Peaks Restaurant
Peaks Restaurant

Peaks Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pstramway.com/
  • Phone: (760) 325-4537
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Firday - Saturday 5:00pm -8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: George Charbel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: At an elevation of 8,516 feet above sea level, the Tramway’s Mountain Station is surrounded by the beautiful 14,000-acre Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. There are several options for your banquet needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Visit us on our website or email for details on our great meeting spaces and group packages!
    www.pstramway.com
  • Special Events: Have a “culinary experience above the clouds” at Peaks Restaurant at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palm Canyon Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Parking Available on site.
A word from Peaks Restaurant
Peaks Restaurant



A unique dining experience emphasizing fresh ingredients with a fundamental culinary approach.



World-Class views accompany savory cuisine that will please a variety of tastes. Chef driven seasonal menus feature Natural Meats, Poultry, Fresh Seafood, and Local Produce from the Coachella Valley. Selections range from Hearts of Romaine Caesar to Classic Bacon and Avocado Blue Cheese Burger, Beet and Ricotta Fettuccini to 10oz Natural Filet Mignon. An approachable California Wine List features over 40 labels.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Peaks Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (83)special occasion (47)romantic (37)great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (17)kid-friendly (12)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (10)late-night find (5)notable wine list (5)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • inspirational story
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    As an author i found the experience of this mountain to be inspiring
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip and just pack a lunch
    Skip
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Don’t waste your time including requests to the restaurant with your online reservation because the restaurant wont acknowledge the requests. We had a reservation for lunch but our table was not ready, and we were served raw hamburgers. Next time we’ll pack a lunch for our hiking trip and enjoy eating somewhere in the beautiful park.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Full of flavour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had the steak and chicken dishes. Steak was cooked to perfection as ordered and hothot meals were full of flavour. We will be going back on a return visit
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful evening!
    Becca1982
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The staff here were extremely friendly and helpful. They couldn't do enough for us. They were also very accommodating as we had missed our original reservation and they still fit us in despite the restaurant having officially closed ten minutes previously. The views were spectacular and it made a really special evening. The menu wasn't extensive but there was enough choice for what we wanted. I had the salad which was delicious and a generous portion, however, the Kale Ragout was no more than bland chick peas mixed with Kale sadly. I was starving so I ate it and it wasn't unpleasant, just lacking flavour or variation. The bread pudding however was to die for! I have never tasted anything like it! This is a must!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    diningpros2
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We came here during Restaurant Week. Food was disappointing. One plate totally over salted the other under. Bones in the fish, as well as that of the diners next to us. Tempura soft shelled crab was more like beer battered, not tempura & the Pork Belly and Arugula starter had no arugula. The pork belly appeared to be boiled instead of seared & crispy. Cheesecake was good, chocolate cake dry & dense. When we arrived with a reservation we asked for a window table & told they only had 4 tops yet several of them had couples seated & two that were seated after us were also couples. Our server was pleasant and friendly, not overly attentive. We enjoyed the views and the tram ride but if there's a next time we'll order the burgers!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Visit to Palm Springs
    osakibill
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had the "Restaurant Week" Menu. 3 Course meal for $38 bucks. It was great. The Brazilian Skirt Steak and Baked Sea Bass entrees were fantastic. Presentation was beautiful. Look forward to going again on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Mpatrick
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The only reason I didn't give our experience a 5 star is because of the mosquitos. We ordered the prepared Restuarant Week three course meal and all entrees were delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a Tourist Trap
    drsbattenVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We've had lunch several times at Peaks but decided to try it for dinner during restaurant week. The food was very good (soft shell crabs lightly battered in tempura then flash fried were amazing) and the service was friendly and responsive. The evening was enjoyable as well because of the spectacular views and the friendliness of all the other patrons in the restaurant. The view, the food, the service and the congeniality of other guests made this a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dineoutfrequently
    alwaysdining
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    THE FOOD WAS FAIRLY GOOD. I ORDERED SEA BASS WHICH HAD A NUMBER OF LARGE BONES. THEY WERE OUT OF SALAD AND OUR RESERVATION WAS AT SIX. THE SOFT SHELL CRAB WAS OUTSTANDING. WE RECEIVED GOOD SERVICE IN THE DINING ROOM. THE BARTENDER APPEARED A LITTLE ANNOYED. IN HER DEFENSE, SHE WAS VERY BUSY AND ALONE.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food a pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Of course the view is grand. The food was better than expected: the Restaurant Week menu was more interesting than the usual a la carte one. Ostrich was nicely done. The service from Stephanie and Steve was good; the others looked like they were rookies. The restaurant could use a bit of a make-over as it seems about the same as when it originally opened. The decor and design isn't keeping up with the view and the food. The cafeteria next door should be separated out from a restaurant that has pretensions to fine dining.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience!
    nitediner1181
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This restaurant is located on top of a mountain! They did a great job creating access to the scenery for all patrons. We just happened to be on the top tier looking out to the valley of the desert. Food was excellent as we were there during the restaurant week and chose to dine from the limited 3-course menu provided. Waitress was very knowledgeable and often asked if we needed anything else. Great service all around, and the views are amazing. One cool thing we were able to see was the bats chasing the moths in the night time lights from the balcony.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    ourdinner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    After deciding to detour to Palm Springs after our vacation down the Pacific Coast Highway to ride the famous rotating gondola we decided to make dinner reservations for the Peak for restaurant week. The staff, service and food was all fantastic. We tried new things and loved it. We started our evening at the bar with Frank who served us a great wine and hummus plate while enjoying the view. When it was time for our dinner reservation he escorted us to the dining room with our wine glasses and bottles on a tray. He made sure that the hostess directed us to a window side table and since we were finishing our 25th anniversary trip it was the perfect touch. We had a lovely time and would absolutely suggest this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Peaks at Top of The Tram
    Buddy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The Tram ride and staff at The Tram were most welcoming and the views from The Tram and Peaks were spectacular. Service was attentive and the meal was quite good. A memorable experience we won't forget!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Dining in Coachella Valley
    NeverAgain
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My family & I (five in total) went up the tram to Peak's Restaurant for my aunt's birthday. Expecting a fine dinner, much like they advertise on their website, we were bitterly disappointed. My aunt's Caprese salad still had a sticker on the yellow tomatoes--they had not been washed. When our main course came out, my boyfriend's salmon was raw. The waiter said they "generally cook the salmon to medium rare", but this was not even medium rare. My aunt's Filet Mignon was also not fully cooked. She and I both ordered our filets to be medium, and hers was rare. The service was also terrible. The waiter not only never apologized for any of the mistakes, but he also asked if we wanted dessert before my boyfriend had even received his dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was alright.
    WellTravelledVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The food was good. I realize the limitations of being at the top of a mountain and really the burgers we had were good. However the server named Travis was less than okay. He rarely came by and seemed completely disinterested in serving us. A simple few actions such as eye contact and a smile would have been better than what we received.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience.
    Robin
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had a wonderful time. Even though we were over an hour late for our reservation, we were seated right away. We didn't think it would take more than an hour and a half to get to the top, we were wrong! Worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Good food, great service! Was hoping for a beautiful view from our table, but not so much..........
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  • To expensive
    MrsRounds
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Way to expensive for the quality of food. The service was very slow for a Monday when they weren't even busy
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best View in the Desert
    BillyVVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My family and I enjoyed a nice lunch at Peaks this past Saturday. I was expecting trashy tourist food. To our delight, we found the meal quite tasty. The Veggie burger was great as was my daughters cheese burger. The Hummas and Tapanade appetizer was wonderful. Many in-house made items to my surprise. The view was fantastic and the 70 degree tempurature was a welcome break from the 105 on the desert floor. We recommend Peaks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Morecowbell123
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I took my girlfriend up for our anniversary to peaks restaurant and we had a really nice time. The staff was friendly, the view was gorgeous and it's a really nice get away. The food prices are a little spendy, but that is expected. The restaurant itself could use some updating and more seclusion from the cafeteria and bar for this to be a higher rating.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worthwhile
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    this was a very pleasant location with good food and the views are spectacular = enjoy
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    AZGeek
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and had dinner while watching the sunset over the Coachella Valley below. The seared Ahi tuna appetizer was huge and could have been a meal by itself. Also had the bruschetta appetizer which was also quite fresh and tasty. Pasta was tender and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At the top.
