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Diners' Choice: Californian restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Californian cuisine in Palm Springs / Palm Desert? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Mitch's on El Paseo Prime Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4270)
$31 to $50
Californian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing Mitch's on El Paseo.

Sushi, Specialty Sake Selections, Prime Steaks and Seafood. Serving Lunch and Dinner. Climatized patio, Located at the corner of Portola & El Paseo in Palm Desert. Come join us for great food and a fabulous time!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Service was excellent and so was the food! We even sat a little long, and our water just kept getting refilled. Definitely recommend!
A photo of Cork Tree Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4070)
$50 and over
Californian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Cork Tree Restaurant is built around California products. Local ingredients are used whenever possible and wines of the West Coast, particularly California, are featured.

The wine list is always a work in progress, with a balance of well known wineries, as well as boutique wineries.

Cork Tree enhabits a style rich in California elegance. Large and round booths privately encased in wood and fabric provide intimate spaces for conversation and romance, while providing views of the understated glamour of the dining room. Beautiful Palm Trees and a natural cascading fountain make the Cork Tree Patio wind-protected and well-appointed for dining under the stars. Additionally, depending on the size of your celebration, two private dining options await.

Top review
MariaPvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great food. Menu with lots of choices. Something for everyone. Great Service! We will return!
A photo of Alice B. restaurant
4.6
4.6 (679)
$31 to $50
Californian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Alice B. restaurant and bar from award-winning chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken combines Southern California’s incredible seasonal bounty with Mediterranean-leaning flavors. The culinary vision is a collaborative effort between Feniger, Milliken and acclaimed Executive Chef Lance Velasquez.

This unique dining experience is located at Living Out, a luxury resort-style LGBTQ+ active senior community surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Inspired by the extraordinary life of Alice B. Toklas and her life partner Gertrude Stein, the restaurant establishes a vibrant space where culinary excellence, art, and community converge seamlessly.

We offer indoor & outdoor seating, plus bar seating. Dinner starts at 5PM. Bar menu starts at 4PM. Join us for live music on select nights.

Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger are the founders of Mundo Hospitality Group, including Border Grill, Pacha Mamas, BBQ Mexicana, SOCALO, and most recently Alice B.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food always is thoughtful but not fussy, surprising but not shocking, comforting but not standard. Combine all that with a warm and confident staff and the good feelings that come from eating in an LGBTQ retirement community (!!) and you can't go wrong.
A photo of SO.PA at L'Horizon Resort and Spa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (729)
$50 and over
Californian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
An ADULTS ONLY destination by Reservation. SO•PA has a NO PETS POLICY.

Decadent, refined, and intimate, SO•PA offers a unique alfresco dining experience. Join us for dinner in an intimate outdoor setting under the stars as Michelin Star awarded Chef Michael Hung presents the seasonally enticing menu. Your elegant, yet relaxed evening includes world class cocktails and a sophisticated, yet approachable wine cellar curated by our in-house Wine Spectator awarded Sommelier. You won't want to miss an aperitif or digestif at our exclusive fire pit and poolside bar. VALET is COMPLIMENTARY.

**2023 Winner of Diners Choice Award**


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
Everything was so good… the food, service, ambience! Kelly, the manager was great! Our server, Colton was amazing. The only negative was that it was really hot and there weren’t any fans or anything to help provide a little relief from the heat. Still have 5 stars on everything because it was great!
A photo of Solano's Bar and Grill - Palm Desert restaurant
4.7
4.7 (519)
$30 and under
Californian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Solano's Bar & Grill in Palm Desert is brought to you by owner and Executive Chef Paco Solano, a chef known throughout the desert for his seasonal and delicious food, craft cocktails, a curated wine menu, and for creating an inviting and welcoming atmosphere.
Top review
LaurieBvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Always so many good menu options, even gluten free!
A photo of Lavender Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6580)
$31 to $50
Californian
La Quinta
About the restaurant
At Lavender we combine the finest meats and seafood with the freshest organic ingredients to create unforgettable dishes. Dine indoors in a warm, cozy atmosphere or on our stunning tree-lined patio. Lavender Bistro also prides itself on providing superb live music nightly to set a warm and friendly atmosphere.

For every occasion, to change the ordinary into extraordinary, come join us at Lavender Bistro, "where memories are made!"

Closed for Summer Break from the last Sunday in May until the last Thursday in September.
Re-Opening 09/28/2023!

Top review
carlaguests
Dined on May 24, 2024
Magical setting on the outdoor patio, lovely live music, great service, and delicious food. Highly recommend!
A photo of The Tropicale restaurant
4.7
4.7 (10084)
$31 to $50
Californian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive "world cuisine", a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts. The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed - an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.
Top review
AgnesMvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent in all ways. One of the best restaurants in Palm Springs.
A photo of Wildest Restaurant + Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1286)
$31 to $50
Californian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Our philosophy is to attempt to source wild-caught fish, local pasture-raised poultry and grass-fed poultry, as well as plant-based meals that promise to be flavorful options to those who choose to eat meat-free. We offer allergen sensitive options for gluten-free, dairy-free, nut and seed free. Whenever possible we strive to offerproducts without hormones and steroids and the restaurant strives to be cruelty free and to supports local organic, biodynamic and sustainable farms. Provisions not made in house will be sourced from the coolest epicureans. Health conscious casual fine dine in a beautiful setting with live entertainment nightly. Indoor/outdoor dining. Palm Spring's Life best new restaurant and Wine Spectator award winner. GREAT FOOD, GREAT DRINKS, and a GREAT TIME!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful service and wonderful food. Will go again soon
A photo of Shorebird Palm Desert restaurant
4.2
4.2 (393)
$31 to $50
Californian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Shorebird Restaurant is a coastal eatery that proudly presents a modern take on classic Americana flavors with influences from traditional seafood and steakhouses. Featuring a wood-fire grill and rotisserie, our signature dishes include Duroc Heritage Pork Chop with Brussels sprouts and brandy-poached apples, Faroe Island’s Salmon Mignon with a cauliflower purée, and Harris Ranch Prime Skirt Steak served with a red chimichurri sauce. For those looking for delicious, shareable plates, our Avocado Fries with a green goddess dressing, Twice Fried Chicken Wings with a chipotle gastrique, or items from our “Raw Bar,” are a great way to start your meal.
Top review
lissawagvip
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was great but some of our food was not hot . Overall Great
A photo of bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa restaurant
4.4
4.4 (814)
$31 to $50
Californian
Rancho Mirage
About the restaurant
Experience bluEmber, the resort’s signature restaurant for an inventive spin on California New American cuisine. Enjoy the sophisticated dining room, or sit back and enjoy food and wine pairings on the award winning patio. Cozy up with a cocktail by the fire pit and admire the majestic mountains and lush fairways. Whatever you choose, bluEmber embodies the Rancho Las Palmas experience at every turn with an exquisite menu, variety of fine wines, and unmatched hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Ricardo was our waiter and he was awesome! The food was great and service was as well. Ricardo was super attentive and always smiling.
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