Lovely atmosphere with great food. Will definitely be going back as many other do ne’er items we would still like to try!
Service was horrible, drinks didn’t come correctly, and they were out of several food and wine options. Would not recommend to others.
We drove two hours from San Diego to Palm Springs just to celebrate my birthday at Melvyn's. Melvin's is top notch in every way. The service was incredible, the meals delicious all set in a deep purple and grey haze. I would definitely make the trip again.
Great night at Melvyn's. Classic old school Palm Springs. Classic dishes done in the classic way. I had not had chateaubriand for decades and it was melt in your mouth delicious. The service was outstanding and it was a very memorable night.
The perfect evening, classy yet not stuffy, reasonably priced, with service second to none!
It was a good experience
I hadn't been here since the remodeling and heard good and bad. Personally, I liked the change the food and service is still wonderful, and the Palm Springs past has not been removed. I love the place.
Amazing experience as usual! A Palm Springs must do
Great meal at a Palm Springs classic!
The history, the Palm Springs ambience, the professionalism of the staff, the food! Exceptional in every way. Love the new decor!
Excellent way to celebrate my Mothers marriage, first class service and wonderful old school food
Excellant service,food and atmosphere. Also lots of celebrity history.
Fabulous! Elegant dining room, old school service, delicious food...no room for improvement!
I found the food to be rather bland. The escargot has no garlic or lemon that I could taste and was rather dry and rubbery. I then had the chicken breast stuffed with lobster which was practically nonexistent in it. The vegetables were fine. The best thing we’re tje two drinks I had.
Food came out cold after taking 30 minutes to get to our table with very few patrons in the restaurant. Disappointing.
Old time Palm Springs spot. One of the few places where table side cooking is still done. Wait staff have been here for "many years". A bucket list dining experience.
We were not approached/or acknowledged by any member of the staff for 40 minutes upon arriving and being seated at the restaurant. I wouldn’t expect to wait that long at a chain restaurant, let alone one of Palm Springs premier restaurants. While the food was very good, the start of the experience was not very memorable.
This was our first time to Melvyn’s and we enjoyed the evening. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. I had to send my filet back because it wasn’t cooked to my liking—well done. It still wasn’t as well done as I would have liked when it came back the second time. Overall, we enjoyed our experience!
We were happy to see at least an attempt to bring back the Classic Cob Salad. Sadly, although acceptable, the dressing is not even close. We ordered a side of crispy bacon to brighten it up. The Chicken Pot Pie was visually returned to a larger dish, but a very shallow one, that caused the ingredients especially the larger potato slices, to absorb the once creamy sauce. I added some spoonfuls of my wine to loosen it up. That did the trick! The crust was perfectly baked and the flavors finally melded together. The dessert choice was the cold chocolate with raspberry pie. Unfortunately, it had been in the fridge too long, and it tasted of “cold”. Next time, given the limited dessert menu, we will order the Crème Brûlée, which we understand, is made from scratch! We love the staff, the location and ambiance. We are trying to accept the changes as we work through the menu. My criticisms are critical to taste, but they really just need better control from the kitchen with a few tweaks. We will return, but not with the frequency we have in the past, or with special groups or with old Palm Springs friends, who have chosen now, not to frequent Melvyn’s.
Glad to see that Melvyn's is back. My wife and I went there for Sunday brunch and other than dragging the average age down to 70, we had a blast. Very balanced between gay and straight which is another nice part of the experience. Very old school but the food is great and it's a very pretty environment on the patio. Very reasonably priced with generous portions. The service is also top notch.
My wife and I were in town and knew Melvyn’s had a reputation for being a good restaurant. We were greeted by the very cordial staff and es opted to a seat which turned out to be in the corner by the kitchen door. While that in itself was not a game killer we waited for a considerable time without being even acknowledged at our table. We were served water. Finally, after sometime, the lead person who was serving water, bread and assisting the main waiters brought us menus and asked if we wanted something to drink. This gentleman was trying to help take care of us while he was also attending to his other duties of backing up the main wait staff. This made for long delays in attention to us at what we thought was a special restaurant. The main waiters never even acknowledged our presence or made any eye contact with us. Other guest who came in later were greeted by the main waiters and treated as special guest, told of specials etc. we felt somehow that we were somehow not befitting of their attention.
We mentioned our experience to the manager who apologized and said they want all customers to feel special; however our experience was quite different than feeling special.
The past 3 times we’ve had dinner here the food has noticeably changed - much smaller portions, not as tasty, and not prepared in the way we had been used to — and came back hoping to get. Protein portions are now small. Also, we each ordered a wedge salad and the salads served were not wedges. We’ve had wedge salads at Melvyns previously and they were traditional wedges. What they served this time were more like egg salad on a few green leaves with slivered almonds. Our server seemed disappointed that no one ordered alcohol. We waited about 30 minutes before our food was served and we didn’t order anything complicated. Also the restaurant was not particularly busy. Just an ok experience.
Full of the 40's 50's charm. Beautifully decorated, great food. and outstanding fine dining.
