Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn

4.6
2784 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
A timeless Palm Springs classic specializing in traditional American Fare with a modern twist. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, in the famous Ingleside Inn, Melvyns Restaurant features a full bar, dancefloor and piano lounge.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Wed - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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dverekv
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

It was my girlfriends 50th birthday and I called to make reservations and also let them know she has an anaphylactic level allergy to onions and garlic as well as vegetarian. I asked to speak to the chef to make sure they could accommodate the request and they said he would call me back. I also emailed the request with specific notes through open table. The chef never contacted me and when we arrived they assured me they saw the requests. The only entree they said they could do with no onion and garlic was their swordfish special - I reminded them she is vegetarian which they again told me they had fish. So none of their salads came without onion and garlic including the beat salad and the only thing she was able to order was a baked potato that they served her with bacon on it - again not vegetarian. The potato was so dried out she couldn’t cut it with the butter knife they gave her so she ended up not eating. Place is probably fine if you have no dietary restrictions that require an epiPen. Over it was a pretty bad experience.

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vipLoveSF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff & old skool vibe

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Lucky2
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we travel to Palm Springs, we try to have dinner at Melvyn's, whether for a special occasion or just for a great dining experience!

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GregC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambience of Melvyn's cannot be surpassed, but I wish the same could be said of their kitchen's recent output. The Bolognese pastas, ordered by 2 of the 3 dinners, was by consensus the WORST they had ever had: watery, barely-red, on a wide noodle that could not hold the sauce...and the ratio of pasta to sauce was way out of kilter. The Steak Tartare appetizer was unappealingly formed into a doughnut shape that resemble a dog chew toy...not especially alluring. Cocktails were wonderful and our service was beyond peer...they labored to balance our very uneven table, with success...and your COVID protocols are VERY appreciated. We would STILL recommend Melvyn's to friends or visitors, because we are sensitive to the fact that restaurants are still finding their balance after shutdown, but we expect better for the pricepoint of our evening there. P.S. One might also alert your Valet parking to be more attentive to their operation...they were aggressive at collecting the $5 upon arrival, to the point of chasing us down, and THEN asked for it again when we left. It almost felt scammish.

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vipMarkJ
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter, Jose, did an excellent job. The food was perfection.
Thank you Melvyns!!!

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StevenC
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A superb evening at Melvyn's. Food was great. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Strongly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, very attentive towards our needs and wants. Great ambience With a classic decor of the restaurant. All the food items we tried were excellent and the recommended wines were stellar. Will definitely be back again!

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vipCowboy
Naples
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Food was disappointing at best, no flavor, no pride in preparation. Escargot was an absolute disaster. The sauce that the poor snails were drowning in was a tasteless muck. Salad was okay but was not freshly prepared. My rib eye was of poor quality and tasteless and over charcoaled. It was also 30 minutes late to the table. Potato was dry.
Never again!
For the price of this meal everything should have been spot on.
Good luck!

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Denny
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding!! Melvyn's is always at the top of our list when we head to the desert. It has an ambience that always calls us back!

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vipEssEffMD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We were excited to return to Melvyn’s for dinner after months of relying on Grubhub for our meals on the days we chose not to cook. We were seated on the large glasses in porch which is off of the main dining room. It's has a sloped floor and is noticeably cooler than the other area of the restaurant. Looking back, I should have asked to be seated inside as it took a while for them to stabilize our table with a shim. There was also a private function going on adjacent to the restaurant on the front lawn, so there was the constant bass of the music that could be heard. The biggest irritation for me occurred when I ordered my usual cocktail (Kettle One martini, dirty with three olives) and was told that they usually charge an extra dollar for the third olive. I actually thought the waiter was kidding but his facial expression indicated otherwise. In the end, I was NOT charged but their intent to do so is beneath the caliber of such a high end restaurant. I hope the management rescinds this ridiculous policy, the bread that was once complimentary is now $5, any additional olives beyond the traditional two per cocktail will cost $1....what’s next $2 tap water ($3 with ice)? These ancillary charges are tacky, unnecceasry and debates the entire dining experience.

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MikeM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Excellent service. The steaks were SO tender. The salads were yummy. The special Brussel sprouts and cranberry side was delicious. The wine choice perfection. The "loaded" baked potato wasn't very "Loaded" and served without any butter. Cold butter served upon asking wasn't the best compliment for the poor potato. We celebrated our last Friday in Palm Springs. Off to New Mexico! Thanks Melvyns!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food, the ambiance, the service was impeccable. It’s a little pricey but very much worth it.

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vipDinnerjim
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, we had dinner here, twice in the same week, we had two excellent meals and fantastic service.

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DavidM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Melvyns for our anniversary. I had not been there for 30 years. Nothing has changed, and that's a good thing. Food was wonderful and the service was great. Piano player provided good music. All in all, a wonderful experience.

