Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn

4.4
1796 reviews
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Melvyn's Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn is open 100% to entertain all our guests. The Formal Dining Room is open serving those guests who want to dress up and make it an exciting adventurous evening. Table side service is available in the Formal Dining Room and the Patio. One new addition to Melvyn's Restaurant is the Garden Patio, now serving dinner to those more casually dressed. Feel free to come in with jeans and tee-shirts and enjoy the casual dining experience. The entire menu is available with the exception of table side service, the meals will be prepared in the kitchen. The Casablanca Lounge is open with entertainment 7 nights a week starting at 8:00 pm. We are excited to share our restoration taking the restaurant back to the 1970's when Mel Haber first opened Melvyn's.
Dress code required. Casual Elegance or Business Casual: no tank tops, flip flops, beachwear, or t-shirts. Collared shirts, slacks and jackets preferred.
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B
Las Vegas
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there so many times over the years. Always excellent. Brian is a person who should be training other hosts. He is that good with people.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Melvyn’s is great - a real throwback to a swankier age.

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HJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The expression "the good old days" is embodied here. Melvyn's takes you back to a time when fine dining included each of the following: a stylish yet comfortable atmosphere, prompt and friendly service, appropriate portions, an appropriate dress code, absolutely delicious and welll-presented food, and all at a reasonable price.
If it was good enough for Frank Sinatra, it's good enough for you.

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AC
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my parents 50th Anniversary and had a fantastic night !! Such a great atmosphere, excellent food and nice strong cocktails !! We will be back often !!

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I
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, wonderfully prepared meals and old school ambience. Also a surprisingly hopping bar scene!

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VF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Every time we come to Palm Springs we come to Mervyn'S for dinner.

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B
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been to Melvyn's a few times and have always had a great time. This most recent, however, was not as good as previous visits. We arrived on time for our Friday 7:00 pm reservation and were kept waiting 45 minutes for a table. This is really unacceptable. We were invited to move our party to the bar, but we were not offered a complimentary beverage to compensate for the inordinate wait. After thirty minutes of standing in the entry (we did not choose to go to the bar), we heard that an ambulance had been called. Ten minutes later, paramedics arrived, and we were told our table would be ready as soon as the paramedics left. Five minutes after that, we were taken to a table, but the paramedics hadn't left, so one of us couldn't be seated as that chair would have blocked the path of the gurney. No apologies, no complimentary dessert. Nothing. In future, we should book a table at 9:00 pm when the place has begun to empty out. All that notwithstanding, the food is delicious, and the setting is nicely old fashioned.

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S
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Old school dining with steak diane and a huge pot pie. Bananas foster was not on dessert menu, but we asked if they would make it and they did.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good service.
Wide and varied menu.
We are locals and look forward to our next dinner here.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

it is a very old crowd..Not many younger people, it was still fun and lively!
You feel like it is old days of Frank Sinatra..

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SN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Valentine’s Day is always a busy time so service is a little varied. Food was good though and waiter was lovely. Just very busy

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BE
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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a
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have been to Melvyn’s several times and the service was always excellent. Not sure what was going on as although it was Valentines Day, we were there for lunch and only 1 dining room was open. The waiters were confused, bringing out food and then taking it away. We had to ask for ketchup 3 times.

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GH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

very old and limited menu, not really performed well. No specials that night. Wine menu good and very reasonable. Not high on my list.

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t
Seattle
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melvin’s was really fun. A step back in time. Ambiance was perfect. Great art, waiters in black tie scurrying around doing table side preparations. Food was great. I had escargot, steak Diane and a chocolate soufflé. All wonderful. My wife had caesar salad, sole piccata and a shared soufflé. All were perfect. Great drinks and wine. Not everybody would appreciate the experience but we certainly did.

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DH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience, environment and food are top notch, and we will be back again soon!
Dennis

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MW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always delightful at Melvyns's! It's one of few restaurants in Palm Springs where you can hear your dining companions-AND the food and service is the BEST!

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there the night of the transition from Plumpjack to

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PM
Pittsburgh
34 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing like old

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved our first dining experience at Melvyn’s & will definitely be back!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I’ve been wanted to try Melvyn’s for some time. I selected the more casual outdoor patio area because I wanted an informal setting. Overall, food was good (a bit on the salty side). The service was adequate (at best). The server dropped our charcuterie plate on our table without giving us any information (very unusual). Had to wait an unusual amount of time for appetizers and then our entrees were rushed to our table.