It was my first time at the legendary Melvyn's, and was taking Partner their for our anniversary. The atmosphere was exquisite, the service excellent, and the cocktails were wonderful. I have to say though I was a bit disappointed in the food - while not bad, the Steak Diane was a bit tough and not very tasty. My Partner, who had eaten there before, also said his sea bass was "okay".
We have been patrons for years and first time back since new ownership. When we inquired if Prosecco was available in bottle vs. split we were told no. Found full bottle on menu and waiter said he didn't know then came back and said "all out" very dry in his comment. We were never asked if we would like more bread or butter, crumbs were never removed from our linens. We inquired about the ceaser salad tossed at our table in years past with waiters reply "we don't do that anymore". The waiter never inquired if an additional cocktail or after dinner drink was desired.
Upon leaving, the maitre d' went to retrieve my husbands coat. I inadvertently steered my husband towards women's lounge area. When the maitre d' returned he asked where my husband was. I informed him he had gone to the gentlemen's lounge and he sighed....walked through the bar and then when he saw my husband curled his finger implying to "follow me" and in an embarrassing situation, my husband sheepishly followed him back to the entry to the men's lounge. Talk about lack of discretion!
The ventilation system is less than adequate since the remodel as between the variety of dishes prepared tableside, at one point we couldn't see across the room it was so smokey. When we got home, our kids asked if we had been to a bbq from the smell of our clothes and hair.
Overall the experiences we have had in the past have kept us coming back. The "old school" charm, excellent service and attention to every detail created a dining experience unique to Melvin's.
When we left we tried to determine exactly what seemed to deflate our evening the most. We came to the same conclusion the nonethusiastical demeanor of the wait staff, along with the demeaning attitude in service left a disappointing taste in our mouths.
Sadly I don't think we will return. Oh and should you respond, my son is Stephen Sullivan who's Open Table we used to reserve. We are Don and Patti Catton.
We enjoyed it very much.
Many fun memories
Feels how Palm Springs should be. Classy with a bit of pizazz. Great food, service, and music set the stage for a romantic evening
The service at Melvyn’s is outstanding. My Chinese Chicken Salad was OK but not great. The hamburger ordered by one of our group was cooked exactly to his request.
Melvyn's dining room is always the place I take our out of town guest to impress them in Palm Springs.
I frequently sit in the bar area when looking for more casual dining when my myself.
Thank you for keeping it alive.
Perfect brunch ambiance classy and quiet
We were very lucky to have been served by Bobby. He had been at Melvyn’s for over 40 years. He knew everything!! He was very attentive as well as making us feel at home. He prepared steak Diane which was fabulous and he prepared the sauces table side. Both he and the establishment were wonderful. Great place to go while in Palm Springs!!!!
“One night outside a restaurant, Frank Sinatra asked the valet who brought him his car what was the biggest tip he ever got. The valet said it was 100 bucks. Sinatra slipped him 200, and before driving away, asked who gave him the 100. The valet replied, ‘You did, Mr. Sinatra.’”
This was the restaurant.
Melvyn's is a real taste of old-time Palm Springs. They say this was one of Frank Sinatra's favorite restaurants, and after tasting their food, I believe it! Everything is first class, particularly the service. I recommend one of their entrees made table-side. We had the Steak Diane, and it was TO DIE FOR!!
Great meal great service!! Thank you
Always a pleasure being on this property.
Our group of 5 had an outstanding brunch here. We all ordered different items and everyone was pleased with their choice. We sat in the garden room and it was lovely. The service was impeccable, food was delectable and prices very reasonable. It was a wonderful Sunday interlude. We were a happy group! Look forward to our next outing at Melvyn’s.
8:30 reservations. 9:50 seating. Very late. Very weak apology. I am standing right next to the manager who knows I am equally as delayed as another young woman, and he is loudly saying to her as she is further away than I, “you can have a free bottle of wine, whatever you want”. And nothing is offered to me. Quite clueless. For that level of delay, most restaurants will offer a free desert or something. Nothing of that sort for my wife and me. Otherwise a very nice restaurant with good food at a good price and nice live music and a sweet old 83 years waiter.
I have eaten at Melvyn's many times in the past 20 years. I understand there have been changes in the past year and have eaten there several times since the changes. It keeps going downhill, the food being the biggest disappointment. The soup of the day came out luke warm, as did the three appetizers we ordered. I was surprised since we had to wait a long time for them to arrive, without anyone coming to our table to explain the delay. The same thing happened with our entrees. The only dinner that came out hot was the Chicken Pot Pie. The two veal dishes were cold and the changes to each dish from the original was not for the better. The veal was dry, tough and overcooked. I was very embarrassed. One of my guest was from Dallas and I had been raving all afternoon about the restaurant and food. One of my guest said something to the waiter who sent over the manager. Halfway through our explanation, he interrupted and said in a sarcastic manor "if I take the appetizers off the check, would that make you happy"? That is not why we were telling him about our experience. You would think they would be interested in living up to their previous reputation, especially with all the new restaurants opening in Palm Springs. I feel like I lost an old friend. I will not be going back.
Melvyn’s is always a treat, and it’s managed with grace and charm. A throwback to the past, it also perfectly fits in for the discriminating diner who appreciates genuine elegance.