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

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall 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 Arnold Palmer's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4508)
$31 to $50
American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
CLOSED FOR SUMMER FROM JUNE 2ND THROUGH SEPTEMBER 18TH

Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant features Progressive American cuisine, including fresh seafood, steaks, and some of Arnie’s great comfort foods. This one-of-a-kind restaurant features many indoor dining options, including multiple private rooms, a beautiful bar and lounge, and an impressive wine room that houses 2,500 bottles with a large table for special events up to 20 guests. The extensive newly remodeled patio (awarded 2022 top 100 outdoor dining restaurants in the country by open table diners) offers live entertainment every night featuring Mark Linford with stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and breathtaking landscape.
Top review
BrianH
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
This was our first trip to Palmers and we loved it. Food was great, service was fantastic and the bar had a very relaxed and comfortable vibe.
A photo of The Bistro - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1131)
$31 to $50
American
Indio
About the restaurant
A world of flavor, textures and ambiance await you at the Bistro. Start your Bistro experience with a hand-crafted, specialty cocktail at the stunning mahogany bar.

The Bistro specializes in exciting, contemporary fine cuisine including succulent seafood and tantalizing sushi selections. You’ll also enjoy carefully dry-aged on site, hand-carved, premium USDA beef. The Bistro offers an enticing array of salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts, sure to impress the most discriminating of palates.

Guests have the option to dine inside with a view of the exhibition kitchen, or outside overlooking palm trees and a beautiful courtyard.

Reservations are recommended.
Top review
KenP
Dined 7 days ago
The Bistro NEVER disappoints. We had a great time and a great meal. Our service was impeccable!
A photo of DSRT CLUB restaurant
4.8
4.8 (412)
$31 to $50
American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
DSRT CLUB! Another creation brought to you by the owners of RD RNNR. In developing a sister restaurant to RD RNNR, we set out to create a social club atmosphere that drew inspiration from the lore of Desert nostalgia. In our journey through the development of the name and design, we came across a true desert classic in The Desert Club. This vintage establishment was built in the late 1930’s and was closed up in the late 1980’s. With the 1940’s and 1950’s marking the major success of The Desert Club, we then envisioned a restaurant that brought back the swanky essence of those years here in the Desert.

With the intent to restore some vintage ADULT dining to the “cove”, our hope is to establish a feeling of upscale classic that is reminiscent of “nostalgic” Desert vibes. We are focused on offering a great feel in ambiance, amazing food and exceptional service all wrapped in a tight bow.

We look forward to dining with you!
Top review
Natco747vip
Dined 4 days ago
Enjoyed another wonderful dinner at Desert Club with friends. It was their first visit and they were extremely impressed with our entire dinner and evening. The food was superb and the service provided by Anoushka was above and beyond outstanding. The scallops did not disappoint and the chef's special pasta was delicious. Anoushka made the time spent enjoying our dinner even more special. I look forward to returning in the very near future.
A photo of Spencer's Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8832)
$31 to $50
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant

Spencer's is an adult-oriented restaurant. We are sorry but we cannot accommodate children under 12 years old. Spencer's features an ambience that embodies the perfect blend of stylish elegance and comfortable informality. Join us for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Brunch in our newly expanded indoor dining room or our award winning temperature controlled patio. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Spencer's offers a popular Palm Springs tradition of culinary excellence featuring a fresh approach to classic American cuisine. Locally voted Best Breakfast, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Gluten Free, Best Power Lunch, Best Wine List, Best Chef, Best Caterer and Most Romantic, Spencer's is Palm Springs' "it" place for any occasions.
Top review
LarkBvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always enjoy the ambiance! Food and service always excellent and a great selection of menu choices.
A photo of Mountain View Grille at Desert Princess Country Club restaurant
4.5
4.5 (103)
$30 and under
American
Cathedral City
About the restaurant
Dining at the Mountain View Grille is always a memorable experience. Whether you join us for breakfast, a casual lunch or to wine and dine, the service and food are always impeccable. The Mountain View Grille at Desert Princess offers a comfortable ambiance with a full bar, complete with stunning views of an immaculately groomed golf course framed by the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountain ranges. The Mountain View Grille, and the Masters Lounge for smaller gatherings, are great places for banquets, wedding receptions, parties, reunions and meetings.
Sun/Mon/Tue: 7:00am - 3pm
Wed-Sat:7:00am - 7:30pm (Limited Happy Hour menu between 3pm-5pm)
*Happy Hour Drink specials 3pm-5pm Wed-Sat!
*Breakfast served until 11am daily.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Fish and chips were excellent. We highly recommend.
A photo of The Pantry at Holiday House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (88)
$30 and under
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Serving our modern take on classic “Americana” cuisine, The Pantry reinterprets the traditional resort menu using a fusion of new techniques and influences. Highlighting the abundance of fresh ingredients sourced from California and the vibrant Coachella Valley, our menu showcases the rich culinary heritage. From farm-fresh produce to locally sourced meats and artisanal cheeses, every ingredient reflects the essence of our locale.