Finally, Poor bar selection and my martini was warm.

A bit disappointing. I’m hoping the formal dining room offers a more delightful experience because last night was a big disappointment.

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RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Was disappointed in quality of the food and it's preparation. Meat was sub-par and the vegetables were somewhat undercooked.

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OT
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A throw back to another era (which I remember well). Excellent service, great food & wonderful classic cocktails.

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U
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from Florida and NJ came to town and we wanted to show them the best of Classic Palm Springs. From the genteel waiters to the table side performance that produced and incredible Steak Au poivre as well as a bananas Foster, every minute was pure joy. The oysters were incredible and our table of eight then moved to the dance floor where we danced to a Frank Sinatra-esq singer who did a fabulous job.

The crowd is both gay and straight and definitely trending toward an average age of 60ish but it’s lively, fun and an excellent value.

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JS
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sister’s Birthday! Beautiful evening in every way!

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E
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Melvyn’s. From the moment we approach the front door to the moment we step out, we are able to relax and forget about life’s pressures. The service is so professional! Having your meal prepared table-side just makes it feel that much more special. Thank you for providing a true dining experience at a fair price.

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RB
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful. A throwback but delicious menu and our waiter Bobby made our visit perfect with dedicated service and celebrity stories.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cozy atmosphere. Loved the history of the establishment. Food was great. Our service in dining area was great. Our service at the bar was poor. We have visited the establishment several times, each time bringing out of town guests and each time the bartender was unattentive and rude. The establishment could be so much better with someone behind the bar with some personality.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciated the special chocolate tart for our birthdays. Richard was gracious and helpful.

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b
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food was excellent!
Everything was fresh, delicious, and not too heavy. We will come back soon for dinner!

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AL
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great time. Food excellent, a definite throw back to a bygone era. Nice to know you can revisit it every once and awhile.

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C
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

First time I’ve been unhappy with my lunch experience here. Our waitress was new and knew absolutely nothing about the menu or what she was doing. Kept apologizing but that is not what patron should expect at a nice restaurant like this. They were very busy and management should have had her spend a couple days in the kitchen with the chef to learn about the menu options, how they are prepared and something as simple as the bread options.

Not her fault, but bad management here obviously. This is normally a great option but it does appear as though they have a high turnover of waiters. something is wrong at the top. Food was excellent as usual. Keep the Chef, hire new management!

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone fantastic from Maitre d’s to funny waiter! Terrific

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L
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took friends visiting from Michigan. They enjoyed the dining experience. Our waiter was excellent. The valet met us at the car and ushered us inside with an umbrella due to rain. Beautiful covered outdoor eating. I will return. I had the chateaubriand and it was excellent.

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This is our second dining experience at the restaurant. We gave it a second chance after five years, taking into consideration the aftersale effects.
However, the wine bottle selection left little to choice. The price was basically this or that. 80 dollars for a mediocre red.
Still, the sea bass was delicious and the salmon quite nice. The French onion soup was overly salted and was heavy, almost too rich. A lack of delicacy certainly with a big lump of wet bread and cheese as the center piece.
On a positive note the service became better and less chatter among the servers when it got busier in our patio room.
Always, the bar atmosphere and bar tenders are great. Just not a likable dining experience for us.
Thank you and continued good fortune, Cassandra Joseph.

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TS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic elegance, great ambiance, food, service, and entertaiment. Can listen or dance in the bar.

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m
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great and classic restaurant with a mid century modern appeal. You get the feeling Sinatra used to eat there and apparently he did.

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TF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten there since 1980. Excellent always. Locals make up bulk of clientele.

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ML
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Melvyn’s has preserved the cool and elegance of original Palm Springs. You can have casual table conversation without straining your voice or straining to hear your dinner companions. The menu includes classics. Service is quiet and impeccable. The table side cooking adds taste to food you won’t get any other way. I am thrilled this restaurant keeps this style going.
Our drinks and wine were tasty and appeared without fuss.
Later, music begins in the lounge and puts a delightful finish on the dinner.
I really like Melvyn’s. I look forward to trying the brunch !

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G
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come once a week when in Palm Springs. Really fun and good food.

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