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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Canopy Wine Lounge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (66)
$50 and over
Wine Bar
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Canopy Wine Lounge is a driving source for wine & community no matter where your palate takes you. To curate this lounge, a partnership formed between longtime Palm Springs local Noah Mamet and the owner of our 15 unique winery properties around the globe. Our decor is a modern take on the popular design of the 1950's, using clean lines, pops of color, and various textured fabrics and fixtures.

To accent our wine bar, we have a custom-built clay amphora where our in-house winemaker will be fermenting and ageing a Californian rosé. Glowing fireplace features highlight our meticulously curated selection of desert plants. Our food bites are meant to be paired with quality-driven wines and lively conversation between friends.

Top review
GauchoW8vip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful venue. Great ambiance and beautiful decor. Amazing wine selection. Not your usual wine selection. Jen, our server, was great and very knowledgeable of the wines on the list. We had the mezze plate which was very good, specially the great marinated olives. This is a great addition to ever growing PS scene.
A photo of Trixie Motel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (80)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Join us at Trixie Motel in our iconic BARbara Lounge for specialty cocktails, curated wines, and select beers. We serve light bites including our most popular onion dip, parmesan fries, and specialty pizzas.

*We are a cashless property
*We require valid identification for everyone in your party. All guests must be 21+
*All reservations are made online and may be made up to 30 days in advance
*We have a grace period of 15 minutes for each reservation before releasing the table to the next party
*All reservations are for 1.5 hour window during peak hours (3PM-8PM)
*Walk-ins welcome for bar seating based on availability
*Due to the size of our space we are unable to merge tables for larger parties
*We welcome parties of up to six guests through OpenTable. For larger groups please inquire through our event form on our website


We are a pink, speak easy bar experience and are perfect for that before or after dinner cocktail and light bite. We cannot wait to welcome you!

Top review
AndyFvip
Dined 1 day ago
This is a fantastic spot to get drinks with your girlfriends. Very limited food menu but great drinks!
A photo of Bar Cecil restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1391)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
"Your Pleasure is Our Pleasure!"

Please join us at Bar Cecil for a delightful evening. We welcome parties of 5 or fewer guests (limited space for parties of 5). Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate larger parties.

We book tables for 2 hours. Last dinner orders are taken at 9 pm and we close the bar at 10 pm. We've gone cashless and happily accept credit and debit cards.

Due to our small size, tables with separate reservations can not be combined. Please reserve online; if OpenTable is not showing availability, we're fully booked or it is more than 30 days out. We accept reservations up to 30 days out. Our bar is always walk-in and we open at 5 pm (the bar list is usually full around 4:30 pm).

We can't wait to have you as our guests! "Shall we?"

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We loved Bar Cecil! All aspects were above expectations. The service was friendly, caring and efficient. The food was delicious and well presented. The atmosphere was amazing. Seemed like everyone was having a great time. It was a fantastic vibe. Music was perfect. Highly recommend. Our favorite in Palm Springs.
A photo of The Pantry at Holiday House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (76)
$30 and under
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Serving our modern take on classic “Americana” cuisine, The Pantry reinterprets the traditional resort menu using a fusion of new techniques and influences. Highlighting the abundance of fresh ingredients sourced from California and the vibrant Coachella Valley, our menu showcases the rich culinary heritage. From farm-fresh produce to locally sourced meats and artisanal cheeses, every ingredient reflects the essence of our locale.

Executive Chef Shawn Applin graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He eventually moved west and began working at restaurants, including Scala’s Bistro and Seattle’s Flying Fish, where he worked alongside James Beard Award-winning chef Christine Keff, Michael Mina’s RN74, and eventually 84 Yesler.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the resort being Adults Only 21+, we ask that no one under 21 are allowed at the restaurant.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
What a lovely atmosphere! The service was excellent and the menu is well-edited. Highly recommend!
A photo of Del Rey at Villa Royale restaurant
4.6
4.6 (773)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Housed inside stucco walls, Villa Royale’s intimate bar and eatery, Del Rey, offers up a twelve-seat oak and marble bar, tufted vinyl booths and an outdoor covered terrace equipped with a fire-pit for long nights under the desert moonlight. Serving tapas-style fare inspired by Spanish and Mediterranean flavors and a Mediterranean-leaning wine program from Spanish varietals and local wines.
Minors are not allowed.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Loved this place! Will definitely come back! In fact, we’ll be staying at the hotel, too!
A photo of Arnold Palmer's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4489)
$31 to $50
American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant features Progressive American cuisine, including fresh seafood, steaks, and some of Arnie’s great comfort foods. This one-of-a-kind restaurant features many indoor dining options, including multiple private rooms, a beautiful bar and lounge, and an impressive wine room that houses 2,500 bottles with a large table for special events up to 20 guests. The extensive newly remodeled patio (awarded 2022 top 100 outdoor dining restaurants in the country by open table diners) offers live entertainment every night featuring Mark Linford with stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and breathtaking landscape.
Top review
NALEVvip
Dined today
Had a fabulous dinner. Small prime rib was a huge serving. Best hamburger I ever had. Lovely guitarist. But what made AP over the top was our waiter Cory. He was always available although clearly busy. Cory made the difference. Next time I will request being seated at one of Cory’s table. The Doctors Levinson
A photo of The Barn Kitchen at Sparrow's Lodge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (147)
$30 and under
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Adults Only 21+

Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant for 2022 and 2023

The Barn Kitchen offers a refined take on rustic American cuisine. Focusing on influences from the nearby Coachella Valley, the Barn Kitchen brings small local farms and the unique aspects of the desert to classic American favorites. We aim to create simple, uncomplicated cuisine by showcasing fresh California ingredients. By creating a communal dining atmosphere, we invite all of our guests to make meaningful connections and savor each experience.

The Barn Kitchen is open daily for lunch from 11 am – 4 pm and dinner from 5pm – 9pm. The bar remains open until 11 pm every day for hotel guests, serving a selection of microbrews, wine, and spirits. In the evening, gather around the fire pit for star gazing and smores. Outside guests must reserve a table for lunch and dinner.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and a unique, beautiful property. Highly recommend!
A photo of FARM restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3600)
$50 and over
French
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
FARM is a traditional Provencial-style restaurant in downtown Palm Springs in the historic Plaza, tucked away from traffic. Chef has taken care to create a menu comprised of traditional European dishes, brimming with locally sourced produce and artisanal meats. In true Provencial-style, the prix fixe dinner menu is served at a pace so you may enjoy your evening with us.
Enjoy a meal in our outdoor setting and take in the ambiance of being out of the city and transported magically to the South of France.
*I apologize, but we do not have Vegan menu items. *

Top review
TamaraD
Dined today
The ambience and food was incredible! The service tonight was a little off. Not indicative of the $69 price.
A photo of SO.PA at L'Horizon Resort and Spa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (727)
$50 and over
Californian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
An ADULTS ONLY destination by Reservation. SO•PA has a NO PETS POLICY.

Decadent, refined, and intimate, SO•PA offers a unique alfresco dining experience. Join us for dinner in an intimate outdoor setting under the stars as Michelin Star awarded Chef Michael Hung presents the seasonally enticing menu. Your elegant, yet relaxed evening includes world class cocktails and a sophisticated, yet approachable wine cellar curated by our in-house Wine Spectator awarded Sommelier. You won't want to miss an aperitif or digestif at our exclusive fire pit and poolside bar. VALET is COMPLIMENTARY.

**2023 Winner of Diners Choice Award**


Top review
ScottHvip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing dinner and service. Andi was our server and she was fantastic chef Michael Hung created four amazing courses paired with an amazing selection of rosé, cocktails, and rosé wine by the hotel’s sommelier. I’d recommend anybody to go in one of these. They’re amazing for the value.
A photo of The Purple Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1798)
$31 to $50
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era comes alive at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, the desert’s premier supper club. The Purple Room is where Frank, Sammy, Dean and their pals cavorted on and off the stage in the swinging 60s.

Step in and you’ll be transported back to the elegance of the era: an intimate and inviting room, classic cocktails, world-class cuisine and the best in live entertainment seven nights a week. Hobnob with celebrities, locals, and visitors alike at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room — where Palm Springs plays!

Tuesday-Thursday enjoy acclaimed jazz entertainers from 6:30 to 9:30, No cover.

Tuesday through Thursday is the best Jazz Happy Hour in Valley from 4:00 to 6:00

Friday through Sunday join us for dinner and a show (tickets required) featuring nationally-known entertainers.

The Purple Room has been voted #1 on TripAdvisor and one of the top 100 restaurants in the country by Open Table.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The purple room keeps jazz alive. The ambiance is exceptional, the waitress and waitresses are extremely professional and friendly. We didn’t have to wait long for food. There isn’t a single bad thing I can say about this place.
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