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Willie's, Rancho Mirage, CA

Willie's

4.6
4.6
413 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Willie’s Modern Fare combines the elegance of fine dining with the warmth and conviviality for which its founders are best known. Recognized for 1501 Uptown Gastropub and numerous solo projects, co-owners Willie Rhine and Chad Gardner from the Gardner Hospitality Group invite guests to savor classic cuisine with a modern twist, along with creative cocktails and a carefully curated wine list.

Hospitality icon Brian Ellis helms the front of the house as General Manager, infusing Willie’s with the charm and panache that he brought to Melvyn’s at Ingleside Inn for several decades.

In the kitchen, Executive Chef Richard Perez leads the culinary team with an eye for detail and taste for excellence honed throughout a career overseeing the food at esteemed establishments like Colony Palms Hotel, The Cork Tree Restaurant, and Il Fornaio.

Enjoy dinner and drinks in the fine dining room or expansive outdoor patio, or stop into the casual lounge for a sip and a snack.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Contemporary American, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 202-4499

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Richard Perez

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Cross street

    Frank Sinatra

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Frank Sinatra

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Willie's Summer 2022 Pre-Fixe Dinner Menu

    $49.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at Willie's in Rancho Mirage for a delicious Three Course Dinner by Executive Chef Richard Perez. Includes your choice of: Appetizer - Gazpacho, Bibb Caesar, Classic Wedge, or Peruvian White Fish Ceviche Entree - Chicken Cordon Bleu, Vegetable Farotto, Salmon, Beef Stroganoff, Short Rib Dessert - Apple Dumpling, Creme Brulee Three Way, Chocolate Brownie Sundae

What 413 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DH

    DouglasH

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent dinner. The Price Fixed dinner is a real bargain. A very enjoyable evening.
  2. G

    Goldie

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoy Willie's. Great food, wonderful people that attend to us perfectly. The prices are good, great variety and everything taste so delious. A feel good restuarant.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attractive surroundings. Excellent service. Delicious and creative food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only real issue was that the food runners couldn’t seem to place the correct orders in front of our guests. We were continually having to move the plates to get them correctly placed. Just a little more attention to the details would really set you apart. Also, and I’m sure it’s a minor thing…but the utensils on the table are almost a bit too delicate and tiny. For those of us who suffer with a bit of arthritis, using those utensils can prove to be a bit of a challenge.
  5. GE

    GrantE

    Palm Springs

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Once again, another great meal! The food is wonderful and the service is outstanding.
  6. NP

    NarendraP

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent everything. Great service. Delicious food . Best restaurant
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great restaurant with amazing food and helpful staff.
  8. LP

    LeeP

    Palm Springs

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    For our first meal here, we tried their summer special prix fixe menu for $49. Lots of good selections including some very interesting ones. And the service was terrific.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and ambiance was amazing! Going back on Wednesday for a private event. My new favorite place in Rancho Mirage. Thank you Willie!!
  10. M

    Marilyn

    San Diego

    212 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    212 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous evening at Willie's! Brian greeted us and we were eated immediately and greeted by Sergio, our fantastic waiter. Drinks were served quickly and perfectly made. Our dinners were incredibly delicious. We both had the wedge salad and the beef stroganoff, both which were divine! We were celebrating my birthday so I chose the almond tart and he chose the brownie sundae. Both were good. The service is impeccable, food delicious and it has become our favorite spot in the desert.
  11. D

    Donghia

    Palm Springs

    100 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Dining room is still a bit noisey despite new ceiling tiles for sound. Meal seemed kind of meager, tasty and beautifully presented but a bit skimpy. Staff always super friendly and a great vibe overall. Very busy for August in the desert!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food was marginal. The Chilean Sea Bass was too salty and overcooked. The base of peas and corn was mushy and the sauce lacked flavor and was used sparingly. However, our butternut squash ravioli appetizer was tasty. The wait staff was excellent and the maitre’d, Brian, made us feel at home. Our waiter, Ulysses, tended to our every need. We definitely will go back and hope our food experience will match the excellent service.
  13. T

    Trish

    Palm Springs

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Louis was an excellent host who made our night very pleasant. Food was very good except didn’t like the gazpacho. I like traditional gazpacho so this version was not my favorite. But, that didn’t keep us from enjoying the meal overall.
  14. MZ

    MoniqueZ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and the best service from John, our waiter. Hubby had rabbit, which is a treat. I had the chicken cordon bleu,, which is reimagined in an interesting way. Lovely atmosphere. The lounge is first-come, first-served, with a slightly different menu. Nice wine list and caviar, for those who partake. We'll definitely be back.
  15. MC

    MarkC

    Palm Springs

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Shrimp cocktail was outstanding. Last time I had Prime Rib it was outstanding, this time it was dry and a bit disappointing.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    A bit old fashioned
  17. RO

    RobbieO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best service (Marquez), food & ambiance that we have enjoyed in a LONG time. There is attention to detail throughout the restaurant. Willie's is on the top of my list for a return visit.
  18. JW

    JaniceW

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Will definitely be back.
  19. M

    Marlee2

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to Willie’s and it didn’t disappoint. We all had the Summer Menu - $49 for three courses. The choices were great and the food was delicious!
  20. SS

