Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn

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Contemporary American
Melvyn's Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn is open for Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Our fabulous Garden Room has been transitioned into an open air patio for a Al Fresco dining experience.

**Dress code required. Casual Elegance: no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, beachwear, or t-shirts. Collared shirts and slacks are required and jackets are recommended.

Due to County and State Regulations, The Casablanca Lounge is currently closed.
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Alan
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Old Palm Springs setting. Wonderful food, service, and ambience. A bit pricey, but well worth it.

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JackieO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Palm Springs for my boyfriend’s birthday. I made reservations through OpenTable before hand and subsequently spoke with the manager to request Frank Sinatra’s table for the occasion. The manager was extremely helpful and accommodating. From the moment we walked in through the door for our reservation, we were greeted warmly. We did arrive early so we had a drink at the bar and our bartender was friendly and an expert mixologist. Our server, David, was gracious, knowledgeable and timed our dinner perfectly. He even brought out a birthday dessert. Overall, a perfect evening and delicious dinner. Recommend the escargot, wedge salad and steaks. Oh, and don’t forget dessert. The creme brulee was out of this world. We will definitely be visiting again next time we are in town.

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vipFourSquareFoodie
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My husband and I reserved at this restaurant for a wedding-anniversary dinner. We requested outdoor seating, and reviewed the menu in advance to find something we could eat. (We are on a specific diet.) The website also indicated a jacket-required dress code for men. When we arrived, we were informed that they were not serving outside, so we're placed in a dark corner inside. As we sat in our corner, it was clear that there was no particular dress code for men. The menu was much more limited than the one we saw online. And, the prices were high. The staff were very nice and accommodating, but had we realized that outdoor seating was not an option, we would have gone elsewhere.

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vipstevec
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Perhaps they have changed chefs after.covid. food was ok but bland risotto had little taste, salmon same and escsarfot similar. Wanted so much for.it to be better and perhaps. Next time it will as they are opened longer

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JenniferF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience and historic atmosphere of the restaurant made for a wonderful date night! The service was extraordinary. I would highly recommend this hidden gem!

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Judyz
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a beautiful meal we had.. The french martini was oh la la and every detail perfect.
We ate outside, but next time we would like to be inside the amazing location.

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DawnD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or just treat yourself to a luxurious dining experience, go to Melyvn's. A wonderful menu - the food does not disappoint. White tablecloths, servers dressed impeccably offering the high level of service you would expect in an establishment like this. If you want to feel fancy, book a table for a meal at Melvyn's.

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Marcel
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a great time. Place has been refurbished and looks and feels much better. However.....food needs to go up a notch for the price. Expensive and not that special for classic food choices.

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as it took me back to the heyday of Hollywood. The only recommendation I would make is this; many of their menu items would be greatly benefited by having them prepared and served “table side”. Overall my thanks to the staff for a fabulous evening!

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vipBonnie
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant fabulous service but I ordered the mushroom risotto it was very disappointing the salad ,desert and escargot were delicious but not the risotto

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vipDeanS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned to one of our favorite restaurants once the pandemic restrictions were eased. Melvin's did not disappoint. Tables were already generously spaced and very little had to be done to meet social distancing standards. The food under the new Chef is still brilliant and the service was Sublime. So happy to welcome Melvin's back in our lives.

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Rospo
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Menu offers steak diane for $48. You will not get steak diane, which is prime steak butterflied, pounded into medallions, and cooked flambé in the sauce. You will get a filet cooked on the grill and served plated with the sauce separately.
Menu offers a tagliatelle bolognese, $36. The plate came with packet elbow pasta and mystery meat.
The bar has live music with the piano amplified to a painful level and is heard in the dining room. Different music is piping into the dining room, so customers must hear both.
Service personnel are disobliging and rude. Their attitude seems to be shut up and eat what we give you.
This was a long time high-end restaurant until the owner passed a couple of years ago. A corporation now owns the place and standards are in the gutter.
In years ago, it was a Frank Sinatra hangout. If Frank was served what is served now, it would have ended up on the wall.
Not surprising there were only three tables seated at prime time.
All very sad. If this is the best they can do for sky high prices, it really is to time to close the doors.

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in this historic restaurant! Excellent food, service and ambiance! All sanitary measures in place. Highly recommend!

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
458 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melvyn’s is one of the most historic and romantic restaurants in the Palm Springs area, and even with occasional upgrades, they continue to exude grace, tradition, and excellence in every category. The safety measures are top notch, so guests shouldn’t have to unnecessarily worry, while dining there.

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vipNYCJack
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful night!!! To be back at Melvyn’s is so special. If I could give more than 5 Stars I would.

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vipHungry123
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Worth the visit to a Palm Springs institution. Great bfast and ambiance.

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vipMortonR
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

If culinary nostalgia is your thing, then Melvyn's is the place for you. The chef does 60's cuisine with aplomb. Beef Wellington, pot pies and assorted dishes not found on too many menus are here to be appreciated by those seeking remembrances of things past. Beware! Recapturing the past will cost you.

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vipAndreaS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time at Melvyn's. We arrived 5-10 min early and sat at the bar to have a cocktail before dinner as we had heard the bartender- and the cocktails were amazing. The rumors were not wrong; the bartender cooked up two classics- a Cosmo and a Lemon Drop that were so good! Next time we will come a bit earlier so we can enjoy the bar seating- good people watching! When we were led into the restaurant we were on the patio (despite the fact that when I made the reservation on Open Table I asked for indoor seating). At first we were disappointed. It felt like we were being banished to the kids table, and felt like tourists outside, regulars inside. Our outstanding server Brandon (Atilla) changed our minds. The ambience was nice, food very good, but it was Brandon that was exceptional. When we come back to Palm Springs area next year for the Indian Wells tennis tournament we plan on returning to Melvyn's, but this time, instead of asking for inside or outside seating, we will be asking to be seated with Brandon. Amazing service, exceptional human!

