Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn

4.5
1659 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, Californian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Saturday – Sunday 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Monday – Friday 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Monday –Thursday, Sunday 6:00 pm– 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Lounge & Bar Bites
Daily 11:30am - until close (Live music starts at 8pm)
Sunday Night Jam Session 3:30pm - 7:30pm.
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Phone number
(760) 325-2323
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Jennifer Town
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Private party facilities
Melvyn's is fabulous for Holiday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, company events, family reunions, and more. Melvyn's can provide fabulous service for a small gathering for dinner and drinks, to a large wedding reception for 125, complete with a Dance floor, Open bar and Entertainment.
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Private party contact
Brian Ellis: (760) 325-2323
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belardo
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Parking details
Valet parking available during hours of operation. Public and street parking are also available.
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Entertainment
Join us for nightly entertainment in our Piano Bar and dancing in our Casa Blanca Lounge from 8pm. On Sundays join us from 3.30pm till 7.30pm for our weekly Jam session.
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Special events & promotions
Perfect setting for weddings, meetings or private parties. Custom menus are available for any budget.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1659 People Are Saying
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Des Moines
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. My husband had the eggs Benedict which he thought were the best he ever had. I had the short rib hash which was also quite good. Ambience not bad either.

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C
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school restaurant with old school wait staff

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RO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time

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T
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The chicken pot pie my husband had was edible but nothing really beyond that, very little chicken or vegetables, more mushy than he would have liked and expected. My sole in butter and lemon was acceptable. The service and ambiance of the restaurant are lovely.

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RG
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Surprisingly, service was mediocre on this visit. My dinner was less than outstanding which I had come to expect from this restaurant. Usually extraordinary, this visit was a bit of a disappointment.

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

We had a fantastic time the other night. Bobby did a great job but wish he would had stopped long enough to tell us a story or two from his 42 years at Melvins'. Loved the new look in the dinning room. Great greeting from the Maitre'd!

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SB
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The lunch menu was uninteresting. The server we had was fantastic, on point for everything. The food was not memorable.

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h
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Perhaps this place is better for dinner. We had brunch and it was depressing and the food was bland and nothing to speak of whatsoever. Pass.

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S
Palm Springs
56 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday at Melvyn's is pretty much a tradition for us, and we look forward to it! We are happy to see that the food prep is almost equal to the beloved originals, including the Chicken Pot Pie and the Cobb Salad. The Monte Christo is even better than the original! Good job, Chef! More importantly, this is a quiet oasis that makes you feel far away in a very, very special place - which it is! Especially after the warm greeting by Brian at the entry door. The staff is wonderful and attentive, and we think of Melvyn's as home away from home for the warm, congenial service, comfort and food.

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BJ
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Melvyn's doesn't disappoint. I love the venue, beautiful setting, delicious food, outstanding service. This is our "go to" destination.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobby is a treasure! The bar crew are great also.

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KA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Filet mignonette was fabulous. Salmon was average. Tables are very close together making it hard to move without bumping into another diner.

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f
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was there with friends for brunch and it did not disappoint. I had been wanting to come to Melvyn's for some time. It was fairly quiet when we got there so we definitely had the waiters attention. It's a great spot in Palm Springs that has an old Hollywood feel - very 30's and a nice departure from the mid century feel of so many other places in PS. You really feel like you're somewhere special. The food was delicious - the best was there person at our table who had the chicken pot pie...it was wonderful and the crust was light and flaky. The menu has nice options including eggs benedict and other items appropriate for brunch. Of course we topped it off with Mimosas and the visit was definitely worth it! It was too early in the morning for the bar, but I hear that it's a great place to visit at night with live music and a great time as well.

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JF
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great restaurant with wonderful food. We had a great waiter who could have been a stand-up comedian. Did not care for the entertainer at all. Couldn't understand what he was singing. Perhaps he didn't need a mike at all or at least not so much amplification. However, I would recommend it to friends. Great ambiance and with a little imagination you could visualize all the stars there in its hay day years ago,

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This place was highly rated but I was disappointed. Service was slow and apparently unless they were assigned to your table the staff ignored you. There were plenty of them standing around. Food was okay but not great. Seemed like a great place for “regulars” who knew what to order and receive better service. But not for first timers. Wife’s fish had several bones in it. We were prepared to order a dessert but it took so long for someone to come we gave up and just asked for check when someone finally came over to the table.

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M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Weird setting, waiter made ‘odd’ jokes about murder and our car had a flat tire when we came out! An awful evening!

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CM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Old school steak house with tableside cooking. I have been here numerous times and have never been disappointed. Good service, many of the Staff have been here for years and they treat you right. The newly remodeled interior is darker and more period which I love. The history of Melvyn’s itself is worth the visit!

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely Sunday brunch in a quintessential Palm Springs establishment. We sat in the enclosed patio area and greatly enjoyed our meal.

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r
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening in an “old school” gem! Great service and great food!!

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DI
Miami
180 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Twice year visitor to Melvyn's when in Palm Springs area. Special friend get together this trip. While not the finest dinner I have had at Melvyn's ,it ranked high on the top 10 list. Service was a little off this night as it seemed busier than usual . Chateaubriand for two is always a good choice and was again with a shrimp cocktail to open and two Johnny Walker Black to make it all work well.
See you again ,Melvyns ........

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Appetizer came out right away but then we had to wait an hour for entrees. By then the steak was cold and i was so hungry I didn't want to send it back and have it take another hour. The bill came and I noted that there were two extra drinks on it only because we had to wait so long. They took them off the bill.

The whole experience could have been managed better if they had just checked in with us and told us they were running behind, instead of me having to flag them down and ask. Also they could have removed the drinks without me having to ask. Usually I have good service there but not this time.

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C
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Melvyn’s. My favorite lunch venue in Palm Springs if you want an elegant dining experience with great service and high-quality food. Lunch is a bargain and you can enjoy it in their beautiful newly renovated front patio

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B
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very loud band in bar. Food was just ok. Great server. Reserved outdoors, got indoors. Seems a little dated, and living of its legacy past. Too many great spots in PS now.

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OT
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Great results from the renovation. Food used to be better until they changed the chef. Food was delivered tepid. Service was alright, used to be stellar.

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KB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great service. Very old school. Loved it.

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AF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very old school restaurant which still has the same feel it did long ago. The waiter was enjoyable and timely and took great care of us. The food was as to be expected in a restaurant of this caliber. We will definitely go back next time we are in Palm Springs.

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived early and seated right away. Steak Diane was all it is cracked up to be! Outstanding food and service.

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TP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time but definitely will be back. Celebrated a family birthday and from the moment you walk in the front door you are treated like a VIP. Melvyn's is the lost art of fine dining when you truly made a evening of good food, wine and company.
We enjoyed the Steak Diane and completed our meal with Cherries Jubilee, both prepared tableside to perfection.
Melvyn's is a definite must!

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MD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Hollywood found here! Thanks Ryan for such a nice evening.

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R
Palm Springs
118 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Website indicated brunch on Sat and Sun. We were there Sat and they had only the lunch menu....not what we planned for. Otherwise all was well.

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A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful "Old Palm Springs" atmosphere - still offers table-side preparations of steaks, salads, and desserts, all of which are delicious. A fun evening, as always.

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G
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Upon arrival, we were pleasantly greeted by the parking valet, the maitre d', and the wait staff.

We understood that the restaurant had somewhat new management and had been remodeled. The remodeling was dark-classy, but I didn’t see that throughout the entire place. My thoughts are that’s it’s nice to keep some original things, but when the chandeliers looked dusty and not emitting bright/shiny reflections of light through it’s crystals? I wondered what qualifications did the designer have? That’s alond is a no brainer!

We had asked for black napkins for the lady’s dress was dark. (Not an option... “we don’t have those anymore.”)

All of this could be overlooked, except I found the food to be quite bland. We ordered from the prix fixe menu (which appeared to offer nice choices. But who cares if everything needed salt! ). I have so rarely added salt in any restaurant. But I joked with my dining companion if the chef’s recipes were also being used at a local hospital for patients!

Part of the dinner inclusion for dessert was a flavor choice of sorbet and a cheesecake. I’ve had better peach sorbet from Haagen Daz. Again, lackluster in presentation.

During my area stay, I ate at other restaurants that were less expensive. Unfortunately, we had better quality food at those other places.

I would also advise that if the want a younger clientele, then change the musical offering/source. The quality was good, but old classics that Frank Sinatra sang in his youth are not going to have many dining guests go to the bar for a nightcap or two.

If one would be in NYC, they might consider this experience similar to dining at The Algonquin ... bland food, nothing creative about the plate presentation, and leaving with the only thought “we’ve dined at this well-known restaurant.” And, in fact, that’s all we could say about our experience at the famous Melvyn’s. I don’t believe I would give it another try since the area has so many choices.

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KB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good old fashioned service, excellent food and wine. Shame there was no live music in the evening.

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RS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went out on a Sunday evening to this very special, historic gem in Palm Springs. Although surprised to walk into a vibrant group honoring Aretha Franklin, we were escorted to a comfortable, enclosed, outdoor area that was totally quiet. Service was friendly and excellent. The menu reflected a great array of options, including classics like Steak Diane (heavenly), Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp Scampi that are rarities today. The carrot and leek soup we all started out with unbelievable. I would go back there just for that soup – a sublime masterpiece. It was a harbinger of the subsequent offerings. One in our party has been going to Melvyn’s for many years and chatted with the Maître D, who recognized her immediately. A stroll around the quaint grounds of the Ingleside Inn, within which this restaurant is contained, concluded our wonderful time at Melvyn’s. I knew that many people have been coming to this Palm Springs treasure for decades. Everyone should come here at least once!

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OT
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hasn't changed much since the new owners took over. It's been freshened up, food and service is still good and the old Palm Springs vibe remains. Now, about the crowd...

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LH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience all around. Service was excellent.

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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Disappointed that they took the Grand Marnier soufflé off the menu—big mistake. Dover sole, oysters, shrimp and Steak Diane were great but potatoes were underdone

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C
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service is great. The charcuterie plate was excellent. The rest of the food was mediocre.

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G
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Service good. Food was awful. Cheese on French Onion Soup was burned. Portion on samon entre was minuscule, crab cakes were cold, cheese plate consisted of two tiny pieces of forgettable cheese. They did split plates for us at no charge, I will give them that.

I am a country club CFO, I know food costs. This place is rediculous

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Favorite place in PS. Always fun and good!

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