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Backstreet Bistro

555 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
  • Neighborhood Gem (24)
  • Casual (18)
"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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Vegetarian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–1:00 pm
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Early Bird/Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–5:45 pm
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(760) 346-6393
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private dining is available for up to 150 people. Reservations are required.
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Private party contact
Lavane Hause: (760) 346-6393
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Please call for catering information.
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Cross street
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Backstreet Bistro is known as one of the best local jazz venues in the area, featuring popular local favorites such as Steve Madaio, Linda Peterson, The Brian Nova Trio, Jason Peterson De Laire and more.
**UPDATE - We won't have live music again until the Fall 2016 season!**
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 555 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEric (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Our first time trying. Party of 8, service was impeccable, food was wonderful! We'll be back!

DavidS (Seattle)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

Shrimp in the scampi were like leather!!!Sent them back and 2nd try was just as bad. Never again.....

Phil48 (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

We've had lunch at the Backstreet Bistro before, but this was our first dinner. Food was a solid "good". Service was a bit lacking. Our server check with us right after the entree was served, but that was too quick (before we really sampled the food), we said everything was OK, and then she never check back later. We were at a corner table far out in the patio area, so maybe we were a bit remote for the best attention. Overall, a solid meal. But there a so many choices in Palm Desert . We'll try it again for lunch and see how it goes.

WaterGuy (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

This was our second visit this month and about 30th over past few years. On Feb 8th food and service were excellent. Meals were properly prepared; eg all ingredients included and seasoned nicely. On Feb 17th the meals were lacking. My Zingara had 4 very small pieces of sausage with some chicken; three thin slices of peppers. Sauce and onions were adequate in taste. Server was harried, distracted and needed prompting to get water, more drinks and bread.
Sooo... whoever was the chef on Feb 8th gets an A+, the chef on 17th a C-. We will continue to patronize Backstreet Bistro as they are an independent business.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The worst dining experience i have ever had. After an hour and a half after ordering our food didn’t arrive. I spoke with the manager who blamed me for using open table and not calling her directly ( I’m traveling from across the country so not sure how I would know not to use open table ). Very rude staff. Food never arrived.

vipBSFB (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

I made a reservation for inside, we arrived and only outside was available. They told me they would put the heater on and they did but the table next to us was hot so they had the heater turned off which means we were cold. The service was non existence, we ordered hot soup for appetizers to warm us up. We waited and waited and noticed people leaving from other tables because things were taking so long, just when we were ready to get up to leave they served our dinner, but we never received our soup so we cancelled them. We got up to grab the water pitcher to refill our own waters, and we did not receive refills for ice tea’s.
We will not return....

larryandNancyH (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Always a good meal on a nice patio

vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

After waiting about 50 min for our dinner, the waitress said 10 more minutes. Then 30 minutes later our food arrived. At least it was hot.

vipMARTY (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day. Horrible service. You have to be prepared on an evening like this. Asked to speak to the owner, she never came out. We asked for indoor seating, we were seated outdoor. And for a heater, THREE TIMES before we finally got. Our reservations were for 6:30 and we were finally served at 8:15. Talked to the owner when we left and she was not APOLOGETIC nor did she give excuses.

vipKonaboy1 (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The food and service was very nice. The owner Lavane, recommended a perfect wine to go with 4 different dinner selections. We will most definitely return.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our third vacation here and we just discovered this restaurant. Will soon be back with friends.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, good value but patio seats were a little hard

vipJaniceB (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first time at Backstreet Bistro. We made a reservation for a party of 5 @ 6:30. We waited abt 10-15 min to be seated. It was a very busy sat night. Once seated It took 20 min just to get someone to take our drink order. And another 10-15 min to get the drinks. When drinks came we ordered our food which took abt 45min to an hour to get. The food was delicious but the service was terrible. The manager/owner who was very nice apologized without offering an explanation or even offering to comp desserts.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Consistently good food at reasonable prices. Great cocktails!

Tacitus (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food ranged from fantastic to mediocre, with the good outweighing the bad (hence the stars). Super busy, so the friendly and competent servers were stretched thin. A bit pricey. Good food, for a strip mall would bring me back.

OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
1.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Horrible experience. Our table was given to another group. We stood in Line for 30 mins with no available outdoor table. Finally went inside for a server came for another 20 mins. We had to ask a number of times for service and even just napkins. Our food was delivered eventually but it was lukewarm at best and just passable. By then we were so hungry we ate regardless. We should have walked out.

3Bolts (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was so so, service too, the entertainment was very good, I would guess this is what brings the crowd.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Lovely location! Great food! The greens are all very fresh. Congenial staff. Local owner. We will go back.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Slow service horrible greasy pasta dish! Won’t go back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The owner is the nicest person I have ever met! She was so accommodating