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to the resort being Adults Only 21+, we ask that no one under 21 are allowed at the restaurant.
Top review
JordanT
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
It was absolutely delicious, and we will be returning! Some of the members from our group ordered the chicken and waffles, the lobster roll, the omelette, and the burger and everyone absolutely loved how great everything tasted.
A photo of The Barn Kitchen at Sparrow's Lodge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (158)
$30 and under
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Adults Only 21+

Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant for 2022 and 2023

The Barn Kitchen offers a refined take on rustic American cuisine. Focusing on influences from the nearby Coachella Valley, the Barn Kitchen brings small local farms and the unique aspects of the desert to classic American favorites. We aim to create simple, uncomplicated cuisine by showcasing fresh California ingredients. By creating a communal dining atmosphere, we invite all of our guests to make meaningful connections and savor each experience.

The Barn Kitchen is open daily for lunch from 11 am – 4 pm and dinner from 5pm – 9pm. The bar remains open until 11 pm every day for hotel guests, serving a selection of microbrews, wine, and spirits. In the evening, gather around the fire pit for star gazing and smores. Outside guests must reserve a table for lunch and dinner.
Top review
SkipH
Dined 5 days ago
The food is outstanding, the service is great and the setting is spectacular! Awesome place, truly a hidden gem!
A photo of Daily Grill - Palm Desert restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3305)
$30 and under
American
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Daily Grill introduces a twist on classic dishes for lunch and dinner. Fresh, flavorful American fare is served in the heart of The Shops on El Paseo, making it a favorite dining destination in Palm Desert. Daily Grill features seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients prepared in a scratch kitchen. Timeless favorites like Chicken Pot Pie and Loaded Mac & Cheese bring back nostalgic memories at the first bite. Creative contemporary dishes like Ahi Tuna Sashimi and Spicy Shrimp & Chicken Pasta will inspire you to explore ever-growing menu selections.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
We missed the Rib special by one day. My 10 year old son had it last year we visited and all he wanted. They made it happen for him, great food and great service.
A photo of The Grill on Main restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1167)
$30 and under
American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
The Grill on Main in La Quinta! Come down to the Grill on Main for an exciting new approach to American fare, featuring fresh cuisine with a lively atmosphere. Our menu features traditional American favorites, seafood, steak, pasta and specialty sandwiches and burgers. We also offer microbrews, full bar and a great wine list. Dine inside or on our relaxing, pet-friendly patio.
Top review
kathrynmvip
Dined 4 days ago
First time trying, food and drinks were great. We had wonderful service and it had a nice vibe to it.
A photo of RD RNNR Libations Pints & Plates restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1021)
$30 and under
American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
RD RNNR Libations, Pints & Plates is here to bring a new experience to our locals! It is dedicated to specializing in Craft American fare with fresh ingredients, great value and an invigorating casual dining atmosphere.
Our focus is warm and genuine service, local farm to table produce, creative cocktails and a well balanced selection of rotating taps! The RD RNNR vibe is hip and exciting and all right in the heart of our beloved Old Town La Quinta!
*And yes, we are pronounced roadrunner !!
Top review
WilliamSvip
Dined 5 days ago
I love the atmosphere, eat there occasionally and always have a great meal. Best service. Friendly waiters and waitresses. Just a lovely place to have lunch or dinner. I love the outdoor seating area. It’s large and look over the mountains. It’s one of my favorite places.
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