    SusanS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good was delicious, great menu and excellent service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Esmeralda and Brian were incredible at the door and throughout. Our server was Mike or Tony, I hope I remember the name correctly was super top notch and had a great sense of humor. Very pleased with Willie’s superior service!
  22. WB

    WilliesBrunch

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A little long, had appointment at 2:00 PM. Made it on time!
  23. R

    Rustydoodle

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I was really looking forward to trying this restaurant. The vibe was great but the food was only fair. Chicken was dry and salmon and potatoes were served room temperature. The apple tart came with cinnamon ice cream. We asked for vanilla instead and were told the kitchen didn't like making substitutions even though they had vanilla on the menu. Really, is it harder scooping vanilla rather then cinnamon? We live close by so we will try it one more time. Hopefully it will be better.
  24. LM

    LizM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun vibe! Excellent service! Terrific libations! Wonderful meal! Will be there often.
  25. SM

    ShellyM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was excellent. Celebrated 2 diner's birthdays. One has celiac so this was a perfect choice for gluten free options. John, our server was exceptional!
  26. EN

    EdwardN

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meet with friends for dinner and conversation. Tables were a little conjected with four people. Yet. manageable.
  27. RG

    RosieG

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Sunday Brunch the food was excellent 3 courses all done very well. The server accidentally removed a salad that my dining partner was still working on. She apologized and came back to the table and offered another salad, which we didn't accept but noted as going above and beyond. The summer menu is also very good with an excellent three course menu. The Short rib and the Stroganoff are excellent and I want to go back and try to cinder block salmon which looked delicious at the next table.
  28. AG

    AnneG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service at brunch were excellent. We enjoyed it so much, we are taking friends there again this weekend.
  29. CN

    ChaiseN

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The ambience of the restaurant was wonderful, and the food quality was fair to good. However, they need to do a better job with the quality of the service. I also thought the manager lacked a little professional polish.
  30. RT

    RoTyRo

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    What we had of the prix fixe (gazpacho, beef stroganoff, applie tart) was disappointing. Gazpacho was a skimpy clear broth that was far too acidic and tart and the stroganoff, while an ample serving, was dense and a bit gummy, screamed for more seasoning and an herbal note of some type, even parsley. We WILL be back, but the dinner was not especially memorable. The staff is always superb, from seating to final bill presentation.
  31. ST

    ShawnT

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We had very high expectations after reading reviews and hearing of this place through word of mouth. Reality was very different. The service was friendly and attentive but the food was average and was served cold. Both of our plated were just warm. Perhaps it was just an off night. There was a large group seated in another room that may have detracted from the food quality. Based on our experience, we will most likely not return. I should also add that we chose not to complain about the food quality. Again, great service but mediocre food.
  32. MZ

    MartinZ

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    First visit and there was an event going on in the bar so the noise made it impossible to have a conversation in the dining room. We both had pasta dishes and they were okay but not great. Fresh pasta was really dry. Interior doesn't have a lot of character. Hoping a second visit might change impressions!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Willie’s for the first time tonight, for my husband’s birthday. The food, cocktails, ambience, and service were all wonderful- we will be back again soon.
  34. L

    Lorraine

    Palm Springs

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit since it became “Willie’s”. The dining room was bright and inviting. Our sever, John was friendly and attentive. Definitely will be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the service and hospitality outstanding! Noah and Artis are masters in the art of hospitality and delivering a memorable dining experience! Thank you!!
  36. TB

    ToddB

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is one of our few go to places. It has everything going for it. Wonderful food, great ambience, attentive service and a unique variety of flavors that will impress you each time you go. We generally like the fixed price menus… Either in the evening or for brunch. Highly recommended.
  37. f

    foodaware

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Willie's is a new classic, in our book. Lovely setting, white table cloths & linens, candle in a fine old etched glass. But surprisingly not just-special occasion. Easy-going. Deliciously enjoyable. Excellent food -- same for the cocktails. Top notch.
  38. W

    Wiscogirl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We were a group of 7 business associates. Loved the menu selection and the food was great both in presentation and taste. The servers were good. A/C was really chilly but they were willing to turn down the fans blowing on our table and then it was fine. Overall, a very pleasant evening. We would recommend!
  39. V

    Vince

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Overall a good dining experience. However, my table of 4 got rail-roaded into buying not one but two bottles of “stilled” water at $12.00 a bottle. When seated we were asked if we wanted sparkling or stilled water. Understanding the choices that one choice, the stilled, to be tap. It wasn’t served in anything but a restaurant carafe. Not an impressive Evian bottled water to show its impressive price and mark up. We all ordered the pre-fix and did not notice the stilled water amongst our other beverages on the tab. It wasn’t until after this mishap was noticed. Their error was not to offer tap water at the beginning of our service but only H2O that was being charged. $12.00 for an unmarked bottle of stilled water? Really!! No matter if I could afford it but all around, buyer beware at Willie’s.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our experience was wonderful! The staff were extremely polite and attentive, the atmosphere was great and so was the food. This was my 4th timing dining here and I will forever be a repeat customer.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Willie's is rated 4.6 stars by 413 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Willie's

69830 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-2837

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Frank Sinatra

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Contemporary American, Continental

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Frank Sinatra

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Richard Perez

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine

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