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For 2
Date
Mon, 1/22
Time
9:00 PM
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Backstreet Bistro

4.2
521 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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"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
Monterey
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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!**
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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 521 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
2.0
Dined 2 days ago

The hostess was rude. She said we "should have called her instead of using OpenTable". We had to ask four separate people to light the candle on the table so we could see the menu. The waitress never offered any specials and was very rushed. There was no way to get any questions answered by anyone. Either they are short staffed or not trained very well. My food was satisfying , my husbands was barely warm.

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vipclayful1 (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food every time we visit whether lunch or dinner, it never disappoints.

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RobertG (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Another great meal, friendly and competent staff and welcoming owner. What more could a person ask for? We have been waiting for Backstreet Cafe to open for the seasons since it is one of most favorite neighborhood dining establishments in Palm Desert.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

We sat outside at a quiet table. We split a ceasar salad which was good. I had veal picata which was delicious, my husband had salmon special which was also very good. Both dishes came with fresh vegetables cooked to perfection. I would go back to this restaurant.

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vipLovesFood (Manitoba)
4.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Coconut shrimp appetizer was excellent. The crab cakes are described on the menu as being topped with "secret sauce". We should have asked for details; the cakes came covered with a bell pepper sauce which, in my opinion, did not compliment the cakes. Our group selected chicken piccata (very good), veal parmigiano (very good), veal saltimbocca (very good) and Grandma Pat's veal scaloppini. The scaloppini was well prepared but too sweet for my liking. I'll order the veal saltimbocca next time.
We dined on the patio and found it too dark to read the menu.
Service was good and we had a good evening......thank you.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

The food is always delicious. Great eggplant Parmesan - not fried or breaded

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Ronny (Palm Springs)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

the food was very good but the menu is limited in offerings

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vipAmbiancegal (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was good but the service suffered from a waitress leaving. We’ll try again....the owner did her best to accommodate us.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on December 27, 2017

We have dined here every time we visit Palm Desert. It’s a charming little restaurant and Lavane is so sweet and makes sure everything is great!

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vipPotomacgolfer (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

Food is always good except I wish they’d read their menu. They always serve the shrimp scampi with angel hair when the menu says linguine. Obviously, I prefer linguine! Very large prawns. Generous portions. Well seasoned. Fried zucchini to start was light and crisp. Nice.

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