Melvyn's Restaurant
Melvyn's Restaurant

Melvyn's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://inglesideinn.com/melvyns_restaurant.html
  • Phone: 7603252323
  • 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
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer 2 private dining rooms seating up to 50-85 guests, and 75-100 standing,
    both great for meetings and private dining. We have hosted meetings for Pitney Bowes, CBS, Warner Records and many others. Use the hotel for a business retreat and meet in the private rooms for meals, meetings, etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Brian Ellis 7603252323
  • 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
39 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)romantic (27)neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (14)vibrant bar scene (12)great for brunch (8)good for groups (6)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • A Classic not to be missed
    LagunaFriendsVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    If you have not been to Melvyn's and have any interest in what is truly "retro" and precious and wonderful, go now - who knows how long before it is gone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • P.S.
    Thom
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great restaurant, excellent service a must if you are in Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun experience
    Diner1936VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    This is like stepping back in time. The decor has not changed since the 50's! Food was great, service was outstanding, but nothing beats the ambience! A must place to eat if you are visiting Palm Springs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blast into the Past
    PartyGroupVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This place has been around for more than 80 years. Dining here gives you a feel for what it must have been like when the Rat Pack was running around in Palm Springs. The food is very good and a good sized and reasonably priced wine list. The wait staff is outstanding. We sat on the patio this visit which is my favorite place. The bar is always busy, but they seem to have it staffed appropriately every time I visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blast from the past,
    Daisy
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Lovely restaurant! Reminded us of days gone by. The service was wonderful and the food great. The Inn looked amazing and we may try to stay there when we are back the next time. Will definitely go again,
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food and outstanding se
    RichRMVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    A friend and I had lunch at Melvyn's one day this week. I had the club sandwich. It was the best club sandwich I have ever had. I should add that I have had many, many clubs over the years. The service was excellent. There was a slight problem with the reservation, however the manager was more than helpful and corrected the issue immediately, even calling me to make sure that he had taken care of everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quack quack
    hungrymanmix
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Get the duck.... it was amazing... visit a walk through history.... wear your best clothes...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night
    Nelly
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We bring all out guests from out of town. The food is amazing, service is outstanding and if you're lucky Melvyn will stop by your table and share a joke. It's a classic place with classic fare. It's not a stretch to imagine The rat pack sipping on a few drinks and enjoying the steak Dianne (cooked at your table) along with another classic- cherries jubilee- for dessert. A must for anyone that's visiting or a good excuse to have a night out, and then kick up your shoes on the dance floor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sat night at melvyns
    thankskdVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    wonderful! the lounge has not changed since we were last there. the resrtaurant was both delightful and delicious in a vintage sort of way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh Melvyn!
    travlinLAVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Haven't been there for a couple of years, trying new places, and glad we came back. Won't be long until our next return! Food was great, service attentive, love it, love it, love it. Bar was lively (Monday night?), singer and audience seemed to be having a great time as well.....next time we will stay for the whole evening, and will try the Brunch, that was recommended by some friends as terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Past it's time...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    If the food had been decent (best Cobb in the desert? - hardly), or the service less than sloppy, We might have overlooked it's aging decor. This desert tradition needs an update all around. On the other hand, maybe it is more of a bar scene type of place. We were there for lunch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • True institution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The chicken pot pie is absolutely amazing ,it's a must order, and the seafood creeps were probably one of the best dishes I've had in a long time. Melvyn's is a true gem, and I recommend this restaurant to anyone who is visiting Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nostalgic Cool but crowded
    Drummer28
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentines Day - place was packed & we were seated 1/2 hour for our already late (8:45pm) reservation. Enjoyed the bar scene & cabaret singer, but it was really loud. Our dinner overall was good, but we both ordered the prixe fixe surf & turf, and were disappointed that the lobster was severely overcooked on both plates. Servers were great. We'd give it another try on a non-holiday night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate