Backstreet Bistro

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$30 and under
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Italian
"Where Friends Meet Friends" is what the locals say about Backstreet Bistro…and that is exactly what you"ll find at this Tuscan inspired hidden gem just blocks from the busy El Paseo scene. Dishes are a blend of rustic Italian cuisine and family recipes that feature a wide array of fresh fish, pastas, soups and salads. Lunch and Dinner specials are available daily, along with a full bar and specialty cocktail menu. Enjoy dining in the relaxing ambiance indoors or on the pet-friendly outdoor patio as you gaze upon the beautiful views of the San Jacinto Mountains. This local favorite is also one of the area's best live jazz venues with popular valley musicians performing every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 12:30pm to 3pm. Prices are under $30 at $12-$15 per person.
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vippatsyann
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was nothing to write home about

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Golfgirl
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were all delicious and prepared to perfection. Our waiter was attentive and very professional. Great experience!

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vipLosRobles
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I am a frequent customer but Friday was a huge disappointment . It was very busy and the kitchen could not seem to keep up. We had a 8:00 theater which we advised and ordered promptly . The entree didn’t arrive till after seven which left us 15 minutes to eat . The food was spotty. But the service was great. Our server did everything she could to get our dinners promptly while dealing with too many tables. She is a star. I cancelled booking for 8 a few days later. Very disappointed

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SJks
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

This is the second time we have gone to Backstreet Bistro this season. The food was exceptional the first time and we could get a reservation so we wanted to take friends back there. What a disappointment. We were seated quickly - but NO ONE came by the table until I flagged down the bartender. Finally water arrived; again flagging down someone to take a drink order only to be abandoned and not have a dinner order taken. WAY UNDERSTAFFED!!!! Again the food was delicious. I just won't suffer through lack of service to get it again.

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DennisJ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was very poor. Waitress only smiled when she brought the check.

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SteveS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious Italian food and great service combined for an outstanding value. We'd definitely stop in again to this great neighborhood restaurant.

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vipPortofino
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service. Large portions and food was very good. Not outstanding but good. Was a bit taken back by the appearance of the hostess and the owner. Should wear some make up and look the part. Not a good first impression. Was shocked by the owners look. She was a mess and obviously did not care about her look. Messy old clothes, hair a mess no makeup. Had her shirt on backwards. Come on..your the owner, not a homeless person who just walked in. People were very polite to her but then commented to each other about her terrible look. Get with it and make yourself feel better and your customers. Loved the marinara sauce.

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JollieC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, good food, and quiet enough that we could talk and visit. We enjoyed our meal and time there.

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MikeL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food and wonderful selection of wine. Highly recommended.

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greatlocalgem
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 5 sat outside, in the wonderful weather of Palm Desert. Waitress was attentive, and the food was excellent. We will return for dinner at another opportunity!

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DorothyG
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a strip mall restaurant, the Backstreet Bistro does a nice job of creating ambience and the food is very good.

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vipmadweber
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great foot, attentive service. Nice people.

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BillG
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We made a reservation for a party of 3, and arrived on time. Waited about 10 minutes at the door to be seated; the maitre d' was doubling as a wait person. There was a bit of a wait for our drinks and taking our orders. Wine list is somewhat limited, but the pours were generous. Caesar salads were very good. Our main courses (veal ravioli with a mushroom cream sauce and spaghetti carbonara) were well prepared, but bland. Overall, a pleasant experience, reasonably priced.

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EileenB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good meal for the price. Service was excellent.

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vipMaggie
Palm Springs
49 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food great patio table. thank's to Mario and staff.

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vipPZETGE
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped for lunch at this amazing , dog friendly restaurant. The Reuben sandwich and turkey supreme sandwich were fantastic and huge. We were too full for dessert but the selection looked good. Service was great - fast and attentive.

We’ll be back!!!

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vipJavajudi
Palm Springs
100 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a beautiful day to sit on the patio and this is one of my favorites. Good food, efficient service and a lovely patio!

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible. The chef apparently was injured and they had the waiters doing the cooking. Several people walked out after 2 hours of not receiving their food. They brought ours after 2 hours and it was terrible. They ended up not charging us and “coming clean” that they had a meltdown in the kitchen. Should have just been honest from the beginning.

