We should have stayed home and finished watching the Martian with Matt Damon on Fx.
The restaurant is beautiful, but it is adjacent to a Piano Bar full of rowdy people. It really kills the ambiance.
Maitre D was welcoming since we were in Palm Springs for our Anniversary.
There were two waiters and 10 support staff. They need help with logistics. Our waiter was scattered and disorganized.
Drinks were good. Food was bad. My raw oysters were warm. Salad was inedible. Chilean Sea Bass was meh, lacked flavor and seasoning. The Lobster in my wife’s Lobster pot was overdone and rubbery. Sides were bad.
We waited 30 minutes before we could ask for our tab, as we watched our waiter prepare dishes table side for 3 other tables.
All the waiter did was make excuses. We turned down desert and took off.
We all enjoyed the evening on many levels. We liked the room in which we were seated, the easy to read menu, the variety of choices, and the live music in the bar. Thanks goodness for the valet. Parking could be an issue.
An uneven experience with respect to food quality and service, but the Maitre D was outstanding and the ambiance just reaked of steak and martinis which is right on point. They have improvements to be made still ahead of them, but our lunch made for a memorable stop, and we loved the "oceanfront" view. It was just a bit choppy.
We were finally seated 45 minutes late for our 830 reservation. The dining room was half empty. We were not given menus, and then were ignored by staff for the next 30 minutes, until we finally left, hungry and disappointed. Honestly one of the worst restaurant experiences of my life.
Had high hopes, made my reservation months in advance. We had 8:30 reservation, showed up at 7:30 to enjoy the lounge. We did not get seated till 9:20. The host staff was very rude. We start checking in with hem at 9 pm about our table. Did not even offer to pay for a round of drinks. Many nostalgic places are closing in PS. One reason is that they need to appeal to the next generations. You make your reservation on line and then they manage it on paper and make exceptions for regulars. We dine out like 3 times a week and have a lot off new favorites. If you want to stay old school get off Open Table.
We had reservations and still had to wait 45 min for a sub-par table right by the kitchen. After we complained they moved us to a better table. Both salads we ordered had way too much dressing to the point we commented to each other “get any salad with your dressing”. Our waiter made up for a lower star rating, he was very professional and took good care of us.
Our waiter Bobby is a national treasure! He has seen it all!
Good food, great service one of a kind old school ambiance
Very expensive food was awful
Vegetables were hardly cooked potatoes tasted like they had been warmed up —cooked several days before
Over rated and disappointing. Yes, they do table side preparation but why sit 6 people at a table for 8-10.? Btw, the highly recommended soufflé...don’t bother ordering it because even if you do, they forget to put in the order. Service was pathetic but the food is decent. Time to bring in wait staff who remember orders and know how to pour wine. We’ll wait a long time before going back.
Recommended by a nearby theatre the atmosphere was electric the food a huge disappointment
We had reservations for Valentines. The restaurant was very busy however that did not distract from the excellent service. Tbe restaurant is "old school" elegant and as this was the first time we were back since the renovations i was pleased that the charm was retained. Valentines had a special menu. I had the filet with prawns. The filet was excellent, tender and full of flavor. The prawns and potatoes were equally good. My wife had the lobster tail with risotto. Tender and flavorful. The service was suburb. All the staff was friendly and professional. Just what you expect from a great restaurant. It was a true 5 star experience. I read a few reviews that referred to Melvyn's as stuffy. That is the wrong description, it is classy and elegant! We will be back!
For our Valentine’s Day dinner, my husband ordered the sirloin steak and I had the filet snd prawns. Unfortunately, his steak had a lot of gristle and fat and was too difficult to eat. We had it boxed up, took it home and carved off the inedible parts. My meal was nice. The service was very good.
Great menu for Valentines with a red rose for every woman. The service was outstanding. We will return soon.
What a disappointment! The French onion soup was not hot; the entrée salad was brought before the soup was only half eaten; crème brulee was more like custard; and the ordered wine was incorrect. Food quality was fine, but the same can be had for a much lower price at other establishments. The outstanding Melvyn's experience was not there; it seems that Melvyn passed and his restaurant did too.
Had dinner with a friend of ours. Nice evening. Great food.
Beautiful restaurant., but they rush you and the portions are very small. The food is good though.
We waited a long time before the parking attendant showed up to park the car. The host was not very friendly when we where seated. We did have an old waiter who was very professional his name was Bobbie and he was in his 80’s . Our meal was excellent . The place is dated but somehow that adds to. The old world charm.
Very happy that even after the purchase and remodel of Melvyn's it's retained most of the features that made it the go-to restaurant to experience modernist Palm Springs. The food, table side prep on such old time favorites such as the wilted spinach salad and steak diane; service by very experienced waiters like Bob. This place reminds us of the time when our parents took us out to special occasion dinners at white table cloth 5 star restaurants. Thanks Bob. Your service made the dinner experience one to remember as the measure of what dining out really means.
Have been going to Melvyns for years, but was very disappointed by this dinner to say the least. The ambience has improved greatly in the dining room but the food not so much. We started with the shrimp cocktail which was quite rubbery. Next we had the oysters rockefeller, they didn't have enough sauce and were kind of dry. For our main course I had the veal oscar and that was fine, but all the vegetables on the plate were barely cooked. So sadly I can't recommend this place anymore. The bar also seems way too bright, the new fixtures are nice over the bar, but nobody likes to feel like they are getting interrogated at a bar....tone down the lighting.