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AlexisE
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was exceptional! My husband, myself, and another couple are in town for a wedding and we all enjoy fine dining, and this place did not disappoint! The service was amazing, the cocktails were outstanding, & the food was phenomenal. From start to finish we loved everything about this establishment and next time we come to Palm Springs we will certainly be coming back!

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Lizzie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We've been dining at Melvyn's at least a couple times a year for the last 16 years. It used to be a very elegant experience -- the servers were very professional, the menu was several pages and we were treated like VIPs. Alas, it seems to have lost the formal ambience, since Mel Haber passed away and there's new ownership. I guess nothing stays the same. The servers are more casual, the menu is one page and bread & butter is $9.00!

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Montrachet4me
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place - old school, ghost of Francis Albert.

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vipPSWeekender
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Melvyn's is an institution. Cocktails were lovely - great bloody Mary and Unlimited Mimosas. Unfortunately they just could not get anything right this visit with respect to the food. The Eggs Benedict were served without Hollandaise sauce (apparently it broke - then why serve it?); the burger was ordered plain with specifics - no tomato, no pickles, no special sauce - Came with all of them. The bagel and lox plate with everything bagel did not have an everything bagel - replaced with a Sara Lee one that was clearly toasted 15 minutes prior to service requiring ordering another one (The smoked salmon was homemade and excellent). You get the drift. From time of ordering food, it was over an hour (I love brunch that is not rushed but this was beyond the pale). The expeditor was running around the room delivering incorrect meals to everyone. It was not a experience I hope to ever have again. And I am so sorry, I have loved Melvyn's for years. I should note that the server did remove the eggs benedict and one of the bottomless mimosas from the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feels like stepping back in time to the 1950’s in the most elegant and nostalgic way possible. Excellent service, incredible food, and even better cocktails. Worth the money even if priced higher than average.

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vipBOCReview
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Returned to dine at Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn after quite a hiatus (primarily 2020 into 2021). The bar is a great place to start the evening. Dinner service by Ben was the star of the show during this experience. Professional and knowledgeable server and gracious making the experience very enjoyable. Filet prepared perfectly. Friend had the fish which he said was excellent. The place has a rich history in here in Palm Springs. We will definitely dine again.

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douglash
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice! It is truly an experience! Can’t wait to go back and celebrate our anniversary again next year!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and fun venue with great service.

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vipPalmSpringsDiner
Palm Springs
502 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melvyn's continues to be one of the best restaurants in the region, in terms of great service, good kitchen, well-managed, and a throwback to the times when the glamorous and sophisticated Hollywood set descended upon Palm Springs. These days, it's elegant without being stuffy, and everyone feels comfortable here. It continues to be one of our favorites, and the members of the staff are WONDERFUL!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice and old school dark and romantic with piano player

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HarryR
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were visiting the area from North Carolina.
It was a birthday dinner for my husband. We were seated at a terrific table right on time.
We were offered a cocktail and ordered our dinner. I had the wedge salad and chicken pot pie. Both were delicious. The pastry on the pot pie was like butter.
My husband had the Caesar salad and potato gnocchi and said they were both enjoyable.
As a special unexpected treat the waiter brought us a special birthday desert complete with candle.

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DebbieF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining here was an experience in making memories. Enjoyed everything about it.

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vipRobert
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love Melvyns. Service x Veronica was perfection. Meals were delicious. And love the piano cabaret. We will be back soon.

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vipRobinD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely old school restaurant. Waiter was wonderful. Cooked our Steak Diane tableside. Cocktails could have been bigger for what they cost but overall, it was a great anniversary dinner. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service

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Sfrisa
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our expectation was for a speak-easy type, sophisticated, elegant, top service restaurant. It advertised a weekend brunch, but did not offer what we considered a brunch. The menu was not special and the prices were very high for what we got. Service was lacking.

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PeterD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Servicer took at least 10 minutes to come to our table after we were seated. Food was cold, when served!
Not worth the price tag! I will not go again.
Afterwards. We stopped at Mr.Lyons steak house.
Now, this place looked like my money would been better spent!

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vipDmarkel
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Disappointing. It was our anniversary. We were basically ignored for the first 15 minutes. We never felt like we had designated waitstaff. They made a special evening seem not special at all. What is the point of asking if it’s a special occasion if you really don’t care?

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MelanieL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food was delicious.

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the loveliest way to celebrate my 65th! Thank you to all at Melvyn's!

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RayM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Nostalgic. Food was average. Have had better steak at Outback.

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KarlB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our 40th wedding anniversary a memorable event. Great service and fantastic food.

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vipOnTheQT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Over priced for value. Food was ok, service was excellent! Dessert was awful, worst creme brulee ever. Love the old Hollywood vibe though, good music and fabulous bar.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband’s 50th

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JamesS
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ben was our server. Bright, personable and efficient. He made our entire dining experience a delight! Pay phone in the restaurant’s restroom. An old school funk, with an incredible live band. The menu and choices of food were thoughtful and delicious to eat. Everyone ordered something different and my entire table was happy with their food choices.

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Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 325-2323.

Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 2784 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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