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Backstreet Bistro Palm Desert, Palm Desert, CA

Backstreet Bistro Palm Desert

4.6
4.6
498 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Come and enjoy our fresh and authentic italian cuisine our friendly and family oriented staff is looking forward to provide you with a delightful dining experience on our quaint and comfortable patio . We are looking forward to serve you with our delicious daily specials and our incredible hand selected wine list. You can make reservation by phone or on our website http://www.backstreetbistroelpaseo.com/reservations- . Backstreet Bistro, a place where friends meet friends!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 346-6393

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Salvador Gallaga

  • Catering

    for any private Catering contact Carlos Hernandez General Manager 928-920-2640

  • Private party facilities

    for any private Events contact Carlos Hernandez General Manager 928-920-2640

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Cross street

    Sopping center in the corner of El Paseo and Highway 74

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 498 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. JW

    JoyceW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was very nice. Service was impeccable. Love the ambiance. Very friendly diners.
  2. SP

    SueP

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delightful evening! Service and food perfect and delicious!
  3. L

    Larry

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful place far exceeds the quality of food, which at best was mediocre.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional and the food very good
  5. JW

    JudyW

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. It was our first visit and we will return.
  6. SR

    StuartR

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  7. CN

    CNJD

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We did not know they no longer had their liquor license. Only serving beer and wine. We’ve dined there multiple times in the past and enjoyed a cocktail with our meal. We were disappointed that our dining experience was not what we expected. We were only made aware of the change after we were seated.
  8. m

    mistercay

    Palm Springs

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Pleasant room. 3 occupied tables. Food seemed pre-prepared and then barely reheated. Poor quality, poor preparation and poor taste. A listless, tepid, wilted margherita pizza? came with globs of mozzarella and salami. Other than the pizza , all items ordered were accompanied by a mound of soggy shredded vegetables. Baked pasta came with mashed potatoes(and shredded veg) Waiter tried hard to please. Manager totally disinterested in restaurant, with back to diners, spent the time watching TV.
  9. G

    Goldie

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, great food and great service. Kevin is a great waiter.
  10. TS

    TomS

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance for romantic dinner. Excellent Italian food. Good tables inside and out. Great they are open all summer now!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Was disappointed there was no more liquor being served but do understand why
  12. q

    qantelle

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet Wed night but we loved it!! Charming atmosphere. Food was delicious!!! Diane our server was wonderful. Will be back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date Night for my wife and I. Great table, service, and ambiance. Good memories.
  14. KL

    KarenL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a delicious dinner for a girls night! Every dish was great and service was awesome!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We both got sick! Possibly calamari? Expensive.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Hidden little gem with fantastic service and great food!
  17. SA

    SusanA

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The staff and food are always good, unfortunately there was someone Very loud at the next table
  19. PS

    PaulS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found the service and food to be above average. Glad to hear they are opening another restaurant.
  20. A

    Andrea

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I wish they had more vegan options
  21. J

    Jim007

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, an outstanding dining experience. Locally owned and operated, the food was great and the personal attention/service was outstanding. Highly recommend this quaint venue.
  22. s

    susanm

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    lovely evening with food and friends, no rush and three of the diners had prix fi dinner quiet part of restaurant so the hard of hearing friend could enjoy conversation, wait staff personal without being intrusive. helpful with menu
  23. BB

    BBinPS

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Backstreet Bistro. Always a fantastic dining experience.
  24. HM

    HenryM

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very prompt and wait staff were always ready
  25. c

    clayful1

    Palm Springs

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We are regular visitors to Backstreet. The food is consistantly good and the service excellent. Best to go before the dinner crowd.
  26. PW

    PatrickW

    Palm Springs

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday party and the waitress rose above and beyond! She was patient and kind in a very busy dining room and she handled everything with a professional attitude. A great time was had by all.
  27. s

    stephanie

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I have taken my mother in several times for dinner and it is always delightful. Intimate and friendly, food is delicious, staff is very welcoming. Bravo!
  28. PP

