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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American 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 Wally's Desert Turtle restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3662)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Rancho Mirage
About the restaurant
"The Finest Dining in the Coachella Valley" Offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern California Cuisine. And the local response has been "Amazing"!

An Official California Dining Destination, Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage proudly supports local Ranches, Farms and Fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly and ocean-friendly practices.

The finest local ingredients, impeccable service and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle.

Top review
JayB
Dined 1 day ago
The Escargot was the most buttery and garlic as expected, so delicious. Caesar salad was crisp and the dressing had that perfect blend of anchovy. We had rack of lamb and veal chop both perfectly cooked and tender. Ending with a soufflé was the perfect end to a great meal. The waitstaff is helpful, but not rushing you through the meal. Just the best dining experience.
A photo of Jake's - Palm Springs restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3376)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Jake's is a casual, upscale European-style bistro nestled in a secluded courtyard at the epicenter of the Mid-Century Uptown design district of Palm Springs. Much like the architectural and style artisans that surround it, Jake’s takes cues from the past with a nod to the future in the kitchen and behind the bar. Classics are given a surprising twist while new flavor combinations excite the palate. Likewise wines come to us from both New and Old worlds. Of course, save room for something from our signature dessert case! Since 2007, Jake’s has offered al fresco dining as well as seating in our cozy dining room. So join our friendly, approachable and knowledgeable staff for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch!
Top review
KM2016vip
Dined 4 days ago
Jake's courtyard is a great experience, even in the late spring - still cool enough to eat outside around 7PM. We were seated right away and given a table for two tucked away in the courtyard. The restaurant filled up quite quickly after 7PM, and noise level was moderate but very manageable. Service was prompt, well-coordinated and not obtrusive. Food was very good; highly recommend the fried chicken deviled eggs. We had the scallops and the filet; both were very good. Portion sizes are reasonable. Overall a very nice experience during our Palm Springs trip!
A photo of Copley's on Palm Canyon restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6221)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Please Note - Copley's is now open 7 days a week through May 2024.

Copley’s is an award-winning restaurant serving American cuisine infused with hints of tropical and European flavors. Located in part of the former Cary Grant estate in the heart of Palm Springs, guests experience an upscale and inviting dining experience either outside on the patio with stunning mountain views or by enjoying the friendly atmosphere indoors. Executive Chef Andrew Copley has an extensive 20-year culinary background at five-star restaurants and hotels across the world, and is well known for innovative dishes such as Loch Duart Scottish Salmon and Niman Ranch Pork Chop and creative nightly specials.


Top review
SandraLvip
Dined 2 days ago
Victor was exceptional. The table was cleared constantly so only what we were enjoying was on the table. Very fun experience! The hostess was also very courteous and kind. She seemed to know the regulars by name which only added to the ambiance! Delighful!
A photo of June Hill's Table restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1143)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
We are currently open and available for Indoor and Outdoor Seating as well as Takeout. Open to both Community Members and the public, June Hill’s Table recognizes June Hill McCarroll, one of Coachella Valley’s most renowned and important founding residents. June Hill’s Table serves a variety of seasonal dishes made from scratch using fresh and local ingredients. Live music on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Simply put, the feature dining experience at The Polo Club is set to showcase good food, done well.
Top review
PolCH
Dined 2 days ago
Great meal, service and value. Beautiful place to dine.
A photo of Eight4Nine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4808)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Join us for Lunch, Brunch or Dinner. Reservations recommended but not necessary. Lounge and bar open all day long for walk-ins. No reservations for lounge or bar. Open 7 days a week.
Top review
JeffreyMvip
Dined 3 days ago
Love coming here when we visit. The food is always good and the service is always outstanding.
A photo of Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3959)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
A timeless Palm Springs classic specializing in traditional American Fare with a modern twist. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, in the famous Ingleside Inn, Melvyns Restaurant also features a full bar, dancefloor and piano lounge on a first come first serve basis.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Our server Jose was the best! Made our birthday celebration amazing.
A photo of POM - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino restaurant
4.6
4.6 (916)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Indio
About the restaurant
POM is Fantasy Springs Resort Casino's answer to casino cafes. POM features breakfast, lunch and dinner in an atmosphere that's light, airy and modern.

Reviewers on Yelp.com give POM 4&1/2 stars out of 5 and for good reason. The food here is of top quality. Chef Freddy Rieger even gets herbs used for cooking and garnish from the garden just outside the restaurant's French doors. The food is inventive yet hearty and the service is friendly and attentive.

Patrons can also order cocktails here they won't find anywhere else around Palm Springs. How about a Date Martini or a hand-crafted White Sangria?

POM excites your senses and keeps you coming back for more.

Top review
LindaS
Dined on May 12, 2024
It was Mothers Day very busy but staff and food outstanding.
A photo of Bellatrix restaurant
4.6
4.6 (869)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Entertain your guests in style in our elegant Bellatrix Restaurant dining room for dinner under the stars or lunch overlooking our nationally recognized championship course designed by Arnold Palmer and a host site of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Visit with us at our Bellatrix Wine Bar featuring a selection of over 100 wines by the bottle and over 30 wines by the glass along with full service bar.
Top review
KimR
Dined 3 days ago
An especially great place for special occasions like birthdays. Food always exceptional. The service staff are attentive, never intrusive.
A photo of 4 Saints restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1431)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
With unparalleled views of picturesque mountains, 4 Saints provides a unique and modern space. Our menu is driven by bright, clean, soulful flavors that are influenced by the seasons. The beverage program provides a concise wine list, local brews, and masterful cocktails.
Top review
Plinnemannvip
Dined 1 day ago
This place is great!! The service and food were both incredible. The steak is worth the price!
A photo of Zin American Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2513)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
For the past 20 years, Zin has been a popular spot for locals in the downtown area. We offer crafted cocktails, brunch, and dinner. We are proud to have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our extensive wine list which boasts over 545 selections. In addition to inside bar and table seating we have a beautiful heated and cooled covered patio for outdoor dining.


Top review
JimDvip
Dined 2 days ago
In my opinion, Zin is one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs. The owner, Mindy is awesome and she has some of the friendliest servers. We eat out often in PS and have now placed Zin at the top of our list! The food is first class and always cooked to perfection.
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