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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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

v
Palm Springs
8 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.

DB
Calgary
1 review
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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
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.

LB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

2nd time we have been here and had a good meal on both occasions. I like the style of the restaurant and the patio is a good area to dine. Even on a chilly evening the heaters made it warm enough to be outside.
There is a good menu that allows a choice between seafood, meat or pasta. Two of us had pasta which was very good and the others had veal which they said was excellent.
We shared a calamari to start which was very good and more than enough for four people to eat. Deserst are also very good. I shared the greek yoghurt cheesecake with my wife and the portion, following a generous entree, was more than enough for two.
I had a glass of Pinot Noir and a friend had the sauvignon, both of which were good and well priced at $7/glass.
Service is very friendly and efficient.
Becoming a regular favourite when we visit Palm Desert. Good quality at a fair price [especially comapred to some other restaurants in the area]

NE
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice outdoor patio. We had our small dog with us after a long walk and had a craving for sandwiches and fries. Food was excellent and the patio was shaded and nice. Will come back again.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The season is just starting and people are trickling back into Palm Desert. The restaurant was under staffed and the server probably could have used another person! But everything else was wonderful. I do love the server Diane!

r
Palm Springs
59 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Enjoy dining outside at Back Street Bistro. Lovely setting. Efficient service. Very ample portions of well prepared Italian food.

FF
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find this was. Away from the centre of El Paseo, tucked away is this absolute gem of a restaurant. Exceptional service and food and a little live piano in the background and not intrusive. Can’t recommend highly enough and will certainly visit again when we are next in the area.

OT
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chicken parm was great. Service was excellent.

RS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Backstreet Bistro is one of my favorites for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Keep up the great work!

BB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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AM
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Terrible tasteless food eight very mediocre service.

W
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed when we arrived. No one in sight ! Disappointed

AG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Super cute patio. DELICIOUS Italian food. Very casual but ok for a casual date night.

JH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

After not visiting for a couple of years I was disappointed. May have caught them at a shift change but had to wait 5 minutes to be seated. Food was warm, not hot and veal tough. Need to improve quality of food and service.

MC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite eating place in the desert. Food is always good, they make to best Gazpacho. I wish they had it on the menu more. The service is always good.

w
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely place to eat great food! Waitstaff were friendly but a little slow on the refills! We spent three hours enjoying ourselves and when asked, the folks didn’t want us to
Hurry off! I so appreciate that!

d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, friendly service and great atmosphere.

OT
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. Food fabulous, prices great, service super. We will be back.

n
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lemon ricotta pancakes with raspberry butter is a MUST!

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Backstreet always is a fun experience. The staff is always helpful and responsive. The noise was a a factor bur we all enjoyed our choices...I would recommend it to anyone.

CR
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Dinner with our daughter and partner .

B
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to Backstreet Bistro before but we decided to give it a try. Coachella was going on there a lot of restaurants were booked. We were pleasantly surprised. The food and service were very good. We try it again.

P
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food.

C
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here. After all these years. Well it didn’t disappoint.
Went for my birthday. I am gluten intolerant. Let me tell you they
prepared the calamari sautéed!! It was sublime. I want more.
I also had gluten free bolognase. Very good. Down the proverbial
hatch with a nice glass of wine and all was right.

MN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love siting outside on the patio - I had the Shrimp Salad and it was divine!

RL
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were initially disappointed that our RESERVATION was NOT noted on their list, although we made the reservation through Open Table, and had a copy with us to confirm. Once seated, we had to ask two times for the bread basket, the second time was after the salads were served. Food is always excellent but with the spotty service that evening, it taints everything else.

G
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Had had a good experience in this restaurant before but took friends from out of town and was quite embarrased. The food was extremely late because the server forgot to turn in our order. I give her credit she actually admitted to it. They then rushed our order through and the chicken dishes were way undercooked, actually not edible. The managers peace offering was to offer us free desert which we
didn't want and would also require to sit at the table even longer after we had been there for what seemed like an eternity. Overall a very bad dining experience.

HH
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor patio

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DT
Central Coast
42 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We come to this restaurant quite often and have never been disappointed. The service is very good and the food has been well prepared and very tasty. I like the ambiance of the outdoor dining and have managed to dine outside every time even when a bit windy.

t
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value menu and very pleasant patio dining. Excellent service, friendly staff

VP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the service. We did not know there would be a band playing which limited conversation. We loved being outside!

D
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal. The variety of chicken dishes was outstanding! The homemade bread was delicious! Prices were all very reasonable. so glad we made a reservation. it was very busy!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The computer system was down at this restaurant when we went. We were at the restaurant for two hours of my kids who are completely starving. The food was very good but the service was extremely poor because of the problems they were having with their computer.

DB
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was good, but we had an outside table in the corner. Really didn’t spoil anything, just not very pretty. Meals all good

E
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salads and their half sandwich with soup, fries or salad is a delicious lunch.

k
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

After watching everyone around us who arrived after us get their food we mentioned to the waitress that we had been waiting a long time. After she left our table the manager came by to see if we wanted a glass of wine while we waited. We assumed that was to comp us for the long wait. However the extra wine was on our bill at $11/glass. Never an apology for the long wait. We had stopped going to this restaurant a couple of years ago because of poor service and was giving it a second chance. Disappointed!

T
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and friendly place. Ate on the patio with good views of the mountains. Food was excellent and hot. My wife and I both had lunch the next day from her pasta meal, very large portion and delicious even cold the next day. I had a chicken dish that I would repeat gladly. We have been coming to the Coachella valley for 30 years for vacation and this was our first time at this restaurant. It will definitely be on the rotation in the future. A neighborhood gem for sure.