    PeggyP

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Went during Restaurant Week. Special menu was good value. My wine glass was dirty. Waiter replaced and used a new bottle of wine to fill clean glass.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food. Always consistently delicious. Excellent service. Our go to place after the movies.
  30. Z

    Zelda

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a very good meal, with warm and friendly service and wonderful food.
  31. C

    Claire

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and wait staff was kind and attentive.
  32. BP

    BrenPhil

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The employees were wonderful and made us feel very welcomed.
  33. A

    Awinrm

    Palm Springs

    232 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    232 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always good food and service.
  34. RC

    RichardC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is very good to excellent. Ambiance is nice, The wait staff and management are particularly accomodating and helpful. 4th time we've eaten here, once with two under ten children, and staff's performance and food have been very consistent at a high level.
  35. MG

    MikeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking for that "PERFECT" hidden gem in the desert? This is it! You simply can not beat the service...anywhere! The quality of food, the wine selections, are just right! They make you "FEEL" welcome and like part of the family!
  36. BK

    BK23

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    This will be long--sorry. All ratings relate to management--not the wait staff. We ate at Backstreet Bistro twice 4-6 weeks ago. Both times were spectacular experiences. Food and service were great, and I connected with the manager (who shall remain nameless). Five of us returned on Mothers' Day to treat my 95+ year-old wheelchair bound mother. We confirmed our 5:45 reservation by phone that day. We arrived on time and my mother (and three others) had to wait outside for 15 minutes in 100-degree heat while two men finished up at "our table." They refused to put two smaller tables together when I asked. After being seated, drinks and appetizers were ordered. The drinks came immediately but fried zucchini and calamari took 30 minutes. Dinner took 90 minutes to arrive. My mom's veal scalloping was dry, my sister's eggplant parmesan was cold and my Camila Capellini was soaked in lemon juice rather than white wine sauce (I'd had it before). Worse the artichoke hearts were non-existent. Instead I had numerous inedible artichoke leaves--spikes and all. Rather than write a miserable review I called the restaurant to share my experience privately with the manager. We had four friends who wanted to try the restaurant based on our previous positive feedback. The manager assured me he'd "take care of us". He used platitudes like "building customers for life" and wanted to make things right. So we gave him another shot. I don't know what I expected (comped meals, drinks or dessert for two of us would have been a start) but we got nothing. He never came to the table to apologize or meet our friends. After waiting 50 minutes for dinner, I headed to the restroom and mentioned that service was taking so long again (the restaurant was nearly empty. He assured me food was on its way momentarily. 15 minutes later it showed up. No gesture, no "taking care of us" and seemingly no desert to build business. We're done! Too many great restaurants in the valley!
  37. GL

    GinaL

    Palm Springs

    320 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    320 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a wedge salad, which was good. They were out of the rose I ordered, which was not. I ordered chicken piccata, but with pasta instead of potatoes and veg. I was told there would be an up charge, which wasn’t a big deal, but I did request extra piccata sauce ON said pasta, which didn’t happen. I don’t know if the server didn’t communicate with the kitchen, or if it was the kitchen’s error. By the time the sauce finally came, the pasta was cold. The food was otherwise tasty. Had it not been for that, this would have been a 5 star rating.
  38. W

    teriW

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was great!!!
  39. R

    Raven

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for Sunday lunch/brunch . You can get lunch or eggs with a breakfast selection. It was peaceful, music in background soft, waiter was pleasant and manager Carlos outstanding. Very enjoyable day and meal.
  40. B

    Bonnie

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one the best nights we have had at this restaurant. Always greeted kindly by the owner, hostess, and server. Great food always. I had the salmon my favorite. My husband had the Santa Fe ravioli which is his favorite. Great relaxing music as well. This place is our go to restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Backstreet Bistro Palm Desert offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 346-6393.

Backstreet Bistro Palm Desert is rated 4.6 stars by 498 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Backstreet Bistro Palm Desert

72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sopping center in the corner of El Paseo and Highway 74

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Salvador Gallaga

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 346-6393

  • Catering

    for any private Catering contact Carlos Hernandez General Manager 928-920-2640

  • Private party facilities

    for any private Events contact Carlos Hernandez General Manager 928-920-2640

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