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Tucsonwinterresident49
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was truly excellent!

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EricS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience for my wife and myself
We want there for our anniversary dinner while we were I town and couldn't have been more pleased.
We will definitely come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard our waiter was beyond attentive, knowledgeable & friendly! SCOTT was also friendly! We will return again next year!
Thank You!

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PattiS
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Melvyn's is always a special experience. Love the patio for lunch with a friend. Thinking that lettuce other than Boston head lettuce would be a better choice for a salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From out of town. Read good reviews and our friends who have been to Palm Springs all recommended this restaurant.

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Clark
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Brought first time friends here for a taste of old Palm Springs. Ambience was good, festive. What I had hoped. Food was slow getting out, fortunately we had no place to go. Food was good, not great. My asparagus was almost raw and was supposed to have truffle shavings which I never saw. Friend had a backed potato which was under cooked and a black spot in the middle. Had to send it back.
When the bill came we were overcharged a glass of wine and the potato. We got it all sorted out but sort of out a damper on the evening. Not sure I will be going back.

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vipMurrayW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place, good food, entertaining waiter - good pacing - not rushed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Archetypal Palm Springs. Lively, a bit eccentric and great fun.

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Eatguy
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Expensive but overall good. My wife and I had their special for the night ....lobster pasta. Good but very rich and heavy.
Appetizers escargot was excellent.

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vipMarilyn
San Diego
191 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous evening at Melvyn's! We were warmly greeted and seated immediately in the Hollywood Room at a very special table. Peter was our server and he is fantastic! So much fun and so attentive. We split a very delicious Caesar salad; I had the incredibly good beef wellington and my husband had the pasta special which was with a whole lobster tail. Both were fantastic. We were celebrating our anniversary and were full from the meal but Peter brought out a delicious and very light anniversary dessert. Melvyn's is one of our very favorite restaurants and offers a beautiful setting with very attentive service and delicious food.

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vipNormanV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Old school service with personality. Stephen, our waiter, was attentive, professional but not snobby. Food was excellent and wine recommendations were on point. A bonus is you can actually carry on a conversation without shouting.

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Roxxy
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Very disappointed. We have been there before and we're back to celebrate a milestone birthday but will not be back again Richard was our waiter and was not attentive but seemed to have time to schmooze with the bar staff, and one of the entrees was incorrect. We asked twice for three separate checks and he kept saying, " three cards". When one bill came, after figuring who owed what amount, he argued with us about how to leave the tip. When you pay this much for food, drink and ambiance you shouldn't be disappointed.

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AlisonC
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful from start to finish. Remarkable Staff, Lovely Dining Room, Delicious Food. Plus live music every night! Make time to visit the bar. The Ingelside Inn is an enchanting property too.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Reservation was at 8:15pm so the place was more then half empty when we arrived. Surprisingly, the host sat us at the first round table in the middle of the dining room, in the direct path of the kitchen and exiting the restaurant. As you can imagine, we had to endure every patron that left the restaurant that night as well as the flow of servers to and from the kitchen. Also, it took 15 full minutes after being seated before our server, an incredibly elderly gentleman arrived, introduced himself as our server and and asked “are you ready to order.” We politely told him we had not even received a menu and we would certainly like to order a cocktail first. One of our oysters was so badly mangled when it was opened it should have never been served, especially considering the price! The frisée salad with “warm bacon vinaigrette” was cold, as was the poached egg served on top. I will say the steak was delicious and cooked properly. Sadly, the near $800 the four of us spent on dinner was not worth it. Sorry Melvyn’s, you got it all wrong with this group.

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CarolB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. Always good food & service @ Melvyn’s

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vipKenM
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food isn't remarkable here. When I asked that they add cheese to the scrambled eggs, they brought out a plate of three slices of American cheese. instead of mixing it with the eggs. That was hugely disappointing. For a truly good Americaan breakfast, go somewhere closer - like Spencer's or Wilma & Frieda's.

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Yummmmm
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good. Weeks ago I made this reservation for inside seating and it was over 30 minutes late and we were sat outside. Waiter was very distracted and kind of rude. Maybe it was an off night?

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FumanChew
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great really. Everything. Well, it's pricey. I had a glass of Mumms champagne and my date had a perfect margarita at the bar waiting for our table and it was $51. Our dinner was $220 each had glass of wine, appetizer, entre-no coffee, no desert. Another $10 to valet. So if you don't mind $350-$400 for a night out, it's a great adventure! Yes, I'll go back.

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TracyG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place for the Palm Springs Experience. I am big Sinatra fan so it was a perfect evening. The Bar was fun, service was great and the food was very good.

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vipBrianO
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. We sat in a room that faced outside and enjoyed the view.

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SamL123
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Have been to Melvyns many times for both lunch and dinner. My wife and I have never been disappointed in their lunch menu, but after having dinner on 2/29/20 we will never go back. The appetizers (we both had escargots) were lukewarm and bland with nary a hint of garlic. My wife had the breast of chicken (once again bland and lukewarm) and I had the Steak Diane cooked at the table. I requested medium rare and received a very rare, rubbery piece of 1/4 inch beef. Our waiter, Dennis, bolted out of sight after serving us or I would have sent everything back. To be fair they were busy but for the prices they charge one would think they would be more attentive. Substandard food and service to say the least. We will NOT be back for dinner.

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vipStriper9
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food quality not what is was a year ago. Disappointed !

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Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 2288 OpenTable diners.

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