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vipDesertDivaRLPCC
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday are so much fun. Great music and enjoyable afternoon on the patio

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TerriC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cute place, nice menu, great service. Tables are too close together.

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Ronni
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The restaurant is lovely and the service staff were very kind.

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UncleBob
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Shrimp Salad: Tough overcooked shrimp. Veal Piccata: Miniscule portion of meat. Service: Pleasant but waitress forgot to bring the wine and the salad dressing.

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vipsusbuzz
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very friendly restaurant with great food for the price and attentive service.

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SJks
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were excited to be able to get a reservation through Open Table a few hours before we wanted to dine. However when we arrived at the restaurant, they did have our name [saw several friends that had also booked through Open Table and they said their names were not received by the restaurant], but with a near-empty indoor area they first tried to seat us at a table that would be in the middle of all traffic....kitchen and diners. We requested one toward they back and they said those ‘had reservations’ — funny enough, so did we, and they were not for a specific table. We had almost completely finished and were leaving before the 2nd to last table was seated so there really was no problem. Other than that, the staff was exceptional, the food fabulous - GREAT menu too. We are looking forward to going back.

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vipCCdeBrat
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Party of 2. Ordered wedge salad, kitchen split for us which was nice. One order of ravioli & one order of penne pesto.

Not a busy night but our server seems a little stressed. Overall did an ok job for us though.

The salad was standard fare but found it odd to have some spring mix under the iceberg wedge. While I enjoyed my Penne both flavor & portion other party was disappointed with flavor of ravioli - filling wasn’t noteworthy & vodka sauce just seemed to lack seasoning.

Overall a disappointing date night.

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Coconutboy
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Back Street Bistro a few times and you always have consistent service and good food.
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Go tonight..cheers

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judyN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We so enjoyed the food and ambiance on New Years Eve. Diane was our server and she was just terrific ! As were the lovely gals who kept our water glasses full. Food was amazing! We’ll be back :).

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vipPhilandHeather
Palm Springs
75 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had an enjoyable dinner with friends at the Backstreet bistro. A couple of minor issues, our table for 6 was not ready when we arrived - we requested outside seating. Initially they set a small circular table for 6 which would have been very cramped. Thankfully our friends were late by which time a larger table had become available. Most of the food was good but the Lasagne was poor. Service was a little slow as they had a group of 40 people that sat down before us but staff were friendly and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quant Restaurent with pleasant ambiance. Entree salad with shrimp was generous and well presented. Veal piccata was well prepared. Service was very good. We did not have desert.

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vipBarbaraC
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fantastic
The food was Great
It was 6 of us and everyone was happy with their meal
We were able bring you our dog there
Service was very attentive. Can't wait to go back in March

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SindeeA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We have eaten here several times n the past and went again because we always enjoyed the food and the service. This time we did not. There were six (6) of us for dinner. We were rushed from the time we arrived (and it was not crowded) until we left. There is no way they could have actually made the food at the time our order was placed. They merely heated it up. The pasta fagioli soup was terrible - lacked flavor and any resemblance to the real soup. The linguini and clams not good at all; the pasta being mushy and the clams tasteless. All the pastas were 'watered' down with un-flavorful sauces. I guess that is our last dinner at BackStreet Bistro.

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vipeat2quote
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect evening out on the patio. Our server got a heater for us. Martinis were excellent with floating ice and the fried zucchini was very fresh. The food was very tasty amour server couldn’t have been better. She even got our furry friend his own chair.

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vipAlexanderP
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was fantastic!!! Best service I’ve had in a restaurant in awhile.

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vipsusbuzz
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals are consistently good. The service is friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place. Excellent service. Tasty food.

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mimb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal! Fireworks from Bighorn while sitting on the patio only added to a
terrific evening.

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vipvands
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We made a note of Victor being gluten free on our reservation and he trusted his meal to be GF as ordered but he had a horrible reaction through the night and most of yesterday. Today is a little better.

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DoBr
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love that the outdoor seating is pet friendly - and that they brought an ice-cube filled bowl for our dog. Huge bonus!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere, fun time with friends. They were very impressed as first time guests. We had our usual fabulous meal.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love your restaurant..?and love the piano music😄

FAQs

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

Backstreet Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 793 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.