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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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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Quiet Conversation (13)
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Casual (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
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Good for a Date (9)
Cozy (9)
Romantic (7)
Authentic (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Music (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious and tasty. Thank you.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 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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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 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (Manitoba)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
1 person found this review helpful.
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 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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 (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 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 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 11, 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 11, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went to Sunday brunch here and sat outside on the patio; so cute!!! Loved the atmosphere and the food was good. Our sever was very nice and attentive but not overly so. The only thing I do not recommend are the mimosas; not sure what kind of bubbly/OJ they use but I would stick with a Bloody Mary here or ask for a specific champagne (hence the 4 on the food).

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everything about this dining spot was good. I had the chicken marsala and my husband had the wild salmon....both were excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Backstreet is consistently good. It's a warm and welcoming setting where friends can sit and talk without feeling rushed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Perfectly prepared salmon special of the evening was excellent. It was our waiters strong suggestion and I’m glad I took his advise. He provided attentive and professional service. We sat on the patio which was very casual and nice to be outside as an option. The patio could use an update of furniture and decor. We will be back again.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

My wife and I live out of town and it is always our first dinner stop. Great food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Have usually had good experiences here. This time the service was slow and a little disjointed. Perhaps they were short of staff on the night we were there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fresh caught Alaskan King Salmon special...yummmm! Love the food here.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 21, 2017

a really good family owned and run restaurant. we go every time we visit the desert.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We decided to drive to Palm Desert for the great shopping and remembered the Backstreet Bistro from a prior visit. It has a lovely courtyard for outside dining; the food is varied and absolutely delicious; and the service was perfect. Definitely try it for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Just spent seven days in Palm Springs and had dinner twice at the Backstreet Bristro. Both meals were fabulous, especially the tiramisu!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The staff could not have been more accommodating when we asked to be inside, opposed to my request for patio viaOpen Table (my bad). Waiter gave each of us our selected red wines by the glass - thank you❤️ What a wonderful time!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was great! Everyone enjoyed what they got and our server is the owner and she was wonderful!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Dinner is Italian not bistro or anything else. If you like sweet gravy/sauce this might be the place for you. Two wait staff for about 15 occupied tables, service was terrible. Food came out lukewarm when asked for very hot. Took one hour from order to get our food. Table of six and one bread basket, when asked for more bread told to take the piece out of the basket, and then they brought more about 15 minutes later. Bolagnase was tough and dry. Bill had a salad on it not ordered and reluctantly removed from the bill. If you want truly good Italian this is not the place to look. Other excellent options in the valley without spending your money here.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great outdoor space, nice menu, tasty food, good service

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Loved the live music from Johnny! That was a lovely bonus.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We like the ambiance, music, food, and drinks, but service is usually slow.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food service and price

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We have been here many times. Great food , friendly staff , good value. Will come back each year we are here

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I had written a negative review about a year ago about this restaurant. We had always loved the place and enjoyed the food but after our one bad experience, we waited awhile to try it again. This year we started going again and we are sure glad we did.

The owner is extremely nice to everyone and we have gotten to know her and find her to be very pleasant. The food is outstanding and the prices are reasonable. They offer great happy hour plates and an early dinner special.

Please ignore my past review and give this place a visit. I am sure you will love it. I guess everyone has a bad day and last New Year's Eve must have been that day.

Another thing is that this place has that "local" feel to it. The owner and staff remember you and go out of their way acknowledge you.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food is always good but the service is not good. We've eaten there many times for lunch and dinner and have never had good service. The only reason we keep going back is because the food is so good.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always excellent, charming, friendly, professional. We love going there, never disappointed.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Exceptional food and great service at a reasonable price

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food, Lavene our server was good to talk with. Nice atmosphere, a out of the way relaxing dinner. Cool place and nice menu and wine list too

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by The Backstreet Bistro. Try the Veal Ravioli with a veal meat sauce!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This place was such a pleasant surprise. We had a wonderful dinner, and drinks. Dog friendly. They brought fido a bowl of water immediately. Owner was so pleasant and friendly. I will be coming back here soon with other friends.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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