Escena Lounge & Grill

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Currenly open for takeout only. Mon-Sat 11a-7p, Sun 10a-5p thru 4/30. Browse or call for hours of operation, specials and menus! 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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MichaelT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food2service2ambience5

I have dined here several times. However this time it seemed as if they were understaffed and the regular cook phoned in sick. Eggs Benedict overcooked hard yolks, bacon uncured and tasteless. Menu print very small . All past experiences were much better. Quality or grade of food seemed slightly substandard from previous dining experiences I have enjoyed here. I feel they could charge more and provide better quality and the clientele would support it.

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RandyS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view of the mountains, the fairways and planes landing and taking off....perfect setting for a reunion lunch

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MichaelT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a late breakfast with a couple of friends very enjoyable everything was great

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JoshuaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for breakfast - reasonable prices and good food - best Hollandaise sauce so far that I have had in the valley and the biggest portions of smoked salmon you have ever seen!

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TheodoreZ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining only. It was 104 outside so it was doable with the misters.

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StevenS
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The scenery was beautiful and the food was great! Not much more we could want.

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NancyE
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The view is magnificent and the service and food were outstanding but they did not have the misters on and would not turn them on and, with only having outdoor dining, the heat made it somewhat miserable.

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vipKathyW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice place for lunch during Covid. It was a super hot day but the overhang and misters kept us cool.

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vipRealtorRob
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lunch was enjoyable on the patio. I felt that the staff had all of our health in mind as they took great care of us from 6’ away, wearing masks and gloves. The food was decent, the staff and golf course views were wonderful!

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
450 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be one of our go-to favorites. Simple, light menu (love the salads!), casually elegant surroundings, professional and warm staff. We love it/1

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vipTonyP
Los Angeles
192 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around! You won’t be disappointed!

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
450 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great food, great service, and great view! Has become one of our "go-to" favorites, and for very good reason! Casual, relaxed, away from the zaniness of Palm Springs (which is often, but not always welcome... sometimes, one simply wants a good meal at a good price with a beautiful view of the valley and mountains and no hustle, bustle, or stress... this is the place!).

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vipRonS
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't beat the view from the patio, but the wonderful experience does not end there. Service & food rank right up there to make Escena the perfect spot for lunch. With their covered patio, misters and fans, the near 120 temperature didn't stand a chance to dampen our fun.

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PSJason
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

During COVID, I've eaten on the patio twice for lunch. The staff does a very good job a minding the appropriate protocols. The food is always dependable, if not very inspired. The views of the course and mountains is lovely. Truly an excellent go-to in Palm Springs.

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
450 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're a reader of Open Table reviews, as you make your dining choices, you may see multiple reviews by me of Escena Lounge & Grill. Regardless of the establishment, each dining experience is a unique one, due to a nearly endless combinations of variables (time of day, other diners, overall "buzz" of a restaurant, the mood of any and many at each moment, etc.). Given that I so heavily rely on reviews of other Open Table diners (I have never found any other platform to be as informative or reliable), I tend to offer a review after nearly every dining experience... even if that results in multiple reviews over a short period of time.

We are pleased that we discovered Escena Lounge & Grill, not only because it is relatively proximate to our house (lots of places are, and many are even closer), but also the casual informality, yet graceful familiarity, that permeates the establishment. The facility is beautiful, it is impeccably clean (and visibly takes exceptional precautions against Covid concerns), the staff is very friendly, yet quite professional, and more... The current menu is limited, but it is also more than sufficient. We've never been disappointed, regardless of seeking breakfast, a pleasant lunch, or a more substantial dinner. With a huge, shaded patio that overlooks the mountains surrounding Palm Springs and the rest of the Coachella Valley, "gazing toward the horizon" is something that I've observed appeals to all diners.

During the evenings, we've observed diners in shorts, polo shirts, and casual shoes; I suspect there is no "dress code" (except for common sense). However, we'v also observed folks "dressed up" to enjoy an anniversary or other celebratory meal -- and nobody seems out of place. "Country club grille" is the feel, and it always feels good to be at Escena!

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IngridQ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

fantastic view, good food, but for our first experience the costumer service was poor, every time we need assist with anything we were waiting 10 or 15 minutes, inclusive we wait long time for napkins and utensils.

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FRANKG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved it. Felt that the service could have been a bit sharper but overall everyone was nice and the food was too.

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vipJhnyguitar
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Escena is great during the pandemic because there is plenty of room in between the tables and it's outside. Highly recommended.

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vipNYCNative
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful Setting.

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MichaelT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you love you guys

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect lunch spot. Gorgeous views, delicious food, reasonable prices, great staff and super comfortable in these times of covid. Tables very far apart, staff fully masked and with gloves.

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vipHal1
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were socially distancing outside. Overlooking a lovely golf course helped. Almost felt like nothing was different.

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
450 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This dining spot is a gem. Service is great, decor is pleasant, and the food is delicious -- ALL at a reasonable price. Parking is easy. Not too far from downtown Palm Springs, it's a world away, in terms of the unrestricted views of the scenic beauty, engulfed in the calm that the desert can provide. Our server, "Cesar M," ensured that our meal was delightful. Note - please check their hours; like most other restaurants in the area, they're a bit limited, these days.

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vipKurtG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning location and views, excellent and quick service, always great food! One of my favorite restaurants in the valley.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this restaurant & thank goodness for the outdoor patio area w/well spaced tables to allow social distancing. Excellent service always, good food & beautiful views of the Palm Springs area & the mountains.

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
450 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent establishment with casual grace, great service, delicious food, reasonable prices, and clearly practicing the safest Covid protocols. The setting is beautiful, as well, and we are very keen to return early and often. VERY professional staff!

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vipLeda
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and a beautiful view

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PSPGuest
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

patio furniture is getting old. staff are brisk, rushing and not very personable- Escena has never had ‘great’ service staff.

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Chelli
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Breakfast was cold! We ordered pancakes and they were stale. French toast could’ve been great if they were hot! There were only 6 people dining and the service was poor. Dead bugs under the chairs! Such a beautiful place and the views were amazing -
Need to bring food and service up a few notches!!

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BridgetC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Beautiful views.
Great cocktails.
Lovely time to share with friends.
Go early and sit outside where fans dnd misters are going!

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vipSeattleFoodie
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was good, service was a little slow, but during Covid days that could just be a temporary situation.

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vipAquaV
San Diego
146 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ambience is nice. Lovely landscaping and view. The service was good. We both ordered the salmon Caesar salad. The salmon tasted like it was frozen or something… Not bad but not the best salmon. I would not order the salmon Caesar salad again. I would come here again though to try other things.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere on the patio!

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Buddy
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fue la primera que habíamos comido en un restaurante en meses causa del virus. Observaron las reglas nuevas minuciosamente y la comida y la vista, como siempre, fueron excelentes.

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vipDebra
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Escena! The setting and restaurant is great, our server, Mike, was excellent and the food delicious! I have been many times but I was the first time for my guests and the loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great view, friendly staff and good food!

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StuartM
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views - very nice if you are outside on the patio when not too windy. The food was very good and service good as well. Best part though is eating outside with the view of the mountains.

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vippaccoasthomes
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great social distancing and the wait staff truly appreciated the business!!

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vipalanbill
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very respectful of new safety protocols. We felt quit safe

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great for breakfast & lunch. Fabulous views, good service and very nice space.

FAQs

Escena Lounge & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 992-0002.

Escena Lounge & Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 1041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.