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About Backstreet Bistro

"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.

72-820 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Vegetarian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

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

Cross Street:
Monterey

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 346-6393

Website:
http://www.backstreet-bistro.com/

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!**

Catering:
Please call for catering information.

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining is available for up to 150 people. Reservations are required.

Private Party Contact:
Lavane Hause: (760) 346-6393

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

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Backstreet Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Casual (16)
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Comfort Food (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Authentic (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Romantic (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Live Music (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 7 days ago

Consistently good food at reasonable prices. Great cocktails!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 9, 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 drink....no 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.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It was wonderful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent experience from reservation to Meal which was excellent the way they meld flavors to bring out the best taste is unbelievable.
Love this palace

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful dinner, they were so busy too. Great job

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was very slow through no fault of the server. Way too many tables to take of.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was good and so was the food. Not crowded that evening.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 31, 2018

A local store owner recommended this spot to us and her raves led us to try it out. So happy we followed her advice and will certainly return. Eggplant parmigiana was light and luscious; shrimp scampi wonderful with capers and lemons. Desserts just as good. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We enjoyed our visit - as usual, the food was good and the service was very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The perfect evening. Food, staff and the environment was excellent. A great memory from our stay in CA.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food and service here is never disappointing as long as you enjoy I Italian food
which we do .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

It was yummy and delightful as always ♥️ loved the gluten free options and the early bird treats. Will return for my shrimp scampi soon!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

On a cool winter night it would be good to serve the food on warm plates. I Would expect this from a good chef

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food is consistently good. Waitstaff is friendly and attentive. We return often and definitely would recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was delicious and tasty. Thank you.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Stop before heading to the theater. Great atmosphere with the local friendly restaurant. Very pleased with the food. Happy hour prices throughout the restaurant, not jus the bar.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 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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vip
 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 5, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The melon was hard (not ripe) and my chicken parmesan was burned on the bottom. Waiter was very nice, apologized and gave us a coupon for a free bruschetta on our next trip.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Best carbonara ever! Great cocktails and a good beer selection.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was excellent. One thing though is there was to much salt in our food for our taste. It is very difficult to be heart-healthy here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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