price. The best part of the meal was the soufflé. To bad it was the only positive about a meal that cost this much. No intention of going back. To many places offering better food and service.
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  • EXPERIENCING PALM SPRINGS HISTORY
    DebInPalmSprings
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    ...was the agenda for our evening dining at Melvyns Restaurant which is part of the historic Ingleside Inn. Friends from Minnesota were joining me in Palm Springs for a "get-out-of-the-snow" week, and I wanted to top off their stay with a special dinner. Not only was the food spectacular, but the presentation is what you don't get any longer in restaurants. Menu choices were unique. Beef medallions were tender and perfectly prepared, but the presentation of the chicken pot pie had everyone's attention as it was served. The table-side preparation of our Cherries Jubilee desert ended the evening perfectly. Dining at Melvyn's and walking through the Ingleside Inn is like taking a step back in time, a truly authentic Palm Springs experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Surprise
    ken29VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Melvyn's is everything we expected and more. We had a great table location the staff was very attentive and pleasant. I had the filet mignon and it was perfect. Melted in my mouth. My wife had salmon and was also great. We had a great time. Would revisit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Restaurant!
    kathe90035VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Dining under the stars....great food and service..they really know how to cook lamb
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love the ambiance of Melvyn's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    We love the ambiance of Melvyn's but all three of us agreed that the food was not up to par. Both eggs benedict orders were lacking zest in the sauce and my husband's crepes were dry. I hope this is not a usual occurance since we really enjoy dining here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Palm Springs Must!!
    xtina
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Melvyn's is a must do on your Palm Springs to do list. The food is excellent. The atmosphere is cozy, yet energetic. The staff is attentive. After dinner have a drink in the lounge, which has the vibrance that Sinatra is in the air. Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Go Place in Palm Spring
    Haley
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Overall it's a lovely experience and we would definitely make it out Palm Spring Must Do in the future. Food is better than I'd expected - it's actually outstanding, as well as the service. Wine list, Martinis and Mai Tai are awesome as well. Love the piano bar. Looked around, most patrons are much older. I guess young people are too cool to be there, as the scensters would probably prefer to hang out by the pool at Ace and skip a proper dinner. It's a shame. I really would like to see more people my age to experience the great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like Stepping Back in Time
    imalocalVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Caring and attentive staff serving mediocre food in a setting that's circa 1972 Palm Springs. All-in-all entertaining due to the kitsch factor, but certainly not a place one visits for the food.
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  • Palm springs standard
    DutchisDivineVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Melvyns is a Palm Springs standard at the Ingleside Inn, which evokes images of 1940 -meets current day. Its fun, kitschy and the bar scene is a blast! Go and get your Frank Sinatra on!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I've heard about this restaurant for 30 years and have always wanted to eat here. Got my chance for lunch mid-week and was disappointed. The décor seemed tired and dated as did the wait staff. The food was just ok, nothing noteworthy or special. There was a mix up on paying with a credit card by someone in our party and we waited a long time to see if it was resolved, but we'd been forgotten. Finally had to go track down our waiter before we left and then it was a question if it did or didn't get handled properly. At least now I can say I've eaten at this Landmark restaurant, but don't think I'll bother to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went there for 1st Anniversary
    CaseyK1988
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Went there for my Wife and I's 1st Wedding Anniversary and it was a very nice experience. Definitely the fanciest restaurant I have ever been to. The food was good, the wait staff was very attentive, they even had valet parking. The atmosphere was very nice love the decor of the restaurant. They even brought us a special slice of cake for our wedding anniversary. A very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a classic from a different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    It's a classic from a different era. Service and ambiance is still tops, but the quality food is declining. Melvyn take notice. Your best customers are.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service - Dec 28/13
    RCFREEDVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We have eaten at Melvyn's several times and always had great service. On this particular night service varied between indifferent and bordering on rude. We were also ignored in the bar after having our first drink and for several minutes once seated for dinner. F
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Be known or don't bother!
    CorpLdy
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We were the first guests to arrive for a 6pm reservation and had cocktails while waiting for the restaurant to begin seating. The bartender and server were wonderful. With an empty restaurant, we were seated right next to the service area and served by a waiter who was more concerned with his regular guests rather than cultivating new guests to become regulars. I chose to have 3 appetizers and a soufflé all were served lukewarm at best. The white fish was served less than lukewarm - my guest barely ate it. The final entrée, a filet, although cooked as requested, was the end cut and disappointing for the prices charged. If you must go, find someone who may be recognized or expect to be relegated to the service area.
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  • Christmas Day was a little hectic
    CathJoll
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We made our reservations for 7:30 and had to wait in the bar which is no biggie. However we did not get seated until about 8:45 and that was after asking the Maitre D' several times if we were going to be seated soon. Once seated the service was great and of course the food too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service - but food not great
    Jemca
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    It's Christmas, the decorations are 50's funky nice! The Maitre-D is lovely and he compliments us as we walk in saying "now that you're here, my day is great". So far, fantastic. Lead to our table thru a bustling crowd, sat next to the "water feature", a small pond outside our window, sweet. Fantastic penguins are serving everyone with precision, arguing quietly with the waiters in training to make sure they do everything to a T! Drinks arrive quickly and are great. Our orders have been taken (only 3 pris fixe items for Xmas on the menu). Then the meal arrives, with hints of what it should have tasted like, but the heater it sat under all day + too much salt ruin it! I will go back again. Need to give the regular menu a fare chance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old World Charm
    LoeLou
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We have been going to Melvyn's for years for our anniversary. (also stayed at the adjoining motel) Classy place!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merry Christmas Dinner
    Gonagain
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We were a party of four and most had different entrees. There were alot to choose from and definitely something for all tastes and appetites. The pumpkin bisque was delicious! One diner really enjoyed the turkey dinner, the two that had steak said they were done to perfection and my veal and shrimp was fantastic! It was extremely busy and we sometimes had to wait to order drinks, dessert,etc. but as few restaurants were open on Christmas day this was to be expected. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my opinion
    outoftowners
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I was impressed with the lovely surroundings and the great service. It was a great first impression. The soup and salad were standard quality. The main meal could of been improved with pouring the gravy at the table. My meal was soaked in gravy. The broccoli was done perfectly and the turkey was real. I could tell as I bit into some gristle. The pumpkin pie, which I was really looking forward to, was a disappointment ! It was tasteless with a cardboard crust! Surely that wasn't made at your restaurant! I felt that the restaurant was focusing on service, which is a good thing, but also seating as many people as possible not about the meal itself !
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for that special dinner
    Dean
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    All around one of the best places for that special memorable occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melvyn's is always a delight
    icruiserVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Melvyn's always delivers a divine experience. From the moment you enter the long tree lined drive to the moment you exit you can always expect the best and not be disappointed. Dining in the elegance of yesteryear is always a delight. This year the options on the holiday menu were exceptional. The veal and shrimp combination with that wonderful sauce was a great choice. As soon as I leave Melvyn's I already start making plans to go back Thanks Mel for doing Palm Springs proud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Eve
    BevDTVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The restaurant/bar itself was almost thrilling when we first walked in, like walking onto a movie set. It was hustling & bustling & all were enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, that scene likely resulted in our service not being as best as it probably usually is. Although we were enjoying the atmosphere & doing a bit of people watching, even that grew a bit tiresome after waiting for service. My meal was outstanding (braised ribs), but my husband's steak wasn't the best he's had, unfortunately. Having said all this, we do realize that it was Christmas Eve & the waiters were being run off their feet & we are truly appreciative for the service we did get. This will not deter us however, as we will very likely return again, ever in the hood.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nightmare
    Paloma
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We made a reservation a week before for 7:00 on Christmas Eve, arrived on time and did not get seated until 7:30. Most of the clientele looked like they had been coming there for years and were promptly seated. Once seated, a waiter took our drink order, brought bread and disappeared. At 8:00 we finally asked for a menu. By 8:20, we finally figured we probably would not get fed in our lifetime so we flagged down someone for a drink bill. At that time, he apologized for the long wait, offered to comp our drinks and said "maybe he could expedite" our order. We opted out. The restaurant was busy that night, but at the same time they have been around for many years and should be able to handle a crowd. There was no excuse for such arrogance.
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  • Graciousness Defined
    Melvin
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    This visit to Melvyn’s was another annual anniversary outing. We go to Palm Springs each year and our reservation at Melvyn’s is the centerpiece of the trip. Again, this year the staff did not disappoint. The ambiance, food, service, and vibe of the restaurant exemplify gracious dining. This year, I also used the floral service for a nice flower arrangement which was already in place when we were seated. That extra touch was very well received and brought warm greetings and congratulations from other diners. We are already making plans for next year.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reasonable dining experience
    FillmoreVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The atmosphere was of an earlier time (60's) and the food was fine but not exceptional. We arrived at 6 pm and the lounge was hoping with a live band. It was so loud it was hard to converse but it calmed down after 20 minutes and the music was at a much lower volume in the dining room. We thought it was a good experience overall but i can't say we would return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • How can you go wrong at a
    generalVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    How can you go wrong at a restaurant where the wait staff is in tuxedos and all the food is prepared in front of you. This place was a pleasant surprise and a gem to dine in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried Something New
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    As long time visitors to the Palm Springs area, we strive to try different restaurants. Because we love the old world charm of the desert and established restaurants, we decided to try Melvyn’s. While, I wish I could say it was a new find for us, I think it may have missed the mark. The food was okay, the prices where reasonable, and it was fun to experience a new place where the patrons were locals, yet there was no WOW moment. I was celebrating my husband’s birthday and even made a point to say so in the reservation, yet there was no mention of it by the wait staff whatsoever which made my special occasion disappointing and not so special. Otherwise, I have no complaints but I will be sticking to my old favorites from this point forward.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food excellent, service very slow
    DrCJ
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We arrived early for a 5:00 p.m. reservation, waited in the bar until 5:30, our order taken at 5:45, given soup at 6:00 and they didn't finish serviing us until 7:00. They clearly overbooked and were understaffed, and what staff there were, were very slow. If the food had not been excellent and we were not out-of-towners, we would have walked. For $45 a plate, we expect great food and at least decent service. Clearly most of the clientele is retired and maybe they don't mind the wait, but with 2 kids it's harder to be patient. The ambience is old-school Palm Springs, which is fine for a leisurely brunch, but don't go for a holiday dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanksgiving Feast
    Jody
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Very good food even with an enormous crowd. Room was cold though very pretty. Service was attentive. The setting is picturesque. We were happy with our visit. Tab for 4 was $250.00 with wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.