Sullivan's Steakhouse - Palm Desert
Sullivan's Steakhouse - Palm Desert

Sullivan's Steakhouse - Palm Desert

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sullivanssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 7603413560x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lounge:
    Opens Daily at 3:00pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Swingin' at Sully's - Every Thursday & Sunday 3:00pm to Close

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Favinger
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are THE valley offsite catering choice, our reputation is known for such stellar events as the "Bob Hope Chrysler Classic" and the annual music festivals at the Polo Grounds each year. For parties of twenty to two thousand, we are the choice.
  • Entertainment: Live music six nights a week. Smooth Brothers every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Pablo Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The parking is extensive, well lit and safe. A two story structure can handle your car, private limo or group bus.
A word from Sullivan's Steakhouse - Palm Desert
Sullivan’s is a vibrant neighborhood American Steakhouse featuring the finest steaks & seafood, hand shaken martinis, & live music. We offer comfortable fine dining in a lively atmosphere. From the moment you step inside our lounge for drinks, appetizers or dinner, you will feel the energy and excitement provided by our professional team. Sullivan’s serves the finest Midwestern hand selected steaks aged a minimum of 28 days, simply seasoned and broiled at 1,200 degrees, fresh seafood, a wide selection of cravable appetizers, soups, salads and side dishes. Our desserts are house-made daily. Our Wine Spectators "Award of Excellence" wine list offers an array of selections from around the world. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, we look forward to quickly becoming your favorite local steakhouse.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Sullivan's Steakhouse - Palm Desert reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)vibrant bar scene (48)romantic (30)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (24)hot spot (18)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • We were impressed overall
    LocalFOODloverVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    We were impressed overall with the quality of food - it was exceptional. What made a separate impression was the truly orchestrated and impeccable service! Our lead server was a young woman from Alaska; such poise and professionalism is rarely seen from a young woman. All of our servers never missed a beat, they were there at exactly the right moment, and were friendly in a professional manner that made us feel appreciated as guests. The management was very hands-on as well; greeting each table and jumping in to assist a server or bus person at moment's notice...they kept their eyes on the entire room. Truly exceptional. Thank you. Tonya Hayes
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservations were not honored
    SamIAm
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    Reservations were not honored - we waited 45 minutes. The wine list is exhorbitant & not at all interesting.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Has to be the best steakhouse
    Seafooodluvr
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    Has to be the best steakhouse in the desert. The food and service were outstanding, not to mention the very sophisticated ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue cheese wedge salad should
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    Blue cheese wedge salad should not have tomatoes, and potatoes au gratin should be in thin slices, not in chunks. Petit filet mignon was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SHANG IS MARVELOUS, AND WE
    lilo42VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    SHANG IS MARVELOUS, AND WE ADORE GOING TO SULLIVAN'S! LEE COOPER
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I specifically requested a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    I specifically requested a nice table as my husband and I were celebrating our anniversary that night. However, we got the worst table in the room right next to the kitchen and the service area. When I asked to be moved, I informed they were completed booked and there was no other table available. Very disappointing. Steak was overdone, but otherwise a lovely and very tasty dinner. A dress code might give the joint a little more class.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our food was overcooked, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Our food was overcooked, the waiter never brought my husband his dinner salad, and for the price, we expected much more. We were disappointed and would not return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While our steaks were excellent
    LindaB
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    While our steaks were excellent (and the creamed spinach, too), the restaurant was so noisy, it greatly detracted from our enjoyment of the meal. We had to repeat everything we said to each other at least twice, because it was so difficult to hear right across the table. For just that reason, we probably will not go back to dine there. Also, when I made the reservation, I mentioned that we were celebrating our anniversary. The hostess wished us "Happy Anniversary" when she seated us, almost as an aside or "Oh, by the way . . ."; but that was the end of it. It would have been nice, especially at a fairly pricey restaurant, to have been offered a complimentary dessert for the occasion. On a more positive note, our waitress was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SULLIVAN'S IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE
    lilo42VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    SULLIVAN'S IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE CASUAL DINING RESTAURANTS...WE KNOW & APPRECIATE THE MANAGEMENT...THE FOOD IS GENERALLY CONSISTENT! WE LOVE IT! MR. & MRS. LES COOPER (IE: LILO aka LEE COOPER)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • as usual the wait even with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    as usual the wait even with a reservation is always too long. and yes, they are always "sorry" about it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok. Would not go back.
    RenataVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    It was ok. Would not go back. Food came out in shifts instead of all at once. Way to noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the spot my nephew
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    This is the spot my nephew and his wife had wanted to go for a long time. They had visited the fish rest. next door but not Sullivan's. The high spot of the evening was to see Goldy Hawn and Kurt Russell arrive and sit in the booth next to us. I have always respected the privacy of others whether "stars" or not and did so on this night. It made the evening very memorable and during the time we were there everyone treated them as "just another customer" which I believe says a lot for the customers and staff at Sullivan's. Thank you for an enjoyable dining experience, everything was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steaks and terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Great steaks and terrific service. The servers were all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very special evening--our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Very special evening--our first, but NOT our last, visit to Sullivans. Our waiter, Nick, couldn't have been better. My Kanses City Strip Steak was the BEST steak I have ever tasted. Will we go back--you bet we will!!! Liz and Davey Snyder
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We started off with a waiter
    RubymanVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    We started off with a waiter with too many stations so we had to wait 10 minutes plus to be greeted. We asked for a different waiter who saved the experience. Cowboy ribeye was good but not great. Not that tender. Mushrooms and potatoes were excellent. No outside wine allowed? Probably will make us move to Ruth's Chris.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hello, our experience at Sullivan's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Hello, our experience at Sullivan's was wonderful...We will return again! Allis King
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service. Unlike
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Great food and service. Unlike other steak houses, this one has lots of options for non-steak eaters. My girlfriends all loved their steaks but were envious of my sea bass. It was fabulous. Their lobster bisque is a must have. They also have a great bar and big martinis.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very unique mix of customers.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Very unique mix of customers. Much older crowd (40+) with some families (w/kids) here and there. There were several large groups (10+) having special occasions with balloons, etc. Very dark inside. Food is comparable to a Fleming's or Morton's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had been to Sullivan's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    We had been to Sullivan's for jazz on one of their Thursday nights, but this was our first experience in the dining room, and it was fabulous - the food is terrific, and so is the service. It was our wedding anniversary and they prepared a beautiful souffle for us. We plan on going to Sullivan's again next time we are in the Palm Desert area, which is approximately every six months.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No kid menu or kid friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    No kid menu or kid friendly food in a resort destination such as Palm Desert this is unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I rated Noise as Moderate,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    I rated Noise as Moderate, which did not bother me at all. It was rather lively.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Our favorite restaurant in the Desert. We try to get there every two weeks and find OpenTable the best way to get there. Thanks
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food at a decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Very good food at a decent value. great service once seated. Only complaint was waiting 35 minutes to be seated with a reservation
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had to wait 30 minutes after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Had to wait 30 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. No effort whatsoever to make up for that problem (e.g., no drinks in the bar while we waited, no free dessert with the dinner, etc.) making me think this is a routine occurence. Probably wouldn't go back as a result.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a very poor experience at
    UnhappydinerVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    a very poor experience at a restaurant I usually enjoy. The manager did what he could to fix the problems, but it was too little, too late.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant was very loud and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Restaurant was very loud and crowded. Could not push my chair out without bumping into the table behind me. They need to remove a few of the tables so people can breath. Reservations were for 8:30 and didn't get seated until 9:00
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terribly dissapointing, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Terribly dissapointing, not a good place for steak compared to other options in town. would go to LG's, which has awesome steak (but expensive) or Ruth's Chris. I would never return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reception staff untrained,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Reception staff untrained, unprofessional and impolite. Food is good, think of this as being at the top of the mid tier chain category, like an LGs. Its not a Mortons or Ruths Criss. Be prepared to be sold to at every step, pushy wait staff yet responsive.It's not on my list to return to.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The only thing I didn't like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    The only thing I didn't like is that they eliminated their Open Corkage policy. I understand that some people may have abused the policy, but eliminating it all together is not a good move. We won't be back as we'll go to LGs or Flemings since they allow the open corkage. We only brought one bottle for a 4 top, certainly an exception should have been made. Very disappointing as we've been to Sullivan's many, many times and always look forward to dining there. This just didn't sit right with me and I'm choosing to take my business elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gone down hill as far as a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/13/2008
    Gone down hill as far as a great date place. More of a party sceen.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent American-style steak
    ANonyMouse
    Dined on 2/25/2008
    Excellent American-style steak house. Premium meats. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in the Desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2008
    Best Restaurant in the Desert by Far! Perfect Steaks. Make sure you get the mushroom caps. Best Wine List. Very nice piano bar and Sunday Happy Hour Menu. Don't pass this up!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutly fantastic food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2007
    Absolutly fantastic food and the service TOP DRAWER! My husband and I began the evening with limo service to Sullivan's as it was our last night together before he went to Iraq. From the moment we walked in we were treated very well, I felt special. The service compares to no-other. The food was super! The server was also very knowledgeable with their wine selection in which I was impressed. Excellent restaurant!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been three times and
    1officediva2VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2007
    We've been three times and every time we were made to wait 30 minutes or more for our reservation. This seems to be a continuing problem with this restaurant! The last time we went, we complained to the manager who comped us appetizers to try to make things up to us, but we're still hesitant to return. It'a shame as the steaks are really, really great, but who wants to be treated like that? The management and front desk receptionist/hostess treat customers like our time is of no importance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service. From the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2007
    Excellent service. From the moment we walked in the door until we were seated, every staff member smiled and said hello. The foodservice was great, and the wine list extensive. Although expensive, it was a nice surprise to find a list with a wide variety of older vintages and rare wines available. The food was terrific. Quality of meat was top notch, and the salads and sides were all that you seek in a traditional steakhouse. As we watched several meals throughout the dining room, the consistency of the food was clear- a rare treat, especially in the desert. Great for a special occasion when you want to enjoy excellent service. It can be noisy, but a very upbeat ambiance and enjoyable experience overall. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic