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Backstreet Bistro

552 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
"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 552 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

WaterGuy (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

vipBSFB (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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.