Escena Lounge & Grill

4.3
931 reviews
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Contemporary American
Browse or call for Summer Specials! The best view and outdoor dining patio in Palm Springs. Period. Escena Lounge and Grill pairs delectable California-fusion cuisine with eye-popping design and a playful, retro vibe. Spacious indoor and dog friendly outdoor dining areas frame majestic views of the towering San Jacinto Mountains. Ranked among OpenTable's 2015 Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America, Escena Lounge & Grill offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour. Small and large events are welcome. Hours, menus and event schedules vary seasonally; please call or check our website for current information. Escena Lounge + Grill is located within the Escena Palm Springs community and is connected to the stunning Escena Golf Club. Dining and golf are open to the public year-round. Enter from Vista Chino 200 yards east of Gene Autry Trail.
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RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely surroundings in a spacious room with stunning views of mountains and golf course. It makes the most of its country club setting. The food is casual but well done. Cocktails are spot on.

d
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Escena has been one of our favorites îsince moving to the desert three years ago. While we are usually there for lunch, we have also enjoyed Sunday brunch, so it made sense to try a mid-week breakfast visit. The restaurant was extremely quiet and the service a little slow given that fact, but we were in no hurry. Two of us had the bacon omelet, but the omelet was over cooked and the bacon a little tough— the delicious cherry tomatoes around which the omelet folded were the saving grace for the dish. My simple eggs and ham order was tasty, though the ham was a little on the thin side. What was most disappointing were the hash browns: undercooked and basically tasteless — make sure to ask for them to be on the crispy side. Of course, the views from the restaurant windows are exceptional and add to the comfortable chairs and quiet ambiance. Will we return? Certainly, one breakfast experience can’t outdo the wonderful experiences from two dozen lunch and brunch visits!

JS
Palm Springs
50 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

A real failure. Food was bland. Service was spotty.

E
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. Food was delicious, enjoyed sitting afterwards to watch fireworks.

LH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magical desert vibe, always delish food and easy professional service delivery. The views, the mid century modern architecture make the setting a delightful place to share a meal and a goblet of vino or a flute of bubbles. We'll be back!

HH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esena is always dependable for good food and a nice atmosphere. I’ve been there many times and I’ve not been disappointed. The food is always good and the service is very very nice.

D
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quiet Saturday lunch. Beautiful setting outdoors. Nice menu. Very tasty.

L
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met our friends for “Restaurant Week” all of us had already decided what we were going to order. Needless to say, we were really looking forward to our dinner. When we got there the waiter told us they were not serving the special menu...period. We had to speak to the manager, it took awhile, honestly we considered leaving. My girlfriend spoke to Kelli and she explained that they had a big event and the kitchen couldn’t handle the special event and the special menu. She was very generous in making it right. Thank you, Kelli for turning our experience into a good one!

GP
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to dine here. Service is friendly and prompt, and the menu has a wide variety of choices to satisfy everyone. The beautiful scenery overlooking the golf course is a bonus!

FO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place to take guests/visitors. Menu in need of updating. It’s nice to see ample wait staff again. Best view in town. Furniture in need of repair/cleaning.

JT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a lovely venue and is quiet except for Wednesday evenings and Sundays when there is rather unpleasant sound. But i personally don't care for non melodic loud sounds, especially when they are guitar chords. Food is mediocre. The strawberry ricotta pancakes do not use real strawberries, it is sort of a ground product, maybe from a frozen mix. There was one discernible piece of strawberry. However the fruit plate is abundant and contained a nice variety. The cottage cheese tasted regular, not the cheaper low fat kind. Coffee is good. Had a weird Old Fashioned there once, but it was ok. Might have been made from a mix if there is such a thing. Chef and server were super about accommodating an egg allergy! Crab cakes are good. The 6 meatballs on the bar menu are only 4 and a bit dry. Order something else. There is an oily green sauce on the buns of the veggie burger, but no flavoring, sauce or anything on the burger itself. So of course if you are trying to avoid all the carbs of the bun you don't get any of the sauce, which has little flavor anyway, but would have been nice if it had been part of the contents, not spread on the bun. An absolutely gorgeous setting. Servers are very helpful. Nice background music, and it is very possible to have a conversation at Escena!

SH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was so dead but it took nearly two hours to eat with a party of six. I know we had appetizers but it was a slow experience for literally no one being there. Totally a mehhhhhh experience with slow service. Don’t bother dining on the weekends there

GS
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Been here several times during the regular season and enjoyed myself. This time in the off season everything went down hill. My mushroom burger, which I've had before , was not good at all. Meat was dry and tasteless and topped with a strange combination of mushrooms and blue cheese that was green? And the coleslaw was made from mushy broccoli? My friends meals were just OK, nothing more. Would recommend Escena during regular season only.

O
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed dining at Escena several times. It never disappoints. The restaurant and staff consistently deliver great cuisine and service. The location is beautiful and inviting. This time I dined on fresh salmon salad and my partner had the popular fish sandwich. The homemade chips are very tasty too! Always a winner in my book.

PD
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food continues to go downhill, uninspired and good food isn't that hard. Service varies from poor to ok. View is all it has going for itself at the moment.

DR
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter for her birthday dinner and we had such a beautiful view, good food, and excellent service!

S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

No one was at the restaurant. We were the only table and felt as if they didn't want us there

RC
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to spend a summer evening. The floor to ceiling windows give you an amazing view of the mountains and sunset and the exterior lighting provides amazing ambiance. We had the warm spinach salad, scallops and a burger - all great. Perfect place for date night or dinner with friends.

JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Go for the iconic view of Mt. San Jacinto and the Santa Rosa mountains while dining from the golf course adjacent terrace. The restaurant grill may have had an off day, but two of the four entrees were delivered incorrectly and had to be sent back. We were then overcharged on the bill, and had to have it corrected. The staff were friendly, and attempted to swiftly correct the errors. The food was unremarkable. I would return only on a rare occasion with out of town guests for the magnificent view and setting.

G
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch enjoying the views of the mountains in their outdoor dining area, nice selection on menu, excellent service.

F
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best views of the mountains, over the golf course, watching planes fly in and out of the airport. Unfortunately we had to ask to have our table wiped upon arrival--staff didn't seem to notice debris, etc. Recommend Escena for breakfast and lunch. Quite pricey on the dinner menu, all things considered. Love this place!

OT
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant!

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PS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Firstly, the greeter- slow, very casually dressed, loose hair, no makeup- it was a poor impression to start things off. The patio is starting to look shabby- no obvious floor and seating plan. Service slow, no energy, no pride of service. Food was marginally good. For a beautifully situated restaurant in a prestigious neighbourhood- this venue has slipped since its opening. In a city where style is abundant- there is very little here- almost none. It requires a new discipline in menu, food and service to bring people back. Also saw three tables come in (from the golf greens), not via the main entrance, and they were completely ignored until they left- the hostess wasn't watching for this and the servers ignored them- terrible attitude for a service industry. I will not be returning or recommending no matter how good the views. Very sad- it was once a favourite eating spot.

ES
Palm Springs
67 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Always a wonderful setting and food is consistently okay. Service this tome was terrible. We felt bad for the new waiter because he clearly is not meant to be a waiter. Sweet, but inept. Brought and nearly opened a higher priced wine than we ordered. Good thing we caught it before he opened it. Believe this is a one-off experience in light of our previous visits. Setting is the selling point and food very average but reasonably priced.

GS
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service from start to fin ish was very attentive and courteous. The views were stunning. The food was delicious.

S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Great ambience. Convenient for after-golf meal. Service friendly but slow.

WP
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Average menu for lunch....nothing stands out. Service is slow and can be unattentive...price for lunch (no alcohol or wine) with tax and tip $20......ample parking
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C
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite lunch spot

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escena Lounge & Grill is one of my favorite dining experiences in Palm Springs. The view, service and food are excellent. I recommend it to all my friends.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

If you're looking for one of the best views in Palm Springs, Escena is it. Simply breathtaking. Well worth putting up with the poor service and fair food.

s
Palm Springs
69 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Fabulous patio, very comfortable chairs, view to die for. But we sat for at least 10 minutes before service. Young inexperienced server was very pleasant and once we did see her service improved thereafter. Food was good but not exceptionsl. Prices were fair. Wine and beer fairly priced too.

SC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary (54) dinner after visiting the Tram and Cabazon Outlet Store’s.

M
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the beef/lentil soup --- very good. Honey dew/basil salad also good, as was the pear/pomegranate salad. Two entrees of halibut, a martini and glass of wine --- all good and reasonably priced. Would definitely go again.

VS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at an outdoor table with view of the golf course and water feature. Palm trees and homes. Then mountains in the distance. Amazing food. Terrific service.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Great view, mediocre food, terrible service.

g
Raleigh
110 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is very good and always a nice place to get a good bite and a nice glass of wine. Mike and Luis are the greatest servers in Palm Springs for sure.

MD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escena Grill has an outstanding patio with views of the golf course and landscape - the food is good and service is friendly and accommodating. The inside seating is also very comfortable and many window tables also offer great views of the golf course and sunsets. Highly recommended.

RL
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

D
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent venue with spectacular views of the golf course and mountains. Always a beautiful place to take visitors for the Palm Springs experience.

IC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I don't get the bad reviews. It's one of the best views in Palm Springs. I do miss the complimentary potato chips! but the service is still good, the food while not groundbreaking, is satisfying and well prepared and presented. The servers are generally good to excellent. All things considered, I give it 4.5 stars.

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