    surfcitygrl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with the menu at Peaks Restaurant, after reading many poor reviews, we actually enjoyed the food and cocktails. The salad was fresh, bread was warm and freshly baked, I had the meat loaf which was very good, portion size was on the larger size, perfect for sharing. I would return again. We had so much food no room for dessert, but they also looked very tasty. Only one complaint and that was our server, he wasn't on top of it, but we were very pleased with another waiter who went out of his way for us, and that was Chris.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the world dining
    tdabblett
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a wonderful meal after a breathtaking tram ride up to the restaurant. It was amazing to see the desert below and turn around to be in a pine forest. The food was expertly prepared and service was very efficient and gracious. My only complaint was the sauce on my chicken was a bit on the salty side. Everything else was wonderful. We arrived a little early for our reservation and were quickly seated. It seemed like all tables had a view, but the ones at the far end and on the second floor were best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day treat
    Klofcc
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We took our mother to this restaurant and truly enjoyed it. The food was great and the view extraordinary. We purchased the summer pass tram tickets and can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • content and satisfied fresh air wow
    Brownbearsandcub88
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This place is really nice we felt right at home me and my wife on her first Mother's / birthday weekend she will never forget it. She had the salmon and it was very tasty, and my chicken club was almost perfect with exception of my bacon being a little under cooked .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasently Surprised
    Zevon
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Even after reading less than stellar reviews and hearing that the food was pricey and frozen I could not resist the opportunity to dine at 8,000+ feet! To our surprise, the food is not frozen, thanks to a new chef and it was better than average! Highlights were the seared Ahi Tuna, Charred Shrimp and pork chop. If you take into account the ambiance the prices are appropriate and you wont be dissappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So glad we went to Peaks!
    sundyf
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Our last night in Palm Desert, we rode the Palm Springs Aerial Tram and ate at Peaks restaurant. The service was excellent. Our waitress has worked at Peaks for seven years and was very attentive. The salmon was a little bland, but my husband had the pasta dish with shrimp and it was excellent. I think it's not only a great vacation spot, but would be fun for a special occasion as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Destination
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Dinner in Palm Springs at the top of the tram. Beautiful scenery. Good food. Good service. This romantic destination is perfect for that special occasion for you and that special person!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceeded expectations
    Sweathog58
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good food and service. thought it might not be as it might target tourists (like space needle does in seattle, aka mot bad but not worth price) but it was solid good food with nice presentation. environment almost too casual for niceness. wish observation level was elsewhere so people aren't wandering in front of you. not big deal considering epic location.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Dining
    Visitor29
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Peaks restaurant has spectacular views from San Jacinto Mountain and would be an impressive first date. The food was good but I thought $16 for a bacon cheese burger was overpriced. I enjoyed my Beringers Merlot, but the beer that was suggested as comparable to Coors light was very bitter & unappealing. We reserved a window seat but were given a table on the next level up and although it was comfortable only one of us had the benefits of the view. Been there done that.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    View is amazing and for anyone that hasn't taken the tram you must at some point. The food is what you would expect for remote dining - not great and not horrible. My wife and I had the spinach salad. Mine topped with shrimp and hers with chicken.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    BBooks
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    there was nothing special about the food.. The view is spectacular but you can just buy food from the cafeteria and it would be jsut as good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cancelled
    Michael
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Their contact phone was a recording that was impossible to contact the reservation. There was no where to cancel on the Open Table ap as well. Not a very good experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view!
    katie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food is fine, not spectacular. The view IS spectacular! What a fun day. Taking the tram from the desert to snow in the mountains in a matter of 10 minutes. The food is pretty standard, salads, sandwiches and burgers and it is fine for what it is. The service was not so good. It was unusual to me that the waitpeople were not assigned sections, they were assigned tables that were not close together so I am sure it was difficult to be attentive when they were serving all around the restaurant. Also, we had a noon reservation, we arrived on time, there were many open tables, the hostess was not busy, we had to wait about 15 minutes and the table where they sat us had been open that entire time. I'm not sure what was up with that!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canada
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The view was fantastic. Would like to come back on a clear evening and see the desert cities at night. Food was outstanding and wine selection very good. The service was very good and stated with the reservation. Will see you again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Dave18
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Everything is excellent but the food is over priced!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch and Hike
    Love2eat
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Great way to finish our hike. My wife and I shared the charred shrimp for an appetizer. Then we both had the New York steak. We were very pleased with the service and the food. The views were just breath taking.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We enjoyed our lunch and the server did an excellent job. The birthday cake was yummy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • View Was Great But . . .
    Omnivore
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The place is fairly expensive, so we were expecting better. The server was not that experienced and the XO called me "Buddy". My wife said her meatloaf tasted like cat food. I tasted it and thought that was a bit harsh, but still should have been better. My pasta was bland. If we had paid $20 for the meal, it would have been OK, but, as it was billed, we were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet