Escena Lounge & Grill

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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GS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This being my first time dining, I seriously thought I would simply choose to eat a basic hamburger and fries, instead I chose bar b q spare ribs, which is a platter of delicious, falling off the bone, tender meat, served with a cup of ranch style beans, roasted corn on the cob; this was a completely unanticipated, thoroughly enjoyed dinner. My partner had the chicken Milanese, this too was a great looking presentation of two cutlets underneath a bed of sautéed greens. For all of its offers, this restaurant is probably Palm Springs best secret for its food quality, ambiance, great service, plenty of parking, and in the daylight, beautiful scenery.

A
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The standards have fallen in terms of cleanliness and the menu is mediocre at best. The chairs were dirty as was the cutlery.

J
Palm Springs
156 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great go to restaurant for a business or casual lunch. The views are amazing! Very impressive.

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The views from the terrace are the drawing card but the service--Miguel, in particular--and the food added to the overall phenomenal experience of our visit!

BP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have breakfast, brunch, or lunch, beautiful view.

CN
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had lunch and food was ver good. Service a little slow, but a great view and quiet room made up for it!

DK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a pleasant evening overall. Great weather, ambiance & the blackened salmon was excellent.

TM
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter and husband announced their pregnancy!

AA
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I would not recommend ordering a glass of wine. When delivered the amount in the glass was so small it was not worth the time. However In comparison to 2 others waiter had on his tray they were more reasonable amounts. When comment was made to waiter about it he ignored and went on.

LM
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views!

J
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our meals except for two person in our group. They ordered the spaghetti with shrimp and they found it bland and tasteless. They asked for Parmesan and pepper flakes hoping that would help out but to no avail.

L
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was mediocre especially for the price but view was excellent

S
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Services was good. Food was average. Why does the kitchen close @ 8pm of a Friday night? If so why take 7:30 reservations. Felt rushed.

R
Palm Springs
45 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 14 for a surprise birthday party. Everything went great. Everyone had a great time.

CF
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for views and lunch and dinner. The staff was right on and our server Mario was excellent.
CFM

PS
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Escena doesn't disappoint. Consistent in nearly every category we will come back again and again. I feel that this has one of the BEST views of the mountains in Palm Springs. A definite "to do" while in the Desert.

TG
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Servers are very efficient and good! One of our FAVORITE places in Palm Springs. We never are in town without a good meal here! Keep up the great venue!

P
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and views from the patio. The Avocado Toast and the Mushroom Burger were delicious.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice welcome ... great food & service ... great view at sunset ...

AP
Palm Springs
46 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful scenic view

OT
Palm Springs
59 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great neighborhood gem. Nestled in a golf course. Amazing sunset views. Great food and staff. Not your average club house fare. Far above the norm. Can compete with the best places in the Valley for a much better price and experience.

GE
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and beautiful setting!

d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

sad that they now charge $3 for the chips, they used to be brought to the table when we sat down and they were FREE

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very comfortable and relaxed, mid-century designed resturant with beautiful views. Extensive patio seating at both the front and back of the resturant, although a bit too hot to sit outside when we were there in mid-August for lunch. The lunch menu was pretty standard with the typical American Grill favorites but portions were large and reasonably priced.

The indoor seating was in a large open room with a high ceiling which could have easily included additional tables if necessary. There was also a large circular bar with various types of lounge seating available including both long curving bar height communal tables and curved couches for more intimate seating. I imagine the two fireplaces would enhance the atmosphere during the winter months.

Unfortunately the resturant closes at 3PM Sunday through Tuesday and is only open until 9PM the other days of the week. I guess no late night happy hours here...

RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
31 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

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!

E
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JS
Palm Springs
50 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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

LH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

L
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
89 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food1service2ambience4

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
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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