Backstreet Bistro

4.2
745 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

"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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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–1:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Early Bird/Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–5:45 pm
Dinner
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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Catering
Please call for catering information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West of Monterey , East of Desert Crossings,
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Parking details
Lots of great parking just out front of the Bistro.
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Entertainment
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!**
Additional
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 745 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AM
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Terrible tasteless food eight very mediocre service.

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W
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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JH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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MC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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w
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food, friendly service and great atmosphere.

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OT
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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n
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lemon ricotta pancakes with raspberry butter is a MUST!

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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CR
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner with our daughter and partner .

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B
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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P
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food.

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C
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RL
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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HH
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice outdoor patio

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DT
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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t
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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VP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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D
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

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.

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DB
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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E
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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k
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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!

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T
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the ambiance in the early evening was lovely. There was live music the evening we were there. And thankfully it was not too loud for conversation.

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TW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music was too loud on the patio.

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DB
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. We had a great meal and our service was excellent. We will always come back and eat at your restaurant.

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M
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The inside of the place is a bit noisy, but we had a great meal.

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OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and we loved it!

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JS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my third visit in the pass four months. If it wasn't good I would not return for three visits!!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent. It has a very nice ambiance. They have a small kitchen so when it’s crowded, it’s slower but not bad.

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VC
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, the service is attentive and atmosphere is casual - like your favorite neighborhood bistro.

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TL
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best patio’s in the desert. Great food and terrific service.

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v
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

WE BOOKED OUR TABLE THROUGH OPENTABLE EARLIER IN THE WEEK ... BUT ON SATURDAY MARCH 16, WE RECEIVED A CANCELLATION NOTICE, IN THE AFTERNOON, THAT OUR RESERVATION WAS CANCELED!
BY WHO!
I CALLED THE RESTAURANT IMMEDIATELY AND THEY SAID THEY STILL HAD OUR BOOKING FOR 5:45PM, SO WE ARRIVED, WERE SEATED, AND ENJOYED OUR DINNER!

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a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointed in the food. The seafood pasta dish had a lump of mushy salmon on top. Not good for an expensive dish. Very little seafood in it. Pasta was cooked ok. Won't go back.

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m
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Thanks to Open Table, we were able to be seated at this restaurant. The wait staff and hostesses were very accommodating. The food was good, but it took a hugely long time for it to be prepared. Overall a good experience.

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LB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been coming to this Bistro for many years and have always enjoyed the food, in fact we normally visit it twice during our stay. This year it was not as good and we were disappointed, we even asked the wait staff it is was under new ownership. The food was not what we have come to love.

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